Yum! Each week as you are compared to food items in my email updates from the websites, it never fails to make me hungry!
This morning as I was driving to work, I passed some school buses and it made me think of all the things I am looking forward to with you. Of course there are so many obvious ones, but as for school related ones I am looking forward to: back to school shopping and fashion shows with your new clothes, having a back to school fancy special dinner for you like this one , helping you plan that perfect outfit for the first day of school, helping you with your homework and projects, picking you up from school and hearing about your day, making you lunch in fun creative ways and putting notes and surprises in it!, going to your school programs, plays, sports, etc. I always loved school (for the most part!) and loved all those things about it. I hope you will feel that way too.
Tomorrow means 3 weeks until we know what you are, which we can't wait for so the name game can go full force! I am constantly throwing ideas out there to your daddy! Most of which he's not a fan of, but I know we will make a good decision together in the right time. Also, I just can't wait to know so I can start planning your nursery or start acting on the plans I already have I guess I should say! I have plans for both girl or boy and I love them :)
Your dad has been working away at painting our cabinets to get the kitchen finished and then I think he will be onto our new bedroom so we can move out of ours/soon to be yours now. He's such a good worker and has done so much to make our house a home. I am proud of him and love him for it!
Potato babe, I am thinking you are probably getting annoyed at me pushing on my belly as I lie in bed each night thinking of you. I think a few nights ago when I pushed that you pushed or kicked back and that was so cool, so that's why I am keeping it up! I do think I've been feeling you some other times too and I love it, I can't wait for even more to come.
Well, my love, that is your letter for this week. I love writing to you and hope it is something I will continue even when you are on the outside. You are so special to me!
Well, this week you are 16 weeks old! We had another midwife appointment yesterday and everything is looking great. She said your size is right where it supposed to be and we also got to hear your heart beating. I had heard it at the ultrasound but it was a first for your dad. I don't really know what his 1st reaction was since I couldn't see his face but it was nice to hear that strong fast beat so easily this time around. I had to go get my blood drawn this morning and it was no big deal, actually the guy that did it was so nice and good at it, I barely felt a thing. Which was much to my relief, however of course I also am telling myself not to be a baby about a little needle poke if I am planning to give birth naturally because they don't even compare! ha!
Other good news was that I had only gained one more pound in the last month, so that is 2 pounds to date since the beginning of all this, which is fine by me :) The midwife said not to be surprised it between now and the next appointment, we see quite a different number since that is normal for the 2nd trimester. Also probably because in the next couple weeks, you will double in weight and grow about 2 more inches I think.
We also were able to make our appointment to find out if you will be a boy or a girl, and that is for Sept. 17th. (Just so you know Mom!)
In other news, food is finally tasting better :) and I have actually cooked some decent dinners lately! I am loving this tomato/orange pepper chopped with basil, balsamic, garlic, and salt and pepper mix topped on a grilled slice of bread. kinda like a brushetta I think. Mmm! I've made that a few times.
I also think I am starting to pop more! The midwife said the top of my uterus is just under my belly button so I think in the next few weeks it will be moving behind it and above it, which will definitely make me look popped.
Well, babe of mine, that is the scoop for this week. I love you soo much! Every night I am praying for you and our (the 3 of us) life together!
This morning I found myself thinking of what your personality will be like? I got to spend some time with a super cute and sweet almost 1 year old and his parents on Sunday when I took their pictures and I had such a blast. Just seeing them together, playing, loving on each other, cracking up at his expressions, I got so excited for our times like that to come. I wonder what you will be like at 1 year, 4 years (like your Uncle Zach is right now!) and then as a teenager.
I hope and pray that we will always have a strong and close relationship, that you will be able to talk openly and honestly with your dad and I. That you can share your struggles, pain, joys, hopes, excitements with us. I hope that you will always feel like you can be real with us, that you won’t have to hide your feelings and emotions from us. I hope that we will pray together as a family, especially when you are a teenager and it becomes awkward! I hope that you will come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that you will cling to Him in all things and have a passion for Him. I pray that your dad and I can be good examples for you of how to love the Lord and how to love others.
I wonder what you will want to be when you grow up, I wonder if you will be adventurous or more timid, will you be shy or outgoing? Will you be artsy and creative or maybe really into sports or music, or all of the above! Please know, little one, that we will always support, encourage, and challenge you in whatever you do, just as our parents have done for us and as we have done for one another in marriage….
Little orange babe, I think I have been feeling you or at least feeling my body growing and stretching to accommodate you! I really can’t wait to feel those kicks and hiccups. If you get hiccups anything like me they will probably make me jump out of my chair or something because I get them so bad and loud! Your daddy loves to tease me about them.
In less than a week we have our next midwife appointment, I am assuming they will listen for your heartbeat again, probably at every appointment I think, and I am glad because your daddy will be there again and fingers crossed we get to hear it together! I wonder all the time what labor will be like and how your daddy and I will work together as a team during that time. I know he will be strong and supportive, but I am also so curious about that time for us too. In a big -looking forward to it- sort of way!!
Well, my citrus baby, I love you so much and more and more everyday!
It's funny that you are compared to a lemon this week because I have been drinking a lot of lemonade lately. I especially crave it after waking up from a sweaty weekend afternoon nap! We are now officially in the 2nd trimester, woo hoo!! 6 more weeks and we'll know if you are a boy or a girl!! I've posted a poll on the side so all 2 of my readers can make guesses! (Hi mom!)
I think you are a girl like I've said before, but maybe it is because I want you to be a girl. And I only really have girl names and my plans for a girl nursery, I just love love love! BUT no matter what, if you are a boy, you really will be loved just the same! Boy or girl, nothing will change that!
My mom thinks you're a boy and at the ultrasound Robin called you a boy when looking at you on the screen, so we will see if the grandmas know what they are talking about :) In other news this week, several people have told me "I look great!" I think meaning, I'm not showing and you can't tell I'm pregnant, but let me tell you... I am oh so ready for the showing part! I want to pop and I know it will happen soon enough, but I just love seeing baby bellies out there and am excited for mine to come!
On the food front little one, I know you are tasting a lot of peanut butter and pickle sandwiches lately and I'm sorry for that, but still nothing seems to taste good with the exception of those! and when I think of something to make that should tasted good , it never tastes like I am expecting....maybe my tastebuds are just off due to hormones.
Speaking of hormones, I surprised myself this week with 2 cry fests, really over stupid stuff. Since I found out I was pregnant, I really have been feeling so great, happy, content, etc. but then out of nowhere this week, I've had those 2 crys....oh well, it just means my body's doing its thing!
I realize these letters to you are really more about me than you right now and basically just a weekly recap of what's going on and how I'm feeling, but hopefully one day when you are older and are pregnant with a babe of your own or supporting your wife in her pregnancy, they will be an encouragement to you. These letters are becoming a part of our history, little love! We have so much to look forward to and so many memories to make!