February 27, 2003

February 27th, 2003

Tap, tap, tap!! That's what I felt! I was sitting at work, and there it was. Like someone tapping me with their finger from the inside. This time I'm sure it's you. So cool!! I sat very still for a while hoping you'd keep doing it, but it subsided and once I started moving around, I don't know if I'd be able to feel you. Maybe that's why it's taken me so long to feel you, because I think I'm always moving. I hate to sit still.

February 23, 2003

February 23, 2003

The walls of the nursery are done. I took wallpaper and cut out these cute butterflies out of it. Dragonflies, ladybugs, and bees too. They look like they're flying all around the room. I love it!! Dad and I went to Meijer and I was admittedly sticking out my belly, so people would notice.

February 22, 2003

February 22, 2003

Dad and I picked out a recliner today for your room. It was fun to sit there and rock, pretending you are in my arms. We are going to have some great times in that chair. We made sure to get the fabric protection because I'm sure it will be covered in spit up more than once.

February 20, 2003

February 20th, 2003

Last night at work one of the Doctor's Mom works with did an ultrasound to see if you were willing to show off your private parts. Dr. Cady said he was "pretty sure" he knew what you were which is about as sure as anyone ever is when it comes to an ultrasound. I promised your Dad that I wouldn't find out so Dr. Cady wrote it on a piece of paper and sealed it in an envelope, so that your Dad and I could open it together. I called your Dad and told him I had the results in my pocket and that he couldn't leave for work until I got home. It was an excrutiating 8 hours, but I never peeked. Kate, the PCA, saw to that. She put that piece of paper inside a piece of paper, inside an envelope, inside an envelope, then taped and stapled it shut. We had a hard time getting to our answer. What fun though. Drum roll please.....Girl!!! Music to my ears!! It didn't matter to me, but your Dad really wanted you to be a girl. I know he would have been fine if you were a boy, but he is so used to girls and thinks they are so cute. He was elated! We think we know your name too. Elise Katelyn though that could change.

It's hard for me to believe you're in there, and that you're a girl. I think what makes it the most fun is that the stuff for girls is so cute! Anyway, here are the pictures we took. We got some really good ones this time. Daddy labeled them, so others would know what they were looking at. ;)

February 13, 2003

February 13th, 2003

More shopping for the nursery. Went looking for a rocker and picked up the crib. I had to borrow the Whaley's minivan and take out all the seats because the box was so huge. Daddy and I set it up in no time flat. Now I just stand in the doorway and stare at the room. Tomorrow I think I'll hang the pictures. Here's another belly picture.

February 12, 2003

February 12th, 2003

Well so much has happened today! In the morning, I went with your Great Grandma shopping for my first pair of "fat pants", maternity pants that is. Now I actually look like I might be pregnant! Your Great Grandma is so excited to meet you! Then I went and picked out some bugs to go up on your wall. I had to order them so they won't be here for a while.

At 3:30 I had an appointment with the doctor. Everything looks good. I gained 1 pound, since my last appointment which is good. I got to hear your heartbeat again, and I should every time I go to the doctor's now. I also sort of felt my uterus though I had a hard time. Dr. Anderson said she coudl barely feel it too because it is retroverted.

When I got home your co-sleeper had arrived so I set that up nest to our bed. It was a pain to set up, but once we figured it out I don't think it will be so bad next time. I layed there imagining you were in it sleeping next to me.

Then I took Daddy up to the hospital where I work. He hates hospitals, so he whined the whole way there. I gave him the tour and then my doctor and the resident there that night, Chris, did an ultrasound. We wanted to find out if you are a boy or a girl but you were in this funny position standing on your head, so we couldn't see. I was glad Daddy got to see you move and your arms, legs, head, spine, and little heart beating, so it was fun anyway. I have my formal ultrasound in 3 or 4 weeks so hopefully you will let us see your private parts then. If not there are always plenty of people around to scan me. You can't be shy all the time.

Here are the pictures we took. They are of your spine, leg & foot, and head and body (sort of).

Appointment 4 : Week 16 : Weight 144 lbs.

February 10, 2003

February 10th, 2003

Today I finished your baby registry for the most part. Your Dad still has to pick the stroller and car seat. I also had a hard time picking clothes. I don't know if you are a boy or a girl, and even if I did I wouldn't want to pick pink or blue clothes because that would give it away for everybody else. Yesterday, I started an online baby pool. Our friends and family have to guess the date and time you will be born, your weight, length, and gender. Whoever gets the closest will win a prize, but I don't know what it will be yet. I also ordered our co-sleeper. It's a bed that attaches to the side of Daddy and Mommy's bed. That way when you cry all I have to do is reach over and pull you to me. I so look forward to that, though I am sure after a few sleepless nights I'll be eating my words!

February 8, 2003

February 8th, 2003

It is just after midnight and I as laying here trying to fall asleep and I think I felt you move! I was laying on my side and I felt this fluttering/tapping feeling low in my abdomen. It felt like bubbles. Of course, it could be gas or something, but I was excited anyway.

I think this week I am going to have to buy maternity pants. I only have two pair of pants that I can still wear without unbuttoning the top button. That's fine with me though. I want my belly to show.

I have also begun reading a story to you everyday. So far we have read The Foot Book, The Poky Little Puppy, The Animals of Farmer Jones, and Tootle. I know you can't hear me, but it's fun to do anyway. Sometimes Harley or Dookie listen too. Besides, I need to practice. Today we are going to read the House in the Woods.

February 5, 2003

February 5th, 2003

Early this morning at work, we were slow, so the resident Jeannie said she would ultrasound me and Andrea (one of the other pregnant nurses) if we wanted. Andrea went first, she is almost 31 weeks. She doesn't want to know if it's a boy or a girl, but Jeannie told me she's about 80% certain it's a boy, which is what I guessed because Andrea has always though it was a boy and mother's are usually right. I think you are a boy, your Dad thinks you are a girl. Aunt Allison thinks you are a girl, but your Grandma Smith thinks you are a boy. I was hoping I might be able to see when Jeannie did the ultrasound, but we couldn't. You looked so small compared to Andrea's baby. Her baby's head filled the whole screen and you're whole body doesn't even fill it. You looked so funny, like you were kicked back in a lazy boy chair with your legs stretched out straight and crossed some of the time. You waved, kicked, and punched at me. I couldn't believe I can't feel that. We couldn't see your head because you were hiding it behind the placenta, but I showed everyone at work the picture anyway. I am so excited to see you moving and growing. You have arms and legs too!

February 2, 2003

Febuary 2nd, 2003

Today we picked out your crib. Your Dad actually let me splurge and get the fancy one. He can be a real cheapskate sometimes, but I showed him how this one would actually save us money in the long run, so he let me get it. It converts into a toddler/daybed and a double headboard. It is natural wood with an arched back. I wthing it will look nice. I also spent my gift certificates that I got for my birthday. I got the bedding and mobile for the crib. It is blue with bugs and says, "Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" all around the bumper and on the quilt. The sheets are white with bees. I wish your crib was already here so I could dress it up, but we had to order it special.

I also have been looking for books to read to you. I am trying to remember all the books I liked when I was a kid. I went out to eat with my Dad and Denise tonight. They gave me Goodnight Moon and Dr. Suess's The Foot Book to start out. They are very excited to meet you.

Here's another belly pic! 14 weeks! Don't ask me why I never smile in these pictures. I guess I was thinking we'd crop out my face.