Friday, July 31, 2009

Baby News

We are officially one week overdue and had an appointment today. After an ultrasound they determined that she hasn't gotten bigger in the last few weeks. In addition, I have made no progress in terms of dialation. The midwives see no reason for her to stay inside and want to start an induction process tonight. At 10 pm they will give me "Cervadil" to see if my body progresses naturally. If not, they will administer a low dose of pitocin by mid-morning. We are trying to remain positive, as this was not how we envisioned our labor to be. We were hoping to labor as naturally as possible. Please pray that my body would progress on its own with very little intervention.
We are being reminded that this process is out of our control and that we need to put our trust in the Lord.
Despite all of this, Nathan and I are thankful for a relatively uncomplicated and healthy pregnancy and for all of our supportive friends and family.
Grandma and Grandpa Hollinger along with Auntie Daphne and Uncle Ryan are here with us now in Gainesville. Mimi and Papa Mitten will arrive on Wednesday.

We can hardly wait to hold our sweet Ella Grace!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Practicing Patience

Today is July 25- our due date. So far baby Ella has decided not to show her face. For some reason I thought this baby girl would be early but now I am having to practice more patience than ever. I have had contractions off and on now for almost two weeks but the midwives say that my progress is slow. They won't do any interventions to induce me till my 42nd week. I am working on getting sleep (very difficult right now) and keeping myself occupied while I wait. The Lord is definitely my strength. Nathan is also such an encouragement to me and tries to keep me distracted. I feel very blessed to have him as my husband and baby daddy. We are both ecstatic about meeting her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baby Countdown

We are officially 11 days from due date!! Each day that passes makes us more excited to meet our baby. Of course, since this is my first pregnancy, I wonder if every new feeling and body change is some sort of "signal". I am learning to be patient as Ella Grace will come when she is ready. We know that it is going to be the most amazing feeling in the world to hold our own child in our hands and are so thankful to the Lord for giving us this gift.
Here are some pictures from throughout our pregnancy......

first trimester
28 weeks (Sissy's wedding!)
34 weeks

36 weeks

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quick Update

I didn't ever anticipate being a blogger but with family and friends spread so far it seems most appropriate to dive into the blogging world to keep everyone updated on our lives.

For those of you that don't know, Nathan is finishing grad school at UF in Gainesville, FL this summer. We have been here for four years and have made so many wonderful, lasting friendships. We will miss our community here, living in the Swamp, being in grad school, going to football games, teaching.....the list goes on. But we will always remain Gators even as we move to our new place of residence.

Here are some photos of our memories in the G-ville:
Amelia Island

FL vs. TN game with the Millers
Nathan's Grad School Friends

My kindergarten class 2008

Teaching buddies from Norton Elementary

The Jones family

Our Church's Young Married Group
FL vs. GA Game- Tailgating Casie :)

God was gracious to us as we were able to find a job for Nathan in Charlotte, NC where he will be working with a company called MCI (Mechanical Contractors, Inc). This company designs and builds HVAC systems for commercial buildings and Nathan will be working to advance their efforts in renewable energy and efficiency. We feel very blessed to have found a job in this market and Nathan is very enthused about this opportunity!

I just finished my fifth year of teaching, packed up my classroom, we sold our condo in Gainesville, and moved into a temporary place for two months until our move to Charlotte at the end of August.

In the midst of all of this craziness we will be having a baby. :) Ella Grace Mitten is due July 25 and we can't wait to meet her!!!! With only two weeks from our due date we are getting more and more curious when she will make her appearance! Check back often for baby updates!!