Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Noah's 30 Week Ultrasound Video

This is the edited 3 1/2 minute version for your viewing pleasure.

3D/4D Ultrasound Pictures

Yesterday we went in for a 3D/4D ultrasound, and it was incredible. We could see Noah so clearly and even see much of the detail in his face, his expressions, and even what he looks like. Most of the pictures look almost identical to my (Eric's) baby pictures (spitting image!!), while some look like Tyra and even Alyssa (Tyra's sister). He's so cute and it's unbelievable to think that we'll be holding OUR SON in just 10 weeks! Getting to see him in such detail makes us even more excited about his arrival. Enjoy the pictures! I'm hoping to get the 10 minute ultrasound video loaded on here soon.

Side view...looks just like Eric's baby pictures


These look more like Tyra I think:

Big yawn:

His cranky face:

Little feet:

Waving bye-bye:

Fall in Knoxville...Does It Get Any Better?

Well, all of this season's home football games have concluded, which means our weekly bed and breakfast closes down for another year. It's been a fun season, and with a win this Saturday in Lexington against the Wildcats, we'll be off to Atlanta next weekend to play LSU in the SEC Championship Game! Well, now that I've turned the blog into the "sports page," I'll go ahead and post some pictures from this season and our family and friends who were able to spend some time on Rocky Top...the best place on earth!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Birthing Class Highlights and Other Tidbits

Our first birthing class last week was fun filled. A few highlights:

1. The free snacks...not only were there a lot of them, but it was good stuff! Animal crackers, honey roasted peanuts, fruit snacks, and cookies. Needless to say, the husbands were on them like white on rice.

2. The 1980s "March of Dimes" video, which included a lady stating (and I'm not joking) that "she just hopes her baby's not retarded!" after she'd been having pregnancy pains. Could it be anymore politically in-correct!!??

3. The coupons to Chick-Fil-A for free food! Need I say more?

4. Practicing the breathing/relaxation exercises to be used to distract from labor pains. Saying this was histarical is a huge understatement. We were crying we were laughing so hard at the class doing the "Ha-HEE, Ha-HEE, Ha-HEE" breathing and one husband had to get up and leave he was cracking up so hard. I told Tyra it was the equivalent of someone farting in church during a prayer and only you and your friends heard it...then trying to remain quiet for the remainder of the prayer. Pure torture!

5. The 18 lb. pregancy vest and shirt for all the husbands to take turns wearing. Luckily, I'd had practice at this at our couples baby shower earlier this month, so I was a pro. This suit however, unlike the one at the shower, was equipped with fake boobs, which proved to get in my way during the notetaking portion of the class.

6. Oh, yeah, and we also learned some good baby-related things too.

Tonight is class #2, so I'm sure there's more fun in store. In other news:

Noah has been kicking, squirming, and wiggling around like CRAZY these past few weeks and lately you can easily see Tyra's belly moving around a lot. It's amazing! His favorite active times are about 6am, 7pm, and right before bedtime. He's getting bigger and stronger each week, and it's hard to fathom how much he (and Tyra's belly) have grown in such a short time. Next Monday, we're going to get a 3D/4D ultrasound, which will let us see some very detailed pictures of Noah. We can't wait. Hopefully we'll be able to post a video or some pictures next week.

Everyone can take the new poll on the right side of the blog to predict when Noah will be born. Tyra and I predict Feb. 1, which is his actual due date. Although, only 7% of babies are born on their due date.

We're looking forward to a lot of family members coming to Knoxville for the last home football game of the season against Vandy this weekend. Should be a fun time! Then, we're hosting about 13 family members next week for Thanksgiving, so it will be a fun, but busy, next week or so.

Say a prayer that Tyra will get to feeling better soon, as she's been fighting a cold the past few days.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Going to School

Tonight is our first of 4 birthing classes at Baptist West. I have no idea what to expect, but it should be pretty fun. All I know is Tyra said we're supposed to bring pillows and wear comfy pants. I'm thinking about "borrowing" some of Tyra's comfy maternity pants for the night. I mean, seriously, why haven't men caught on to how comfy these things are!? In all seriousness, I've only tried them on once...I swear! Or was it twice?
Special thanks to Jesse and Kelley (and Kelley's Mom, Donna)for hosting a GREAT baby shower for us last Sunday. We had a great time and I especially enjoyed wearing a mu-mu, 15 lb. pregant belly backpack, and tasting the gourment baby food while blindfolded! There's nothing like topping off shower finger-foods with baby green beans, creamed corn, and my personal favorite, beef and gravy! Delicious!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sad News

Brittany and David's baby boy, Robert Forrest Spence, passed away last night (Nov. 4). Thank you all for the many prayers you've sent up for Forrest during these past 55 days since he was born. He fought through many tough health battles in his short life, but we can rejoice that he is singing God's praises in heaven now and his suffering is over forever. PLEASE continue to pray for Brittany and David!! Forrest touched so many people's lives so much, even though we never got to meet him...and his short life glorified God to the fullest!

For more updates, please visit the Caring bridge website:

Here is the message that Brittany and David posted late last night:

It is with a heavy heart that we write to say that Robert Forrest Spence stepped out of this life and into the next just before 10 pm this evening. He was at peace and felt no pain. In spite of the hardship, it has been a tremendous blessing to have been entrusted with him for the past 55 days. Thank you to all who have loved us and continue to do so. We find real encouragement and comfort in knowing that even though he could not even speak or muster a cry, he was able to shout into the lives of so many people and bring so much glory to his eternal father. If you shed a tear this evening, shed a tear for those who do not know a God that can bring such love, comfort, and peace into a situation that would otherwise have very little. And please continue to pray for Brittany and I as we cope with the loss of our first child.

We will update the site when further arrangements are made.

Much Love,
David and Brittany