Sunday, November 28, 2010

Baby Boy O.

My Baby Boy,

So it's obvious from the title of this post, but your daddy and I found out that you're a boy! We also learned that you look perfectly healthy and are growing big and strong in my belly. The doctor estimates you'll weight 8.25 pounds when you're born.

Seeing your face for the first time was an amazing experience. You're a little claymation-ish in the photos, but I still think you look like the sweetest little baby I've ever seen.
Your heart and body also look fit as can be, which is fantastic news. Dr. Case's previous patients had a baby with severe congenital heart defects -- he reminded us that not all parents are blessed with a son as a healthy as you. Hearing that story brought tears to my eyes and I continue to feel overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude whenever I think about how smoothly my pregnancy is going and how perfect you look in there.

Daddy and I are working on a name for you, but we're not going to tell anyone what we choose until you're born. We don't want any funny looks or opinions about your name until it's official and there's no turning back! We promise not to pick anything too weird, or too common, though. And we'll spell whatever we choose conventionally, too. We want you to focus on the more important things in life, instead of spending time correcting people, " ... and that's with a 'qz,' not an 's.'"

You're getting a lot more active these days, kicking me and rolling around after almost every meal. And then you take a nap for a few hours before waking up again. I really love feeling you move around -- it's always the highlight of my day. Daddy felt you kick from the outside last weekend, too, and he was SO excited. I also tried to get you to kick for Grandpa Omdal after Thanksgiving dinner, but you weren't interested. I think you need to grow a little bigger before you start "dancing on command."

And speaking of growing bigger, that's exactly what I'm doing. I'm 23 weeks pregnant now, and have gained 17 pounds. Four of those were in the past two weeks, too! (You really like holiday food, but I think I'm going to have to cut back and stop spoiling you with so much chocolate and pie.) I'm doing my best to feed you a lot of fruits and vegetables, too.

Dr. Case recommended the book, Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, by Annie Murphy Paul. I read an article she wrote in Time Magazine a couple months ago and have specifically tried to make sure you get plenty of cruciferous vegetables while you're in there to help protect you from cancer. I love you so much, babe, and am trying to make the best decisions as possible for you from the very beginning.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed thinking of what we're going to go through in life together. When I start thinking too much about the hard times we may face as you grow, I try to take a step back and just live in the moment. Eating broccoli and cabbage seem like one of the easier choices I'll ever have to make. Focusing on the simple things and taking it one day at a time help calm me down and remember the joy we'll have together.

I can't wait to meet you.

Love,
Mommy

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

20-Week Update

Dear Baby O,

You’ve been growing for 20 weeks now, and over the past couple weeks people have started to notice that you’re in there. Someone stopped me on the street last Friday and asked how far along I was — I excitedly shared that my pregnancy was halfway over. I’m just so excited to meet you, I can hardly stand the thought of waiting until March.

At the same time, part of me is terrified that you will arrive early. I want you to stay in there as long as possible to grow strong and healthy. If you’re anything like me or your dad, though, you’ll probably be a little bit late. That’s a habit we’re going to try our best not to teach you.

You’ve grown a lot in the past month and I started to feel you move. We were 18 weeks into this journey when I was sitting at my desk and felt a little twitch in my tummy. I wasn’t sure it was you, but then I felt it a few more times. And then a little bit more each day after that.

You really start bouncing around when I eat sugar. I’ve probably fed you too much sugar lately since there’s been a lot of Halloween candy floating around, but it’s so fun to feel you move that I have a hard time resisting. It also was a huge relief to feel you move. My tummy didn’t seem to be growing much for a few weeks and I had only gained one pound the previous month, so I was a little bit nervous that you weren’t in there anymore (as silly as I know that sounds). I love it so much when you remind me of your presence with a little nudge. It always puts a big smile on my face and fills my heart in a way I haven’t known before.

Your daddy can’t feel you from the outside yet, but he sure talks to you a lot and really is excited for the day he’ll be able to put his hand on my tummy and feel you move, too. He already loves you more than I’ve seen him love anything.

You’ve been so good to me, little one. So far, I’ve had a really healthy pregnancy with hardly any side effects. There have been a few bouts with heartburn, but nothing unbearable. And maybe that just means you’ll be born with a beautiful head of hair — or so I’ve been told. I’m also very tired by the time 8 p.m. rolls around each evening, but I expected that would be the case and again, it also is manageable. Other than that, I still just feel like me. It's definitely a relief, since I'm working full time and can't really afford the time to be sick. So thanks for that!

Pink or Blue
In three days, we’re going to see Dr. Case, a radiologist, who is going to check you out for our mid-point ultrasound. He’s going to tell us if you’re a boy or a girl and make sure you’re healthy. I sure hope you’re OK and that the next 20 weeks go as well as the first. I pray every night for God to bring you into this world smoothly and safely.

Your daddy and I dressed up as characters from the movie Ghostbusters this Halloween. Since I’m supposed to be “puffy” already with you in there, I fully embraced the theme and went as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. There were a lot of other kiddos who visited us in their costumes, too, which made us really excited to dress you up next year.

There are so many things I can’t wait to do with you. It’s going to be great.

Love,
Mommy