2016 Family Pictures

We had the privilege of working with sweet Madeline from Infinite Focus Photography to get our family pictures done this year! Madeline’s daughter was in Isaiah’s VPK class last year so we got to know her through that. She did a great job and had so much patience!

The kids did so well this year (read: last year they did NOT).  They were all in good moods, well behaved, and actually smiled! It was a miracle!! (It might have had something to do with the promise of milkshakes afterwards if they behaved….milkshakes can solve anything.)

We decided when we first had Isaiah to get family photos done each year. Sometimes it can be stressful and some years the kids aren’t in good moods and sometimes the photos just don’t turn out how I had hoped! But I try not to stress too much about everything being perfect… if they don’t turn out one year I know we’ll be getting more done the next. And no matter how the photos turn out I never regret it! Because you can’t ever go back and get those memories again! The kids are only getting older and changing so quickly! Sure I take lots of photos on my iPhone but there’s just something about professional photos. I love having them and looking back on them over the years! ❤

So, without further ado…. our 2016 family photos!



Surrogacy Bump Date: 18 Weeks

Wahoo! We are cruising right along! 18 weeks today! Baby Berry is growing and growing and we are thankful for a healthy and uneventful pregnancy so far!

How far along: 18 weeks

Size of baby: Head to rump, baby is about 5 1/2 inches long, and weighs almost 7 ounces (about the size of a sweet potato).


Stretch marks: None yet!

Morning Sickness: I stopped wearing my sea bands about a week ago and and am feeling pretty good without them! Still on Diclegis but am hoping to stop that soon too. It feels good to be feeling better and have more energy now!

Gender: We don’t know yet! =) Ben and Kristen are coming down for our 19 week ultrasound next week where we will (if baby cooperates) be able to find out if Baby Berry is a boy or a girl!

Movement: I am feeling lots of wiggles and kicks. I haven’t been able to feel them from the outside yet but probably will be able to soon!

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well for now! I usually struggle with mild insomnia when I’m pregnant but the Diclegis makes me sleepy so for now I am sleeping well. We’ll see how it goes when I go off of it!

Cravings: No notable cravings right now. Just feeling pretty normal and enjoying the fact that I can eat normally again and not feel nauseous all day!

What I am looking forward to: Ben and Kristen are coming down next week for our 19 week appointment where we will have the anatomy scan ultrasound. Hoping and praying all looks good with baby! I’m looking forward to seeing them and the ultrasound!!

Symptoms: My belly is starting to pop out more and more! I’m still wearing regular clothes and my belly is still hidden underneath most things that I wear. But it won’t be long before I have to pull out the maternity clothes I’m sure!

18 Weeks!

Surrogacy Bump Date: 15 Weeks

Fifteen weeks! Wahoo! It feels so good to be in the second trimester where I have more energy and am starting to feel less morning sickness.

In some ways it feels like I have been pregnant forever! I think it is because I’ve never before experienced a pregnancy through IVF where you know several weeks beforehand when the transfer will be, you know exactly how old the embryo is and exactly what day you became pregnant. You also get a blood test done to confirm pregnancy at around 9 days past the transfer so you don’t have to wait long (though it feels like forever!) to find out! It’s a new experience for me as I always had to do things the slow, agonizing way and wait to confirm pregnancy when it would show up on an at home pregnancy test!

But in other ways it feels like time is flying by and I can’t believe I’m already 4 months pregnant! Things have been so busy the last few weeks with the kids starting school and I have been preoccupied. I had to look down at my planner to make sure I really did turn 15 weeks on Thursday! =)

How far along: 15 weeks

Size of baby: Baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple).


Stretch marks: None yet!

Morning Sickness: I was very nauseous during the first trimester. I only threw up once but was always feeling like I was going to. It’s really so awful!! The last few days I have been feeling much better and I hope that I continue to feel better and better each day. I am on an anti-nausea medicine that hopefully I’ll be feeling well enough to stop soon. I’ve also been wearing sea bands constantly for the past few months and I really do think they have helped a lot!

Gender: We don’t know yet! =) Ben and Kristen are coming down for our 19 week ultrasound where we will (if baby cooperates) be able to find out if Baby Berry is a boy or a girl!

Movement: Started feeling little wiggles around 13 weeks and now at 15 weeks I am feeling bigger/stronger kicks.

Sleep: Sleeping just fine now. It’s waking up that’s the problem. 😉 Diclegis, the medicine that I’m on for morning sickness, is basically the equivalent of vitamin b6 and Unisom. I take it at night before I go to bed and it makes me very sleepy and it’s hard to wake up in the morning. But hey, it helps me feel less nausea throughout the day so it’s worth it!

Cravings: The first trimester found me craving carbs and salty snacks because that is what helped my morning sickness. Baked potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, pickles, pretzels….you get the idea. Also pretty much anything that I did not cook sounded good to me. I had a hard time cooking dinner for the family and we ate out or ordered in a lot! Now that I am feeling better and can actually cook healthy meals I’m eating a much more well balanced diet. I actually feel like eating fruits and vegetables again so I’m grateful for that. It’s so hard to eat healthy when almost everything healthy makes you want to vomit!

What I miss: Nothing yet…. Just enjoying this journey through the miracle of surrogacy!! So excited for this baby to join Ben and Kristen and Big Brother in their loving home. I love helping this dream come true for them!

Symptoms: No terrible symptoms to speak of yet. Just the morning sickness which seems to be fading. Not showing too much yet, my clothes are still pretty much hiding the little bump I have! =)

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15 weeks!