Thursday, December 11, 2008

Go Elf Yourself!!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hello 2nd Trimester!!

Welcome week 13!!  I'm excited to be entering my second trimester.  I'm especially looking forward to all of the wonderful changes my body will endure because my hormones will go through the roof.  For instance, the long lush hair, the never ending finger nails, the perfect skin!!  My belly has decided to say hello to the world.  It may not be very obvious to those around me, but trust me, it's there.  My pants are still fitting fine because I am carrying so high, but my shirts are a little snug in the you-know-where region.  If anyone knows of any good maternity buys  let me know.  I'm willing to try anything once.  

In other news, I discovered yesterday that one of my best friends (and teammates) from high school is also expecting.  Funny thing, we're due a week apart.  Not to mention, another one of my dear high school friends is due in about a month or so.  I chatted with her for a while yesterday.  She had some wonderful tips considering our body types are very similar.  She's due in a month and hasn't had to wear maternity pants because of how she's carrying.  What a lucky gal.  Keep your fingers crossed that the same happens for me.  Congrats to Ryanne and continued good health to Val!!  

I'm off to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I can't get enough of them.  Crazy cravings! :) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

12 Weeks and Building a Boat!!

We had our second appointment today with our OBGYN.  Long morning and lots of odds and ends to finish up.  We couldn't be happier with the service at UIHC.  Everyone is so courteous and personable.  We feel very comfortable with everyone around us, from our ultrasound tech to our OBGYN.  After the paperwork, initial exam (I'm right where I need to be) and a chit chat with our physician Den and I were able to take a peek at this little person.  At first he/she was quiet, no movement.  Right as I was getting a little concerned he/she started jumping around, doing squats, rolling over (apparently he/she got a little camera shy and turned its face from us) and as Dennis likes to say our kid was "building a boat".  Everything looks absolutely perfect!!  We got the all clear on some birth defects and developmental issues every parent worries about.  The heart was just as strong as our first visit, down to 154 bmp (174 bmp at 8 weeks) which is just where it needs to be at the moment.  Our due date is officially June 16th, and will be here before we know it.  

The good news is no more morning sickness and I have a full appetite.  My belly has popped just a little bit more and is getting firmer every day it seems.  Payton is keeping me up on the exercise portion of this adventure.  We take a walk every day and I think he is thoroughly enjoying the snow now that it is here with full force.  

I just want to take a second to thank everyone for their unconditional love and support.  We are very blessed to have such great friends and family, we couldn't do it without you.  And last but not least, I want to thank Den.  He's so supportive and has been nothing but helpful with every detail of this pregnancy, this baby and I are incredibly lucky to have him in our lives.  

Our next appointment is in four weeks, just a routine check-up.  Hope to see everyone around Christmas.  Happy Holidays from Baby B!  

We got a series of pictures, all profile shots, this being the clearest.   You can make out all facial features (including an open mouth) 
and his/her long, skinny legs.  One arm is up behind its head and the other across its chest (so they were difficult to see).  
He/she has a big bald head just like Den!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Introducing Baby B!!

Here he/she is!  Baby B and I had our first appointment on November 3rd, it turned out to be the most amazing day of my life.  Because of my health issues my OBGYN wanted to get me in asap to have some standard testing done such as blood work and the first ultrasound.  Everything turned up peaches.  I will absolutely never forget seeing this little peanut jumping up and down and "waving" at me.  The site of his/her strong heart (176 bmp) and firing brain put my heart at ease.  The tech said that the baby is developmentally on schedule, if not a little ahead, for how far along I am (at the time 8 weeks).  He/she is coming in at just over an inch long and you can make out his/her tiny fingers and toes, eyes, nose, mouth arms and legs. Dennis and I are extremely lucky to have such a healthy little nugget.  Not to mention, the morning sickness is just now starting to subside.  The doctor made a couple of suggestions and lucky for me they worked.  Our next appointment is December 3rd and we'll get the rest of the tests out of the way.  As of today I am ten weeks along (on schedule with the NFL for all you football fans) and anxious to get into the second trimester.   

Take a peek at Baby B!!

First view of Baby B!

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