Friday, February 26, 2010

21 week 3d Ultrasound

We had a 3D ultrasound today, mostly for my worried mind to get one more confirmation that he is indeed a he. We got that, it's a boy and I won't second guess it again!

Here are a few pictures. They would have been even better if we'd waited a few more weeks, but I'm not the patient type and am planning on buying bedding this weekend, so needed to know.

Baby all curled up, you can see his nose good and some arms and legs tangled in there too.

Cute profile, he almost looks like he has a little smirk!

Another profile

Cute profile, showing off his flexibility, see his foot up by his chin?!

He got sick of showing off his goods, and crossed his legs!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Unfortunate Reminders and a Renewed Perspective

I recently found Layla's blog and I was in tears almost immediately reading it. Poor little Layla and her family are fighting an awful cancer that invaded Layla's two-year old body. They now have Hospice with them and are praying and hoping for a miracle, but realize her fight may soon be over.

I can't find the words to describe how I think I would feel if this were me and my family, but the tears streaming down my face while I was reading her posts gave me only a hint of an idea. While I pray for Layla and her family, I can't help but be reminded of all the harder parts of being a parent and how I wouldn't change those for anything in the whole wide world.

Last week Jenna got an awful stomach virus and was in ER getting an IV and fluids, along with blood work and an x-ray. That was so hard for Erik and I to watch, and I sit here now thinking that type of day for Layla and her family would probably feel like a vacation!

This is a great reminder for me, with all the stress and busy days of our life; take every nagging toddler, screaming baby, tantrums, and annoyances that keep us from getting things done everyday and cherish those moments. Unloading the dishwasher can wait if Jenna is asking me to read her a book, the laundry will still be there tonight. If she wants to help make dinner, which really means it will take double the time, let her. Play, read, cuddle, and don't take any moment for granted!

Jenna - I love you more than words can say. In your three years, you've brought your Dad and I so much joy, laughter, hope, and happiness. We can't imagine life without you and realize how lucky we are. I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And it starts...

I am truly amazed at what people have the nerve to say, especially to a pregnant lady. Do people really have no tact or thoughtfulness?
When I was pregnant with Jenna I got to the point where every time someone tried to offer or tell me advice on what I should or shouldn't do, or eat or anything, I would respond back with, "Oh, wow, I'm sorry, I didn't realize you were an OB doctor!!" It shut them up every time.

Looks like it's starting again. So far, I've had two insensitive rude comments made to me, I'm only halfway there.

Last week a lady asked me if my pregnancy was planned or a surprise. Seriously - do you have a right to know that or even really want to know the answer? What if I had said,
"Oh, total surprise, I hate babies and can't believe I'm pregnant!" What would she have said?

Or does she want the other story,
"Planned, we tried for a year, had a miscarriage, went to the doctor, had multiple tests done, was charting, temping, planning, and scheduled an appointment with an RE before we found out we were pregnant."

Honestly people, think before you speak. Just say, "Congratulations, that's so wonderful!" And be done!

My next rude conversation was just last night. An older couple asked me when I was due, I'm just starting to show more, here is the conversation.

Them: So, how much longer do you have?
Me: A while, due date is very beginning of July.
Them: Oh wow, you must be like me honey, have you gained a lot of weight?
Me: (trying not to hit them) No, actually I've only gained one pound and I'm halfway done. Everything is on track and we are having a boy. (me trying to change the subject.)
Them: Well, yes, a BIG boy!!!

Honestly...I don't know how much more of this I can take! What should my comeback be this time???

Monday, February 8, 2010


This has become one of Jenna's new words. She has suddenly gotten an attitude and uses words such as:
Never mind
Chill out Mom!
UGH...(rolls eyes and runs off)
I don't care!

I'm not sure when my 3 year old became a 13 year old?! I also don't know where she got all this from. I'm sure it's the normal ways: cartoons, kids at school, okay; I may say fine every now and then.
She is such a sweet girl most of the time, and she literally can change moods in an instant and bring out the attitude. It's always something!