18 WEEKS – JUNE 2009

My nausea has finally subsided (knock on wood)! Thanks for that, little man. Life is so much more pleasant when I can eat a meal without plugging my nose and holding back my dry heaves. Your daddy actually enjoys breaking bread with me now!

We saw my belly move for the first time! I’ve felt you for a couple of weeks now, but you did a little dance the other morning, and Chris sat up just in time to see it. I’ll admit, it was a little weird and alien-like. But I enjoyed it, nonetheless! I’d love it if you enjoy dance as much as I do…and while we’re at it, being musically-inclined would score some major points with your daddy. But I’m not making any requests, I promise! You are allowed to be whomever you want to be, and we’re excited to watch you develop your skills and interests.

The midwife who is going to deliver you comes to our house for visits. How cool is that?! You’ll hopefully never know the bright lights and cold instruments of the L&D unit at the hospital, unless it’s visiting me at work when I finally get a nursing job. By the way, I passed boards! I’m officially an RN, and I took the test with you wiggling around inside of me. Anyway, we’re moving ahead with plans to have you at home, maybe even in the water…you can pick the location when it’s time.

And lastly, I want to show you a picture of what you look like this week…inside me, that is. This is the most beautiful I’ve felt thus far, and I owe all of that to you. Thank you, dear one.

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.