Friday, December 16, 2005

7 Weeks of Silence

Wow, a whopping 7 week stint of no blog updates, and not a single complaint from anyone who may (or probably may not) be checking in for progressive updates. Boy do I feel loved!

So here I am, in my 22nd week of pregnancy. What has happened in the past 7 weeks you ask? Well, here you go....

I am physically showing more clearly to the public that I am in fact pregnant, and not just getting that beer belly that every 23 year old woman so desperately wishes for. Although, my appetite has been increasing rapidly, so I better watch myself, or next summer I'll still look pregnant. Sounds a lot easier than I think it will be, especially with the miraculous invention of chocolate, and the rapidly approaching holiday that is famous for dishing it out by the barrel load.

Brandon and I have traveled a couple of times to Winthrop, WA. to work on a bridge there. Actually, Brandon's gone to work on the bridge, I've been shopping most of the time for Christmas. It's fun to go out to the site and see the progress the guys are making. I've taken lots of pictures. When I get them off the camera, I'll try to put one on the blog. The past month or so has been a whirlwind of time in the car. It seems as though we've only spent a week at home. Brandon is again in Winthrop this week. He'll be home on Monday, and then we're off again Tuesday morning to Victoria, BC for Christmas at my Grandma's house.

Everyone keeps asking about a name. Since we found out we're having a boy (week 19) the day before Thanksgiving, everone wants to know what we're going to name him. Just so everyone is clear... No Name until he's here. We want to make sure the name fits the boy, so until we meet him, we're not picking. As of right now, however, Brandon is calling him Owen, and I refer to him as Ephram. Can't wait to see how this works out!

So, I'm feeling fine. "Ephram" is moving around inside me like a mad-man, and everyday we're getting a little more excited about meeting our first-born. Let's see how excited I am when my water breaks!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Have I ever mentioned that I'm an impatient person?

Fifteen weeks today! Which leaves what, somewhere around 25 more? This baby-making business sure takes a long time. Geez!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A Burgeoning Bulge

So I was standing in front of our stove making dinner a few nights ago, and caught my reflection in the kitchen window out of the corner of my eye. Brandon probably thought I cut or burnt myself when I ran into the tv room screaming! I discovered that I am starting to form a bit of a pot belly. I haven't really noticed any of these "changes" so far, because I'll admit, I'm not in tip top shape in the first place. There's been a bit of a belly there for the past few years, and really I thought that the belly I will form over the next 6 months would be very VERY gradual. It's all of a sudden just popped out a bit, and gotten tighter, and it's kinda hard to get used to.

I know, I know... What did I expect right? I knew it would happen, don't get me wrong, it's just another adjustment that will take a bit of time. I've actually moved on from the "Oh my Gosh!!!" stage, into the "This is kinda neat.." stage, and hopefully I will soon hit somesort of "I like having a shelf to eat off of in bed!" stage.

We have another doctor's appointment on Thursday(14 week mark). They want to make sure that I'm maintaining my weight, and hopefully gaining a little. I'll let you all know how it goes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's Almost Like a Drum Beating In There

So reality has finally beat it's way into our lives. Last Thursday we hit the 12th week and Brandon and I celebrated by going to the doctor and hearing a heartbeat. I started laughing. Of course I started laughing. I laugh at everything. I am starting to think that I'll laugh through every possible important event in my life. I laughed through our wedding vows, I laughed when we heard the heartbeat of our unborn child for the first time, and I'm hoping maybe I'll just laugh right through labor. That would be quite a story. "The day you were born, I just laughed and laughed and laughed!"

Brandon was not impressed with the technology used. He thought there would be all sorts of machinery and computer monitors, wires everywhere. He literally wanted me hooked up to some sort of robot. But instead, the midwife pulled out a little speaker attached to a microphone, and we heard the first "wump, wump, wump....". 148 beats per minute! That baby was running all over the place! Well, not really, the midwife said that the heartbeat sounds good, and that it is supposed to be that fast. Good to know!

Everything seems to be going according to the plan, but they want me to come in again next week because I have somehow shed a pound since my last appointment, and they want to make sure that I'm at the very least maintaining my weight instead of losing it. We'll have an ultrasound in November sometime. Then we may be able to find out if this "thing" is a boy or a girl!

Our wedding anniversary was on October 2nd. Brandon was on Mt. Rainier at about 10,000 ft, so I celebrated with our two dogs and ate waffles for dinner. Brandon probably ate Gorp that night and then fell asleep with 3 other men in a smelly old shelter with wet concrete floors. We did celebrate when he got back by driving up to Victoria to visit my Grandma. It's always fun to see her, and it's very relaxing. Brandon ran in the Royal Victoria 8K race. I'm so proud of him. He hasn't run in competition in about 6 years, and I've never witnessed him racing. He completed the 8K about 2 minutes under his estimated time, so I think he was pleased. It was great to see him out there.

So on to more of the baby boom.....

Alena and CJ found out they're having a boy. He's due this spring.
Sara and Cameron are expecting their second child sometime early next summer.
Adam and Manja had a baby boy on Sept. 27.
Leanne and Ree have decided to start trying for their first! Good Luck Guys!

Also...Brandon has FINALLY started his own blog, so he can share his "well-appreciated comments" in his own forum. Click on the link on the right!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

What's in a Name?

I have hit the 10 week mark, we are 1/4 of the way there! I know that 10 weeks doesn't sound very long, but I'm already wondering whether I'd ever want to do this again. I'm so tired ALL of the time. I never used to enjoy napping during the day, and now I find myself wanting to put a cot of some sorts at the office. That way I could snooze whenever I felt the need. It's not a lack of sleep that's making me feel this way, unless considering 9-10 hours sleep a night a lack.

Brandon and I are starting to get pretty excited. I guess as excited as you can be when you don't know if there's one or two, or if it's a boy or a girl. So pretty much, we're excited about something we know absolutely nothing about. We do know, however, that it's no longer an embryo and has made it's way into the fetus stage of life. So in a way this could be considered our first milestone of parenthood. It may not be as great as the first tooth, or first steps, but it's all we've got, so I'll take it!

A few weeks ago, I bought a Baby Names book from amazon. Now our main goal is to find a few names for each sex that we don't get sick of after a few days. We've made the decision to find out the sex of the baby as soon as we can. Mainly because I'm impatient and can't wait for things. A lot of people say that there aren't enough big surprises in life, so why not wait, but I don't need to listen to them. They don't know me. So we've decided to find out the sex, but have also decided we'll go into the delivery room with a list of the top name picks, and decide when we finally meet this baby of ours.

My next doctor's appointment is October 6th. Our 12 week mark! It'll be too early for any of the juicy details, but it'll be the first appointment about the baby and not about me. So it will be refreshing to find out more. It's still sometimes hard to think that I'm actually pregnant because I think I need to see and hear things to believe them. Hopefully that will all happen next week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Just wanted to say a big congrats to Brett and Jaycee on their new pregnancy, and to their daughter Khloe, she's gonna be a big seester! ( They'll be due in May)

Also, Erica and Jason are expecting their first baby while they're living in Amsterdam. Congrats to both of you as well. (I believe they're due in March)

And again, Congrats to Jose and Marya who will be having their first baby about 2 weeks before we do. (They're due in April)

Adam and his wife are expecting any day now, Brandon and I hope all goes well for them.

Last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS to Cameron and Sara for making it through the first year with their son Evan James. He becomes One whole year old tomorrow. WAY TO GO! Give em hell kid in your second year!

So many changes are coming, it's amazing to me that this time next year we 2 will be an established 3! I hope the changes are soaking in for everyone else too.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Alexander Was Lucky.

I am assured that today will be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I made myself waffles this morning, and placed them in a nice container, to take with me and eat on the ferry. I found out as I opened our backpack, that the waffles were actually sitting on the counter in our kitchen. I wanted those waffles, and I was so mad, because I was so positive that I set the container in the bag. I brought a fork, but what good is a fork without waffles! I'm sure that I'll quit ranting sometime before the day is done.

This weekend was pretty busy. Saturday we attended Alena's wedding(She's my good friend Leanne's little sister), and went to a Mariner's game with Brandon's brother Cameron, and his wife Sara. It was fun, but it got kinda cold after a while(It was a night game). After the game we walked around Pioneer Square for a bit, and stopped for some food. We got home really late and passed out as soon as we got home.

I've been able to fall asleep very easily lately. Usually, I'll go to bed pretty late, and lay there waiting to fall asleep. The past few weeks, I've been going to bed earlier, and have fallen asleep right away. It's kind of nice.

Sunday, we went to Alannah's 1st Birthday party(Brandon's cousin Jeremy's first baby). It was pretty cool to watch all of the kids running around enjoying the day. It's amazing to me that a year has already past. Which isn't saying much I guess, because to me, it's hard to believe that 5 weeks have past since Brandon and I found out I was pregnant. I can't wait for a 1st birthday party. It will be here before we know it.

Sorry to cut this short, but I'm hungry and need to find something to take the place of the amazing waffles I missed out on. Hopefully I'll be successful.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Dull in the Center of Excitement

Sorry Everyone! I've been a very unresponsible blogger. Really, I just haven't felt like sitting in front of the computer long enough to come up with anything worth reading. In the last month or so, I've been to the doctor twice, have discovered that food is not as appealing as I thought it would be, and have been able to fall asleep 3 hours earlier every night than I was able to before.

The doctor's appointments weren't anything to brag about. It's still too early for ultra sounds and fancy things like that. Basically just medical history background, and a very uncomfortable physical exam. I have, however, received results from my blood and urine tests and everything is exactly where it's supposed to be. That is except my water intake. I need to drink more water. I know that it's healthy and there's no such thing as too much, but it's so boring. I like juice! I have my next appointment in October, so I'll try to keep the blog updated.

I feel that I'm writing the most completely boring information and can't clear my head enough to think of anything better, so I'll work on it tonight and hopefully have something worth while tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Patience is a Virtue

Today I was supposed to have my first doctor's appointment. Just a basic question and answer, review of the huge medical history questionaire that I've spent the last three days filling out. About 10 minutes before I was going to leave, I received a phone call informing me that my appointment would have to be postponed. Postponed for another 2 weeks. I was fine on the phone, but as soon as I hung up, I found myself becoming very emotional. I imediately proceeded to call Brandon (of course) and as a result, have decided to set up appointments in Seattle as opposed to the Tacoma/Port Orchard system we had originally found more convenient.

I never thought I would have been so upset to miss a doctor's appointment. I normally HATE going to the doctor. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will postpone going to the doctor for as long as possible. But I think that curiosity has gotten the best of me. I have been looking forward to letting the process begin. To finding out what happens next. What happens now? Nothing. I am now supposed to wait some more. I'm not a very patient person.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Motion of the Ocean

This morning on our daily ferry commute to Seattle, I experienced what I believe was my first bout of nausea. Let me just say it wasn't that great. I think it may have been caused not by my already perfect child, but the fact that I rushed myself out the door this morning. A result of a NOT-so-good nights sleep. So I didn't really get any breakfast, unless you count a prenatal vitamin and a glass of cranberry juice healthy. No? I didn't think so. Another problem with me rushing in the morning is the lunch I pack for myself, or the lack thereof. By quickly throwing items from our pantry into my backpack, I ended up with a container of applesauce, a package of saltines, and half a bag of baby carrots. I think I may head to the deli down the road in a while to supplement my insane thinking. I will just say this in my defense, Hopefully, this senario will not likely happen again anytime soon.

Monday, August 15, 2005


I have discovered that being pregnant gives a woman a whole new outlook on the way she lives her life. Brandon has discovered that he now has excuses to tell me what I can and can't do, and whether I know what I'm supposed to be doing or not. sarcastic note: Did you know that I shouldn't smoke cigarettes, or do any sort of street drugs? Also, I shouldn't drink 12 cups of coffee a day, or do any extreme sports such as bull-riding, or bungie-jumping. Really any action that requires a hyphen, is off limits. He's also banned me from wild nights at the local bar. I don't think I've ever had a WILD night at a bar. Now that I'm pregnant, however, it is completely OFF LIMITS!!! He really does love me.

I called last week, the day I took the pregnancy test, and made a doctors appointment. I have an appointment this Wednesday, and am supposed to bring with me the questionaire they sent me. I received that questionaire today. WHO KNEW that having a baby meant that I'd have to have the medical family history of everyone on both mine and Brandon's family back to the year 1625. Twelve pages of Have yous? and When did yous? As if we didn't have enough to think about and plan, now I have to worry about whether or not Brandon's Mother's Cousin's Great Grandmother had diabetes. I know that it's all important info, I guess I just didn't realize how much detail the doctor actually needs. I can shove that doctor a load of payback with all the questions I'll be asking on Wednesday, so I probably shouldn't complain.

Brandon and I are actually one of the few couples we know that don't have kids yet. It amazes me that all of the women I know that have had a baby within the past 2 years (All 43 of them) have gone through exactly what I'm going through right now, and what I will be going through the next few years. Looking at all of the baby pictures we keep on our refridgerator, Eddie, Khloe, Brendan, Evan, Melina... It's finally set in, that all of these gorgeous babies started exactly where the grain-of-rice-sized fetus in my lower abdomen is right now. Looking at the picture in our copy of "What to Expect..." of the one-month old fetus, and then trying to imagine that little peice of scrammbled egg as a beautiful baby like the pictures on our fridge absolutely stuns me. Our baby doesn't even have a nose yet. Although ruling out OUR baby not having a nose is a little hard to do. Have you seen the schnozes on Brandon and myself?
New Life

It is so hard to imagine as a five year old worry-free kid, that one day you will not only have children of your own, but grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and so on and so forth(you get the gist). Then one day, whether you expect it or not, two lines appear on a test indicating very clearly, and by the way a lot quicker than the 3 minutes you're supposed to wait, your life is forever changed.

This is exactly what happened last Wednesday morning. My husband Brandon was in the shower when I woke up and decided, "Hey, maybe I'll take a pregnancy test." I'll admit, I had been feeling a bit different (gassy, hungry, I really felt I needed my appendix out) but definately wasn't expecting anything. So, I pull the test out, follow the instructions, and just about instantly, I found out we are going to have a baby.

Automatically after telling Brandon, we went into a fury of whats, whos, whens, whats, and more whats. "What room are we giving up to make a nursury?" "What do I have to give up eating,?" "What should I be eating more of?" "Who do we need to tell?" "When do we actually tell anyone?" "What type of diapers are we going to use?" "How long am I supposed to breastfeed?" yadda..... yadda...... yadda......?,?,?....... So in order to filter all of these questions and to adjust to the new life we just found out we had, Brandon took the day off and we went

Given there aren't many stores in Port Orchard to actually SHOP in, we still found ourselves directly in the center of every baby section of every store we went into. We ended our day on the town wth 2 copies of "What to Expect When You're Expecting", a bottle of PreNatal Vitamins, and a mild case of indigestion (Deli food is not always all that wonderful).

Since we learned of our newest addition, our days have been filled with lots and lots of phone calls and announcements, both fun and emotional. We have so much support, and I think that although we'll be getting TONS of hand-me downs, the fact that we have wonderful family and friends to help guide and support us will make the most difference in this new life adventure.