Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December, already?

First, I apologize for not keeping this updated a little better. Life has been busy, but that's no excuse (ok, it's a small one). I went back to work on November 16th. It was so tough, I cried every day. I never considered how difficult it would be to leave Jack but it makes sense. You carry them for 9 months and then are with them 24/7 for the next three months. It's just so hard to imagine them not being with you. I miss him so much during the day, but tell myself it could be worse. My great friend, Kacee, is watching him. I go to her house every day at lunch to feed him. He's really only there 3 days a week. The other two days I stay home with him until noon and Chris comes home for the afternoon. It really could be worse.

Speaking of Jack, he seems to change daily! And it's so funny how we get excited over the smallest changes. For instance, he's started arching his back when he's laying down. Shouldn't be a big deal, but we are enthralled with it. He's trying to roll over, too. He gets on his side and then scoots around in a circle (almost like he's breakdancing) trying to work himself all the way over. One of these days he'll figure out how to get that arm out of the way and finally do it.

He likes to suck on his fingers and thumb and had to learn the hard way not to stick them too far into his mouth. Maybe that was me who learned, considering I was the one covered with spitup after he started gagging himself with his finger.

Jack talks ALL the time. He's such a vocal little guy. Here's a video from a few weeks ago (click on the words-->): Jack has A LOT to say

Jack is also interacting a lot more. He loves to be raised up over your head (we're not tossing him into the air, yet) and has ticklish sides. He is such a happy little guy all you have to do is smile at him and he'll smile back. And the dimples melt my heart every time!

I'm counting down the time until we get to visit everyone in Oregon. We've decided to drive because it seems like it'll be easier (I say that now) to haul all the baby stuff and I'm a little leery of taking Jack on a plane during flu season. Overprotective? Maybe just a little. We'll probably be in Oregon by the 20th. I can't wait!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Snow in October

Jack says it's going to take more than a few inches of snow in October for him to get excited.
We had our first snow of the year this weekend! It's very early but thankfully it's supposed to warm back up to the 50s-60s next weekend so I don't think it's here to stay (yet).

Friday, September 18, 2009

Time flies.....

I can't believe Jack will be four weeks old on Tuesday. It's amazing how fast the last three and a half weeks have gone by!
Jack is such a beautiful baby. He's pretty easy going and usually only cries when he's hungry (which is all the time)! This little guy was born at 8lbs 9oz, went down to 8lbs 4oz before we left the hospital and at his two week check up (which was at 2 weeks, 3 days) he weighed TEN lbs 1 oz!!! Amazing! He definitely knows how to eat; no hesitation or problems getting him to breastfeed.

Week One
What a crazy adjustment! I'm not sure how it happens, but I think there's a switch that gets flipped after giving birth that allows you to sleep light enough to hear every little grunt and wake up seven times a night without a problem. Seven might be an exaggeration, but you get what I mean. We spent the week getting to know each other and it was really wonderful that Chris was able to take two weeks off so we could all stay home together. It was definitely a team effort! We had a few diaper experiences that left us laughing pretty hard...I'm sure it'll get old and won't evoke the same response but Jack is really good at having you change a poopy diaper only to get the next diaper on so he can promptly fill it again. We had a few of those that were followed by him peeing all over himself as we were changing the second diaper. Comedy of errors!

Week Two
When Jack was two weeks old, my mom came to visit. It was great having her here so she could meet Jack and the help was nice since Chris had to go back to work. It's a little sad thinking she's all the way in Virginia and won't be able to see Jack as often as if we lived closer to each other. I have a few photos of her holding Jack but haven't been able to get them loaded yet.
This week we took Jack to meet everyone at Chris' office and he also had his first play date. As you can see in the photos, Jack really needs to work on his social skills. We have really tried to get out and not keep Jack locked up in the house all the time. While my mom was here we went out for sushi at Suehiro's, Jack's first time going out for dinner. I was just excited to finally be able to eat RAW sushi since I couldn't while I was pregnant.Jack got to meet his buddy, Archer, this week. Archer was born exactly one lb bigger than Jack, 11 days after Jack. Archer belongs to our friends Reid and Kacee.

Jack and Samira, daughter of our friends Aron and Patricia. We haven't had the 'don't hit girls' talk yet.Jack at his first play date with Aida, Sawyer, and Samira. Yes, Jack is trying to nurse on Samira's forehead.

Week Three
Chris' mom came to visit this week. Again, it was great to have Grandma spend time with Jack. Diane took Jack outside a lot and he really seemed to like it. This photo was from when they were walking around the house and he fell asleep with his face smashed into her arm. :)

This is one of my favorite photos of Jack. Uncle Robert and Aunt Rikki sent this adorable monkey towel that has JACK embroidered on the back with a monkey tail. Diane took this photo of Jack after he took a bath. Such a cute little guy!I feel so blessed to have such a healthy baby! I am so excited to see what his personality will be like, to see him learn how to crawl, walk, talk....but at the same time I want time to slow down so I can enjoy every moment. It's been such an amazing experience!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jack Christopher Hanken is here!

The day we've been waiting for! I woke up at 2am on Monday, August 24th with contractions. They felt a little stronger than the contractions I had been having so I got my hopes up. :) The contractions continued until our 41 week appointment at 11 am where Dr. Klingner told me it was probably prodromal labor and told me to hang in there. Not knowing what 'prodromal' was, I came home and immediately googled it. Turns out prodromal is the nice medical term for false labor. Dr. Klingner said I was in too good of spirits to be having really strong contractions. I assured her these were 'real' contractions, I was just handling them well. Little did I know! I spent the rest of the afternoon walking on the treadmill, doing lunges, anything I could think of. In hindsight, I should have rested! I was just afraid that resting would make the contractions stop.

My contractions got closer together as the day progressed and by evening I needed Chris to help me get through them by applying counter pressure on my back. At 10pm my water broke and I decided to take a shower. I barely made it through the shower before I was telling Chris we needed to head to the hospital. I was starting to realize what 'real' contractions actually felt like!
I told Chris on the way to the hospital that this baby was going to be born anytime......yeah, sure.

We checked into the hospital around 11pm and the nurse examined me and announced I was all of 2cm dilated and 90% effaced. TWO! I could have sworn it was closer to 10!
I tried the labor ball (hated it), sitting in the tub (hated it), and ultimately found that standing with Chris pushing on my back was the best way to get through it. The funniest part (not at the time) of the tub was turning the jets on and realizing they really hurt more than they helped during the contraction. We turned them off only to have them spontaneously come back on during a strong contraction. It was terrible and enough for me to get out of the tub immediately! :)

Convinced I was REALLY close now, the nurse checked me at 2am and said I was now at 3. So frustrating! I couldn't believe I only dilated 1 cm in 3 hours and I was struggling with how painful it was getting. By 4am I told the nurse I wanted an epidural. Chris was exhausted from pushing on me, I was exhausted from the contractions and didn't have the same strong commitment to a drug-free labor. I got the epidural and the nurse checked me again right after. She said it made sense I was in so much pain because I went from 3 to 8 cm in 2 hours. Regardless, I was happy for the opportunity to catch my breath.
By 6am I was fully dilated and ready to push. Dr. Klingner told us to rest for an hour and then we'd start pushing. She explained a first time mom can push for 2 - 3 hours and I'd need more energy. Sleep? How do you sleep when you know you're that close to meeting your baby? So, I laid there waiting for 7am to come.
At 7, Dr. Klingner came back and set everything up. The epidural was perfect because I could still feel everything and was only numb from my thighs to my belly button. I started pushing by 7:15 and Jack was born at 7:30am! Everyone was surprised at how easily he came out, I was just grateful that it didn't take a c-section or hours of pushing to get him here. We expected a fairly good-sized baby because we were both pretty big (I was 9lbs 1oz, Chris was 8lbs 11 oz) and we weren't disappointed. Jack weighed in at 8lbs, 9oz. and 21-3/4" long.
We stayed at the hospital until Wednesday evening and were able to come home. We're so excited to have him here (and a little sleep deprived). He's such a beautiful baby and we feel very blessed to have him!
Jack on the scale, right after birth.

Jack had a little bruise under his left eye from the birth, but it was gone by the next day.
First time in the carseat, heading home!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Not yet.....

Being pregnant has definitely given me a lesson in being out of control! My due date was Monday and I've been fielding questions all day, every day since then from everyone wanting to know whether I've had the baby yet. It gives me a new perspective on leaving pregnant women alone. I have no control over when he comes, so can't give anyone an answer as to why he isn't here yet. Not only that, his 'due date' was just on Monday! It hasn't even been a week, people!
We've been so fortunate to have met such great friends since moving to Fort Collins. There are four other women who are due this month that we're friends with. Aron and Patricia had their little girl, Samira, last Tuesday. Our neighbors Ashly and Todd had their little girl on Saturday and Jamie and Jessica just had their little girl, Aida Joy, today. Last ones standing are me and Kacee, the only two expecting little boys. Go figure. Kacee's theory is the boys were being gentlemen and letting the girls come first. :) We just feel blessed to have so many other babies (and first-time parents) to share this experience with. Now we're just waiting to meet Jack!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

39-1/2 weeks!

We had an appointment with the doctor today and she said I have to start taking it easy or she'll take me off work. It's so tough! The problem is my feet/ankles are starting to swell and she's worried that if I don't take it easy I could develop something more serious, like high blood pressure. So, I have until Monday to get my ankles to look better or that's it.
Hopefully we don't get that far because I've already decided Jack will be born this Saturday, the 15th. Haha....we'll see. I even put it on my schedule at work. :) Really, I guess I'm not in a huge hurry because my due date isn't even until Monday. I just don't want to deal with being past my due date and fielding a million questions. And, we are ready to meet this baby!! Plus, (me and my quirky number issues) it would be really neat if he was born on the 15th. Jennifer and I are exactly 15 months apart and if he's born on the 15th, Jack and Jonathon will be exactly 13 months apart. How neat for cousins!
At our appointment, Dr. Klingner did say the baby has dropped a little bit (I was measuring 38-1/2cm last week and am now measuring 37) and I'm more like 40% effaced...still not dilated. We'll see.....

Re-upholster glider....check

My timing isn't very good on this, considering I'm due any day, but I really wanted to get this glider done before the baby was born. We bought this glider on Craigslist and I thought it looked a little worn and I didn't like the color. I found a fabric that I thought would go well with the monkey/jungle theme we have in the nursery without being blue or light green....the jury is still out on the color (Eddie said it looks like it's from the 1950's) but I like it! The best part is I got it done before the baby is here!

The first photo is what it used to look like....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

All moved in!

Let me just start by saying I hate moving. The fortunate part is we are blessed with wonderful friends and family who came to the rescue! After moving loads to the new house all week in our vehicles, we finally got a U-haul on Saturday and, with the help of those wonderful friends, got all the big stuff moved over. It was such a great feeling to walk around and know we're actually in our own house! No more renting from wackos! The first few days have been crazy with not being able to find anything, but it will get better once we get everything put away.

My least favorite part of moving is having to decide how I want everything organized because I know it has to be just right or I'll keep moving it until it is. The kitchen is the hardest part. When I walked into our new kitchen, I played the game of 'if I was silverware, which drawer would I be in?' to decide where things went. Our master bedroom closet has a wonderful organization system in it, but getting everything organized in that system took a lot of time! The problem is at 37 weeks pregnant, I have the drive to get it done but my body is not willing! I haven't had any problems with my feet swelling....until this weekend. I think it was just too much to be working until midnight or 1am on Friday and Saturday night and I wasn't good about taking enough breaks. I feel like an 80 year old woman this week! But, even with all that, I feel very blessed to be in the house before the baby is born and now just focus on getting ready to welcome him into the world.

Speaking of baby, we had our last classes today! Dr. Klingner (our fantastic doctor) suggested loading whatever we could into our 'toolbox' for labor, since we don't know what we're getting into. Based on that suggestion, I've spent a lot of time on relaxation techniques (like Hypnobabies) and Chris and I took a class on using a TENS unit today. It's interesting because the purpose is to stimulate nerves that override your perception of the contractions. We tried it on our arm and it did make my arm feel numb. Hopefully it'll have the same effect on contractions!

The other class we had today was the carseat and safety class. We feel much more prepared now! It was great because we did it at the fire station and they showed us different techniques for properly installing the carseat and lots of safety tips. For instance, I didn't know a good way to tell if a toy/object will be a choke hazard is to see if it fits through an empty toilet paper roll. If it does, it's small enough to choke a little one. Good tip!

So, now we've got as much hypothetical education as we can get before the real practice begins! At our 36 week appointment, Dr. Klingner said I was 20% effaced and the baby had dropped to a -2. She said it doesn't mean we'll have the baby soon but she doesn't anticipate going past my due date. I hope she's right! We're so excited to meet this little baby!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anything else we could add?

What an insane time the last two years have been! Really, we moved to Colorado, started new jobs, got engaged, married, honeymoon, baby, and NOW....we just bought a new house! Crazy, I know. It started a few weeks ago with 'Hmmm....we should talk to a mortgage broker and see about buying a house." So, we met with a broker and told him what we wanted to pay and how much we had to put down so we could back into how much house it would buy. Happy with that step, we met a realtor last Tuesday and looked at houses on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. By Monday we had an offer in on a house and the owners accepted it. So fast, but we're really excited. We close on July 21st, so will be moving a little under 4 weeks before my due date. I'm a little apprehensive, but we agreed that it would be easier to try and move while the baby is inside rather than when we're taking care of a newborn. I just hope we'll be able to get somewhat settled before Jack makes his appearance.
The house is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2300 sq ft house with a 1/4 acre yard. It has a finished basement with a family room and although it was built in 1988, it has a new roof, water heater, furnace, hardwood floors, carpet downstairs and has been remodeled and looks brand new. It has great full-sun garden beds in the backyard for me and the side of the garage is gravel, perfect for Chris to work on his Camaro. See, a win-win. :) There were a lot of houses that were bigger or newer but just didn't feel as nice as this one did. It has more custom features and a mature yard....unlike most of the newer developments in Fort Collins.
I'm calling it our '5 year house' because I'm imagining in the next 5 years we'll outgrow it. Yes, my inability to live in the present has caused me to already think about not only the baby who hasn't been born yet but also the next little one. I just think we'll want more space. Here are a few photos of it, but I think it looks a lot better in person.
The first one is the front of the house, but now that tree in the foreground shades the entire front yard (now that the leaves are fully grown out). The second photo is the kitchen, followed by the living area upstairs and the finished family room in the basement. We're really excited to have our own home in Colorado!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

30 Weeks tomorrow!

I can't believe we only have 10 weeks to go! (give or take a few weeks)
We went on a tour of the maternity ward at PVH (Poudre Valley Hospital) on Saturday morning. It was good to hear where we needed to go and get to see everything. The rooms are very nice and all have jacuzzi tubs and internet with wireless keyboards so you can play on the internet from your hospital bed....not sure how appealing that is during labor, but ok. When we were there, there were 31 babies with their mothers in the maternity ward. Crazy! I couldn't believe there were that many babies born around the same time in Fort Collins. The population is 130,000 or so and that just seems like a lot. One of the nurses said they usually have around 20 on any given day and that number increases before a full moon. We checked to see when the full moon was in August and it's on the 6th, so we'd have to be a few weeks early to be in there then. :)
At one point in the tour we were in the nursery area and there was a room off the main area that said "Circ Room"...I assumed they meant "Circulation" or something. Nope. The nurse pointed out that it was the Circumcision room and I could hear a baby in there crying. Ug, hormones. I got teary-eyed and didn't want to be in there anymore. I just told myself he was crying because he was laying on a table naked, not because he was in pain. I know they numb everything up really well, but still it was terrible to listen to.
Here are a couple of photos that Christopher took this morning. Some people tell me I still look pretty small for 30 weeks, but when we were on the tour there were 9 other couples and some of the women were due in June/beginning of July and looked the same size I do. It seems huge to me, but I guess that's just because this belly is part of my body. But, I am loving being pregnant and so far it has been pretty comfortable. Sleep hasn't been so great lately, but I guess that's God's way of getting me used to not having much of it after the baby is here. It's great to feel Jack moving around in there all the time. I can't wait to meet him.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It really is a boy!

Today we had our 3rd ultrasound (hopefully final ultrasound)! It was really great to see the baby and the best part was actually getting confirmation on the sex. I was having a hard time imagining a little girl in there but have forced myself to try and stay neutral. I just felt boy, I guess I was right!
We went to the hospital's imaging department this time, instead of Harmony Imaging (where we had the first two). It was interesting to be in the hospital for the first time and see where we'll be coming in another 12 weeks when it's time for baby Jack to make his appearance. The hospital seemed very nice and we really liked the ultrasound tech. They actually had a giant flat panel screen on the wall in front of the bed so we didn't have to try to look at the monitor the technician uses. It's the little things! Everything looked really great on the ultrasound images (heart, kidneys, stomach, bladder, palate) and the only thing I'm keeping my fingers crossed on is that he turns. Today he was breech, so his head was up at the top of my uterus by my ribs. I think he must have recently turned that way because I was feeling a lot of kicking up under my right ribs and today it was all in my bladder. I REALLY prefer the rib kicks.

Here are a few updated ultrasound photos.

Isn't this the cutest little profile? I know, I'm biased. I was amazed because that little think below his chin by the placenta is his foot. Looks a little uncomfortable, right?

This is a front view of the face, instead of the 'skeletor baby' they got a shot of the soft tissue. It's a little hard to make out, but you can kind of see the eyes, nasal bone, and mouth. Poor guy looks like he's being squished between the placenta (top) and side of the uterus.

Here's the proof! Our 'explicit' photo that shows our little guy is a guy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A little preparation!

I have no idea who thought up the list of 'must haves' for a baby but it's amazing how many things you 'NEED' before the baby arrives. We've decided to try and save money where we can by buying things used. Really, how used can baby items be??

So, Christopher and I got up early yesterday morning for some craigslist bargains. We drove all the way down to Colorado Springs (two hours) for a slightly used stroller that was the exact one we had registered for. The best part was it is $170 new and we got it for $75. First deal of the day! It looks a little bit masculine, but we really liked the orange and gray/black (Go Beavs!) so we went with this one.

Our next stop was back up to Aurora (suburb of Denver) to look at the carseat that matches the stroller. This one was brand new (still in the box) and instead of $180, we only paid $100!

Our third stop was to Parker where we found a great used crib and matching dresser for $300. Great deal considering the crib alone would have been more than that if we bought it new. Although we initially said we wanted something in dark wood, this set looks very nice and sturdy. I've attached a few pics that the person who sold it on craigslist took, so this isn't our nursery but shows the furniture pretty well.

So, we finally have a few things we'll need for the baby. Hard to believe it's only a little over three months away!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ultrasound CRAZINESS!

So, we met with our doctor after we got back from Robert & Rikki's wedding to review the ultrasound results. She said because of the way the baby was positioned, they were unable to get a good look at the umbilical cord to see if there are two veins and one artery (which there should be). She said there was no reason to believe it wasn't anatomically correct, but we could schedule a follow-up ultrasound to make sure. I agreed, thinking it would just be another chance to see the baby.
We went in on 4/21 and the technician asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby. I told her they had told us already at the last appointment and that we're having a boy but it would be great if she'd confirm that.
Long first she said 'Oh, those look like the boy parts right there.' then said "Actually, if I had to guess, I'd say it could be a girl." The problem was the baby was moving around everywhere and wouldn't open it's all. The technician tried over and over to get a clear shot, which was complicated by the fact that the genitals were right under my belly button, making it even harder to get a clear picture. We walked out without knowing if it's a boy or a girl. The last thing she said was it wasn't clear enough for her to say either way. I'm so surprised! Part of me is glad we went in for the 2nd ultrasound because it would have been more shocking to think it was a boy until birth. I still just want to know if it is a girl or a boy, so I can plan!
Maybe this is God's way of telling me I need to stop trying to control everything. :)

Regardless, we did get some cute updated photos of the baby. Here's a profile and a foot!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Chris felt the baby move!

Today is a special day in so many ways!
Chris and I started dating on October 13th, so I always called April 13th our 'half anniversary'. Those of you who know me well know I will come up with any excuse to create significance with dates. :)

The other great thing about today is we got engaged a year ago today! Chris and I were laying in bed this morning and laughing about how much has changed in a year....married, pregnant....nuts! Here's a picture from our skiing trip at Copper right after Chris proposed.

While we were laying there talking about all our changes, I felt the baby start kicking and told Chris to put his hand on my stomach. Not the first time I've told him to feel the baby kick, but the difference was this time he actually felt it! How great is that?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Robert & Rikki got married!

We just got back from Florida! Robert and Rikki got married on April 2nd. It was a beautiful ceremony and I'm really happy to be able to call Rikki my sister now!!

Another neat part was while we were getting ready for the wedding, the baby started kicking very hard. I was with Rikki so took her hand and put it on my stomach and she felt the baby kick. I just love the fact that she was the first person to feel the baby move and it was her wedding day! I'll never forget it now.

I took some pictures, but haven't gotten them off my camera yet. Here's one that Jen took. It's kind of silly. Rikki was posing like that because there were so many people taking pictures of them cutting the cake, it was like paparazzi. It's wonderful to see Robert grow up to be such a great man. Kind of weird to see him married now, but I'm really happy for them both.

The other great part of the trip (not the only one!) was getting to spend time with my nephew, Jonathon (Jen's son). He is the greatest little baby! I'm in L-O-V-E!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


We went in for our ultrasound today and after having to drink 40 oz. of water and wait an uncomfortably long period of time, we got to see our baby for the first time and it's a boy!
The images are hard to decipher, but it was still really neat to see the little one on the screen and amazing to realize that little baby is inside me. They estimated the due date within four days of the original date, so there aren't going to be any changes there. Can't wait to actually meet him!

Chris calls this first ultrasound photo 'Skeletor Baby' :)

Here's one with the baby's legs crossed:

A close-up of a little hand....

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Like a kid at Christmas!

I can think of nothing other than the ultrasound appointment we have this Tuesday! I'm really excited to finally have a chance to see the baby that's been bouncing around inside me. Of course I also hope the baby will cooperate and let us see whether we're having a boy or a girl. If not, I'm not sure what I'll do. I guess just wait 20 weeks to see, but that will be so tough. I think I have my heart set on knowing now. The difficult part is going to be not telling my family for a week. Rikki (my soon to be sister-in-law) told me she wanted to hear something in person so I agreed to wait until we get to Florida for their wedding to tell them the sex of the baby. It'll be a lot of fun to have everyone together, but I just think it'll be hard to wait that long without someone finding out.
Chris and I spent this weekend trying to add things to a baby registry. It was a little overwhelming but still fun. We've been looking at infant car seats and strollers for awhile so knew what we were going to get. The rest of it was just walking around BabiesRus and trying to figure it out on the fly. I think it'll take a few more trips!
Today we went to a consignment shop that a friend of Chris' told him about. It's all 'gently used' items for babies and children. We just feel like there are some things we'll only be using for 6 months and if we can get a better deal with something used and in good shape...why not? We didn't find much this time but will definitely be checking back.
Can't wait for Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another appointment

We had another doctor's appointment this afternoon. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. At first I thought it was just my heartbeat we were listening to and the doctor had to tell us it was the baby's. It just sounded a lot slower (it was 145 bpm) and stronger. Exciting!
The doctor told us about the old wives tale that says after 20 weeks if the heartbeat is over 160 bpm it's a girl and if it's under it's a boy. She also said that the reason the heartbeat is slower now compared to last time is that the heart rate will slow down as the baby gets older. So, Chris put together that if it slows down as the baby gets older and it's already under 160, maybe it's a boy. We'll see!
Other than that, she told us we get to schedule the ultrasound for week 19. I'll be 16 weeks on Monday, so in less than a month we'll get to actually see the baby and maybe find out what we're having!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Chunky Monkey....almost 15 weeks

No, not the ice cream. Me! This is the weirdest feeling to see and feel your body getting bigger and know it's not attributed to something you should change. I'm very excited, but it's a weird thing to get used to. I'm just trying to watch what I eat and walk every day (or most days!).

On another note, I think I'm starting to feel the baby move.....maybe, but I'm not sure (was that a sentence?) It just feels like a little flutter in the same spot that the doctor found the heartbeat. It isn't all the time, just every couple of days and feels like nothing I've ever felt before. I hestitate to say that's what it is because I am still a little early to be feeling it.
Other than me being obsessed with the world of babies, not much is going on. The economy has been a little stressful, but we'll be fine. There are a lot of engineering companies initiating pay cuts (5% at HP, up to 40% at AMD) and mandatory days off. We just feel thankful that none of that is happening at Broadcom and Chris' job seems pretty secure.
Back to baby brain, we have another dr. appt on Wednesday. I can't wait to hear the heartbeat again!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Today was a big baby day! We had our first OB appointment this afternoon with Dr. Klingner. It was great to get to meet her and see how she felt about what we want to do. I told her I'd like to have as little intervention as possible (unless medically necessary) and she told me she had both her children with a midwife and did it drug-free. That's great news because I know she's open to letting me try it. Of course, I have NO idea what it'll actually feel like to be in labor so I'm not going to say I'm totally against it, I just want to be able to listen to what my body needs. She also told us that she'll be there to deliver the baby. Her practice is the only one in Fort Collins that the doctors stay on call for their own patients. That's great because I know all my appointments will be with her and I don't have to worry about a random doctor I haven't met being there for the birth. As I say that though, I'm reminding myself that she did say she has eight pregnancies she's managing that are due in August and normally only has four. So hopefully there won't be any conflicts. I'm imagining if all her patients are delivered at the same hospital (which they will be) that even if someone else is in labor it should be ok.
So, another thing about their practice is they don't do an ultrasound until 20 weeks unless you want to do genetic testing (more on that later). So at our appointment she just used a doppler to listen for the heartbeat. At first, all she could find was my heartbeat. She said my ovarian arteries were really strong and she didn't know if it would allow her to pick up the baby's heartbeat. After a few minutes of trying (right when I was getting discouraged) she found it! It was so amazing to hear. I looked over at Chris and his eyes were really big. My reaction was to start giggling. Bad reaction when you're trying to listen to a little heartbeat inside you. I'd stop laughing long enough for her to find the heartbeat again and as soon as I heard it....I'd laugh again! I wanted to stop so bad just so I could hear it for a little while but I was so giddy I couldn't control it. The doctor said most people usually cry, not laugh. What can I say? :) The best part is we'll be able to listen to it at every appointment so I'm looking forward to hearing it again at the end of February.
Our other baby event for the day was our First Trimester class. It was interesting to see other pregnant couples in there. Of course, I'm so A-type that as soon as I found out I was pregnant I was reading everything I could find on pregnancy. So, most of what they talked about was old news for me. But, Chris hasn't been such an information dork and thought it was pretty informative.
I'm starting to show a little bit but mostly just feel fat. My pants are getting too tight so it's uncomfortable to button them. My favorite part is knowing why they're getting tight. :)