Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My How You've Grown!

Last Thursday was my 18-week ultrasound - the anatomy scan. I had one ultrasound early in my first trimester in order to date the pregnancy (it turned out I was 9 weeks along). Having that first ultrasound felt like a big step, but seeing the picture of my baby made me think...mmm, gummy bears. Don't you see the resemblance? (Head on the right, curled up legs / feet at the left.)

Today, however, I can confirm that I am indeed having a baby with flesh and bones. (And not a turtle, as I had feared...).

Isn't that beautiful? Yet how is it possible that this entire baby fits into my belly?

I swear I can feel each belly growth spurt, however minor it may look to everyone else. I know it doesn't look like much in the picture, but to me the growth is amazing! (My jeans are just starting to get tight. Maybe it's just because I'm indulging in my daily cravings for hot chocolate, but in any case, the maternity pants my mom sent me last week will very soon be put to use...)

Anyway, back to the exciting news - Thursday's ultrasound. It was absolutely amazing for both Patrick and me to see the little baby to come to life in front of our eyes - and so reassuring to see that it had all the necessary parts, in all the right places.

Speaking of necessary parts, we were able to confidently (VERY confidently!) confirm that we are having a BOY! We also got to see that this baby is, in fact, a Byron, as it wouldn't sit still for the first 30 minutes, then comfortably lodged itself into the deepest corner and wouldn't budge, meaning I'll have to come back in a week to get the brain anatomy and spinal cord images. Patrick is entirely to blame for that behavior.
But that's okay. I still love him anyway.

Monday, September 29, 2008

18 Weeks Today!

Today I'm officially 18 weeks pregnant. Oh god.

That means that in 2 weeks I'll be half done with this pregnancy (God- willing!!). And while I've definitely put my time in online looking at all the pretty baby things and reading all the happy baby stories, I'm still not actually convinced that I myself will - in just 22 weeks...oh God! - have one of my own.

Here's hoping Patrick is taking care of all the details. (hahahaha)

I'll be posting pictures later this week - I know you can't wait!

In the meantime, I've taken up crocheting again. I've found that it happily distracts me from eating entire bags of Oreos at one sitting. Plus, it'll give me something warm to wrap the little potato in come March. Did I mention that's in 22 weeks? Or that right now it's actually the size of a baked potato? In reality, 22 weeks is plenty of time. This blanket I'm working on will cover my entire bed by then!

One last thought for you...do you think that those annoying people realize that they're annoying too? I was watching E! Fashion Police critique the of the Emmys and some of the "experts" were so incredibly hard to listen to that I wondered...maybe that's what they're going for? Maybe they actually get annoyed by themselves sometimes too, but remind themselves, hey, annoying is who I am and what I do. I have to talk like this because if I don't no one will know I'm worth listening to. Whatever. It appears to work for them, as they're on TV weighing in on the fashions of the rich and famous. And getting paid to do so. I'm just jealous.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Introducing...My Little Potato

Hi everyone,
Per a friend's suggestion, I will be keeping this blog to keep you all updated as to the progress of my pregnancy - my little potato!

Hopefully it will also help me keep track of all the big "milestones" I'm expected to remember years from now...like, the first time I feel the baby move, my favorite cravings, and how big I am at any given moment. Since long-term memory has never been one of my strong points (right Karyn?!) and even worse now that I can actually blame my forgetfulness on "pregnancy brain," this is probably the best possible solution.

Since the ultrasound is this week, I figure now's as good a time as any to get started. Please feel free to let me know how I can improve the site (this is my first time blogging about ANYTHING!)

As this is my first pregnancy, I'm obviously thrilled and excited by every little detail. But, I also realize how tedious and boring most of those details must be for the rest of you. So, I'll do my best to not turn this into one of those horribly annoying "brag book"-type opportunities. It'll just be my way of keeping all of my geographically diverse friends and family in the loop.