Monday, August 31, 2009

Braydon Jacob Pratt - 7/6/2009

One of my very best friends, Amy Pratt, had her THIRD boy on Monday, July 6th, 2009 by C-section. It all worked out perfect. She was scheduled at 12:30pm so I was able to head to the hospital on my lunch hour and I was able to see Braydon be born before I had to go back.
Here is me and my two precious BIG BROTHERS in the waiting room awaiting the arrival of baby brother. Mason and Canon are so very special to me and sometimes I have felt as if they were my own. I have been there from day 1 with all of them and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I was so excited to be gaining a 3rd little nephew. ;-)

He's HERE!!! Braydon Jacob Pratt - 6 lbs, 18 3/4"

The proud momma and her little baby boy!

A proud AUNT AMY!!!

Mason and Canon loving on their baby brother. This was such a sweet moment. They were so proud and all Mason wanted to do was kiss, touch, and tickle baby Braydon.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

4th of July

This year for the 4th of July we headed out to Bridgeport to celebrate with some of our best friends, Adrianne and Ryan. We loaded up the boat and headed to his parents house for some family fun. Ryan's dad cooked up a wonderful meal, then we all headed out to the lake for a few hours. Later that night we parked out by the lake, loaded up in the back of the trucks, and watched some great fireworks. All in all, it was a wonderful holiday and we had lots of fun!!!

Ryan and Preston had Ryan's nephews and friend in our boat and the rest of us were in Ryan's dads boat takin' the little ones tubin.

Me and Ady getting ready to watch fireworks!!!

This was baby Eli's first 4th of July. He was dressed for the occasion and ready for his first fireworks show.

Here's Adrianne, Eli, me, and Landry (Ryan and Ady's neice) sitting in the back of the truck and eating popcorn. It was so yummy!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


The day after we heard our little ones heartbeat for the first time, we left for CABO with my family to celebrate our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

6 weeks 1 day

Since there was nothing to see on my first visit to Dr. Bailey, she wanted to see me back in two weeks for another sonogram. Two weeks would make it the 23rd of June. We were leaving that day for Cabo so they got me in the day before at 2:15pm. Preston went to this appointment with me. They did another vaginal sonogram and we actually saw a "little" something!!! We got to see the heartbeat! It was so amazing. Eventhough it looked like a little blob, we could still see it. The heartbeat was 120bpm. The sonographer said that was a good heartbeat and that I was actually measuring a week earlier (that's why the sonogram says 7w1d at the top). When we met with Dr. Bailey, she moved my due date to Valentine's Day!!! Preston really liked Dr. Bailey too. She's so personable and easy to talk to. I'm really glad that I made the switch...thanks for making me do it Ady (j/k, she just made me make the appointment for my annual....finally)!!

Below is our FIRST picture of our precious gift from God: Baby Gill!!! There isn't much to see. It's the little faint blob between the two +'s. It was such an amazing moment for me and Preston.

Monday, August 10, 2009

4 Weeks Pregnant

As of May 29th, I actually decided to change doctor's to Adrianne's, Dr. Jennifer Bailey. I liked my doctor, but I really didn't feel that much of a connection with her and I didn't know how sure I was about having to go to Presby Dallas all the time. So, when I found out we were expecting, I already had an appointment with Dr. Bailey at the end of July for my annual. Little did I know, I would be seeing her a little sooner than July. :-)

It turns out that I was actually 4 weeks pregnant that next day (Sunday). I had no clue how far along I was at the time, but I did know that we were going to Austin for a wedding that next weekend with my parents, to Cabo in a couple of weeks with my whole family, and I for sure needed to get into the doctor!

Sunday was one of the hardest days for me to not say anything to my parents. If you know me, I pretty much tell my parents EVERYTHING!!! And normally, my mom can tell when I have something to tell her. I had to sit through the WHOLE church service right next to her and not say a word. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do in a while. I just wanted to come out and tell her. I think my heart pounded the whole service, but I made it through the day without saying a word. I guess Preston and I were still having a hard time believing this whole situation, believe it or not, I went to Target that afternoon and bought a 3 pack of pregnancy tests (I had already taken 2 the night before). I ended up taking it that night. Here is a picture of the 3rd test that I took!

Monday I went into work and called Dr. Bailey's office. I wasn't sure how soon they would want to see me. I told her that I thought I was pregnant. She asked, "Well, have you taken a pregnancy test?" I told her, "Yes, 3, and they've all been positive." She said, "Well, yep, then you're pregnant!!" I told them I was going out of the country in about 2 weeks and she said that they normally like to get people in within two weeks of the phone call. The only availability was TOMORROW at 12:45pm. My first thought was, "YIKES, so soon!" I knew this was important and that I needed to get in, so Tuesday, June 9th @ 12:45pm it was! I then called Terry, a lady that I work with (she's kind of like my mom at work), into my office. I told her the news. She was so excited!! I needed advice on what I should do. I was kind of freaking out about what to tell my dad and Kim. Terry advised me to tell them I have a Dr's appt and if they ask, it's for my annual. No one normally wants to ask any more questions once they hear the word, "annual." So that's exactly what I told them.

When I got home from work that night, I was still a little weary about this whole another pg test I took! It was positive again! This makes number 4!!! I honestly don't know what I was thinking but I think I was a little paranoid about telling our parents so early. I just wanted to make sure it was legit. I don't think I would have told them this early if we weren't going to be in such close quarters over the next few weeks but I know my mom would figure it out soon if I didn't say anything. And besides, I really didn't want to go through any of this without them by my side.

TUESDAY JUNE 9th - Off to the doctor I went! I was SO nervous! Preston did not go to this appointment. I told him not to worry about it because it was so early, they would probably just take my blood and send me on my way. Well, I was wrong! They ended up doing a vaginal sonogram. It was way too early to tell anything. There wasn't even a sac? Kind of scared me, but they reassured me that it was still early. At this point I still wasn't sure how early I was. I met with Dr. Bailey, who I absolutely LOVE! She told me my due date was February 10th. She wanted me to do bloodwork and then come back 2 days later for more bloodwork so they could check my levels and make sure everything was doubling like it should be.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10th - Preston's brother was coming into town from Lubbock and we were already planning on going over to his mom's house for dinner that night. Preston and I talked on Monday and decided that we should tell them on Wednesday and then we were going to tell my parents this weekend when we were going to Austin. From Sunday to Wednesday, I had been gathering up things to put a little something together to tell them. I'm really sad that I didn't get a picture but I really didn't think about it. I ended up getting a small lime green pail from Target. I found "I love my Grandma" and "I love my Grandpa" bibs. I bought a small picture album and used my cricut machine to make the first page when you open up the album say: "New Arrival 2/10/10. " Then when you turned the page, I put the picture of the pregnancy test that's earlier in this post. I filled the pail with the album, bibs, and then I bought blue and pink hershey kisses. We told Preston's mom, stepdad, brother, and girlfriend that night. Everyone was so excited!!! His mom even cried a little! ;0)

THURSDAY JUNE 11th - Off to the doctor I went again! This time for blood work only. They informed me that I should get a call the next day for my results.

That night, my parents actually came to drop off a car at our house before heading to the Gaylord for a birthday celebration with their friends. I was so excited because this would be a perfect opportunity to tell them instead of having to wait until friday! They both got to the house, we talked a little bit, then I brought out the pail. First thing out of mom's mouth...."You're Pregnant!!" She hadn't even looked at the contents of the's just know I guess. Dad screamed! It was awesome and I'm so glad we got to tell them that night.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12th - We were in the car on our way to Austin with mom and dad and I got the call from Dr. Bailey's office. They said my bloodworked looked great. The only thing was that my progesterone had dropped. Because of this they wanted me to start progesterone suppositories. One word...YUCK!!! They called in the prescription for me and I needed to go pick it up on Monday. I was a little scared and worried throughout the weekend hoping that these levels didn't drop too low and make me miscarry. I even called the doctor's office back to ask them if I would be okay through the weekend. The assured me that everything would be okay.

The weekend was a great one! We had fun in Austin at Hollister's reception. The boys also got to play a little golf while mom and I shopped. It was a great little getaway and much needed.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The DAY we found out!

Let's go back a little....2 months ago to be exact. June 6th, 2009 was the night we found out the GOOD news!!

Now some of this you may not want to hear, but I'm mostly writing this blog so I have record of everything that happened. It's kind of like "my little journal."

I stopped taking my BC pills after I finished my last pack in May. My last pill was taken on May 7th, 2009, which would make my first day of my last period May 3rd, 2009 (again sorry for the information, but it's mainly for me). Preston and I figured we would start trying to get pregnant sometime near the end of the year, end of August sounded like a good place to start. This would make the baby due sometime after tax season and baseball season....PERFECT!!!

Well, little did we know that God had a plan of his own. June 4th rolled around and it should have been about that time of the month, or maybe even 2 days earlier than that. I really wasn't worried because I knew I had just got off the pill and I figured it would take a couple of months for my body to regulate itself. I actually thought I had started one of those days, but then had nothing else the rest of the days after.

So...Saturday, June 6th, 2009, we all went to eat Indian food for Tyler's birthday. It was me, Preston, Ryan, Adrianne, Eli, Mimi, Papa, Granny, Mom, Dad, and Tyler. The boys (Preston and Ryan) had been at the deer lease that day and Ady and I had been running around so we decided that we would meet the boys at dinner instead of them coming all the way home first. Dinner was wonderful! I even had a glass of wine! Yum!!! On the way home, Ady and I were being silly and joking around, we might have been feeling our 1 (yes, ONE) glass of wine a little. She said, "I know what we're gonna do, let's stop and get you a test!" At first, I thought she was crazy. But I agreed and figured I should probably get one so I know for sure and I'm not doing anything stupid (like drinking a glass of wine, I honestly did not even THINK I could be pregnant). We stopped at the local Walmart and picked up a test. We were having so much fun being silly. I think we giggled all the way home to their house. The boys weren't there yet when we pulled up. We had called the boys earlier to let them know what we were doing and Ryan specifically told Adrianne that she didn't need to be the first one to know, meaning do not take the test without Preston being there.

I walked in the house and went straight to the bathroom. I just wanted to take it and be done, seriously thinking it would be negative and we could go on with our night laughing some more. I opened the test, briefly looked at the directions to see how long to wait...3 minutes. I "peed on the stick," put the cap on and started walking to the kitchen. Adrianne was doing dishes or something in the kitchen. As I turned the corner, I looked down and "PREGNANT" popped up (we got the digital Clear Blue Test). I was speechless. I didn't even stop, I just kept walking to the kitchen holding the test out in front of me. I'm sure with my eyes big and mouth wide open. Ady turned around and looked at me and said "no way!" I'm sure she knew something by the way I was walking towards her. She looked at the test and screamed. Literally screamed...Eli was on the table in his carseat sleeping and he jumped. At this point, I was shaking. She asked me if I was okay and all I could say was, "I don't know?" We both started crying and hugged each other.

After a few minutes of freaking out, Ryan walked through the front door....without Preston. He walked in the kitchen and I immediately asked, "Where's Preston?" He said, "The neighbors are outstide so he stopped over there." I said, "No, you go get him right now and don't say anything." I'm sure at this point he knew too by the look of my face. He went and got Preston. P walked in the door and I showed him the test. The first thing he asked was, "When did you take that?" Then he asked, "Do you have another one?" I said, "yes." And he said, "take it again!!" I grabbed a glass of water and we all went to the couches. Adrianne got the computer and immediately started to look up the due date. At that was FEBRUARY 10th! All I could think about was TAX SEASON and my Dad! I just knew he was going to kill me.

About 20 minutes or so went by and I went to take the other test. Sure enough....PREGNANT again! This time we were just in shock. We sat around with the Reynolds for a little while longer and talked about everything. We could not believe it! I remember going home that night and all Preston and I kept saying to each other was, "Can you believe it?", "We're gonna be parents!!!"

So CRAZY!! But looking back, I don't think we would have wanted it to happen any other way!! GOD IS SO WONDERFUL!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

YES, it's true....WE'RE EXPECTING!!!

I am 12 weeks pregnant TODAY!!! Preston and I are SO excited and we can't wait to see what God has in store for us. My due date is Valentine's Day, 2/14/10. I can't believe that I'm already starting my 2nd trimester. Stay tuned for the story of how it all happened....well, we know how it happened, but of when we found out and what has gone on up to this 12 week mark.