Thanks so much for all of your well wishes!!! And can I just say how excited I am to finally tell you guys? Having something that huge going on in my life and not being able to blog it was really weird. Glad that part of this adventure is over now. So to answer some of your questions…
1.) How far along are you?
As of today I am at 12 weeks and 3 days (according to the voodoo that is pregnancy math). So according to some of the books I’m now in the second trimester… although according to others I still have a week to go so who knows.
2.) When is the baby due?
My official doctor sanctioned due date is March 15. The Ides of March. Which makes his very geeky parents happy. Also all of my friends have taken to calling him/her Caesar which is pretty hilarious considering it’s hard to rule the entire Roman Empire when you’re only a few inches long.
Other fun potential birthdays:
March 9: Matt’s b-day
March 17: St. Pat’s – which would make my Irish grandma very happy
March 22: My brother’s birthday
Overall I think March is the perfect time. While it means I’m out for ski season this year I won’t ever have to be huge when it’s hot out. Let’s just hope that there’s no big mid-March blizzard this year!
3.) How have you been feeling?
Pregnant. Yucky and pregnant. I’m hoping that I’ll get the second trimester energy burst soon and that the puking will stop but so far none of that has happened. I spend most of my time either throwing up, asleep, or knocked out with a migraine that I’m not allowed to take anything good for. Also knitting makes me dizzy which makes coping with spending most of my time on the couch just about unbearable. I’m starting to come out of it a little bit, though. At first my after work naps were 3-4 hours long. Now they are only an hour or two. And some days I can survive without napping at all! So perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel…
4.) Is it a boy or a girl? Will you find out?
Ok even though we have had an ultrasound we can’t find out yet. The pieces parts are just too small to see. We won’t be able to find out until our next ultrasound at around weeks 18-20 (sometime in late Oct).
We go back and forth on the finding out/not finding out thing. On one hand it would be nice to know… but on the other it just doesn’t matter. Happy and healthy is what matters not boy or girl. On one hand it would be fun to be a surprise but on the other it will be a surprise no matter when we find out. The big sticking point is that everything – even the big ticket items like strollers and cribs and stuff – seems to be geared towards either a boy or a girl. That makes us not want to know. Because – God willing – this will not be our only child. And it seems completely ridiculous to rebuy everything for the next one because it’s not the right color. So we’d much rather stick with neutrals for just about everything. But I’m afraid that once we tell everyone “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy” suddenly the floodgates of pink or blue will open. And we’re really not down with that.
We do have a little time to decide on this and I’m sure whatever conclusion we reach will be the right decision for us.
5.) How was your first ultrasound?
So. Much. Fun. So much fun. Once we got over the “is everything ok?! please just tell us everything is ok..” thing, that is. And so far everything is great. Check it out:
That’s our kid!!! It was taken on August 20 – so two weeks ago. I’m sure they’ve grown since then…
At the ultrasound the baby was doing a little happy dance, squirming around like crazy. At one point he/she stopped dancing and waved one arm at us as if to say “Hi guys!” and then went back to their bouncy little dance. The doctor got a shot of the baby waving at us – and even added a little caption to it:
Heh. Nice to prepare the baby for the inevitable captioning that will happen on this blog.
How about another shot:
At this point the doctor commented on how long the baby’s arms are. So our baby is fidgety with long arms? Doesn’t sound like anyone I know at all… or you know...exactly like Matt.
Here’s where they measured the baby’s heartbeat:
It was 184.6 which sounds insane but apparently they start out that fast and slow down later.
And one last picture for good measure:
Blurry but adorable.
Ok I think that about catches me up. Hopefully I’ll be back to the blogging/knitting world soon!