My Three Blessings!

My Three Blessings!

Monday, May 30, 2011

2 1/2 already?!

snapped these before church Sunday...

SB loves wearing her pearls or really any kind of jewelry! She's such a girlie girl but yet kind of a tom boy too!

taking a bow and saying ta-da! :)

My little 2 1/2 year old has quite the personality. In fact, she is full. of. it!! She loves just about everything in life! I want to be more like her! She loves to joke around, she'll say, "You jokin?!" and laugh. She loves to make you laugh and she loves to laugh. Sometimes she'll say, "talk to me." And she really wants to have a full on conversation with you! She especially loves to talk with daddy after he's been at work all day. And he always takes the time to talk with her. She a daddy are big buddies. They play super hard together and always have a blast. Jared is pretty busy with work this time of year but he always makes time for his Spicer. They love to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together, take shower's together (I hear them singing in the shower at the top of their lungs!), make jokes (Spicer really gets Jared's humor, probably because she is a mini version of him!) play outside and just pretty much anything! SB adores her daddy! Of course she loves mommy too, but she's with me all day, so when he comes home it's all about him! Jared loves it!

Spicer loves all things girlie. But she also loves to play rough, be outside, play in the dirt/mud, and animals. She's a good little mix of girl/tom boy! A good ol' country girl! SB also loves going to church. She always tells me that she learned about Jesus! This just warms my heart! Every morning she sings "Good morning God," says two scriptures, and prayers for the day. This is such a precious time and I love hearing her little voice talk to Jesus! Sb also really enjoys her friends. She has so many at church but she also has friends from bsf and gymnastics. Some of her best friends or friends she talks about the most are Aspen, Abe, Adelynn, Natalie, Jake, Micah Kate, Bella, Joben, Jaben, and baby Ty and there are many other's these are just the one's her little 2 1/2 year old self talks about the most. She loves them all so much and she will even tell me, "mommy I love my friends." So sweet.

She is learning to recognize some letters of the alphabet apart from the order they are in. I know this isn't something she has to know until kindergarten but I try to teach her the best I can. I think she can recognize s, o, p, r, and t consistently. I haven't worked with her on this for basically my entire pregnancy and I'm just now getting back to it. So, I'm sure with some more practice she'll start recognizing several more soon! :) not that she has too! She says, "S, is for Spicer!" So cute! She also can pretty much count to 20. She definitely doesn't recognize the numbers yet (but haven't really worked on this) but she can count them. Oh and definitely doesn't have the 1 to 1 correspondence concept down just yet! lol! I plan to start working with her on grouping things in groups of ten to help her develop the concept of 10. That's what our system is, base 10! I wasn't the best at math so I hope I can help her to be.

Jared and I love her sweet little voice. We love how she doesn't really say her "s's" and that she says /y/ for /l/. Like in, aunt yowa! Oh and /w/ for /r/! She has always said the word again like "adin" and the other day she said the word correctly! Jared and I looked at each other and got kinda sad. Jared said, "I don't want her to talk right!" haha! We just love her being little!

SB tells us she loves us and hugs and kisses us so much. She and I like to give each other "fishy kisses!" She loves to sing and dance and say little nursery rhymes. I recently taught her the little rhyme "Say, Say my playmate" with the motions and she loves to try and do that. Like I said, she basically loves everything! :)

Spicer you are the sweetest, smartest and cutest little girl! Daddy and I love you more than we ever thought possible! You love life and you love to have fun. You are full of joy and laughter! Everyone that knows you loves you and you love everyone (for the most part! ha) It is our joy and privilege to be your parents. We thank God for you each day and pray that you will accept Him as your Savior at a very young age. You're the best SB!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

29 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights----

How Far Along: 29 Weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 21 lbs! yikes!
Size of baby: 2 lbs 14 oz (per ultrasound) and 15 inches
Maternity Clothes: Oh YES!
Gender: Boy... Axl Joe Steven Fowler :)
Movement: Bigger kicks and punches and I can really feel him try to stretch out in there too!
Sleep: I'm not near as tired during the day! yay! and sleep great at night!
What I miss: Turbo Kick and laying on my belly. Yay for getting to workout a little though!
Cravings: Root Beer
symptoms: pressure and a growing belly... and yes, my breasts have shrunk! crazy!
Best Moment this week: Getting to come home from our little hospital visit with Axl still in my belly. Praise God! :)

*the doctor has me on strict bed rest this week.

Strawberry Pickin'

Last weekend we went to Wild Things Farm to pick some strawberries and see the animals. Spicer always has so much fun when we are there. She loved picking and eating the strawberries! And of course she loved petting the animals! She fed the little pig some strawberries and thought that was pretty funny! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

labor and delivery...

is not somewhere you want to find yourself when you are only 29 weeks pregnant. Yet, this is exactly where this pregnant gal found herself Friday night!

Friday evening I had been experiencing a ton of pressure. I then began noticing that this pressure wasn't constant, but was coming in regular intervals. Could this be contractions? Nah... but better to be safe than sorry, right?! So, after a quick call to the doctor we were in route to be monitored on the labor and delivery floor.

The whole way up there i just kept thinking how stupid the nurses would think I was for even coming in. But after all, my doctor did suggest it. That always makes you feel less dumb, right?! ;) Anyway, we get there, get checked in and get settled into watching the monitor roll. And... much to my surprise my uterus was indeed contracting! What the flip?!!! I really just thought all the pressure must have been because, oh ya know, Axl is dropping, something simple. But, no. no. I was indeed having small contractions that were coming every 2 to 3 minutes at only 29 weeks pregnant! The nurse then checked my cervix and said I was dilated to 1 cm and 50 % effaced! Again, What the Flipity Flip Flip?! You've got to be kidding me? This isn't really happening. I mean, I thought I was going to be made fun of for coming in! lol!

So, the monitoring game began. We watched, waited, laughed... took several trips to the potty room (they were drowing me in water!)... oh and then we waited some more. Finally, the nurse called the on-call doctor and he said I needed to be admitted for the night. What?! Are you really serious?! Unbelievable!

So... we then headed on over to our room (just down the hall) and got settled in for a nice long night! haha! They had to try twice to get the i.v. flowing because my veins are super small. This is never fun for me. I absolutely hate getting I.V's for this reason. After they finally got it, they began giving me magnesium to settle my uterus. I was thankful for this but man does that stuff hurt! My arm was on fire the entire night so I couldn't rest... well between that and all the bp checks, bathroom visits (which required me and the nurse with all the cords, lol) and beeping! ha! Typical hospital stuff. I think Jared was able to sleep some. Thank goodness, because he headed out at 4:30a.m. to go mow (with all the rain lately, he just had to go get caught up.)

Anyway, crazy little unexpected thing in life. I had been feeling just fine, I mean, actually feeling pretty great! I'd even been working out (which Jared and I think maybe might have contributed to this little incident). But, when you're feeling so good, you want to do the things you can. Or at least that's how I roll anyway! It was an evening/night/next day full of emotion and question. Could little Axl make his appearance at only 29 weeks? If so, what will we face with his health? Will I end up on bed rest for the remainder of this pregnancy? (which by the way, i'm currently on until thursday.) All these things scrolling through my mind when just hours earlier I had been at the gym feeling amazing. It's something how life can change so quickly, isn't it?! This little hospital visit was just a reminder to Jared and I that we are NOT in control! We may have our plans, hopes, and goals but only our sweet Jesus is in control. And man is he ever in complete control!

That morning in the hospital, around 10, the doctor came in to check me. He said if I was really dilated to 1 cm that the hospital room would be my home for quite a while. Again, What?! This is just crazy! He checked me and said, "Just what I thought, your cervix is closed!" Amen and hallelujah! Praise Jesus! So, either the nurse just messed up (which checking for dilation is subjective) or God just closed me up! I'd like to think the later is true but either way God caused all this to happen for a reason! So, the doctor took me off the magnesium (I was really thankful for this!) monitored my uterus until 3, and sent me on my way (on bed rest of course)! And that was that! Bye Bye labor and delivery hope to not see you again until I'm at least 38 weeks!

God brought me great comfort through His Spirit and His Word during this time. I wasn't really telling friends/family that I was there because I wasn't really sure what was going on and didn't want to alarm anyone. I just prayed that the Lord would ask his saints to pray for me. When I called my sister the following day to tell her the situation she said, "That's funny, because late last night I just felt like I really needed to pray for you and Axl, even more than I normally do." That's not funny, That's God! And I'm so thankful for a sister who is sensitive to His spirit!

It's Sunday morning now. I'm home (on bed rest) and doing great! Axl is doing great as well. We actually got to have an ultrasound (such a blessing) while in the hospital and the little guy is measuring perfectly! It was good to see a glimpse of him too!

Been here, done the bed rest thing before and I can do it again for my boy! I'm just praying that the bed rest is only until Thursday this time. Then I can get back to some what of a normal pregnancy. There are lots of things I hope to do with SB this summer (it being our last with just her). Yes, I'm getting super sentimental about this! And the fact that she is growing up way to fast!

Some comfort from Jesus during my wide range of emotions....
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ( Oh how I love this!)

Matthew 6: 34
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Isn't this the truth!)

Thank you Jesus for my precious family. Thank you for the lessons you teach, the things you remind us of and always carrying us through the situations life brings our way. You deserve all of our praise! To God be the glory!

Monday, May 23, 2011

28 Weeks!

Welcome to the third and final trimester Kerri Fowler! Wow! Can't hardly believe it!

Pregnancy Highlights----

How Far Along: 28 Weeks
Size of baby: 2 1/2 lbs and 14 3/4 inches
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 16 lbs! I guess or I'm hoping! ha! haven't weighed this week. :)
Maternity Clothes: Oh YES!
Gender: Boy... Axl Joe Steven Fowler :)
Movement: Bigger kicks and punches and I can really feel him try to stretch out in there too! Little Hiccups too!
Sleep: I'm not near as tired during the day! yay! and sleep great at night!
What I miss: Turbo Kick and laying on my belly. Yay for getting to workout a little though! I went to the gym Saturday and then again this morning! Wow! haha!
Cravings: El Chico's... their steak fajitas and frijoles rancheros are the best!
symptoms: pressure and a growing belly... this may sound weird but I think my boobs may have actually shrunk a little. idk!
Best Moment this week: SB kissing my belly... i love this! :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ma's Garden

The other day we headed over to Ma's house to help plant her garden. We planted tomatoes, squash and okra... all our summer time favorites! Spicer enjoyed helping Ma for a little while but then she was ready to just play in the dirt! You would have thought she was in heaven rolling around in the dirt and throwing it everywhere! At one point she literally started doing belly flops into the garden! Like I've said before, she cracks me up! While she was actually planting the tomatoes she said, "I"m a farmer!" lol! Spicer loves her Ma and she loves being outside! :)

Big Cedar

My sweet little family and I headed to Big Cedar Lodge near Branson last week for a couple of days. And man, it was just what we needed! That place is so relaxing!
When we arrived in Branson on Wednesday night we headed to the Landing to eat at our FAVORTIE mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo! Oh my! I love that place and had been craving it for months! Awesomeness! That's pretty much all we had time for that day.
Then, on Thursday we had breakfast outside (love eating outside) at one of the restaurants, walked several miles on the gorgeous trails, checked out the Marina, played on the playgrounds, swam in the outdoor pool and napped! It was a great day! That evening we headed to the IMAX (We just can't go to Branson without going there) and watched a movie about tornado chasing. Not quite sure SB approved of it but about halfway through she wasn't scared anymore! yikes! Oh well, it hasn't caused her any sleepless nights! ha!
Friday we got up had breakfast on our balcony and packed up (reluctantly, it's just hard to get away for long this time of year). Seriously, we could stay at Big Cedar for a week and hardly even go into Branson (but we do love Branson)! We just love it! We headed to Tanger for a little shopping, bull riding and break dancing (sb broke it down in gap! Michael Jackson was playing on the radio and the girl just couldn't help herself! She kept having to put on different accessories while she danced. She wore a gap hat and jacket most of the time! Oh my! Jared and I were rolling! haha! This kid has quite the personality!). After all that fun, we decided to head home.
Thank you Jesus for your many many blessings!

Happy May Days!

Early last week we had a gorgeous day here! Spicer and I decided to break out the swimsuits and kiddie pool and enjoy the warm weather. She had a blast running in the water, sliding down the slide and throwing her balls into the pool. The kid can make a game out of anything and I love it! I just love these awesome times with my girl! She's the best! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

27 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights----

How Far Along: 27 Weeks
Size of baby: 2 lbs and 14 1/2 inches
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 16 lbs! Praise the Lord I only gained 1 pound this week! lol!
Maternity Clothes: Oh YES! Wore the Beband with pants for the last time today! It was so bad getting them on that SB was trying to help me. She said, "Mommy you need me to help and walked on over and started pulling up!" haha! Strictly Maternity pants from now on!
Gender: Boy... Axl Joe Steven Fowler :)
Movement: Bigger kicks and punches and I can really feel him try to stretch out in there too! I love it! Also think i might be starting to feel some little hiccups.
Sleep: I'm not near as tired during the day! yay! and sleep great at night!
What I miss: Turbo Kick (I did actually go to the gym saturday and it felt great) and being able to clean my house in a few hours! ha! I also miss laying on my belly.
Cravings: sushi and ate a ton of that last week! love that stuff especially the wasabi sauce!
symptoms: pressure and a growing belly
Best Moment this week: hearing Axl's little heartbeat at my check-up 134 bpm! Oh and one of my very best friends welcomed her little bundle of joy on Sunday! Josiah Remington Roye--- Can't wait to meet the little guy! :)

Monday, May 09, 2011

I'm a momma!

Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that I'm actually a momma! ha! It is true (I'm a grown up momma now, lol) and I'm one very blessed one at that! Mother's Day was so special to me this year! I'm just so thankful to have not only one healthy kiddo but another on the way! God is so good! Jared gave me a charm necklace with Spicer and Axl's name on it this year for mother's day and I absolutely adore it! I think it will be something that I wear just about every day and will cherish always! :) I love my precious family!

My happy little girlie!

love her more than I ever thought possible!

26 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights----

How Far Along: 26 Weeks
Size of baby: 1 3/4 lbs and 14 inches
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 15 lbs! I'm really packin' the pounds on now!
Maternity Clothes: Oh YES! Think I'm about to outgrow the use of the beband! ha! the hips are a spreadin'!
Gender: Boy... Axl Joe Steven Fowler :)
Movement: Bigger kicks and punches and I can really feel him try to stretch out in there too! I love it!
What I miss: Turbo Kick and being able to clean my house in a few hours! ha! I also miss laying on my belly.
Cravings: My super awesome friend Donnelle brought me a slice of strawberry pie the other day and I've been craving some more ever since!
symptoms: pressure, growing belly, faintness and fatigue
Best Moment this week: Celebrating mother's day! I have two little ones now! Praise be to God!

Sb wanted to hop in the picture with me!

Am I huge or what? I'm hoping it's just this dress that makes me look so big! lol! :)

it's a boy...

On Saturday my sweet and gorgeous friend Ariel had a gender revealing party to share the sex of their first born child! We headed to LR to celebrate this special day with her. She had a cake made with blue for a boy (she didn't know until she cut into the cake!). Isn't that awesome! What a neat way to find out what you are expecting! We had a wonderful time and I couldn't be happier for her! She is the best! I think she really wanted a boy too, so that makes it even better! :) She is only about a month behind me so Axl and little Harper boy will be great little friends! I love it! Love you bunches Ariel!

nanny and minnie

SB loves her nanny and her aunt minnie a.k.a. mindy! For mother's day this year we all went out to eat at mom's choice, Red Lobster. I'm not complaining I pretty much love that place! :) We had a great time, especially Spicer Beth! They always spoil her rotten. Mindy just had to order her some ice cream with a cookie! You know SB was in heaven! lol! Love them so much and thankful for how much they love my little girl!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

little buddies...

Spicer Beth is blessed to have so many little friends and she just loves them all! I love how much she loves people! She is always telling me she loves this friend or that, especially if she knows she is about to see them. She's such a little sweetie pie!

This school year a sweet lady in our town has been babysitting Spicer for half a day every Thursday so I can get some things accomplished (ha!). She also keeps another little girl Spicer's age. Spicer has gotten to be pretty good friends with this little girl! Each Thursday morning she gets so excited to go and see the sitter and her little friend! So, so precious!

I was uploading some pictures onto my computer and found this picture. I guess the sitter found my camera in SB's bag and snapped a picture. I love it! So glad she did!

Today some of our best friends came over for a little playdate! We were super excited to have them because it's been so long! Lots of stuff happening in life has kept us apart but not anymore! Things are settling down and we can get back to our fun times together! Spicer and Adelynn have been little buddies basically their entire lives! and their momma's have too! ha! Anyway, we had such a fun day with them today! We love them dearly! :)

SB kept wanting to stand up and Adelynn kept telling her to sit down! ha! I told Beth that Spicer can ride with Adelynn anytime when they are teenagers! Adelynn will keep her in line! lol! :)

Thank you Jesus for the blessing of friendship! We are so thankful for all the wonderful friends in our lives!

Rainy Day Fun!

This Spring has been super rainy around here and Monday was no exception. I know most people aren't to fond of the rain, especially several days in a row, but I kinda like it because Jared usually gets to spend the day with us! :)

So, on our rainy Monday we started the day off at gymnastics. SB loves her some gymnastics. Her teacher is ready to move her up to the next class but I'm just not sure. I like that Jared and I can be out there with her now. The next class just seems to grown up for her or is that me! ha! Meaning I won't be out there with her! Can you imagine?! My little Spicer out there all by herself without mommy and daddy! (tear) Anyway, we had a great time at gymnastics and decided to head to the Pizza Warehouse for lunch. The Pizza Warehouse has yummy pizza and fun games to play. We had a great time eating (yes this chunky pregnant gal chowed down some pizza buffet ;) and playing. SB just kept wanting to play the paint game. I think she played that game 10 times. Basically the entire time we were there! ha! Glad she enjoyed it! Jared and I were also pretty impressed with her basketball shooting skills! She seriously just kept making those baskets! You know I love that! lol! :)

Thank you Jesus for rainy days and an awesome family to share them with!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

25 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights----

How Far Along: 25 Weeks
Size of baby: 1 1/2 lbs and 13 1/2 inches
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 11 lbs! Yeah... it's finally catching up with me!
Maternity Clothes: Oh YES! But I'm still wearing some regular clothes w/ a beband.
Gender: Boy... Axl Joe Steven Fowler :)
Movement: Sometimes he moves a lot, sometimes not so much... he's got his own thing going on in there.
What I miss: Turbo Kick and being able to clean my house in a few hours! ha!
Cravings: Didn't crave much this week
Symptoms: pressure, growing belly, faintness and fatigue
Best Moment this week: Gerber Mother to Be Day... got some free stuff for Axl! it was a lot of fun too! :) Oh, I also made Axl two burp cloths with the help of my friend Olivia. I'm super excited about making some more things for him and his big sister! :)