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Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Baby Niece

Well, Coly and Stu had their baby girl! Her name is Ella Marie Tucker and she is 7 pounds 9 ounces and I think she's 21 inches.

And she's adorable. Take a look! Pic from a phone, but I'll get fancier ones soon enough. Look at those cheeks!!! I cannot wait to meet her!


Natural Family Planning

About a year ago I started looking into Natural Family Planning (otherwise known as the Fertility Awareness Method). I was taking Yaz and doing well on it, although I did feel a bit sluggish and had gained more weight that I wanted. Bryan and I decided to switch from hormonal birth control to NFP within a year. I thought January sounded pretty good.

It was probably August or September when I started questioning Yaz. My brother, David, and I were talking about birth control, and he said that his wife, my dear sister Stacey, was feeling a bit hormonal/emotional on her birth control. Wow did I understand that!! The first birth control I used, Tri-Sprintec (generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen) did incredibly terrible thinks to my state of mind and my blood pressure. It was on Tri-Sprintec that I had my first panic attack, the first in a long line of such attacks. It was on Tri-Sprintec that my blood pressure shot up to 160/95 (normal is 120/80), and it was on Tri-Sprintec that I had ridiculous crying fits at least twice a week.

It was a dark time, let me tell you. And only a couple of months into our brand new marriage!

All that to say, when David mentioned Stacey's birth control, I said "well how about Yaz?" His response was surprising to me, "You mean that birth control in all those law suits? The one that's killed people?"

Um.

What?

BABIES BABIES BABIES!!!

Not mine. Calm down.

I was woken up this morning by my dear honey bunny saying "Hey Jessers" to which I responded "It's not time to get up LEAVE ME ALONE ::growl::"

And he said "Baby, I have something to tell you."

I opened one eye. Slowly.

"Stuart just text messaged me to let me know that Nicole is in labor."

I will admit to squealing just a tiny bit. Nicole is my dear, dear sister. She is 22 years old and sweet as sugar. She and her hubby Stu, or "Stu-Stu" as Bryan and I prefer to call him, were married August 1st, 2008. They became pregnant a number of months after their wedding, and she was elated. Unfortunately she suffered a very sad miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. It was heartbreaking for all of us. I cannot imagine exactly how she or Stu felt. To go through such a thing is too painful to full imagine.

I remember finding out that she was pregnant with this little baby. I was so, so, so happy for her!! She was further into the pregnancy when she revealed it to the family this time, and I remember praying fervently that she would have a safe and happy pregnancy.

I was able to see her in her seventh month at Christmas, and she absolutely glowed! She is such a cute prego. Big ol' baby bump in front, and looks so not-pregnant from the back.

Jeaaaalllous. I KNOW I'm going to slowly expand everywhere when I get pregnant. I just know.

I heard from Stuart that she received the epidural about 4 hours ago, and I have been anxiously awaiting news since then. I know Nicole was nervous about labor, but I know she will do amazing things. I am so proud of her and Stuart. They are such a sweet and loving couple, and I know this little will be born into a family full of love, fun, and compassion. They will love and spoil this little girl like none other; she will truly be their treasure.

I will post a picture of the new family as soon as I see one. Love you Coly! Love you Stu! Love you yet-to-be-named Baby Girl!