I’ve been MIA for about a week, but Hubby and I went out of town for a wedding and to visit some family! In fact, he met some of my extended family who he has never met before. It was a fun but busy long weekend. I was glad we decided to fly back on Sunday so we had Monday to rest up (and celebrate his 32nd birthday!!) I made Hubby a breakfast casserole courtesy of Cooking Light and put candles in it in lieu of a birthday cake. It was a fun day.

I hope you enjoyed our gender announcement last week. We’re so excited to know the gender of our baby. I’m still working on retraining myself from saying “it” to saying “her” or “she.” Also — we’re 95% sure we’ve picked her NAME! We are not sharing with anyone though, and I don’t think I will be sharing it on this blog…but it’s a fun development.

Here’s a video from our 16.5-week ultrasound last week. Here’s to 18 weeks starting tomorrow! I will write another update later this week.


stress becomes wonder

Our 11 week appointment at our midwife group’s office was a wonderful experience! Yes, the wait was long, and yes, it took all morning for the appointment — but we received very personal, friendly, warm attention. I feel like we’re building a relationship with the midwives, not just being rushed in and out of an office, or that we’re a number.

We did have a bit of a worrisome moment. Our midwife tried to find the heartbeat for quite a few minutes with a Doppler, and couldn’t. One of my best friends who just had her first son recently did tell me not to worry if they couldn’t find it this early — that they couldn’t find the heartbeat at her 12-week appointment, and that it’s not always a given that “early”…but still…of course I worried!

The midwife could tell my nerves were getting to me. “You’re getting nervous. Your heart rate is increasing,” she said. And we could hear it too, through the Doppler. Only heartbeat we could hear! Then she told us something that was music to our ears.

“We have an old ultrasound machine here. If you want, I can wheel it in and we can take a look.”

So we did.

And the baby is gloriously beautiful. He or she was kicking and punching and squirming around. The tiny heart was beating. He or she was so much more interesting than the little bean we saw at seven weeks. We also saw the umbilical cord!

Here’s the video we took:

valentine baby’s first ultrasound

Exciting news! We had our ultrasound today at what we’d been calling 7 weeks and 6 days. The ultrasound tech felt I am more like 7 weeks and 1 day along, and thus the approximate due date was revised…to Valentine’s Day!!! Such a sweet due date. The baby’s heart rate was great — 151 beats per minute — and the tech said everything looked great to her and that she saw nothing that would concern her at all. Hubby and I made the decision to share the news with our offices today, followed by our close friends and extended family…followed by (embarrassing, but painfully true) Facebook, as our final stop. (Well — mine, anyway. Hubby refuses to get on FB.)

Here are some photos of our little blueberry: