Thursday, December 31, 2009
We had a doctor's appointment this morning and I just love getting to hear her heartbeat. Even though I feel her squirming around all day long it is just such a sweet sound to hear that rhythmic pulse. I do get hours of entertainment from watching my tummy move these days...it will poke out quickly in one place and then bulge out later in other place where she is settling in. I'm thankful that in all the moving and shaking she has migrated off the sciatic nerve...that was some make-you-stop-in-your-tracks-and-hold-your-breath kind of pain for a couple days.
We wonder what Deacon thinks is going on as I'm starting to take up more and more space on the couch and in the bed. He probably thinks I've really let myself go. He had his head on my tummy the other evening on the couch and the baby definitely kicked him so maybe he suspects something is up! :)
Here's the latest bump shot at 27 weeks. Man, my hair is getting long.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve. We are so looking forward to 2010 and welcoming our daughter in to the world!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I already feel like my belly is HUGE...I can't even fathom what 40 weeks might look like! At our 23 week appointment, the doctor said she is measuring in the 70th percentile sizewise so she's bigger than your average babe. I hope she doesn't take after her 8lb+ mother when she's born! :)
She moves around quite a bit these days which is always fun...well except for the occasional swift kick to the ribs from the inside...that I could probably do without!
I'm still so blessed to be feeling really well and just am loving every minute of this miracle! I've noticed it is getting a little harder to bend down and/or get out of bed or up off the couch...I feel like I kind of flounder around like a turtle on its back and can only imagine how much harder that will get the bigger the belly grows!
Monday, December 14, 2009
I captured his opening of his present on our new Flip video camera...and if my voice didn't sound like I was the one turning 2 I just might try to figure out how to upload it here. He got a hedgehog toy that was stuffed with 16 individual squeakers. Yeah, there was a reason it was so drastically on sale months ago when I picked it up...no one else is foolish enough to give their dog such a torturous device! Thankfully, he took it relatively easy on us squeaker wise.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Pock was named such because when I was a little girl I couldn't say "Pop" and it always came out "Pock." For better or worse, it stuck and all his grandkids called him Pock thereafter since I was the first!
Pock was such a hardworking, strong man...the kind that always made you feel safe. He loved his family and worked all his life to provide for them. My Nana was just as sweet as could be...such a wonderful Christian woman. She didn't have a negative bone in her body and was such a great encourager. We were fortunate to get to see them often when we were growing up and I will never forget just how overjoyed they were every time we came to visit. They really loved us so well!
In the past several years since going off to college, moving out of state and getting married it was harder and harder to make it up to visit them. But this past year I had an overwhelming sense that I needed to go see them and so we did over mother's day weekend. Just a couple of weeks later my Pock's health really started to deteriorate and he was in and out of the hospital for the rest of his life. I'm so grateful God laid it on my heart to go and spend time with them at that particular time. He was the picture of health then and we had such a nice time visiting. I'll always be thankful for those last memories.
Pock passed away 7 weeks ago and his darling bride wasn't far behind him when she passed away this week. God is so good to not have kept them apart for long! My Nana was afflicted with Alzheimers and the past 6 years she was in a steady decline. In some ways we feel like we had to say goodbye to her years ago when we were last able to have conversations with her. It just makes my heart overflow to think that she is in Heaven now, fully restored and able to talk and spend time (eternity!) with my Pock. He must be so thrilled to have the wife of his youth restored!
Grandparents are such a blessing and I know our little girl is going to be so blessed by her 4 wonderful grandparents. (Not to mentioned spoiled beyond belief since she's the first grandchild on both sides!) I wonder what hilarious names she'll saddle them with before too long! :)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I feel her moving around a lot now which is just so cool. I read somewhere that she's likely sleeping 12-14 hours a day just like a newborn...but it sure doesn't feel like she's sleeping that much!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We got to hear the heartbeat again today at 156 precious beats per minute! I could just lay there and listen to that all day...but the other OB patients might not appreciate that so much! So the old wives' tales would say that fast heartbeat is a little girl...we'll know for sure in 2 more weeks! I just can't wait to buy something that is pink or blue! So fun that we'll know in time for Thanksgiving when we'll be spending time with family too! I'm hoping that finding out the gender will help us get a bit more serious about baby names too...some of Jake's suggestions have been absolutely hilarious. I'm not going to post them in here in case some of you leave comments that you like them because that will just fuel his fire!
I've started to feel the baby move (I think)! It isn't really a flutter like I've heard people describe it but feels more like a bubble popping. But I've been feeling it a couple times a day for the past week and I can't think of anything else it could be so it must be our little acrobat!
I think I've run out of sentences I can finish with exclamation points! :) Look for a pink or blue announcement in a couple weeks! Any guesses before then?? (Thanks to Kara's suggestion I added a poll on the right hand side of the page!)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's Deacon's 15 weeks shot. He has to be wherever we are and sits right by me for the weekly belly pics so we figured we'd let him be in on the action. He smiled big for the camera in this one! He has no idea what he is in for in April! :)
I did have my first dream where I actually had the baby in my arms just 2 nights ago. It was just the cutest little boy imagineable! :) But it was a little distressing because I'm not sure what his name was...some people were calling him Conner which is nice but other people were calling him Isis which I'm pretty sure isn't even a name. Also featured in this particular dream, was a fish tank which we don't own...and one fish that was able to float right out of the tank and survive somehow just floating around up by the ceiling. It really stressed me out to have a fish floating around the house.
Friday, October 2, 2009
In my favorite dream so far, Jake and I were operating an animal rescue out of our backyard. For those of you that have seen the jungle that is our backyard, it had been totally revamped and looked like a nice habitat you'd find in a zoo or something. Anyway, we were running the rescue for yellow labs, golden retrievers and....one giant male LION. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how hard it is to find a good home for a lion (not to mention the worry he was going to eat your other animals).
In a more recent one, I decided to get 2 tattoos. Because why not? One on each forearm so there was no covering them up. The one on my left arm was my name...but unfortunately it was spelled wrong ("Cihristie"...don't know how that extra I got in there). The one on my right arm was Minnie Mouse. Gorgeous. Have to admit I was relieved when I woke up ink-free from that one.
I wonder what it is about pregnancy that causes strange and incredibly vivid dreams! Those must be some strong hormones!!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Overall, I've felt really well so far with just a bit of nausea that was worse in the evenings (what a blessing since I have to get up and get to work in the mornings!) and a general aversion to food (which those of you that check my food blog have likely noticed since I've posted about 3 times since becoming pregnant).
And don't worry about our four-legged baby...We're getting Deacon used to the idea that he'll have company before too long...he proudly sports his "I'm the Big Brother" collar! :)