Monday, August 25, 2008

Our Little Thumper - 21 Weeks

Tim got to feel the baby move!

Baby must have thought we needed to get up for work this morning. He/she was moving around at about 5:20, and I realized that I could actually feel the movements with my hand. Tim was partially awake, so I put his hand on my belly and he was able to feel a little thump. Pretty cool!!! It's so neat to actually feel that little life moving around in there. :)

Tim thinks the baby is a girl because she doesn't kick very hard.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Baby and I had our first dialogue yesterday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, working on a craft for the baby. Baby was thumping quite a bit. Here is what happened:

Me: "Hi Baby! How are you?"
Baby: *Thump*
Me: "Baby, are you a boy or a girl?"
Baby: nothing
Me: "Are you a boy?"
Baby: nothing
Me: "Are you a girl?"
Baby: nothing
Me: "Baby, Momma is talking to you. You need to answer. Now let's try this again. Are you a boy?"
Baby: *Thump*
Me: "Oh yeah? Are you a girl?"
Baby: nothing

I shared with Tim that we're having a boy, and he told me our conversation didn't mean a thing.

I guess we'll find out in a couple months, huh?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

20 weeks

We're halfway there!!! That's amazing to think about. Time has gone quickly so far. In a way, I hope it keeps going quickly. At the same time, I just want to enjoy these next few months of having a little one growing inside of me, of having Tim all to myself, and of being able to sleep whenever I want. :-)

We are still keeping baby names to ourselves at this point. The main reason is that we want the option of changing the name up until we actually meet Baby. We had debated about telling everyone we had decided on California Sequoia regardless of the sex of the baby. It's a neutral name that could be shortened to Cal for a boy or Cali for a girl. But...we thought some might take that seriously.

Nothing terribly interesting happened at the doctor's appointment Thursday. He just poked my belly a little bit and listened to the baby's heartbeat. The next appointment is September 10. I'm not sure if we'll have another ultrasound before the baby is born - I forgot to ask about that.

Monday, August 11, 2008

19 Weeks

Today was "the big" ultrasound. We were good though, and we walked away still oblivious to whether our baby is a boy or a girl. Tim has consistently said he does not want to know until the baby is born. I waver back and forth on how I feel about it. I want to go shopping for pink or blue. Yet I think labor would be a little easier mentally if we were still wondering "boy or girl". So here we are, still wondering. :-)

The doctor said everything looks perfect with the baby. He did say the baby is a little big right now - he estimated 12 ounces. I did a little research and found that at 19 weeks the baby should be about 10.5 ounces and should reach 12 ounces at 21 weeks. Perhaps our due date is off a little bit? Or perhaps Baby is just big? Time will tell.

We were able to count 4 fingers and a thumb on each hand. Two legs, two feet, two arms. 4 chambers in the heart.

I have a doctor's appointment Thursday. I'll keep you posted if anything exciting happens there.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Home From Camp (Click for pictures)

We're home! We spent a week of camp up at Lopez Canyon with our youth. I was a counselor for 3 of our high school girls plus 2 girls from another church. We had a fun time. The week was not without drama, but that is to be expected when a large number of teens are in a small area with eachother for a week. :-) I had the opportunity to lead cabin devotions every night, which was difficult for me...but a growing experience nonetheless. It was great getting to know the girls better! I am glad to be home to my own bed and shower though.

Tim was counselor to 4 guys from our church plus 2 from another church. He also had the opportunity to lead morning devotions for the other staff and counselors. He did a good job, as always. :-)

In baby news: We are now 19 weeks along. Apparently Baby is not a Barbie doll. According to my e-mail updates, "her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now". That's encouraging. Monday is our ultrasound. We are very excited about that!

Just wanted to let you know we survived the week. More to come after our ultrasound!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Back to the routine

Well, our visitors left Sunday morning. It has been quiet around the house...possibly too quiet...having family visit makes me miss them even more.

I felt Baby move! I wasn't sure if I was really feeling anything at first, but it has been happening more and more the past few days. I don't know how to describe it either. I've heard "butterfly wings" "bubbles" "tumbling" "fluttering". None of those really describe it. Help me out here, moms. How would you describe your experience? I guess everyone is different, but I'm curious.

We leave for camp Monday. I thik Tim and I will both be high school counselors again. Tim will also be leading morning devotionals for the staff. It should be a good time of bonding with our high schoolers - and several of the college students who will be there helping with music and crafts.

That's about it here!