Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ultrasound Results

So, the baby is officially a boy, with 90% certainty from the ultrasound technician. She said she would have given it higher percentage than that if he would have stopped crossing his legs. So we can finally start buying boy clothes and pick out the nursery colors and everything else. We are SOOOOO excited! Paul is so proud to have a son and a soon-to-be play buddy. He will probably be the world's youngest wrestler, so I hope he's preparing now... ;)

At the appointment today the technician explained where all the body parts were, and he was quite active for most of the time. He kept his legs crossed for awhile, until I guess he thought it was time to let us know. In one of the ultrasound pics there's proof, in the upper right one, there's an arrow pointing down and it says "male". It's a little hard to see though. The technician, Jill, let us know that he has 5 fingers on each hand, his heart has the 4 chambers and looks good, and we could see his little heart beating! His heart beat at 150 bpm was good and we got to see his spine, ribs, stomach (which was full) and bladder (also full at the beginning, but throughout the ultrasound it emptied and filled back up again, along with his stomach). He even had the hiccups, which we could see. Everything looks good, which makes us very happy! It looks like my due date is officially January 2nd, so I'm about 16 weeks along, so not as far as I thought.

It was so precious to see him moving and just to actually SEE him was awesome! I can't even describe it. I really can't wait to meet him. Throughout the pregnancy, Paul and I knew we wanted a boy, but would be fine with a girl. And I really didn't feel like I was having either one necessarily until 1-2 weeks ago, when I just knew that we weren't having a girl. I just didn't feel like there was a girl inside me. So I was just waiting for her to tell us it was a boy. It was a great day and it was really cool to have Paul there, and my sister too. I know she thought it was way cool to see. So, just a really great day!

P.S. Be sure to click on the picture to see the full view, hope it helps...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Okay, so this is what pregnancy feels like...

So I'm about 17 weeks along, and in my second trimester now. I feel like a lot of things have happened in the last few weeks. The first trimester was pretty much a breeze for me; except for being tired a lot the week before we found out I was indeed pregnant, everything had been somewhat normal. I still had quite a bit of energy every day and didn't get nauseous or sick at all.....

The aches and pains started 2-3 wks. ago; waking up with back aches and a full bladder every night, pains in my stomach, which I know is my body stretching and making room for this new life. I have to say I'm not complaining because I was getting worried not feeling anything in the first trimester. I would find myself at work thinking, 'Just give me a little pain, just a little'. Trust me, I'm no masochist, but I just wanted some assurance that something was happening in my body, that I felt should feel very different from the start. If I had any doubts before, I definitely know with surety now that there is a baby inside me.

I've gotten nauseous only a handful of times, but luckily haven't had to throw up, and the feeling doesn't last very long. But I'm really nervous with my backaches since I really am barely showing, and it's only going to get better, right? :(

Oh, and to add the physical changes, there have certainly been emotional ones as well. I can go from happy to mad in...well, I'm sure Paul could tell you, in just about no time. Then I start crying and it's over; I'm gone!! Well, quick story, we went to Chicago over the 4th, and I left our brand new (3 mo. old) digital camera on a bench in a parking garage. Needless to say 30 mins. after we'd left and I figured this out, it was gone. I freaked! I would have pre-pregnancy, but I really did in pregnancy! Well, at least that was understandable... (Paul duly noted that he holds/keeps track of anything of value while I'm pregnant, again, understandable). Paul's the best husband and made me feel better about it!!

But I do have to say that I don't take for granted one minute that I'm pregnant. I truly do realize how lucky I am to be having a baby, and that I will go through anything for this little one. I'm so happy to be given such a wonderful blessing! We're so happy!

So, this Tuesday the 15th we have our 2nd prenatal appt. with the Dr. They'll check my blood pressure, weight, the baby's heartbeat, etc. and make sure everything looks good. Then if baby wants to cooperate we'll find out if we're having a boy or a girl!! The ultrasound is a week after the prenatal appt., the 22nd. Can't wait to find out! :D

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Testing, testing

Hello everyone! Paul and I decided to start a blog to share any thoughts, pictures, updates from doctor's visits, and anything else related to baby and anything else we can think of. Hopefully we won't bore you too bad...

One thing to mention that happened today; Paul brought to my attention that my belly button is starting to poke out a little bit..it's not such an innie anymore. That kind of freaks me out, but for the most part I am loving seeing my belly grow. Right now I definitely look more chubby in that region than anything, so I'll be very happy to see it grow to the point of no confusion over chubby vs. pregnant.

Oh, and Paul, me, and my sister Marie are going to Chicago on the 4th for 1 night only. We'll see fireworks, eat tons of good food (at Tastes of Chicago food festival) and generally have a good time! ;)