Tuesday, September 28, 2010

He is Here!

On Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at exactly 7:00pm, our little man, Mason Dale Hicok was born by C-section. It was definitely the most amazing experience of my life! I was really upset about having to have a C-section, but after pushing for an hour it became clear that he just didn't want to come out the "old-fashioned" way. Pushing is an interesting feeling when you cant feel anything from the waste down! They kept saying "harder, harder" and I would give it everything I had, but I really had no idea how well I was doing, I couldn't feel anything! lol! I guess I was a very good pusher, according to my doctor, buti I'll just have to take his word for it!

I will NEVER forget the sound of his first cries. Here I was, laying on the table, shaking from the raging hormones and adrenaline, Brandon talking so sweet in my ear, trying to keep me calm and all of the sudden I hear his first cries and I immediately started bawling, telling Mason how much I loved him and was so happy he was here, I couldn't even see him, because of the curtain, but it didn't matter, he was here and he was healthy!

Mason is the best baby ever. Sure, he's had a few times of inconsolable crying in the last 6 days, but nothing we couldn't handle and move past. Those small moments are overpowered by all the hours of silly smiles, funny faces and sweet dreams. He is so much like his daddy! He's a "mouth breather," he sneezes like the dickens and some of the looks he gives are just so Brandon! At first, looking at the ultrasounds I thought he looked so much like me, but turns out, I think, he looks more like his dad.

Basically, I could go on and on forever about how perfect my son is, but that would probably get a little old for all of you, so just enjoy the pictures and know that he is happy, healthy, and perfect in every way! Brandon and I could not be happier! We love him sooo much it's impossible to describe. I'm sure that's how all parents feel, especially with their first new little baby :)

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but hopefully this will make up for it! Until later...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

On my way out the door, so...

I don't really have time to write much but....DID ANYONE NOTICE I MADE IT TO THE LAST BLOCK ON MY BABYGAGA.COM COUNTDOWN?!? You have no idea how I have been longing to see that last little block light up! Woot Woot, Woot Woot! (Doing a victory dance!) Only a few more weeks...I can't wait! Until later..hopefully not too much later though ;)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Little Man 32wks 6dys

Here's our big boy! Already 5lbs 1oz!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Growing Belly...

32wks 1dy
The "beach ball"

Along the way people have told me how abnormally large my belly was, at first this was secretly exciting bc I wanted to have a belly so bad, now...I'm scared to see how big my belly is actually going to get before I burst! I've had people ask me things like if I have 2 weeks left(I have 8 weeks left!) If I'm "ready to have that baby yet?", and people swear that I won't make it to Sept. 28th (which I'm praying for! Get him outta me!) Not sure why I have been blessed with this freakishly large belly that makes people stare or family and friends laugh (Yes, laugh...mostly my brothers) but my doctor has finally noticed that it is somewhat off the normal track (about 10 days ahead according to the fundal height measurement) so we're getting an ultrasound on Monday to figure out if maybe I have an excess of amniotic fluid or if he's farther along than we thought, what I'm worried about hearing is if he's big...uh, how am I going to get him out if he's "big"?! AHH! I guess we'll just have to wait and see and pray for the best, of course.
In other news, this weekend is my baby shower! I'm so excited! Not only to hang out with all my family and friends, but to have a Saturday off work! ;) I'm thankful for my job, but wow, it can get tiring in about 5 seconds. I don't know how some of the girls that have gone before me have done it and actually made it to their due dates still on the floor, this is a gift I do not possess. Anyway, the shower is going to be so cute! We decided to do a beach theme since his room is all surfer boy and he's my little beach bum! It's going to be really fun! This is going to be a slow week bc of how excited I am for it!
Well, I don't have much more interesting things to report and I need to bring this post to a close because it's time to get ready to go to work! Really busy day ahead of me, first busy day in a while, a little nervous for it! I've attached some updated belly shots! Until later...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Well..okay then!

So, on Monday, Brandon woke up with an aching pain in his lower ride side that he said he had been struggling with all night...immediately I had a hunch that it was his appendix. But since I am such a hypochondriac I called my RN grandma first to get her opinion. So everything checked out and she suggested that if he felt bad enough he should go ahead and go to the doctor. So he went to an appointment on Monday where they booked him for a CT Scan on Tuesday morning. So fast forward to Tuesday afternoon...I get a phone call from the doctor's office saying that they couldn't get a hold of Brandon but that because of the results of the CT he needed to schedule an appointment with a surgeon to have it removed. I couldn't believe it, something I freaked out about actually was right! So I call the surgeon, made the appointment etc. then about 10 min. later the surgeon's office called me back saying I needed to take him to the ER immediately and he needed to have his appendix out as soon as possible! So now I'm freaking out, they totally changed their tune! So weird! So I got a hold of Brandon, told him the news, he left work and we headed to the ER! Meanwhile, both sets of parents are out of town and we have been watching my parents dogs who can't be left for a long time alone (because they would destroyyy the house!) Needless to say...I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to find a place for the doggies to go, pack an overnight bag for us for the hospital and call both families to inform of what the heck was going on! Thankfully, his parents flew in to help me out and have been such a blessing during this process! I guess the reason I'm writing this all down is that it was just so crazy! One minute in was no big deal and he was just going in because his side hurt a little, next thing we know he's in surgery! While he was in there the doctor discovered a small hernia as well, which means at some point in the somewhat near future he will have to have another surgery! Dear oh Dear! BTW, oh my gosh, the nurse was SO rude when I was talking to the doctor about the hernia. I simply asked how imperative it was for him to have the second surgery, whether or not he needed to have it right away, since this surgery was unexpected and we do have a baby coming in 10 weeks. I asked this because um...hospital stays are holy crap EXPENSIVE and what do I look like...a bank?! I needed to know the severity of the situation so that I could make the proper decision! Of course we would do the surgery if it needed to be done asap, but if not then...one thing at a time! Goodness! So as I'm asking him about this and he's telling me not too stress it and take care of the baby stuff first my snotty nurse says "yeah..cause it's all about you.." and I wanted to STRANGLE her! Can you believe it? What a jurk! Yeah, cause that's what I was implying, that everything is about me and I don't care about his health and well-being?! I can't believe she'd be so bold! Later she made another comment about me again!! UGH! I couldn't wait to be discharged and not have to deal with her anymore!

....on a lighter note...

Something super funny (besides Brandon being totally loopy from meds, no filter!) happened during the night. So it's about 5am and he's just had his pain meds about 20min before and I open my eyes and see him staring at me, so I ask him if he's okay and he sort of mumbles yes and looks sort of distressed. All of the sudden I hear it...yes, he's going to barf! So I ask him what's wrong, what's wrong?! and then...BARF GOES EVERYWHERE! It hit the wall in front of him! After the first big purge he grabs his dish and finishes his business with that and I don't know what to do, laugh or cry?! I felt bad, but I couldn't believe his puke reached the wall! So I take care of it and from then on he's fine, but oh man was it funny and very impressive at the same time! ;)
Anyway, so that was our Tuesday night/Wednesday morning! Quite an event! I need to make sure I write it down in our baby book so we never forget! Boy, did my little boy make me uncomfortable! Of course it's never easy to sleep in that reclining chair they give you in the hospital, but it KILLED my back! It's on fire today! But, it was all worth it, to get to stay with Brandon in the hospital! I don't have any pics of Brandon in the hospital to post, my in-laws took some, but I don't have anything to upload them with. :( Well, that's my story for now! Until later..

Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Lovin'

Today is the day we normally watch our friends 10 month old son, Riley, so in an attempt to have a fun, engaging summertime activity we took him to the pool and had some fun in the sun! We had a great time! Riley was a little leery at first, but after a little time he started to really enjoy it! His little bloated diaper was so cute! The whole point to my little story is that once we got home and put Riley down for his nap I started getting ready to go out to the movies tonight and I could smell the sun tan lotion still on my skin and I felt that little sting of warmness from being outside and it put a huge smile on my face! Yes, the summer heat is unbearable at times, but I just love summer anyway! Eating Popsicles and the relief of rubbing aloe vera on a sun-burn is the stuff you look forward to during an AZ summer!
Another good thing about the heat of summer is that the hotter it gets, as the months pass, the closer I get to having this baby! 13wks to go! I can't believe it! My tummy is pretty much all baby now! I'm thinking all of me is going to be all Mason soon! Lol! Okay, so probably the weirdest thing I think about, which is probably only weird to me, is that the baby can kick me on the belly button. Is it just me, or doesn't it seem like there should be something blocking that space inside your belly, I mean it's like a hole in your stomach! Watching him kick me in the belly button is just too weird!
I seem to have a new craving to add to the list, ice cream! I frequent the dairy queen at the mall a lot! I'm pretty sure the guy behind the counter knows who I am and what I want every time! Lol! Maybe it's the heat, maybe it's just cause I'm fat. Haha! Either way, oh well! I'm enjoying it!
Well, that's the latest in the Hicok clan! Until later...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Things I'm Thankful For:

Tonight our youth pastor talked about time. How to "respect" your time, etc, etc, I forgot the name of his other points, sorry Dave! But it was mostly about being thankful for that time and using it wisely. The point was kinda to encourage the kiddos to spend time growing in the Word or spending time in fellowship with their christian/church friends instead of sitting in front of Facebook or the television all summer. But what stuck out to me was just a little point he made about being thankful. Taking the time out of every day to think up or list at least 3 things your thankful for that day. So I decided to try to do this. I always say how thankful I am for everything, why not actually list it? I'm going to shoot for 5, but there may be more, we'll see! (Not that there's not an endless list of things I could sit here and write about being thankful for but I'm thinking there should be a limit for times sake :) ) So here goes:

Things I'm Thankful For Today:

1. My family. I know, a given right? But Brandon has been out of town this week and my family invited me to come stay with them and my little brother even let me sleep in his bed, while he took the couch downstairs. It made me feel really good.

2. My friends. It's really interesting to see who's around after a year, 5 years, 10 years. I've been surprised looking back to high school that people I thought I'd be friends with forever I don't even have numbers for anymore. But then there are the friends who you could totally blow off or hurt and come back to and apologize and they're there for you, instantly and you pick up right where you left off. I love that. It really is awesome. So thank you all out there, you know who you are. I'm so glad I have friends like you guys.

3. My little baby boy growing away inside me. I know, another given right? But he's really kept me company these last few days without Brandon. I guess that sounds weird, but I guess, to me, it's like, you sit there all alone and you feel a little kick and it just comforts you and reminds you, you're not alone, you're responsible for someone, you still have someone who is with you all the time.

4. My wonderful husband. It's true what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. This has been the longest week of my life and I still have til Saturday! :( I'm just ready to have my partner back. I'm probably being hormonal and whiny, but oh well, I AM pregnant after all!

5. Days off. I love having time to check off things on a list! I had that time today! I got my car washed, picked up the dry cleaning and got some stuff for the baby's room. I still had time to meet a friend for lunch and take a nap before church tonight too! It was nice, not too fast but not too slow!

Well, bottom line: I'm thankful for my life. Brandon and I are truly blessed! We know that there is no way we'd be able to do all the things we've enjoyed over the last two years without God's help. I truly love my life and I can't wait until Mr. Mason makes his grand entrance into it! So exciting, I just want to meet him already! :) Until later...be thankful!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

a little late, but better than never...

Sorry, I've slacked a bit, but I do have news! Drum roll please.....It's a BOY! That's right! We're having a little man! We're planning on naming him Mason Dale, Dale after my grandpa. We were totally suprised (we had convinced ourselves it was a girl), but we're very happy! He must have been tired of all that "I feel like it's a girl" talk because he was VERY CLEAR to show that he was ALL boy! Haha! I don't have a scanner on hand, so I can't post any ultrasound pics, but trust me, he is looking very cute! Ultrasounds are amazing! I never one could see so much using basically echo-location! We saw everything! His heart and it's four chambers, his nose and mouth, eye sockets, fingers and toes, spine, kidenys, everything! It was so incredible! What an experience! We really enjoyed it, I've watched the video over and over again, it's just so amazing, it's like a sneak peek! Another more recent development, boy does he wiggle! I'm thinking he's going to be quite the sportsman! (Yes, we've already discussed which sports we are going to enroll him in when he's old enough! Tee ball, soccer, etc! Yay!) He's kicking right now, as a matter of fact, he must know I'm talking about him! :) Lately, we've been spending a lot of time online and in store checking out cribs, strollers, swings, all things baby! We haven't started registering yet, but I have started a list of the bigger things that I want! Who would have thought, I mean I knew having babies wasn't cheap, but what suprises me it just how much stuff like there furniture costs! Wow! Overwhelming, much?! Luckily, we both have awesome parents who have offered to help us with a few items! What would we do without them? I know...we'd be BrOkE with lots of debt! HAHA! Well, I guess that's life, right? It's all part of it and we're excited for what's to come! So I've had so different cravings recently...reallllly into broccoli with lemon juice squeezed onto it! But if I can't get my hands(or my fork) on broccoli I just eat any kind of steamed veggie with lemon juice on it! SO yummy! I think that's about all you've been missing these last couple weeks that I slacked! I can't believe I'm 22 weeks, it's going so fast! I get more antsy with every passing day! I can't wait to see what he looks like, learn about his personality, it's all going to be so fun! Thank you Lord for this beautiful and fun gift! I'm loving every minute of it! Well...until later :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Start spreading the news..."

"I'm leaving today..." to NYC baby! Well, I just got home from the Big Apple and boy it was as much fun as it was exhausting!! Hauling around another little person with the through the whole city is a work out! My legs are killing me today! I don't know how I'm going to work, glad I don't have too many clients today! Back to NY, I went with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for about 4 days and We hit all the big spots! We stayed at the Westin in Times Square, so of course, we went all through there! We also paid homage to the Bumble and Bumble salon in Uptown Manhattan and the Carsten Institute in Union Square! We walked and rode all over the place! I had my first experience with Filene's Basement in Union Square, kind of like a bigger, way nicer Ross. We also saw the best show ever, WICKED! My second time, but it was just as good! I was so disappointed, we didn't find the Naked Cowboy, but there was some dangerous threats going on in Times Square with a car bomb, so maybe he hit the road! But we did eat at the deli where a famous and might I add...slightly inappropriate scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed! So, I guess that's something a little risk-ay to add to my list! Something really fun and really yummy that we did was go to a little restaurant called Max Brenner's. It's a chocolate shop/restaurant where you can order anything and it comes with chocolate! We had drinking chocolate and ridiculously sweet and chocolate filled desserts! We did so many things, but I'm sure you don't want me to go through them all one by one, so I'm just going to add a few pics for you to see for yourself! We had a great time and I'm definitely glad I got to go on one more big trip before I get too huge! By the way, you'll be able to see a little bump in my pics, that's right, I'm big enough for people to think "oh cute, she's pregnant" not "oohh...she's got a little muffin top, ew!" Well, hope you like the pics, that's all for now! Until later...

Monday, April 19, 2010

16wks 6dys

So, we had another doctor's appointment today! Everything is going great! Gotta love that strong heartbeat you look forward to for weeks in between appointments! Such a sweet melody! Today's heartbeat was a funky little rhythm, it was kinda like pump boom boom, pump boom boom. It was around 152ish. Still fast and strong! Come on girl! On that note, the doctor wasn't really cool with the idea of letting me get my ultrasound a little earlier than he normally does it, 20wks. So I won't be able to find out until I get back from my trip to NY City in the beginning of May! :( Bummer dude! So I guess we'll just have to wait a few more weeks....I'll try to be patient! haha! I'm finally starting to show, even in the morning, which is what really counts, according to me! Lol! I am freaking out about the numbers on the scale though, up and up they go! ugh! It's really hard to be comfortable watching myself "put on the pounds" when I've never had a problem with the creeping up before!! Sometimes it's a little disappointing, which I know isn't the right way to feel, but it's scary!! I know the weight is good weight and I eat healthy and all that, I just have to get used to it! Well, anyway, that's about all that's exciting for now! Until later...

Friday, March 26, 2010

"I want it to come out now..."

"....so I can hang out with it." These were the words Brandon used to express his feelings toward hearing the baby's heartbeat on Monday. Too funny. When we saw the baby's heartbeat his words of choice were something a little inappropriate, we'll say: "Oh Crap!" I just died. He told me seeing the little flicker on the screen was saying to him "okay, this is really real." A little eye opening moment, I think. I wanted to leave a little note on here describing a few of the ins and outs of Brandon-Father-to-Be because I always want to remember how fun and funny he's made this whole process. I really love hearing his thoughts because, as a guy, I want to know how he moving through it all. It's been such a joy to question him on all things baby, he always has a funny and unique point of view. Ha, you should have heard some of the names he came up with in the beginning! The weirdest one I heard (which he has since taken off the table, realizing how stupid it is) is Arrayu, yes, sort of like the character from Never Ending Story, Attrayu. I answered his request with a resounding "NO", followed by an "ArE YoU SeRiOuS?" and a lot of laughter. Another Brandon-Father-to-Be moment that I'll always remember is when we started talking about cravings. Here's a little of how the conversation went: "It'll be cool when like you have to have a cheeseburger in the middle of the night or something, because, then I'll get to get something too!" Haha, so cute, right? All kidding aside, he really has been a great husband during pregnancy! (I know I'm only 3mnths along, but the first few and the last few are the ones you gotta be strong for, right? Lol) He gets me anything I need, he has had a good attitude when I'm a grouch and he's been patient and kind when I can't find anything to wear! So thank you hunny for being amazing you! I'm really enjoying this stage in our life, I think it's only a preview of things to come! Let's just say I'm excited. Well, Until later...

Monday, March 22, 2010

thump, thump, thump...

WE HEARD THE BABY'S HEARTBEAT! Oh, it was just the best thing I've ever heard in my life! Nothing can compare to the sound of your own flesh and blood, growing away, inside of you. Wow, what a rush! We recorded it on Brandon's IPhone and I just keep playing it over and over again. Amazing. Everything is looking great so far! The only bump we've come to is that I am anemic and have to take iron supplements, but that's maintainable. No biggie. The heartbeat was relatively fast, 167, so you never know, according to those old wives' tales, we could have a little girl in there! Heck, I don't care what it is, I'm just so thankful to God for this gift. As corny as it sounds it really is "the miracle of life!" I just praised God the whole way home for the blessing He's bestowed upon Brandon and I. What a gift. I'm sorry I keep going on, but really, I can't wipe the smile off my face! Thankfully, I've had a very healthy pregnancy so far, light morning sickness, I'm finally getting my energy back somewhat and I'm just so grateful for that! Being so healthy gets me worried sometimes like, are you sure everything is okay, cause I'm not feeling much of anything? Then, you go to the doctor and hear that beautiful sound and your whole life stops for a second and there is a huge resounding sigh of relief and reassurance! I love it. I'm loving being pregnant and I just know I'm going to love being a mommy. My next appointment is in 4 weeks, so until later...
Listen to our baby here:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

12 weeks and counting...

Well, I'm nearing the end of my First Trimester! I can't believe it, it's gone so fast! I go to the doctor on Monday and I can't wait! I'm hoping to hear the baby's heartbeat! I'll have to take some pictures of my belly and post them on here! It's not anything super incredible yet, but there's a little pooch there! So far I'm still really enjoying lemons, I really don't eat them that often though, my lips get swollen and obviously my teeth will feel the pain later! I'm pretty much over cheeseburgers! I ate so many that I can't really imagine ever eating one again! Lol! Well, I've dipped my toe in the maternity clothing pool! I have a couple pairs of jeans and a few shirts! I'm not saying I've worn it all yet, but I was getting sick of having to hold my breath and jump up and down to get in my jeans! Anyway, I'm putting off getting ready for work by writing this, so I really don't have much time, yikes! Just wanted to post a little update! Until later...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

When life, or your grandma, gives you lemons...

(Up top is a pic of what the baby looks like inside my belly right now: I'm 11wks 1 dy, the baby is about the size of a plum!)

New craving! Lemons with salt! But I've been careful about how and how often I eat them because I need my enamel!

Well, I haven't been on here in a while so I thought I've post something! Nothing really has been going on in our lives over the past couple of weeks, but I guess there is something I can report: I can feel my uterus! My belly is starting to get a little hard! (just wait, I'll go to the doctor and it'll not even be where I think it is and I'll have been wrong this whole time...haha! oh well a girl can dream :) ) I haven't been sick but I have been growing out of my clothes! There are some days where I can get any of my pants up and I get all depressed because nothing looks good! I'm hoping to go shopping soon for some new clothes that can last throughout the pregnancy, Old Navy has some really cute stuff that I can't wait to go check out!

I go back to the doctor on the 22nd and I can't wait to see what's in store! I'm hoping to hear the heartbeat! By the way, I'll be 13wks on the 22nd! It's going so incredibly fast! I'm sure when it's 115 out and I'm standing all day at work it'll start to slow down, haha, but until then I'm enjoying the new changes!

In life outside of baby we are beginning work on our backyard! We have a company coming to install a patio for us tomorrow! Unfortunately, having the whole thing landscaped professionally was WAY to expensive, so we're having to do everything else ourselves! So if any of you feel like helping us, let us know! ;) After the patio goes in I think we'll work on the sprinkler/drip system..Lord, please help us! So now you all that is going on with us! I'll be back in a couple weeks, after the doctor's appointment, to share any new news! Until later....

Thursday, February 11, 2010

take a deep breath...

and exhale! *sigh* WE SAW THE BABIES HEARTBEAT TODAY! What an incredible feeling! Of course, I cried! I'm going to try to see if I can load the video or something. I don't have a scanner so I can't upload the pictures! The baby is doing well! The ultrasound tech said I'm 7wks 2dys and my due date is Sept. 28th! We are SO excited! It was the most exciting sight I've ever beheld! The little bleep-bleep-bleep on the screen! So amazing! Thank you Lord for this amazing little gift and thanks to all of you for all your prayers and well-wishings! We are so happy! Well, no need to drag this out, just wanted to let you all know! Thanks! Until later...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On Thursday...

So, we're waiting for Thursday, waiting, waiting, waiting. On thursday we're supposed to go in for another ultrasound and hopefully get to see a little heartbeat! So until then, it's all I can think about. Not much has gone on since I last posted. I'm extremely tired and lethargic and well..sort of moody. Alright, a lot moody! But I'm trying not to be a grouch! Brandon has been so patient, what a good husband! Also, this week, I have tried eating pretzels before bedtime and that's helped A LOT with the nightly run's to the restroom. I was getting up as much as 4 times a night, before the pretzels, because of all the water I've been drinking! Killer! What's the point in sleeping?! So, luckily this has seemed to help and I'll continue doing it. Still eating cheeseburgers like nobody's business! Ha! They're the best thing I've ever eaten! In-N-Out seem to be my favorite! Mmmm! Other than that, I haven't craved much of anything else.
This weekend is Winter Retreat with the kiddos. Hopefully I'm not too tired, moody or, heaven forbid, that's when my body decides to start throwing up everything! I'm very excited to go hang out with all of them so I would hate to not feel good the whole time! (Let's pray there is decent tasting food too!)
Well that's all for now, until later....

Sunday, January 31, 2010

hamburgers for breakfast

Well, today marks the beginning of week 7! I can't believe it! So far things have still gone pretty easy for me! I haven't thrown up yet, I've been a little nauseous, but no making friends with the toilet so far! I guess that's a good thing, right? I have woken up during the night a couple times with an upset tummy, but a little whining to Brandon and some hot water with lemon has seemed to do the trick for now!
So far I have been craving hamburgers and french fries! The other day I had a hamburger on the way to work at 10am! Thank goodness for places like Sonic that serve everything, breakfast/lunch/dinner, at all hours of the day!
Tomorrow we have our first ultrasound! I can't wait! I know it will probably just be a little spot, but that's ok, it's OUR little spot ;) We get to bring a dvd to make a copy of the tape, I think that is such a cool feature! Thank you technology! My first doctor's appointment is on Wednesday and I'm very excited for that too, I'll get an official due date from my doctor!
Well, I just wanted to give a little update tonight, I'll post tomorrow and let everyone know how the ultrasound went! Until later...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A little plus sign....

So I have some news! Brandon and I have been trying for a baby for about the last 2 months and last Thursday afternoon we were blessed with a positive test! I followed up with my ob/gyn and received good blood results back yesterday! I haven't had this confirmed with the doctor yet, but according to the due date calculator I'm about 6 weeks along now and there will be a new little Hicok in mid-late September! The family is going nuts! We are very excited and continually thank God for our new little gift! I am doing well, just a tired and the tummy is a little upset, but I actually haven't thrown up yet! Luckily, neither has Brandon, haha! He has done very well, so cute and giddy! On Saturday night we went to church and I held my friend's baby, Riley, and Brandon played with him and held his little hand, it made me all mushy inside! ;) I got my first gift yesterday, from a client, can you believe it?! She was very sweet, she bought me a little Christmas outfit which will be the perfect size when it hits that time next year! I have had such the urge to rush out and buy things but I guess it's kind of impossible to shop (for the fun stuff I mean) without knowing the sex of the baby yet, so I have withheld! I just can't believe there's a little tadpole growing inside me! We call him/her our little orange seed, because that's about how big he/she is right now, I think that name and tadpole will stick for some reason. ;) Anyway, I will try to keep this blog going for out-of towners and anyone else who feels like reading it that way you can all keep up with baby news! Well, that's all for now!