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Sorry for the suspense.  The camera containing the pics from Saturday night was MIA for a couple of days – ha.  Preggo brain!

Anyway….here it is….

BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cutting into that cake and pulling out a blue-iced knife was one of the most thrilling moments of my life.  It was so special to get to share that event with our families.

Now that we know we will be welcoming a little boy into the world in just a few short months, I’m so thrilled to begin all the fun preparations.  We’ve ordered this beautiful set of furniture for the nursery that would should be picking up sometime this week:

Babi Italia Hamilton Convertible Crib - Chocolate - Babi Italia  - Babies"R"Us
The next task ahead is finding baby boy bedding, which so far has been a challenge for me.  I just can’t wait to get the little man’s room all ready for him!!
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It’s a……

??

How’s that for an answer!  Ha!  Just merely trying to give you the feeling of suspense I had for the couple of days before we found out 🙂  Instead of finding out the sex during our ultrasound on Thursday, we made a last minute decision to have the tech write down the gender and put it in an envelope.  We promptly delivered the envelope to our local baker and asked him to make a cake containing either blue or pink icing.

We then invited both our families over on Saturday for dinner so that we could all partake in the experience!!  While I do know the sex as of now, I’d like to post the results with pics so details to follow later today! 🙂

Dear Baby…

I started crocheting you a blanket this weekend.  It has been a long time since I have crocheted.  I have learned two things: 1) I only know one crochet stitch; and 2) I don’t know that one very well!!  The blanket may not be perfect, but you are.  This is the first thing that I’ve really done for you.  Every time I work on this little blanket, I daydream about the day I will meet you and the many times I will wrap you up in my little labor of love.  I picture your beautiful face resting in the soft comfort of what I have made for you.

Even though I may not be perfect, and the things I do may not be perfect, my love for you is endless.  In 4 1/2 months you will arrive and I cannot wait to begin sharing our wonderful family with you.  But in the meantime, I will have my daydreams.

Love,

Mommy

15 weeks

Ok, not quite.  But tomorrow will officially be 15 weeks.  And boy, have I really popped.  There is no hiding this belly.  Now, maybe it’s the fact that I’m in a maternity dress in this pic, but man, I look way more than 14w4d here:

14w4d

That said, I love it! 🙂  I’m actually starting to “feel” pregnant.  And there’s certainly no denying it when I look in the mirror.  Or the scale.  So far, I’m up about 10 pounds or so – and that’s with eating pretty healthy and walking 3-4 times a week.  I sure hope I can keep that up or I’ll be a cow pretty soon!!

I broke down and finally went maternity clothes shopping this past weekend and I’m glad I did.  As you can probably see, there’s no way I’m getting my butt into regular clothes these days.  I can still get away with some of my sweats and yoga pants, but mostly, I’m in maternity clothes or dresses full time.   But this weekend, I hit the mother-load at Motherhood!!  I got some really great stuff for pretty decent prices.  The dress in the pic was a Motherhood find on the clearance rack for about $15.

So all is well and progressing just fine.  I do want to give a huge shout-out to fellow blogger The Road To Motherhood.  Please stop over and congratulate her on her pregnancy!!  She, like me, struggled with infertility but is now on her path to parenthood.  I wish all the best!

13 weeks!!

Oy!  I knew I was going to be a bad blogger – lol.  I’ve been lax on the posting.  I’m just so dang tired when I get home.  Even going to the grocery store wears me out enough to require a nap afterwards.

But all in all, quiet at this point is a good thing.  I can’t believe I’m starting the second tri already – whew!  My nausea has pretty much subsided, though I have found that if I get too hungry or tired, it starts up again so I just have to watch that and make sure I’m eating every couple of hours.

We had our latest appointment this past Monday at 12w3d which included our NT scan.  From what the doc could see, all looks good, but we are still awaiting the results of my bloodwork for official word.  The u/s this week was absolutely amazing!!  He/she actually looks like a baby now.  The blob has morphed!  She was moving all over the place and bouncing around during the u/s.  At one point, she even threw up a hand and we could see all the little outstretched fingers.  I’m in LOVE! 🙂

I can’t wait to get the NT results back for true relief, but I was pretty encouraged by the doc’s comments.  I was so worried about this test.  Of course, now I’ve got my eyes on the 20 week u/s – yet another thing to be worried about!

But in the meantime, I’m beginning the daunting task of trying to learn about all things baby.  I’ve bought Baby Bargains, as recommended by some good friends.  It really is a great resource and huge help, especially to a first timer.

I promise to update again soon – and I have to catch up on all of my blogger friends posts too.  For now, I leave you with this…

12w3d!!

Ok, so here they finally are.  The first pics of our little one!!

From blueberry:

6 Week u/s

To blob:

7w5d u/s

At our first 6 week u/s the baby’s heartbeat was 109bpm.  By 7w5d, it was up to a strong 169bpm!!!  We even got to hear it.  It was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

Tomorrow I have my last appointment with my RE and then I graduate to my regular OB!!  I can’t wait to see my LO again!!

I love food.  Really.  But as much as I have always loved food and delighted in the first bite of a wonderful dish at a new restaurant, I have never known satisfaction like this.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, has ever tasted better than fulfilling a craving when your pregnant.  Very close to my starvation  point this afternoon (caused by inability to decide what I could/wanted to eat), it finally hit me.  A BLT.  Had to have it.  So I got it.  Sweet elixir of life!!  The BLT!!  It was the best tasting BLT of my life.

Of course, after nearly finishing it, I could no longer stand the sight of it, but that’s besides the point.  The first few moments with my BLT were heaven on earth.

Short of those few moments of food bliss, mostly I’m in a state of food confusion.  I don’t know what I want to eat.  Nothing is appealing.  I feel nauseous most of the day.  The rare moments when I don’t feel nauseous, I realize how starved I am and scarf down um…say, a BLT sandwich and then realize what a mistake scarfing is.  But I digress.

I will say that it helps to stick to lots of little snacking all day long.  Right now, all I want is fruit and cheese.  Meat is pretty much off the table (I do not count bacon as real meat) and chicken must stay further than 100 yards from my mouth.  Though I will say I did enjoy the heck out of a hot dog at Yankee stadium yesterday.  Surprisingly, that was delish!

Speaking of the stadium, I had a message displayed yesterday on the centerfield scoreboard at the stadium wishing my hubby and I a Happy Anniversary (today is our 7th!).  What a cool thing to see your names up there.  He was pretty psyched about it too.

So I know I’ve been a bit of a slacker-poster lately and that’s mostly because by the time I get home at night, I don’t want to do anything that even resembles work.  And that includes turning on my home computer.  I still need to post my ultrasound pics. 

We have another appt on Wednesday at 7w5d, so I will probably just post both sets of pics then (assuming I don’t fall asleep at my keyboard).  Wish me luck!  Hope to see my little blueberry again in a couple days 🙂