Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year's Eve

The pregnancy massage yesterday was awesome! They had a "pregnancy pillow" (pic below) and it was so nice because it allows you to lay on your stomach without pressing on your great!

Today I took Gizmo to the groomers and then dropped him off to the dogsitter for a couple days while we are in Jacksonville.

We are leaving shortly and heading to Jacksonville for New Year's Eve and the game. We are meeting up with my parent's cousin who is flying in from Nebraska for the game. We are all staying at the same hotel. We are going to go to dinner and possibly watch fireworks and whatever else the night brings. Then we'll wake up early tomorrow and head to the stadium for the Gator Bowl.

Go Huskers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We feel blessed to have had such a wonderful 2008 and can't wait for all the excitement that 2009 will bring.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Results from our 22 week ultrasound/appt

I wanted to give you all a quick update before I head to the spa :-)

We had our 22 week ultrasound this morning and the baby is for sure a girl and weighs 1lb.3oz
She is sideways or transverse. The doctor said hopefully she’ll move into the head down position by the time I hit 35 weeks. If not then she will be breech and that’s not a good thing so they are going to keep an eye on that, otherwise everything looked good and they are sticking to the due date of May 2nd. It was so neat seeing everything in detail-the cerebellum, kidneys, four chambers of the heart, bladder, etc. Her heartbeat was 158bpm-down a bit from the first trimester when it was 171bpm which the doctor said was perfectly normal.

She was drinking during the ultrasound and you could actually see her lips moving, the fluid go in her mouth and down her amazing. Then when the ultrasound tech was trying to take pics of her face she put her arm in front of her face as if she was saying "no photos please" haha!! Then after she took a picture of her girlie parts she immediately closed her legs...she's a smart little girl!!

I asked the doctor if it was okay to get a pregnancy massage today and he said yes that they actually recommend it. As long as it's done by a massage therapist and not a chiropractor. So in about 45 minutes I'm headed to the spa.

He told us to sign up for a childbirth class and have it completed in the next two months. He said they recommend not doing it too close to the due date. So we are going to get signed up for that in the next week or so. It's crazy how fast the time is flying by and to think I'm over halfway done with the pregnancy already.

Sunday Cookout

On Sunday morning my Dad and Brian did some painting then we were off to the park in the afternoon for some sun and relaxation. Brian fished (do I even need to mention that anymore-it's kind of a given anytime we leave the house :-)) and then we had a cookout for dinner. We had hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, chips and fresh fruit. The food was so yummy!!

Mom and Dad waiting for the food

Mom crocheting a baby blanket while watching Brian cook

Brian cooking

Grill Time

The cheeseburgers are almost done. Not sure if Brian is sticking his tongue out or has food in his mouth...haha!!

Almost time to eat

Of course we couldn't go to the park without Gizmo :-)

Mom crocheting while waiting to eat

Today is a big day!!

Today is my 22 week ultrasound. I'm so excited that my parents are able to go. Both my brother and I were adopted so this will be a first experience for my parents to see an ultrasound. The timing couldn't have been any better. I keep having dreams that they are going to say "It's a boy" We aren't telling the doctor that we already know the sex (because I was impatient and had to know early) but I keep thinking "what if the ultrasound place was wrong and it is a boy" Oh'll be another great surprise then.

After the appointment we are going to the spa and I'm getting my first pregnancy massage. I can't wait!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

How Christmas is Celebrated in Florida...

At the beach!! It was in the 80's on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was beautiful weather. We spent the morning of Christmas Eve on the beach before heading to Jacksonville to pick up my parents. Then we went out to dinner and back home for an early evening. No midnight church services for us-we we all so tired. Christmas day we again went to the beach. There were so many starfish! We were able to find a handicap beach ramp so my mom was able to be wheeled out on the walkway and enjoy the beach too. We had a nice big dinner and Brian's mom joined us for that.

Addison scored big this Christmas. She got several outfits from her Grandpa P and uncle Deano, a pool float and fish sandals from Grandma A, a dress and adorable pink shoes from Brian's aunt Diane and Uncle Tom, a Christmas dress, santa bib and hooded bath towel from her Grandma and pa S. She also got a couple cute outfits from my friend Francesca as well.

There were TONS of starfish on the beach.

Brian doing what he loves ;-)

Book I read on the beach. One of my Christmas gifts.

Brian and my Dad on Christmas

Gizmo loves the beach

Brian in the water catching fish

Picture of me and Gizmo taken by my Mom

My Mom's "Big Red" cast

Brian's Mom setting the table for Christmas Dinner

Addison's Pool Float

Her fish flip flops to go fishing with her Dad :-)

And her adorable pink shoes to go shopping with Mom ;-)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

22 Weeks Development

How your baby's growing:

At 11 inches the length of a papaya and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she'll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

How your life's changing:

At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track.

You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to All

From our family to yours, may you all have a wonderful Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve!!

My favorite Christmas Eve song. It reminds me of candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve. We always sing it!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Baking

Saturday my friends CJ and Francesca came over to the house to do some holiday baking. We had been planning for weeks for this baking day. We decided we would make sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, dipped pretzels, holiday brownies, and peanut butter cornflake balls. We baked all day long. The girls arrived around 11:30a-12 and CJ left around 7:30p and Francesca left around 9:45p. It was a blast!! Francesca brought her son Cohen as well and he is such a cutie. He is already 10 months old.

The clean kitchen before baking day started

Another "before baking" shot

I think we have all the ingredients necessary to bake anything :-)

The brownies and peanut butter balls cooling

The sugar cookies are done and you can see the gingerbread cutouts on top of the oven waiting to be baked

Peanut Butter Cornflake Yummy!!

Dipped pretzels

Large and small dipped pretzels

A little bit of everything

CJ and sugar cookies

Francesca frosting and finishing the brownies

Francesca with a burnt gingerbread man. We forgot the cookies in the oven while we were opening gifts

Decorated Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Strawberry frosting and sprinkles

Gingerbread men and sugar cookies

Small dipped pretzels

Cohen resting

What a cutie!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

21 Weeks Development

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a banana. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

How your life's changing:

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.

That's not to say you won't have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don't take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.

You're also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You're more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don't cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our Weekend

On Saturday we went to one of our favorite State Park's by the house. They were having a holiday fest in the park. They had live music, vendors, kids games and crafts, Starbucks coffee and hot cocoa, pictures with Mr and Mrs Claus. They had a gingerbread house contest and there were several very creative houses. They smelled so good too!! The gardens were all decorated as well and there were lots of koi fish in the ponds. We met up with Brian's aunt, uncle and cousins. It was a great time and a way to get more in the Christmas spirit since the weather has been in the 70's and 80's this week it's hard to imagine that Christmas is a week away.

Then on Sunday we got our first piece of baby furniture. We got the Kolcraft Cuddle N' Care Rocking bassinet. The teddy bear mobile has music, lights and vibrates.

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