Thursday, December 31, 2009

Third Trimester?!?

So I'm sitting just 1 day away from entering into the third trimester...and wondering how on earth I got this far along already! Seriously, people, childbirth classes start next Tuesday! I'm starting to realize I'm going to actually have this sweet baby girl in just a few months...we probably should get cracking on the nursery...

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

Santa Baby

Couldn't resist the urge to accessorize Baby Girl's ultrasound pic for the holidays!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Baby Bump is Growing...

Here's my 24 week baby bump picture and you can definitely tell I'm pregnant now! I started getting comments from strangers about week 22 but they still kind of surprise me!



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

Deacon Turns Two!

Our furbaby, Deacon, turned 2 this past Thursday so of course we had to do it up and celebrate such a milestone! This time last year he was recovering from major hip surgery so it was fun to be able to celebrate sans tranquilizers and pain pills this year!:)
Here are some pics of the festivities...He was hungry for dinner here and unamused at my taking his picture.


This was as far away from the turkey that he ever got while I was preparing his dinner (a Rachael Ray pet friendly meal--it was a sort of pot pie with turkey, gravy and veggies).


Again, looking awfully impatient waiting for me to tell him it was ok to dig in!


Must have been good considering he licked the bowl clean.


And then on to dessert!! A "pup"cake from his favorite dog bakery. He always starts by licking the frosting off...can't say that I blame him.



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.

Can't wait for his 3rd birthday when we'll have another little family member to wear a party hat!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Gift of Grandparents

In the span of the past 7 weeks, I said goodbye to my sweet grandfather and adorable grandmother (Pock and Nana as we called them). And it's just had me thinking about how blessed I am to have enjoyed those relationships for 29 years.

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

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

...to be pregnant! Seriously, elastic waistbanded maternity pants were made for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Plus, I never get that uncomfortably full feeling anymore no matter what I eat which is pretty much the best thing ever. Third helping of sweet potatoes? Don't mind if I do!


Baby Girl is the size of a spaghetti squash now and has hit the 1lb mark! Apparently she'll double in weight over the next 4 weeks to a whopping 2lbs! :) I can feel her moving around lots now, especially after meals. And Jake got to feel a big kick last night which was really cute. You can actually see my belly moving now when she kicks and does her river dancing or whatever it is she's doing in there.


I can't believe this time next year we'll have a little girl to celebrate the holiday season with us!


Here's a belly bump picture from 21 weeks (it's from my iphone so not the greatest quality). I'm 23 weeks tomorrow...we took a 22 week picture this morning but I thought I looked kind of grumpy (and this is my blog so I can post whatever pictures I want)...probably because all the turkey leftovers are gone. :)


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

First Kicks!

Jake got to feel our little girl move for the first time last night! I've been feeling little movements for a couple weeks now and was just so excited for him to finally be able to feel it too! She gave 2 tiny little kicks against his hand! It is just the most amazing feeling!

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

It's A....

GIRL!



Baby Girl Stump is on her way!! We are so excited to be expecting a daughter and just can't wait to meet her! The entire ultrasound was an amazing experience. It took about an hour to get all the pictures...baby girl was rather shy in letting us get a pic of her adorable profile. My favorite part of the ultrasound besides seeing that cute profile was seeing the itty bitty hands with teeny tiny fingers! She was moving around so much and it was just amazing to watch! It's amazing the detail you can see...she even yawned at one point! It's tough being 20 weeks old I guess! :) Jake and I both found out we kept holding our breath during the hour long ultrasound! She looks just perfect!


She's grown so much since we last saw her at 9 weeks...from looking like a tiny snowman to a perfect little baby! The ultrasound estimated she weighs around 11 ounces and is growing right on schedule since our due date remains unchanged.


So now the fun of buying things that are perfectly pink begins! I'm pretty sure she already has Jake wrapped around her little finger...he already said something about having to buy a pony. Deacon ought to love that too!


I just love knowing what we are expecting and being able to talk about "her" now. I can't wait to get her nursery all ready and have found that I am completely unable to resist buying adorable little girl clothes!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Baby Bump!

I had Jake snap this picture before I left for Bible study last night because I felt like I actually looked pregnant...and not just chubby which has been a not so fun stage. Hopefully you agree...or the comments could get really awkward. I'm starting week 19 today!

Per the usual, Deacon snuck into the picture just in time too....

1 week and 1 day til we find out if it's a boy or a girl...but who's counting?!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Totally in love

Today was our 18 week appointment!! I can't believe we're just 2 weeks away from the halfway point. It is definitely going along a lot faster now...I'm pretty sure time stopped somewhere between 4 weeks and 6 weeks because that felt like an eternity!

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

15 weeks

We just got back from a fabulous trip to the beach for a nice long weekend. It is still hard for me to believe I was laying out on the beach in mid-October even though I've lived in Florida for 3 years! I should be used to this by now! While I felt like I was definitely starting to have a baby bump in my bikini, the 15 week belly watch picture shown below makes me wonder...I think I see the slightest little bump but I'm afraid it might be wishful thinking! I wake up every morning and check to see if I look pregnant yet...I've been reassured by friends that I will look and feel pregnant for long enough and should just enjoy every minute of it!

While at the beach, I did my best to work on the doctor mandated 4lb weight gain. Hopefully the ice cream cones and dinner at a Japanese steakhouse and one of our favorite Mexican restaurants did their job!

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

Dreams

I've been fortunate to experience very few of the not so pleasant pregnancy symptoms so far. I have, however, been having some hilariously strange dreams. You may have thought from the title of this post that I'd be offering up some of our hopes and dreams for our future child here...instead you're going to get a taste of the crazy that has been going on in my head at night! Way more fun, right?

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

We're Expecting!!

We are thrilled to share the news that we are expecting our first child!! Little one is due to arrive on April 6, 2010 making me around 14 weeks! We are excited beyond words and feel so incredibly blessed. We're so thankful for family and friends that are able to share our joy...it makes this amazing time in our lives that much sweeter!


I've loved reading the baby blogs of friends and hope to create my own here. The foodie blog and cupcake blog might suffer but I'm thinking it will be worth it! :)



Here's our baby's very first picture taken at 9 weeks (isn't he/she the cutest?!). Measuring just 2.4cm (about the size of an olive), I think it is amazing that we could see the little arms and legs! Baby was quite active during the ultrasound and it was so incredible to see all that wriggling around. We could also see the heartbeat at that point but had to wait until today to hear the heartbeat for the first time. In just 4 weeks, the baby has grown from 2.4 cm to 3 inches...or from an olive to a lemon!



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! :)