Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pregnancy Quiz!

We had a great time filling this out. It has some unique questions. :) Hope you enjoy!

Is this your first pregnancy?

How did you find out you were pregnant?  

I took a test in the bathroom at my work. Let’s just say it took me four tests to believe it was true.

What kind of pregnancy test did you take?  

The first two tests were the EPT test that gave me weird results. The next two were the generic HEB brand. Don’t go expensive when you buy these tests, I loved the generic so much more than the fancy ones.

How many?
4 tests, $20 later

What were your first symptoms?  

My body was very achy. I also really tired all the time and moody.

Who did you tell first?  

Matt. He received a text with a picture of a positive test at work. Let’s just say, he was SHOCKED as well.

Who was with you when you found out?  

I was all by my lonesome in the bathroom. I think it was better that way-I was stunned, surprised, and overwhelmed.

Was baby planned?

No. He was a wonderful surprise and is a testimony to God’s timing, not our own.  We were on the five year plan, turns out God thought we meant 5 month plan. 

How far were you when you found out?  

Almost 7 weeks. We were in the midst of busy season at work and I thought the stress had caused my body to be all funky monkey. Well, it wasn’t the stress- it was Noah. 

Who do you think baby will look like?  

I have NO idea. I would guess since it’s a boy, it will probably have more Matt’s features. On the sonogram, he looked like he might have more my nose. I am interested to see skin color and eye color. I’m fairly dark skinned and Matt has a little paste to his skin (he is looking tan this summer, but he is fairer skinned, just saying). I also have real brown eyes and Matt has aqua marine that change with what he wears. If I could choose, I’d choose my skin and Matt’s eyes. I’d also love for Noah to get Matt’s dimples. They are precious! Whatever he looks like, he’ll be ours, so it won’t matter! 

When did you start to show?  

Good question. I’d say right at 5 months. It was like in one week I went from “where’s the bump?” to my mom’s newest thing- “you are already bigger than I was at 9 months.” Noah, you are going to be a big boy!

Do you have any mood swings? 
I plead guilty. I don’t know if I really swing from happy to sad to happy. I really just come home from work real grumpy. I’ve been tired a lot lately and that really affects my attitude. Matt is very patient. I am a lucky woman. He made chicken and vegetable casserole last night and homemade mashed potatoes- that is true love. It was delicious and filling!

Any complications? 
Not yet. I am taking my gestational diabetes test August 2nd. That could be one complication that may come. Noah’s heart rate and growth rate is looking right on target. My blood pressure has been perfect. I am a pretty active pregnant lady, so I’m hoping that it continues to stay that way. A lady in Texas just had a sixteen pound baby- I’d prefer Noah to be around the 7-9 pound type baby.

What is your favorite thing about being pregnant? 
I love Noah’s movement. I know I won’t always, but right now it’s this sweet little reminder of the God’s gift to us. I am amazed by how active he truly is. God has already created his personality and demeanor. It is just humbling to think that God has given us the responsibility to raise this little boy. Matt and I already love him so much; we can’t wait to bring Noah up in a Christian household and tell him how much his Savior loves him. I think Matt and my understanding of God’s sacrifice of His only Son will become significantly deeper once Noah is born.

Least favorite thing about pregnancy? 
The body pain and the restless/sleepless nights are my least favorite. I miss not aching every time I get out of bed. I miss being able to sleep on my back for a full 8 hours with no bathroom breaks. It truly is a blessing to be pregnant, but when you gain weight so fast and you have a growing boy in your belly, your body does some crazy stuff.

How many kids do you want? 
4 or 5. I know, I know, we are crazy. If the Lord wills, we would love to adopt at least one from Africa. Matt and I have a passion for adoption and Africa, and if the doors open later on, we’d love to have the opportunity to experience God’s gift of adoption. We shall see.

Do you talk to your baby? 
Once again, I plead guilty. I talk to him a lot. I don’t do it in public, but when he is doing summersaults and high kicks, I ask him what’s going on in there. He’s awfully rowdy. My stomach ripples from his movement ALL the time.

How many times a day do you pee? 
I pee once every hour during the day and at least once while sleeping during the night.

More scared or excited? 
I am scared about having to give birth (you know- the birthing PROCESS), but VERY excited about getting to be parents.

Will you breastfeed? 
Yes. I would love to for at least the first year. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, but I will try my best.

What music are you really into at the moment? 
I heard an incredible song this morning written by Laura Story. It’s called Blessings. Matt has really been hit hard with some unique struggles at work, and I kept thinking about him as I heard this song. Here are the lyrics:
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

And what if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?

Strangest cravings? 
I’m lame-I haven’t craved anything too strange. For me, craving milk is really odd. I have at least one glass of chocolate milk a week- I have never been a milk drinker, but my body craves the calcium I guess. Lame response, I know.

And for the Dads: 

Your initial thoughts when you found out your wife was pregnant?  

I can’t believe there’s a baby in there.

Did you have a gender preference (honestly)?  

BOY-Boys are fun, easy and will carry on the Clem legacy

Best part of this pregnancy?  

Feeling Noah kick. It is unreal.

Worst part of this pregnancy?  

Having to be even more sensitive than I already am!

Has your wife had any “crazy pregnant” moments?  

One notable meltdown about a salad.

Are you scared about anything?  

What if he doesn’t like it when I play with him?

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