Monday, October 29

Informational post :)

In case you haven't heard we welcomed our sweet son this past week.  AND in case you haven't seen the invite we have created a private blog to share pictures of him.  If you didn't recieve an invite please leave a comment or send me an email and I will send you one!  I just posted a couple of pictures of our little guy over there! :)

Thursday, May 17

Centering Pregnancy: Session One 5/9/12

Went for my first session of Centering Pregnancy this past week.

If you haven't heard of it you can read more about it HERE.

Our practitioner recommended it to us because it is my first pregnancy and it is a great way to meet other women who are walking through pregnancy at the same time.  The cool thing about this group as well is that since it is through the OB clinic on base everyone is a military member/military spouse as well.

I really enjoyed the first session and getting to meet the other couples. Chris was at training so he wasn't able to attend this first session.  It was very laid back and we talked about nutrition and we each got to have a moment with the doctor and hear our baby's heartbeat.  Our little one's heartbeat was 146.  I LOVED hearing it with the Doppler.  I loved it so much that if they weren't so expensive I would want one so I could hear it everyday.  Guess I will just have to wait for our appointments/sessions!

I had gained more weight than I had thought I would thus far so I am trying to make sure that I am eating well and getting back active.  I think I may be past the extreme exhaustion since I have been waking up on my own at my normal time again which is so great.  That will help me to get back to exercising regularly instead of sporadically.  I do so much better exercising first thing in the mornings and if I wait till the end of the day it usually doesn't happen.

So that's our little update.  Next Appointment is the Anatomy Scan (Ultrasound) and we hope that we will be able to find out if we are having a little boy or a little girl.

I do have some bump picture to post so will get those up soon!

Saturday, May 12

Trip To Atlanta

April 14, 2012

Finally time to tell my side of the family! 

Chris and I got up and got ready to make the drive to Atlanta for the day.  We weren't able to stay overnight because of responsibilities here at home so it made for a very long day.  My husband is a rockstar though, he drove the whole way there and back because I wasn't feeling the greatest in the car on the way up, and slept on the way back. 

When we got to Atlanta we enjoyed the party activities and watching all the kiddos run around.  Also had great food and got to catch up with Hank.  Patsy was running around keeping the party activities going.  Towards the end of the party my Aunt Nancy arrived with Jaden and we were able to hang out with them as well.

I had told my Uncle David a few days before because I found out he was not going to be able to make it to the party.  Since he had asked me in February if we were expecting and I had told him no (since I didn't know at that point that we were) I figured it would be nice to let him know.    

I had text Nancy the day before because I had filled out a questionaire about family history and wanted to know what type of diabetes runs in our family.  I guess I asked too many questions because she told David that she wondered if I was becoming a hypocontriac.  I figured that would give me the perfect segway to tell her we were expecting.  So she was sitting talking to Hank and Chris and I told her I had gone to the doctor yesterday and I wanted to show her the results.  Then I tried to hand her the sonogram in a paper.  She turned right as I was handing it to her and I ended up hitting her and dropping it. AYE! 

At the same time I handed her the sonogram Chris turned to Hank and said "Oh yeah by the way I got your sister pregnant".

So we were all talking about it and Patsy walked out of the house and saw the sonogram and then looked at me all weird, I shook my head yes and she said "Ok that makes more sense I was wondering why you guys drove all this way just for a 5 year old's birthday party!"
Jaden had been playing with the kids so later someone said to him while he was standing right next to me "Did you know your Aunt Kendra is pregnant?"  He said yeah look at her and pointed to my stomach.  We all laughed.  I was not showing yet although I have added a bit of weight around my middle thus far.

We left shortly after and headed home.   This trip was a HUGE act of love to me from my sweet husband.  He doesn't prefer short trips and that much driving in one day took a lot out of him.  It meant so much to me for him to make the quick trip!

On the drive home I made the other calls to the rest of my sibilings and then called my Grandma.  I think Grandma knew as soon as she answered the phone because it seemed like she expected it.  I love talking to her on the phone although it doesn't happen near often enough.  She shared with me about her pregnancies and I asked about how big her babies were, I was especially interested to know about my Mom.  She gave me what she thought they were but kept looking for a card she has with all their information written down.  I told her it was fine and she could let me know later.  We talked about a lot of other things and then said goodbye a little while later.  After we hung up she called me back about 5 min later that she had found the information.  It was very special that she would look for it and call me back so I could have the information about Mom.

I also text My Aunt Valerie and Cousin April with our sonogram picture since Grandma had told me they were working late due to Tax Season.  It was comical because we had just seen them 2 months earlier and I was pregnant but had no clue! :)

Friday, May 11

First Appointment

Look it!  New Due Date 10/24/12

April 13, 2012

So on Friday the 13th Chris and I headed to the OB department for the first appointment.  I was SO excited but also a bit anxious.  Just wanting so badly to see the baby and for everything to be all right.  I had a FABULOUS midwife who answered all of my questions (including the silly ones) and then we had an ultrasound.  It was a completely amazing experience to see the baby for the first time.  As soon as it came on the screen I could see the heart beat.  Chris and I both were smiling from ear to ear!  She turned up the machine so we could hear the heartbeat and it was 140.  She took some pictures and gave us the one above. I think it is completely amazing that you can see the backbone and the brain as well as the teeth.  Totally a profile shot.  We saw the baby moving around (A LOT) on the screen we could tell what everything was. :)  I wasn't completely sure about the due date and when measuring they moved the date up one week.  After we were finished with the ultrasound Chris told me "Happy Birthday, there is no way I can top that."  (My birthday is the 16th).  I could NOT stop smiling.  The midwife told us that everything looked good, she said "Looks like a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy".  This put my mind at ease which was evident when they retook my blood pressure since it had been high due to my anxiety at the beginning of the appointment and was completely normal at the end. :)

Chris and I went to Olive Garden for dinner to celebrate and I got Tiramisu for dessert to go (since Olive Garden doesn't put alcohol in theirs).  I ended up not eating it for two more days but when I did it was so yummy!

When I text the family with the picture and the new due date my favorite response was from our niece whose birthday is the 18th of October and she said "6 days early, plz."  Love that she (and many other family members) want to share their day with the new baby!

Thursday, May 10

Telling the Delgados

March 16, 2012

Since there was a bit of time to plan we invited the Delgado Family over for a cookout and to tell them about the baby.  It ended up that due to scheduling conflicts only Mrs. Liz, Mr. Hector, Yull & Jessica.  Chris ended up putting together a crib that we were storing in the garage because I had the idea to put it in the guest bedroom and fill it with pink and blue balloons.  The idea was that we would casually mentioned to go back and they would see the crib. 

It ended up that we didn't get around to going to the back of the house until after dinner.  Afterwards I asked Yull if she would like to see the rest of the house since it was her first time at our house.  Jess mentioned that her parents should go and see all the changes we had made since they had been here last.  When we walked back to the guest room I said  "We actually just rearranged this room"  and turned on the light.  Mrs. Liz saw the crib and asked if I was pregnant.  They were all excited :).

March 17, 2012

The next morning Leslie, Jess & Jon were at the beach with Caden and invited me to come out.  I did and figured it would be a good time to tell Leslie and Jon.  I got there and got my chair set up and all settled in and then tried to figure out how I would tell them.

I remembered that I had taken a picture of the pregnancy test with my phone.  I pulled it up and said to Jon "Wanna see my latest picture?".  He came over and looked, he screamed and jumped in my lap!  Leslie looked and was trying to figure out what was going on.  I showed her the picture and then lots of talking all at once was going on.  Apparently right before I got there they had just been asking Jess if we were going to have a baby anytime soon.

We told Caden and he told me he thought it should be a boy cousin. :) 

Caden ended up telling Hector James the next day because he didn't know that I hadn't told him yet. So after that weekend we just had to tell my side of the family and it could be public knowledge. :)

I had talked to my sister in law and found out the party would be April 14th so that would be after our first appointment.

Monday, May 7


March 9, 2012

I had gone over to a neighboring base to register with the OB department because the base we are currently stationed at only has a clinic (i.e. no OB). The day after I took the home test I had gone on base to have a blood test to confirm.  They called me a couple hours later to say come pick up your prenatal vitamins!!! :)  They also told me that I needed to register and the only hours I could make it were between 1pm and 3pm on a Friday since I get off half day.  So I leave my office at 2 pm thinking it will take me about 30 min to get to the hospital on base that I need to go to.  This was totally incorrect it took me 55 min to get to the hospital.  I pull up and I realize I have NO idea where I am supposed to go.  I look at the map and take an elevator up to the 2nd floor.   That gets me to the right floor but I can't get to the part of floor I need to from there.  I go back down and there is no one at the information desk so I try walking around aimlessly for a few min and decide to go back to the lab desk because there is usually someone there.  I walk up and see a familiar face, our friend Lee is working.  I say hi (relieved to see someone I know) and then I am immediately struck with a conundrum. We aren't telling people!!!! I am desperate so I ask him where OB is and he smiles and points me in the right direction.

So I get up stairs by this point it is 3:07.  I walk up to the desk and tell the attendant that I know I am late but ask if I can fill out the paperwork needed.  He starts to act like he is going to say no and then he looks at me and asks "Are you going to cry?"  I said "I am trying not to but I don't know when I will be able to get back out here and I had no idea it would take almost an hour to get here from my office".  I was pretty much just rambling and he handed me the paperwork and said he would take care of it.  I filled it out and he told me he was impressed with my ability to follow directions and fill out all the assigned portions! Score!  He started to set my appointment and the first available that I could be at was Friday April 13th
"Yes I will take it!" 
He said "Are you sure? You're not superstitious?"
"No we aren't."   (I was thinking God is controlling this, I just want the first available!)

So then I went back down to the lab for gobs and gobs of blood tests and I am hoping to see Lee.  I get to the desk and he had just left.  Bummer.  So I finish my tests and leave, text Chris about my experience and then figure since Lee probably already expects I will text and let him know.  I also text Jess who is ecstatic since she has been dying to tell someone and now Lee knows!

Sunday, May 6

Telling a few people...

March 2-3, 2012

So the day after we found out Chris and I talked about telling a few people, his parents, the Blackmans (since they were supposed to be moving to NC the next day) and planning to tell my family and the Delgados.  The Delgados & my family would take a bit of time because I wanted to tell the Delgados in person since we live close and I knew we would be heading to my niece's birthday party sometime in early April and hoped to tell some of my side of the family in person.

The snag in calling and telling the Wylie side of the family was that we wouldn't have the opportunity till that night which was a Friday.  It was also the day that Elizabeth (Blackman) was spending the night with us.  We talked and decided since she was the first person to know we were engaged it would be great for her to know about The Baby!  She picked going to Lenny's for dinner and then we were going to the movies to see the Lorax (cute movie btw).  Over dinner we told her that we were having a baby and she smiled and thought it was pretty cool that she got to know before everyone else.  We also told her that she couldn't tell her Mama or Daddy or brother when we got to breakfast the next morning that I would tell them. 

Chris called his parents who were out to dinner with his Grandad so he was able to tell them and then Grandad talked to me for a few and told me they were all excited.  Mom told Chris that she wouldn't say anything but he needed to tell his sisters soon. :)  So Chris called and left them messages later that night for them both and Liz called back.  (Oh and side note in the Wylie family there are no "In-Laws" we are all daughters, sons, sisters, brothers and it is very cool).   When Chris talked to Liz he was just talking to her about random stuff but she was out to dinner with friends so eventually he said
 "Well I'll let you get back to your friends I just wanted to let you know I got your sister pregnant". 
Then I am pretty sure he giggled.  He laughs at himself when he thinks he is funny and it is completely endearing to me, even though I usually roll my eyes I love seeing him laugh.

The next morning we met the Blackmans for breakfast and Elizabeth did a great job as a secret keeper.  After we ordered I told them that Chris and I had gotten a surprise this past week.  And then told them that we are going to have a baby.  They were excited (esp Lisa of course). (She said later she wasn't sure if it was going to be a move or a baby.)

Jess had been told via text message that morning I had told her we weren't telling people yet. She told me she is not peoples so she doesn't count as a person who doesn't get to know.  She stopped by and so I showed her the test and there were hugs all around, yes I know that is a little weird that I showed her the test but she gets that.

Later in the afternoon Chris' sister Laura called and they chatted and then he told her that I was pregnant (we thought I was about 5 weeks but we found out later I was a bit further along than that).  She was excited and SO encouraging to me over the next few weeks. 

I am SO glad we have the amazing loving family/friend support that we do and so many people who are encouraging and loving us even from far away.  This baby has already been surrounded by so much love and prayer already it is truly amazing.

Friday, May 4

Notable Morning

I have been working on a bunch of posts to Journal the past 2 months but something notable (to me) happened this morning! 

I had a hard time buttoning my fav jeans.  This makes me smile and sad all at the same time.  I have a couple pairs of dress pants that don't fit but these jeans have been working great.  The weight I have gained so far seems to all be in my middle.  Not so anymore.

I am not really showing, still in the just looking chubbier stage.  I have a pic and will post soon but guessing this means I am on my way! :)

Thursday, May 3

One of my ideas for how to tell people but never actually sent it to anyone. :)

Wednesday, May 2

Surprise Surprise Surprise

Thursday March 1, 2012

I woke up with a cold that had started the day before.  It had been a sad and bit stressful couple of weeks for the community on our base and I hadn't realized till the night before that I was late.  I decided to take a pregnancy test before I took any cold medicine "just in case".

So with my sweet husband still sleeping I took a test and then walked in to the kitchen to start some coffee.  Three minutes later I turned the test over and this picture above is what I saw.  I was immediately so excited but quite a bit surprised because we weren't planning on a pregnancy till the end of the year.

All ideas of a cute way to tell Chris flew right out the window as I heard him get up and heard his toothbrush going so I walked in the bathroom with the test behind my back and waited for him to finish.  As soon as he was done he turned and looked at me and said "What?"  I know I was staring and must have had a weird look on my face.  So I said "I need to tell you something and you can't be mad"  (As a side note Chris is rarely if ever mad and I didn't really think he would be mad but I WAS anxious because this was not the plan, I should have realized he would never have been mad about a baby and that I am more the planner in our family.)  He looked at me a bit crazy and said "okay?"  I didn't actually "tell" him anything I just handed him the test.

He was happy of course and hugged me, we are so very excited about this blessing.  The way this pregnancy surprised us is actually an answer to my prayers. I had been praying for the past few months that when the time came for us to have a baby that it would just happen and I wouldn't have time to stress or worry about us "trying" to have a baby.   I am so grateful and a bit overwhelmed by God's Kindness to us.  He has a plan so much bigger than anyone we would consider or concieve.

So now that the word is out I am hoping to share more of our journey thus far on here and as it continues, so stay tuned. :)

Monday, January 9

3 Kings Cake (With Recipe)

We enjoyed a nice 3 Kings Day Celebration (a day late) with the Delgado's and I attempted my first King Cake.  It turned out yummy!!! The plate was cleaned pretty quickly which made me happy. So I thought I would share the recipe.

I used the following ingredients

2 Tubes of Buttery Flaky Crescent Rolls (but any kind will do)
Butter Spray
Cinnamon Sugar (1/4 cup to 1 Tbsp Ratio)
1/2 can of Sugar Free Apple Pie Filling
1 8 oz package of 1/3 fat Cream Cheese Softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Microwavable Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pull out your pizza pan. Grab 2 cans ofbutter flavored crescent rolls. Unroll all the triangles and place large end towards the outside, like making one of those Pampered Chef crescent roll rings. Spray with butter spray, forming a pretty circle. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar. Mix softened cream cheese vanilla & 1/4 cup of sugar together till well combined.  Spoon mixture about halfway towards center in a ring, then spoon pie filling on top of cream cheese filling. (If you have a plastic baby or nut to insert you can do so here.) Roll the large ends of the triangles over your filling making an oval of dough. Spritz with more butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. You should have a large ring of dough. You don’t want a perfect circle, but more of an oval shape. Bake until golden brown all over. 17-20 min.

I cheated when it came to icing and used 1/2 bottle of microwavable glaze from the cake isle.  A traditional New Orleans Style king Cake is topped with icing and then colored sugar.  I moved mine to the platter b/4 adding the glaze.  Moving to the platter is tricky, it took 2 spatulas and tipping the pizza pan to get it on the plate for me.


Saturday, November 26

Christmas 2011 001

Christmas 2011 001, originally uploaded by kendraplumberg.
Good Way to keep Paxton occupied... new treats as we are putting up our tree :D

Saturday, November 12

Friday, November 11

Tonya's Wedding

My sister Tonya was married in August and I had the distict pleasure and honor of being in the wedding as well as taking the pictures. I love you Tonya and but I will NOT be doing that again! It was fun but also incredibly stressful! I did love being part of and capturing her day. Tonya and I were both incredibly blessed to be made family through living with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle David. David gave us both away at our weddings. He is quite happy to have finished with the giving aways :)

My Most Favorite

I am very very blessed to know a good amount of incredible people who have served and do serve in the Military.  I owe each and everyone of them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and service.  I like this definition.

Veteran: whether active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and including his life.'

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

This guy here he is my Favorite one, so proud and honored to be his wife.