Thursday, September 10, 2009

Date for the Ultrasound

We had our 3rd appointment this morning and everything is still going as well as can be. Our next appointment will be October 6th at 8:00 am and if little Horton cooperates, we should be able to find out if we'll be having a boy or girl!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nursery Pictures!

After three days of non-stop work, Matt is done with the baby's room! While it's tempting to buy the crib and other nursery furniture right away, we're going to keep it set up as a guest room for a few more months. Here are some pictures:

Putting up the beadboard

Picture taken from the doorway

To be hung

We have our third doctor's appointment on Thursday and hopefully we will schedule the date for our big ultrasound. We'll let you know how everything goes!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Belly Pics and Nursery Construction

Today marks the first day of week 16 and the following is an excerpt about the changes that will take place this week. What this doesn't mention is that our baby can now hear our voices and sense light! Time to start talking to the belly!

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

I haven't shared any 'belly' pics so far because up until this week or the last there hasn't been anything to show! Here are some pictures at about 5 weeks, 12 weeks and 15 weeks. You can definitely tell a difference!!

~5 Weeks

12 Weeks
15 Weeks

While the belly's been growing, Matt and I have been using some free time to catch up with friends and do a little traveling. We're home until late October when we will travel to Nashville for Bear and Lindsey's wedding weekend and then to spend a few days in Oklahoma City. Here are a few pictures of our recent travels.

Kyle's Wedding in Grand Junction. Pregnant but didn't know quite yet!

Outside of Portland, OR around 6 weeks. We took a road trip for the 4th of July because we had only told family about the pregnancy and were trying to keep the secret for a little longer!

Taking out picture in 'The Bean' at Millenium Park during our trip to visit Andy in Chicago.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago with Andy.

As for the nursery, today marks the first official day of 'construction'. The room is cleared out and taped up, ready for the first coat of paint. We're going with a color called 'Christopher Robin's Swing' (a cute, light shade of green) for the top half of the wall and putting up bead board on the bottom.

Rewiring and cleaning out the soon to be nursery.

All cleaned out and ready to go. Riley's just checking up on progress.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Baby's First Picture and a few more

Here are two pictures we were given at our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. It doesn't look like much more than a kidney bean here but it's absolutely amazing to know how much our baby has grown over the past ~9 weeks. At this point our baby is the size of a naval orange. The baby bump has definitely started to make an appearance!

Since I'm finding myself incredibly impatient when it comes to finding out the gender of our baby I convinced (well, I can't really say 'convinced') Matt that we should buy a test called Intelligender which supposedly has an 85% accuracy rate in predicting the gender of your baby after 10 weeks. Of course I had to get not one, but two. I'm not sure how I justified this but nevertheless at about week 11 two Intelligender tests arrived on our doorstep. Here are the results...

Yep... one girl, one boy. There better not be TWO in there! Just kidding. Now, I have read that you are more likely to get a incorrect boy result than girl, but who knows. So much for Intelligender- you can just go ahead and write S-U-C-K-E-R on my forehead!!! I guess I deserved that 'I told ya so' from Matt!

As for the 'mothers intuition' that people talk about, I have no idea where mine is!! For about the first month I had a very strong feeling we were going to have a little girl but that may have been more due to the fact that we had a much easier time choosing a girls name than a boys. My mom seems to have 'grandmothers intuition' and is set on the idea that we're going to have a boy. Either way we'll be happy happy happy!

Will there be a little girl for Vivi to dress up or a fellow 49er's fan for Cooper to get muddy with? 4.5 more weeks until we know!

We have our third doctors appointment next Thursday the 10th of September during which we will schedule our 'big' ultrasound where we will get to see little Horton and find out if Horton's a boy or girl!!!
***Side Note- if you just asked yourself 'who in the world is Horton?!?!' you're not the only one. While in Denver meeting Cooper and visiting with Farris, Beth, Jeremy and Bruce, Jeremy decided to 'choose' our baby name by flipping through Beth's baby name book. Whichever name he landed on would be our baby name. Well, it was Horton. Don't worry, the name won't stick but we started feeling a little bad referring to our baby as 'it' so Horton it is! For now anyway...***
The ultrasound will most likely be scheduled for around the 8th of October at the end of my 20th week. I may have to try and see if they can schedule me a week earlier ;)

While time seems to creep by some days we can't believe we're already into our Second Trimester, the 'Honeymoon Trimester' when morning sickness and fatigue supposedly fade... well, I'm still waiting for that! My 'morning sickness' which is more like 'late afternoon/nightime sickness' is slowly tapering off but still sneaks up to get me and if sleeping were a sport, I'd have gone pro about two and a half months ago! But I certainly can't complain. Our little baby steals our breath every time we hear that little heartbeat and now that I've felt that first little 'hey mom!' flutter all the morning sickness and fatigue is just a reminder of our little miracle that will make his or her appearance in about five and a half months!!


Hello everyone! Since half of our family and many of our friends are scattered around the country, we decided to start a blog to not only help us document this exciting time in our lives but share it with all of the people we love the most!

As most of you, I'm sure, already know, we are expecting our first little one in late February so there will be lots of pictures in the months to come. We found out on vacation in the Dominican Republic in late June that we were expecting and we could not be more excited about the new journey we are about to take!