Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"Any Day Now!"

Hillary just had her 39 week doctor's visit yesterday afternoon and we had some pretty exciting news. The doc said she was almost 2 cm dialated and "very soft" (which is OB lingo for no turning back now). At the end of the visit, she told us it could be any day now, and Hillary's body was ready. Well, my eyes got really big about this know that we are going to be parents in mere DAYS filled me with immediate excitement and anxiety. I cannot wait!!
Hillary has been FABULOUS through the entire pregnancy. She never complains, still works with 60 6th graders, exercises, and is almost always in an uplifting mood that just makes everyone want to be around such a happy, glowing pregnant mom. I have never loved her more...but I bet I will in a few short days!

So, next time I post hopefully it will be with pictures of our new (and great-looking) baby boy!! I hope all of you are even a fraction as excited as I am. We love you all and can't wait to share this joyous time with everyone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lots of New Exciting Stuff

Well, it has been 2 weeks since our last post and a lot has went down! Sorry for the delay in updating. We just found out yesterday Hillary's best friend, Jessica (Krieger) Hodges had a beautiful little boy, Mason Isaac. 8 pounds 6 ounces 20 and 3/4 inches long. Way to go Jess! Brent kudos to you too buddy. We are sooo happy for them and their new family!

As for us, Hillary had her second shower last weekend hosted by my aunts, Natalie Novak, Debby Berry, and Jodi Van Winkle...I wasn't even invited and they are MY family. I heard from a reliable source, though that it was outstanding with lots of great laughs, gifts, support, and "tips". We are so blessed to have such a wonderful group of family and friends who love and support us and our new growing family. Thank you all so much!

As for me, yes I finally graduated...and just a shade under a decade! For those of you that are wondering, No you don't have to call me Doctor. You may simply address me as "sir". It was a very nice ceremony with a special time dedicated to just our physical therapy class prior to the actual graduation. I was elected by classmates to give the farewell address to those attending. It was a bitter sweet moment, because while it is wonderful to be starting a new page in my life (one with an actual paying job) it will be hard to leave behind the great group of peers whom I shared 3 years of growing and learning. We finished off the weekend with a "Cinco de Mayo" aka "Cinco de Joel-o" party at mi casa hosted by none other than my beautiful pregnant wife, Hillary. It was alot of fun hanging out and celebrating with everyone.

Today we had Hillary's 37 week doctor's appointment. Yes, every week now!!!! Hillary's belly is still measuring a bit small...but if you ask her, she will disagree!! So, we had the opportunity to have another ultrasound just to make sure everything is checking out alright. Camden is doing great!!! Plenty of fluid, good heart beat, he gained a whole pound in 2 weeks, and most importantly readily identifiable boy parts!!! Hill's doc said she is probably measuring a bit small because of her "strong abdominal wall" or as I like to refer to it "abs of steel" or "Body by Hill". We are doing so well and cannot wait for 3 more weeks for Camden to be here and to meet him. We are just so anxious to see what he looks like. Thanks for all of your continued prayers and we promise to keep everyone updated. Unitl next time...

The Novaks...

Camden loves to smile, laugh, and be a busy boy. Kendall has her daddy right where she wants him!!