Friday, September 26, 2008

Heartbeat

Yesterday was such an incredible day! Matt and I woke up and went to Starbucks. Don't worry, I had oatmeal and a steamed milk- no coffee. It is always fun to go on breakfast dates. Then we drove in the rain to our midwife appointment 45 minutes away. It was our first appointment at the birthing center. It was really neat to be where our baby will be born. We spent a long time with the midwife talking about everything from cereal to back pain, to shopping. She was really nice and very informative. We both really love how much they include Matt in everything. He asks questions and they ask him questions like how he is doing etc. That makes me feel good to see him getting more and more comfortable with the details of pregnancy.

After talking for awhile the midwife said, "Ok, let's listen to your baby!" Before I knew it I was up on the table as she put a doppler on my tummy. It wasn't 2 seconds before we heard an echo, then loud rhythmic whooshing beats! It was the most incredible sound we've ever heard! Matt came over to get a closer look and we both had huge smiles plastered across our faces. As we were listening to the perfect beating we heard these loud pops every few seconds. The midwife explained those noises were the baby kicking! The baby kicked at least six time in the next 20 seconds! Matt said, "We already have a hyperactive child!" The midwife smiled and agreed our baby was very active and very healthy! Those first sounds of our growing baby brought tears to our eyes and it had to be the most wonderful sound we've ever heard!

Oh, two other things I found out at the appointment. First the bad news, my midwife says I need to eat less cereal. She says the more you break down a food from its original form and reform it from a powder into a new shape like a flake or puff, it loses huge nutritional value. This was hard news because raisin bran cereal has been my staple for weeks now! She explained I was feeding the baby food high on the glycemic index and need to focus on food with high protein content and complex carbs. So, I have to back off the cereal. As for the good news! She said since I am now healthy into my second trimester it is perfectly fine to have a frappuccinno! This was such good news since I have not one since May! I can't wait to have a few sips of my favorite treat every now and then! She explained that minimal caffeine really is ok. I have to laugh at myself for being so excited about going to Starbucks!

I can't believe we are already at the second trimester mark! This week we get to go visit family and I am very excited about that! We have not seen our families in six weeks now, so it is much needed! We feel so blessed that our baby will have the most amazing grandparents, aunts, and uncle in the world. We can't wait to introduce our baby to everyone for the first time- only 27 more weeks!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Beds, Baby Bump, and Beef

This week we were very blessed to be given an amazing bedroom! We now have a beautiful brand new bed, dresser, bedside tables, and mattress! It is a gorgeous cherry wood and just looks amazing! Plus now going into the part of pregnancy when my belly will be growing the new mattress will really feel good on my back. We feel so blessed. It was great timing too because there have been a few very rough morning ( all day) sickness this week, so I had a very comfortable place to stay!
Speaking of growing bellies, mine is! It really was all of a sudden, one morning I just woke up and Matt said, " I see our baby!" It is just a tiny round bubble, but just enough to make my jeans protest. Matt loves talking to our baby and I love just rubbing my tummy. Even though it is still very small now just seeing a little bump at least makes it seem more real! It is hard to believe our baby is almost two inches long, the size of a plum, and is moving, kicking, swallowing, and already using its vocal cords to make vibrations! How amazing is that!

Ok, so I really like cereal right now, but what I really want is beef! Now if you know me, I do not eat beef, I do not like beef- but I find myself wanting to eat spaghetti, burgers, and other ground beef meals! You know something I really want is my Mamaw's roast and potatoes! Growing up that was not one of my favorite dinner meals, but now all I want is her amazing roast! I guess the baby has a thing for beef right now!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Grandparent's Day!

To our amazing parents-
Happy Grandparent's Day!

We just wanted to celebrate your official first Grandparent's Day by telling you how blessed we feel that our children get to call you grandparents. It is through your love, guidance, discipline, wisdom, and joy that we grew into who we are and now become parents ourselves. We are very excited to now see you as grandparents and feel such joy anticipating the memories our children will make with each of you! We love you so much!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Baby's Firsts

This week includes many of our baby's firsts, first full four chambered heart beats, first time the placenta will start functioning, first baby movements! It is amazing that this baby already has every major organ and system in place! At 1 to 1 1/2 inches long this life is a perfectly formed miniature baby!

Well, my incredibly excited husband and proud Daddy to be is eager to chronicle all the "firsts" for our baby. We went walking by the ocean the night we had our ultra sound done, so Matt said that was our baby's first trip to the beach! Last night was the first Redskins game of the season, so football fan Dad declared it baby's first football game! While I am completely entertained by my wonderful husband and his milestones for our baby, mine are a little more simple. I would like to have "the first meal that I don't feel sick after," or "the first time I can do simple household chores without taking a nap"! But you know, I wouldn't trade any of it for the world! I'm so excited God chose us to be the parents of this life and we are in love with this baby! So for now we will be enamored parents and enjoy each and every "first"!

As a side note, egg omelets, toast, raisin bran cereal, lemonade, and jello rock! New foods to cross off the eating list are peanut butter, Mexican, Chinese, and french fries! Ewww! Ok, enough talking about that! :)