Less than a week!

In less than a week, we will (hopefully) know if the peanut is a he or a she! I cannot wait…I usually am a pretty patient person. Heck, I can deal with sixth graders who throw binders and pencils at me and still be patient 😉 But ever since I found out I was pregnant, I’ve wanted to know if our baby was a boy or a girl. I hate saying “it” all the time. And I want “it” to have a name! So I’ve been counting down the days until November 7th and hoping and praying that the peanut will be cooperative.

Greg and I both think that “it” is actually a he…although the poll says otherwise! No reason why, really…it’s just something I’ve thought since the beginning! I’ve played around with some Old Wives Tales just for fun…There is a Chinese Gender Predictor calendar…according to that we are having a girl. Another one says that if you prefer sleeping on your right side at night (I do), then you’re having a boy. I’ve totally craved salty foods my entire pregnancy…I was pretty turned off by sweets in my first trimester, and if you know me well at all, you know that that is weird! I love my ice cream! According to the wives tale, craving salty foods means you’re having a boy. Lately though, I’ve been craving grapefruit. Wives tale says that craving citrus fruits means you’re having a girl. One last tale says that if the heartbeat is above 140 you’re having a girl; if it’s below 140, you’re having a boy. The baby’s heartbeat was 150 at the first appointment and in the upper-140s at the second. So if we go by that, “it” should be a she! It’ll be very interesting to see which tales proved true for us 🙂

If forgetfulness was a predictor of gender, we’d know for sure by now. Yesterday marked the THIRD time in THREE weeks that I’ve locked my keys in my car! Poor Greg had to drive them to me at school before he went to work so I could get my stuff out of my car. How do you lock your keys in your car with all your things in it too, you ask? Well, it’s easy. I left all my bags in the passenger seat, planning to go around to open the door and get them out that way. I put my keys in my purse and set my purse on the seat too. Then I pressed the unlock button on the door…however, for some reason, that didn’t unlock all my doors. Perhaps I pressed the wrong direction? Anyway, I walked around to the other side and the door was locked…Needless to say, the driver’s side door was shut and locked too. I think I need to start wearing a car key on a necklace or something!

I’ve been battling a nasty cold all week long. And it wouldn’t be half as bad if I could take something (anything!) that would drain everything out of my head. But I can’t…so instead I’ve been complaining and sniffling and coughing and complaining some more. I even had to stay home on Thursday from school. I was feeling a little bit better yesterday, but after a late Halloween night, it’s back in full force 🙁

Here is a tummy picture from last week. It was taken at exactly 18 weeks. Sorry for the awkwardness of the picture…I was trying to hold the black shirt out of the way so you could actually see how big the peanut is getting! I’ll have to take another (better one) this week.

We have a crib!

Greg and I spent the afternoon putting together the baby’s new crib! I’m very excited about it – we love it and we got a great deal on it…always a good thing! Hopefully we can find a dresser and rocking chair or glider that match to go in the room for just as good of a price. We’ll see!

It wasn’t too complicated to put together. Greg did most of the work while I held pieces up. Riley and Sammy oversaw the entire project and checked out all the pars to make sure they didn’t have anything scary hiding inside!

Greg working hard while I take pictures…hey, it’s what I’m good at!

Sammy and Riley making sure we’re doing a good job.

The finished product! I can’t wait to get cute bedding to go inside 🙂

The “babies” get to try it out! 🙂

Alicia - Hi Libby!
I found your blog via thenest! Cute crib! We just put ours together this past weekend! Isnt this baby stuff a blast!!!? Cute blog! H&H 9 mos!

LL - This is completely random, but I was looking through my archives (trying to find the day Landon started sitting up – blogs are very helpful for going back and filling in the baby book) and saw all the nice and supportive comments you wrote during our bad time many months ago, thank you for that. And because I was already procrastinating at work, I clicked over to your blog and saw your exciting news. Congrats on the baby!

And the picture of the dogs in the crib is adorable 🙂

Rough couple of days!

I know that God has a purpose when we go through valleys and that all of our time on Earth can’t be spent on the mountain top, but I feel like it’s been a long, hard struggle to get up the mountain for us!

First of all, I apparently hit something (without knowing it!) in our Mustang and came out to a gigantic oil leak. Basically every bit of oil that was in my car had leaked out onto the ground. We had to have it towed to Leif Johnson…and then, since it wasn’t a manufacturer defect, we have to pay for all of it. And it’s not cheap! We pick up the car tomorrow, and I’m seriously considering giving up driving…I mean, all the bad things in that car happen while I’m driving! Like the rock that cracked the windshield three days after we bought…Who was driving? Me! Or the time that the key wouldn’t turn in the ignition and I was stranded at the apartment. Or the time that I was trying to fill up with gas and the gasoline came shooting back out all over me? Yep. Me driving. And then if we go back further in my driving history (before the Mustang) there was the incident in the Explorer where the passenger side mirror randomly shattered. I swear I’m a careful driver. Bad luck while driving just seems to follow me.

Then this morning, I had a scary moment where I thought I was going to pass out. I got really shakey, dizzy, and broke out in a cold sweat with a horrible headache. Since I’ve had moments of low blood sugar before I got pregnant, I thought that could’ve been what was causing everything. So I got my snack out of the fridge at school (crackers and a cheese stick) and ate that. Thirty minutes later I still felt horrible, so I went down to our school nurse’s office. My blood pressure was on the “low side of normal” (101/70). She had me drink a juice box and then we took my blood sugar. Normal sugars range from 70-120…After eating crackers and drinking the juice, mine was only 84, which is pretty low for having sugar in my system. She had me drink another juice and we waited about 15 minutes and tested it again. It had gone up to 99…I felt a little bit better, but definitely not great! My doctor said to watch it and to mention it at my next appointment. Unfortunately, this puts me at a higher risk of having gestational diabetes – which I do not want to have! Although, if this is the only real complication I have with my pregnancy, I’ll be glad. So many other things can go wrong and this is relatively minor.

It’s really hard to stay positive when it seems like so many things are going wrong…but I’m trying so hard to trust in God and really put my faith in Him. I know he will provide for us and take care of us.

On a happy note, here’s a tummy picture from last week. You can’t really tell from this picture, but the little peanut is definitely growing! I’ll try to take a better one this weekend.

Sarah - I’m sorry you went through that! I hope that was your spell of bad luck and now everything will be fine. Take care of yourself!

Healthy baby

I had my monthly appointment with my doctor this afternoon…after locking my keys in my car at school, having to call Greg and have him leave work to pick me up, and then getting to the doctor’s office only to find out that they had my appointment scheduled for tomorrow, not today! Thank goodness everything worked out alright!

My doctor measured my tummy – I think she said it was around 16 inches, which she said was “tiny” for being 17 weeks. Nothing to worry about though – either it means that I’m actually due later than April 1st or I just have some catching up to do. I also got to listen to the heart beat on the doppler…it’s so fun to hear the little wa-wa-wa-ing from our baby’s heart! It was right around 146-149 beats per minute. Last time it was in the 150s, and she said it sounded strong and great.

She asked me if I wanted to have any genetic testing done, but I declined…it’s wouldn’t change anything with the way we viewed the baby, so there’s really no point. Plus, there’s a high rate of having false positives, which would cause me unnecessary stress and worry. I feel good about that decision!

I also scheduled our “big” ultrasound to find out the baby’s gender…The big day is November 7th! Pray that the baby is cooperative so s/he can get a name, clothing, bedding and all that fun stuff! I’m putting up a poll so you can vote on whether you think the baby is a boy or a girl…I’ll tell you what I think after a few days!

17 weeks

Today, our baby is 17 weeks old! I get an email every Tuesday telling me about all the growth and development that will be happening that week. This week’s email said that our baby’s skeleton is hardening into bone and that sweat glands are beginning to develop this week. The baby is now the size of a turnip and weighs about 5 ounces. Last week’s email said that the baby would be doubling in weight approximately every week for the next few weeks…Crazy, isn’t it?!

I have my second doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I’m not really sure what is supposed to go on at this appointment, but I will be scheduling our “big” ultrasound…the one where we get to find out the sex of the baby! I am praying that s/he is cooperative during this ultrasound so we can find out…I don’t know how much longer I can last not knowing. Unfortunately, my insurance only pays for two ultrasounds, unless more are medically necessary. So if our little peanut isn’t being especially cooperative, we could potentially not know until the delivery!

Greg and I are looking into paying to have a 3D/4D ultrasound done. There are some various centers in Austin that do them…it would be so fun to have “real” pictures of the baby, but we’ll see!

New baby, new blog

I figured it was time to start a blog to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on with me and the surprise baby in the next coming months and years. I hate living far away from family and friends, but at least the internet makes it a little easier to keep in touch!

For those of you who need to get caught up on things, here’s some background information. I’m in my second trimester, 15 weeks 5 days pregnant (or about 4 1/2 months) with a surprise baby! Greg and I definitely weren’t expecting this, but the Lord knows better than we do what He has planned for us. We are only along for the ride, and what a fantastic one it is turning out to be! Our baby is very wiggly and active, although I have yet to feel anything. I hear that will come in the next week or two and I’m very excited for it! I am due on April 1st, 2009 – April Fool’s Day. Hopefully there will be no more big surprises to come! I’ve had my first doctor’s appointment so far and have the next on October 23rd. We should find out if it’s a boy or a girl sometime around Thanksgiving and I couldn’t be more excited!

Here are a few pictures of the baby:

I will try to update this every few days or so to keep everyone informed! I’m definitely looking forward to the coming weeks and months…everything is going by so fast and I’m really trying to savor every moment of it (good and bad!). A blog seems like the perfect way to do that!

Anonymous - ooohhh sweetie… i’m just beaming… i could not be more happy for you and Greg…. and what fabulous parents you are going to make… God bless you all, and know that you are loved… xoxoxoxox

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