We have an arrival date!


Well the past week or so has been a bit of a roller coaster, but God is faithful and all is well.  They have been concerned for a month or so about Luke’s size because he is always measuring about a pound bigger than expected – I tell them to look at his father, but the doctors just want to be certain all is well.  I had another gestational diabetes screening on Monday and it came back perfect, so for that I was very relieved.  We also had another sono which does show him to already be 8 pounds with the potential to be around 9 or so when he is born.  They do not want me to go to my due date because he would be closer to 10 pounds at that point and they are afraid that could be dangerous. So…we will go in next Thursday the 22nd to start the process!  The end is finally in sight!!

I do have some very specific prayer requests for the upcoming week…

As of yesterday I have not thinned out or dilated at all, which is frustrating because I’ve been having very painful contractions for the past 6 weeks or so.  I go back to my doctor next Wed. the 21st for her to check me again.  Please pray that I will have made progress at this point.  If I have not I will go into the hospital on the evening of the 22nd and they will start the “ripening” process to get me ready for induction.  I would prefer to not have to do this as it can be very painful and will take 12 hours before they even give me the medicine to induce me.  Of course if the ripening does not work (which I’m not even going there) they will have to do a c-section.

The biggest concern of the doctors is that because he is so big already, he may not fit through the birth canal.  I am trusting God that he created Luke and knows exactly what size he needs to be and fitting will not be an issue.  However, if he did get stuck, it is very dangerous for him and would result in an emergency c-section.  So again, please pray that he will fit with no problems and that everything goes smoothly.

And of course, I wouldn’t mind if you prayed for peace for me.  I am really trying to trust and know that God is in control, not me and all I can do is trust Him.  It is just scary to think of all that could go wrong, but this is where I just have to trust.

The good thing is I know I am getting wonderful healthcare, not only do I have my OB but I also have seen a perinatologist the entire pregnancy because of my stroke and blood clotting issues, he is wonderful as well, and I know both of them have mine and Luke’s best interest in mind, so I feel completely confident that they will do what’s best for both of us.

So, all that to say, no matter what, Luke will be here by Friday the 23rd!!  Prayers for us next week are greatly appreciated.

My mom has been here for a couple of weeks, we are all moved in, just a few last touches to get the house completely finished.  The nursery is done, we have things washed and put away, furniture is all put together, it looks beautiful.  My next post will be pics of the house and nursery, hopefully tomorrow or the first of the week!

Flights are booked for all of my family to arrive on Wednesday and Ryan’s dad to arrive as well, so we are getting excited!!

Thanks in advance for your prayers, we will keep you posted.

Much love,

Amber, Ryan and Luke

Catching Up…Again…Weeks 31-35


Sorry it’s been so long again, things have been a little crazy as you can imagine.  First of all, here is a picture of me at the beach at 31 weeks…

31 Weeks! At the Beach...


The first part of February my parents and Matt, Summer and the boys all came up to Big Bear to go skiing.  Ryan and I went up (it’s only a two hour drive from by the ocean to snow skiing!) and spent a long weekend with them.  It was wonderful, very cozy cabin, Ryan even skied some.  The boys of course loved it and couldn’t get enough – Walker cried on the last day because he didn’t want to quit – he learned this year and skied a full 3 days.  Here is me, sis, and mom at the cabin…

Big Bear - Feb. 2012

Once we got home from that, it was the first week of February and time to start the house hunt since we need to move by the first part of March!  We spent a day with a realtor – found nothing.  I looked online that night and found a couple to go and see the next day (the 14th) – I was getting pretty nervous at this point.  We really liked one of the houses we saw, so it was between that one and one we’d seen over the weekend.  The next day we went to look at both houses again and although I’d cried a lot of tears over being so unsure where I wanted to bring my baby home, as soon as I saw them both again I knew.  So, we called the guy, met him the next day to sign the lease and as of Feb. 16th we have a place to live!!  Here is a picture of the outside, once we get moved in a set up I’ll devote an entire post to pictures of the inside.  Of course there is a ton to do to prepare to move, transferring water, power, tv, internet, insurance….and it’s not cheap either.  We went yesterday (the 20th) and bought a new refrigerator – we did not bring any of that from Texas since we moved into a condo that had everything…next is a washer/dryer.  But we are getting there!  Movers are coming on Friday, March 2!  It’s going to be a challenge for me since I sort of like to be in charge to sit back and watch, but I think I will manage – I’m not capable of much else!

Our Cali. House!


My mom will get here on Feb. 28 – next week, so for that I’m very excited.  Although she has a broken foot, hurt knee and hurt shoulder, between the two of us we are quite a pair, but I’m sure we can manage to get the house somewhat set up.  My dad has decided to come at the end of that week – so that will be a huge help!!

In the midst of all of that we went in for our 34 week sono (they wanted to check his size again since last time he was about a pound larger than expected).  And guess what…he’s still big!!  He weighed in at 6lb. 5 oz. at our 34 week appt.  This was the first time we actually got to see his little face – I fell in love all over again.  We also got to see his hands and feet which he had to keep somewhat still this time because he’s running out of room!  Here is our little angel.  (Keep in mind he is taking up the entire frame – it’s his profile, his hand is up by his face…don’t worry I only saw a blob for a while too, but once you realize his nose, lips, etc. it’s all you see!)

Luke - 34 Weeks


As for me, I’m feeling as good as can be expected at this point.  On Sunday (19th) I had quite a few contractions starting at about 4 a.m. – we went on to church, lunch and looking at appliances, but once they started getting every 15-20 minutes we decided to call the doctor and head for home.  She wanted me to come in if I had 6 in an hour, I only got up to 5 at one point, but once we got home and I laid down and had a bunch of water I was a lot better.  So we’ve spent the past couple of days relaxing a bit and I’m doing great.

We went to our first Childbirth class last Saturday, we have another one this Saturday and that’s it.  It was interesting, I’m not sure if I feel more prepared or like it’s really going to happen, which is frightening.  I know he has to have an exit strategy, but I’m not sure I like it!

We have another check-up tomorrow then in 2 weeks another sonogram (I’ll be 36 weeks then) and we should know a lot more about his arrival at that point!

Sorry it’s so much info, but a lot has happened!

For my nephews who like to follow along…


Baby’s now the size of a squash!
Baby’s going through major brain and nerve development these days. His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (He won’t pick up anything from his nose until after birth, though — smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)


Baby’s now the size of a honeydew!

Things are heating up inside as well: Baby may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, he’ll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he’s started to keep his eyes open when he’s awake.

Love you all!

Amber, Ryan, Luke

30 Weeks and Sonogram


We went in for our 30 week sono on Thursday and not surprisingly, Luke did not cooperate very well!  He is laying head down (which is perfect for delivery) – his head is basically resting on my pelvic bone on the right, his body then curls back across my stomach to the left and his legs come back around to the right under my ribs.  He is basically in a U shape just sideways.  Unfortunately for the sonogram, the back of his head is what you could see, he is facing backwards, he did turn his face and we could very briefly see his profile and then a little of his face, but because he is so low it wasn’t a great picture.  We could see his eye sockets and he did blink a few times.  We also noticed a sort of “halo” around his head and when she zoomed in, you could see that he has a little patch of hair standing straight up!  At one point he had the hiccups so his little boy was shaking like crazy, and of course he did his usual kicks and punches.  To watch the sono ( Ryan added some special touches), click below:

My mom got here Tuesday so she could go with us because she has not seen any of the sonograms, so that was fun.  On Wednesday she and I went to order his nursery furniture, I can’t wait to get it, I absolutely love it, I’m so excited.  The ship date is March 28 (the day Luke is due).  So I’m hoping it may come a little early, we just didn’t want it to come too early while we were still in the condo.  So I’m sure it will work out perfect.

Luke's crib and hutch

Baby’s now the size of a squash!
As baby’s skin smoothes out, his brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue.  He’s also adding some brawn — his grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

Although he is supposed to be just now around 3 pounds, the sono tech was able to determine that he weighs 3 pounds 14 ounces – he’s gonna be a big boy!



Well, that’s it for now.  We will have another sonogram at 34 weeks and then at 36 weeks – we are almost there!!




We went to the Dr. for a regular check-up on Tuesday – all is well.  His heartbeat is between 135-140 BPM, she said it sounds perfect!

Next Thursday (30 Wks!) we will go in for a sonogram – we haven’t had one since 18 wks. when they told us it’s a boy, so this should be fun, he will have really grown a lot.  I can’t wait to see his sweet little face, I’m trying to imagine already what he will look like and I have no idea, but I know he will be handsome!

Picture of your developing baby

Baby’s now the size of a squash!
Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he’s growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for you: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.  His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain.

For fun, here is a short video of him moving around – my tummy is shaking like a bowl full of jelly!

Luke Moving 1/6/12

He does still respond well to Ryan’s voice, he still has his days and nights mixed up so he gets really active about 9 p.m., so when we lay down Ryan talks to him and tells him it’s nite nite time and he settles down.  When Ryan leaves every morning around 4, he kisses me and then my belly and talks to Luke for a minute and Luke always starts kicking, it’s so sweet, he already loves his daddy!

Since the last 2 posts were full of pics of me, how about some pictures of goodies I’ve gotten for Luke!!

I think I just might...


For our little Cali surfer dude!

Every little prince needs a crown...




Maternity Portraits


While in Texas for Christmas, we braved the freezing cold weather and did our maternity portraits.  My sweet friend, Andrea, who also did our wedding was kind enough to take them for us.  I knew exactly what I wanted and she capture them perfectly!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The quilt in the field one was made by Ryan’s grandmother (his mom’s mom).

Third Trimester!! 28 weeks


YAY!!  I cannot believe it’s already the start of the third trimester, it really does seem to have gone fast – although there were some days I thought may never end.  Being pregnant during the holidays really does help though because you have about a month that just flies by – and luckily I felt great during that time!  Still feeling good, go back for a checkup in a couple of weeks and then in for the 30 week sonogram which should be awesome because we haven’t seen him since week 18, so there should be a whole lot more to see!

He’s still moving around like a crazy person every day!  He pretty much has his days and nights mixed up.  He will wake me up between 7:30 and 8 a.m. to eat breakfast then not much movement most of the day but come bed time (around 9 p.m.) he starts getting wild!  Of course I don’t mind because I love feeling his kicks and watching my stomach move around and look like a tidal wave going from one side to the other – it’s an amazing miracle.

Over Christmas break we went home to Texas to see all of our families.  I also had my baby shower at that point.  It was absolutely beautiful, so many of my friends were there, it was wonderful to get to see all of them.  The hostesses did an amazing job, it was simply stunning – more than I could have imagined.  And of course Luke got more than he may possibly ever need, but that’s o.k.  Then when we got home there were several boxes that had been delivered and they just seem to keep coming – we are truly blessed.  It’s amazing to have so many people who love us and love our sweet little boy before he ever even gets here.

Cake and Candy Table

On New Year’s Eve we spent the day in Malibu at the Getty Villa – it’s a museum of Roman antiquities.  The grounds are designed after a villa in Pompeii that was buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted, it was gorgeous and a lot of fun.  Of course we came home that night and were in bed by 10 – our last New Year’s pre-kids and we were wimps!  Oh Well!!

The Getty Villa - 12/31/11


Yesterday we went to Pasadena to see the Rose Parade Floats the day after, you can get up close and see everything, it was amazing!  It was 80+ degrees, so I was exhausted when we were done, but it was totally worth it.

Jan 3, 2012

So enough about what we’ve been up to, here’s what Luke’s been up to in there….

(not sure why this says month 6, it’s really month 7)

Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
Baby’s lungs are mature enough that, if born right now, he has a pretty good chance of surviving (with help from medical technology). His skin is still pretty wrinkly (one byproduct of living in amniotic fluid) but will smoothen as fat continues to deposit.


How your baby’s growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He’s also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

You’re in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.  He should start gaining about a half a pound a week these last 10-12 weeks – I can’t even imagine, he already feels so heavy in there.  Let’s hope I only gain from him gaining, 11 pounds is plenty!!

Last thing, we also did our maternity pictures while in Texas.  My precious friend Andrea did them, they are simply amazing, I will work on a few of them and post soon for everyone to see.

Until then….love you all.

25 weeks and counting….


So far so good.  I’ve been feeling good lately, just growing and growing which makes getting around a little slower these days, but I’m managing.  As usual, Ryan is being so helpful and wonderful.  Tomorrow I am going in for another quick check-up and my glucose screening (test for gestational diabetes) I am sure everything will go smoothly there.  Immediately after that we are hopping a plane for Dallas and will be there through the 26th.  I can’t wait to see my family and friends.  My shower is on Sunday, which should be a wonderful time for seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen since we moved (almost a year now).  We are also looking forward to getting to spend the holidays with both of our families.

Since I’m running a little behind this year, we aren’t mailing Christmas cards but I have put it at the bottom for you to see what it would look like!  Next year we will definitely have one with lots of pictures of Luke!!

Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby’s learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

How your baby’s growing

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — but he’s beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. He’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.

I’ll be 26 weeks a couple days before Christmas, so I probably won’t be posting.  So for now, Merry Christmas to you all.  We love you and pray you have a blessed new year…


6 Months!! Week 24


Wow, I can’t believe I’m finally at 6 months!  It’s gone so fast yet so slow…

My sweet husband ordered my recliner for the nursery and it came in yesterday, so I was able to sleep in it last night and it was wonderful, it’s really gonna help me to be more comfortable and sleep better…plus it’s gorgeous, I’m so excited!

Recliner for the nursery!


You, Your Baby & The Umbilical Cord

Your baby has now developed his sense of balance, so he can tell which way is up inside your belly. (The inner ears control this skill, and as of this week they’re fully formed.) There’s still enough room in there for him to easily flip around, tethered by the umbilical cord. The cord, by the way, is pretty darn amazing. It contains two arteries and one large vein and is quite long — by birth, up to four feet long! Every 30 seconds, nutrients and oxygen-rich blood travel from the placenta to the fetus through the single large vein. Then the blood returns to the placenta through the two arteries. It’s an ingenious system that ensures the baby gets what he needs while keeping your blood separate from his.

Baby’s skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, his newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow. Your baby’s oil and sweat glands are now functioning.

Although very little hair color can be seen at this time, he has some hair growth on the top of his head!

Your baby is as long as an ear of corn, and he now notices bright lights and may move in response.  And trust me, he’s moving tons!!  He kicks like crazy…

Baby’s Length: 11.81 in.

Baby’s Weight: 1.32 lb.

ear of corn

Week 23


Well I’ve made some progress this week – I can finally eat cereal for breakfast and not get sick!!  Hopefully this will help keep my weight a little more even since I won’t be eating muffins every morning!  Still can’t eat beef, but this is a big step!

Here’s a picture of me we took the other night, I’ve grown a little bit since the beach picture…

23 Weeks

Luke is still kicking like crazy, that boy must have some really long legs.  He loves when his daddy talks and sings to him – he kicks like crazy.  I also discovered that he seems to like Michael Buble – he kicks along to the music!!

Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
Baby’s little face is fully formed…minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

This is my favorite description!!  It’s so funny to think of him getting all his little human parts – the nipples is funny.

Your Baby’s Amazing Lungs

Your baby’s lungs are in major growth mode this week, with blood vessels expanding and preparing to help him breathe after he’s born. Although he’s making breathing movements in the womb (so cute!), it’s still just practice with amniotic fluid; your baby will get all of his oxygen delivered from the placenta until he’s born. But here’s why this lung development is so fabulous: If your child should happen to arrive early (though only 2 percent of babies in the U.S. are born before 32 weeks) his odds of surviving are significantly better now that his lungs are up and running. Of course, these and other important organs still have a long way to go to become fully developed, but most experts count weeks 23 and 24 as important, reassuring milestones when it comes to long-term healthy outcomes from preterm labor.

We just can’t wait to see and hold this little angel.  I can’t believe in just a few days I’ll finally be 6 months!

Until next time…love to all.