Wednesday, March 16, 2011

21 weeks!

Yep!  We've made it to 21 weeks! =] Strangers still definitely aren't going to look at me and know I'm pregnant or anything, but that's okay.  Weight gain is still nil, but I'm guessing that will catch up with me at some point as well.

I'll bet you're dying to know how our gender/anatomy scan went, eh?  Stick cooperated!  And the verdict is . . . dun dun dun . . . she's all girl baby! =] Somewhere between our scan last Tuesday and a few days ago, we finally finished hashing out the name details and I'm proud to say that she also has a name!  Brooklyn Leah Harper Olson.  And we're already both incredibly in love with her. =]

We were able to walk away from the gender/anatomy scan with two pictures.  One is your standard, "It's a girl!" picture and then also one of straight-on shot of her face. =] 

The second picture is a little hard to navigate, but just follow the arrow. =] We do have a few more pictures from the ultrasound as well, but I haven't gotten a copy of them quite yet so I'll make a new post as soon as I get them. =]

Heartbeat was 152 and she was measuring at 19 weeks, 5 days!  I can't wait to meet our beautiful baby!

Daddy thinks he was able to feel her move for the first time yesterday as well!  I had his hand on my belly when she was being super active and she gave two good, hard kicks while his hand was there. =]  I'm able to feel her move daily now!  It's such an awesome feeling, I don't think I could EVER get sick of it!
We've also started on the nursery!  Right now it's mostly just moving stuff out in an attempt to actually have a place to put things when we start getting nursery furniture.  All that's left in the to-be nursery now are two large bookshelves that we need to move into our bedroom.  For the time being, we have one of those plastic Sterilite dresser/storage containers and that's what we're going to be storing her clothes in.  It's already in the closet and stashed with as many newborn and 0-3 months clothes as we have for her yet. =] And, happily, we actually have quite a few! Daddy's step-brother and his wife have a 5-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy and they've set up a pretty neat system where they just saved all their baby/toddler clothes and borrow them out to whoever they know that's having a baby between family/friends/etc.  So we were able to look through four GIANT totes of clothes and already have quite the assortment all the way up to 9 months!  Everything for 0 - 3 months and newborns is in her closet and the bigger stuff has been sorted and is stashed away in totes in our basement for when she starts growing into them. =]

Also, another VERY exciting gift that we couldn't be more thankful for . . . my closest friend asked me on Monday what we needed most for Brooklyn.  I told her diapers and/or wipes because I know they're already going to be the bane of our financial existence for awhile.  And what shows up in the mile today?  A GIANT box of 276 size 1 diapers and nearly 400 wipes!  Holy crap!  I'm guessing we're probably set for the first two months or so by now!  Brooklyn says, "Thank you so much Aunty Heather!" =]

Friday, March 4, 2011


I just wanted to share a quick milestone. =] I've felt Stick move before, but NOTHING like last night!  I think Stick may have been throwing a party last night!  For about five minutes, I just sat there in awe of this little person moving like crazy inside of me!  It was such an AWESOME feeling!

Also, something else that I wanted to document lest I forget later on, at about 16 weeks, I was researching and discovered that that's the point in a pregnancy in which baby's ear bones are forming which means baby is starting to hear!  I told Kelly this, and since then, he has insisted upon reading Stick a bedtime story each night.  I love it!  He's just as in love with this new little life as I am!

Headaches subdued for a week or so, and now they're back full force.  Blech.  I've been getting them daily again, regardless of how much water I drink.  I went home from work yesterday with a killer migraine and am still home today because I just couldn't shake and, now that the headache's mostly gone, I'm feeling queasier than I have in a long time.  Blech.  I did realize last night though, that we're now almost halfway through the second trimester!  I can't believe how quickly the time has gone since we passed that 12-week mark!  A few more days and we'll officially be halfway there!

We're trying to plan for this summer, but so far, it's not going so hot.  I'm going to be off work without pay for probably two months, and, quite honestly, we're barely getting the bills paid now with both of our incomes.  I'm trying to get a second part-time job so that we can start squirreling away funds for the summer, but so far, it hasn't been going so well.  I'm just hoping that everything works out!  Keep us in your thoughts and prayers that we can manage to find away to afford living those first two months!  After that, we should be fine, it's just to get through to September when I'll start working again.  Uff-da.  Money is definitely a stresser!

Four more days until we find out whether Stick is going to a boy or a girl!  Hopefully Stick cooperates with us on Tuesday!

Oh!  And as far as weight gain goes, I'm starting to put some weight back on, but I'm still a pound or two shy of my pre-pregnancy weight.  The scale read in at 204 this morning and I was a pretty consistent 205 before we got pregnant.  I've read that usually, 1/3 of the weight should be gained by week 20 and the remaining 2/3 should be gained in the second half of pregnancy.  Hmmm.  For some reason, I don't think that's going to be the case for me and Stick!