Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm pregnant, not disabled

This weekend J and I were in a wedding, okay so I was in a wedding and J participated by default. My childhood friend, who also happens to be my college friend and my grad school friend, got married back home in Pennsylvania on Saturday. It was a busy weekend (it always is when we go home to visit) full of lots of fun. I'm sure J enjoyed spending time with all the ladies and listening in to our bachelorette party conversations. It was also nice having him around to kill time while waiting to walk down the aisle - i.e. Janine pokes around her belly until everyone gets a chance to see/feel J kick.
Another interesting aspect of this weekend is that I think I'm really starting to look genuinely pregnant. So much so that everyone is constantly asking me how I'm doing, if I feel okay, do I need to sit down, should I be drinking more water, etc. I was waiting for someone to bust out the wheel chair. Amazingly, I made it through the rehearsal and wedding day without tripping, fainting or going into labor. ;)

Although I must admit, that this is also the first time that I've really started to "feel" pregnant. After standing on my feet all day, in strappy heels that were slightly small, in 90 degree weather and without eating lunch I have to say I was a little worn out by evening. Lil' J, all 2.5 lbs of him, can start to get heavy after a while. And for the first time this pregnancy I got swollen feet and ankles. But I'm attributing this to the weather and shoes because today I'm back to feeling normal. Just makes me wonder how much longer I can get away with wearing heels, walking from the farthest parking lot, and dashing to my car in the rain... or doing all three at once like last week. It's getting harder and harder to ignore this kicking, squirming, growing bump but I plan on putting off the stork parking, Crocs and electric scooters for a little bit longer ... except for the foot massages, those can definitely continue (thanks honey).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

More pictures of our little man

Today we volunteered to have an ultrasound at a local community college. Basically, it's when a medical student "practices" a scan on you with an instructor. In other words, you sit through an hour of baby's legs, femurs, belly, spine, brain, liver, bladder, kidneys, etc and at the very end they give you a few minutes of 3D action.



Both the technician and instructor thanked us over and over again for such a perfect ultrasound. Apparently Lil' J was very cooperative and the images she took were of textbook quality. Both ladies confirmed that J is indeed a boy, or as the technician put it "a little man." It would seem that J is appearing somewhat large these days... The ladies also commented on his "huge thighs" and "chubby cheeks." What can I say, I feed him well.
This is J playing shy, like his Mama. He's hiding his face behind his right arm.



Dismally, J's cooperative spirit did not carry over into 3D portion of the ultrasound, thus the not-so-good pictures we have here. Despite all our jiggling and twisting, J's face remained facing back towards my spine, both his hands were in front of his face, and the umbilical cord was in front of his nose. So sadly, these were the best images we could get. They might be a little hard to figure out, I think they look better when you take a few steps back. For most of them, it's a side profile picture of the right side of his face. And no he does not have a huge nose, that's just the cord.

Our little spunk kept kicking the wand but now Mama knows exactly what all that bumping and knocking is under her right ribs, and what's been keeping me from bending forward. So we just wanted to share pictures of our beautiful son with you all, now it's off to pack for a weekend trip home to PA!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cap'ns Quarters

Our guests have left, the house is cleaned, mid-terms are over, and our plans for this weekend's guest have been canceled. So I'm suddenly left with a teeny, tiny bit of unexpected "free time." And by free time I mean an hour or so each evening after dinner and homework where my mind is free enough to start thinking about baby plans. Now that we've actually started registering, the big thing on my mind this week is the nursery. The challenge here is to turn a Coastguardman's Office/Guest Room into fun and functional baby nursery ... without removing the futon or painting the walls :(. While debating over colors and patterns, Jon and I have finally come to a happy medium - a nautical nursery. Ergo, over the next 3 months we'll be working to transform said second bedroom into a miniature Captains Quarters for lil' J.
Here is what the office/guest room currently looks like...





And here is our nursery inspiration ...




As much as I was planning to steer away from "themes" I just can't help myself with this one! After all, we do live next at the beach. Looks like a great opportunity for mom to get creative and crafty!
Unfortunately, I may have missed my energetic window of opportunity. The third trimester will be upon us next week (gasp!) and I'm already feeling a return of the familiar first-trimester symptoms of tiredness and heartburn. But it's not baby's fault. He seems to be doing well. He's moving around more than ever ... I'm just glad I don't have to run after him at this stage, I'm not sure if I could keep up with this little ball of energy. Who knew getting punched and kicked in the gut could be so much fun?!
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