19w6d today. Tomorrow will be the official halfway mark!
The u/s on Friday went fairly well. The tech was pretty tight lipped about anything she was seeing, and it took a LONG time for her to finish taking all the pics she needed to for the doc - somewhere btwn 30-45 minutes. Then Ryan & my mom came in for about 5 or 10 minutes, and she showed us all the screen. She mentioned that it was against policy to tell us the gender, but that if she saw it she would tell us "unofficially". Unfortunately baby wouldn't stay still long enough to even wage a guess (though I swear I saw a penis when he was doing a little flip, but I really can't be sure). There were times that the tech had to chase him all around my belly trying to find him!
The best thing about the whole appt was the fact that we got to see:
* the heart beating
* the spine
* lots of the face - both profile and straight on
* little feet kicking towards the machine (which I could also feel)
* little tiny hands with fingers
* tons of somersaults (sp?)
What an amazing experience. Now I'm looking forward to the 3D u/s even more!!! I just have to come to a decision as to when I should book the appt for. Then maybe we'll be able to find out the gender... if we're lucky. If not, I suppose it'll just remain a surprise.
I haven't scanned the u/s pics yet (I know, I'm so horrible at getting my pics organized & posted), but my mom has them right now. She's copying them for me so that we can both pin them up at our work desks. She was SOOOO excited to see baby on the u/s screen, and I'm so glad that she was able to be there for it.
I finally reached 5 lbs as of this morning. For being half way, I think that's pretty good. Ideally I'll only put on another 10 for the second half, but I'm not holding myself to any expectations along those lines. As long as I have "healthy" weight gain, that's the part that matters. And honestly, I'll be happy with 25 or less. Then I'll be able to lose the weight from the pregnancy and before while I'm on mat leave. And with any luck Ryan will be able to get in shape too. He's been talking about it a bit lately, so maybe with me being home & able to cook up some nutritious meals (moreso than when we're both working full time), it'll give him a jump start at changing from bad habits to good ones. Goodness knows it wouldn't take much for him to be in really good shape.
I'm feeling baby more and more as time goes by. Not necessarily every day, but sometimes I think I just haven't noticed it due to my own activity level. If I'm moving around, then it's just not as noticeable. Or I could mistake the movement for other things.
How wonderful to be experiencing all of this. I can't believe that in less than 5 months from now, I'll officially be a mommy. What a blessing!
I got to see my doc again yesterday afternoon. It was really great She went over my bloodwork & u/s results with me, and everything is looking healthy & normal. I'm negative for all the bad things like HIV & Hepatitis (which I already knew, but it's nice to be told so anyway). Baby is measuring just fine, and my fundal height is where it should be. The heartbeat sounds great, and baby is VERY active (which we already knew).
It's so nice for this pregnancy to be going so smoothly after all that worry and doubt that I felt for so long. I absolutely can't be any happier!
I also printed out a copy of my u/s pics (which I had scanned at home) and posted them up at my desk for my coworkers to see. It's nice to have some new ones to show off.
Baby is a little more active now. There are two times of day that I notice the most amount of movement: in the morning after I get to work (when I sit & check through my emails, etc), and in the evening when I'm winding down before bed. I figure this is probably for two main reasons: those are the times when I'm sitting still enough to pay attention, and both times are shortly after I've eaten. Of course, I do quite often feel baby throughout the day too, but those two times stick out more in my mind.
When my mom phoned me this morning she mentioned that she was looking at where baby would be at for development right now. Apparently s/he would be reacting to the foods I eat and the sound of my voice by now. All I can say is, wow. Just the idea of that makes me feel more bonded with baby. Of course, I'm sure all the movement lately doesn't hurt!
So I decided to share some of my music with baby today. I held up the headphones to my belly when House of the Rising Sun was playing. I was gonna share some Pearl Jam (my fave), but then work got busy. Oh well, lots of time for that.
I think I'm starting to get into the nesting. I cleaned out my bedroom over the weekend (with Ryan's help, of course), and I'm feeling SO much better about it. The floor still needs to be vacuumed, but that can wait until the weekend when Ryan isn't so tired from work & commuting. Now I've gotta get going on cleaning out the nursery (shouldn't be too big of a deal - it doesn't have much in it) and buy some baby furniture. Hopefully Ryan will agree to paint it for me. If not I suppose I could bribe my mom & brother to come do it, in exchange for something like a nice dinner. Probably a Sunday type thing.
It's feeling more & more real now. I bet once the nursery is set up the idea of being parents will kick - at least for me if not for Ryan.
Wow, baby must be part monkey! S/he's dancing around like crazy in there now. It doesn't hurt at all... in fact I can't help but giggle when baby is really active. This morning Ryan & I laid in bed for a little while & he had his hand on my belly, so when baby started tossing around I tried to move Ryan's hand to where I thought he might feel it. He wasn't lucky enough to catch any kicks, but he did feel baby thump a couple times - maybe a head butt or ? While I was looking around for baby, I caught a really solid kick from the outside. It made my day before my day had even begun!
Within the past few days I've been really focused on getting the nursery planned out, and I finally found the theme I want!
I think this one is as neutral as one could get, and it's so flexible since I can mix & match different brown teddy bears without much trouble. And I think the sage green is a common colour to use for baby stuff. One of the things I am planning is to buy about 4-5 different brown teddy bears to line up in a row on the dresser. I think it would be so cute!
So I've ordered all the bedding, which should come in next week. Then I can use that to help me pick out the paint colour(s) for the walls. I've also picked out the furniture, though the clerk at the store told me that it will all be going on sale in a week from now, so I'm going to wait until then to order it (they don't have the colour of finish I want in stock). Here is the crib, dresser and hutch, though I'll be getting each in "Natural" colour, which is the light wood colour that the furniture in the above nursery picture is shown with.
They say that the furniture normally only takes a little over a week to come in, so in a few weeks from now I should have all of it!
I decided not to go with a change table for now, since I don't think I'll get as much use out of it, and the nursery space is very limited. What I'm hoping for, is to fit a glider in as well. I haven't measured out the dimensions of the room yet (or rather, Ryan hasn't), so I'm not sure if I can fit even all this furniture in, but I'm hopeful that with creative arranging I'll be able to work it out. Here's what I'm thinking for a glider:
I'm so excited about all of it. I just can't wait until we have everything set up! Since I can't paint the walls myself, and I would feel bad making Ryan do it alone, I'm planning on inviting one of my brothers over to help me out. I imagine his g/f will probably join us, and my mom might too. If I get dinner, then I think the painting would land up being a good excuse for them to come visit me. And besides, then they really get to feel that they are a part of this journey with me.
So, today I am off to Ikea to pick out some new bookshelves & a computer desk. We're probably getting our new computers in the next few weeks, so I want to have everything cleaned up & organized by then. Hopefully we don't spend TOO much money on things, since I know we are already spending lots on baby. Good thing Ryan got a good raise this year...
We got most of our new office furniture bought & set up over the weekend, as well as the garage sorted through, which was really nice. Unfortunately now we're exhausted, and we still have a mess to clean up from all the moving stuff around. But, if some of it has to wait until this weekend then I suppose we'll survive until then. Hopefully we'll get a chance to catch up on some sleep soon though.
My ex-b/f came over on Sunday to help us put up the office furniture. It was nice, because it gave him & Ryan something to do together. Donnie has been looking for something that they have in common in order to have something to talk to him about, but they are SOOO different as far as interests go. Donnie is into cars & sports, whereas Ryan is into things like computers, electronics, and sci-fi. Donnie will debate about the best way to drive in the snow, and Ryan will debate on the philosophies of religion. The funny thing is, they do get along - they just have a hard time getting to know each other very well since they don't have anything to talk about. At least building some shelving together gives them an opportunity to bond without me sitting in the middle trying to keep the conversation going!
While they were putting everything together, I watched Donnie's two & a half year old son, Connor. What an experience! Overall he was an easy child to watch - he never cried at all, even when he was tired or wet. The problem is, he had quite the fascination with my bb's. He would poke, grab, pinch, slap, and even try to roll his ball down them like a ski jump. I don't know what caused this fascination, but it was the only body part he had ANY interest in, and it was hard to get him to stop. I kept scolding him and pushing his hands away, but he is a very persistant little boy! Oh, and he must've turned the dishwasher on about 12 times... I definitely could have used a nap a couple times, but I suppose it's good practice.
I can't wait to order in the baby furniture on Saturday. Even better will be when we have it all set up! When we were sorting through stuff in the garage this weekend, I also went through some stuffed animals that I've been keeping for baby. I have TONS that are still in new condition - pretty much any that I've gotten during my late teens & early adulthood. Anything that was old & dirty I tossed (except for two special ones from my childhood - my teddy bear "Scotty", and my cabbage patch doll "Cindy"). Baby is going to have so many stuffed toys, it's almost ridiculous... Oh, and I think some will make really good props for pictures!
The bedding should be arriving at the store tomorrow (Wednesday), so I'm gonna try to swing by after work to see if I can pick it up. And Thursday I have another appt with my OB. I love going to see her... not only do I get to hear the glorious sound of my baby's heartbeat, but I always feel so comforted when my OB answers all the questions I've saved up over the couple weeks since I've last seen her.
I had another dr's appt today. Everything is going great, I'm about 6 or so lbs heavier than pre-ovulation, and the baby's heartbeat was just as beautiful of a sound as ever.
I also booked my 3D u/s today! It's set up for next Fri, which also happens to be Ryan's bday. Ryan & I both took that day off, and my mom is going to get off work a little early to join us. I can't wait!!!
In a little over a week from now, we may just know what name to call the baby...
Baby has been very busy within the last couple days. Ryan was able to feel it again, which was very cool. It'll be really neat when we're able to see a little foot press out or etc.
Our shelving is all up, except for the pantry which should be delivered later this week or early next week. How exciting! Ryan is still trying to decide whether to buy the new computers this weekend, or to wait for a few months. I'm just as torn on the issue, so I'm leaving it completely up to him. Oh, and I think we're gonna need to buy a digital camcorder soon, too!
Well, today I had my first 3D u/s appt. Baby was uncooperative as far as getting nice pictures go, and the tech felt bad so we get a redo in a couple weeks (no extra charge). BUT, we were able to see one very important thing... IT'S A BOY!!!
We spent the long weekend with my IL's, and I can't believe it but that was the best visit I've ever had with my MIL. She has been really trying - I can tell - and I've been trying too, so we are getting along better than I could have ever expected now. I also found out that my SIL is planning on getting married in one month from now. She's asked me to be the photographer at her wedding (which of course I agreed), and she's planned the date for her son's first birthday. I'm not sure whether that is partly coincidence or not, but I guess they are having a bday party for him in the morning, and then their wedding in the evening. It's going to be very casual with a heavy country theme. So now I have to go find a nice sundress or something to wear...
Baby is doing great, still kicking up a storm. I swear he dances in there! Now that we know it's a boy, we've been talking more about the name. We still like Arland Mitchell, but we are only about 90% sure on it... there's still room for changing our minds. We've discussed Nolan, Kayden, and Jarrod, but we can't seem to agree on anything other than Arland. I think I'm gonna have to make a list for Ryan to go through.
I am TOTALLY into the nesting phase now. I've been cleaning and organizing my house more than I've ever done in the past, and I've had Ryan finish putting up the pantry so that I can start filling it. Everything is looking really nice (it'll be even nicer when I've finished putting everything else away). I'm also hoping to have the nursery painted this weekend. Then I can begin setting up the furniture.
I am so happy and excited right now, and enjoying every minute of this pregnancy. Don't get me wrong, it has it's discomforts (i.e. like a toll on my sleeping), but honestly it's just not enough to complain about. Overall the benefits WAY outweight the negatives. And in a few more months from now, I'll be able to hold my little prince in my arms. What could be more worth it!?!
I finally hit the 8 lb mark as of this morning. I would say that's still pretty darn good overall. And especially within the last week I've been really good about drinking LOTS of water. Hopefully that will also help with my next 3D u/s (since the amniotic fluid should be thin enough to see through rather clearly in the pics). The appt is in 2 days, and then I also start prenatal classes that night. How exciting!!!
Ryan and I had a funny discussion the other night. We took a nice walk after work & went up to the Chapters where I bought a baby name book & sat down in the cafe to read it for a while (since we are still exploring to ensure we are happy with the name we've chosen). There was this little piece of trivia on one of the pages... it turns out that Nicolas Cage named one of his kids Kal-el (as in Superman's Kryptonian name). Well, that triggered quite the bunch of suggestions on what to name our son. Ryan came up with names like Octavius (a villain from Spiderman), Kade (one of Ryan's D&D characters), Til'c (an alien hero from Stargate), R2D2 (from Star Wars, as I'm sure you caught), and a few others from comic books or sci-fi shows. He also suggested a middle name of Pizza. Yeah... my husband is nuts. *rofl*
Baby has been really active within the last couple days... not that it's all that unusual for this little one. I've noticed some of the kicking being a lot higher than normal though. I think he's discovering my ribs or something...