Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Family Photos and an Update

We had our family photos taken a few weeks ago, and I thought I'd share them with you since I'm not entirely sure I'll get around to doing Christmas cards this year.  Like a typical toddler, Samuel picked THAT morning to be extremely grouchy and uncooperative.  But our photographer persevered through his mood and managed to get some really great photos!  Love her.  There are also a few maternity shots of my tiny baby bump (I was only 20 weeks at the time.)  I'm so glad Kim humored me anyway!

Go to:
--click 'life'
---click 'proofing' at the bottom
----password is pope2012
-----let me know which photos you like the best!

Pretty much adore these two:

I'm all settled in at CAMP and, as expected, these first few days have been more challenging than we would have liked.  Traveling seems to have stirred up the contractions, and it's taking things a while to calm back down.  We saw my doctor on Monday and he confirmed that my cervical length hasn't changed from it's original measurement.  He was pleased with that, but not so pleased with the multiple contractions he felt during the appointment.

Unless you've been in this situation, it's difficult to explain what a mind game it is.  I hear, "Don't focus on the contractions, but let us know if they change."  "Stay in bed, but don't go crazy or dwell on the pregnancy."  "Drink a lot of water but never have a full bladder."  "Come in immediately if you feel different, but we may not do anything for you since you're still so early in your pregnancy."

It's enough to drive anyone batty.

Again, please forgive me if I haven't replied to your messages/texts/emails.  If I replied to everyone, I would be talking about the pregnancy all day...precisely what I need to avoid.  I realize this will likely be the last time in the next 20 years that I have the opportunity to do I'm trying to enjoy it.  I can read all day.  I can stay in my pjs.  I can use the bathroom without little hands knocking at the door.  Sounds pretty great right?

I am 23 weeks and 3 days.  Our goals (short and long term):

23 weeks and 6 days:  The day I went into labor with Samuel.
24 weeks and 2 days:  The day I delivered Samuel.  Mentally, I'll do better when we get past this.
28 weeks:  The baby has a MUCH greater chance of survival and fewer long-term complications.
30 weeks:  The week that we can discuss delivering closer to home.
33 weeks:  Another milestone for baby...again, much greater chance of survival and fewer complications.
Anything after that is just gravy!

Stay put Annalee!


  1. Love the photos. So happy you are past Jack's gestation. You are doing awesome, mama!! I am praying.

  2. Those pictures are beautiful. Can't wait to look at the proofs. Thanks for the update...we will be praying through each milestone and praising God as each one is reached and passed!

  3. Oh my gosh....seeing your goals in black and white just gave my chills. My 3.5 yr old was a 28 weeker...2 lbs 12 oz. He spent 44 days in the NICU - compared to many I know it was "nothing". He's great - no major issues except he is spoiled rotten by his older brothers and sister. I hope that you just keep checking off the GOAL list....hang in there....oh and seriously - the pictures are adorable!!!

  4. I've been reading your blog since you were first mentioned on the Duggar's when Samuel and Josie were in the NICU. I'm not a particularly religious person, but wanted to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was so happy for you and your family when I read your update from November 1st. I wish you all nothing but the best and hope you're able to relax soon and enjoy this time (if that's even possible) before Annalee keeps you all on your toes. So many people near and far are rooting for her!

  5. The pictures are soooo precious, Sarah! I love them all! Ya'll did so well--you all look great, and I'm so glad you took them!!

    We are continuing to pray fiercely that God will leave Annalee right where she is, and we're celebrating alongside you as you reach each new milestone!!!

    Thankful for ya'll--and thanks for keeping us posted!! Hugs!!!

  6. Love the pictures. They are all so good, it will be hard for you to choose the best ones. Samuel is a real cutie, and how special that the grandparents were included. Everyone looks fabulous.

    Praying for you and little Annalee.

  7. The photos are totally gorgeous. I'm glad I don't have the job of narrowing them down to pick which ones to buy!! Thanks for the update. I will continue to pray for Annalee to stay put.

  8. Samuel is looking so grown up. Great photos! Camdyn and Cade were 23.5 according to the NICU though I think they were 24.1. I hope you surpass all those goals. Thanks for the update. I've been thinking about you a lot and praying for that sweet baby girl to stay put for a long time.

  9. Samuel is such a big boy! Still we'll be praying he becomes Annalee's big brother only in March. Kim and the models did a great job, I love that you included grandparents.

  10. I am sending best wishes to you all the way from Berlin. Germany. I will be praying for you to achieve all these goals and for a healthy, chubby baby! Much love,

  11. I came upon your blog by seeing your video about Samuels first year on YouTube. I also have a son who was born in March 2010 premature. He wasn't born as early as your son but was born at 27 weeks 5 days. He had to spend the first 14 months of his life in the hospital because of Chronic Lung Disease, floppy airway issues and issues from having Down Syndrome. I will pray that your little girl will be born full term and healthy. You have already had a preemie and it doesn't seem fair that you should have to go through that roller coaster again. I pray that you will feel God's peace during this difficult season in your life.


  12. You are a wonder woman Sarah!! How you maintain your sanity is nothing short of amazing! You and Annalee are wrapped so tightly in our prayers that she just has to stay put. Praying peace and strength for you dear one!!

  13. Great news about your cervical length holding steady!

  14. Praying for you and hoping that Annalee stays put!

  15. You got this girl... we are all still lifting you up in prayer