Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby Names

I am having so much trouble with baby names for girls. Chris and I can only agree to two: Rebeccah June and Vyara (middle?). AArgh! Chloe we also like but can't decide. Everything else that I've offered, Chris dislikes (sigh). It's funny that we were completely settled on a boy's name. There was no contest. But, we just keep going back and forth on lil' girls' names. Does anyone have suggestions? Or went through this too? What did you do to find the right name?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Baby Registry

Just a quick note. For those of you who've been wondering (and asking) we've finally registered at Babies R' Us. The link is on the right-hand side of the blog. We may eventually register at Target as well if I can get Chris's schedule figured out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Belly Photos at 20 Weeks

I'm going about this a bit backwards I know. I meant to put this photo up awhile ago so everyone could see the baby belly at 20 weeks. We're already 24 weeks (that's how behind I am on getting photos up). I promise I'll have some updated ones in a week or so. In the meantime, this photo is in Oahu as I took my first dip in the Pacific Ocean with the baby. The beautiful Lei was given to me when I arrived in Hawaii from our friends Jennifer and Aaron Anderberg, who we were staying with for our trip. I'll be posting more of the Hawaii photos with the baby belly in a week or two. We had a wonderful time and within the week that we were visiting I had grown noticeably. Each day, Chris would comment, "Wow, has your belly grown since yesterday?" In fact, Chris's first time to feel her kick was while we were in Hawaii. I guess, she was having such a blast she couldn't contain herself. One of the most interesting fun facts that I learned is that my belly floats, even if I don't. hehe! The rest of me might have to keep treading to stay above water but my belly was its on flotation device. This inevitably created some comical moments while trying to snorkel.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Quiet Time

I've always had a respect for single mothers. I couldn't imagine how difficult it would be to be alone during your pregnancy or raising your child single-handedly. But, now that Chris has left for the summer to work at Camp I have two months without him as I transition from 2nd trimester to 3rd trimester. I'm only getting a small taste of what it's like to be alone and pregnant, and it has made me appreciate those brave, strong single women even more!

I treasure the quiet time I have, feeling the baby grow and wiggle and kick but I do wish Chris were here more often to enjoy her development as well. This is his baby too and he misses not being here to be a part of this. Not to mention the fact that there are SO many things that I have difficulty doing or just plain shouldn't do because of pregnancy. So, I have to be patient and wait till he can come back and take care to them for me. Or, I have to rely on friends to help me. I've never felt so helpless before. At least I have the dog to keep me company. He's taken over very well as my protector and takes his job VERY seriously! ;) almost TOO seriously. He won't leave my side for a minute, tries to nudge my belly with his nose (I think he believes I have a tapeworm in me or something) and he barks and growls at anything that comes remotely close to the house (squirrel, bird, an name it). But, don't take this as self-pity or complaining. I'm thankful for all the friends I have to help me out and this little trial has only helped me realize even more how many wonderful people are in my life. I know that Chris will be home soon and at least able to be a part of the end of our pregnancy and, more importantly, present at the birth of our first child. I'm just glad that the part of the pregnancy he had to miss is the one with the least amount anxiety attached to it. You have to find a silver lining in every cloud.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Baby Dream II

I dreamt I was chasing a giggling little girl with little blonde curls around the house as Chris was trying to get ready for work. She was tromping in her dad's shoes, which were enormous on her, and wearing one of Chris's ties loosely over head, which dangled all the way to the floor. As I called after her, she gave up the shoes and tore through the kitchen, squealing with delight right into one of Chris's legs.
At this point, I can't wait to meet her and I wonder what she'll look like. She likes music, I think. She wiggles a lot during my belly-dance class and just tonight as I was listening to some classical music she began kicking in rhythm to Mozart's Turkish March. She never ceases to amaze me.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bye-Bye Feet!

I asked my other pregnant friends to give me a list of all the things they miss most during their pregnancy.  I had to pass them along:

-Pooping regularly
-Bending over without falling on your face
-Sleeping on my stomach
-Late night snacking (without horrible heartburn)
-Shaving my legs without having to sit down (also trimming 'down there' without having to have help. Guess it's time I tried a bikini wax).
-Hugging someone without my boobs feeling like they've been hit with a 2x4.
-Sushi (drool!)
-Wine and/or Champagne 
-Imported cheeses
-Roller coasters and bumper cars
-Smoked meats or salmon
-Sleeping through the night without peeing every five minutes
-Laughing or sneezing without peeing my pants
-Being intimate with my husband without feeling like Mt. Everest is in the way.

Ahh, the little trials. Just keep telling yourself it's all worth it in the end.