Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Our Baby Pictures

We have now had our first and second ultrasounds so I thought I should post some of the pictures.

This was our first glimpse of our little peanut, who at this point has had a variety of nicknames from monkey (see below about the bananas) to the 'grand-berry'. Sean and I seem to use he quite a bit so we are just going with that as it flows easier than 'it'. If we were Spanish he would be universal so we'll just pretend it is.

This sonogram was done at 8 wks at which time we heard a strong and fast heartbeat! (Which I found out later greatly increased our chances of taking the pregnancy to term.

Next we have two images from the 11 wk sonogram. My OB pre-screens everyone for Down's Syndrome so we got to see the baby again. This time it lasted long enough for us to see the baby moving around and watch his little heart beating.

In this one you can see how much he has grown in just three weeks ( although the magnification is different so its a bit deceiving) You can see a little hand and what we think is the umbilical cord. That might be a leg extended upward but I'm not entirely sure. Our little munchkin has a bit of a pot belly already, clearly not going undernourished ;-).

Finally here is a close up of his head. He was moving around quite a bit so you can see here his back is arched a little bit upwards.
Again, we don't know the sex yet and I'm just using he for simplicity. We will find out the sex sometime in late February or early March, and we will let you know then.
Again we got a nice strong heart beat during this ultrasound too, although we didn't really need to hear it, we could see it quite clearly in his little chest.

Here we go!

We are just about ready to make our news fully public and therefore the blogging begins. To update those of you who are just finding out now I'll give you a quick re-cap of the last 11 weeks.

Sean and I found out that we were expecting on November 2nd. After being told that it would take a while for me to conceive we fully expected a negative test and were only taking one 'to be safe'. We were preparing for a weekend away with some friends at a house with a hot tub and hot tubs and alcohol are off limits so I wanted to make sure I wasn't pregnant before we left. Well, surprise! Our second pink line showed up about 5 seconds after I had re-capped the test. I was already aware of how to read the results but poor Sean wanted to read and re-read the directions to make sure we knew what we were looking at. In his shocked state he kept trying to handle the test for a closer look and had to be reminded which end was 'safe' to handle. We were the first to arrive at the house we had rented for the weekend and wouldn't you know the first thing Sean see was a 'What to expect when you are expecting" type of book. Two weeks prior our priest had given a homely about conception and it had nothing to do with the readings so I guess it really was 'the right time', regardless of what we had been told.

My first pregnancy symptom came long before I knew I was pregnant. I kept 'feeling like' having a banana. Seems totally normal except for the fact that I hate bananas normally, so this really should have been my first clue.

From week 5 to week 10ish I was exhausted and had some pretty intense nausea, although didn't throw up, much to eveyone's surprise since that has been my bodies typical coping mechanism for everything from headaches to caffeine withdraw. Now in week 11 I am feeling pretty good in comparison and I am looking forward to the beginning of my second trimester when the fun really begins.

Now you know! I hope to keep everyone updated on the progress of the pregnancy and the delights of our new born through this blog, similar to how we did the wedding website, only this is free.