Michael's Initial Thoughts:
To say that I am excited would be huge understatement. I understand that the thought of me being a dad is a scaring thought to many of you and quite frankly, it is somewhat scary to myself. The responsibility of a child is something that should not be taken lightly. My first thought, as I visited some of our best friends in the hospital earlier this week to see them and their newborn child was, "How could anyone conceive a child and then give birth to a child and still not believe in a God that created the universe for a distinct purpose." If anything, I find myself more drawn to God in these amazing times than ever.
I want to thank several of my friends and family for playing such a huge role in preparing me for my next role in life. From several of my friends that are fathers, John (father of 2), Jared (enthusiastic father of 1) , Jay (father of two boys), Jordan (father of 1 beautiful girl), Chris (proud father of 7. The man knows all about fatherhood) and most of all Maddox "Maddad" Casey (proud father of 3 beautiful girls). To Uncles, Mike, Eddie (most of the time), Grant, and Gary. To my brother David. To both PaPaw Eady and PaPaw Loosier. To Sarah Beth's late father John David Crow, Jr. And most of all to my own father, Chuck "Wagon" Eady.
I want to especially thank 3 people. Firstly, Maddox for his friendship and impact he has had on preparing me. Being thrown into the father role at very young age, he reacted better than just about anyone and hasn't slowed down sense. (Except for his recent vasectomy) Sacrifice upon sacrifice has been made to better the lives of his family and they have not gone unnoticed. Thanks again buddy for being a role model even when you think you might not be one.
Secondly, John David Crow, Jr. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, I feel like he speaks to me on a daily basis through his absolutely amazingly beautiful family that he left behind. The endless stories that I have heard from his youngest daughter paint a very true portrait of what it meant to be a father. From his early morning donut runs for the girls (especially for SB) to the protector role he played for the women in his family. While he is no longer with us, I will do my best to paint the picture of his time as a father to this child that God has given us.
Mostly, I want to thank my own father. No one has better shaped my life than my own father. From my long chicken legs that I inherited to the smart ass remarks that you so commonly hear come from my lips. I only hope that I can be the father and mentor that he was to me and still continues to be. The spiritual foundation that he provided me is priceless. Thanks again Wagon!
I consider myself to be blessed beyond belief to have such great examples surrounding me. How many times have I made fun of people like Maddox for their evolvement into fatherhood and all the things that come along with it such as horrible "dad jokes" that no longer seem to be funny? Alas, I have arrived but let's hope that I don't fall too quickly into the role of wearing button down short sleeve dress shirts and telling bad jokes that only I believe to be funny.
Lastly, I ask that each of you lift Sarah Beth, myself, and this beautiful child in your prayers on a daily basis. Without God and our relationships with him, we would not be in the position to be having a child. Thank you for the prayer that we have already been showered with and thanks for all your future prayers!
Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers do not exasperate your children; but instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
P.S. If you are curious whether I teared up while writing this, I think you all know the answer. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a little baby girl introduced to this family of all boys...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
(Please make sure you read Michael's thoughts, he is going to be such an amazing father and his words are much better than mine)
For those of you who we haven't had a chance to tell, we are expecting!! We are both extremely excited about this time in our lives and what God has in store for us as a family. This precious gift is due on February 13 (poor child, couldn't avoid a holiday)! We have been for three ultra sounds already and have heard the heartbeat (two times it has been over 170 and the last time it was 157, for those of you wanting to make predictions on the gender). The baby already has arms, legs and a precious little nose.
As far as what I have been feeling this first trimester: Nausea, sleepiness, nausea, sleepiness, nausea (I think you get the picture). I have been so tired I feel pretty good from about 9 till 3 and think I have got a pretty good bit of energy then about 3 I feel like I am literally holding my eyes open! As most of you know sleep has NEVER been a problem for me and so adding extra hours to my night is not a big deal...I have been sleeping 9-10 hours a night(isn't that wonderful)!!! I better take advantage of it now before this baby gets here and I will be sleeping just a couple hours at a time (on a good night). The other thing I have noticed is that I get really worn out easily, tasks that use to be easy or would just get me moving now take all of my energy. I vacuumed the sofa one day and I had to immediately go lie down because it wore me out. Or if I go to the grocery store I am done for the day. Crazy how these small tasks seem to wear me out! The next thing I mentioned above was Nausea! My nausea has been pretty bad however I am sure some people have it much much worse. I am able to eat most foods (nothing fried- Chick-fil-a sounds awful and if you know my husband this is sad). Overall I haven't had many complete food aversions but most of the time there is like 1 or 2 things that sound GOOD and I run for those things. I have some nausea medicine my doctor gave me and it has helped some but I still have bad days. Everyone says this is suppose to go away at about 12-13 weeks so I am getting close to HOPEFULLY the end of this stage.
We went to the doctor today and the little peanut was kicking and moving a lot it was so fun to watch the baby move like that! We got all GOOD news today and the hemorrhage I had is completely gone, praise God!!! We are so excited that things seem to moving along great right now. Here is another picture that we got today and if you look closely you can see how the legs and arms were moving when she took this picture...precious :)
We will find be finding out the sex of the baby! I wish we were the kind of people with enough patience to wait but I already find myself looking at all the baby stuff and wanting to know what gender to be shopping for. We will find out the sex of the baby the end of September which will be here before we know it!
I am trying to think of any other questions people might have or want to know about, let me know if you want to know anything else....As you know Michael and I are pretty much an open book!