Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A year in review

I can not believe that tomorrow is January 1, 2009. That means that when people ask when I am due, I can say next month! Holy cow!!

2008 has been a year for Stephen and me.

January and February were stressful trying to finish things up for the wedding. March we got married and went to Jamaica. April was relatively calm except for Stephen’s jaunt to Miami for a weekend bachelor party. May we had PEVA’s wedding and went to see Cirque du Solel. June we found out we were expecting “Chickpea.” July we went to Rochester for a weekend wedding. In August Stephen started the big project of remodeling the basement. In September it was determined that “Chickpea” is not that cooperative (she is like her father!!) October we seemed to be super busy going here, there and everywhere. And we learned that “Chickpea” is a “She-pea!” November we took a baby moon to Rehoboth and began working on the nursery. December has gone quickly! We are near finished the nursery and basement projects and what little free time we have we try and spend with family and friends.

We want to thank all of our family and friends for everything they have done for us over the last year. Getting married and having a baby within a year is a lot and with out the love and understanding of everyone, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the things we have.

It is our hope that 2009 will be a wonderful year for everyone, full of happiness and love.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sleep

or lack there of.

Yes, it is 4:30 in the morning and yes, I am blogging. I have watched the clock change for the last 30 minutes and finally decided it is time to get up.

(In case you were wondering, the clock on the cable box changes about 6 seconds ahead of the other clock in the bedroom)

I just had some juice and 3 chocolate chip cookies. I could have eaten a lot more but I am trying to restrain myself. In case you didn't notice from the pictures below, I've put on some weight.

Oh and "Chickpea" has decided to have a little dance party in my belly and she forgot to invite me. Maybe that is why I am so awake. This is her way of preparing me for what is to come.

I also have a lot on my mind. Things I need to do today, tomorrow, the rest of the week and before "Chickpea" arrives. Stephen asked me yesterday if my nesting was kicking in as I was arranging things in the little one's drawers. I said maybe, I don't know for sure. I am sure though, that I will re-arrange the drawers 10 more times between now and mid-February.

Alright, well I guess I will get in the shower and head to work. The good part of this is, the earlier I go in, the earlier I am done for the day.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your nights sleep! :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

33 Weeks!

I hope that everyone had a great holiday. As you can see from the ever expanding belly, we did!

Monday, December 22, 2008

32 Weeks!

I can not believe how fast this is going. Well sometimes I feel like I have been pregnant forever but most of the time I can't believe time is flying.

According to babycenter.com "Chickpea" weighs as much as a large jicama-- about 3 3/4pounds. (Length: about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel.)

Here is this weeks picture. I feel like each week the picture gets worse and worse. Maybe I shouldn't wait until right before I go to bed to take the picture!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nursery Progress Part 2

Here are some updated pictures of the nursery.
There is still a little to do. Mostly just finding homes for things
and hanging things on the walls.
Yes, that is a full hamper and she's not even here yet!!


And what is a good picture without Morgan?!

I'll take full room pictures when it is all done.
Patience my friends :)

Monkeys!

Here are some pics of our near finished second bath!


I love it!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rock On!

Baby Girl got a lot of great things from a lot of great people
but this is by far one of my most favorit things!!
Thank you Chey and Parker :)

A lot of love!

A girl can never have enough clothes!
She may out grow this closet sooner
then we think!

Nursery Progress

In the beginning...
A little further along...
The new paint color (it isn't that pink in person)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Surprise!

It’s been a while since I have really given progress/status update. Lately it’s been a little complaining about this, that and the other thing. So here goes.

Sunday marked the start of week 30. Yes, I said week 30! I can’t not believe that in give or take 10 weeks I will be holding my little “Chickpea!” If there isn’t any movement from the breach position, then it may be early. My weekly email says that “Chickpea” should be over 14 inches long and weighs approximately 3 pounds. I guess the other 22 pounds (give or take) that I’ve gained are all French fries!

Stephen and I were fortunate enough to have someone do something very nice for us. A “friend” of a “friend” who happens to be an ultrasound tech offered to take a look at the little one a few weeks back. (Ok, so maybe it was in October) Well, I can say that we do not have the most cooperative child. (I think “Chickpea” takes after Stephen!) After a can of coke, some chocolate chip pancakes and 45 minutes of poking and prodding, “Chickpea” was kind enough to show us what we were all so anxious to see. And what is that you might ask, well 3 little lines indicating that she is in fact a “She-pea.” We didn’t go completely public with the information right away because we wanted to keep it a bit of a surprise.

So now I don't have to delete when I accidentally type she or her! :)

We are both very excited to being having a little girl. Neither of us really expressed to one another a preference for one or the other, we just want a healthy baby.

Well now that the secret is out, I will post pictures of the nursery for all to see. And I promise to post a recent belly picture too, Karen!! :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Already?

Done. I’m there and I can’t believe it. I had been told I would get to this point I just didn’t expect it to be so soon.

Done what exactly, you ask?

With being pregnant. I am ready to hold “Chickpea” and I am ready to bond as a family.

I am done with the swollen ankles/feet/hands. I am done with the Braxton Hicks contractions that have been plaguing me for the last week. I am done with the sleepless nights. I am done with the waddling. And I am done with the 12 8oz glasses of “liquid” a day (which is near impossible if you ask me!)

There are many other things that I am “done” with but this could turn into a very long blog!

I know I know. Once I hold “Chickpea” for the first time I will forget all of the things I disliked about being pregnant. And I doubt it will stop me from wanting to be pregnant again. But for now, today, I am done!

Vent over :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Morgy at the beach





Stephen thought it would be cute to take a belly picture on the beach


A little snow on the dunes

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tater tots!

On our way home from Rehoboth Stephen and I paid our first visit to Sonic. I think that is my new favorite fast food place. Too bad there isn't any around us. I am in love with their tater tots! Morgy liked them too but I think she is still partial to french fries.

Just thought I would share :)

Fun Friday!

This is what happens when you come across a $1.99 sale at The Children's Place outlet!!



Every girl needs a nap after a long day of shopping!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mid-Week Update :)

Here it is the middle of week 27 and I am pooped! I am at that point where I just feel uncomfortable. And yes, I know I still have a ways to go. But we are in the home stretch now. My next doctors visit is at a 3 week interval and then I guess it’ll be one more visit before I start the every 2 week visits. (But don’t quote me on that!)

At my last visit I had the 1 hour glucose test. I didn’t hear anything from the office so the no news is good news theory is in affect. And I am relieved. A) I didn’t want to have to fast again (it is cruel!) B) Because I didn’t want to have to drink that stuff again. (And apparently “Chickpea” agrees with me because my belly is moving like crazy!)

Thursday is our last actual prenatal class. That means only 1 more night of “interesting” videos to watch. (Actually, I am looking a little forward to the C-section video!) The last night we are scheduled to take a tour of L & D at the hospital and meet with a pediatrician. I am looking forward to it because I have seen almost all the other areas of the hospital and I haven’t been in there (except for when I was born of course but I am sure some things have changed!)

We are taking a weekend getaway this weekend and I am really looking forward to it. As much as I would like to say that we are going somewhere warm, we are not. We are taking the Morgers and going to Rehoboth, DE for a few days. I don’t know that there is much to do in Rehoboth in November but there are outlets!! I can only imagine the baby clothes that we will come home with. I am looking forward to dinner at Crabby Dicks. Their crab cakes are so good! We are going to try to take Morgers to the beach and let her run in the sand. The sand is the only part of the beach that she liked last time we took her. Who knew that we would have a lab that doesn’t like the water!?!

I may not get to really post until we get back but I do have an updated belly picture that I will try and put up. If I don’t talk to you...have a great weekend :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Puppy Cam

I saw this on one of the baby boards I like to visit. Check it out! They are so cute :)

http://www.ustream.tv/videoplayerpopup/channel/317016

Happy Birthday Morgan!

Today my 4 legged baby turns 5! I can't believe it is almost 5 years since she and I met.

We love you very much Morgan Ann Sunshine Ryan!

Love, Mama and Papa :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yeah Yeah

I know....

It has just been one of those weeks. My hormones/emotions are going crazy and I have just spent so much time crying. It is so annoying that even the littlest things seem to set me off. I can only hope it will get better.

I was feeling good energy wise the last 2 or 3 weeks. It wasn't great but better then it was. And then boom. Out of know where all that energy went away. Stephen says its more my love for 90210 re-runs that is making me so lazy. He says that's why I don't want to get out of bed on the weekends. (I say he shouldn't have gotten SoapNet and then there wouldn't be a 90210 problem!!) "Chickpea" has become way more active and the kicking or punching fits that take place at 2:30 in the morning take a lot out of me.

So tomorrow marks the start of 27 weeks and my 3rd trimester. I can't believe it here already. Back in June, it seemed like the 3rd trimester was years away.

Earlier in the week I promised pictures of the basement progress. Stephen is working hard today so there will more to show later on in the week. (Did I mention I can't wait for it to be done!?!) I though we had some pictures of the painting but we don't so I'll try and get some this weekend.


Morgan is the project Supervisor!

My new laundry room floor


My pantry shelves


This picture has nothing to do with the basement. Morgan just wanted to show you her new toy. Yes, she is ready for Christmas already!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oops!

I did it. I had a real baby brain moment. And it was a good one.

I try and be good about laundry and stay on top of things. I hate when the hamper is full and I only have so many maternity clothes that fit me well so it forces me to keep up with the laundry.

Stephen and I have a habit of leaving clothes on the bathroom floor. It’s a bad habit and I never did this before moving into this house. (Maybe it’s the house?!)

And now that the laundry room is somewhat back to normal, I can again enjoy doing laundry instead of dreading it. (I know I know…who really enjoys laundry??) I hated worrying that when I was transferring from the washer to the dryer that something would fall in a pile of sheet rock dust. Now I only need to look for the socks that Morgan steals!

So anyhoo…my baby brain.

As I was gathering laundry yesterday, I grabbed all of the clothes on the bathroom floor and sorted them into their appropriate basket and washed them as usual. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I got pretty caught up on my laundry and was feeling good. Stephen and I were getting ready to go out and I hear “that” question.

SR: Do you know where my wallet is?

ME: Nope, haven’t seen it.

SR: I think it might be in the shorts I wore yesterday. I think they were on the bathroom floor. Where did they go?

ME: (SHIT!!) I think you mean the shorts I washed today.

I ran downstairs to the laundry room knowing that they could either be in the washer which was done running or in the dryer that was waiting to be turned on. Washer. Nope. Dryer. Yup.

SR: Did you find it.

ME: Yup.

SR: Where?

ME: The dryer.

SR: What?!? You washed and dried my wallet?

ME: Correction – I only washed it. I didn’t turn the dryer on yet.

SR: Great. Now I am going to have a wet ass!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

26 Weeks

Well here we are into our 26th week. Less then 100 days till "Chickpea" makes a grand entrance. According to babycenter.com "Chickpea" is the length of an English hothouse cucumber. (I've never eaten one of those, that I know of. I guess they taste just like a regular cucumber??)

It has been a super productive weekend in the Ryan house. The laundry room and bathroom are painted!! The flooring and shelves for the pantry are done in the laundry room. And the washer, dryer and fridge are all in place. Matty came and helped Stephen move the big stuff back today. (It's nice having male cousins to help with these things!!) I'll post some pictures tomorrow so everyone can see the what I am so excited about.

I'm off tomorrow. I need a day to do some things and just not work. You know what I mean, right?

Alright well "Chickpea" wants ice cream.....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

99 days

I just realized today is 99 days till my due date! Holy crap, I am in double digits.

February will be here before we know it.

It's been a while

I know I know...I am a sucky blogger. Some of you check back often and I have nothing new to offer. I promise to really try and get better at this.

It's been a crazy week here in the Ryan household. Here are just a few things that the baby brain has allowed me to remember!

The week started off (2 days, 2 different stores!) by picking out paint colors for the laundry room, the bathroom and the baby's room. The laundry room is a very nice shade of green and the bathroom is a cool shade of orange. Orange?! Yes, orange. It is going to look awesome when it is done! And for the baby's room....well you will just have to wait and see ;)

I had my first pregnancy migraine this week. It wasn't much different then a non-pregnancy migraine except that I am more limited to the meds I can take. I tend to opt for Tylenol and some coke. It doesn't always do the trick but it takes the edge off.

As some of you know (OK, most if not all) I am not the easy going, roll things off the shoulders kind of person. That being said, I have experienced anxiety attacks off and on for the last 10 to 15 years. They have never been anything severe but enough to knock me down for a little bit. I can't really pin point the exact thing that brings them on. Worry, anticipation, stress are some things that come to mind. Over the last month, the frequency of these lovely little attacks seems to be increasing. Why you ask? I should be happy as I am nearing my 3rd trimester. Well, there is a lot going on right now and I think that once things settle down they won't be so bad. I really need to just relax a little more and try not to let things bother me so much. Again, easier said then done. The doctor suggested I talk to someone but I don't know if I am ready for that. Honestly, I don't know that I will ever be free from anxiety attacks. If I can manage to significantly decrease the frequency then I will be a happy camper.

One of my most memorable anxiety attacks (is it weird that I remember it like that??) is when Stephen and I were watching a movie and waiting for PEVA to meet us for dinner. The movie we were watching I had seen before. In the theatre. And I new the ending. And yet it sent me into an attack. And the movie was what? MEET THE FOCKERS!

I went to the doctors yesterday for my 1 hour glucose test. It wasn't as bad as it has been made out to be. Flat, sweet orange drink is how I would best describe it. Stephen told me to chug it and get it over with. Yeah right! I might have lost it all right there. The worst part was the fasting before. Whoever thought it was ok for pregnant women to fast is an evil person!! I had a very hard time not having a morning sweet snack. And by morning I mean 3am!

Now onto the not so good news. I've gained weight. Lots of weight. Not so much that they are worried just yet but it may get to that point. I can't help it if I have love of everything not good for me or "Chickpea" like ice cream, cookies, pasta and french fries.

(Speaking of french fries.... I had a moment this week. First one like it. I needed french fries and I needed them right that moment. I was at work and tried eating other things but nothing satisfied the french fry craving. So what did I do? I left and went for french fries. I ate a large fry while driving back to the office and I must say that they were the best damn fries I have ever had. Ever.)

I also got a flu shot. And it didn't hurt which was an added bonus. I go back to the doctors in 3 weeks. I can't believe that the time between visits is getting shorter. That means we are getting close!

Well I need to get moving. I have some errands to run in this yucky weather we are having. I'll post some updated pics in the next day or so. Promise! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Belly Picture!

Finally!!! But I look awful and I can't really believe I am posting it for everyone to see.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

24 Weeks!

Wohoo!! We have reached 24 weeks! So exciting.

I have lots of pictures to post of different things, I just need to find the camera to get them off. And yes...I will make sure 1 of them is a belly pic!

Go Phils :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Preparing Morgan!

I came across a post on a baby board about what people are doing to prepare their dogs for baby’s arrival. And it got me to thinking. What am I doing except babying her more now then I did before?? It must be my hormones because all she has to do is look at me in even the slightest cutest way and I melt. But anyhoo.

There were all kinds of suggestions on preparing dogs. Some suggested not letting the dog sleep on the bed anymore. We tried that. But then she is sooo cute and finds her way up there. We tried only allowing her on the bed on the weekends and that seemed to work well for a while. But what about when Stephen goes to a fire? She just knows where he is going and sometimes before he is out the door she wants up on the bed and of course I let her!! The other night was a perfect example. I said “As soon as Papa leaves you can get up here.”….”Ok, sounds like he is gone, get up here.” Then he walks back in the room and we are busted!! I have learned the key is to getting her off the bed before he comes back to bed. And usually it works.

Oh and yes I talk to my dog. And no she doesn’t answer.

Another suggestion was downloading a baby crying on the computer and playing it so the dog could here it a couple of times a day. We haven’t tried that yet but I can imagine the head tilt we’ll get.

One of the other suggestions that I really liked was not giving the dog as much attention as she is used too. I know I said I am babying her more but it’s not attention all the time. She has this thing, when I walk in the door, where she runs around like a maniac and wants me to rub her belly. Well, I stopped doing that as soon as I come in. Now she finds a bone or a ball and calms quicker. This is good for everyone.

I think we have a slight advantage over others who don’t have other kids or nieces or nephews near by. We have Ava. And Morgan LOVES Ava. So much so that we have to remind Ava to keep her mouth closed when Morgy is kissing her. Yes, Morgan is excited when she first arrives and may knock her down a time or two but after a few minutes they are best buds.

The only problem I foresee is differentiating the baby’s toys from Morgan’s toys. Ava has this Mr. Bear that she likes to bring to Aunt Kelli and Uncle Stephen’s. But as soon as Morgy sees it, she takes it and runs. And it then becomes covered in schmeg and we have to pry her mouth open to get it back. Once Mr. Bear is safe he is put in a purse or on top of the fridge until they leave.

We tried carrying a Cabbage Patch doll around a little bit to get her adjusted to our attention being directed elsewhere. But do the dolls really smell like a real baby? No. So she just wanted to lick the dolls legs. I think we may have to try it again when it gets closer.

We also say the word baby to her a lot. Hopefully someday it will click.

So this post is much longer then I expected. Sorry!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

23 Weeks and a few days...

Well I am well into my 23rd week already and feeling ok. I have all of the typical pregnancy symptoms which are loads of fun. You know the backache, trouble sleeping, swollen hands and feet. All of the fun stuff :)

Someone who has never been pregnant asked me today what the kicks feel like. I can only describe it as a thumping in my belly. Most times it is one or two good thumps. Last night it felt like “Chickpea” was dragging a foot or hand across my belly. It was the strangest feeling. Must have been the cupcake that I ate!! Mom says she hopes “Chickpea” eventually starts kicking me in the ribs. Apparently, I kicked her in the ribs a lot.

This week “Chickpea” weighs as much as a mango (about a pound). I have a pretty big belly for only having a one pound baby in there! Sometimes I worry that it is too big and that I am going to be enormous come January but at every visit the doctors assures me everything is ok.

I promise to post a recent belly picture soon. Yes Karen, I forgot to take it on Sunday and I told you I would!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Christmas in October!

Just a quick post - not baby related.

As you all know, Stephen is in the process of renovating our laundry room and bathroom downstairs. Yesterday...I got walls!!!! This is so exciting. That means this project is closer to being done. I felt like a child seeing all the unopened presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

I just wanted to share my excitement!

I'll post something baby related soon. I promise :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

22 Weeks!

Wow! It's been a while. I guess I just haven't been much in the mood for blogging. Sorry folks!

Well, "Chickpea" is now 22 weeks along and currently the size of a spaghetti squash. For weighing only about a pound, this is some belly I am sporting!! The kicking is getting more intense. I especially love the 2am kicking sessions that last for an hour. I know I shouldn't be complaining and I'm not...really. I would love to feel the kicking then feel nothing at all.

This weekend was nice. I got a mani and a pedi which always makes a gal feel better. And it bought Stephen more time before I ask him to trim my toe nails again. Sometimes I get a little uncomfortable hunching over trying to do it myself :)

We went to the Tortilla Press in Collingswood and it was good!! I had the best guacamole I have ever had. I so recommend you check this place out.

And then there is the ear infection. I can't even remember the last time I had an ear infection. It was always Becki who had this problem. It explains a lot (the fever last week, the extra tiredness) and now that I have some medicine, hopefully I will feel better soon. All I want to do is sleep. Stephen told me today that as much as I don't want to take medicine, me being sick isn't good for me or for "Chickpea" so taking medicine for a few days isn't a bad thing. At least it isn't the stomach bug that is going around!!

We didn't take a belly picture this week (slackers, I know!) but I will try and remember to this weekend.

Catch ya later!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How bad do you wanna know?

As you all know, "Chickpea" was breach at the ultrasound a few weeks ago. Stephen and I decided since there is no medical reason for me to have another ultrasound, we aren't going to find out if "Chickpea" is a "he-pea" or a "she-pea".

But this has been met with some resistance as knowing the sex will make shopping easier for some.

So this my proposal: The cost of the 3D ultrasound where we can find out the sex is approximately $200. Donations will gladly be accepted :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

21 weeks!

My how time flies!! I can't believe I am in week 21 all ready. "Chickpea" is kicking up a storm and Stephen has felt quite a few kicks over the last few days. It is all very exciting! According to the things I have read, "Chickpea" is the length of a carrot (10.5 inches) and weighs as much as 3/4 of a pound.

I have a little more energy today then I have had in a while which is nice. Hopefully it will last more then just today!

Oh, and I am now that much closer to 30. I won't be giving a wohoo to that!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Feeling better about things

Yesterday Stephen and I went to the doctors. One of the bad things about going to an office with many doctors is that you can't really build a relationship with any of the doctors. Everytime I go I see someone new and they don't know me from the next pregnant lady. But the doctor we saw yesterday was very nice. He listened to my concerns about the ultrasound last week and apologized even though it had nothing to do with him or this office. He agreed that something must have been going on that day to cause such awful bedside manners in both the tech and the doctor. He did have the results from the ultrasound and the good news is that everything is great with "Chickpea" and I have no reason to be concerned.

It's still easier said then done!

"Chickpea's" heartbeat was about 140 or that of a girl. If my memory is right, I think 3 out of 4 predictions have been a girl.

The doctor also told me my weight gain is good and that my belly is a good size. He also explained what the ultrasound pictures were...yes, I couldn't tell what was what. I will scan them as soon as I get motivated to do so! :)

So all in all I am feeling better. The anxiety is still there but not as bad as it was. I am sure with time it will get even better.

My next visit is the first week in November and the most fun visit of all!! I get to drink the fun stuff to determine if I have gestational diabetes. So looking forward to it. Not!

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ice Cream

I love ice cream. I really do. I had a fudge pop last night (not really ice cream but close!) while watching my saved episode of One Tree Hill. Yes, it is a younger persons show but I still love it.

(I won't tell you that I watched Monday's episode of the Hills before that!)

I was getting ready to go to bed when Stephen came in from the firehouse. Nothing abnormal about it except that he had a milkshake. Just one. For himself and I was very upset. How could he!? He tells me he thought I would be asleep. Well, I should have been yes but I would have gladly woken up for a milkshake. So I whine (I know...) and low and behold he was hiding mine to make me mad. Well it worked (his hiding, my whining) but it was really good.

Yeah yeah..I know I complain about gaining wait and that I don't need both a fudge pop and a milkshake with 2 hours of each other but they were good. And if the opportunity to do so again were to arise, I would do it.

And I am having salad for lunch today to make up for it :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Half way there..

I can not believe it. I am in my 20th week already! It seems like this pregnancy is going fast. So far. I didn't get m/s which was a blessing. I didn't get to many food aversions which was also nice.

But now that I have hit the half way point, pregnancy has really kicked in. My uncooperative "Chickpea" can be an active one. You know when I am on a teleconference at work, driving in the car or eating dinner. But then when Daddy wants to feel a kick we get nothing. I think if "Chickpea" is a girl, her middle name should be Ann. If you don't know, just ask :)

Feet swelling is fun too! I took my IKEA stool to work and I lounge (kind of) at my desk. The nice thing is that Stephen rubs my feet when it is really bad. I know I know...I have a long way to go yet to be complaining all ready. I'm not complaining, I know this is how things are supposed to go.

I have a doctors appointment Friday morning and I will keep you all posted. I am most looking forward to the increasing number on the scale! NOT!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Survey says...

As you all know we had our ultra sound on Thursday and it was the big one. I woke up that morning both excited and nervous. Excited because I was going to get to see my baby again and nervous because I felt like something wasn't right. I was even more excited when they called and asked us to come in early.

As soon as the u/s tech turned the machine on and got a glimpse at the baby, she told us the baby was breach and that she didn't know if she would be able to determine the sex. After giving "Chickpea" a stern talking to, about how we are your parents and you have to listen to us, in an attempt to see some flipping...we got nothing but a sleeping baby.

Yes, we are disappointed that we don't know if "Chickpea" is a "he-pea" or a "she-pea" but we are glad to know that everything is ok. "Chickpea" has 5 fingers on each hand and feet that are 3cm already. Yes, this child will have big feet (I wear a 10, he wears a 12) but that is ok!

And because the baby's sex could not be determined, Stephen and I have decided not to find out till delivery day. Well duh...if we don't have any more ultrasounds, there is no way for us to find out!! :) We just think that if the next ultrasound isn't until December (we don't know this) that at that point, what is another 2 months. So everyone can keep voting based on the belly pics and the old wives tales that you believe. The Chinese Fertility Chart (May and 27 - http://www.thelaboroflove.com/chart/cal.html) says that "Chickpea" is a girl. But we will just have to wait and see.

Thanks to those who have listened to my tears for the last few days. I feel much better now :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dum da dum dum...

Today is the big day! I am so excited because I feel like it has been an eternity since our last ultrasound. But really it's only been 2 months. And I have to say that I am somewhat nervous too. I am nervous that they will see that something is wrong though everything has been perfect thus far. I am also nervous that "Chickpea" won't cooperate and we won't be able to determine the sex. Yes I'll be upset but I also understand that if it is meant to happen then it will happen.

Stay tuned....

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week 19

Morgan wasn't as cooperative tonight for our picture. She would rather have played pumpkin. She got a new pumpkin toy last week and loves it! For some odd reason, she is drawn to things that are orange. I am just curious to see how long it will be before I find stuffing all over. Anyhoo...is the picture we just took. Yep...I think it's safe to say that this pregnancy is for real. And if you don't believe me, just look at the belly!

Catch ya'll later :)

Maybe I am just paranoid...

As many of you know (OK..well maybe all) I tend to be a worry wart of sorts. Fine. I said it. Things bother me and there isn't much I can do about it. So you can only imagine the anxiety I have been having since I felt "Chickpea" move for the first time. Yes the bug in my shirt moment that I will always remember. But then it was a full week (eternity to me) before I felt anything again. And for the most part, I kept the worrying to myself. Stephen of course told me I was overreacting but that is what he always tells me when I am worrying about something that does not require worrying.

A few months ago on one of our many trips to Babies R Us I discovered Bebe Sounds - a Prenatal Heart Listener and of course I had to have it. And Stephen of course said it wasn't necessary. So I let it go but I checked out the reviews it received on-line. Some people said it was a waste of money and that it didn't work on the first try so they gave up. Others said it was well worth the money and that they listen everyday. So after weeks of not mentioning my desire to purchase the listener, I mentioned it to Stephen at the beginning of last week. I hadn't really felt any more movement and all I could think was that something was wrong. So on Thursday, after not feeling well all day I got Stephen to take me to Babies R Us for the big purchase. We got the "deluxe" version with the CDs to play to the baby. Hey...I want to encourage geniousness!

When we got home and read the directions and set it up, I was more then excited. I was going to hear "Chickpea" and know that everything was ok. Or not. All I heard was the hot fudge sundae from McDonalds settling in my stomach. And of course I was discouraged. But as much as I wanted to, I wasn't going to give up. Hey, there is always tomorrow. Friday came and went and no heartbeat. Then there was Saturday and TA-DA! Houston we have a heartbeat! And I was excited. Ok, Stephen was too. And to give credit where credit is due...Stephen found it first. It sounds completely different then the heartbeat you hear on the doppler at the doctors office. But it is there...amongst the noise of the gurgling belly. I am looking forward to listening as much as I can without becoming crazy..ier then I already am.

So today marks the start of 19 weeks! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. Now if only I could get even a smidge of my energy back. This lazy butt wants to stay planted on the couch watching re-runs of 90210 and One Tree Hill (gotta love Soap Net!) and eating all things unhealthy. But wonderful Stephen thinks walking is good and always finds someplace to parade me around (the new Walmart, the Borgata, Bed Bath and Beyond) and while I never thought I would admit it, I kind of like the exercise.

"Chickpea" is the size of an heirloom tomato and is now able to hear what is going on in this crazy mama's world. And even crazier is that I can't wait to feel a good kick!


Thursday is the big day. With a little cooperation and a Coke at lunch we are going to know if "Chickpea" is a "he-pea" or a "she-pea" and I can't really say that I am hoping for one more then the other. It seems as though there are more of you out there hoping for a boy. Guess we will all just have to wait and see. I hope that whatever you voted for..you get what you want. And if you don't - too bad. There is always next time or a child of you own..whichever come first :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Two things

First, "Chickpea" is due 5 months from today! Can't wait to meet the "he-pea" or "she-pea" when the time is right. I know things never usually work out on the given due date but it gives me something to look forward to.

Second, Summer hours at work have been extended till the end of October! I love my Friday's off because it means sleeping in. I am hoping things will work out and I can continue to due them. I don't like being so exhausted all of the time but I know its for a good thing.

Just thought I would share :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Time flys....

Here is my 18 week photo. I just ate so maybe that is why the belly is looking extra large in this photo. I think the camera added 10 pounds this week :)



This week "Chickpea" is the size of a pepper. I love peppers!


I felt "Chickpea" move for the first time Thursday night. It was so cool! I was brushing my teeth and I felt like I had a bug in my shirt. I thought my shirt was too tight for a a bug but I checked anyway. No bug. It felt like a bugs wings tickling my belly. It only last a couple quick seconds though. I felt it again about a half hour later when I was getting into bed. I was so excited! I can't wait till I really feel some kicking. I know I know...I may regret saying that later when "Chickpea" is kicking me in the ribs!

That's all for now! Catch y'all later :)
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