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Finding out

4 Jul

Friday, June 15 was one of the most amazing days of my life. After a rough (and slow) start to the morning, we were finally able to get in to the sonographer, and got to see our little strawberry for the first time since 8 weeks.

While we were able to get several good views, especially a weird one of her face, she refused to turn around so that the tech could tell her gender, get a measurement of her heart, or see her nasal bone. After about 45 minutes, the tech jumped a little bit and (very excitedly) said “I’ve got it”! (As a side note, I’m kinda happy little miss wouldn’t cooperate, because we now get a bonus ultrasound at 25 weeks to finish getting measurements!!)

We had the tech call our wonderful friend Chelsea, who offered to do a little reveal for us, and miraculously I didn’t harass her to pieces!! As we opened the box we found an adorable baseball onsie surrounded by blue tissue paper…we were right! It’s a boy! But as we looked, there was a small something in the bottom that Chelsea told us to open, too. As we did, a tiny hairbow became visible, with a little note: It’s a girl! We were SHOCKED, because we had both expected a boy. Needless to say, we were punked good, and couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to find out!! (I’ll take this option to send a big THANK YOU to Chelsea, not only for our letting us know our little girl was on the way, but for helping me with all the panic attacks and anxiety that come along with being a first time mom!!)

P.S…If you want to hear a funny story about how Jason has already offended his unborn daughter, be sure to ask. It’s pretty hilarious, and I’ll have to explain in the future how Daddy loves her but doesn’t always express it best. 😉


12 weeks…it’s going so fast!

19 Apr



How far along: 12weeks….nearing the end of my first trimester!!!!

The baby is as big as a: peach! How sweet!

What’s happening to baby: baby is about 3 inches long, but from here on out all babies will start growing at different rates! The baby’s head is half the size of his/her body. The intestines (which have been growing in the umbilical cord), will begin moving into baby’s belly. Vocal chords are also developing this week!

Gender: 8 more weeks…if we chose to find out. 😉

Movement: I thought earlier this week I might have felt a little quickening while I was laying on my back, but nothing for sure.

Food/Drink cravings: sonic water (with lemons and limes…so good!). Root beer.

Sleep: I’m only getting up once or twice a night now! Sleeping on my belly has become too uncomfortable, and I’m trying to train myself to stay off my back, which is hard, since I’m a belly/back sleeper.

Symptoms: I can only eat 3 or 4 bites of food at a time, or else I start to gag. It makes meal time take forever, but it’s ok, since my sweet husband is a slow eater, too!! I’ve had a lot more stretchy, crampy pains in my lower belly, also.

Getting ready: I’ve been hitting up lots of garage sales for unisex clothes, and I also found an adorable excersaucer. My wonderful mother in law also bought us our nursery furniture! I CANNOT wait together it all set up, it’s amazing!

Baby, Oh Baby!!

5 Mar

After a long time of trying, Jason and I were super excited to find out last week that we were finally pregnant!! We have had several people ask us why we shared our news so early, and the answer to that is two fold. First, we are so overjoyed finding out we were pregnant, we couldn’t wait to share the news with all the people who have prayed with us through our fertility journey. Second, we would rather have people walk through this journey, no matter the outcome, with us and see the glory of Christ in everything about our lives right now!!!


About This Pregnancy:

How far along: 5 weeks 5 days

The baby is as big as a: sweet pea

What’s happening to the baby: s/he is .05-.09in, their heart is 3/4 of the way formed, but it will start to beat this week!!!! The brain, reproductive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems begin to develop.

Gender: too early to tell

Movement: too early for that, too. 😦

Food/Drink craving: all food seems to be grossing me out, but I generally prefer either Mexican food, or really really spicy food.

Sleep: I am getting up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom. I’ve also this week started having crazy dreams.

Symptoms: lots of cramping/pulling in my lower abdomen, crazy bad headaches. Usually my symptoms are worse at night. I’ve also been sleeping around 12-13 hours a day, either at night or through naps.

Getting ready: we have our first appointment on the 20th, and I am so hoping for a Doppler/sonogram that day!!


28 Nov

So I made myself a promise that I was going to get better at blogging. I was going to get better at documenting life, and the season we’re in now. Then that life quickly started getting ridiculous. So, here’s a quick numerical list of what’s happenin’ at the Ross Casa:

1.) We’re moving on Friday. No worries, just to a cute little townhouse in Bryan. But I’m still pretty stoked, we’re not going to be in an apartment anymore (no one above us), and we’ll only share one wall with someone, and that wall won’t be our bedroom. I’m also excited about moving to Bryan and getting to know the area a little better.

2.) Jason is starting a new job. If you want details, you’re probably going to have to ask him. I just told you all I know.

3.) We officially started fertility treatments last month. While the first month of Clomid worked, we are not pregnant, so tomorrow starts our second cycle. Which reminds me, if you see me and I’m shrieking or crying (or both), try and show me some grace, this medicine is rough stuff, and I have to double it this month.

4.) We’re getting ready for a trip to Missouri to see my parents and spend Christmas there. While I love and adore seeing them, the long trip is usually kinda hard, especially with everything else being in chaos (you know, moving, new job, crazy hormones…awesome mix).

I know it might sound as if I’m complaining, I am really feeling exceedingly blessed. The Lord has been so great to carry us through so many changes, and has showed us abounding mercy with His timing, and I am so excited to see the changes that Jason and I are going through as individuals, and as a couple. While in my timing I would not have put myself in this place, I am thankful for the lessons the Lord has sent us. My constant and heartfelt cry is that we would wait well, and that we continue to see the amazing gifts we have. Will you be in prayer that this holiday season is not a time of great pain, but one of beauty, rest, and rejuvenation?


14 Nov
This poem pretty much sums up the season that I feel Jason and I are in right now. Every time I read it, it reaches to the depths of my heart and pulls at the strings. I hope that maybe it’ll encourage you too, in whatever season of waiting you’re in!
by Russell Kelfer



Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, “Wait.”

“Wait? you say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.

“My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’ to which I can resign.

“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting for what?”

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.

“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

“You’d never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m doing in you.

“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.”

Thankfullness abounds

28 Feb

holy experience

So my wonderful and beautiful and amazing friend Beth does this on her blog, and so I have decided that in order to work on cultivating more thankfulness in my heart, I, too, am going to join in. I’ll be posting on Mondays, and on Fridays.

1000. Our amazing church, and the blessings that have flowed since we joined in October of ’09.

999. Jason and I got iPhones this week, which means he now has a reliable phone, and I can get a hold of him! (His old phone was constantly crashing, and wouldn’t work half the time)

998. Copious amounts of Words with Friends.

997. Finding out that one of my wonderful friends, who had been having trouble conceiving, is now pregnant!

996. The book of delicious and health recipes one of the wonderful women in our Life Group let me borrow. We were both laughing at the cover.

995. Snickers…the wonder beagle.

994. Good time reading through the book of Esther.

993. Girl Scout cookies. Yay for peanut butter patties and caramel delites.

992. Even though Jason and I don’t have children yet, we are able to be surrounded by children of all ages that we love and adore.

991. Craft blogs.

990. Zebra print. I’ve always liked it, but lately its turning into one of my favorites.

989. Listening to The Wizard of Oz and Wicked soundtracks several times a day.


Oh praise the One who paid my debt

And raised this life up from the dead.

Jesus Paid It All

Well played, Christmas break…

3 Jan

I call this “The Aftermath”


We are back in CS from Christmas break in Montgomery. While it was awesome, I am left with boxes, clean clothes, and stuff EVERYWHERE!! Today is a day of packing up Christmas decorations, hanging up our clean clothes, putting away our amazing gifts, and catching up on tv shows while doing it. How blessed are we?!