Sunday, November 14, 2010

No. 3 & 4

The mommies of these little boys are sisters, so these guys are sure to be best buddies! Introducing...

Joshua Lee Groover
Born October 13, 2010
Welcomed by parents Andrew & Jennifer and big brother Jacob

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Bennett James Reeder
Born November 10, 2010
Welcomed by parents Dan & Katie

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Now 4 of the 5 boys are here, only 1 left...you know who that is! I'm on deck!

Monday, October 11, 2010

30 Weeks

30 weeks?! What?! Ready...set...panic!

10 weeks to go. 70 days. 9 weeks left of school. 7 weeks left until I'm full term. How do you like that math? What was I thinking?! I blame Ben, he should have made me wait another month before trying for a baby. I couldn't be held responsible for my actions, I had baby fever for goodness sakes! Everyone knows you're not thinking logically when you have baby fever!

I have to go study for a History midterm now. And remember to breathe. Yeah, that too. Breathe.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My First Baby Shower

This is a much belated post on my first baby shower, which was held in late August. Three of my college girlfriends gave Adam his very first party. It was held at my friend Elizabeth's house in Marietta, GA, and our friends Holly and Wands flew in from New Orleans for the weekend for the occasion. Seriously. Do I have fabulous friends or what?

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Me and the hostesses, Elizabeth, Wands, and Holly. Hard to believe that exactly 11 years ago to the month we were moving into the 3rd floor of Brumby Hall at UGA...the rest is history!



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The Presents



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Balloon picked out especially for HRH Adam Benjamin by Aunties Wands & Holly



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The Spread
Not pictured: meatballs and the rotel dip that was made especially at my request.



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The Cake



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Cute Outfits



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Me with my Mama, the very excited Grandmother (Didi? D-Mo? Grammie?)



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My brother's super cute girlfriend Jackie with my Grandmother. This will be her 9th great-grandbaby!



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Stepmom Cindy with sister Taylor



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Rocket the 30 lb cat enjoying the festivities



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My oldest friend in the world Libby. Auntie Libby has already had to arrange an emergency doctor's visit for me at 12 wks in Atlanta while Ben was in Biloxi & held my hand through the ultrasound (everything was fine, obviously) and has also begun spoiling Adam rotten. And he's not even here yet!



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My my old work friends from HomeBanc Paula & Jackie. I hadn't seen these ladies in about 3 years and they still wanted to drive out for my baby shower!




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Probably my favorite picture of the day, everyone staring at my belly!



As you can see I am a very blessed girl to have people who love me and love Adam! I was so overwhelmed by the beautiful shower and the people who came. Thanks to my hostesses and guests, it was a wonderful afternoon!





Friday, October 1, 2010

2 Down, 3 To Go!

Landon Jacob Evans
Born September 16, 2010
Welcomed by parents Brad & Erin and big sister Madison

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Levi John Benjamin Dewberry
Born September 30, 2010
Welcomed by parents Marc & Jessica and big brother Malachi

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*All photographs property of Heather Arwood of Woodberry Photography.

Happy Thoughts

Reasons why I am happy today....

1. My mom is coming tomorrow to help me get stuff to Goodwill and to our storage unit to finish getting the house ready for Sir Adam. Also the crib from my mom and stepdad that is fully assembled and decked out with bedding. I stand over it several times a day and imagine a baby boy snuggled and sleeping. Nesting is in full gear.

2. I had my 28 week doctor's appointment on Monday and passed my glucose test. Blood pressure still low (thanks mom for those genes), fundal height measuring exactly on schedule (and my doctor says I'm NOT too big, so there), and baby heart rate is strong and perfect. Healthy mama & baby!

3. It's October! My FAVORITE month!

4. Ben has finally decided on a residency! He is applying for internal medicine residencies. That will be 3 years and after that he will probably choose a fellowship to specialize. I know he's looking at a primary care sports medicine and an interventional cardiology program. But we have 3 more years before he has to make that decision.

5. I'm feeling great! I have more energy and I even think my nausea is subsiding some. Besides little things like backaches, stomach muscle aches, and my feet swelling on class days I'm really not having any other pregnancy symptoms right now. And those things are very doable. I've been so much more active the past week I actually got shin splints. Seriously.

6. I received permission to present on my research at my graduate colloquia in November instead of my internship. What, you don't think that's exciting? It is! I promise!

7. As of last night I have a new cousin! Welcome Levi! 2 boy cousins are here, 3 more to go!

8. Autumn Wreath Yankee candles, my fall wreath, and putting out baskets piled high with cozy blankets.

9. Cooler temperatures, although I think I'm the only person who doesn't think it's really all that cool. I need low 70's at least please. It still feels hot outside to me, but at least it's not unbearable.

10. Cable. Yes, the G family has broken down and gotten cable. I'm not gonna lie, I like it.

11. Ben comes home 2 weeks from today! We're on the downhill slide!

12. A baby boy who nudges and kicks me and makes me feel not totally alone while his daddy is gone.

Why are you happy today?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Med School Media

Here is a short video clip about Ben's medical school. There was a great article in People last week following one of Ben's classmates. I thought it did a great job of highlighting the healthcare needs in the area.

According to this video the school has been approached about a reality show? What?!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Feast Your Eyes

...on my cousins Jessi and Justin.

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I mean seriously, if your heart isn't melting it's made of stone.

Please click here and vote for them! They are close to the final twelve to be included in the Children's Eye Foundation calendar. They are on the right side, it is the picture labeled "Big Sister Love". While you're there take the time to learn about the importance of early detection of eye problems in children. Strabismus affects many members of my family so this is an important issue to us. You better believe we will be begin Adam's screenings early on, it makes a huge difference in treatment!

You can read more about Jessi (J2), Justin (J4), and their brothers (J1 & J3) at My Crazy J's. You can also check out my their mama's (aka my cousin Heather) photography!

Tomorrow I'm hoping to finally post about my first baby shower, as well as announce some exciting news about the arrival (currently in progress) of the first of the five boys of fall!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gameday

It's here. The time of year the Goins household looks forward to with breathless anticipation. College Football!


If you're not a Dawg fan this next video definitely won't mean much to you, but this is the point before each game when I get chills up and down my arms and tears fill my eyes.


Less than one hour...excuse me while I go put on my red & black and play my Redcoats CD.

Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Remembering the Reason

I've had a hormonal week of crying (uncontrollable sobbing is more like it), insecurities, etc etc etc. There's been no trigger for this behavior, in fact, if things were ever going as well as they possibly could as far as our lives and getting ready for the baby it's now. I have no idea what's going on, except to blame it on hormones. All I can say is I have a love/hate relationship with pregnancy. Most days I love it, the bump, the movement, bliss! And the fact that my body can grow and change to nurture this baby is nothing but miraculous. When you think about it, considering I'm growing a human life it's amazing how little the body changes and how for the most part I'm able to continue on with life as usual. But sometimes when I feel like it's slowing me down from all the things I want to do, I just want my old self back, and wonder if I'll ever really feel like me again.

Then my friend Amanda posted this.

All better. Completely. All better.

Hurry up December.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Baby Deals

You might as well know I've become obsessed with coupons and deals. I now refuse to buy something unless I have a coupon, there's just no reason to. Before I make an online purchase I do an internet search for discount codes. I can't believe all of those were just lying out there waiting for me to use and I never did. I was giving money away!! When I come across good ones, I will share them with you. So, for those of you who cloth diaper Living Well on Less posted some deals here.

And if anyone knows where I can get a Babies R Us code, either a general discount or for a coupon/crib, please share :).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reading Recommendations Please

...And this time not about pregnancy. Or babies. Or childbirth. Between reading for school and the stack of parenting books I have, I need some suggestions for fluff reading I can do before bed to clear my mind. So, better make sure the books don't cover rhetoric, religion, or Colonial America either. I need to drop off my copy of Tori Spelling's Mommywood (shut up, I love her) back at the library and would love to get some tips from you on some fun reading to check out next!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good Bye Summer

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Well, not quite yet, but wouldn't that be nice? Aren't we all ready for this heat to GO AWAY?! This is the time of year I give up completely on trying to actually fix my hair and just wear it in a ponytail. By late September I've normally forgotten what hairstyle I even have.

It's not really the end of summer, but today is the last day of my summer vacation. It's back to school tomorrow. With my backpack and belly I look ready to appear on the next episode of MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant. Having the last few months off has been an enormous blessing. I ended the spring semester 8 weeks pregnant and extremely ill. I'll never forget finishing my last paper of the semester sitting on the floor by my toilet with my laptop in my lap because I just saved time that way. You know, no constantly getting up and going back and forth. I was lucky that after that I've been able to spend lots of time off resting and adjusting to pregnancy. I don't know how I would have done it otherwise. Ben has worked with a couple of residents who are pregnant, sick, on their feet all day for long hours, and wearing fetal radiation monitors to make sure their babies aren't overexposed (wouldn't you freak out?!). I really don't know how they are doing it. I think I could have handled my old desk job in the air conditioning, but on my feet all day? No way, those women deserve a medal, and anyone else in those conditions.

While the break has been fabulous I'm ready for the return to my routine and the opportunity to focus my mind on something other than the baby (sorry buddy). Having all this time with nothing to do but plan for the baby is not good for my mental health. I know there was another Angela who existed before this mombie took over, and I'm looking forward to becoming reacquainted with her very soon.

So, bye bye summer, I'm ready to move on. In four months time I will have a master's degree and a baby (hopefully in that order, ahem, are you listening in there??). Let's get this show on the road.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cat Burgler

The bassinet arrived over the weekend. Maggie wasted no time in trying it out. She emphatically approves of the detachable Moses basket. I think we're going to have some territory issues with two little cats who think everything in this house belongs to them.


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But isn't she cute? She is my firstborn you know.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Boy Oh Boy Part 2

Boys Boys Boys. And more BOYS. It seems all the babies I hear about lately are boys! In my family we have five cousins due with babies between September and December, ALL BOYS. This doesn't include all of our friends who are having boys, not to mention distant blog & facebook friends who also all seem to be having boys. Ben thinks the government may be putting something in our water to weed out the girls as a way of population control (he's a mostly level-headed guy, but he gets a little Big Brother cautious sometimes). All I can say is if you're having a girl this year you better watch out, she might be the only one in her graduating class!

Last weekend I attended a shower for the first three cousins who are due this fall. This is a second baby for all of them, so they had a combined shower. Here we all are in order of due date with our ultrasound pictures that illustrate the "proof", five sweet boys!

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*Picture taken by my cousin Belinda, copied from her facebook account. Thanks Belinda!

From left to right: Erin, Jessica, Jennifer, Katie, and Yours Truly

It's hard to believe that in four months time these five people will become ten people!




Code for FREE Nursing Cover!

I was browsing the baby & kids section of craigslist this morning and some nice person posted this code to use for a free nursing cover at uddercover.com. Just pick your cover and apply the code chubby2 at checkout to get it for FREE.

Two things, first, you still have to pay $9.95 shipping, which almost stopped me from buying it altogether. Second, all styles are on backorder until September, which wasn't a big deal for me since I won't need it until December.

Happy Shopping!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Boy Oh Boy!

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You’re tearing up the grass." "We’re not raising grass," my dad would reply, "we’re raising boys."

–Harmon Killebrew

Boy!!

It's a boy! Early Monday morning myself, my husband, mother, and grandmother gathered in the ultrasound room to discover just who this little one was. Thank goodness my doctor's office has a big flat screen television on the wall so everyone could get a good look. We all predicted girl. Except for Ben, who had been thinking girl the entire pregnancy until the last couple of days, when he announced he was feeling more "boy". When the ultrasound tech started waving that wand below the baby's little butt, I saw "it". I said, "it's a boy, isn't it?" Ben looked at the tech and asked "is it?" The tech replied, "Umm, yep, yes it is!" I did not realize just how much Ben wanted a boy until I saw the grin spread across his face. He was ecstatic. Not that he wouldn't have been happy with a baby girl, I think it's just easier for him to imagine all the things he will do with a little boy, you know, since he was one (okay, still is a lot of the time).

To be honest, I had thought so much about a baby girl for the last couple of weeks, even calling her by her name, I thought if it was a boy I might be a little disappointed because I had become attached to this hypothetical daughter. But once the tech said "boy" I thought, girl? What girl? Who wants a girl? All I wanted was this little fella inside me. It was amazing how knowing who was in there bonded me even more closely with the baby than I was before. During the ultrasound he was actually pretty laid back, which I thought was odd considering how much I feel him move all the time. Maybe he was crashing from the sugar rush I gave him that morning, with the intent of getting him moving for the ultrasound. He was curled in a fetal position with his little feet crossed, which I thought was pretty much the most adorable thing I'd ever seen. We saw him suck with his mouth and reach his arm up to his mouth and eye. He kind of reminded me of Ben sitting back on the couch with his feet up on the coffee table.

I think I will actually be a pretty good boy mama. I had lots of little brothers for my practice round, I should have it just about right by now. My visions this week have been filled with trucks, balls, tree climbing, dirt, and scraped knees. I'm already tortured by the fact that someday he will leave me and want SOME OTHER WOMAN to take care of him. Maybe I should take one day at a time, and just focus on getting through the last half of pregnancy instead of worrying about his adulthood. I can't wait to meet my little man in about four months!





Thursday, July 29, 2010

Finding Out

On a Thursday in April, 3 weeks and 3 days into my cycle I was already experiencing some mild pregnancy symptoms and had been for a few days. During a late afternoon class waves of nausea overtook me while attempting to eat a yogurt. I spoke with my mom via Skype that evening and asked her if I would already have symptoms this early on. I assured her and Ben that I was not taking a pregnancy test until Sunday or Monday when I was actually four weeks. The next morning, a Friday, I awoke with the worst breast tenderness of my life. It was a gorgeous spring day. I didn't have class and Ben didn't have to go into the hospital. I thought..."what if?". I thought how nice it would be to find out on a day when we had the whole day together to soak in the news and no place to go.

So, without waking Ben, I headed to the bathroom and took the test. And there they were. Two lines. Now as someone who has taken MULTIPLE pregnancy tests (not because we've tried to get pregnant before but because I'm one of those people who's paranoid if I'm 5 min late) to see a pregnancy test turn positive was surreal. I just stared in disbelief. I was happy, but cautious. It was so very early. I knew I had to wake Ben and tell him.

Ben is the hardest person in the world to wake up. Even when you finally get him to obtain consciousness he normally can't process information for at least a half an hour. I had already decided when we began this process that I was not going to plan any special way to tell Ben I was pregnant. Ben is not an expressive person by nature, and I've matured enough in our relationship to know that if I constructed some elaborate plan and built up a big scene and expected a certain reaction I would be disappointed. So, I simply shook him awake and waited until I felt he was alert enough before I whispered, "Hey, I just got a positive pregnancy test". I still wasn't confident enough to say "I am pregnant". His response to this momentous news went as follows:

1. "Holy Crap."
2. "I knew you couldn't wait until Sunday to take the test."
3. "How much does your insurance cover?"

And that was the moment my husband became a father. For the next two hours while I glowed and thought of baby names, fat dimpled baby bodies, and crib bedding he preceded to worry about money, supporting a family, and most of all my health and the baby's health.

-"You're going to start walking, right? You need to stay active."
-"I just hope everything's okay."
-"There's so much that can happen."
-"I hope you don't get gestational diabetes."
-"You need to call the insurance company."
-"I get active duty pay for a couple of months coming up, that will be good."

Now, in my younger, less experienced years I may have been offended by a husband didn't grab me up and begin waltzing me around the bedroom singing lullabies and sketching out plans for our child's tree house. But, after nine and a half years together with four of those being married years, I've learned that is not the way Ben expresses love. What better response could I have hoped for from the father of my child than one of concern and responsibility for how he was going to adequately care for his family? I felt lucky and proud as I watched him begin to take on his fatherly role. The moment that 2nd line appeared he began worrying, and he won't stop for the rest of his life.

After a couple of hours he was able to relax a little and let the happiness and joy sink in, and we celebrated together. Even still, almost halfway through the pregnancy, he worries more often than not. But that's okay. For Ben, that's just fatherhood.



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Party of Three

Last night Ben felt the baby move for the first time. We were lying in bed falling asleep and his hand was on my lower abdomen. I felt the baby begin moving under his hand which I quickly grabbed and pressed down into my belly. I didn't think he would be able to feel it, but he said felt a little quickening and fluttering (it doesn't feel like fluttering from my end for the record). I said "Honey, you feel it? That's our baby!" He just laughed and said "pretty cool". I was so glad he was finally in on our intimate moments. I was beginning to feel like he was being left out of our party of two, and was quite happy to make it a party of three. The baby kept moving right under his hand as he drifted off to sleep. I remained awake reveling in the feeling of the three of us layered together; his hand, my belly, then baby, all connected. I fell in love with the new entity the three of us made together. Our family. It was a beautiful moment.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lullaby

Since the baby can now hear me, I've started singing songs especially for him or her. My only hope is that since the ability to hear is new to my little dumplin' he or she will not have an overly critical musical ear. In other words, I hope Baby isn't crouched in the corner of my womb with their hands to their ears yelling "Mommy stop!"

So when a southern girl goes looking for a lullaby, where does she turn? Well, Elvis, of course. My current favorite describes my feelings exactly for my sweet blessing.

Love me tender,
Love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so.

Love me tender,
Love me true,
All my dreams fulfilled.
For my darlin I love you,
And I always will.

POST EDIT: Reviewing my last 3 posts, I've certainly been in a lyrical mood this week, haven't I? Maybe I need to snap out of it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tennessee Homesick Blues

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Valleys thick with morning mist and tumbling mountain streams,

Mournful hemlocks towering haunt my every dream.

Hills that overwhelm the flesh and winds that cleanse the soul,

I long for my lost yesterdays and peaceful times of old.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Blessed Assurance

With the blissfully happy but also tumultuous and unsure events I have ahead of me this next year, I find myself humming a familiar hymn for comfort. I'm not sure if there is another form of music that can rival Gospel in its ability to communicate deep and eternal truths with such simplicity and beauty. I find myself turning to it more and more. These few lines give me peace and comfort, as well as the confidence to keep moving forward.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!   
O what a foretaste of glory divine!   
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,   
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.    

This is my story, this is my song,   
praising my Savior all the day long;   
this is my story, this is my song,   
praising my Savior all the day long.  



Thursday, July 22, 2010

6:00 p.m.

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Barefoot and pregnant
in the kitchen, eating boiled peanuts Ben brought home and chatting about his day. Slicing tomatoes and boiling field peas with bacon for supper with Alan Jackson's gospel album playing in the background.

Gosh, I love being Southern. Do you think someone in Connecticut is doing the same thing right now?

What does 6:00 p.m. at your house look like?

Boy or Girl?

I normally don't get into the guess if it's a boy or girl game. Let's face it, no one really knows and we all have a 50/50 shot of getting it right. However, many people seem to have a very strong opinion one way or the other about the sex of this little one so I thought it would be fun to put up a poll. Will Baby Goins be a boy or girl? Vote on the poll to the right. You can vote until August 2nd, the day we find out the sex!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pregnancy Foods

The can't get enough of food list:
1. Lemonade
2. Peaches/Nectarines
3. SKITTLES! (which I never liked before)
4. Lemonade
5. Cantaloupe
6. Avocado
7. Lemonade
8. Shrimp
9. Jelly Bellies
10. Colby Jack Cheese
11. Lemonade
12. Steak


The please don't get this food anywhere near me list:
1. Hamburgers (good in the beginning, but threw them up one to many times)
2. Loaf bread-blach!
3. Any type of cracker, gross gross gross
4. Mexican food (the food I could formerly eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so sad)
5. Anything spicy
6. Dill Pickles
7. My husband after he's eaten dill pickles. Or garlic. Or anything with strong flavors.

Just typing that list is about to send me to the bathroom. Especially the hamburgers. Ohhh.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

18 Weeks

Comparing this to my 15 week picture, I definitely think my tummy growth has slowed down a bit. I may have rounded out just a bit more, but my size hasn't increased dramatically. Whew. Hopefully it was just an early growth spurt, and not the world's biggest baby (or babies). I do have other maternity clothes by the way, I just try to keep the outfit the same for these pictures for consistency since I look different in different clothes.

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Meanwhile, I'm definitely feeling Baby Goins moving around and have for about a week now. The movement can best be described as popcorn popping. Or tap dancing upside down on the top of my uterus. However you describe it, it's wonderful. Since no one else can feel them, those are just personal, intimate moments between baby and me. Our own private club, and no one else is invited. Not quite yet anyway.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Motion

Flip. Thump. Flip. Flip.

Well, hello there little one.

What a glorious feeling.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Your Weekly Dose of Cuteness

For your Sunday enjoyment, here is Ella dancing on the beach at Callaway Gardens on July 4th.
Adorable, I know. Of course, I am the aunt, so maybe I'm biased.
On second thought, no, I don't think so, she's just really that cute.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Baby Questions Part One

As a new mother I am naturally obsessing about every detail leading up to Baby Goins' arrival. I'm sure like most other things in life, I'll learn that most of those details I'm concerning myself with don't really matter. Even so, when trying to make decisions I'd like to ask your opinions on some baby topics from time to time. Here we go, round 1! Please leave me a comment weighing in on any of the below you might have some knowledge of or experience with, whether you have children or not. I welcome any advice!

1. Dr. Brown's bottles v. Born Free bottles
2. Parenting book recommendations, through toddler years
3. Birthing book recommendations
4. Attachment Parenting v. Baby Wise v. Happiest Baby on the Block
5. Lamaze v. Bradley Method

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not What I Expected

I have not done a good job of chronicling my pregnancy experience. I think one of the reasons I've been hesitant is because, well, much of it has not been pleasant. And I've always thought the very worst thing a woman can do is complain about being pregnant. Shouldn't I just be thankful to be pregnant at all and embrace all of the symptoms that come along with it? When people asked me how I was feeling, especially at the beginning, it was difficult to come up with an answer. First of all, I do not like to lie. I didn't want to paint some perfect picture of a blissful pregnancy when I could not move without throwing up. So, I worked to report the facts without appearing like I was complaining about them. "Well, I'm sick, but happy and grateful!" became my stock response. It was like I was scared if I didn't qualify my statement God would punish me for my ungratefulness and take the baby away. I knew if something happened I would wish I was throwing up all day again. Not to the mention the fact that after being told for the past five years by doctors I would most likely struggle with fertility issues, I became pregnant our first month trying. What right did a person like me have to complain about vomiting?

Then, I reread this post in the archives of Courtney Kendrick on her blog cjane enjoy it. For those of you not familiar with her, she is nienie's sister (you know nienie, right?) and began her blog when she had been struggling with infertility (she just had her second child :). When she finally became pregnant after five years of trying, she was very ill. This post exactly described how I feel, and made me feel better about myself that I feel less than great at times. I highly recommend you give it a read.

So, I'm going to be writing little posts about the first half of my pregnancy to make sure I remember everything I want to. Some will be icky, all will be happy, and all will be very edited down for public readership. You may not want to read them, because honestly you may not really care...not that I blame you. These entries will be mostly for me. I tried keeping a separate pregnancy journal, but the blog is the easiest place for me to keep track of my memories.

But, I want everyone to know that if I talk about sickness or fatigue or whatever, more than anything I agree with Courtney's statement when someone asked if she liked being pregnant:


"No, I don't like being pregnant." I finally answered her. And then, somehow I followed that up with,

"But I'll do it as many times as I can."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quote of the Weekend

Ben: When I'm with you all day you drive me crazy, but then when I'm not with you all day I miss you. What's that about?

Me: That's called marriage.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Belly That Will Eventually Overtake Birmingham

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Okay, so I realize my stomach has been growing at a rather alarming rate. But I didn't fully realize how big I'd gotten until Ben took the first bump picture of me last night. I was honestly shocked. After circulating the picture around to friends and family today it is confirmed, this is NOT normal growth people. All day I've been feeling my belly, and by the time Ben got home, I was convinced my uterus, which should still be a little shy of the belly button, had already reached the 20 week belly button mark. This is where having a husband with a couple of OB and family practice rotations under his belt comes in handy. Ben promptly got out his trusty tape measure, palpated my belly to determine the location of my uterus, and sure enough I'm at 20 centimeters exactly, reaching to my belly button. The 20 week mark.


At 15 weeks.


Good grief.


And no, there is no way my dates are off. My cycles were perfect, my ovulation was perfect. Believe me, I know when I got pregnant. There's only one explanation.


This is Ben G's child. And he's at an all you can eat buffet. Have you seen Ben at an all you can eat buffet? Tales of the amounts of food my husband can put away are legendary. So really, what did I expect?


But one thing concerns me. If my growth continues at this rapid rate, what will I look like at 9 months pregnant? And more importantly...


HOW AM I GOING TO GET THIS BABY OUT OF ME?!


Post Edit: Would you quit reading my blog if I said I feel a little like Bella growing Renesmee in her belly? You would? Okay, then pretend I didn't say that.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

15 Weeks

You know something?
I think I might be pregnant.

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Obviously the constant nausea and vomiting have not affected Baby Goins at all. My stomach muscles feel stretchy all the time, and I can honestly say that I'm loving every second of it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pick a Side

In honor of the release of Eclipse this week, I'm posting my very favorite SNL Twilight sketch. Now if I can just convince Ben to take me to see the movie instead of waiting for it to be released in the dollar theater. Going to see a movie at full price is a big deal in the Goins' household, and normally only reserved for cinematic gems such as Harry Potter.


Oh, and I'm Team Edward. All.The.Way.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

4 Years





Today marks four years of marriage for Ben and I. Compared to previous years, this year has been relatively quiet! Or maybe not exactly quiet, but certainly pretty calm by our standards. It's a good thing we had a breather, because this next year will put all the other years to shame. By the time our 5 year anniversary rolls around, I'll have a master's, Ben will be a doctor, we'll be active in the military, Ben will be in his first month of residency, and oh yeah, we'll have a 6 month old!


Ben has been in Biloxi, MS for the past month doing a medicine rotation, but he will be home tomorrow, which is giving me flashbacks to our two year anniversary. I spent a week down there with him exploring the area as this is a possible residency site for him, so I really only spent 3 weeks total without him. I have not talked about his absence this month on the blog or facebook per Ben's request. Apparently he was worried that some stalker would discover I was home alone and come after me. I guess I let the secret out a day ahead of time since he won't be home until tomorrow. Well, ATTENTION WEIRDOS: PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT I HAVE A .38 AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO USE IT. There, that takes care of that.


Did I really just work a firearm into an anniversary blog? That takes talent, people.


Anyway...I am absolutely giddy about him coming home tomorrow. I feel like a 16 year old preparing for her first date. Of course, I guess that didn't involve scrubbing toilets and grocery shopping, but the romance is there just the same. This past month we've gotten serious about discussing where we want to live next and what Ben wants his specialty to be. Being as close as possible to family would be wonderful, especially with the baby coming, but I had to stop and remind myself that no matter where we are all we really need is each other, and that wherever the two of us are together, that's home. That might be the most important lesson I've learned from the past four years.


Four years seems like a long time to me. That is, until I remember my grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage earlier this month. No, that was not a typo, 60 YEARS! So, Ben and I are still only at the very beginning with an entire lifetime left to live together. And, well, that is just fine with us.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Quotable Quotes

When Ben told one of his professors we were expecting our first child, he replied:

"Well, clearly your rotations have not been rigorous enough."

To which Ben responded:

"All I can say is, when Angela Goins decides to have a baby, she has a baby."


Haha! Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mommy Blogger?

So does Monday's post now mean I have transitioned into a Mommy Blogger? Oh goodness.

Monday, May 24, 2010

No. 1

Well, hello there blog.

I'm back with a BIG announcement.

Ben & I are expecting Baby #1 in December. We can't wait to welcome our little "Jingle Baby" around December 20th!

This is also the month I finish grad school. And the month Ben matches for his residency, which means we'll find out what he'll be doing & where we'll be living for the next several years once he graduates in May. Oh, and I think there's also something called Christmas that occurs that month as well?

Yes, yes we are crazy. Thanks for asking.

I wish I had the energy or creativity to write a funny, witty, insightful, touching post about pregnancy and impending motherhood, but the truth is, I don't have it in me right now. "Sebastian" (the baby's nickname until we find out the sex, after the 1st baby Ben delivered) is really taking it out of me. After one particularly horrendous day of not keeping anything down, I asked Ben how it was possible to be simultaneously miserable with life and totally elated with life at the same time. And don't get me wrong, I'm elated, thrilled, beyond happy. Ben's sister sent me a card that said "Pregnancy is the happiest reason ever for feeling like crap". I keep it on my nightstand to remind myself of the very worth it end result. And things are better now because I have Zofran. Zofran is a miracle drug. I'm in the process of writing a series of sonnets entitled "Ode to Zofran". Now I only throw up once a day. Bliss!

Before I go, I guess I'll have to share one thing with you, and I think you know what it is. I know you don't want to see it, it's just another kidney bean to you. But to me it's a BABY. It's MY BABY. So, I apologize...



...I know you understand...



...I have to do this...



...it's in my contract...



...this is your last chance to stop reading and look away...



...okay, here it is...



VOILA! BABY GOINS!




Thank you for understanding.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

For Mommies

This is a gift to my mommy friends, in case you haven't already seen this floating around blogland.

I apologize in advance to my pregnant friends...this video combined with pregnancy hormones might send you through several boxes of tissues while clutching your most recent ultrasound photo. You've Been Warned.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

And She's Mobile

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Ella climbed up on Lolly & Papa's fireplace all by herself. She looks quite pleased with herself, don't you think?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Stay Informed

The decision of whether or not to vaccinate their children has been plaguing parents in recent years, so I thought many of you would find this article interesting. The important thing is to stay informed, talk to your doctor, and follow your instincts to make the best decision for your family.



Study Linking Autism to Vaccine Retracted

Retraction Follows U.K. Finding of 'Dishonest, Irresponsible' Study Methods
By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 2, 2010 -- The venerable British medical journal The Lancet has retracted a 1998 study suggesting a link between autism and childhood vaccination with the measles-mumps-rubella MMR vaccine.

The Lancet tells WebMD that it has retracted "10 or 15" studies in its 186-year history. The retraction follows the finding of the U.K. General Medical Council (GMC) that says study leader Andrew Wakefield, MD, and two colleagues acted "dishonestly" and "irresponsibly" in conducting their research.

The Lancet specifically refers to claims made in the paper that the 12 children in the study were consecutive patients that appeared for treatment, when the GMC found that several had been selected especially for the study. The paper also claimed that the study was approved by the appropriate ethics committee, when the GMC found it had not been.

"We fully retract this paper from the published record," The Lancet editors say in a news release.

The retraction means the study will no longer be considered an official part of the scientific literature.

BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal, has competed with The Lancetsince 1840. BMJ editor Fiona Godlee says she welcomes the Lancet retraction.

"This will help to restore faith in this globally important vaccine and in the integrity of the scientific literature," Godlee says in a news release.

In 2004, 10 of Wakefield's 13 co-authors disavowed the findings of the 1998 study. Although the study never claimed to have definitively proven a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, sensational media reports ignited a public panic. MMR vaccinations fell dramatically.

More rigorous studies have found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine. Last year, the U.S. "vaccine court" rejected U.S. lawsuits claiming that there was a plausible link between the vaccine and autism.

Wakefield continues to proclaim his innocence and defends his earlier work. He now resides in Texas, where he is executive director of an alternative medicine center for autism treatment and research.

February Equals Love

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So be sure to steal some kisses from your sweetie this month!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Loveliness of Birthdays

I had a lovely birthday, despite the the fact most of it was spent on campus either in class or fighting the lines in the campus bookstore. In the morning before leaving for school, I received my traditional phone call from Grandmother and Bip. G & B sing "Happy Birthday" to all of their children and grandchildren on their birthdays. Over the years the song has become quite advanced, including harmony and Bip's glorious soprano on the very last "you".
Trust me, folks, in my family it's not your birthday until you receive your annual song from G & B.

After class I returned home around 7 o'clock in the evening where I found my husband, several cards and a brown paper package. I have an especial fondness for brown paper packages, more on that later. Speaking of G & B, my stack of cards included one from them with my annual one dollar bill, also a must on your birthday if you are of Couch descent. There were also very sweet cards from my husband. Oh, and the brown paper package was from my honey and contained this:

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Yes, that is Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes 1 & 2! Looks like I better get cookin'!

I Love Birthdays!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This Is Our Fate, I'm Yours

My husband and I began dating NINE years ago today, January 13, 2001. Since then I've regarded the number 13 as the luckiest number in the world. Although, our first kiss did take place before that in December of 2000, but that's another story for another time. Yesterday on my birthday I realized that the first time Ben kissed me I was 19, now I'm 29. That just doesn't seem possible.

I'm declaring our official love song for 2010 to be I'm Yours by Jason Mraz. This song was introduced to me by Ben several months ago when he made it my ringtone on his phone. Click here to listen {in case you haven't heard it already during one of the 1001 times it's played on the radio}.

I love the lyrics because it reminds me of when Ben and I gave up trying to fight what seemed inevitable, which was being together. We joke that we are together in spite of our collective stubbornness. Only one thing is stronger than our stubborn dispositions, and that's God. Just one more thing I have to thank Him for, because man, do I love that husband of mine.

Wishing you lots of romance in 2010!

But I won't hesitate no more,
no more it cannot wait
I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
open up your plans and darn* you're free
look into your heart and you will find that the sky is yours

so please don't, please don't, please don't,
there's no need to complicate,
Cause our time is short
This, this, this is our fate,
I'm yours

If my life had a soundtrack these would be the lyrics playing in the background when Ben kissed me for the first time. Although, the song had not yet been written, oh bothersome technicalities!

*The lyrics have been slightly edited for bad words. Because bad words have no place in an anniversary post, don't you agree?

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To properly give credit where credit is due, please know that the concept of having a "Love Song of the Year" came from this post.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

29

I turn 29 for the 1st time today. I will celebrate by going to class. My spring semester begins today. Isn't 29 too old to be going to class?? As my gift to you, please enjoy this picture of me and my brothers from about 23 years ago. And don't be hatin' on the blue bow headband....I loved that thing! It served me well in many princess dress-up scenarios.

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Maybe I'll dress up like a princess tonight for my birthday dinner with to the husband. You are never to old to be a princess!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Beating the Blahs #2

Enjoy the daily morning visit from the neighborhood cardinal...who shrieks at your cats and even beats itself against the window where they sit, meowing and shaking their little behinds. If the birds can remain spirited through this cold weather, so can I!

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Monday, January 4, 2010

How to Beat the Blahs #1

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Make Pizza Margherita with fresh ingredients and pretend the tomatoes and basil are from your backyard garden. We usually have this every Friday night, but it fell out of the rotation during the holidays. After the heaviness of holiday foods, we were ready for something a little healthier.

Tips:
  1. I always add baby bella mushrooms.
  2. Try with a whole wheat crust to make it even healthier. Make your own so you control exactly what you consume!
  3. Use white balsamic vinaigrette so you don't discolor the basil. Add extra!

Read the history of Pizza Margherita here. It's more than a meal, it's a cultural and historical experience.


**Image property of Cooking Light.
(Not to brag, but I think this is one of the few things I make where my version comes out looking prettier than the cookbook version. I think it's because I use lots of basil.)

Oh yeah, wash down with plenty of good ole fashioned WATER and welcome back your previously healthy ways!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Blah

Already I'm settling into my after holiday BLAHS. Mainly because I'm dreading the next three months. The time from January to March has to be the most boring, drab, cold, ugly, horrible time of the year. Just thinking about it makes me want to crawl under my covers and sleep until spring. I think I need to change my attitude in order to survive what's coming. So, blog readers, help me, what can we do to make the last half of winter a Lovely time?

First I think I might go buy some pots of tulips for my coffee table. I need some color.