16 WEEKS – MAY 2009


I can’t believe it.
The technician let us figure it out…you took awhile to show us, but you finally stretched out and we saw your unmentionables.
I promise we won’t embarrass you with pictures when you’re older, but we do have quite a few in
 case you’re interested!


We always knew we were


naming you Ames, after my Papa, 

but it took us awhile to
come up with a middle name…
We’re back from
our cruise! It was amazing! 
We’ll show you lots of pictures when you get older. 
Your daddy took lots of them. 
We ate all day every day…and played trivia, saw live entertainment, got massages, and did I mention VISIT BERMUDA? 
We were there for 2 days, so Chris and I got a bus pass. We rode all over the island, and we even took a ferry ride one morning. 
It was technically our honeymoon, and we made the most of it. Chris can’t wait to take another trip like that, when you’re earthside.
Upon our return, we spent a Saturday morning at the flea & produce market. I bribed Chris with Bojangles, and he was up and out of bed in no time (you and I wake up fairly early each morning). 
While we waited to place our order @ Bojangles, Chris was taken by a cute little boy standing behind us in line. His skin was dark, his eyes huge, and he looked to be about 10 years old. He was flapping a dollar bill back and forth, so Chris asked, “What are you getting?” He pointed up at the cinammon rolls in the case and said, “One of those.” When it was our turn, Chris added 2 cinammon rolls to our order. He told the boy to save his dollar. The kid looked surprised, but he said “Thank you.” 
Once the food was ready, Chris handed him the rolls and said, “Here you go. By the way, kid, what’s your name?” The boy looked us in the eyes and said, “Emmanuel.” 
And that settled it. It had been a favorite of mine for months, but we weren’t sure until then. 
And suddenly, we were.
You are Ames Emmanuel.
Ames means, “friend” and Emmanuel, “God with us.”

I pray that you will grow into a kindhearted man, and that you will always know the intimacy of the Father. You are our son, but you are His too. I can’t wait to share that with you.

14 WEEKS – APRIL 2009

This week my mom & I took you to Topsail Island for a Maultsby Girls’ Weekend. We had a blast, and I didn’t feel sick once! You even let me sleep in until 7am one day!
We spent a lot of time chatting and laying around. I read a few books and soaked up some sun. It felt good, like summer was on its way. And of course, I fed you well. Lots of yummy seafood and potluck goodies!

This is the first week I wanted you to be a boy. I always said I wanted a girl, just because we already have Lucas & Avery… But I couldn’t help but watch the little boys on the beach, digging in the sand and chasing each other. I was captivated. The girls didn’t hold my attention. In fact, I found them to be a bit loud and silly! My mom looked over at me at one point and said, “You’re probably going to have a boy…and you’re a boys’ mom.”

So we’ll see! We find out what you are in 2 weeks, before we leave for our cruise…Happy 60th Anniversary, Nina & Papa! We’re leaving from Charleston and hitting Bermuda for 2 days. Your daddy has never been out of the country, so he’s like a little kid with excitement! You’re going to be a world traveler, and you’re not even born yet! Love you, little one.

10 WEEKS – APRIL 2009

Well, little one… it’s becoming real. We had our first OB appointment. They did an ultrasound, so that I could see you! You danced your arms and legs around like nobody’s business… my tiny dancer! I wonder if you’re a girl or a boy. You know I’ll love you either way. Cute boy names and clothes are a bit harder to come up with, but boys seem to have so much personality!

We’ve officially decided to have a homebirth, but I wanted an OB visit at the beginning just to be sure. It’s a good thing I did. After interviewing 2 midwives, we decided to hire Damaris Pittman. She’s licensed by South Carolina and requires an OB visit at the beginning and end of her clients’ pregnancies. How cool? We’d already done that, so I’m going to fax her the record. We won’t start visits until we’re living in South Carolina, so I’ll be about 15 weeks then. She’ll be coming to our house! I’m excited.

The morning sickness is kicking my butt something fierce. Chris gets up around 5am each morning to make me an instant breakfast. Sometimes we switch it up and try sliced apples, or pretzels. He made me a little gift one night, called the “Don’t Throw Up Box.” It had tiny portions of lots of snacks, and a small can of Coke. He’s been nothing short of amazing. I can’t wait for this part to pass, so that we can enjoy you together. Right now, I spend most of my time dry-heaving or sleeping. I’m trying my best to stay pleasant though! According to some, more morning sickness means a healthier baby, and I wouldn’t mind that at all!

Here’s a picture of how we look right now…of course, it’s mostly bloat. But it’s fun to think about the baby bump becoming bigger.