Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Our Week and the Next 30...

A part from the 2.5 hr. wait last Friday to see Dr. Carson, our follow up visit with him went well. No concerns were noted, only a short list of various activities Judah should not participate in. As much as Judah screams his head off at the sight of anyone in a white coat, he did something very cute and very endearing when Dr. Carson walked in to see him. I guess Dr. Carson figured he wouldn't even look at Judah let alone touch him if he didn't need to, but reached out his hand instead to shake mine upon entering the exam room. Well, I looked over at Judah sitting like a big boy in the chair next to me, and he had his hand extended. I chuckled and said to Dr. Carson, "I think he wants to shake your hand." Sure enough, Dr. Carson extended his hand to Judah, and they shook hands. It was the most "big boy" thing I've ever seen Judah do. I was so proud of him!

Tomorrow, Judah will have his first opthamological follow up since his brain surgery. I imagine she'll dilate his eyes and check the optic nerves to see that the swelling has come down. She may also check his vision to see if the glasses have brought any improvement over the last several months.

Please pray for Judah as he is definitely showing major phobia of any medical staff and their instruments. My sister in law, Yvette, gave us some supplies from the hospital including a stethoscope so that the boys could play with them in hopes that Judah might grow more comfortable with the objects. Well, Tucker really is the only one who will have anything to do with the stethoscope. Judah seems to keep his distance when it is out, but we'll continue to try.

This morning, Lawrence and I had the privilege of seeing our 3rd baby moving all around in my womb. We have known for several weeks that I am expecting, but have only begun to let it out as we wanted to hear a hearbeat and see for ourselves how many babies were in there this time around. I'm a little over 10 weeks along, and the due date has been set for Feb. 4, 2007.

This was a bit of a surprise for us, but we are delighted. Once I found out I was pregnant and began paying a little more attention to making sure I was eating/drinking/resting, I started to feel better physically. For a while I was growing incredibly weak, lightheaded, and nauseous, not having a clue as to why.

You can pray for me for continued strength and grace to care for the boys in a way that would honor God. Lawrence continues to have a lot on his plate at work and is not home like we'd like him to be. Hopefully, I'll come to the end of the first trimester and feel like a new woman. That's what all the moms who have one baby tell me happens as I did not experience such a boost of energy in my pregnancy with the boys for obvious reasons.

Here's a little ticker that I'll try to post occasionally for you to follow along our countdown to Almengor baby # 3. (And, yes, if we can find out the gender, we will and will tell you, too.)

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker


Anonymous said...

Wow you are an amazing woman. When I grow up I want to be Briana. I am so happy for you guys. I will be praying for Judah. I am sure he really does not like any Dr "stuff". Again let me know when we can do dinner,even if it is just the grown-ups.
Love you,

Sarah said...

Wow! I'm so excited for you guys! Congratulations! If you ever need someone to watch Judah and Tucker while you get some rest, please don't hesitate to ask, no matter how last minute it may be.

Danielle said...

Congrautlations! Praying that you have lots of energy!

Zoanna said...

Woo-hoo! That's great news! How on earth did you keep mum for so long?? Lawrence might not be home much, but when he is.... Heheehee:)
I'm thrilled for ya. It's funny cuz when I awoke from my nap today I was thinking I'd love to bring Briana a plate of grilled veggies. Want some?

Briana Almengor said...

I'll take grilled veggies any time, Zo!

Audrey Drago said...

Congrats to you all:) That is such exciting news...What a blessing!

Alivia's Momma said...

I thought so....Congratulations. I am so happy for you. Hope the second trimester you feel really good. I know I did with Alivia. All our love. Can't wait to see you with a little belly!


Beth said...

Great News!!!!!!!

That is super exciting to hear, especially since God knew I needed some good news today! I am so thrilled for you and Lawrence :) I sure hope you feel better soon. You'll need that energy to be taking care of three under three! Ha ha ha

Girl...girl....girl...girl....(sending girl thoughts your way...)

Love you, Beth

Zoanna said...

I'll bring ya some tomorrow (Weds) when I go out and about. Will you be at the park for play day? We plan to. I could pack the grilled veggies, a wrapped ear of corn (the kind Laurie described) and some watermelon if you want. Basically, dinner leftover from the Zubs. (We had steak, too, but I know you're not a carnivore.)

Briana Almengor said...

I won't be at playdate as Judah has his appt. scheduled for 10 a.m. this morning.
feel free to drop it by in the afternoon or early evening, and bring whatever you'd like.
Ironically, since having the boys, I have turned into a meat eater again after 10+ years. I actually just pulled out a roast from my freezer to thaw and cook for tomorrow. :) I'll always be a vegetarian at heart, though. :)

Beth said...

I am so happy for you! I can't believe my friends are starting on their 3rd babies!!! YIKES!!!! Ha. I can't wait to see the precious munchkin.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations!! I'm sure everyone will ask you if it's two! :)

Beth said...

Judah is so sweet putting his hand out there to shake the dr's! I was getting so teary eyed just picturing him holding it out there like a little man thanking the dr for what he did! So cute!

Kathleen said...

Wow, Briana! Congratulations!! That is something else Frank and I can pray for.:) Very cute what Judah did with Dr. Carson. They are growing up aren't they? Love ya! Kath

peg said...

congratulations, Briana and Lawrence!!!!! we'll be praying for all THREE of your children now!
We love you!!
Peg & Paul