Thursday, February 28, 2013

closet upgrades

If you're able to remember a few weeks back, I mentioned that we were in the midst of some home renovation projects, and I'd post photos at a later date.  Well, lucky you, that day is today!

If you've been to our humble abode before, you know that additional closet space isn't something we have in scad amounts.  Additional space of any sort isn't something we have either, but our cozy little house has been a great starter home for us, so I can't really say to many negative things about it.

Office Closet- before
When we first moved in, we had the typical 3 bedroom, 1 bath layout of a house with less than 1,000sq. feet. (yes you read that correctly). Each of our rooms closely resembles a crackerjack box (B has actually said that before), but we are able to make a large majority of our furniture fit without any issues.  We use to have our master bedroom, a guest room and an office, but since finding out we are pregnant, the guest room has made room for WoabbaLee's future room.  By code, each room has a closet, but for us, having a 'catch all' junk closet in the office just wasn't practical.  All my clothes were in the guest room, and B's clothes were in our room.  Knowing that this situation wouldn't work when the baby arrives, we looked at our available options, and decided to pull the closet from the office into our bedroom (they share a wall) so we could have two closets in the master, one in WoabbaLee's room, and no closet in the office.  Yes, this may affect re-sale later, but at this point, we are more concerned with our livability (is that a word?) than the re-sale.

B's old closet-before
We first started with the ridiculous task of getting everything out of the two existing closets (in separate rooms), and since we had no space to put things, everything ended up in the baby's room.  I wish I had taken a photo of this catastrophe, but I don't know if I'd be able to bring myself to post the photo online. Yes, it really was that bad.  I just had to keep the door shut during the duration of the project because I'd get heartburn every time I opened the door.
 

Goodbye office closet, hello makings of a new wall!
Once things were cleared out, we had a family friend/contractor come over and do the hard labor for us.  We helped with a small amount of demo, and then he came in and cut the opening for the new closet into our room, sealed up the opening in the office, and put support beams in place of the 2x4s he had cut through in the wall.  Once all the nitty gritty work was done, we weighed the pros and cons of having someone come in  and do the tape/texture/mud work for us, or try to tackle it ourselves.  We eventually made the decision to try it ourselves and after a few trips to Lowe's, we got started. (B was pretty hesitant to have us try to tackle this on our own.  I don't know why though.. during another home reno project we once tore up old flooring, laid new tile (grout and all!) in 2 days). I'm surprised to say that it wasn't as bad of a project as i had previously thought.  That being said however, if we went into the construction business, I don't know if someone would hire me for my quality of work, but, we got it done in a week or so, which I'm told is roughly the same amount of time a professional would have taken as well. 
Both closets in place, but still waiting for tape/texture

** Don't worry, I made sure to take necessary precautions with the dry wall dust and all that.  You'd think after a warning from Gpa Dobbs that I'd have remembered to pick up a face mask at Lowes (on one of our 5 trips there) for the dust, but no, I didn't.  I instead improvised and used my headlamp that B got me for Christmas, and jerry-rigged a hand towel in front of my face to help prevent the dust inhalation.   So not only did I have my headlamp on, towel in front of my face like an 85 year old bank robber, i also had my safety glasses on.  And each time I breathed, i would somehow fog up the glasses.  I looked reeeal professional throughout the project (I got paint in my hair later too) but at least WoabbaLee was safe.














  We painted everything, picked out some closet systems at Lowe's and once they were installed, we got to work organizing everything.  I can comfortably say we've made at least 3 trips to the local Good Will store with extra clothing, shoes, house decorations, etc. that we discovered we no longer needed. 






For whatever reason, I can't get captions underneath these last few photos, but you can see the natural progression of the project- right?  The results are awesome, and have helped make our house feel a little more 'homey'.  Now that we have all our clothes in the appropriate rooms, we are that much closer to finishing the baby's room.  We have the walls painted, the crib put together and the mattress purchased.  I made a baby quilt and it is awaiting the quilting machine as I write this.  Photos of the finished nursery will come once it is a bit more put together, but we love how it has turned out so far!

If you've made it to the end of this whole post- thanks for sticking with me!  Its quite the departure from our usual weekly bump photo, but I figured there are other things going on in our lives (in addition to the baby) and it makes sense to include some of that info as well.




#Lyndsey

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

26 weeks

26 weeks
According to my pregancy app, the baby is still technically the size of an eggplant.  I know the sizes are always a general gage to help give context to the baby's size, but on the weeks where the fruit remains the same for two weeks, I always feel slightly jipped. I mean, I can visibly see that I'm larger on the outside, which means the baby has continued to grow in siz, but I suppose since the size changes so rapidly in these coming weeks, it is hard to put a size to them (generally speaking). I looked on other preganancy tracker boards though, and the fruit size chart there says that the baby is the size of a head of lettuce (length wise). It is hard to think that something that large is growing in there, but then I look a photos like the one above, and it helps me gain some perspective!

Also- on an amazingly awesome note- we are now in the double digit days until Baby Akley makes his/her appearance! 98 days to go!! :)
 
How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: we were up 12.6lbs at our last appointment, and will update this when we go in March for our 28 week appointment.  At this point though, I'd guess I'm up at least 15lbs.
Maternity clothes? most definitely! This past week in quilting class, mom helped me make a maternity dress that I LOVE! (well, she told me all the steps and I did them, so I really helped her..)
Stretch marks? Still none and keeping fingers crossed it stays that way!
Best moment this week: While watching tv last night, the baby was rolling all over the place!  I keep trying to catch it on video and have some limited shots of it, but the movement is very visible from the outside now.
Miss anything: You wouldn't really think of it as something to miss(until you're can't do it), but I'm starting to miss being able to bend in half. My lower back is starting to hurt more as the baby gets bigger, and not being able to fully round out my back has been a bummer lately. Cat pose in yoga class has become my new best friend.
Movement: We are able to feel movement fairly consistently now, and I've felt a few kicks far off to my left side, so its great to know the baby is getting bigger and taking up more space in there.
Food cravings: For whatever reason I can't get enough of the Watermelon or Strawberry Blow Pops. There's a candy store down the street from my work and I stop there roughly once a week to pick some up.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: yes!
Gender: We are still team green!
Labor Signs: Nope, all is staying put and continuing to cook as planned. The Braxton Hicks are still part of our daily life, but nothing is painful, so I just think of them as growing pains/good practice.
Belly Button in or out? Still in (technically) but it is becoming flatter and flatter with each passing day.
Wedding rings on or off? Sadly they have been temporarily moved to the safe. I will get a chain so I can wear them around my neck, but for the time being, I'm wearing a stand in.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Meeting him/her! We know there is still a fair amount of time left in the pregnancy, but we are so excited to have him or her be a part of our daily lives on the outside!
 
#Lyndsey


Friday, February 22, 2013

July 18th, 2012

You hear about them, but never imagine that you'll experience it.
As healthy as you are, you never expect that you'll become one of the statistics.
Knowing that you have one job in life, and to have 'failed' at that job is more than you can understand.
Even though you know things happen for a reason, wrapping your head around it is nearly impossible.
"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it." We have tried, tested and proven that this is true.

July 18th 2012.

A day that as hard as I try, I dont think I'll ever be able to forget.  This is the first time I've written about this experience, and as painful as it has been, and will continue to be, laying this experience out there, raw, for people to read, will not only confirm to us that we are not alone in this journey, but also show others that there is light on the other side.

A large majority of you dont know this, but Brandon and I suffered a miscarriage in July. We had been loosely trying during his time at the police academy, but didnt anticipate we would get pregnant as soon as we did.  When I got the first postive pregnancy test result, I was completely shocked.  Yes, we are both young, in great health and take good care of ourselves, but to see that positive sign is an unbelievably beautiful shock that many get to experience, but sadly for some- this time for us- it didn't come to fruition as it we thought it would.

We went to the doctor's office with such high hopes. The euforia of being first time parents was more than we could stand, and like usual, the ultrasound tech didn't say much during our appointment.  She showed us the grainy images of the little blob that was meant to be a baby, but the reality was that the promise of that little life on the screen was over before it even began.  I had known that the techs are usually quiet through the appointments, so at the time I thought nothing of it.  Until I got the phone call from our doctor saying that they had a few concerns, and that they wanted me to go in for some blood work, just to make sure things were on track.  From that moment, I should've known something wasn't right, but I was still completely over the moon at being pregnant that it didnt register.  The nurse who took my blood was very kind, reassuring just as she should've been.  We got our HCG levels that afternoon and while they were a little low, they said not to worry, it happens to people, maybe we were just off on our dates and that I needed to go back in a few days to see if they had doubled like they were suppose to.  I began to panic inside, but Brandon did his best to reassure me that things would work out.  I went back in for the second round of bloodwork hoping for the best, and waited for the doctor's phone call.  This time it took longer to call back.  She called my cell phone while I was at work and delivered the news.  She didnt sugar coat things, which I appreciated, but having a bandaid ripped off a wound I didnt know existed.. there was no way to prepare for that.  She said that the levels had increased but not like they should've, and confirmed that we had lost the baby.  We had tried to anticipate the best but prepare ourselves for the worst, but honestly, hearing that news said out loud was worse than I could've imagined.  For those of you that have experienced a loss, unfortunately you know the feeling.  Or nearly a lack of feeling. 

Despair. Heartbroken. Fear. Panic. Doubt. Hopeless.

The list could go on and on, but there really aren't words to adequately describe it.  Brandon met me at home and just held me. We cried together.  Prayed. Tried to understand what had happened, and prayed desperately for comfort and direction for where to go from here.  Our options at this point were to wait it out and let nature take its course, or they could administer some medicine to start the process and move things along quicker.  We decided together that getting the medicine was our best option. Start things off quickly, and no matter how hard it was, we would be on the road to recovery that much sooner.

Going into the Dr.'s office, we had to sit in the waiting room and wait for our doctor to get there.  Sitting there, surrounded by successfully pregnant women, their blessings visibly showing, was a slap in the face reminder of what we had just lost.  We finally went in, saw the doctor, and she gave us a final ultrasound to help quash any lingering doubts we may have had that the ultrasound and blood work were wrong.  The final ultrasound showed us the deterioration that had already occured, and showed us the distinct lack of heartbeat.  Having this final image to confirm the doctor's news was what we needed to see- however painful it was.  After briefly discussing our options, she administered the medicine and sent us home with some instructions as to what we could expect, but said that things usually progress at different rates for each person, so to be on our toes. 

We headed home and I hunkered down on the couch in anticipation of what was to come.  I dont know what I had in my mind, what the experience would be like, but what happened was nothing I had prepared myself for- physically or emotionally.  The pain came at me like a truck.  Out of the blue and caught me completely off guard.  Vicodin did nothing, and after a phone call to the doctor, Brandon carried me to the car and took me to the ER.  By the time we got into a room at the ER, the contractions were about a minute apart and lasted 15-20 seconds each.  Knowing what was going on was so hard.  We knew it needed to happen in order to move forward, but actually experiencing it was by far the hardest thing I've ever lived through.  Hours later, we left the ER with some strong pain meds and prepared for a rough few days.

The physical pain subsided after a few days, but the emotional pain stretched out longer than either of us had anticipated.  A large part of me has pushed the whole thing to the back of my mind, using the  'ostrich mentality' and burying my head in the sand until it passed.  The more that time goes by though, I realize that the memories of the physical pain slowly fade, but the emotional pain, -the jagged scar left by this experience- will begin to heal, but will never go away completely.  Our hearts will take on a new shape to help accomodate this hole.

We know deep in our hearts that God truley has a reason for everything.  Something was wrong that was insurmountable- for us, for the baby, or both.  The only way we were able to get through this was to rely on God and trust that he has a greater plan. The assurance of knowing that the baby that we lost, we would one day meet him or her, up in heaven, where God met that little blessing when it passed from this world.  He is able to give it a love and caring that we humanly couldn't.  He needed another angel in heaven rather than letting it walk this earth with us. 

Our doctor said we could try again right away, once I had fully healed, and we were ready to take on this challenge again.  She warned that the physical healing would take place long before the mental healing would, and boy was she right. Preparing myself for the idea of being pregnant again was exciting, but we both knew not to get our hopes up too high, just in case something happened again.  Amazingly enough, God blessed us with another baby in our first month of trying.  We were absolutely overjoyed, but naturally, nervous.  The first call I made to the doctors office was full of joy, but also serious doubt.  What if this was lingering hormones left from before?  What if the same thing happened again?  Mentally, I dont know if I would've been able to handle two losses back-to-back.  We made the decision to switch doctors and went in for our first ultrasound full of hope.  When she showed us the little blob on the screen, she immediately told us it was viable and to try not to worry that things would go wrong.  We've had a few more ultrasounds than normal at the beginning, a few just to re-assure us that things were going according to plan, and one to calm our nerves when I had some unexplained bleeding.  We saw the heartbeat on the day it began, and things have been fabulous ever since.  Pregnancy has been a dream so far, and when I voice my concerns to our doctor about my lack of morning sickness or major weight gain, she gently reminds me that this healthy, easy pregnancy may be the universe's way of paying us back from before.

If you ask anyone, man or woman, if they think losing a baby will happen to them, I guarantee you they will tell you no.  We didnt anticipate it happening to us, and yet it did.  And looking back, I know that I will one day be grateful for the experience- from start to finish.  I'm slowly getting there. Slowly healing, and my amazing husband always takes the time to hold me when I forget how far we've come.  He has ben my human rock throughout this entire experience, and without him, I dont know where I'd be, or how I would've made it through this.

On this day, February 22nd, 2013, what would have been our baby's due date, I look back on the list of emotions I felt immediately after hearing the news and know that some have passed.  Others are still being dealt with, and more importantly, many of them have been replaced.

A small part of our hearts will always be broken for what was lost. The despair we felt in that moment has been replaced with hope. The fear and panic we felt has been replaced trust.  And the doubt and hopelessness has been replaced with certainty.

This experience has not only taught us so much, but also brought us closer together as a married couple, and as soon to be parents.  As the days pass, and we can feel this healthy baby grow bigger and stronger, we count our blessings everyday.   We know how blessed we are to have had this experience, and come out the other side stronger because of it.   We are fortunate to be part of the group that goes on to have a healthy 'rainbow baby' with no other losses in between. We also know how heartbreaking it is for those who never get to experience this portion of the journey, or the recovery process.

What we went through was incredibly painful, and yet makes us appreciate this blessing that much more.  We pray over this baby daily, and eagerly await the day when we are able to meet this little one.   We will welcome him or her with more love than we ever thought possible, but deep in our hearts, there will always be a special place for the life that God needed more than we did.




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

25 Weeks

25 weeks

On a fairly awesome note- Happy Birthday to Brandon tomorrow!! Knowing we will celebrate each birthday from now on with a new member of the family is so fun to think about.  Happy Birthday honey, you're a great husband and I know you'll make a fantastic father. <3

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: we were up 12.6lbs at our last appointment, and will update this when we go in March for our 28 week appointment
Maternity clothes? most definitely!  I can't wait for spring/summer though, I'm very much over wearing leggings and sweater dresses every day- maxi dresses have been calling my name like no other.
Stretch marks? Still none and keeping fingers crossed it stays that way!
Best moment this week: I finally broke down and purchased a body pillow and the change in my sleep quality has been great.
Miss anything: You wouldn't really think of it as something to miss(until you're can't do it), but I'm starting to miss being able to bend in half.  My lower back is starting to hurt more as the baby gets bigger, and not being able to fully round out my back has been a bummer lately.  Cat pose in yoga class has become my new best friend.
Movement: We are able to feel movement fairly consistently now, and I've felt a few kicks far off to my left side, so its great to know the baby is getting bigger and taking up more space in there.
Food cravings: For whatever reason I can't get enough of the Watermelon or Strawberry Blow Pops. There's a candy store down the street from my work and I stop there roughly once a week to pick some up.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: yes! we went through a big growth spurt this weekend, and the bump literally looks like I have a basketball glued to my stomach. 
Gender: We are still team green!
Labor Signs: Nope, all is staying put and continuing to cook as planned.  I have noticed the Braxton Hicks contractions are slowly becoming a part of my daily life.  I've been told to drink more water and they'll subside, so we will give that a shot.
Belly Button in or out? Still in (technically) but it is becoming flatter and flatter with each passing day.
Wedding rings on or off? Sadly they have been temporarily moved to the safe.  I will get a chain so I can wear them around my neck, but for the time being, I'm wearing a stand in.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Still waiting for those hiccups!
 
 
#Lyndsey

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

24 Weeks

24 weeks
We had our 24 week appointment today, and have now reached a milestone- viability!  Now I know that isn't a thing you usually hope for, but knowing that babies have been delivered from this stage in our pregnancy and forward, it is reassuring to a level.  We are getting further and further into our pregnancy, and we are that much closer to meeting our future son or daughter :)
Everything at the appointment went well, I am measuring right on schedule and the baby had a strong heartbeat of 142 bpm.  I had a minor breakdown about the weight, but our doctor, and most importantly Brandon, assured me that things are completely on schedule.  We are having a very healthy pregnancy and need to just keep plugging away as we have been, and things will continue to go well. 
No additional photos this time, we wont have another ultrasound until the very end of the pregnancy, so for now all we can do is hear our healthy little heartbeat at each appointment and  dream about our little one.

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: + 12.6lbs.  It is completely irrational and I know that, but to be truthful, I dont know if I'll keep updating this between our doctors appointments.. As long as the baby is healthy, the weight is just a number, so it will remain a bit 'in-flux' until each appointment. Just know we are gaining weight as we should be. 
Maternity clothes? I wear maternity leggings/shirts every day, and broke down over the weekend and bought some real maternity dress pants and capris for work. and they are fabulously comfortable!
Stretch marks? Still none and keeping fingers crossed it stays that way!
Best moment this week: I'm sure it is my imagination, but I swear the baby knows when it is Brandon trying to feel him/her move.  He'll come home from work and I'll be sound asleep and the baby will be still, and after a minute or two with his hands on my stomach, the baby starts kicking. Every.Single.Time.  Looks like we have a favorite parent already ;)
Miss anything: I'm starting to have wierd dreams on a nightly basis.  Odd things that I can't remember the next morning, but I wake up in the middle of the night at least twice from them.
Movement: It is to the point where I can feel movement more times during the day than not.  We still get a few pretty strong kicks every so often, and just last night, Brandon felt the baby flip over from outside.  Such a crazy sensation!  
Food cravings: For whatever reason I can't get enough of the Watermelon or Strawberry Blow Pops.  There's a candy store down the street from my work and I stop there roughly once a week to pick some up.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: yes
Gender: We are still team green!
Labor Signs: Nope, all is staying put and continuing to cook as planned
Belly Button in or out? Still in (technically) but it is becoming flatter and flatter with each passing day.
Wedding rings on or off? On, but they are becoming tighter each week.  Might have to temporarily retire them and buy a simple band for the remainder of the pregnancy..
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Still waiting for those hiccups!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pregnancy Pluses so far

There have been plenty of interesting moments in the pregnancy thus far (Remember this post?), but there have also been many things that I would certainly consider a plus.  The list of great things baby related will be another post, but the things below are all a by-product of WoabbaLee that I'm currently loving.

1) Hair Growth. My hair has grown inches (literally) since I got pregant.  It is still technically a 'medium' length hair-style but we are rapidly approaching the 'long' length hair-styles, and I'm super excited.  Thank you prenatal vitamins!
2) No more belly button lint. My belly button is the cleanest is has ever been in my whole life.  The more my skin stretches and my belly button flattens out, the cleaner it gets. #score
3) Moisturized skin (in parts). My torso from neck to hip is the most moisturized it has ever been. The rest of my body is another story, mainly becuase I can't quite bend down to rub lotion on my legs, but still.. half my body counts as a success.
4) Round Belly Forgiveness.   Being pregnant is the one time in your life that the bigger your belly gets, the more people love it. 
5) Smiles from strangers. Now that I'm actually showing enough to look pregnant, women see me walking around and give me the biggest grin.  Men on the other hand, I think most of them are still too nervous to ask if I'm pregnant (if they dont already know) so unless the baby is in my arms already, they wont smile or say a thing- just in case.
6) Excuse for being late. I know, I know, we all hate a late person, but this way in the morning when I can't find a single thing to wear because the bump is getting so big, I can say my reason without hesitation and know that people will understand.
7) Desserts.  People are usually fairly tight fisted with their desserts, and sharing of them is highly irregular, but if they see me eye-balling the last cookie or brownie, they usually offer it without hesitation.  
8) Maternity Pants. Wearing pants without a zipper or a button has been amazing.  Avoiding the mid-conversation silent panic of whether or not your fly is down  has been pretty great.  Not going to lie- I'll be a little bummed when I need to remember to check this after the baby is born.
9) Center of attention.  Yes this one seems selfish, and it is.  Usually I hate being the center of attention, I get all awkward and tell stupid jokes to divert the focus, but being pregnant has been great because everyone is so genuinely interested in WoabbaLee, that its awesome to know the baby is so loved before it even gets here.
10) The parting of the seas. When I'm not pregnant, working my way through a crowd can be a challenge.  I'm a very slight person, and not very tall, so you do the math.  Being pregnant though, I sometimes feel like Moses at the Red Sea- people will look up at me from 50ft away and move to the other side of the sidewalk, just so I dont have to.  I should start carrying a walking stick to make it feel more authentic.
11) Gym classes. This may seem out of place, but taking various gym classes while pregnant has been awesome.  There have been numerous occasions that I can't do the specific move due to WoabbaLee being in the way, so I miss out on a few of the harder exercises in the class. ;) No, this is not me being lazy, I'm doing pretty dang well to be attending gym classes at all thankyouverymuch.
12) Dropping things. I'm to the point where it is becoming rapidly more uncomfortable to bend over and pick things up like a normal person, I instead find something to steady myself and do a wierd squat maneuver to pick it up.  Knowing this, many of my colleagues will see me drop something (a pen, folder, my cell phone) and snag it off the floor for me.  Certain items (a pen, folder, binder clip, etc.) have been counted as a casualty and remain on the floor when there is no-one near by to help.  Yes this will get worse, I know.

Again, this list will continue to grow the larger I get, but so far, things have been pretty great.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

23 Weeks


23 weeks
Sorry we are a day late in posting!! we've been under some construction in the Akley household and when I get home from work each night, all I want to do is lay on the couch! (the construction project will be another post, many photos included)  In my defense- I had the content done yesterday, and we just took the photo when we got home from date night. 
Side note- we went to see Skyfall and it turns out the baby is a fan of loud explosions.  WoabbaLee would not stop moving whenever things got exciting in the movie.  Brandon even felt quite a few of the kicks :)
Enjoy the photo even though I got huge overnight apparently =/.  On the bright side, at least there's no question whether I'm pregnant or just chubby. silver lining.

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +9lbs
Maternity clothes? Still comfortably rooted in the land of maternity leggings and sweater dresses.  I need to do some shopping for maternity pants in the near future..
Stretch marks? None that I have noticed yet.
Best moment this week: I've had a few kicks that are quite hard.. enough to stop me in my tracks.
Miss anything: I could do without having to get up and pee in the middle of the night, but I know it is only practice for the days to come.
Movement: More and more active as the days go by. I keep trying to capture it on video to post on here, but he/she gets camera shy.
Food cravings: Brandon made some amazing home-made deer jerky this past week and I can't get enough of it.  The sodium has been fabulous at making me retain water though.. my wedding ring certainly fits tighter these past few days.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: yes
Gender: We are still team green!
Labor Signs: Nope, all is staying put and continuing to cook as planned
Belly Button in or out? Still in (technically) but it is becoming flatter and flatter with each passing day.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Still waiting for those hiccups!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Name Game

In in light of the fact that we aren't finding out the gender, we frequently struggle with what to call our baby bear. Most people believe the baby is a boy, and while I often find myself referencing the baby as he/him/his, I don't want to sell the baby short- just in case it is a girl- i don't want her to have been slighted while in-utero.
Long story short, Grandpa and Grandma Dobbs always come up with a name for the baby, boy or girl, so it can be referenced in conversation and Grandma and Grandpa Akley aren't too pleased that I constantly refer to the baby as "it", so both have come up with a name.
My parents have started to call the baby "Woabba"- it is from a local family band that they like. And gma and gpa Akley have started to call it "Lee"- Brandon and his little brother's middle name.
Well, during dinner at the in-laws last week, I let them know the name that my parents have chosen and gpa Akley got quiet for a minute and a slow smile began to spread across his face. When I asked what he was smiling about, he said that if you combine the two names, you get a really good one.

That's right folks.. Our baby now goes by the name "WobbaLee".