Thursday, March 26, 2009

We're Still Here!

Just checking in to say that we're still here and still doing well. Not much to report lately. Because we were so early on in this pregnancy, our doctor pushed our ultrasound out by a week. Typically, by the time you know you're pregnant, you go back the next week for an ultrasound to see the heartbeat, make sure the pregnancy is in the uterus, and to see how many babies there are, according to Dr. B. REWIND>>> Excuse me? How many there are? Oh, sweet mercy. However, I must confess that I have dreamed on more than one occassion, and in various forms, that I'm carrying twins. Uh-oh. But, if that's God's will for our family, we'll saddle up our horses and get ready to ride...

We go for our ultrasound next Thursday, April 2nd at 3:20. Please join us in praying most of all for a healthy baby with a strong heartbeat that we can see and celebrate! My tummy is already beginning to expand some, and I've felt great so far, so we're believing and trusting Jesus for a healthy baby that will join our family in November. Thank you for your prayers for all of us.

And, as far as Saralynn goes, she's beginning to warm up to the idea of a baby coming to her house. We've asked her for a few days if she's ready to be a big sister and have a baby come live at her house, and she says, "ok." Then we ask her if she wants a boy baby or a girl baby, and for the past 3 days or so, it's been a boy baby, but the tune changed last night to a girl baby. At least we know she'll be ok with either...

Intentionally Grateful for our Blessings,
Mary Beth, Garrett, and Saralynn

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Breaking News...

We interrupt your normal blog-reading routine to bring you the following news story:

BABY PELT #2 IS ON THE WAY!!!

Garrett and I are very, very excited to announce that in November, the world will be graced with another Pelt baby.  Yes, I know you're already counting in your head, so I will put your math-overloaded brain at ease- you are right, we are very early into our pregnancy.  However, we know without a shadow of a doubt that God ordained this life for His glory, and we are trusting in Him to change the world through this baby, just as we've asked Him to do through Saralynn.  

Please stop now and say a prayer for all the other pregnant mommies in our Sunday School class. I don't want to brave trying to name them all for fear of forgetting one, but suffice it to say that if you don't want a visit from the stork at your house, don't drink the water in the Moore/Crocker Sunday School class.

God is faithful, and we are blessed beyond measure!  To Him be the glory for it all!

Intentionally,
Mary Beth and Garrett

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

so long, old friend!








I waited a bit on writing this post, just to be sure. Today marks the two-week anniversary of Saralynn's offical goodbye to her pacifier- what she calls her "pa-pa". We were playing in the den- she and Pop were playing Simon Says, as a matter of fact, and he told her that she was a big girl and needed to throw her pa-pa away. She instantly agreed and ran toward the trash can. Mimi wisely reminded her that once it went in the trash, it couldn't come back out because it would be nasty. She still ran toward the trash can and threw her pink pa-pa away. Of course, this all transpired before I could grab the video camera- that's some footage I would've loved to have recorded! Alas, we all watched as she threw it in the trash, and then all clapped and shouted about what a big girl she was!

Here are a few pictures of Simon Says:




Fast-forward to bedtime. Saralynn laid down on the couch with her Daddy and asked for her pa-pa about 3174 times, but after about 45 minutes, she cried herself to sleep. The next morning, she woke up and asked for it again, and we reminded her that she had thrown it in the trash. We were in the den putting on her shoes, headed to day care, when she exclaimed, "Look what I found Mommy!" and pointed to the mantle. What should be there, but a green PA-PA. Oh, horrors! My life flashed before my eyes in that moment. OK, a slight exaggeration, but I was a little worried about what we might do. I took her to the bathroom to fix her hair while Mimi disposed of the green one (aka put it in her purse- we aren't totally crazy to have thrown them all away). Saralynn went back to the den and stared at the mantle in amazement. Or maybe it was horror. I'm not sure which. However, the look on her face was priceless. If she could have, she would have said, "I know I just saw a pa-pa on that mantle." We went on to school like normal, and she forgot about it, I guess.

The second night was fairly easy, but the third night was not. But, we persevered. We made it through the weekend, and celebrated the one week anniversary of being pa-pa-less. Wow. That word is music to my ears. I think I'll submit it to Mr. Webster for inclusion in his upcoming word book...

Saralynn spent the weekend in Jonesboro with Nana and Paw Paw this past weekend, and survived without the friend there, too. So, friends, I share our news with you. No more pa-pas are being used in the Pelt/Carter household. For those of you that have struggled with this, you know how excited I am. Yes, the damage is done and Dr. Stewart will love accepting our money as he puts braces on our beloved in a few years, but nonetheless, it is a wonderful feeling to be DONE with the pa-pa and couldn't be happier!

Now, on to potty-training full time! Any advice there?

Intentionally Excited,

Mary Beth

Monday, March 9, 2009

What a Busy Weekend!

I really can't believe it's Monday again already. It seems like I just left work on Friday...

Friday was my brother Matthew's 23rd birthday. Man, that makes me feel so old. I remember the day he was born- the waking at 5 am to hear that Mom's water broke (my comment: "get her another one")- through groggy eyes that just wanted to sleep. Of course, it was March, so under the watchful eyes of my grandparents, I stayed bundled up in my Superman footie PJs underneath my sweatsuit and shoes- not a good combo for this hot-natured chick... Anyway, we celebrated his birthday Friday night at Banzai by his request. Saralynn definitely did not enjoy the tableside entertainment and spent the evening with her head buried in Garrett's chest. Oh, well- maybe next time.

Saturday morning I went to Upward Soccer Evaluations and had a blast! Matthew and I are coaching a soccer team, which I'm very excited about. After evals I went to a consignment sale that some fellow mommies and I pulled together. It was my turn to work, and I did. Whew! Then, I had a 10-year high school class reunion meeting that afternoon, which was so much fun. We laughed and laughed. It was a great time of fellowship and planning. That evening, Garrett and I went to the Upward Basketball Awards Ceremony, which again was so cool! I'm very excited about what God is doing through that ministry.

Sunday was packed with its usual busyness, but again, it was a great day. Now, I sit here on Monday, a little sleepy, but grateful for a great weekend. What did yours consist of?

Intentionally,
Mary Beth