Abby Lu was strapped nicely into her car seat and seemed to like it just fine.... that is, until the car started!
December 31, 2008
Abby Lu was strapped nicely into her car seat and seemed to like it just fine.... that is, until the car started!
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Grandparents alert: We ordered photos and included plenty for you. No need to buy any on the site!
December 30, 2008
After her first test, she was given to me to feed. I have been nervous about breast feeding because I feel ill prepared and because it has been a challenge for so many people. She latched on like a pro. He delivered again.
December 29, 2008
December 28, 2008
WE ARE THREAT LEVEL RED FOR BABY!
Probably not going to be able to answer calls and stuff for a while...so more details...and hopefully a grand announcement here shortly.
One of the best stories out of the day.....was during some home labor (again, we can give some greater details later) Anna is squeezing my hand...and looks teary..."This hand will be that hand that will be with her for so much, walk her down the isle, first day of school, swinging her through the parking lot to the car."
more to come.
December 27, 2008
December 26, 2008
December 25, 2008
It includes scriptures made to help me be strong, to remember Abby is His child, to keep Marcus and I focused on the gift she is, and to let others see His love through our experience.
It was super easy to make and it helped me to use up many of my random accessories and scrap paper.
Marcus and I are enjoying a quiet Christmas Day at home. We didn't know where we would be this year or who would be with us, so we kept it very low key. We have a pot roast in the crock pot, a new video game to learn, and a DVR to conquer. It should be a nice quiet day in our pajamas!
Last night we opened presents to aid in sleeping in this morning! Marcus was so thoughtful and bought me the red checkered matching quilt to our bedding. I had wanted it for months and he told me we did not need it, even though it was on clearance! It was a lesson in submission- I didn't fight him on it, but just said okay and let it go. He definitely surprised me with it last night. He also gave me my annual James Avery Christmas charm- called motherhood and featuring Mary and Baby Jesus and a Willow Tree called "A New Life". He felt it transitioned well from the maternity angel Susan gave me this summer.
Marcus also opened his presents last night- Texas Tech washers to match his red and black portable washer boards, some cool Austin-made coasters featuring a few of our favorite Austin restaurants and a Darth Vader golf driver head cover. A little fun for his serious golf game!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and enjoys the gifts of family, friends, good health and presents picked with love!
December 24, 2008
I have progressed to 2 cm dilated and stayed at 50% effaced. It looks like 12/29 is very likely. In some ways, it seems like forever from now and in other ways, I can't believe the baby we have dreamed off will be here in 5 days.
Here is a view of me standing up to show you my new shoes! ha! Marcus thought that would be funny. I am just happy I was able to wear shoes. I have only left the house once since Friday and it was for a pedicure, so I was in flip flops. My feet are puffy, but they do fit into shoes.
All was well at the doctor- good heartrate for baby and good blood pressure and weight for Mommy.
December 23, 2008
We saw Cohen on Sunday to celebrate Christmas and got to check out his new hairdo- a buzz cut that is the result of him finding a razor in the bathroom and deciding to give himself a reverse mohawk. He shaved off a strip in the middle of his head. Quite funny!
Today is also my official due date and I would have loved to have Abby Lu share her birthday with Cohen. My sister and I share the same birthday 4 years apart, so it would have been cool for our kids to also share. No such luck!
Today in the mail, she received her first piece of James Avery jewelry from my Aunt Vicki and cousin Keri. If you are not familiar with his work, it is my favorite and has been since I was a child. Mr. Avery is based out of Kerrville and specializes in sterling silver pieces, many of which are Christian based. My mother worked for him personally many years ago and my uncle works for him today. He is based in Kerrville, Texas, where my parents grew up. He also has many stores in Austin.
Abby Lu received a very small bracelet with angels framing her engraved name. It is simply beautiful and I love love it! Thank you Vicki and Keri for thinking of her and sending something so special to start her James Avery collection. I can't wait to see it on her sweet little wrists!
December 22, 2008
December 21, 2008
Marcus and I posed for our annual family picture and included Abby Lu via her newly monogrammed stocking in the picture. We'll be holding a happy little baby in this picture next year. I have a small photo album that houses a picture of Marcus and I from each year we have celebrated Christmas together. It goes back to 1996 when we were dating!
Tiffany, TJ (my Mom) and I in front of the fireplace. We skipped putting up a tree this year, so the pictures are a little off from the traditional. Other than pictures, I haven't really missed the tree at all. It is nice to not pull out the holiday water bottle to spray the cat as she attacks the tree!
The Langbein Family photo- Tiffany, Kyleigh, Cohen and Shaun
Bella was full of personality last night and wasn't afraid of the big bird. Here she is checking him out!
She also found the straws to be quite amusing. They made great fangs, if you could catch her with them both in her mouth!
December 19, 2008
To have some of her fabric carried down to our daughter and a letter from Iva sharing what a wonderful woman she was means the world to Marcus and I. Knowing that Iva saved the fabric for a special occasion and deemed our daughter worthy of it is so touching. It reminds you why family names are so special. To top it all off, the items don't look like they came from an old stash of fabric- they are modern and funky and perfect!
Here is the laundry bag personalized just for her. The fabric, including the rick-rack, came from Granny. I wish I had known Granny and I shared a love of rick rack!
Here are a few of the other items made from new and old fabrics. The large white burp cloth says, "My Grammy Rocks" which is Marcus' Mom (Lucille's daughter's) grandname. The green and blue smaller cloths and sewn with an "A" and a ladybug. I love me some ladybugs! Finally, the pillows include a flower, letter A, "is for Abigayle" and a photo frame.
Iva, thank you so much for sharing Granny's fabric with us, for sharing your talents with us, and for welcoming our daughter into the family with a heritage she can be so very proud of. We love you!
December 18, 2008
December 17, 2008
When I opened my old wallet last night, my findings were much more revelaing. I found a fortune from a long ago fortune cookie that read, "Good things come to those who wait." I am sure at the time I didn't believe it or thought I had waited long enough. In the change purse I found a small silver coin, shaped like a doll, that said "hope" on the front and the back said, "Put your hope in God". I can not remember who bought it for me or when I received it, but am glad I came across it again. It belongs in Abby's book for sure.
Whatever you are waiting on, I hope it comes to you too!
December 16, 2008
Nothing new or exciting happening since my sonogram yesterday. Tomorrow is my last day of work and I see the doctor on Thursday. My calendar is clear and ready for her arrival!
from Baby Center:
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
Big thanks to Tabriah for letting me copy her fabulous Pottery Barn Kids rug! I love it and it is super soft and thick for little baby legs to crawl on!
December 15, 2008
I wanted to update from the earlier post about our branch Xmas party. Please pardon my informal attire. I was hot from the Wii ing!
These currently mean the most to me and seem mighty relevant. I don't want to forget it isn't Dr. Vaughn or Dr. Neyman bringing this baby into the world- it is Him who made it all happen!
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.- John 15:5
You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother.- Psalm 139:13
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. - Ephesians 3:20
Saturday was party free- we made casseroles to prep for Abby Lu, ran a couple of little errands and enjoyed what might be our last date before child care is a concern. Dinner at Cheesecake Factory was wonderful. There was no wait at 7 PM. Amazing!
Sunday afternoon we attended my PEO chapter's holiday party and then rushed home to grab dessert and attend our Fantasy Football end of year party.
Here is a picture of 9 of the 12 members of our league. Pending some crazy activity by his wide receiver, Marcus will be playing in the championship against Jesse (bottom right in black). I will be playing for third place.
The championship game wasn't decided when we arrived at the party since the Cowboys and Giants were just getting started. Lots of time was spent around the laptop watching the points unfold.
An eye appointment while pregnant is different. They won't dilate your eyes, it was hard to lean forward enough to press my forehead and chin into the machinery and everyone was concerned my eyesight would be different- it hasn't changed in years which I why I can wear so many pairs of glasses.
My eyesight was shown to have gotten a little better which isn't pregnancy related, so off I went to Lens Crafters to find new black glasses. These fun frames are white on the inside and have a little bit of black stones on the sides that make them sparkle. The consultant was super nice and gave me 45% off my bill which made these frames much more budget friendly. Plus, since they are Burberry, they came with a fun case!
December 12, 2008
We saw the doctor for our 38 week checkup and here is what she said:
* Blood Pressure is good at 114 over 76
* Weight gain is normal at 26 total pounds, 1 pound since last week
* Heart rate was excellent at 143
And, then Dr. Neyman came in and told me Abby Lu looks to be about 8 pounds. Excuse me, what? Baby Center says normal is around 7 pounds. 8 pounds with 17 days until induction makes we very nervous! At one pound per week normal baby weight gain at this point, I am looking at a baby over 10 pounds!
My body is not progressing toward labor at all, so she is not in favor of induction yet. I did convince her to let me do a sonogram on Monday morning so that Dr. Darby can tell me how big she looks. I don't know what I am hoping for- a small baby that will stay in me longer or confirmation she is big and an induction early next week.
At this point, I am back with Dr. Neyman on Thursday December 18th and we'll see how I have progressed. She does not go straight to c-section unless the sonogram shows a 10 pounder. Wow!
On another note, I was excited to pull out my Christmas shirt today. I think I outgrew it! It is pulling a little tight on my belly. Funny trick though- my shirt is magical because when I sit down, I can hide Santa's hat!
In a time of thanksgiving, I am so very thankful that the Lord had a plan for my life that was bigger and better than I was able to see at this time last year. The original intention of sharing our infertility story on the blog was to be able to reach out to friends and family and solicit their prayers. I now hear of friends sharing the blog with other friends who are wishing for a child or are expecting after experiencing infertility themselves. Please feel free to share our story with others- I am always open to sharing our experience if it can help others become aware of options, learn about our loving Father, and ultimately see the happy ending which is not always the original ending we had in mind.
On the right side of the blog, you can find our blog labels. I have gone back and labeled all of the infertility posts. This will make the "story" of Abby Lu easier to follow for new readers.
December 10, 2008
Honestly, I am getting to the really uncomfortable stage. I am swelling, my joints hurt, I don't sleep and I think I now waddle. I stand up and have to pee. I sit down and have to pee. On the bright side, I am so grateful to be at 38 weeks with all of this complaining to do!
I started working PT this week and it has helped. I go in at 10:00 each day which allows me to lay in bed a little longer and eat a good breakfast at home. It seems to help me maintain energy longer during the day. My last day at work is next Wednesday. My leave is about 12 weeks. I am off completely for the first 6-7 and then will work as I wish from home via phone and email. I am very very blessed I have this opportunity. I realize not all employers are so understanding.
I am back at the doctor on Friday for a regular appointment and to check my iron levels. Please say a prayer all is still well, iron counts are normal, and my power of persuasion moves up my induction date!
from Baby Center:
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
December 07, 2008
We were showered with lots of wonderful gifts- homemade treasures, practical goods from Moms with lots of experience and the occasional over-the-top outfit that I can't wait to dress her in.
Check out these ruffled fancy pants! Abby Lu will be so stylish! They will be cute with her little ballerina socks or her red glitter slippers handed down from our little friend Emily.
Here is another outfit that makes me smile- leopard print shirt and matching pants and sunglasses! I love Gymboree for their ability to make it all work together. I know I will be shopping there often.
These are just a few of the girls in attendance. The rest of them and the boys were upstairs watching the SEC game or manning the kids out in the backyard. It is such a blessing to be a part of this family of families. We have learned tremendously from each of them.
December 05, 2008
I know a lot of people with December birthdays or anniversaries! I didn't realize how many until I mention Abby Lu's due date and hear, "she could be born on my birthday." So, I am trying to compile a list. If you have a December date, let me know and I'll add you to the list or correct me if I have your date wrong!
December 3- Mary (my co-worker)
December 5- Erica (my blogging friend)
December 9- Rowan (my college friend Sandee's daughter)
December 12- Ben and Kristi's Anniversary (my cousin)
December 14- Matt and Tabriah's Anniversary (childhood friend)
December 19- Cathy (my former KW boss and current friend!) and John and Jessica's Anniversary (my coworker)
December 20- Kiersten and Ava (friends daughter, about to turn one)
December 22- Reese and Debra (daughter of a Goddess Girl and KW friend) or Kelly (who I blog stalk from Arkansas!)
December 23- Cohen (my nephew)
December 30- Blythe (Natalie from church's sweet daughter)
December 31- Jacque (my step mom)
She'll be in great company on any of these days!
I found this website online and loved their products. Marcus' dog tag came in the mail yesterday and looks even better in person. They have a great line of women's products too and everything is reasonable priced.
Marcus' tag reads, "Abigayle Eph. 3:20" which states:
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. -NLT version