Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

Happy (belated) Father’s Day to all those dads and daddies-to-be out there! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Geoff and I started the day by sleeping in (which never happens) and watching some TV on the couch, then headed over to his parents’ house for a BBQ and leftovers from Brittany’s bridal shower (more on that later). It was so nice to be able to relax outside on one of the first hot summer days of the year. We got Geoff’s dad a two-sided sign that says, “Grandpa’s Workshop” from Etsy. For Geoff’s first Father’s Day I got him an “I love Daddy” onesie, a Gryffindor onesie straight from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and a Green Bay Packers hat (also from Etsy). Did you get/give any cool gifts for Father’s Day?

We did not get a chance to see my dad this weekend since they live in another state, but we are planning a trip there in two weeks, so I’ll tell you what we bought him then (don’t want to spoil the surprise by having his read about it on here).

After the BBQ we headed down to the beach for our volleyball games. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to play anymore (doctor’s orders) but it was such a nice day to be by the lake and it is really fun to watch everyone play.

We also lucked out and got some beautiful weather for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower this weekend. I helped throw the shower, which involved planning out games, cooking 30 or so of the delicious flatbreads I mentioned a few weeks ago. Everything went extremely well, the food was delicious and everyone seemed to have a great time.

I wasn’t the only pregnant person at the shower since two of Brittany’s cousins are preggo too. They are a bit further along than me, and they each already have one kid, but the good thing is that I get to hear their advice (and I get their maternity hand-me-downs!). Since my bump “popped” out over the weekend, I think it is officially time to go shopping for maternity wear. I don’t need much at this point, but a pair of jeans and a dress would be awesome. I think I’ll probably head to the outlets this weekend. I’ll let you know if I find anything good!

In other news, we had another doctor appointment this morning, and everything is still going great! We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again, thought this time (s)he was hiding way on the left side of my belly and I started to get nervous again when the doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat right away. Our next appointment is our ultrasound to determine gender, which is exactly one month from today!! Don’t forget to get your guesses in on if it will be a boy or a girl (see sidebar) before the big reveal.

Last thing – have any of you heard of this “Pregnancy Belt” thing? It is a way that dads can feel what is happening when the baby kicks – in real time! This would be so fun to try out with Geoff once I start feeling the baby’s movements. There is a video that accompanies the story, so check it out if you have time – it is adorable how the dads react.

Week 7 Update

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

I just realized that I hadn’t posted anything about how I’m feeling this week. Well, the answer is that I feel basically the same as last week. I’m still having some nausea, but not throwing up, my boobs are still sore and definitely bigger, and I’m tired all the time.

I’m having some weird food aversions, too. One minute I will really, really want a piece of pizza, and when it is actually in front of me I can barely look at it. And for some reason I’m craving rice a lot, which is not something I eat on a regular basis. Anyone else having weird cravings?

Anyway, I was planning on waiting until Thursday (ULTRASOUND DAY!!) to post a more interesting update, but I will be eight weeks by then and I don’t want to skip over week 7.

Since this is sort of a boring one, here are some photos of the baby gear we have started collecting from our parents and siblings (the only ones who know at this point). They just can’t help themselves and I totally love it!

The Loot

This week according to What to Expect:

Right now, the only things growing faster than your baby’s brain may be your tingly, achy breasts.

Your Baby in Week 7 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry (and about 10,000 times bigger than he was at conception). Most of that growth is concentrated in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. Your baby’s mouth and tongue are forming as arm and leg buds sprout, and those little kidneys are getting ready to do their job (pee production and excretion).

Your Body in Week 7 of Pregnancy

Your baby might be the size of a blueberry, but your breasts probably look more like melons. By this point, some expectant moms have grown a full cup size, which might be welcome news if those boobs weren’t so darn tender. The culprits? Those naughty (though necessary) pregnancy hormones again, along with an increase in blood flow and a buildup of fat — all essential to the task your body can perform in about eight months: breastfeeding your newborn!

Telling our families

We were so excited to tell our families about our good news, but I wanted to come up with a creative way to go about it. Since Easter was only a week away, we decided to put together tiny Easter baskets with only pink and blue things in it. We used Baby Ruth bite size candy bars, baby M&Ms in plastic pink and blue eggs, and other various “baby” sized candies. We also included a baby item in each of the two baskets. Geoff’s parents’ basket had a pair of newborn hats in it (one that looked like a duck – so cute!) and my parents’ basket had a pair of baby socks with ducklings on them (adorable and so tiny!).

Geoff’s parents live in Milwaukee only a few miles from us, and we had planned on spending Easter with them, but now our plans had changed. We decided to tell them first, and we would give them the basket as an apology for having to cancel on them to go spend Easter in Minnesota with my family.

Oh, and did I mention we decided to record it?

Then we had to wait an entire week before we headed off to Minnesota to tell my family. When we arrived only parents were home, so we pulled out the basket. Here’s what happened:

My siblings weren’t around that night, so we decided to tell them the next morning. I needed another creative way to tell them, so we decided to take a bun, put a toothpick in it with a note, and put it in the oven for them to discover. This time my plan did not go so smoothly.

My sister woke up first, so I tried to get her to look in the oven by pretending like I didn’t know how to use it (even though I wasn’t cooking anything). She found the bun, pulled it out and looked at us like we were crazy. We tried to prompt her with things like, “what is that?” Her response: “A roll… ?” She finally got it when my mom asked her where she found it: “In the oven… a bun… in the OVEN!”

My brother had a little harder of a time figuring out what we were talking about. His response to our questions: “A roll… ? Bread?” Until he finally understood. Apparently there is a big difference between a bun and a roll!

A "Roll" in the Oven

A “Roll” in the Oven

Since it was Easter, the Easter Bunny obviously came on Sunday morning, and he must have heard we were expecting because there were some baby items in our baskets! He left Pat the Bunny (the inspiration for my blog name!) in my basket, and some Minnesota Twins pacifiers in Geoff’s basket. He must not have known that the little one is already a Brewers fan!

Minnesota Twins Pacifiers

How did you tell your family you were pregnant?