So, my weekly update will be a day or so late this week. IN the A.M. Brad and I are headed out of town until Thursday evening with some friends. We’re headed to Utah to see both Brad and I’s favortie bands. Dave Matthews Band (Me) with Yonder Mountain String Band (Him) as the opener. And then camping in Wednesday night. We’ll see how well camping goes when I cannot for the life of me stay asleep in my own super comfy bed! UGH! Insomnia sucks. So I will do my 19 week update on Friday! Only 2 more weeks till we find out boy or girl! Yay!


18 weeks & so much going on! + Pictures galore!

So, just a little over 2 weeks until we find out the gender. We’ve made our appointment for September 14th at 9 AM. I’m getting quite excited.

There is a new addition to the family, Amy had her baby this morning at around 4 AM. A little boy, 7 lbs 5 oz. was the weight I heard. I do not know a name yet. But how exciting!
Sunday night I think I felt the baby move for the first time, which was quite reassuring after a minor freak out that I had just that day. I was convinced something was wrong, I was still nervous going into Monday appointment since I wasn’t 100% positive I had felt the baby move. But then I’m about 99% that I felt him/her again yesterday. I was kind of hunched over my desk and all of a sudden a little bit below my belly button it kind of felt like someone was tickling me. At first I thought that maybe my shirt was itchy, but then I realized the feeling was inside. LoL, a very weird feeling if that is what it was.

So, Mondays appointment went very well. Blood pressure was good and I had blood drawn to check for Neural Tube Defects. She measured my uterus which was up to about 2 fingers below my belly button and then we got to hear the heart beat. I love that sound. And again it was quite reassuring thanks to the pre-mentioned melt down. They couldn’t give me a measurement of the beats per minute as the baby was moving around too much to get a constant reading. Then, as I said above, we made our appointment for the big ultrasound. 18 more days.

On the way home from the appointment we stopped by Walmart and picked up our Crib (Thank you again Shelly). Brad put it together on Tuesday night and I have pictures of it below!
How far along? 18 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs total
Maternity clothes? Not quite yet. Carrying way high.
stretch marks? The two from last week, the vampires.
Sleep: Getting so much better again!
Best moment this week: Hearing the heart beat again, getting the crib, setting up the next ultrasound, Amy had her baby. So many amazing things happened this week!
Movement: 99% sure that yes, I’m starting to feel him/her.
Food cravings: I could really go for some chips & queso right now!
Gender: I’m actually starting to feel BOY! We’ll see in 18 days!!!
Labor Signs: None, it isn’t time yet!
Belly Button in or out? Still very much in
What I miss: Blueberry Lemonade =)
What I am looking forward to: Knowing if we have a little Ella or Brayden.
Weekly Wisdom: I’m not feeling very wise this week. The sinus infection still has me a little slowed down.
Milestones: 18 weeks! Possible movement! And only 2.5 weeks until the u/s!

All about the baby:
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.
Baby’s become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you’ll soon be able to feel her movements.

And now for pictures! We’ll start with Crib pictures!!!

Here are some of Brad putting the crib together:

I just adore the socks & sandals in this one! =) I think it makes him look like a ninja turtle. Haha

Sorry this one’s blurry, my battery was dying!

And we cannot forget Brads wonderful helper throughout the building process:

Oh yes, Lucy was always right by Brads side to lend a paw, or hold down the um, box. =)
And now for the finished product:
Isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?!

And who is starting to actually look pregnant???

This girl!!! (Yes, I know that I am a huge dork. I was born that way, cannot help it)

That’s about all I’ve got for this week. I cannot believe in 18 days we’ll know! :::starts to squeal a little:::


17+ weeks

So, I dropped Nick & Sara off at the airport last night. So sad to see them go. So of course I start crying because I miss my sister already. Then I get stuck in stand still traffic from a 6 car accident and cry some more. Yes, I’m a crier and the extra hormones don’t help with that.
But all in all we had a great week. Sunday we just all kind of caught up on sleep, Tuesday we went rafting which seemed to be enjoyed by all. Wednesday and Thursday we did some driving, Wednesday we went through Rocky Mountain National Park over to Estes Park. They got to see a huge herd of Elk and a Momma Moose and her baby. Thursdays drive was over to Boulder and then over to Denver. I finally got my Sushi that night but it doesn’t seem to agree with some of the pregnancy hormones coursing through me because the next morning I was broken out in a rash and then my tongue swelled up. Not fun. On the way back from Denver we stopped at the WalMart in Evergreen and got the cutest crib set on clearance for $20. I still want my Monkey’s too, haha, but Brad liked this one when we saw it the previous Saturday so when it was on clearance less then a week later I had to get it. We went back and asked if our Crib had arrived as the very next day was the delivery date. Nope, no crib. It was worth a shot right? Well, the next morning when I woke up guess who I had an e-mail from, Walmart, and our crib was there, of course. We’ll pick it up Monday when we’re down there for our appointment. So Friday we spent the day exploring Winter Park and then we went down to a Rockies game, which was about the time I noticed my tongue swelling. Blah. The Rockies put on a miserable performance and lost 6-1 only to win last night ( of course ) 14-11.
So here is a picture of Sara and I at the resort on Monday:

This week seemed to out do me, on top of the rash and swelling of the tongue, I picked up a sinus infection along the way. At least the medicine that I take for sinus infections is safe to take during pregnancy. I’m starting to feel a little better already after only 2 days of taking it. Now if I could just breath at night.
I’m in this horrible limbo stage of pregnancy. I no longer feel sick ( thank goodness ) but it’s still a little early to feel the baby move, so for the past 3 weeks or so I’ve been in this nervous state the whole time wondering if something is wrong with the baby because not only do I not have any morning sickness but I’m not getting any bigger. Which is normal for some women to show later, it’s just a little un-nerving when you don’t know what’s going on. And anyone who knows me knows that I’m a worrying anyway. So, thankfully we go to the doctor tomorrow and they can put my mind at ease. =)

Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — the lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now and is around 5 inches long from head to bottom. S/he can move his or her joints, and his or her sweat glands are starting to develop.
Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido’s outbursts). Your baby’s eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) suckle at your breast or bottle. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.
And here’s some proof that your baby is truly one of a kind (as if you needed any!). Within the next week or so, the pads on your baby’s fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

How far along? 17 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure but I’ll find out in the morning and update on Thursday.
Maternity clothes? I bought some but they are still a little too big for now.
stretch marks? Yes, it looks like a vampire got me on each side of my hips.
Sleep: Much better this week.
Best moment this week:My sister being out here with me!
Movement: None yet that I’ve noticed. Hence the anxiety mentioned above.
Food cravings: Spinach & Cheese ravioli from the Spaghetti Factory, and I got it. =)
Gender: No clue, hopefully find out in just a couple more weeks!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Still in
What I miss: A half cocked Tutti Frutti (Haha!)

What I am looking forward to: Tomorrows appointment. Knowing that everything is okay, and making our appointment for the gender scan.
Weekly Wisdom: Ummmm. . . . . .
Milestones: This much closer to finding out the gender.
Here are a couple pictures of the bedding I picked up.

And then here are some belly pics: (Please forgive the PJ pants, I’m sick remember)

1 month from today???

So hopefully when I go to the doctor on the 24th they will schedule my Big U/S for one month from today! The doctor that I see works on Tuesdays and Thursdays and he will be the one doing the u/s and since I have Tuesdays off, hopefully it will work out! And hopefully I can get an appointment for first thing in the morning so I don’t have to wait all day!
So exciting!
And I have the best husband in the world! I was kind of stressing about getting everything done and cleaned and put together before Sara and Nick got here and then I had to work both jobs yesterday. I get home at 10:30 last night, it’s all DONE!
He’s great. Thanks Brad!

4 months already?!

I cannot believe that we’re at 16 weeks, 4 months down and only 5 to go. In 4 weeks we’ll be at the half way point, INSANE!

It’s actually been a pretty uneventful week. I needed to catch up on sleep after our jam packed weekend with Kevin & Marikelly. I was exhausted. Then we were back to cleaning the house for the second round of visitors. Sara and Nick fly out on Saturday, I’m so excited. I have so many things planned to do. I just hope it doesn’t rain. It’s supposed to be gorgeous though on Tuesday which is awesome because that’s the day we’re scheduled to go rafting.
We got a new storm door for our back door. Much nicer then the one that was on the house when we bought it. Lucy is still perfectly capable of pushing it open though until we can get the latch mounted. Darn cat.
The past few nights have been horrible. I’m in bed by about 10 at the latest because I am just exhausted and cannot fathom keeping my eyes open any longer; I then wake up at about 2 AM and am not able to go back to sleep at all. These bouts of insomnia are kicking my butt. And to top it all off (nothing to do with sleep at all, LoL) A friend and I were supposed to go get Sushi last night but she was broke and could no longer afford to go. So my week of dreaming about how good it was going to be came to a screeching halt yesterday morning, the morning of. I was no doubt absolutely crushed. And Brad will not go with me, it’s gross, just ask him. So I had to wallow in my self pity all day and then settle for a cheeseburger for dinner. I was going to be good too, and not even try to sneak anything raw. It was going to be cooked or veggie rolls all the way. =( Poor me. LoL

How far along? 16 weeks!!!!!
Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed since the last trip to the doctor since I refuse to own a scale, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m still at 3 maybe 4 lbs total.
Maternity clothes? None yet, again the pants aren’t even tight yet.
stretch marks? Only ones that were around way before baby.
Sleep: BLAH! What sleep?
Best moment this week: Getting an order confirmation that our Crib had been ordered! Thank you SOOOOO much Shelly!
Movement: None, I keep waiting and hoping, but nothing yet. Stubborn just like dad. 😉
Food cravings: SUSHI!!!!
Gender: I have absolutely no clue.
Labor Signs: None, phew.
Belly Button in or out? Still very in.
What I miss: Sushi! And my 6 pack abs of course, hahahahahahahahaha. And then I woke up.
What I am looking forward to: Sara and Nick coming to visit! Our amazing crib being delivered! And I’m finally starting to look forward to finding out the sex even though I didn’t want to at first. 4 more weeks!
Weekly Wisdom: Surround yourself with people who can make you laugh. When your body and life is changing so much a laugh goes a long way.
Milestones: 4 months down, insane!
And here is what all of my handy dandy web sites have to say about the little guy or girl this week:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double in weight and add inches to its length . Right now, your baby is about the size of an avacado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. The legs are much more developed, head is more erect than it has been, and the eyes have moved closer to the front of his/her head. The ears are close to their final position, too.
Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place this week, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking (or singing in the shower). In fact, studies have found that babies who are sung to while they’re in the womb recognize the same tune when it’s sung to them after they are born. And baby’s busily boning up in other ways. For one, the backbone (along with the back muscles) is stronger now — strong enough, in fact, to enable your baby to work on straightening his or her head and neck even more. Baby’s crown-to-rump measurement is between four and five inches in length, and weight is hovering around three ounces.
This little one’s a looker — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker since there’s no baby fat yet. And here’s the skinny on baby skin: It’s practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to see your baby’s blood vessels under that thin skin.
And here are pictures of me. Yay! LoL, I think I’m starting to round out a little but the pictures don’t show it too well.

Side view:

Maybe a little more rounded??
And the view from the front:

Does it look to anyone else like you can actually see more of a bump from the front then from the side? Weird.
Well, that’s it for week 16. Week 17 might be a little late as Sara and Nick are here all week and I’ll be busy. We’ll see.

Moving right along

15 weeks already, seriously?!

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Still up 3 lbs total
Maternity clothes? Nope, I’m a lucky girl. My pants are getting a little snugger but not tight yet by any means.
stretch marks? Only ones that were prior to pregnancy.
Sleep: Not so great the past few days, I cannot stay asleep.
Best moment this week: Brad called the baby by name(s) – I’ll write more about this after the baby info.
Movement: None to speak of.
Food cravings: Whatever sounds good at the time, I want it.
Gender: Who knows, I have no intuition.
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Still an innie
What I miss: Sushi
What I am looking forward to: Our next appointment on the 24th and hearing the heart beat again.
Weekly Wisdom: Say your worries, fears, and concerns out loud, let them go, let God take them off of your shoulders.
Milestones: I’m 15 weeks, time is flying!

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. So what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, your fetus is in rehearsals — practice, practice, practicing, and getting ready for that big debut. Babies practice breathing, sucking, and swallowing so that when they leave your comfy womb and move into your comfy house, they’ll have the skills necessary to survive. And with each passing week, your fetus is looking more and more like the baby you’re picturing in your dreams. By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face.
So this last week has been fun. Our friends Kevin & Marikelly came to visit and so we had a jam packed weekend. They’re flight got delayed so they didn’t get home until 4AM on Saturday, the flight landed at almost 2 AM instead of 9:45 PM the night before.
I left work early on Saturday to meet them for lunch and then we drove up Corona pass to take some pictures and get some gorgeous views in. On the way back down though Brad hit the brakes a little hard at one point. After apologizingto me I told him he’d better apologize to the baby since the seat belt hits right there and he goes “Sorry Ella-Brayden” Like it was all one name, so cute. I almost cried. The hormones are getting to me (I was at work yesterday and read about a girl I know having to put her cat to sleep. I was bawling my eyes out for like 20 minutes. My boss walked in at one point and just turned around and walked back out after one look at me). LoL
Sunday we came up to the resort so they could see where we work and took them on the Alpine slide. Then we headed out to Grand Lake to do some shopping for souveneirs. We headed a little ways in to Rocky Mountain National Park and I’m glad we did because on the way out they got to see a Moose pretty darn close and get some good pictures and then on the way back to town got to see some Elk as well.
Monday we went rafting. We had such gorgeous weather and the water was calm, the rapids were fun. We had a blast. I cannot wait for Sara and Nick to come out so we can do it all again.Here is a picture of Brad and I from the rafting trip:

And so now for the belly pictures. I still don’t really see myself getting any bigger. If anything I look a little smaller than a couple weeks ago. The bloat seems to be decreasing so now I cannot wait to actually start showing.
So here is a frontal view:

And the ever popular side view:

Old Wives Tales

I thought this would be fun. I found these lists of old wives tales online. I thought we could see how many were in the boy column and how many in the girl column and see if any are right in a few weeks.

It’s a boy if:
-You didn’t experience morning sickness in early pregnancy
-Your baby’s heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute
-You are carrying the extra weight out front
-Your belly looks like a basketball ·
Your areolas have darkened considerably ·
You are carrying low ·
You are craving salty or sour foods ·
You are craving protein — meats and cheese ·
Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy ·
The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy ·
Your hands are very dry ·
Your pillow faces north when you sleep ·
Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you ·
Pregnancy has you looking better than ever ·
Your urine is bright yellow in color·
Your nose is spreading ·
You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles · Haven’t done this one.
You are having headaches ·
You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number

It’s a girl if:·
You had morning sickness early in pregnancy ·
Your baby’s heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute ·
You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear ·
Your left breast is larger than your right breast ·
Your hair develops red highlights ·
You are carrying high ·
Your belly looks like a watermelon ·
You are craving sweets ·
You are craving fruit ·
You crave orange juice ·
You don’t look quite as good as normal during pregnancy ·
You are moodier than usual during pregnancy ·
Your face breaks out more than usual ·
You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread ·
Your breasts have really blossomed! ·
Your pillow faces south when you sleep ·
Your urine is a dull yellow color ·
You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side to side – haven’t done this one
You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number

So right now we have 4 for a boy and 9 for a girl. And a whole bunch that don’t apply to anything yet. About 6 weeks and we’ll know. I’ll have to see if I can magically figure out how to add a poll so you guys can weigh in. Any guesses on boy or girl?