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What’s in a name? Part II

Wow!  It has been a long time since I’ve given my readers an update.  Today marks exactly 35 weeks pregnant! 

Since we’ve last spoken we celebrated the arrival of Baby Varnado with a baby shower given by my loving sister inlaw, Big Tiff 🙂  She did an amazing job  planning the event.  The shower theme was She’s Ready to Pop! – there were many things that ‘popped’.  Some of them included Ring Pops, Pop Rocks, Blow Pops, cake pops, Dumdum lolipops, flavored soda pop in glass bottles and my all time favorite & special request Garrett’s Popcorn, a Chicago novelty!    

During the shower, DH(dear husband) and I shared the name of our blessed bundle of joy!  As mentioned in another post, we’ve had lots of creative and interesting names tossed our way.  A few that I’m sure will continue to be nicknames for our son.  Our shower guests were given a challenge to use the initals MSV and come up with his name.  MSV are DH’s initals as well and many people thought we’d name him Jr.  After many wrong guesses, my cousin at EmpowerMoments  guessed the first name correctly. 

We are pleased to share that our son’s name is Mason Sage! 

According to Webster’s dictionary, Mason means: a skilled worker who builds.  Sage means: characterized by wisdom and good judgment.  So our little boy is a builder of wisdom! 

We’re excited to meet him in the coming weeks and continue to pray for a healthy and safe arrival!

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A Sneak Peek!!


Yesterday we had a 3D ultrasound. Baby Varnado is measuring 31 weeks & 3lbs, 4 oz!


Update – The results of the recent testing

The afternoon of October 4th, I had a consultation with a surgeon to discuss the pain I had been experiencing.   When I met with him, he listened to my concerns and gave me an examination.  He informed me that wanted me to have an ultrasound done to look into my gallbladder to check for inflammation or gall stones.   He said, sometimes pregnant women develop stones as a result of the hormonal changes occuring in our bodies.  He also explained that if the pain I was having didn’t get any worse, that he would rather just for me to bear through it for the remaining months. 

So I scheduled an appointment with the ultrasound technician for the following Friday morning.  The Thursday morning before the appointment, I woke up from a dream that gave me a few instructions to follow.  You see, the dreams that I have often send me messages from God.  Now, don’t go thinking I’m being spooky or crazy, but the Holy Spirit can talk to us in a number of ways, and through dreams just happens to be my direct line! 🙂   So in the dream I had, without going into great detail, God told me to get some blessed oil, pour it onto the inflammed area and pray over myself.  I woke up that morning and did just that.  I believe that God, as He always does, had his hand of healing and protection on me.  I had to be reminded to fall back on my faith and stop worrying and doubting what He can do!  For that entire day and the days to follow, I stopped having pain!  Look at God!   The scriptures teach us, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you Matthew 17:20. 

When I shared my dream with my mom and she reminded me of that scripture. She also told me her grandfather used to say, “Live so you can get a prayer through for yourself!”

I spoke with the doctor today regarding the results of the ultrasound and he told me that my gallbladder looked normal.  He did further explain that he would like for me to follow-up with him about a month after I deliver so he could run a secondary test to check the functioning of my gallbladder.  He said this test is not something that he recommends during pregnancy. 

My prayer continues to be that there is nothing seriously going on in my body and that the discomfort I was having was just a side effect of my little guy getting comfortable in the womb.  I will make sure to have a good talking to him after he’s born about hurting mommy!

For those that knew about this prior, I sincerely thank you for all of your prayers and for checking up on me!  You just don’t know how much that means to me. 

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Hello 3rd Trimester! We’re in the home stretch :-)

Hello readers! 

Thanks for checking in and reading my blog, I really appreciate it.  It’s been several weeks since my last entry and I was gently reminded that many of you are looking for an update 😉 (Thanks, Cuz!!)   I must say that this journey has been moving along at an extremely fast past and has been an incredible one, at that!

On Tuesday, October 2nd, I entered the  3rd & final trimester of pregnancy.  I will say that aside from the expected discomfort of a human forming inside of me, this pregnancy has not been a bad one.  Yes, I’ve had my days of being frustrated, uncomfortable and just plain old beat, but other than that it’s been smooth ride.  The past few weeks leading up to today may have been the most eventful of them all. 

I started experiencing a soreness in my baby bump, on the upper right side.  The soreness & tenderness would last a few hours then finally subside.  I usually experienced it in the evening after being at work and by the next morning, it was gone.  I immediately started to ask other moms and moms-to-be if they’d ever experienced this same thing.  A few responses said they had and offered suggestions to ease the pain.  Well in the back of my mind, I kept telling myself that I’d call the doctor just to be safe…well a few weeks went by before I called and I finally went in this week to have it looked at. 

As you would know it, I had the soreness all day before my appointment and by the time I got there, it had subsided.  The doctor asked me a bunch of questions, listened to the baby’s heartbeat and then began to press on the area to see if she could feel anything.  She suggested that maybe it was Braxton Hicks contractions or that it might be my abdominals adjusting, which is a normal part of pregnancy.  She also asked if I still had my appendix, which I replied yes.  She really did not believe it  was due to my appendix, but she wanted me to seek a second opinion from a surgeon just to be safe.  She ordered a blood test that I would need for the 2nd opinion and I scheduled the appointment for Thursday. 

So, here we are today and I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow with a surgeon.  We’ve said our prayers that the pain I’m experiencing is not due to my appendix and now I am asking you to do the same!    I’ll be back to update you all on what happens soon. 

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Blood Glucose Screening

The dreaded gestational diabetes test

Written on September 13, 2012

A lot of women that I’ve spoken to in recent weeks have expressed a sheer hatred for orange soda’s or orange flavored drinks as a result with their experience with this pregnancy exam.  I am officially in my 6 month of pregnancy, 25 weeks to be exact.  I am presently at the doctor’s office writing this post and in the process of having this screening.  The instructions I was given prior to my appointment were to fast for 8 hours before the scheduled appointment time and to not drink any liquids.

My day started off fairly well – I woke up around 6:15am, which I thought was great as I was able to ‘sleep in’!  I got out of bed and cleaned my kitchen, which was a long over -due task.  I then proceeded to get ready for my appointment.  While prepping, I realized that I failed to collect the 1st morning’s urine for my 6 month check-up that was scheduled later on today.   I underestimated how long it would take me to finish getting dressed and do my hair – by the time I looked up at the clock it was 8:20am and I still had my hair to finish, my appointment was at 8:45am.  It’s at least a good 10 minutes from my house to the doctor’s office, so I scrambled along.  When I got in my car, it was 8:34am and by the time I walked into the office, it was 8:50am, 5 minutes late…not too shabby I thought to myself, LOL!  The phlebotomist promptly sent me into the lab to have a seat.   She ran through the basics – name, date of birth, etc.   She explained the details of the procedure, telling me that I would be there for 2 hours until the test was completed.  She drew an initial fasting blood and then I drank the notorious orange drink that everyone expressed such hate for!  

For those that have no idea what I am referring to, here ya go! Stolen from WebMD:

 The oral glucose tolerance test involves quickly drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50g of glucose. The body absorbs this glucose rapidly, causing blood glucose levels to rise within 30 to 60 minutes. A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution. The blood test measures how the glucose solution was metabolized (processed by the body).


What did I think about the taste of the Glucola?  Well, the drink wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating – it simply tasted like room temperature, flat orange pop (yes, I’m from Chicago – we say pop!!!).  I was then instructed to have a seat in the waiting room for 1 hour and I would return to have another vial of blood drawn.  The hour passed & my blood was drawn and then I had to go back and sit for the final hour.  Once completed, I had 3 vials of blood taken and it was about 11am – I was so hungry!!    I promptly left to grab some lunch because I had to return for a visit with my OB for my 6 month exam at 12:30pm. 

My results came back normal, I do not have gestational diabetes but I will admit that I was a little nervous of the results.   I thank God for keeping me in a reasonable amount of health thus far throughout this pregnancy experience and pray that it continues!  So ladies that have to take this test in the future, fear not!  In my opinion, it was not as bad as everyone claimed it to be!  Be brave and take it like a strong mommy-to-be! Down the hatch!

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Just Kickin’ It!

Okay, who remembers this song?

“Kick off your shoes and relax your feet, party on down to the Xscape beat. Just kickin’ it…”  

The teen girl group, Xscape released this jam back in 1993 and it was quite a catchy tune!  It’s also what this baby boy has been doing on my bladder for several weeks now, kicking it!  During the 1st trimester & the start of the 2nd trimester, I found myself waking up a million multiple times during the night to get to the potty.  My late night potty runs have decreased to a small extent, but now that I am back to work, I find myself running in between each class.  That’s pretty much a restroom break every 50 minutes.   When we had our 15 week ultrasound, we could clearly see him moving those feet feverishly, getting his boogie on and using my bladder as his dance floor 🙂 

I started to feel small flutters around the 17th week of pregnancy.  I still remember the first time – I was laying in bed trying to go to sleep, Mr.OhBoy was already snoozing away.  It felt like gentle thumps on my stomach & I had the largest grin across my face.  Over the next few weeks, the flutters & thumps continued in frequency and started to become more intense. 

Another evening while laying in bed during week 22, I was watching the news and felt a flutter across my stomach and saw my nightgown ripple out the corner of my eye.  I have to admit that it scared startled me a bit.  The excitement was sweet!  I gave baby boy a little pep talk and asked him to do it again for his daddy.  So I called to DH, who was brushing his teeth at this time to come into the bedroom.  I told him to place his hands on my stomach and wait.  As soon as he did, baby boy obliged me and let his daddy feel this awesome movement that I’d been feeling for a few weeks! 

Being back to school, baby boy moves a ton right after we eat lunch and right before we go to bed.   I am nervous for 🙂 looking  forward to the day when I see a foot or a hand try to push its way out of my stomach!   I’m sure I’ll be back to blog about that experience, too. 🙂

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What’s in a name?

So, shortly after we found out we were expecting, Mr. OhBoy DH (Dear Husband) and I started brainstorming baby names – girl & boy names.  As time passed by and we found out it was a boy, we settled on a name fairly quickly.  We’ve decided to keep his name to ourselves until he’s born to be sure that’s the name for him but we’ve been getting a lot of name suggestions along the way.   I’ll share a couple with you.

  1. Rodell/Rodall – This name was suggested by my younger brother. It’s supposed a combination/tribute to my 2 brothers, Roland & Randall.  
  2. Kenlo – This is a combination of my name and my husband’s name, suggested my by sister inlaw & brother inlaw.
  3. Lebron James Marlon – This name came from my beloved father inlaw!  He’s hilarious! 
  4. Kendal/Kendall – This could be a unisex name, suggested by my cousin.
  5. MarKe – Another combination of our names – a colleague suggested this.
  6. Brook/Brooks – Another colleague suggested this, it’s her namesake.  Brooks is also my brother’s middle name, he was named after our Great-Grandfather, I believe. Right, Mom?? LOL
  7. Kmlee – This is probably the MOST ratchet name of the bunch!  It stemmed from an inside joke shared amongst some girlfriends.  I was told the K & M are silent, so the name is really Lee. This name gets a MAJOR SIDE-EYE from me!! O_o

Unfortunately we will not be using the names that have been suggested to us, as a lot of them are quite…ummm….shall I say interesting, to say the least!  Thanks to all for the suggestions, anyhow.  I’m sure there are other name suggestions out there.   Do you have one? If so, please share it in the comments section below!  

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We’re having a boy if you couldn’t tell!

We live in a southwest suburban town near Chicago and are fortunate to have access to a small boutique that caters to all things BABY!  Our monthly doctor’s visits consist of the following: my blood pressure being checked, my weight measured and a few basic questions asked by the nurse.  Once in the exam room, the doctor would ask if I had any specific concerns and then he’d pull out the doppler radar and listen to the baby’s heartbeat, a strong one at that!  My husband, let’s call him Mr. OhBoy or DH (Dear Husband), has accompainied me on most visits, he’s basically been on the same work schedule as me.  DH usually has a few questions to ask that I didn’t think to ask.  I’ve been blessed to have him by my side at these visits!  I digress…DH asked on one particular visit, “When can we see the baby again?” (we took a peek at 9 weeks to see our little bean growing away!)   The doctor responded, “At 20 weeks, that’s when your insurance will pay for another ultrasound.” 

We were quite anxious to see the baby and to know the gender.  I began to poke my head into that local baby boutique and learned that they offer 2D & 3D ultrasounds and they can determine the baby’s gender as early as 15 weeks.  Once we learned this news, we promptly made our appointment for the 15 week mark.  Week 15 swiftly arrived and there we were, ready for our gender scan.  I had a feeling that I knew the sex of the baby….I guess that mother’s intuition is kicking in already. 🙂  The technician started the process and it was so amazing to see a small life growing and moving inside of my body!  Such a surreal experience!  She let us listen to the heartbeat and informed us it was 150bmp.  The baby was moving away, just a stomping on my bladder, lol!  That’s why I am running to the restroom all.the.time!!  She kept moving the monitoring device around my stomach and that’s when I saw it immediately!  “It’s a BOY!!!”, I exclaimed.   I was elated!  DH was sitting by my side with the largest grin on his face!  We honestly would have been overjoyed either way, it’s our first baby 🙂  We are so blessed to that God saw it fit for us to be parents. 

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For those that don’t know, BFP stands for BIG FAT POSITIVE!  I got my BFP on Sunday, April 15, 2012.  My husband and I knew way back when we were dating that we wanted to start a family one day and that day is upon us now!  I had been in prayer about conceiving a baby for a while and I knew that God’s promises would be fulfilled.  It’s the ‘in the meantime’ that was becoming hard.  It seemed that every place I turned someone was pregnant, just had a baby, or was sharing with me that they were expecting a baby.  There were days when I started to doubt that natural conception would be our fate.   Well, I had to be reminded that God’s timing is not MY timing for sure! 

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for several months and every month, there again my monthly cycle would show up once again  rear it’s ugly head.  We continued to try, and in March we tried to conceive the night before I was to head out of town on a girls trip for the weekend.   While on my get-away, I tried to put it this whole process out of my mind, but as God would have it,  I connected in conversation with a girlfriend I just met that was in a similar situation as me.  We vented and empathized with each other for a short while then decided to simply enjoy ourselves with the rest of the gang for the duration of the weekend. 

The next 2 weeks, or the “Two Week Wait” as it’s called, was upon us, and this can be is a very stressful time.  The wondering and waiting begins; wondering if the sperm met the egg and fertilized, if a healthy embryo was starting to develop, if we were just plain pregnant.   Our spring break from school occured during that time so my husband & I decided to spend that time with each other, relaxing and enjoying one another’s company.  Aunt Flo was scheduled to show up at the end of our vacation, the night before we were to head back to work, a Sunday.  That Friday we decided to head out for the day and do some window shopping at the local mall.  While we were out, I received a message from a close loved one exclaiming that she had a secret and wanted to tell me, but she swore me to secrecy and that she’d know if I told anyone.  What was her news you ask? ……well, take a wild guess!  Yep, she and her husband were expecting another baby!!  While I was happy for her and her expanding family, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for myself.  Defeat was creeping into my spirit, it was becoming harder everyday to be excited when I saw others getting the very thing I had been beseeching God for. 

So the next 2 days wrapped up our vacation and that Sunday morning, I woke up to start getting ready for church from the most VIVID dream ever!  God spoke to me in a dream.  In my dream, I was laying in bed, wearing a purple night gown, just waking up for the day. Mind you, I was wearing the exact same gown in real life. I got out of bed and proceeded to the restroom to take a pregnancy test and the test revealed that I was indeed pregnant.  When I woke up in real time, that dream was fresh on my mind.  My husband was still asleep, as he was having back problems the night before.  I got out of bed and made up in my mind that didn’t want to take a pregnancy test, nor was I going to.  I just knew that Aunt Flo was going to be there.  From the time I got out of bed and in the 12 steps to took to reach the bathroom, God spoke to me and said, “Girl, take that test!”.  So, I obeyed!  I had been using these ovulation predictor strips and had some pregnancy tests from the same brand maker.  I took the test and waited…. and there were 2 lines, a faint 2nd line, but 2 nonetheless…..I know that when using the ovulation predictor strips,  a 2nd faint line meant the test was invalid.  I pulled out the instructions and they were completely different.  2 lines meant pregnant!   But I didn’t believe it.  I pulled out the digital EPT from the linen closet and tested again.   While I was waiting for that test to stop blinking, I started to get myself ready for church.  I was standing at the sink naked, brushing my teeth and saw out of my peripheral vision the test stopped blinking.  I didn’t want to look and be disappointed.  But I HAD to look. 

What I saw on that pregnancy test was the answer to all of my prayers!  In big bold letters, I saw the word PREGNANT!!  My BFP!!  Oh My God!!!! Praise Jesus!!  I rushed into the bedroom where my husband was sleeping and woke him up, balling like a baby, praising God that we were pregnant!!  He, of course, was stunned and half asleep, but the reality of it sank in and we rejoiced together! 

God is truly able and faithful to His word, if we only trust and believe and be patient.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11




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