Sunday, June 29, 2008

Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!

Excerpt from:
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!
By: Dr. Seuss

You'll find that this world's
a great place to begin,
but it could use some help-
which is where you come in.

So now, as my voice
burble-urps in your ear -
with a bump-thumpy sound
that is not very clear -
the words I am saying
you hear in your heart,
and know that I wish you
the very best start.

It's a scrumptulous world
and it's ready to greet you.
And as for myself...

I can't wait to meet you!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Baby Shower

I had a wonderful baby shower on Sunday, June 22, 2008. It was held at the Maxwell home and the hostesses were my sister Angela Neel, sister-in-law Lindsay Cooper, Leslie Wooters & her mom Jeannie Maxwell, Liza Bush & her mom Linda Ortego, Courtney Halle & her mom Debbie Sherrill, & Chrissy Soileau.

I had an amazing time and Baby Avery got lots of good stuff. Here are a few pictures from the shower. If you would like to see more pictures from the shower, go to the following link.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Her crib has arrived...

The boxes of her crib & dresser/ changing table combo

Big brother helping daddy while mommy goes to a breastfeeding class.

All the parts scattered throughout the nursery.

Daddy working hard putting together the crib.

Avery's bed! It also converts to a toddler bed, daybed and a full size bed complete with a headboard & footboard.

The dresser/ changing table combo & the adorable ladybug lamp!! Of course all the tags aren't off yet.

A couple of pics...

Mid-April: Around 22-23 weeks.

Daddy kissing Avery!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

June Doctor's Appointment

I had my June doctor's appointment today and everything is going great. Besides my hormones constantly being in overdrive, I have had a very good pregnancy so far. My appointment was at 8AM for an ultrasound and a glucose test which checks for gestational diabetes. I was not in the waiting room for very long when I was called back to give blood. I had strict instructions to fast since midnight the night before. The nurse took my "fasting" blood, then I had to drink an orange, thick drink which reminded me of a thicker Sunkist drink. It did not taste as bad as I thought it would. =) I looked at my watch and it was exactly 8:13AM. I was told I had to come back in exactly one hour at 9:13AM to give my second round of blood that would later be sent off to compare the two sets. My test results should be in this afternoon or tomorrow morning. If it comes back positive then I have to schedule another appointment where I will have to go through all this again, plus they will take blood 4 times instead of two. No news is good news, so I hope my blood comes back negative.

Avery was very active for the ultrasound today. She is already so adorable and has the perfect little nose!! =) She weighs in at 2 lbs 7 oz. and is 28 weeks old. They could not measure her length since she is in a ball, but she is about the size of a head of cauliflower. Her heartbeat was in the 140's which is good for a girl. It looks like she will have big feet. She was kicking the entire time her picture was being taken. My next appointment is July 3, 2008 which will just be a regular check-up. Dr. Hall will measure my belly and check her heartbeat. After my July appointment I will be going for check-ups every two weeks until she decides to make her debut. Please keep praying that she stays healthy and keeps growing.

Here are her pictures from today:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

She has a name...

After much thought and consideration, Ben & I have finally decided on a name for our baby girl. We both wanted a unique, uncommon yet classic name. Her names is...

Avery Elizabeth Cooper

Avery: The boy's and girl's name Avery \a-ve-ry\ is pronounced AY-vree. It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "elf counsel". Feminine form of Alfred that originated as a Norman French pronunciation of Alfred. (Side note: My maternal grandfather's name is Alfred Preston Futch, so in a way she will be named after the sweetest man to ever walk this earth!!)

Elizabeth: The girl's name Elizabeth \e-lizabe-th, el(i)-za-beth\ is pronounced ee-LIZ-a-beth. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "God's promise". Biblical: the mother of John the Baptist. Since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth has been one of the most frequently used names, with variants and short forms being created today.

Cooper: The boy's name Cooper \co(o)-per\ is pronounced KOO-per. It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "barrel maker". May also be the English form of a German surname meaning "coppersmith"