July 28, 2009

Long Lost Sonagram Pics...

These are from over a month ago...but better late than never! Enjoy!
Her little hand against the side of her face - I definitely think
that her pinkie looks crooked. ;) (That would be a Brian trait)

The bottoms of her feet!

Showing off her flexibility - her leg is starting
to get a little pudge!

And the generic profile....most look the same
on ultrasound pictures....

With only 9 weeks to go until my due date...I'm really getting anxious to meet our baby girl. I can't wait to see what she looks like, I can't wait to see her daddy holding her, and I can't wait to be her mommy. I'm sure it will go by quickly...but not quickly enough! I'm feeling great, and getting rather large - I'll try to get a new belly picture up soon!

July 20, 2009

Blessed are those who are worn out.....for they'll get a nap?

Our house has been a whirlwind the last few days. We had a 4 year old little boy placed with us for respite Thursday through Sunday. We had some significant challenges with him due to lots of severe developmental delays. He is not verbal at all, not even able to give yes or no answers. It made it very difficult to figure out mealtimes, discipline, and what was bothering him when he was upset. Cognitively he is also very behind. I would guess that overall he is at about the level of an 18 month old. In most ways, it was much easier for me to communicate with Mena than is was with him. All that being said, he was very sweet and we really enjoyed having him stay with us. He's just come into care recently, and hopefully with a lot of intense services in place, he'll make a lot of progress. Right now it's really impossible to tell what of his delays are due to disability, and what are due to all of the things he's been through.
Alan, the four year old, left on Sunday evening. My sister and my three nieces and nephews are coming to visit on Tuesday, and I was really thinking that I would have today (Monday) to get the house recovered from Alan before their visit....... best laid plans.....
At 5:00 this morning we got a phone call asking if we could take an emergency placement of a little boy who was just picked up at 11:30 last night. We didn't know anything except for why he was picked up, and that he was a 2 year old African American male. He was at our home at 6:00 in bad need of a bath. Brian helped me get him bathed and set up before he went to work. Thank goodness... This kid looks like he could be 31/2. He is a TANK! I can't lift him due to the largeness of my stomach. He's adorable, but it is abundantly clear that he has never had any structure in his life. We'll work with him for the time that he's here...and then someone is going to have quite the challenge! He's a lot of fun though - praise God for this opportunity to love him. I put up a couple pics from this afternoon - you can see the mischief in his eyes! :)

July 13, 2009

Summer Fun

This weekend was a little chaotic, but also one of the best in so long. Mena, Cassandra, Alondra, and Jose came to visit us for the weekend. I can't really express how good it was to see the kids again, and to know we will get to be a part of their lives in the future. I posted some pictures below of their visit - we had so much fun!

Brian having fun with the kids on our swing....

Our whipped cream fight! We bought each of the kids their own container of whipped cream and let them loose in the front yard! They had a blast. Mena wasn't sure what she thought about it, and then she tasted it - after that she was licking it off her arms and legs and trying to find big globs of it on the ground to eat.

Alondra and Cassandra with the cat....

Love these kids. Can't wait for them to visit again.

July 9, 2009


It's been a while....where to start....
I've posted some belly update pictures below...it's getting large now, only 12 weeks to go! I'm feeling great. We can't wait to meet her, the count down seems to be dragging now!! We have some more ultrasound pictures - I'm having trouble locating them at the moment, but I'll try to post them later. The doc says she looks great, and there are no worries about me having the same issues that my sister had. Brian and I have actually chosen to switch providers. We'll be having the baby at a birthing center in KC, KS with a midwife instead of at the hospital. We both feel a lot more comfortable there, and we feel like we're much more likely to have the birth experience for both us and the baby that we would prefer.

Brian and I got to call and talk with Mena and Cassandra on Monday! Cassandra was so excited. Initially she was convinced that we must be calling because we had already had the baby (she's a little anxious to meet baby Popp as well). When we talked to Mena she started saying "mommy? daddy?" into the phone. It was so good to hear their voices. Cassandra insisted that she come visit SOON, so we planned a visit for this weekend! She, Mena, Jose, AND Alondra will be coming over on Saturday and will stay until Sunday after church. We are soooo excited to get to see them, and feel so blessed to get to continue to be a part of their lives.

We have another little boy coming to stay with us next week for 5 days. If you could keep him in your prayers and pray for his time with us, it would be greatly appreciated. 5 days is long enough to really show someone you love them!

27 Weeks - I could tell that she's a Cardinals fan already...
a girl after my own heart. ; )

25 weeks...starting to feel very pregnant


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