Two weeks ago my OB did an ultrasound and determined our little one wasn’t growing as expected.  The peanut was behind by a good 10-11 days.  We knew our conception days were right on, so that wasn’t the issue.  It was a long, scary two weeks.  I was under strict orders to take it easy, no stress, put my feet up and take it easy.  I did the best I could.  Jason took over handling all the house stuff, Ty helped with Taryn a lot, helped keep her busy during the day and I rested as much as I could.  Our OB was worried, very worried, and so were we.  Today was our follow up ultrasound, and after a long minute of not seeing the heartbeat on the screen, suddenly there it was, and both Jason and I felt a huge sigh of relief.  Our little one has grown in leaps and bounds, only 2 days behind the due date!  Way to grow little one!  We are so relieved, so grateful.  Hearing the heartbeat brought tears to our eyes.  Isn’t it amazing how you can love someone so much that you’ve never even met?  Watching the baby move all around, kicking and that little heartbeat was amazing, the best gift.  Apparently Jason’s daily talk to the belly saying "GROW LITTLE ONE, YOU’RE TOUGH, YOU’RE A STRADTNER" worked like a charm =)

A couple other things to share….

Little T in the shower.  She’s been taking showers for a little over a month now and LOVES it.  Our bathtub has been out of commission due to the construction and I wanted to catch a pic of her in the shower before she returns to her tub routine….


same image cropped, love it too


Have y’all heard of Lauren Hartman?  If not, you’ve got to check her out.  I met her online and she’s fabulous.  I managed to talk her into selling me a couple of prints of some of her macros.  I just fell in love with them when I saw them (ok, so all of her work) but these were perfect for our master bedroom.  I’ve had them for awhile but we just got around to hanging them up over our dresser and I love everything about them!  Each print is an 11×14 on metallic and they are gorgeous, this pic doesn’t do them justice…


Thank you Lauren!!