Sunday, August 19, 2012

Baby Jamie is Here!

I update my facebook way more often than the blog, but in case you only follow the blog, baby Jamie is here! Jamie Christine Gillis was born on August 2, 2012 at 8:58 am. She is going to be three weeks old this Thursday. Ben and I are doing great and loving parenthood. We love her so much and are so happy. :)

If you want more pics, I posted a bunch more on facebook! Can't help it, it's just so much easier that way.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Eight Days Away from the Due Date

It's hard to think about anything else when the due date is just eight days away. Sure, I read books and cook dinner and do other things, but with July 30th approaching so quickly, my mind always goes back to...she's almost here! 
A few days ago my friend Jennifer Borget took some really cute maternity pics for us, and I think she did an amazing job. Here's another one for fun:
This weekend Ben and I had a super fun date night. We tried out this Greek restaurant that we both ended up liking a ton, went and got Amy's ice cream, and then saw "The Dark Knight Rises" in the movie theater. If everything goes according to plan, then we'll get one more date night this weekend before she gets here. I am trying to cherish every minute that Ben and I have with just the two of us, because I know life is about to change forever. I went to the doctor last week, and though Jamie has dropped a little, not much else is going on. The doctor said at my appt this next week, we may need to set an "induction" date. I never thought that I would need to be induced with my first child, but if she is just super comfy in there, then what else is there to do? I am going to aim for a normal labor, but I am not going to push it more than a week past the due date. Doing everyday things like going to the movies is getting harder on my back and I finally feel like I'm pregnant. I am definitely not anxious to wait until I am 42 weeks to get induced. We have the nursery all set up and I have almost everything how I want it. I keep asking Ben when we should strap the car seat in, but he says it's still too early. This week will be my last week at work, and then I will officially be a "stay-at-home" Mom. It's kinda crazy to think about. I've worked since I was 14, and I think adjusting to life without a job will be rough at first. I know that it will be worth it to take care of Jamie and be there for her, just like my mom stayed at home with us. Next time I post, it will probably be a bunch of baby pictures!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Baby Shower!

Last weekend my friend Caterine Snelson hosted a baby shower for me, and it was so much fun! The theme was "ladybugs" since the nursery bedding set we have is pink and green with little ladybugs. It was fun to see how many ladybug themed gifts baby Jamie received. I can't wait to dress her in all the cute ladybug outfits! Here's a picture below of all the people who attended:

About 30 people came, which was an awesome turnout. I felt so overwhelmed by love and support from everyone, it was just wonderful. I am so grateful for everyone who came out to share our happiness at baby Jamie Christine's arrival!
Suzanne and Hailey Williams
My friend Caterine who hosted the shower for me

My friend Lyn, who so graciously let us use her beautiful home for the shower. 
The adorable ladybug crackers the Hess family brought. Of course, I will post more pictures to facebook, since I know everyone doesn't want to scroll down about 50 photos. 
In this picture with my friend Allisa, you can tell Jamie is getting bigger! Only about a month before she's here!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

She's growing!

I'm not one to post these on facebook, so if you follow my blog, you get to see them! Our little girl is growing! It's a girl! When I went to church on Sunday I had a few people tell me, "Wow, you're finally showing!" It only took 24 weeks! My doctor says I should start seeing the pounds pack on in the next few weeks, which I am a little anxious about, but as long as that means our little girl is healthy and getting everything she needs, I am happy!

Here's a pic at 15 weeks:
20 weeks:
And Ben took the last pic for me on Sunday at 24 weeks. Only 16 weeks until she's here! I am so excited to meet her and see what she looks like. Will she have red hair like Ben? Will she have curly hair like me? In the next few weeks we'll be moving into a bigger apartment and I can start getting her room set up! So far we have a crib, a dresser, a rocker/glider, and a really cute ladybug crib bedding set. I've heard different things about the crib bumper. An article I read said that they can possibly be unsafe. Does anyone have any insight into that? I don't want to put it on the crib if it might be a hazard for the baby. Thanks everyone for your love and support!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Boy or Girl? In two weeks we'll know!

I'll admit it, seeing as how my last post was about Halloween, I have been a horrible blogger. But I'm hanging out tonight with Ben at the law school while he tries to get some work done, so it's time for a new blog post! Most of you know that Ben and I are expecting our first baby on July 30th. For those of you who didn't know, now you do. (See pic above for proof) We are so excited and anxious to start this next chapter of our lives and become parents. In two weeks we find out if the baby will be a boy or a girl, but I have had 3 dreams that it's going to be a boy, so I would be very shocked if it was a girl. My mom has also had a dream about us having a baby boy, but we will be happy either way. Today I bought a beautiful crib and dresser/changing table from a lady in my parents' neighborhood, and the more things we start to get, the more real it all starts to seem. I am now 18 weeks pregnant which is about 4 1/2 months for those not familiar with pregnancy timelines. I am starting to poke out a little, but not enough that people are asking if I am pregnant or not yet. I'll admit I have been taking those "weekly" photos, but I may not be posting those for the whole world to see. So far I have had a fairly easy pregnancy, with hardly any sickness. Lately I have been feeling so blessed with so much love and support from family and friends. Last weekend Ben and I went to Midland and saw a lot of his extended family, and his cousins threw me a surprise baby shower! It was so unexpected and wonderful, and it made me realize how lucky we are to have so many awesome people in our lives. :) Thank you. You know who you are.

Time now for guesses! Boy or girl? The day we find out is March 15th! (I'll ask on facebook when it gets closer)