Wednesday, December 28, 2005


20 weeks and counting...

Here's what's going on right now...

How your baby's growing: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom — known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)

Christmas in Florida

I just thought I would send a picture from our week with The Mitchell's over Christmas.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Guess who else is having a baby...

Yep, my little sister Sara and her husband Michael are due in July!! You can read here about all that's going on with their pregnancy ( make sure and say extra prayers for my parents as they have 2 daughters on crazy hormones!!

Love to you all,

PS...This picture is from a banquet that my dad's prison ministry had for Christmas fund raising (my dad helps with the ministry, he wasn't actually IN prison)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

17 weeks and 1 day

Well, we are in our 18th we are officially 4 1/2 months along. I have pictures of my belly, but I'll reserve those for people who would like to see them (so email me if you want them forwarded to you).

I went to the doctor today and everything seems to be going well. My blood pressure is still good and I've gained 6 lbs. Seems like a lot, but that's 6 in the last 17 weeks, so if I stay on track then we will be at our target weight by the time the little one comes. It's weird to be ALLOWED to gain weight! Did blood work today to make sure that the baby is healthy and doesn't show any mental problems...hopefully we will get those results soon so we can breath a sigh of relief on that test.

Still waiting till January 3rd for the gender test...can't wait to announce to the world a name!! I update this site pretty often without sending an update out to everyone, so feel free to read on to other entries you might have missed. I probably won't send an update to everyone till after we test for gender, so feel free to log on every once in a while for weekly updates.

How your baby's growing: Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a large sweet potato) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Love you all,
Andrea and Joe Mitchell

Monday, November 28, 2005

16th Week Updates

Well, we will find out if it's a little boy or a little girl on January 3rd at 9am...5 weeks, I can hardly wait!!

How your baby's growing: At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

15th Week Update!!

According to

How your baby's growing: At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs. His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but his taste buds are beginning to form. And if you have an ultrasound, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or girl!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Doctor Appointment

Well, I asked and he said I should have a perfectly normal pregnancy from now on. He said everything looks (and sounds) wonderful and as far as he can tell we're, well, perfect.

We heard the heartbeat and even listened to my blood rush to the baby...crazy how many sounds go on in there. Also, I got the "go ahead" to exercise and get a massage (as many as I want!!). We are signing up for childbirth classes here in the next 2 weeks and can't wait. Hopefully our friends Maggie and Mark will be able to attend at the same time so we can make fun our ourselves!!! They are due 3 days before us at the same hospital with the same doctors office...thank God for friends!!

We go back in 3 weeks for something called an AFP (I'll figure out what it is and let you know) and we bring the doc (Dr. Oliver) a list of pediatricians that we would like to try and are on our insurance.

1 month from our next appointment, January 7th (my dad's birthday and our Aunt Carol's birthday) we will get to do the sonogram that will, hopefully, tell us the gender. Many of you have asked and although Joe isn't real sure he wants to find out, we are finding out!!

Well, that's it for now. Can't see me writing much else till the next appointment, but you never know.

Congrats to our good friends Russ and Becky on their recent engagement...all kinds of fun stuff going on!!!

Love and God bless you all,
The Mitchells

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Correction to First Baby Gift

Well, I have a slight correction. The t-shirt was our first gift via the mail, however, Joe's mother left us a surprise on our bathroom counter when they came in last weekend so that was technically our first gift regarding the's a picture of the soap with little babies in it.

Monday, November 07, 2005

First Baby Item

Well, we officially received our first baby gift. I made Joe model it, even though he keeps trying it on!! This was a great gift from his Aunt Carol...and we just love it.

Thought you all might enjoy "Peanut's" first gift.

The Mitchells

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Week 13, and starting 2nd Trimester

Well, we are officially in our 2nd Trimester...yep, 1/3 of the way done. Here is what's going on with the little one according to one of our websites:

How your baby's growing: Your belly may soon be big enough to announce to the world that you're expecting, but your baby is still tiny. In fact, he's only about 3 inches long crown to rump — roughly the size of a jumbo shrimp — and weighs just about an ounce. Despite the small proportions, there's a fully formed baby inside your womb now. Much more proportional than it was a few weeks ago, his head is now only about a third the size of his body. His tiny, unique fingerprints are already in place. His kidneys and urinary tract are functional, and he's starting to urinate out the amniotic fluid he's been swallowing. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed, and your odds of miscarriage will drop considerably.

I figure I'll spare you guys on what's going on with my body...since it gets kind of graphic!! I just thought I'd send out the update for those keeping up!! No belly on me yet, but there it a little bump where you can tell it's starting to poke out. Maternity pants have been a life-saver so I'm not having to unbutton my pants whenever I sit down.

Also, morning sickness has subsided so I'm back to doing Arbonne full-time and loving it. We are on track to have the free Mercedes by the time the little one gets here...not having a car payment will help so much!!

Andrea (and Joe)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Week 11

Well, we are in week 11 (1/4 of the pregnancy is over so far!!). I actually had to go out and buy pre-pregnancy pants last night to wear to my friend Kim's wedding shower today...kind of fun and yet crazy!! They are SO much more comfortable than the pants I've been wearing to work every day, so I'm happy (and you will be seeing a lot of these two new pairs of pants!!!!).

So, week 11, here is what they say we can expect this week:
How your baby's growing: Your fig-sized baby is now fully formed — measuring 1 1/2 inches long and weighing in at a quarter of an ounce. His skin is still transparent, allowing many of his blood vessels to show through. Some of his bones are beginning to harden, and tiny toothbuds are starting to appear under his gums. His fingers and toes have separated, and he may soon be able to open and close his fists. He's already busy kicking and stretching, and his tiny movements are so fluid they look like water ballet. These movements will increase as his body grows and becomes more developed and functional. As his diaphragm develops, your tiny tenant may also start to get the hiccups. Because he's still so small, though, you won't feel any of his workouts or intrauterine gulps until sometime between weeks 16 and 20.

I always think that is fun news. Also, I've attached a recent photo of the proud parents...for those of you who asked bc we don't get to see most of you all of the time. As I begin to "show" we'll send you pictures of that as well (as long as I don't show just that I'm gaining weight!).

Love you all,
The Mitchells

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Picture Answer...

Yep, if you guessed that The Mitchell's are having a baby then you were correct!!!

We just got back from our 10 week appointment and everything is going wonderful. The doctor took me off of my meds for the insulin resistance and the progesterone for now we are just watching thyroid, vitamins, and morning sickness!!! The baby moved around a TON during the sonogram today and we were both floored at how much bigger he/she is.

So, that's our BIG news. You can read below to the old posts to see the detailed information!! Oh, and our new "estimated" due date is May 15th, but it will probably just come when it wants to!!

Love you all,
Joe and Andrea

P.S. The top photo the baby is waving, the second is a picture of the skinny legs and feet, and the third makes it look like a teddy bear!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Medical Stuff

For those of you wondering about our medical is the update: I have to go in every Monday for blood work because my progesterone (a prego hormone for the first trimester) was really low. They had me on a supplement and now we are doing VERY well. I am still taking both the thyroid and the insulin resistance meds on a daily basis. One of the doctors concerns was that we needed the Metformin (insulin meds) to conceive, which puts me in a "high risk" group for now...also we conceived a week later than he originally thought which means the meds were the "way" my body got pregnant. If you have more questions maybe Isaac can help or for those of you that know a doctor ask them...that's all the info I really understand!! :) I do know that the progesterone probably caused my morning sickness to be worse, so now that we are off the supplement I can actually breathe throughout the day without a trash can nearby. My poor brother-in-law, Drew, his fiance Sandra and my friend Wendi got the rough end of my morning sickness while we were in Orlando...and I had to use the barf bag for the first time in my life...horrible way to fly!!

So far with the preganancy...

Well, this is the first time I'm both doing a blog and writing a mass amount of people about our latest developement..."Baby Mitchell". As of today we are 9 weeks. We have kept it pretty underwraps so far. We have told immediate family and a very few number of friends. So far things have been pretty good. Morning sickness has been a factor and some of my hormone levels have been off, but everything else seems to be working correcty! As of right now we have been to the doctor 2 times already (yep, Joe goes with me!). By the time you guys are reading this we will have just gotten our 3rd appointment and 2nd set of sonograms (our first sono, at 8 weeks, is posted here). The doctor has put me in a "high-risk" category so we have decided to wait and shout it from the roof till we are more in the clear. Here are some tidbits you might want to know:

  • the pregnancy was somewhat planned...not excactly on timing, but we knew we were ready when it happened
  • found out we were prego on Friday, September 2nd (after leaving a party at the Orender's house), and then double checked on that Sunday and Tuesday before calling the doctor
  • we will probably find out if it's a boy or girl, but won't know till December or January
  • our "estimated" due date is May 16th