Monday, February 22, 2010

We're half way there...yayyy, livin' on a prayer...

I cannot, I repeat absolutely cannot believe we are half way through this wonderful, crazy ride called pregnancy this week. Where, oh where, hath the time gone?! Oh, I's called life. And it's been pretty dern hectic lately.

We have our next appointment with Dr. W next week (21 weeks) for our sonogram and check-up. I am, of course, really excited to hopefully find out what this little one is (let's hope he/she cooperates and spreads 'em wide, he! he!)

BUT, more than anything, I am looking forward to getting to SEE our baby again. It has been 8 weeks since our last sono and that one was about 20 seconds long and only happened because the nurse practitioner couldn't find the heartbeat using the doppler. It was not exactly the way I'd choose to get to see the little one on the screen.

Daily, nightly, at my desk at work, randomly at a stop light, I find myself praying over our child. Praying for continued healthy development, good fluid levels, performing organs, 10 fingers and toes, get the picture. I do not take a single detail of this life for granted. I suppose it is becasue when you're at my age and everyone around you is having children, you hear so often of things that can or have gone wrong...things that have given parents-to-be some real scares. Jordan and I trust in the Lord with all of our hearts for we know He already knows the path for this little one and that great things are in store for this new life. BUT, (there's always a but, right?) I am always a bit relieved after each doctor appointment, hearing the heartbeat etc...

Psalm 139:13-18
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

And, so this post does not go without pics (what fun would that be, right?)...

Here you have it folks, the bump watch as of late.





As I mentioned at the beggining of this post, I am 20 weeks as of tomorrow and have been feeling really good. I take that back, back being the key word. I am feeling really good aside from my aching back. I know, I know, that's to be expected and it will no doubt get worse as the weeks and weight increase :).

Oh btw...based on belly pics, anyone wanna put in their own two cents as to what you think Baby Young is?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Home, sweet home...

Here are some pics of our new home just as we were beginning to move in last weekend. It is still a work in progress, (i.e. getting the landscaping installed) but it is starting to feel more and more like OUR home with each day.

For the most part we are unpacked and out of the many, many boxes. Now we just have to "jazz it up" a bit and give things our personal touch.

Jordan and I are so very thankful to be in our new house that we designed from scratch (with help from the architect, of course) and poured countless hours of thoughts, decisions and wonderings into. We are also SO very excited to raise our family in this new home. (p.s...I have sworn to him I am not moving again until I am 90.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The things I LOVE and the things I LONG for...

Well, I am now 17 weeks and feel like I am fully adjusting to Preggo Life. Wait, don't get me wrong here, I am completely aware this 40 week roller coaster is just getting its speed and momentum going and that MANY things will continue to change, as this journey is an ever-evolving process. But, as for today...I am pretty keen on pregnancy...ahem, the 2nd trimester, that is. Pretty much weeks 1-4 were ignorant bliss, I could have done without weeks 5-10 (ick.ick.ick.) and 11-17 have been as smooth as butta.

We went yesterday for our monthly check-in and things were great!!! Baby's heartrate was strong and the heartbeat was quickly and easily detected...a huge thank you to God, since at my 13 week visit they couldn't find it (normal, i know, but scary nonetheless) and had to usher me into the sono tech room. This time our little one was trucking right along, right when she put the doppler on my belly. No hiding this time!

Alas, I delve into some new-found items of importance...tastebud changes/cravings and longings, of course!

Let's start with the LONGINGS, shall we?

In no particular order...

Sushi (bring on the spicy tuna roll!)

A good glass of wine after a long day

Pounding the pavement to relieve stress

A nice, cold, adult beverage enjoyed with my man as we re-hash our days

Blue cheese, goat cheese, brie, etc...Why is it that I love unpasteurized cheeses the most?!?!

But, miss as I may, the above stated things, I have found there to be FAR more things I am L.O.V.I.N.G.

First and foremost, my OB, Dr. W. She is the bees knees. She is so down to earth, not overly freakish and a mom herself to 3 kiddos ( 2 of whom are twins less than a year old). She is so easy to just chat with, shoot the breeze, ask neurotic questions of, and all the while...I feel like she is really hearing me and not letting my imagination get the best of me. I just think the world of her.

Sandwiches, sandwiches and more sandwiches. Heavy on the mustard and pickles, of course.

Now that I am sans-coffee (gasp, i know. it just doesn't taste good to me), my friend heather has introduced me to and hence gotten me hooked on Earl Grey lattes from Starbucks. I am a huge fan since the tea has less caffeine than a regular cup 'o joe.

Taco Bell. Prior to this baby, I can honestly say the last time I ate Taco Bell was probably in highschool. This is by far the most random craving of all. Give me either a monster taco (love me some spice) or a good plain bean burrito.

Treadmill accompanied by HGTV, since I am taking a break from running (just a personal decision, not necessary, I know). We switched gyms and now go to Anytime Fitness and love that its not a meat market, seeing as how being a preggo and in spandex, the less peeps I have to see the better...for them and for me, he! he!

Sourpatch Kids. They fall into the "anything sour, salty, or spicy" category that seems to be all I look for when making my meal/food selections. Yum, yum!

The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. Hands down, this my favorite read so far! I have been reading through a number of books and this one is right up my alley. Thank you Heather for loaning it to me! This gal's depiction/recollection of pregnancy and all that comes with it is just my style. Her honest, not overly fussy/fanatical, just plain shoot you straight kinda' writing is great!

Chick-fil-a Lemonade. Love it. Gulp it. Crave it. Writing this makes me crave one now.

Okay, so this post might have been the most boring thing ever to anyone reading. But, I want to remember all of these random facts. I know there are a ton more things I am not thinking of that I love, loathe and long for. But, this post has gone long enough already.

Next post might include a belly update (much to my husband's chagrin, since he thinks my bare belly should not be on the world wide web for all to see).

I am also SO tardy in updating on the house status. Coming soon...