Ultrasound, Week 12 Day 6

I had a doctor’s appointment today to hear the heartbeat of the baby, but since I’m still early on and not really showing yet, they couldn’t guarentee they’d be able to find the heartbeat. Well, the doctor tried and tried but couldn’t find it today so sent me on to get an ultrasound.

Well we knew why she couldn’t get a heartbeat to show up  immediately in the ultrasound! Apparently I have a gymnast/dancer in there! The baby did somersault after somersault and then turned its back on us and did a little booty dance! HA! It was so funny, the tech and I were just laughing and laughing. Baby Harris did NOT stop the entire time! This has been the most amazing experience ever… I am so not what I thought I would be like when I’m looking at that little stinker moving and grooving. I got all misty-eyed and smiley the rest of the day!

Enjoy these pictures of Baby Harris- they will be the last before we know if he/she is a he or a she!

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I’m going to leave you with one last picture. I woke up this morning looking straight at this instead of Andy, so I grabbed my phone from the bedside table and took the picture. She really thinks she’s a person!

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California, baby, engagements, etc

We had a wonderful time in California over the first five days in July! The weather was absolutely perfect and it was so gorgeous over on the west coast! I put pictures up on the “pictures page” (tab at the top of the page). Enjoy!

I had my second doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. It went really well and everything is still fine. I got to see my new doctor (the old one is leaving) and I really loved her. We have an ultrasound the first of August and Andy will be able to come to it!

I’d like to say a big CONGRATS! to my sister-in-law, Ashley on her engagement! We are so excited for her and Drew and can’t wait to enjoy the wedding sometime next spring. (Ashley, the baby told me he/she is excited about coming too! haha!)

I am currently trying to plan a “babymoon” for Andy and I to go on before the baby gets here. I thought I’d have a hard time talking into Andy this, but he jumped right on the idea. We’re thinking of going somewhere in the Caribbean for a four day weekend or something. We’re going to use that as our Christmas gift too. Neither one of us want or need a thing so I’d rather just take a trip and buy stuff for the baby instead at Christmas. 

Lately, and probably a lot because of the miracle of this little baby growing inside me (so weird!), I have been feeling so beyond blessed. When I think about how our life has progressed along these past five years, I cannot help but feel so overwhelmed with thankfulness of how our lives have been blessed. God has always provided for us and has had such good timing with everything in our lives. Andy and I always said we wouldn’t think about having a baby until we were married five years because we wanted at least five to enjoy together before having a baby. Well, how funny that the week after our fifth anniversary we find out we’re expecting! Just one of those things that makes you know God is always in control, and as they say, has a sense of humor!

Baby Harris’ 1st Photo!

Well, this week has been crazy to say the least! As most (if not all) of you know, Andy and I are expecting our first baby! We are so excited & are so glad at the excitement that has come out of our family and friends when hearing the news!

Last week I started spotting some and became very worried so my doctor told me to go to the ER. Long story short, it was a terrible experience but I did not miscarry. Today (Thursday) I went to the doctor and got an ultrasound done to make sure everything was where it needed to be growth wise and that the baby was doing fine. What an amazing thing to see this little 6 and 1/2 week old baby have a teeny tiny heartbeat!!!! I couldn’t believe it! There was no mistaking it either! I am so thankful that everything is fine and the baby is right where he/she needs to be for development!

I thought I would share the ultrasound picture because I know the family will want to see (and some friends, ha). Andy has declared Baby Harris a boy & the Chinese Gender Predictor (found on thebump.com) says its a boy too. We’ve got about 14 more weeks before we know so hopefully Andy can come to terms with the fact that it could be a girl! 🙂

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pictures

I have worked with our  hosting to try and figure out the best way to put whole albums on to the website. There are just too many pictures to be able to put them like I normally do into a blog post (one by one). So, from now on I’ll be using Google Picasa to update pictures of trips, the house, etc.

Here is the link to the albums:

http://picasaweb.google.com/tmcintireharris

I also am putting the link under the “pictures” tab of the website so you can always find it on that page! Send me a message if you have any problems loading the Picasa page.

things coming up!

Andy and I had a great time in Dallas! The hotel, ALOFT, was so so nice and the weather was perfect (if not a little cold!). I’ll post pictures of the trip soon.

My Mom and her two sisters came up this past weekend and it was such a fantastic time! We shopped, ate, visited, and thats pretty much it! We headed up to the Shreveport area on last Saturday to visit with my mom’s first cousins and aunt. I had only met them one other time so I was glad to be able to go see them.

This weekend we’re heading to Mississippi! We’re going to stop by Starkville to see some friends, then heading to New Albany on Sunday to spend time with my family. I couldn’t be more excited! We just don’t get together enough and when we do get together its always, ALWAYS!, such a fun and wonderful time. On Sunday night we’re going to set up camp down by creek and spring on my precious grandparents’ land and camp out! Its always a bittersweet experience to go back to my grandparents’. Its just that I want them to be there too, its not the same without them and their sweet smiles and wonderful laughs.

The last weekend in May, Andy and I are heading up to TN. My precious “little” niece, Jacy, has her big final dance recital of the year and we’re heading up to see it! I haven’t been able to go to her spring/summer recital since we’ve been married, so I am really ready to see her do what she loves so much. I am so proud of her!!!!

As you can tell, things are starting to pick up for us. We’ve still got a trip to CA coming up and other things as well. I’ll share pics next week of Dallas trip and Memorial camping trip!

Backyard Fun!

We’re off to Dallas for the weekend! June 5th we will be celebrating our FIFTH!!!! anniversary, and from here until then we have so many things going on. So we decided to take a trip this weekend to Texas for a nice relaxing weekend. I am so thankful for our five years together. Andy means the world to me and I am so very thankful for him. He provides for our little family and is such a great leader in the house. He’s encouraging, kind, and generous to me. I wouldn’t change the past five years for anything. Here’s to many many more wonderful years!!!

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Andy was out of town all last week, so me and the pups had lots of quality time together, ha! So, I decided I’d get them a puppy pool to entertain them out in the backyard! We’re just about finished with the house- I am painting the living room next week and that should be it for now. I decided the couch blended in with the wall color too much, so we’re painting it. I’ll post pics when its done! For now, here are pics of the pups in the backyard having some fun. Jackson was the only one who would get in it and play. He absolutely loves water and stayed in it for hours! I had to make him get out. Enjoy the pictures:

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Tucker thinks its just a big water bowl- he’s in heaven!

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Jackson is testing the water to see if its too cold!

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about to take the jump

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and we’re in!

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little Jersey Girl didn’t want to partake in the pool activities… this is as good of a shot as I’ll ever get , ha!

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So here’s the game- Jackson splashes the water with his paw really hard, then bites the water. He’ll demonstrate in the next couple of pictures!

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splash!

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bite!

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Tucker didn’t want anything to do with the pool either. Normally he loves water so I’m not sure why he was acting weird. He’s getting to be a big handsome man!

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and Jersey just waits on the patio to be let inside… she’s not much of an outdoor dog!

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pictures of our new home.

Sorry its taken so long! I lost my camera for a week or so in the move. Here’s some pictures… more to come very soon, I promise!

These are pics of the front of house, the living room and OF COURSE the MAN ROOM! The Man Room is the first room that was completed. More pictures to come when more progress is made!

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New home.

Well, I haven’t updated this and said that we are buying our first home because I didn’t want to jinx it! BUT the home inspection passed so its all down hill from there, so I figured I’d share!

We bought a house in Pineville (across the river from Alexandria)! It is a small, cozy house and we are so in love with it. The kitchen is perfect and huge, and the backyard is WONDERFUL and big and perfect (and already fenced in!!!). Can you tell we are excited??? We are set to close on April 14th, so if everything else goes well, we’ll be in a new house this time next month! 

Of course I have already planned where the furniture will go and what room will be the office and which to be the guest bedroom. I also have already picked out all of the colors for the house (my favorite thing to do!). We found out this week that there is hardwood underneath the carpet in the bedrooms so that’ll be ripped up too. 

I will be posting pictures soon!!!

Spring Fever

Today was such a beautiful day here! The weather was absolutely perfect, so me and the puppies played outside all afternoon. Here are some pictures of the puppies playing :

Tucker started off with the stick

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Jackson laying, Tucker sitting- waiting for me to throw stick

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action shot of the pups running with the stick

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Jackson is such a good boy and brought it back!

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then Tucker attacks and says “no, mine!”

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Tucker LOVES this tall patch of grass in our backyard- he is playing peek-a-boo

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so happy to be outside!

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big guy loves the sun

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he is a vegetarian now…

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This is about as close as Jersey will get to him when he is awake, ha!

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Jersey just does her own thing while Jackson and Tucker wrestle with the stick.

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and we come inside and he is so tired and lazy that he just plops down to drink some water

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It is IMPOSSIBLE to get a picture while holding their treats and the camera of them all sitting like they are supposed to- at least I caught one of them sitting! Tucker is really good at this!

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I took Tucker to the vet today- he weighs 29 pounds at 10 weeks old. What a big boy!!!!!!! The vet said that he was actually a great mix and that he will be a great dog. He also said he will probably be at least 80 lbs.- ha!! He was soooo good at the vet. When I take Jackson and Jersey they are all over the place and hyper. Tucker slept through the whole thing. He also loved riding in the car!