Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just a little dedication

They say that when you bring a baby into the family, the dogs take a back seat. Well, in honor of our first babies, Harley and Jake, we wanted to create a posting just for them!

Hard at Work

Yay! After a lot of hard work on Mr. Howard's part, we are finished with the nursery. We have new wainscotting, paint, curtains, crib bedding, shelving, and a little furniture. The crib bedding we picked out accents the brown in the curtains and we also found a white and brown crib that we're hoping will also tie in the colors!

Below is a picture of the closet, taken from the windows. We are still desperately looking for closet doors (we went with my dad and mom to Lowes to try to find ones and it looks like we're going to have to get custom fit ones).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

16 Week Check-up

I had my 16 week check-up today. Despite the fact that the nausea has gone away, the baby is still there!! Aparently he/she was listening to mommy when she begged and pleaded to stop making her sick! :-) The baby comes all the way up to my belly button now and the little one's heart beat was 155-160 bpm. I've gained 2 pounds total, but that's kinda a lot considering I lost a little from the morning sickness (not a lot as in a bad thing, I'm still under where I should be). As always we loved the appointment and agree it's a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

15 Week Belly

I don't actually think my belly is getting bigger, I just think it's getting curvier. It's a little odd to see your belly change so much in 4 months. But it's all worth it to see our little one in the end!

Other than that, I'm doing well. The morning sickness is 85% done (I haven't thrown up since I went back to work in January - I just get nauseous at night). Sleeping is getting a little difficult. At 15 weeks, you're supposed to stop sleeping on your back and start sleeping exclusively on your side. It's a little hard for me, but my friend Diana gave me a body pillow so I tried that for the first time last night. Hopefully, that will begin to help! Really, I have nothing to complain about...I feel blessed to be having such an easy pregnancy!

Date Night

Last night we went out with a coworker of Mr. Howard's, Dennis, and his wife out to dinner and then to Punch Line to see a friend, Mike Winfield, perform. He was absolutely hillarious!!! While I have been to a few comedy clubs, Mr. Howard had never been. It was such a fun way to spend an evening. Also there, was the famous comedian from Cash Cab, Ben Bailey. It was nice for Mr. Howard to get out of the house and hang out with people from work in a much more relaxed setting and we will definitely be checking out Mike again (this time, perhaps wearing the shirt that we bought with his giant cartoon on it)!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What I'm Thankful For

While we have no intention of getting political on this blog, we do want to say just one thing: we are so incredibly thankful that our future child will be born into this world. Our child will only be able to read about discrimination in a textbook and will simply hear second-hand stories about a time when only white men could run for president. Regardless of whether you're republican or democrat, you have to join us in being so unbelievably proud of our Country!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The First of Many

People have been asking to see my bump. Here it is at 14 weeks, 1 day. It's not very big, but to Mr. Howard and I, it's ginormous! :-) Honestly, most people at work haven't even really noticed (and I wore this outfit to work today), but people who know me well, know I've never had this kind of belly before. For weeks I haven't fit into my pants, but it was still hard to tell whether or not it was bloating or a bump. It wasn't until my physical at the doctor's office last week, when our midwife said, "Look at your bump!"(while simultaneously prodding at me) that I felt a little relieved that I wasn't just fat. Haha!

Mr. Howard has started calling me Baby Bake Oven.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Little Belly Excitement

On the airplane ride (on Saturday) with my sister and Mr. Howard we had a little excitement. While up in the air on BOTH flights, I started getting what felt like contractions. We're still unsure about what it could have been. I posted on a baby website asking friends for some guidance, but they couldn't agree. Some said it could have been the beginning of braxton hicks contractions, while others argued that they felt the first baby movement at around 14 weeks. Whatever it was, it was pretty exciting for me and Mr. Howard!!!

P.S. our lil one is the size of a lemon this week!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trip To Arizona

A week and a half ago, my mom got a phone call that her dad had had a heart attack and she flew out to Arizona to be with him and other family. Unfortunately, I got a phone call last Sunday that my grandfather had passed away. Along with Mr. Howard, Colin, Katie, Mom & Dad, and Uncle Larry, we all flew out to Arizona to be there to say our goodbyes at his ceremony on Thursday. Because my grandpa was in the military, he was able to have a beautiful military funeral, complete with the playing of "Taps" on the clarinet and the presenting of the flag. It was a great opportunity for all of us to come together and honor and remember him. Selfishly, we're so happy that he knew he was going to be a great-grandfather in July!

12 Week Doctor's Appointment

On Wednesday, January 7th, we had our 12 week appointment (although I was 13 weeks). We both had hoped to have an ultrasound, given that at our last one the nurse had trouble finding the heartbeat. But our midwife assured us that if anything was wrong, she would follow up with an ultrasound.

She told us that it might take a second to find the heartbeat and that we shouldn't worry if she had to move around the fetal doppler for a little while to find it. But the minute she put it on my belly, we could instantly hear the quick beating in the room. It was very cute because the midwife, instantly turned to Mr. Howard and said "That's your baby!" with a big smile on her face. We would hear it beat, beat, beat and then hear a litle "whhhhiiiippp" sound. Our midwife explained that that was the baby moving or flipping around. It was beating at around 160 bpm.

We left without any disappointment and can't wait for our February, 20-week ultrasound!! The picture above is of what our lil one looks like at 13 weeks. :-)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pregnancy Journal

Because we knew we didn't want to tell people until at least 10 weeks, we thought this would be the best way to track the pregnancy: a secret journal that will go live on January 1, 2009.

November 10, 2008 (Almost 5 Weeks)
We just found out tonight that we're going to be parents and could not be more excited to meet our little one!!!!! This has been a long time coming and now we're just going to revel in all the excitement!

November 18, 2008 (5 Weeks, 6 Days)
This was our first doctor's appointment and we were able to see our little one on the ultra-sound today and are overjoyed!!! Hurry up and bake safely in my belly and come join our family!

November 24, 2008 (6 Weeks, 6 Days)
Morning sickness has officially hit big time and I am constantly in shock of how something the size of a blueberry could wreak such havock on my tummy...not that I'm complaining! I am so sensitive to smells now, that Mr. Howard is having to eat his meals in the other room, so as not to make me get sick. Food is difficult to keep down, but I'm just focusing on eating things right when they sound good. I tend to be able to keep down yogurt, crackers, water, and bagels - but sometimes those won't stay down either.

November 25, 2008 (7 Weeks)
We got to see our little one's heart beat on the ultrasound for the very first time!!! This was my first outing in 4 days. The doctor prescribed me something for the morning sickness, took me off the prenatal vitamin, and had me start taking B6. We got to take home 3 ultrasound photos to share with family!

November 29, 2008 (7 Weeks, 4 days)
We took our Christmas photo today! I'm not showing yet, so it was a perfect opportunity to do our first belly photo. We decided we're going to announce our pregnancy in our Christmas card.

December 2, 2008 (8 Weeks)
With the prescription medicine, I still feel nauseaus when I'm sitting or not doing anything, but it allows me to get through the entire day at work without getting sick. I still get nauseaus at night and if I don't eat frequently, but I'm able to get out of bed and walk around (a HUGE accomplishment). I'm starting to wake up in the middle of the night, having to use the restroom. A friend jokingly told me that I'll learn the location of every restroom within a 50 mile radius of the house and work. I can see why! Our baby is the size of a rasberry now!

December 6, 2008 (8 Weeks, 4 days)
We received a gift from our dear friends Allison and Jack, who just had their precious little one in August. I spent the entire evening reading Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. There was a lot I didn't know would happen, but mostly it just felt fantastic to hear a woman tell stories about similar things I've experienced. The pregnancy books say, "you might experience nausea in the beginning months," but Jenny McCarthy talks about feeling plastered to her bed, while fighting the urge to get sick from sun-up to sun-down. She talks about how the term "morning sickness" must have been invented by a man who hoped that by limiting the term to "morning" that it would also, in fact, limit the ability of women to complain past breakfast. :-) It made me feel a sense of comraderie and relief that I couldn't get from any pregnancy book or website!

December 7, 2008 (8 Weeks, 5 days)
I officially do not fit into my normal jeans and pants. I own a few pairs of pants that are one size bigger (ladies, you know you all have these). I have officially had to switch to those few pair of pants that I own. Mr. Howard and I also made a trip over to target to get some black velour pants that have a draw string and one pair of elastic-waisted pants. Of course, I'm thrilled to be making this step, but also feel a little worried - when do most people start to grow out of their pants? I have to keep reminding myself that my clothes were always snug.

December 17, 2008 (10 Weeks)
It's nice to finally have our secret out. It's been so hard not to tell people something that is obviously such big news. I'm not complaining about the morning sickness, because this is all worth it. However, in a few years, when I start to get the itch for more little ones, will someone please remind me that experiencing this once was enough?! And will someone also remind me that morning sickness does not end in the morning?

December 24, 2008 (11 Weeks)
In our Christmas cards we announced our pregnancy and we are so overjoyed to have everything out in the open. We couldn't be more excited and it's so wonderful to be able to share that with the world. I also can't believe that in one more week I'll be in my second trimester! My, how the last 6 weeks have flown by!! I am also hoping that as I enter the second trimester I will put all the morning, afternoon, dusk, evening, night sickness in the past and be able to smile, eat, and laugh with my family and friends!!

December 30, 2008 (12 Weeks)
Our little one is the size of a lime today!!! My morning sickness is still going strong. Unfortunately, I spent today, New Years Eve, getting sick. But both Mr. Howard and I have such a strong support system that keeps us staying positive. The ending of this week marks the beginning of the second trimester, which has us all exhaling a little bit. January 7th is our big 13 week ultrasound and we're hoping that with that, Mr. Howard and I will finally be able to feel like we can shout our excitement from the rooftops. Tomorrow is the first day of 2009 and the beginning of the year that we'll have our precious little joy with us!

We're Pregnant

We've been saving this video from November 10th, the night we found out we were expecting! It's a little dorky and yes, I do realize that I am wearing a scarf in the house. But I was too excited to even take it off from work. We were so used to seeing "not pregnant" on the screen that we were sooo overjoyed and a little in denial (hence the three pieces of evidence). I know some people know this, but I was told in college that it might not be possible for me to conceive a child. In fact, it was actually unlikely I would conceive naturally - so you can imagine the excitement!!

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