Gender Reveal!

IMG_8657We were very excited for our 20 week ultrasound yesterday, where we were able to see our little one moving around again and found out that baby is very healthy. Being able to feel baby moving at the same time that you see it happening on the sonogram is just the weirdest, most amazing experience ever. This time we even got to do the 3D ultrasound so we could see baby’s face – we are already in love!! Continue reading

Surprise!

Geoff, Henry and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting Baby #2! Henry is very excited to be a big brother, and we can’t wait to be a family of FOUR!

I’m currently 14 weeks along (hello, second trimester), but here is the sonogram from a few weeks ago at our 8 week appointment. For the record, that’s a baby, not a shrimp.

So far my bump has been much more prominent than last time (click here for a comparison to 15 weeks with Henry). I haven’t taken many bumpies yet, but below are a couple from 13 weeks. I’ll add them here as we go so you can see them all in one spot. The ones from when I was pregnant with Henry are still up there, too.

So that’s the big news!! I’m way too busy with Henry to post weekly like I did last time (I mean, c’mon – I can barely keep up with the monthly posts), but I’ll do my best to post updates and new developments. Thanks to everyone who has sent us love and well wishes! Baby #2 is due March 22, 2016.

SPOILER ALERT

SPOILER ALERT! Do not continue to read this unless you want to know the baby’s gender! Otherwise, go ahead and scroll down past these adorable little ultrasound photos of baby at 21 weeks (although, I admit, the face one is slightly skeletor-ish).

First, I want to thank everyone who has been super patient with us while we kept the news to ourselves for the last few days. It was so hard to keep the gender from our friends (basically meaning Nate), even for 48 hours. Geoff and I were constantly on our toes since he kept trying to trick us into telling him!

We finally told everyone when we went camping this weekend. We stopped at a fireworks store on the way up to the campsite and picked up some colored sparklers. Then when it got dark and we were all sitting around the fire, I passed around the sparklers to everyone and had them all light them at the same time. There were lots of hugs and congratulations (and shots for those who weren’t pregnant), and we had such a fun night.

And so, without further ado, we are happy to announce that…

It's a boy!

We had grand plans for a cool long-exposure sparkler photo, but we were too caught up in the moment to remember to take one. We have some extra sparklers, so maybe we will still do that so we have something for the baby book, but I didn’t want to make you wait any longer.

Now that everyone knows, we can finally start putting the nursery together, finalizing name ideas, and SHOPPING (well, registering).

P.S. Thanks to everyone who voted on our poll – final results were actually 25 to 18 in favor of a girl.

Baby’s First Photo

Before I tell you the whole story, I have to tell you the news:

We had our first ultrasound, and got to see our baby’s heart beating!!

I had been counting down to this appointment all week, and I couldn’t believe it when the day finally arrived. I was so distracted all day, and I just kept looking at the clock wishing time would go faster.

My appointment was at 11:30, and before you go in you have to drink 32 oz of water within a half hour so that your bladder is full (makes everything easier to see). At 10:00, I filled up my water bottle and chugged it. Then refilled and decided to sip the second one for the rest of the time period. At 10:25 I already had to pee. Then I looked at my calendar appointment, and realized that I wasn’t supposed to drink all that water until 10:30! I was so excited that I jumped the gun by a half hour! I quickly went to the restroom and then started drinking another 32 oz of water.

By the time I left the office just after 11:00 I thought my bladder was going to burst! I had a horrible drive to the imaging center, where I met Geoff. They then made us wait for a few minutes (seemed like 100 years of agony) until they brought us into the ultrasound room.

Once we got in there, the ultrasound tech squeezed that cold jelly stuff on my belly and pressed the ultrasound machine directly on my bladder, which is apparently where the baby is hanging out. As soon as she pointed out the baby I completely forgot about how much I needed to pee and just watched as she took tons of pictures to measure everything. The highlight of this was when she pointed out our baby’s heartbeat! It is so weird to think about, that a tiny little person’s heart is beating inside of me right now. And yes, as my family members are asking me, it definitely made it more real.

As soon as we were done, the tech wiped the jelly off my belly and pointed me in the direction of the restroom while she left to show all the measurements to a radiologist to make sure everything was fine (it was). Feeling much better, I returned to the room, where Geoff was sitting holding our baby’s first photo – a sonogram 🙂

I’m so happy.