Sunday, March 30, 2014

22 Week Belly Comparison Shots and Nursery

22 weeks with Olivia! 2009
22 weeks with our Baby Boy!  2014

It is simply amazing the difference between my belly with Miss O and my current belly with our baby boy at the same point in my pregnancies.  I have been protesting for some time now that this pregnancy my belly is bigger and progressing faster and you can definitely see this in the direct comparison.  My current belly is about what I was 28 weeks with O.  What is more amazing is that my body can do this!  Not only create a human being, but expand and change so fast.  It is simply a miracle!

Olivia pregnancy, man I wish I was that skinny right now!

Baby boy pregnancy!
The back ground in Olivia's pregnancy photo is our back yard at our house in Sequim WA.  The current pregnancy background is the baby boy's room in our house in Hammonton, NJ.  Cha has been working very hard to repaint the baby's room.  The previous wall color was a poo brown that Cha and I couldn't stand.  Plus I really want the nursery to have gray walls, the color is called "shakin not stirred," which I think is a funny paint name and so appropriate for a baby's room. :)-
Cha did a great job painting, even repainting the baseboards, trim, and ceiling.  He spent a lot of time on this room, more so than the other two bedrooms when we first moved in.  I think he is excited for this baby boy and proving out the gate he is going to be a great Daddy to this little boy.  I hope our landlords appreciate all that we have done to their house, ha!

Here is what we have so far.  The dresser/changing table, and step stool is in the process of being up cycled.  The stool is going to be painted a burnt orange color and then distressed, while the dresser is going to be painted two shades of gray.  I have also purchased a changing pad cover, and two pillows, one of which has a vintage airplane print on the front and orange chevron on the back.  I will purchase a bumper and blanket made out of this same vintage airplane print.  I have a lot more items I would like for the nursery, all of which are on my Pinterest board under "Baby Boys Nursery" in case you are interested in the direction I am going.  I absolutely love decorating and kids rooms are so fun!

Miss O just had to get in on the action with taking belly pics. She is so excited about the baby, kissing my belly all the time. Ever since we cleaned out the baby's room and painted it, she has been playing in there.  Whoo hoo, a new place in the house she hasn't destroyed!

I think this pic is my favorite!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

20 Week Ultrasound, half way there!

Here is our baby boy at 20 weeks old!  Today was my 45 minute ultrasound where they measure all the organs, bones, and check my cervix to see if I am at risk of preterm labor.  Everything looks great, developing normally, and with no abnormalities.  He weighs 14 oz, which is little less than 1lb.  The High Risk OB said he is right on track and is very happy with what he sees.  He is also a mover just like his sister was when she was in utero.  My first ultrasound with O, the technician said she was literally dancing in my uterus.  Even though our boy was active, he seemed much more cooperative with this technician, allowing her to get all the needed measurements.  He is also in correctly facing head down.  Miss O was literally doing the middle splits on my pelvic bone the entire pregnancy, making it hard to determine her gender and causing me to have a C-section.  The tech had no problem confirming his gender, he is not shy at all.  Most of the ultrasound he had his feet crossed at the ankle and liked to move his hands around a lot, making many hand gestures.  It was truly amazing to watch, I was transfixed and in awe of our beautiful baby boy.

My cervix looks normal, so I am not at risk of preterm labor. Overall, we are blessed with a healthy baby and so far a complication-free pregnancy.  I have one more visit with my High Risk OB at 32 weeks and if everything continues to look good that should be my last visit.
Here are some more pics of our boy with all of his fabulous hand gestures, I couldn't be more in love!

Feet crossed at the ankles and one hand.

His hand is either making a hang loose sign or rock on sign.

Pointing, something Daddy does a lot and inherited from his Daddy.

Bottom of his feet and above the underside of his hands.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

19 Weeks of the Incredibly Non-Shrinking Woman! :)

Well, that's right people I am the incredible non-shrinking woman or in other words the incredible ever growing woman!  My belly popped at 4 weeks into this pregnancy and hasn't looked back.  By week 16 I noticed it grew more than normal.  On my Baby Center pregnancy app it said that at 16 weeks the baby is going through a growth spurt and the next few weeks doubles in weight and add inches in length.  Well, I can definitely confirm this!

The baby is supposedly the size of an heirloom tomato.  To me it looks like I swallowed a cantaloupe or something.  I am only half way through my pregnancy and I am two lbs away from my end weight with Miss O and my stomach is not that far away either.  Everyone says that your second pregnancy things develop a lot more and faster.  I have also been told by friends that they gained twice as much weight with their boys than their girls.  Looks like I am on track then, ha!
It amazes me how many times I compare my stomach to other pregnant women.  Who by the way seem to be everywhere!  When your pregnant you seem to notice everyone else that is prego, like you all are in some kind of unspoken club.  In my bar gym class there was two girls behind me that were both due in May.  One had a stomach the same size as mine and it boggled my mind that she is two months farther along.  But, both are first time Moms, so it is not an exact comparison.  My husband said that at the end of my pregnancy I am going to look like the girl from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory that turns into a blueberry.  Gosh he seems to always know just the right things to say to lift my spirits and confidence.  He tries to keep it real and prevent me from ever getting a big head.  Mission accomplished. ;)  I love ya Cha.
Next week is the 20 week ultrasound, which is 45 min long and looks at all the major organs, as well as measurements.  I won't be surprised if they find another baby hiding behind our boy, O would love that, Cha and I not so much.

Here is my version of a mu-mu, which this generation now calls maxi dresses.  Maxis are so comfy and are good prego or not.  I have started to try on and wear warmer weather clothes and colors.  I did this last year around this time to evoke spring and summer.  It seemed to work, so why not give it another try, plus I am tired of jeans and sweaters.  Looking forward to wearing all my new summer pregnancy clothes.  O was born in Dec, so the bulk of my prego clothes are for the winter.  Something to look forward to, so come on warmer weather!