Baby Updates!

Hi everyone!  I know, it’s been forever since I’ve written, but life has been super busy over the last few weeks!  I’m sure you moms understand. =)  But never fear, I come bearing pictures!

So I guess the last time I blogged, I told you all that we’re having a boy!  So since then we’ve decided on his name, which I will now announce using a pillow that my sweet Mama has sewn for him:

Isn’t this the cutest pillow ever?  Mom has recently bought a monogram machine and has already put it to work. =)  So Branden and I chose the name “Matthew” because we really wanted a classic name that we knew would be good for him now and in fifty years too.  Plus it’s from the Bible. =)  We chose “Hale” because that’s Branden’s middle name, and I’ve always loved it.  It means “Hero”, isn’t that great?!  The day after we decided on Matthew’s name, I felt him kick for the first time!  I figured he was showing his appreciation for finally being given a name. =)  That was during week 20, and today is the first day of week 27!  I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.  Matthew is getting so big!  And active!  I feel him kick and punch and flip all day long.  The other day  I was reading on the couch and I had my Kindle (book) resting on my tummy, and I could see it jump up whenever Matthew kicked.  Maybe he was telling me to stop reading?

Here are his latest sonograms (from week 21)

His adorable FEET!

 

His profile

 

Another Terminator pose =)

Every time I go in for an ultrasound I’m blown away by what our technology can do, and the little life that  God is building!  And now that you’ve seen how big Matthew is getting, time to see how big I’M getting!  Drumroll please…

That yellow shirt just barely fits now, haha!  I’m almost to the point where I can wear nothing but maternity clothes now.  Oh, and Branden also wanted to pose for a belly picture…

He’s looking good, huh? =)  He always likes to tell people that he’s taking it easy and not working himself too hard.  =)  No but really Branden has been a super supportive husband.  He rubs my sore feet and back, helped clean around the house, and he goes on walks with me around the neighborhood.  And the best thing is that he’s just as excited as I am.

I know it’s pretty obvious that I’m pregnant now, but I still can’t believe how bold people are being in public when they congratulate me or ask me how far along I am!  That’s just not something that you want to get wrong.  If you assume some lady is pregnant and she’s really not, then there’s no real way to recover from that.  You’ve basically told her she’s fat.  I guess you could always try Brian Regan’s approach…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-5mDyCKac

(I couldn’t find a video of just the “baby” part, so if you want skip ahead to 1:56.  Or better yet listen to the whole bit because he’s that good.)

So many other fun things have been happening lately too, but this blog post has already gotten humungous so I’m going to call it quits for now.  More to come later!

-Liz

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Ten Years

Today is the ten year anniversary of when my sister Erin went to be with the Lord. She was a great sister and friend and I miss her dearly, but I know she is happy being with Jesus and she’s waiting patiently for us to join her in heaven one day!

I have more photos and information about Erin posted here. If you want to know more about my faith in Christ then just give me a holler! I’d be happy to share. Just having the peace of knowing where you’re going and where your loved ones are is worth it alone.

Have a wonderful evening and if you have any siblings then give them a squeeze. They are a blessing.

Hallelujah

I know it’s pretty common for your parents to be excited and happy for you when you tell them they’re going to be grandparents.  Your mom may jump for joy and hug you senseless.  Your dad may shake your husband’s hand and give him a good pat on the back.  These are all well and good.  And probably normal.  But not my family.  Not especially my mother.  When we told her, she broke into the Hallelujah chorus.


Did I mention that neither Branden or I have any (living) siblings?  We’ve basically been the only hope for grandchildren for five adults.  And the only hope for great-grandchildren for three others.  I think they were happy when Branden and I got married, but what they were really celebrating was our ability to provide them with grandchildren.

Yeah, our kid is gonna be S-P-O-I-L-E-D.


And also an Aggie, in case it wasn’t obvious. =)

The results are in…

So my OB (baby doctor) was super nice and offered to let us come in yesterday morning without a real appointment and see if we could figure out the sex of the baby (since last week TBD didn’t cooperate).  In preparation for this event, I drank coffee and ate two pieces of chocolate.  (Hey, I gotta take one for the team, you know?)  And you know what, we were successful this time!  Want to know what TBD is?  Drumroll please…


We are so excited to finally know the sex of the baby!  And actually we are still going to call him “TBD” for now because we don’t have a name picked out yet.

And I know I’m a little behind in sharing some sonograms with yall, so here are the most recent ones:

 

Week 17 – The baby’s skull and spine are really evident here!

 

Week 18 – Branden and I think TBD looks like the Terminator in this one =)

 

And then here are a few belly pics that I’ve taken recently.  I’ll probably take them more often now that I’ll be expanding more rapidly. =)

 

Week 12 – Nothing much to see

 

Week 17 – Maybe a little something =)

 

And now as my friend Amy put it (who is also expecting a boy!), now comes the fun part… shopping and decorating!  Yay!

That “big” thing

So that “big thing” that I was talking about in my last blog post?  It’s time to talk about it (way passed time, really).  Although it’s not really that big; actually quite the opposite.  It’s rather small.  But it’s getting bigger!!  (Have you guessed what I’m talking about yet?)  If not then how about this:  It’s causing a lot of trouble and disruption in my life, but I’ve never been so happy or excited to be troubled or disrupted!  Got it now?  If not, then last chance:  My pants don’t fit anymore.  Okay okay.  If you still don’t know what I’m talking about then you’re obviously a guy.  Now for the grand announcement:

We’re going to have a baby!!!

Okay that huge font probably gave away the answer from the very beginning, but oh well.  This needs to be loud and exciting!  Because I’m feeling loud and excited!  Do you know how hard it is not to go up to every person on the street and say “Guess what, I’m pregnant?”  I even have the urge to tell perfect strangers.  I do that a lot, actually.  Tell perfect strangers that I’m preggers.  I think I actually did that the day after I found out, back when I wasn’t supposed to be telling everyone.  It kinda slipped out at the Clinique counter.  But I’m not sorry I did it because it was fun.

So anyway, the baby is due July 3rd.  I am in week 17 of my pregnancy, which means I’m almost halfway through!  We were SUPPOSED to find out yesterday if it’s a boy or girl, but Baby Ramsey decided to be modest, and then later started moving around but put the umbilical chord between its legs.  I’m pretty sure this was done on purpose.  The baby isn’t even born yet and it’s already messing with us.  It’s definitely Branden’s child.

But since we can’t really call it “he” or “she” right now, we’ve been calling the baby “TBD”, as in “to be decided”.  It may not sound very cute but we make it cute.  Branden will come up to me and be like, “How is TBD doing today?”  And Mom will email me and tell me to give Baby TBD a little pat for her.  Now you think it’s cute, don’t you? =)

I’ve been to a few doctors appointments, and so far TBD has shown to be completely healthy, although he or she does have a big head.  (But that’s normal.)  Want to see some ultrasound pictures?  Of course you do!!

Here are the photos from Week 9.  I call these the “The little smudge”:

TBD is obviously just a little spot on the screen at this point, but somehow my doctor was able to tell that both heart chambers were present and that the heartbeat was the correct speed.  I have no idea how doctors do that.  But this early on even we could see the heartbeat on the screen and see the baby wiggle a little bit!

And then here are the much better photos two weeks later, at Week 11.  This was a really cool ultrasound because when the nurse tapped on my tummy we could see TBD push off the “ground” and float and wiggle his or her limbs!

 

(I have another photo from our appointment yesterday but I haven’t scanned it yet, so that one will come later.)

Aren’t ultrasound photos amazing??  If this doesn’t remind you how powerful and creative and amazing God is, then I don’t know what will.

Branden and I are SUPER excited and can’t wait to meet TBD.  The idea of being parents is kind of terrifying, but we’re okay with that.  I’m also VERY thankful because I haven’t had any morning sickness and the only food aversions I’ve had are for red onions, which I normally really like.  And I really, really like salty food right now, more so than normal  I would eat potato chips for every meal if I could.  Besides that I’ve had almost zero pregnancy symptoms, but now finally my tummy is starting to expand a little, which is great because it means TBD is expanding too!

Anyway, I’ve written yall a short novel at this point, so I’ll stop for now.  But don’t worry I have a feeling I’ll have lots of baby things to talk about in the near future.  I think that’s part of being a mom, bragging about your kids. =)

Happy New Year!

Ahhhh, a night off, finally! Haven’t had one of these in a while. Branden and I were supposed to visit a friend tonight who just had a baby, but due to some change of plans it didn’t work out. I’m disappointed not to meet the new baby yet, but it is rather nice to have a quiet evening at home!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! No doubt it was somewhat hectic but enjoyable and memorable. Mine sure was! I’ve just been looking through a few photos from the last few weeks to share with you guys, and so now I will commence my slide show presentation of the holidays. Buckle up!

These first few are of Branden and me, his mom Debby, and my parents, before leaving for the Christmas Eve service at my parents’ church. (All of us plus my grandma spent Christmas in Lubbock, which is where Mom and Dad and Grandma now live, as of a few months ago.)

Branden and Mama Ramsey

 

Me and my man

 

Mom and Dad

 

This is one of the things I got Branden for Christmas.  Have you ever watched The Big Bang Theory?  If so then you’ll recognize this as one of Sheldon’s shirts.  Oh so nerdy yet oh so cool…

We had a really great time in Lubbock all together.  We watched movies, worked puzzles, went on walks, met some of Mom and Dad’s new friends at church, enjoyed opening presents and reading the Christmas story, and overall just being together.  I love my family and treasure each time I get to spend with them!

During the Christmas “break” I also got to meet up with one of my best friends in the world, Mrs. Rachel Hammons, who unfortunately now calls Memphis her home.  But fortunately for me her family is still here in Houston so I get an excuse to see her at least once a year!

And to top it all off, we even had a great New Years Eve party to go to!  Our dear friends Ben and Lynn threw a little shindig at their house, and it was super fun!  I enjoyed catching up with all the girls, the boys shot fireworks and blew up a pumpkin, (I’m not kidding), and we rang in 2011!

 

From left to right is me, Lynn, Erika, Polly the cat, Jen, and Elizabeth

 

Here is Lynn and her fabulous self:

One final note:  There is something else big going on in our life right now, but it’s so big that it deserves it’s own blog post, so that will be coming next!  (I might even start writing it right now!)  Oooh, suspense!!  Haha.

 

Fried Turkey and Coon Hounds

Hello blog world!  This is Liz, you know, the one who used to blog on a semi-regular basis and then went MIA for a super long time, because well basically I’m on the computer 8+ hours a day as it is and usually all I want to do after work is come home and be as far from productive as humanly possible.  But lately I’ve been feeling like I miss blogging, because when I don’t blog myself, I tend to not read my friends’ blogs, and so now I feel completely out of the loop.  What kind of amazing craft project has Abby whipped up this time?  What in the world does Anna’s baby look like now?  Has Lynn worn her bacon and eggs costume lately?  I have no idea!!  And that is unacceptable.  Plus now that my poor mother has been relocated across the state because of Dad’s new job, I’m sure she’d like another excuse to check up on me. 🙂  Whew!  Okay now on to the actual blog.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all ate way too much, took lots of naps, enjoyed family, and watched lots of football.  Branden and I packed our stuff and headed up to Fairfield, Texas to visit his dad and stepmom (Ernie and Paula) up at the farm.  It was a great trip!  Fairfield is stinkin gorgeous, (trees, rolling hills, cattle, and actual stars at night), and Ernie’s cooking can keep up with Paula Deen any day.  (Please wait a moment while I remember the fried turkey…  Mmmmm)

We slept in the Y2K hut, slept late every morning, ate like kings, watched the Aggies BTHO t.u. (WHOOP!!), went for walks around the farm (these photos are all from one of our walks), played with Lucy the coon hound, drove to the “big town” of Corsicana to see the new “Tangled” movie (super cute!), took several naps, went to a flee market, and basically just took it easy for three days.  It was wondermous.

Branden would like me to mention how happy he is that we beat those dirty T-sips.  Notice the shirt he wore on Thanksgiving day.

Now we just have to make it four more weeks until Christmas vacation.  (If you get the whole week off before Christmas then I’m not speaking to you.  That includes my teacher friends.  I’m sorry, I love you, but that’s just the way it is.)  But the next several weeks should go by pretty quickly, considering how busy the Christmas season is, not to mention that I really need to get on the ball and buy Christmas presents for everyone.  Oh, crap, I still have to buy Christmas presents for everyone.  I gotta go.

-Liz

A prayer request

Hey everyone!

I have a prayer request to share with all of you.  My dear grandmother, Sandra, was hospitalized last weekend because she fell and as a result cracked her pelvis and broke her hand.  She is out of the hospital now but has to stay in a care center for a month while she recovers and goes through physical therapy.  I guess it’s been difficult because Grandma has always been so lively and full of energy.  It’s hard seeing her confined to a wheelchair and struggling to do even little things.  I know it’s only temporary, but it’s still tough.  My Mom has been a complete champ; sitting with Grandma every day at the home and encouraging her and basically being the mom for her own mom.  I can’t imagine how hard that must be; when the roles reverse and you have to take care of your parents.  Please pray for my grandma’s healing, as well as encouragement for my Mom.

Also, yesterday was the ninth anniversary of when my sister Erin went to be with the Lord.  Branden and I spent the day with my family, and it was a very sweet and encouraging day.  I thank the Lord for his blessings and encouragement, and I thank all of you who have been praying for us.  I wrote a blog entry about Erin last year, which can be viewed here.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!

Love,
Liz

How we do Christmas break

Hi everyone!  Happy belated 2010!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything so I thought I’d share how we Ramseys spent our Christmas break!  But I’m too lazy to write much at the moment, so I am summing everything up in photos.  🙂  Enjoy!

Christmas in Katy!  (Dad, Mom, Grandma, Branden, and me)

Mom, Grandma, and me

Branden, me Grandma, Mom, Debby, and let us not forget the dogs (Lily and Rocky)

Visiting the cousins in Seabrook (Branden, me, Sarah, Hailey, and Andrew)

Visiting more family in Spring (Susan, Lindsay, Debby, and Branden)

Celebrating New Years Eve at the Peeples (Lynn, Ben, me, and Branden)

Amy, me, Lynn

Visiting my friend Kate and her new baby Addison!

Kate and Addison

Visiting Ernie and Paula at the farm in Fairfield (cool tractor, huh?)

Branden and his dad, Ernie

Lucy!

All in all we had a wonderful Christmas break with our family and friends.  We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives!  And we are infinitely blessed to have a Savior who came here to earth and then died to save us!  That’s better than a million presents from the store.  Sorry this is late, but Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.  Branden and I sure did!  We went to Dallas last weekend and stayed with Mama Ramsey, and on Thanksgiving Day we all went over to my grandparents’ house.  I got to see my sweet Nana and Papa, artsy Aunt Melissa, crazy Uncle Steve, and even my cousin Josh, whom I haven’t seen in over 15 years!  Crazy, huh?  It was a day filled with good food, family, and football.  Oh, and speaking of, way to go Aggies!  Yeah, we didn’t win, but we sure did put up a good fight!  Maybe we’ll be a decent team next year?  Riiiiiight… we’ll wait and see. 🙂

Gobble gobble!