April 25, 2009

A Room of His Own

Almost done!

The final coat of paint and the chair railing went up yesterday. All that's left is painting the trim and some touch up. I am impressed with this room. It makes me want tackle all sorts of home improvement projects. But...I think I may quit while I am ahead. There is a definite incentive to get this room done and make it look good in a short amount of time. Plus, while I am enjoying the 2nd semester bliss, I know it won't last forever.
We went back to the doctor on Wednesday so that they could finish getting their measurements and confirm the sex for us. While the baby did not cooperate for getting good pictures this time, we were able to find out that it is definitely a boy. Everything else checked out perfectly. Considering my medical background with my feet and such, it's kind of a thrill to have a doctor look at my chart and proclaim me perfect! I'll try to not let it go to my head.

April 19, 2009

Let the preparations begin!

I swear this picture looks like I am sticking my stomach out to make myself look pregnant. In fact, I didn't know why Travis was taking this particular shot. But as you can tell, I look huge and Travis got a kick out of it. I don't think I look this big normally, but the bump is undeniably there.

Fridays are the day that we both have off from work, and usually the most productive for us when it comes to house work. Last weekend, we started cleaning out the back bedroom we had decided to turn into the nursery. It's been mostly a catch-all room. It had a bookcase crammed full of my books, a desk from Travis' old apartment, my desktop computer from college, and a twin bed. The closet was full of empty suitcases and random things we hauled all the way from Montana, only to stuff into a closet.

After going through the closet and drawers, half of it got thrown away, and the rest sorted for Goodwill and garage sales. It took a full day and it seem to barely make a dent.

This Friday, we moved the bookcase to another room, and then put the rest in the garage. Since we were on such a roll and the room was now empty, we went to Lowe's and began the somewhat arduous task of picking out paint colors together. We ended up with two different colors of green, and deciding to add a chair railing.

This is the first home improvement project we've undertaken as a joint effort. So far, things are going pretty good. We got the room primed, and the bottom half done by tonight, so I'm calling it a success.

April 9, 2009

Well, Hello Baby!

This is my favorite of all the ultrasound pictures we had done yesterday. It's a profile picture with his arm and thumb showing.
I'd been anxiously awaiting this ultrasound appointment for what seems like forever. Because my pregnancy has been textbook so far, there was no need to do an early ultrasound, and 16 weeks seems like a long time to wait to see your baby. The minute the tech started moving that wand around and the image became clearer, I was in awe. I know I've said over and over that I don't feel pregnant or I don't believe I'm pregnant...and you'd think after getting to gaze at the various parts of the baby for over 20 minutes, I'd be convinced. But...well, I guess it just seems all too crazy, miraculous to be real. I was laying there, with goo all over my stomach, and startingly clear images of a baby being beamed onto a computer screen and flatscreen TV mounted over my head, and it just all felt so...so...I don't know. Weird? Normal? Surreal?
Even now, I don't quite have the words to describe it. I don't think it's really hit home yet, even after all this time. I'm not emotionally connected to this baby yet, and while that bothers me a little, I also figure it's pretty normal. I'm still way excited about having a baby, but I guess I just haven't connected that emotion to what's happening to and in my body right now. Yesterday was kind of like being shown a video of what a typical ultrasound looks like...not like they were showing me the actual baby that is growing inside me. I don't know when that concept will kick in, but my guess is that it'll be incredibly cool when it does.
We actually get to go back in two weeks because the baby wasn't totally cooperating and they didn't get all the pictures they wanted. The ones they got looked good and normal, though. We wanted to find out if we were having a boy or a girl, but with it's legs crossed and upside down, it was hard to get a good peek. The tech was pretty certain it is a boy, but we'll try to get it confirmed in a couple of weeks.
So, for now...the biggest question is....Boy Names?? (So much harder than girl names, I'm finding)

April 4, 2009

New Blog

So, when I found out I was pregnant, I initially started a new blog thinking I'd write over there until we decided to share the news with the world. Now, I'm too lazy to meld the two. And maybe it's ok to just have a pregnancy blog and still keep this one for everything else. It's easy to let the pregnancy brain overtake all aspects of my life, but maybe I should keep some boundaries somwhere.
If you'd like to read about all things pregnancy and see (an embarressing amount of) pictures of my slowly expanding belly, check out www.vnorton.blogspot.com

Fun with the Collage Function in Picasa

8 weeks, 11 weeks, 14 weeks, and 16 weeks

16 weeks

Friday marked the beginning of the 16th week. For the most part, things have stayed the same in the last few weeks. I'm still feeling good. I'm not so tired anymore, and I haven't had any morning sickness in almost a month.

I've been on Bump Watch for the last week or so because my clothes have started to fit differently. My body has changed shape noticeably in the last two weeks. You can't tell very well from the picture above, but it's like all the weight I used to carry in my love handles has moved to my belly. So, from the front I actually look more narrow, but from the profile, my belly has started to stick out. My normal clothes still fit and I'm hoping that things stay relatively the same for the next few weeks...just long enough to get into warmer weather. I really would like to only have one season's worth of maternity clothes instead of having to straddle two.

I still haven't gained any weight, at least from what my semi-reliable home scale says. I lost a couple of pounds during the first trimester, but have seemed to stay the same for the last 3 weeks or so. I'm going to the doctor next week, so we'll see what their scale says. I'm not really worried about it, since I am sure it will eventually catch up with me. I'm eating normally now, trying not to give into the "I'm pregnant so I can eat any and every thing in sight" syndrome. Since the morning sickness has abated, I just eat when I'm hungry and leave it at that. Travis has been on me about not gaining any weight, but I think it's really because babycenter.com says I could try drinking a milkshake a day in order to help gain weight...he just wants an excuse to have that much ice cream in the house. :)

Looking at the profile pictures from the last couple of months, it's so weird to see my body changing, especially knowing that I haven't gained weight. Normally a belly like the one I have now would have me worried, but instead, I find myself checking it out all the time.

We are going to the doctor on Wednesday for our first ultrasound. We might be able to tell if it's a girl or a boy, but it just depends. Either way, I can't wait to see this baby!