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Saturday, December 31, 2011

8 years in the making

This was supposed to post yesterday on our anniversary but it didn't....not sure what I did wrong but here it is!!
Today we celebrate the beginning of a new year but also more importantly, our 8 year wedding anniversary.
When I think of all of the things that we have been through in the last eight years (good & bad,) it really makes my head spin! In a good way......

Here are just a few of our 8 year stats.....
*3 states/4 houses
*2 cross country moves
*2 in town moves
*3 deployments
*countless seperations due to training
*2 Beautiful babies with the third to also occur this year!
In honor of all these milestones, I wanted to share a little arcostic on Ben....
I also must say that I stole this idea from my friend, Katy's, blog.
B- Believer, brave, bright (Ben believes in Jesus first & foremost but will constantly believe in others as well! He is brave because well that is just the type of man that he is....you can't do his job without a little bit of bravery! Ben is so bright that he just has to walk into the room and all my problems are fixed without him ever laying a hand on what I was working on. )
E- energetic (Ben is usually doing something ALWAYS. It seems like he has to have his body, hands, or mind working in some type of fashion. I admire that because I need downtime/naptime more than I really would like!)
N- Nice (Don't kid yourself this really matters! One of the first things that attracted me to this man was the fact that he was unfailingly nice to me, my friends, my animals, and everyone else that he encountered.
J-Just perfect (Ok so I know that is corny and I am not saying that he is without fault but I seriously never could have imagined a better mate. Thank goodness that God knows WAY better than what I do!)
A-adventurous (I love this about Ben because it pushes me out of my comfort zone. There is not a sport on earth that he is not ready to try. His job also has quite a bit more advenutre in it than I would like but it seems to please him!)
M-manly (Don't laugh...I think that this is an admirable quality and makes for a good leader!)
I-Intelligence (Ben knows so much even though he would deny this if you asked him!)
N- Not willing to give up...(ok I have preggo brain but I think that this is an important quality to have!)

Babe, I love you so much and pray that the next 80 years will be just as crazy!
Happy anniversary love.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Concerts/Parties for the kiddos

For my family that is Facebook incomplete, I am going to try as much as I can to get caught up with blogging our pictures from Thanksgiving on before we leave Wednesday so that y'all can see what we have been up to!
At Kendall's party after her concert

Isaac at his performance

Kendall at her performance


She loved having us in her classroom!

Daddy was able to get off work for Kendall and Isaac's concerts!


Hi Mom!
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Party

Each year, it seems like we are bombarded with Christmas parties. (This year has been no exception....except for the fact that we haven't gone to but 2 out of 7! Of course that will go to 3 out of 8 come Saturday night but who's counting!)
It hasn't been an easy pregnancy so unfortunately we have cut out some "fun" stuff so that we can concentrate on all the things that need done around the house!
Ben has been a huge helper with wrapping presents & shopping. Christmas cards are slowly being mailed.(I think I may take Ben up on printing labels next year!)
Christmas orders for my business are also slowly being filled.
And I am slowly starting to get back into the Spirit of Christmas.
I wanted to share a little bit of Christmas joy in form of our visit with Santa at Ben's work party for MAG-29.
Still afraid of the Man in red!

But at least we gave high 5's

And hugs which is a huge improvement over last year!
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Before my family disowns me.......

A little bit of Christmas fun from our house!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Family and Friends

Just wanted to let those of you that read this blog know that...
Ben, kids, & I will be coming to Pennsylvania on the 21st (probably late afternoon/evening arrival time) and will be leaving on the 27th to come back home.
We would love to visit with y'all! Shoot me an email if you want to link up.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Baby Names

So Ben and I spent a large majority of our travel time in Texas discussing baby names.
We are having a hard time finding the "right" one for us both. So we are going to ask family and friends to help us out!
I am going to put some of our favorites out there and we wanted to see what y'all think you like the best!
I am hoping to make a little voting box for the blog or you can comment/email us too!
We would appreciate it :)
Ok so here are our favorites so far!
Kimberlynn Mae
Harper Mae
Piper Mae
Dusty Mae
Tristan Mae
Taitum Mae
(So her middle name is Mae just in case you didn't get that one!)
Looking forward to hearing from y'all!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Some more bloggy love and catch-up

I am finding myself with a rare moment of quiet time this morning so I thought that I would blog some more memories especially since we will be boarding a plane today to make more memories in Texas!
The past few weeks have been a FURY of sewing and prepwork for the Fall Craft fair that I participated in. I love the hustle and bustle of everyone appreciating the craftiness of many individuals!
I will begin Christmas sewing and Christmas shopping on our return from Texas so the poor blog (and those family and friends that check the blog will probably be a little neglected but I will try to post when I can!)
Anyway, on with the memories!
Our whole "Heider" family at Ross and Sarah's wedding

A break from dancing at the reception

Isaac's infamous thumbs up at the wedding

Kendall with her soccer coach

Yellowjackets U-6
Fall 2011

Having a little fun with my friend, Beth at the party!

Some of the best girlfriends that I could ask for!

He just makes me laugh!

Kendall went to her fall parade at school dressed as Belle!

Everyone had a turn wearing this blonde wig this year!

We also were able to take the canoe out and fish a little on our camping trip!
Happy Thanksgiving!
May your time be blessed with family, friends, good food, laughter, & love.
I also wanted to share this from a friend's facebook post....
The people who decided to set aside a day of Thanksgiving were the most underprivileged to ever step foot on American soil. They had no housing, no food beyond what they could find in the forest or catch in the sea, no healthcare, no contact with the loved ones they left behind, no government support or protection. They were lucky to have their lives. They gave thanks to God for simply being their God. The true meaning of Thanksgiving.



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Friday, November 18, 2011

1 year ago today....

I woke up at 4:45 a.m. with severe abdominal & back cramps. I knew what was happening even though I tried to will it away. I cried almost the whole way to the ER and a lot of my time in the ER. I was at the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital praying to hear/see some life on an ultrasound.
Today, I woke up at 4:45 am (no alarm clock and I don't think that it was a coincidence...just God's perfect timing) to little flutter kicks. I spent quiet time in a bath filled with bubbles, I listened to the tall tales of my 2 children, I cried a little bit, I enjoyed feeling this little girl moving inside of me, and I went to Camp Lejeune for an OB check. What perfect music to hear the baby's heartbeat today.
It still hurts but I understand that I am not meant to understand until some glorious day when I meet that little one.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jacksonville, New Bern, & Wilmington Peeps.....

Don't forget to come out this weekend to support your local crafters!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

21 weeks




Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.

Your baby will be getting much larger during the second half of your pregnancy. Your baby's crown-to-rump length at this time is 7.2 inches and she weighs approximately 10.5 ounces. Your growing baby is about the size of a large banana. You should be able to feel your uterus about a half of an inch above your navel. Your weight gain so far will be around 10 to 15 pounds.



As your baby begins to lay down more fat, your weight will also increase. During the next 10 weeks, you will gain about half of the total gain for your entire pregnancy. Strangers can now tell that you are pregnant! You might notice an increase in appetite because you need 500 more calories a day to support your charged up metabolism. It is best to avoid processed foods or foods high in fat, calories or sugar. Some women also get strong cravings for foods. If you notice a craving for something unhealthy, you should contact your doctor. Craving for unusual things is known as pica. Some women crave cigarette ashes, charcoal, beer and other non-food items during this time.
Your baby's different organs and systems are maturing. The fetal digestive system is functioning in a simple way and your baby can swallow amniotic fluid. After your baby swallows the amniotic fluid, she is able to absorb water and sugars from the fluid and then the waste is passed as far as the large bowel. Your baby swallows the amniotic fluid in order to prepare itself for life outside of the womb. Some babies consume as much as 17 ounces of amniotic fluid in a 24-hour period. Your baby already has a high number of red blood cells and the white blood cells are beginning to be produced. Taste buds are being formed on your baby's tongue this week also.
Don't be surprised if your legs and feet become swollen throughout the day. You should try to get off of your feet some throughout the day and prop your legs up. If you notice a substantial amount of swelling, you should contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.

Your Baby


Chances are good you're feeling someone performing a round-off back handspring in your uterus by now. Is there any other feeling this cool? Other highlights this week:
By now your baby looks like a mini-version of what she'll look like when she's born. All her facial features are formed and hair is growing on her head. She's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck her thumb or yawn. Aww ...
Baby's heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope. Ask for a listen at your next prenatal visit! By 21 weeks, fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells—previously done by the liver and spleen. This may not sound that exciting, but it's good news.
The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning your little bean now serves another purpose: Your baby uses it to "practice" chowing down. Yes, it sounds gross (as many aspects of pregnancy do), but it's an important step for your baby toward being able to chow down in the real world. Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that she's absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. And let's face it, being able to effectively digest sugar is important at every stage of life.
Your baby now weighs between 10 and 11 ounces and is approximately 7 inches long—the size of a delicious, cold, frothy bottle of root beer. Float anyone?



How your baby's growing:


Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.






Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week.

And that's just the beginning! Within the next five weeks, they'll really be packin' it on as they start to gain fat!
For now, we’re pleased to report the addition of rapid eye movement (REM); a key component to any healthy baby's sleep schedule, that indicates they're now capable of dreaming.
Over in the dermatology department: your sweet lil bun's thin soft skin is very red, rather translucent, and a bit wrinkled.
Not to worry, it’s not some creepy premature aging disease. It's just their clever little body setting them up with extra space that will smooth out once your little one starts packing on the baby-fat. That won’t be for a few more weeks, though.
So, for the time being, your munchkin is still a little lean mean growing machine!
Lastly, the beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature.
And how's mom doing?
We're smack in the middle of trimester two and you're in the full swing of baby-growin'.You can feel fluttering little kicks, but your womb-hijacker hasn't yet grown to their full-sized unholy proportions that'll leave you feeling like a pregnant whale with legs
Most moms are feeling pretty good right about now. You can feel fluttering little kicks, but your womb-hijacker hasn't yet grown to their full-sized unholy proportions that'll leave you feeling like a pregnant whale with legs.
You may already be noticing some mild uterine contractions — don’t panic, this is completely normal. It's also normal not to have them.
Actually, your uterus contracts throughout your whole life — only now that there’s enough pressure on the uterine muscles can you feel the contractions.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A little bloggy TLC

I am not even going to look at the date of the last post....ok I already did and I know that I am a few weeks overdue in posting!
We have been BUSY!!
-Trip to West Virgina for my cousin's wedding
-Halloween/all the parties & festivals that come with it
-The Marine Corps Birthday Ball
-Trips to the maternal/fetal specialist
-a camping trip with our Life Group
-CRAZY prep work for my upcoming craft fair
So I will give those family and friends who follow this because they don't have facebook a glimpse of some of the happy memories!

Kendall as Rapunzel with a little face paint mixed in!

Isaac as Iron-man with a batman face

18 weeks pregnant being whatever would fit me!
19 weeks pregnant and man did that dress not hide anything!

Before the Marine Corps Birthday ball

My crazy Benny trying to keep my belly button from poking out! (It will eventually flatten out and disappear before this pregnancy is over!)

We were lucky to have great friends at the ball this year!


Hard to believe it is our 9th ball together!
We found out at 20 weeks that we are having another little girl!

She is breech right now but we are hoping that will change!
HR 153 beats per minute

We are still trying to come up with names right now.
Her middle name will be Mae in honor of my Grammy Heider (Shirley May)

I really like the names
Kimberlynn
&
Harper.....
waiting on Daddy to approve!

She definitely did not want to be disturbed. Kept putting her sweet little hand over her face.

Isaac was so excited to see her waving at him!

Her sweet little feet

Kendall's kindergarten picture
This mama is not liking how grown-up she looks already!
Loving life on our camping trip!
More memories to follow as our schedule allows!
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