Friday, April 15, 2005

My First Peek!

Yesterday we had our first ultrasound. Our appointment was at 10am so, we were supposed to be there at 9:30am so that I could start drinking water. They wanted me to have a full bladder for the ultrasound.

We woke up around 7:00am and just laid in bed until about 7:25am. After being in Mississippi for 4 days for my Grandmother's funeral, we've gotten a bit lazy about getting out of bed this week. We decided while laying there that we would try to visit one of the day cares on our list prior to going to the hospital for the appointment. That worked out well. We visited a place and thought it was fine but, we don't have anything to compare it to quite yet.

We finally got the hospital right at 9:30am and had to get our insurance verified. That seemingly took forever but, we were back to radiology by 10am - just in time to wait for 30 more minutes. Yes, my bladder almost exploded. So much so that when the technician first put the wand on me, she said my bladder was too full. She allowed me to empty it before she took any of the anatomical measurements of the baby. What a relief!!

It took her a while to get the measurements that she needed because the baby was too active for her. After about 20 minutes, she called my husband in and we got to both watch the baby on the screen. She showed us the heart, arms, hands, feet, legs, etc. But, every time she tried to see the sex, the baby kept crossing it's legs. She said that she had seen it while taking the measurements so, she knew but, couldn't get a good angle to show us.

The baby spent most of the time on its back and finally flipped over so that we could get a good look at the profile of the face and the little hands and arms curling up to the face. Then the doctor came in to take a few more measurements and also attempt to see the sex. The baby was very active but, none of the activity involved spreading the legs!! The doctor caught a glipse but, couldn't duplicate it for us.

But, the conclusion that both the tech and doctor came to is that our first baby is A GIRL!! How exciting! I knew all along but, hearing the "professionals" say it makes is so much more concrete.

So, we are so excited about her and can't wait to meet her in September!

For those of you who are wondering this Chinese Birth Calendar accurately predicts that she is a girl (I turned 26 in February and she was conceived in December). I have to admit, though, I ran across 4 Chinese charts before this one that said she would be a boy. :)

Thursday, April 07, 2005

A Loss

My grandma just passed away 35 minutes ago. I am so sad that my dad has lost his last parent. I'm so sad that my child will never know his/her Great-Grandma Madie. She has been sick for a very long time but, it's amazing how it can still hit you so hard...

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Moving and Expanding

So, I’m sitting at my desk around 11:25 this morning. All of a sudden, I start to feel a lot of pressure in the belly region. I reach down to put my hand on it. Then I feel a definitel poke from inside of my belly! I’ve been thinking that I feel movement since Monday at work (baby only moves when I’m sitting at work for some reason) but, today is it. I know that is the only thing it could be! How exciting!! And now “she” is having a field day. I feel like "she" is rolling around and changing positions constantly over the past 15 minutes. I feel pressure for a minute and then “she” backs off. This is so fun. I realize that this will become increasingly uncomfortable as “she” gets bigger but, right now I must bask blissfully in this milestone…

So, distinct movement coupled with the comment that I got last night at Chili’s makes me realize that this is really happening! Last night, I decided to pick up some chips and queso from Chili’s to eat with a few girls that were coming over. Yesterday, I happened to have on a maternity shirt and pants. Although I had tucked the shirt in at work (most people here still don’t know I’m pregnant), I relaxed and took it out at home. So, when my husband saw me, his comment was, “Wow – you really look pregnant now!”. The next thing out of his mouth was, “Make sure you’re wearing your rings when you go to Chili’s”. He is paranoid about people thinking that I am a single parent. Anyway, at Chili’s when I only ordered the chips and queso, the cashier asked me if it was a craving I had been having. That is something you only ask a pregnant person! So, I must be officially showing...