Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Did that really just happen?"

I have been feeling Max move for a few weeks now, but recently his movements became a little more distinctive. Sunday night Nick and I were on our way home from dinner and I REALLY had to pee (which didn't surprise either of bladder has been on overdrive for a while now). The interesting part about it? I could feel Max either kicking or punching or elbowing my bladder. And it was definite. Before that the movements felt more like butterflies in my stomach or gas bubbles and half the time I really wasn't even sure if I was feel Max or if it really was my gut. However, THIS was definite baby movement :) Although it left me feeling uncomfortable and longing desperately for a toilet, it also made me feel like the happiest momma in the world for that moment.

Well, last night we reached yet another milestone...and I know that all you experienced moms are probably thinking "you are crazy...there is no way that happened at 21 weeks" but I am telling you, IT DID. Nick was in the shower late last night and I was sitting quietly admiring our Christmas tree that we had just finished putting up. And...I felt Max kick or move or whatever you want to call it. But it felt different this time. I put my hands on the spot I had felt it, and YOU COULD FEEL IT FROM THE OUTSIDE. Again, I did not believe it. I thought I was feeling my pulse or a weird gas bubble. But then I realized that there was no pattern to the movement I was feeling, and also realized it was definitely not a gas bubble. IT WAS MY BABY.

I have desperately longed for this moment for a while now. I have wanted to be able to share the joy of feeling our little tiny baby move with my husband since before I had even felt those first little flutters. So I freaked out a say the least. I was yelling for Nick and saying he had to come there NOW and he thought something was wrong. Of course by the time he got out of the shower and had come into the living room sneaky little Max had quit kicking around. BUT I am sure that sometime in the very near future I will be seeing the look on Nick's face when he first feels those movements. Of course now that Nick is at work Max is having a little party in there :) I have never felt more joyous in my entire life. I'm sure that many more moments will outweigh this one in the future, but the love that I feel for Max and our little family is currently enormous and I am so happy and thankful. I already love being a mother :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Half-way there, names, and life :)

I simply cannot believe that 20 weeks is already here! I am now a little more than half-way to our sweet baby boy, and I am sure he will be here before we know it. I feel like he is getting bigger every day consequently so am well as my appetite! many of you already know, we have picked a name for our sweet little one :) I just have to tell you how this name came about:

...probably a month ago or more, I was having very vivid dreams every night (and still am!). These particular dreams were about the baby after birth and our lives together as a family (common during pregnancy, I know...since all that I can think about is babybabybaby). I NEVER had a dream that we had a girl. It was always a boy, always the same baby, always the same name. I dreamed about him at least 5 nights in a row. And ever since I have not been able to get his name out of my head! Luckily, hubby likes it too :) His name, you ask? Max. Not Maximillion, Maximus, Maxwell, or any of those. Just Max. I am already so very in love.

In other seems like our lives are so busy these days! With the Holiday season almost officially upon us, we have something going on all the time, and I could not be happier about it. Thanksgiving and Christmas are by far my favorite holidays because of the time I get to spend with those I care about the most. I have started crocheting Christmas presents like crazy already (I would so much rather give you a handmade gift than something store-bought), and pretty soon we will start decorating our little house for our first Christmas as a married couple. This Saturday kicks off the Thanksgiving celebrations for us with a potluck dinner at my parents' house with all my wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents from my mom's side of the family, and I can't wait to see everyone :) This is sure to be an amazing end to a completely wonderful year!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Baby projects!

I LOVE to crochet...and this morning I completed my first baby project for our little one :)

Yep, it is a bootie for Baby Brown :) I thought booties were supposed to be hard, but I knocked this one out in abut 45 minutes! I still have the other one to make (of course) but hopefully it will be complete in the next hour. Who knows if they will actually ever fit him or be useful, but I love them anyway :)

PS to those of you who are probably already wondering about baby names...we are pretty sure what he will be called. I have already started referring to him by his name actually, but I am just not quite ready to announce it all over the internet! I have almost let it slip on here several times already and it is a hard secret to keep, so I am sure you will all know VERY soon!

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's a...


Today was the day :) Our ultrasound was such an awesome experience and I LOVED getting to see HIM move around and know that all his little body parts are there and working. He has 10 fingers and 10 toes and his heart has 4 chamber (normal for you non-medical folks) and everything was perfect.

The only abnormal thing (which is apparently pretty common) is that the umbilical cord has 3 parts instead of 2. This just means they have to watch the baby more closely to make sure he is on track in the growth department, so we will be seeing a lot of him over the next few months on the ultrasounds! This also means that I will most likely have to be induced at 39 weeks or I suppose we will be meeting our sweet baby boy around the end of March :) BUT no worries...Dr. Taavon assured me that everything is going to be fine and that I have no reason to worry any "extra." Just PLEASE pray for us that he is right and pray for me to NOT worry about this! Even though he says not to, of course I am (I worry about everything).

I am working on getting the ultrasound pictures up on here...but without a scanner all I can do is take a picture of the picture (on my phone...still no camera charger!) and upload it, so this will have to do for now! We just love him to death already!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The countdown

Never in my life did I think I would be SO anxious and excited about having an ultrasound. Seriously. I thought I would just go with the flow and let things happen as they happen! Yea right...we now have 4 days left until our ultrasound appointment where we will hopefully find out if we are having a boy or a girl. AND. I. CAN'T. WAIT!

Of course this week is crawling by, even though I am working every day and have things to do to keep me busy. When I first found out I was pregnant I wasn't even sure I wanted to know the sex of the baby before he or she was born. I thought it might be kind of cool to keep it a surprise. But then when we started looking at baby stuff at Babies R Us and Target we quickly realized that NOTHING is unisex anymore. At this point I am also about to lose my mind calling my baby "it" instead of "him" or "her"...and it will also drastically help us in the name department.

To all of you who didn't know ahead of time...I just don't know how you did it!

Also...please be thinking of us on Monday and praying that everything will go smoothly. Even though I am as excited as I could possibly be, that little bit of worry is still in the back of my mind.