21 weeks 1 Day
I can't remember if I talked about showers yet, but since I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who are excited for this baby and so many offers for hosts for a baby shower I decided to break them down into 3 showers. One for Family, one for Friends and one for co-workers.
Normally I love being the center of attention, but not when the focus involves gifts. I was really not looking forward to 3 different showers where tons of women sit around and watch me open presents for the baby. So my friend Amanda thought it would be a good idea for my friend shower to be something fun and casual. More of a celebration of the baby then a shower. And I couldn't be happier with that idea! She is planning a BBQ that is coed, where there will be alcohol served and there is no expecations of gifts or shower games- just fun!
The invites went out this week and I got one in the mail today. They are so cute and simple! Not over the top baby- just perfect! My photography skills dont do it justice!
21 weeks 5 Days
Dh and I both felt unmistakable movement for the first time last night. We were sitting on the couch after a long day of yard work and I think I felt a kick so I say:
Me: I think I felt the baby move!
Me: Yep, did you feel that?
DH: That little tap, tap?! COOL!!
Then later in bed while we were reading a pregnancy book together I felt a bigger kick so I place my hand on my tummy and DH, not wanting to miss out replaces my hand with his and we both feel THUD! THUD!
Me: OMG, did you feel that?
DH: Was that you?
Me: NO! It was Mya Papaya! (we name her according to the fruit size another website says she is size wise. Last week she was Anna Banana Hammock (Dh added in the Hammock part :roll:) )
Dh: Are you messing with me?!? That's you!
ME: How can I do that?
DH: Those are strong! Last time I only felt a light tap, tap!
It was very cool that we were both sure of baby movement at the same time! :D FUN!
I read your whole pregnancy journal and really enjoyed it. Your one of the few that I have felt connected to from the very begining. I think cause we are both in the medical field. I'm no longer working because of expecting twins. Anyways, I loved reading your journal and wanted to use the name Ava really bad. The DH said no. It's okay though cause we decided on Kiley and Kaley Rae. You are so "cute and little" pregnant. I have always wanted to carry like that. I'm unfortunate and get pregnant everywhere! It goes to the back, butt, boobs, thighs, you name it. Anyhow, I look forward to reading more soon.
22 Weeks 6 Days
Ever since my invitations went out people have been hounding me to register. I really didn’t want my friends to be getting together to buy me gifts, just to celebrate that I am finally with child so I planned on waiting another month so I could research more and feel like my pregnancy was more stable but I finally gave in to the peer pressure and DH and I set a date to register.
I want to be as prepared as possible so I read as much of Baby Bargains and Consumer Reports as I could handle, asked everyone who has done this before their advice on what is a must-haves and what is crap and DH and I set out, all excited, with my water in tow.
I took in everything the sale girl had to say, collected our gun and off we went. I was really expecting baby registering to be like wedding registering. You see something you like, discuss if its something we want/like/need, made sure it was the right look/color, scan it in, sneak a drink of the wine we snuck in for the occasion and kiss and high five for being so compromising. But baby registering is a whole different game! First off, the only thing in my Sigg bottle was water and second even though I researched the hell out of all the important stuff it wasn’t near enough! I gotta tell you, it’s a good thing I married an Engineer! While I was actually listening to the hoopla that was coming out of the salesgirls mouth DH was formulating a plan of attack. He had a whole system worked out that started with the baby baths, bibs and bottles. Honestly, I didn’t give those things too much thought and I sure as hell didn’t research them but as soon as we get into the tub aisle staring back at us are 50 tubs….all looking just as capable of drowning our child as the next. As I stand there completely overwhelmed, nothing scanned in and ready to walk back out DH impressed the hell out of me. He has come prepared! He whips out the bible…Baby Bargains! (really it’s why I married him!) and flips right to the bath pages. He finds the highest rated tub and scans it in while I stare up at him like a hero! Every aisle we went into we would stop, research and then scan before moving on. The other couples registering were looking at us like we were nuts, I think they were all jealous we (DH) came prepared. By the end I was getting tired and hungry (everyone told me to bring water, but no one mentioned that what I really needed was to pack a lunch) 3 hours later I finally had to call it quits. We weren’t quite done but close enough. We walked out with a registry started and even more exciting we bought our crib!
Here’s what we got, Baby Cache’s Manhattan</ST1:p convertible crib made by Munire (rated A by Baby Bargains). The only down side is the dresser is back ordered until who knows when, DH really wants a matching set so I hope we are able to get it before Mya Papaya comes.
Amber, may I make a suggestion? I've found that my Boppy was the best present EVAR! I bought a second one when I was preg. with Sam so I could have one in the bedroom and one in the living room. Soooo, make sure you register for one or two of those. ;) And an extra cover or two. Sam loves to rub his hand over the chenille side of one of this cover:
Oh Oh Oh, and the Angel Care Monitor. It senses the baby's breathing and an alarm will sound if the breathing stops. It is soooooooooo worth the money for the peace of mind it gives!
Bobbie-Thanks for the recs! We did register for a Boppy and I'll have to check out the monitor. I didn't look at any because I was only thinking in lines of baby monitors to hear the baby crying and and the babies room is right across from ours, plus our house is so small I could hear her even if I was at the neighbors! But I didn't think of a SIDS monitor. I will have to look!
Brandi- I'm so glad to hear you read my journal! I always wonder if people do (besides my sister). You are so sweet too to call me "cute and little". I haven't felt cute or little since before starting my infertility treatments so it's nice to hear! Love your twins names. I think we are leaning towards Ava, but I am still so unsure! I am kinda hoping she comes stamped with the perfect name on her tooshie like a Cabbage Patch Doll! :D
I am supposed to be getting ready for work, but instead I am slacking and turned on the computer. Last night I was feeling like my belly finally graduated from looking like a beer belly to a baby belly so I took pics this morning before I went to bed and wanted to share them them. I am pulling my scrubs tight so you can see the bely in my 23 week pic. I really don't wear stuff that tight to work! In hindsight I think I looked more pg with everything loose, oh well. Notice how my *** and belly almost don't fit in the frame! :biglaugh: Guess I'm going to have to get DH to take the rest of my pics from here on out.
I also got my bedding in the mail yesterday! :yahoo:If I wasn't already running so late I would take pics and show it, but that will have to wait until tomorrow now so I have time to get my some Subway before work! Mmmm!
23 Weeks 1 Day
Our Crib is in! :woohoo: Dh got the message yesterday! Now I am officially behind in getting stuf done. I was supposed to have the room all cleaned out and painted. :oops:
It went from looking like this (minus the nephew and the dogs)
I don't know what I do when I go in there but everytime I seem to make things worse! (Notice the crib bedding sitting on the mattress?)
I also am really angry at myself. I have a severe case of pregnancy brain. Generally it's just small stuff, like leaving the house with the cordless phone, clocking out at work when I walk by the punch in machine or putting the milk away in the freezer....but now I have misplaced my very expencive watch. I am so mad! DH got it for me for a birthday gift last year and it cost a lot and I have lost it! I started taking it off in different places because my hands are swelling and it gets snug and uncomfortable but normally I can find it with just a few minutes of looking. This time I have been searching for days with no luck. I am really scared I took it off at work and now its gone for ever.
I am going to do one last sweep of the house, my car and the barn and then call security and work and see if some kind soul turned it in. I'm hoping if I lost it at work that is the case. I have tiny wrists so it wouldnt fit anyone else but a child anyways and the extra links can only be put in by a jeweler and to buy extra cost just about as much as the watch so I hope that deters anyone from keeping it. Damn it all! I am so pissed off at myself! I hope it turns up!
24 Weeks 4 Days
We went to the OB today (well yesterday) for another u/s to look at baby's spine since the last u/s they couldn't see it well due to her position. The u/s went well! She is still measuring a week behind in dates and was again curled into a tight tiny little ball. We got a picture looking down at her head with her little feet are right up next to it! It's so cute!
She is weighing 641 gms which equals 1 lb 6.6 oz. Her head circumference is 20 cm, which is almost 8 inches. It's just amazing to hear those numbers!!
My appt with my OB was very uneventful. She came in the room said everything looked good. She does want me to get another u/s with my next appt. With my bicornated uterus we are worried the baby might run out of room in there now that she is getting bigger so we want to be sure she is growing well. More u/s's are just fine with me! I dont think I can ever get sick of those! :D
25 Weeks 4 Days
I finally got my u/s pics from last week up. A lot of them are the same as the ones I already have- a gender shot, feet, face and so on so I only added a few.
The first one is a profile shot.
and this next one shows how tightly she was curled up. This is the top of her head and feet right next to eachother! So funny!
We saw it better during the u/s then the picture shows. The pic is kinda hard to make out so I drew on it to help you be able to see. (her face hopefully isn't on top of her head!)
We started painting our nursery today (finally!) We still need to paint the bottom a cream color and add a chair rail. Hopefully we can get that done this weekend so we can put the crib together. Here's what we got going on so far.
We have our bedding already, but we went to BRU to get a gift for a friend who is having twins the other day and now they have new bedding out and I found a set that I like so much more and now I'm having buyers remorse.
This is what we have (with all the accessories)
And here is what I want now...the only problem is its a lot less stuff for a lot more money. I'm hoping once the crib is up in our painted room I will like the old bedding again. If not I guess I'l lbe exchanging it out.
I like purple way more then I like pink. I wish I wasn't so quick to buy the first set. :roll:
I know I am totally picture happy in this post, but I wanted to add my new ring too! I got a new one since my old one doesn't fit anymore. Too bad my camera sucks so you can't see it well. Still, pretty huh? Not bad for 30 bucks!
The Crib is all set up now! It looks so great! I just love it!!!
I also decided to return my bedding. The bedding I bought is on sale right now so I only returned the accessories and once the bedding is back to its original price I will return that as well. I don;t know if I will go with the purple set yet, but I feel better returning the old stuff.
I also have exciting news! My very good friend who I went through infertility with is being induced today at 8:30. I'm so EXCITED!!!! :yahoo: I'm so glad I am off the next few days so I can go visit when she is ready for guests! I cannot wait to been her little guy! Good luck Tess!! :D