How is it almost August?

For as slowly as the beginning of the year drug on, this summer has flown by!  I guess that has to do with the weather being warm and sunny and parenthood coming a little more naturally now.  E now has three teeth in, and the fourth tooth is showing signs of emerging any day now.  He’s been pretty miserable with his sore gums, so we’re hopeful that he will get some relief soon.  His sleeping habits have gone from wonderful (6-8 hours straight many nights) to awful (up every 45 minutes to an hour some nights…like last night.)

July 2012

Besides the teething our little guys is happy most of the time.  He is busy crawling, pulling himself up on everything he can get to, “cruising” around the furniture, and most shockingly CLIMBING!  Yesterday we saw him climb on top of a box.  He is more of a handful each day!  I didn’t expect him to be this mobile at just seven months old.  He will be an earlier walker than I was, I’m sure.  I didn’t walk until a year old.

We are slowly packing up and getting ready for our move at the end of the summer.  As much as I wasn’t thrilled about moving to Michigan, we’ve made some good friends that we’ll be sad to leave.  However, we won’t miss those frigid winters!

E is waking up, so that’s all for this post.

June 2012

Momma & Baby are growing

Both Momma and Baby have been growing a lot lately!  I’m trying to focus on the amazing things my body is doing to nourish and create this life.  God’s design for creating a new life truly is incredible.  Having never had this type of transformation occur, I toggle between moments of amazement and bewilderment.  It’s strange to see my body taking a shape it’s never had before.  It’s harder to sit back and accept that I can’t control what’s happening.  The hardest part is realizing that my preconceived image of what a pregnant woman looks like is not what I will look like.  I am not the tall, slender woman with long, sleek legs and arms and a perfectly round and tight pregnant belly.  I am short and curvy and not anything like the pregnant models or actresses normally thought of as “beautiful pregnant women.”  Today I am at the exact mid-point of my pregnancy, assuming I give birth at forty weeks.  My goal for the next twenty weeks is to learn to love this new shape I’m becoming.

Baby is now nearly seven inches long measuring from crown to rump and weighs approximately 11 ounces.  That’s about the size of a large banana.  Baby’s momma, yours truly, has been eating a wide variety of foods to provide an array of necessary nutrients as well as taking a prenatal vitamin once daily.  It is also reported in many studies that a child’s palette develops while still in the womb, so this variety of foods should help promote the acceptance of many flavors by Baby.  We’re having enchiladas tonight! Yummy! Baby should definitely like spicy food if my diet is any indication. 

This week Baby’s eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed.  Pretty neat, huh?  I think this ultrasound picture of Baby from last week is cute!  Maybe that’s just the proud momma coming out in me 😉

19 weeks, 2 days

Every evening I look forward to the moment my husband gets home from work.  We enjoy our quiet evenings together  over dinner and walks.  Sometimes we watch a Netflix movie or play online.  Regardless of what we do, these evenings are the highlight of my days.  He has been such a blessing to me, and I know he will be an excellent dad.

It’s a…

I wasn’t going to share this information yet, but I’ve changed my mind since so many of you have asked what we’re having.

We went to the hospital for our anatomy scan/20-week ultrasound on Thursday.  It was so exciting to see our baby moving on the screen as the technician passed the transducer probe across my belly.  We saw ten fingers and ten toes!   All the measurements taken led to the doctor’s announcement that everything was developing on schedule.  It came as a surprise to me that the entire ultrasound portion of the appointment only took about 20 minutes.  I’d read previously that these appointments could easily last two to three times that long.  Maybe it was quick because all the measurements showed on-traget growth and nothing had to be rechecked.  The technician asked us if we wanted to know what we’re having.  We told her we wanted to know!  When she broke the news to us we were so excited.  We’re going to have…a baby!  (I was really pulling for a unicorn, but I know I’ll be just as happy with a baby.)  You didn’t really think I was going to spill the beans, did you?

We’re still just saying “Spot.”  We haven’t decided on a name yet.

Surprise Photo Session for Little Spot

On Monday I went to my second doctor’s appointment for little Spot.  I wasn’t worried, but it is a little nerve-wracking to not know how things are progressing for the little one.  I can’t feel the baby’s movements yet, and it’s not like I have a window into its “home” to see what it’s doing. 

My blood test results (from last visit’s blood draw) were all good.  The only thing I need to really watch is my iron, which is on the low end of normal.  My blood pressure is low but not too low.  I’m gaining weight, and will need to make sure that continues at a slow and steady rate.

The doctor (are they considered doctors when in residency?) brought in the Doppler to find Spot’s heartbeat.  We only heard some static-like noises, so she left to retrieve an ultrasound machine.  I knew it was possible the heartbeat would be hard to find, yet it’s still unsettling when it isn’t found.  Luckily the doctor was only gone a few minutes and then the ultrasound was underway.  She quickly had my baby up on the screen.  We saw the heart beating, and Spot even gave us a short acrobatics show 😉

Since I’m not having any complications my next appointment is six weeks from now.  That’s a long time to wait, but I’m glad things are going so smoothly.  Maybe I’ll start to look pregnant instead of bloated/fat soon.  I might be able to feel the baby move before my next appointment, too!

Without further ado, here is Spot’s newest photo.  The big head is obviously to accommodate Spot’s genius mind, and I’m so glad to see my baby is starting to look human 🙂

My Little Spot

I think it looks like me! What do you think?

Size update:  Depending on which site I check, Spot is either the size of a lemon or a medium shrimp at roughly three inches long.