Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kids say the darndest things...

So, I was blog-stalking tonight. Yes, I admit it... Who doesn't like to look around from time to time?

I came across this blog post by a husband of a girl that I went to VHHS with...and I totally LOL'd!!!


I can't wait for all of the funny stories we'll have about what sweet Jack Henry and Harrison say and do. . . I'll definitely have to start a notebook to document them!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

19 week belly post

Here's the belly pic for 19 weeks (18wks 6 days). We are getting geared up to start working on the nursery right after Christmas, and actually picked up our new nursery chair from Storkland this morning! I'll try to post a picture once we get it in the house, etc. Hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas season. Being pregnant, especially with boys, gives me an even greater appreciation for the sacrifice that God made by giving His one and only son to save me from my sins.
We are so wonderfully blessed.
Merry Christmas, y'all!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Reagan June Keever

She's here!!! My best friend, Eden, and her husband, Josh, welcomed their 2nd baby, Reagan June, yesterday at 12:33pm (in CA). This sweet baby weighed in at 7 lbs 3.5oz and was 19.5 in long. What a precious addition to their already wonderful family! Congratulations, y'all! We love you and could not be happier for you :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

18.5 week appointment

Wednesday, we went for our 18.5 week appointment. As you might remember, this would've been our gender appointment, had we not been so fortunate to find out at 15.5 weeks. For those of you who haven't had babies (hey, I'm just learning all of this too-no worries) the gender appointment is typically also the one where they do a lot of important measuring and checking on the baby(ies). For example, they measured the boys' nuchal folds in their brain/back of their heads. The size of these can tell them if Downs Syndrome is indicated. Thank the Lord, both of them had "normal" range nuchal folds. (ie: Around 4+ typically indicates D.S. and the boys both had around 2.5 or less). The ultrasound lady also looked at their kidneys, lip (for cleft palate), and other stuff. Everything looked fantastic. (Praise God!) The boys are to the point in their development that the ultrasound lady no longer measures their size in CRL or Crown to Rump length. Now, they measure the head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length to determine their size. Both boys are still measuring about a 1/2 week big (yay!) and are each weighing in at approximately 10 oz! (Babycenter suggests a typical baby would be almost 7 oz at this point.) You know how we love for our babies to get good, big measurements... bc I kind of associate big with healthy, for my boys. As their mommy and total source of nutrients, I love hearing that they are getting plenty and growing strong! Dr. Banks said they, and I, are looking "GREAT!" and he is so pleased. YAY! Here are some pictures of our sweet boys...
Baby B's legs! Josh and I saw these and immediately both of us said "he's definitely our child!" haha... (those look a lot like our legs) Baby B loooves his legs... he was kicking them and moving them around a lot of the ultrasound lol... love. it. and him :)
Here is Baby B on his belly... good spine shot!
Sweet Baby A's profile...loving that belly.
Here is Baby A's sweet foot! I cannot wait to kiss them all over.
Baby A was very into his arms :) He even gave us what looked like a flexed muscle arm at one point Ha Ha.

Monday, December 14, 2009

18 weeks!

I can hardly believe that I'm already 18 weeks pregnant. When I announced that I was pregnant, the little twin icon (on the ticker above) was between the "5" and "10" elephants b/c I was 9 weeks pregnant. Now, here I am 9 weeks later! The beginning of the pregnancy went by slowly, which I attribute, in part, to waiting for our 1st baby appointment at 8.5 weeks. Now that I go every 3 weeks, it is flying by and the belly is definitely growing! People actually look at me and know I'm pregnant, which is nice... I think I was fortunate and my "looks only like a gut" stage was brief Ha Ha... It's pretty undeniable now. My family and definitely Josh are loving the belly. I like it, too, because it makes it all feel more real. :) We have our next doctor appointment this Wednesday 12/16. I cannot wait to see how much the boys have grown! It would've been our gender appointment, had we not been so fortunate to find out at 15.5 weeks. From what I understand, this will still be a long ultrasound because they will be doing a lot of measuring. It'll be nice to be able to look at the boys for a long time :) Here is a picture for comparison...
The top picture was taken at 14 weeks 6 days... and below was taken at 17 weeks 6 days.
Wow, I just realized that is only 3 weeks lol... The belly is really growing! *I think that we are going to start taking down the pics in the hallway so we'll stop getting those reflection lines in the picture... they are driving me nuts. I just forget every time. lol...I should probably make myself a note... and hang it actually ON the pictures. Ha Ha*

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Elastic panels... and incredible hubbies.

So... I finally bought some maternity pants today.... and I LOVE THEM!!!! My friend, Krista, said that she doesn't know why women don't just wear them all the time... and I've gotta say, particularly comfort-wise, I totally agree! It was such a relief to just be able to pull them up and down when going to be bathroom... instead of having to reposition my pants that would not even zip up or close at all and then position my belly band on top. I owe it all to my precious hubby, Josh. He took me to shop during the hour between my sweet sister, Paige's, graduation (magna cum-laude!) from Samford University this AM and graduation lunch at Village Tavern. He would get me any new sizes, stood there and told me what looked good, was SOOOOOO encouraging in the midst of trying on clothes with this big old belly and boobs, and was very kind about the fact that I just need some clothes...that fit and are comfortable. He said I was particularly fortunate that he witnessed my trying to get dressed this AM Ha Ha...and knew that I NEEDED new black pants, etc.

I cannot rave about him enough. What a blessing he is to me in general, but he has been particularly incredible during this entire pregnancy, taking care of me and the boys... especially this AM at the graduation when I looked at him and told him that I felt horrible and had to get out of there... my vision was darkening (like I was about to faint) and I felt like I was going go throw up! Turns out, I think I was just OVERheated! That auditorium was way too hot and once I got into the cool hallway, got some water, and went to the potty, I felt MUCH better. Josh was there with me the whole time (not in the potty Ha Ha) and such a great caretaker.

Thank you, Lord, for my precious husband, Josh, that You hand-picked to love me so much. GREAT JOB! :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

JHG and HNG...

Josh and I have officially decided on the boys' names!

Jack Henry Gamble

and

Harrison Nash Gamble


My daddy's uncle's name was Jack and we just love Henry.
We will call him "Jack Henry."

My daddy's name is Harrison, so I've always dreamed of having a little Harrison, and Nash was Josh's maternal great-grandfather's middle name.
We will call him "Harrison."

We are unbelievably blessed to be welcoming these sweet babies into our family!
It's gonna be wild around our house, but oh, so much fun! :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Belly pic 17 weeks... and a little more.

Here is what I call my 17 week (16wk 6 days) picture... As I've said before, I really take the picture the day before I get a "new week," but it's certainly close enough! I'm still feeling great... with the exception of the occasional low moments... which tend to coincide with getting too hot and usually some water helps the bad feelings go away. No worries! I thought I'd also post the other 2 pics to show the moments leading up to the belly pic. Miley did not really want to cooperate tonight and was feeling very needy for her mama... at first it's her loving on me and then she did her thing where she sticks her nose between your knees. We have no idea why she does, but ever since she's been tall enough, she's loved doing this to anyone who will let her. (Don't worry, she's not sniffing your crotch, it's just a nose between the knees.) I honestly think that she really likes the pressure on her face... and it puts her back in the perfect position for you to pet her. Win-Win for her. :)
THE belly. and sweet miley.

Miley with Milton, Josh's dad last weekend. He loooves her, and she loves him back!

The other night, Miley reminded me of a good child-rearing concept: check out exactly what they are doing before you fuss at them... I saw her under the Christmas tree (close to the usual spot she takes stuff she's not supposed to have) chewing on something... I started to fuss at her and realized that sweet girl was just enjoying a more festive bone-chewing experience under the tree. No harm, no foul...and oh, so cute. I had to snap a pic of this b/c it was cute... clearly, as is a woman's perrogative, Miley could not make up her mind which bone/toy she wanted.... so she chose 3. There ya go, Miley girl!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

TURKEY TOSS 2009

I started a post about this during Thanksgiving week, but got busy with Thanksgiving and other family time, and totally forgot to finish it... so I just started over.

Early morning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, my sister Grace, Josh, and I went down to Rick and Bubba's annual Turkey Toss. Grace and Josh intended to compete--in the women and men divisions, respectfully. The toss is where people throw frozen turkeys to see who can throw the 12 lb turkey the greatest distance. The measurement is taken after the turkey lands and quits sliding. Each different division (men, women, soldiers, children, and high heels) competed for various amounts of gift cards to Academy Sports, the highest being $1,000! Josh chose the backward throw, which had gotten him good distance in a turkey toss back in 2003 (i think it was). Grace, on the other hand, chose the overhead throw. Grace was throwing pretty solid 50-something throws, but there were two previous champs who were throwing 80 ft throws! Knowing she could not conquer these beasts, Grace swapped to the high heel division! LOL... She borrowed some high heeled boots from a lady behind us in line! Anyone who knows Grace at all knows she is definitely a lady, but not a lady who enjoys the high heel... (nor does she need them at 6 ft tall) Ha Ha. Anyways... Josh did not perform as he would've liked to... and will try again next year if the Turkey Toss is held in Birmingham. (It changes locations each year. One year it was in Nashville and Auburn another year.) Well....

GRACE WON THE HIGH HEEL DIVISION!!!

We were (are) so proud! Here are some pictures!

Warming up with a 25 lb weight... makes the 12 lb turkey feel light!
Let's do this!Joshy G lookin' awesome and strong :)These boots were made for.... throwing frozen turkeys?I can hear "Eye of the Tiger" playing
All of the 1st and 2nd place winners!