Sunday, November 27, 2011

18 week photos (sorry they're late!)

Ok, so this week is 19 weeks, but I never put up the 18 week photos...I know. I know. I stink at this!

BUT, I had a fun idea (you can thank my friend and coworker for planting the idea in my head)...not sure why it took 18 weeks to think of, but here you go...

Here is a picture of our little bell pepper!!!

Christmas Traditions (lots of pictures!)

After a wonderful Thanksgiving, Meg and I were anxious to set up for Christmas...We had my dad come over to the house to help bring down the decorations from the attic (I wasn't about to have Meg lifting heavy boxes).

I told Dad we were looking for 6 tupperware boxes (Meg told me that number a few days earlier) but she kept on insisting that it was only 5. So, 5 boxes came down.

While I battled a head cold, Meg decorated the house. She had a minor freak out moment when she realized an entire box of decorations was missing. I didn't say, "I told you so." (you should be proud!) I didn't even tease her about her pregnancy brain. Instead, I held the attic stairs while she went up to find the missing box. (Don't worry...she passed the items down to me individually)

Last night Meg and I went to our local farm to search for the perfect Christmas tree. I'm sure there are cheaper places to buy trees (people tell us every year) but it's our tradition. Usually we do the light show, but we decided to wait until later in the season for that.

It took us less than 10 minutes to pick the tree. While the guy made a fresh cut and tied the tree to our car, Meg and I took a picture in front of the singing tree and headed inside to look for a new ornament.

It is our annual tradition to buy a special ornament that symbolizes our experiences for the year (some years we have bought more than one ornament...stocking stuffers for each other). Over the past 8 years, we have racked up engagement ornaments, wedding ornaments, and first home ornaments.

We started talking the other day about what type of ornament we needed to buy to symbolize this year. Did you know they make turkey baster ornaments? We're not buying one, but I thought it was amusing!

I did find a few cute "expecting" ornaments on the internet, but we're going to wait to buy one just in case we find one on Friday (I'm taking Meg to Peddler's's very crafty and has unique items)

Until then, here is a picture of our place holder's perfect!

I should also mention that my mom bought Meg an "I did it!" ornament to signify her graduation from Temple University, so that made it on the tree too!

Here we are setting up the tree...

I suppose we should have taken a picture of the two of us in front of the tree, but last night it was way too late by the time we got the tree up and tonight Heineken was trying to eat the ornaments off of the tree! Don't believe me??? Here's proof!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Like Father Like Daughter (Obnoxious Prenatal Yoga Bloopers)

Ok, so I'll be the first one to admit that I have a little bit of my father AND my mother in me. I'd like to say that I get the best of both of them, but I tend to get my obnoxious and nervous behavior from my dad...just'll see!

Mom keeps telling me stories of when the two of them went to lamaze classes and dad bounced tennis balls off of her back. Sounds like something I would do...I'm sure I've told you before that Meg threatens me every time we go to the OB and I start playing with the models!

I'm not always bad...Take tonight, for an attempt to be supportive, I encouraged Meg to try out the prenatal yoga dvd I bought her at the beginning of the pregnancy. I should mention that Meg is very familiar with yoga (she used to go/do it frequently at home) I, on the other hand, am not! Every time Meg asked me to go with her or to do it with her, I refused.

I don't know if it's the quietness or the breathing or the chanting or just the outfits the women wear...something about it just makes me really uncomfortable (to the point where I want to crack up and be obnoxious). It's uncontrollable really!

As I fast forwarded through the introduction on the dvd, I promised myself that I would try to keep an open mind and be supportive for Meg (and the baby). Immediately, I was distracted by the women's  outfits. They were sort of like bathing suits and leotards mixed together. Naturally, I cracked my first joke, stating that we were not equipped to do this video because we didn't have the uniform (I should get one for Meg for Christmas?!?)

Meg smiled, but otherwise ignored me. We started doing the stretches. The woman kept saying the word exhale, but instead of saying exhale, she would say, "ex-sale." This annoyed me- to the point where I felt the need to repeat and mock her...otherwise destroying the relaxing atmosphere of yoga.

As we moved into the downward dog stretches, I quieted down and started to behave. It didn't last for long though. I could feel myself getting bored with the breathing...SO, I felt the need to remind Meg that she should be following the 2nd trimester woman. (I decided prior to the start of the video that I would follow the third trimester woman!)

All of the sudden, we had to stand up with our legs straight and sway our arms back and forth. I felt like an octopus! It was great!!!

Are you ready for the good part??? As the video neared the end, the lead woman told us to sit on the floor and prepare for our kegel exercises. All I can say is THANK GOD we were in our own house and NOT in public because I have never laughed so hard.

The woman, so matter of factly, stated, "start at the basement, move to the first floor, then the second floor, and finally to the third floor." When the madness was over, I turned to Meg and asked if it was bad that I was hoping to see her vagina moving through the floors (she had the worst camel toe!!!) Meg laughed and said she was watching for it too!!!

Totally made my night! LOL!!!

Stay tuned for details from tomorrow's segment! (Standing Poses)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The first of many

As if Meg feeling the baby for the first time wasn't enough to make us smile from ear to ear, we came home to a package from CCB (california cryobank). 

They sent us a congratulatory letter and a folder on our donor. Inside, they placed the donor's profile, personal essay, extensive medical background, and childhood photos. I have all of the same information stored on my computer, but holding it in my hands (knowing that one day we will share the information with our child) made this whole process seem real! (up until this point it's been very surreal)

In honor of Meg feeling the baby for the first time, I read a book to Meg's tummy. Knowing that it will be the first of many, I decided on On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. I bought the book in May as a gift for Meg when we first started the ttc process...

It's amazing how far we've come. Our baby will be here before we know it...only 156 days left!

First "Kicks"

Last night, while showering, Meg paused and said, "Oh." (and grabbed her belly) I asked her what was wrong and she told me that she didn't know. I then freaked out and asked her if she was in pain. Meg replied, "It's not like that." I suggested that maybe she was feeling the baby move for the first time, but neither of us were sure. I mean it's not like there is a specific timeline for these things.

Meg called me on her way to work this morning to say she had another weird feeling. This time it was up high (under her rib). I told her that maybe she was just anticipating feeling the baby. I reassured her that she would know when she REALLY felt the baby.

I decided to use my prep to share with you the text message I just got from Meg, "Definitely feeling the baby!! I can't wait for you to feel it!"

I can't believe it!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Breaking dawn, target, dreams, and pet peeves...

Wow, so it's been a while! I often find myself thinking, "I should blog about this," but then life gets in the way and I forget.

So, yea, this is my attempt to fill you in on what's been happening...

Meg and I went to see Breaking Dawn yesterday with Meg's mom. It was absolutely fantastic! Afterwards, we stopped at Target to pick up a few things.

Naturally, Meg wandered into the maternity section and started looking at the winter coats. I asked her if she was going to try one on. Out of nowhere a target team member approached us and said "this is the maternity section." Meg turned around, breathed fire, and said, "I know. I'm pregnant."

I couldn't help, but laugh. Clearly the woman was just trying to help. She couldn't see/tell Meg was pregnant (Meg was wearing a black Northface jacket and a scarf and had her back to her) but Meg got so offended. She even started getting all teary eyed in the food section (can you say hormones?!)

Meg couldn't get over why the woman would think she was dumb enough to look through clothes under the giant maternity sign when she's not pregnant. She claimed this mistake is just as bad as when people ask strangers when they're due (when they're not even pregnant).

I guess she has a point. LOL! It's even funnier that we have a family friend who is infamous for asking women when they're due. Talk about awkward!

Ok, fast forward to this's where the breaking dawn reference comes into play. SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read the books (or seen the movie)...there's a scene where Bella touches her belly and you can see the "baby" kick.

Up until this point, Meg claims to have no clue as to the gender of our baby (most people are incorrect on their suspicions anyway) BUT Meg had a dream last night that the baby kicked and the baby's penis protruded from her belly. Disturbing, I know, but maybe it means we're having a boy?

Ok, fast forward some more. We spent most of the morning cleaning out the baby's room and organizing piles of things to go into the attic, things to get donated, things to go into the trash, etc. The closet is almost empty and even houses a few baby outfits (which we got as gifts). It's getting there...

This afternoon was spent baking together. We made some kickass banana crumb muffins and some disappointing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (they can't compete with Mom's pumpkin bread).

While cleaning up the kitchen, I went to feed Meg a little piece of leftover muffin. She informed me that she HATES when I do that. I was so confused (it's not like I make a habit of feeding her!) She, of course, blamed it on her pregnancy. But, can pet peeves just form out of nowhere?

I went to give her a sip of water a few minutes later and she just glared at me. She told me that if she wanted water she would get herself water. A moment later I turned around to a chocolate chip in my face.."how do YOU like it", she asked?

I laughed and said, "Wow, I was frightened!"

Now (after reading this blog to her) I'm cracking up because the fire breathing dragon is screaming, "Oh my gosh! You DO make a habit of feeding me!!!"

I think it's safe to say that laughter is the key to surviving pregnancy!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

CCB says it's official

I have a feeling this won't be as exciting for you guys as it was for Meg and I, but I felt like I needed to share...

One of our new friends from babycenter messaged me and asked how Meg and I chose our donor. I was messaging her back when all of the sudden it hit me...I hadn't checked our donor's profile in a while. 

Sure enough, when I visited the California Cryobank's site, I noticed that they updated his profile...he finally has a reported pregnancy! (They emailed me a survey a few weeks ago asking us why we stopped ordering. I told them it was because Meg was pregnant!) Way to go, Meg!!!

Anyhow, Meg and the little avocado are doing well. 4 more weeks until we find out if it's a boy or girl...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Realizations and 15 week photos!!!

Meg and I came to a few realizations today...

1. Gap Maternity has one of the most organized and stylish maternity sections that we have come across thus far. It even had a bathroom!!! With the sale ($40 off every $100 you spend), it was the perfect place to purchase a dress for Meg's cousin's upcoming wedding!

2. The stores A Pea in a Pod, Motherhood Maternity, and Destination Maternity are not one in the same! While they accept the same gift card, $75 to A Pea in a Pod buys virtually nothing! Seriously, the jeans were $119.50!!! For that price, they should automatically dress you! Needless to say, we did NOT buy a pair. Instead, Meg purchased a shirt and a boppy pillow...(which brings me to my next realization)

3. The boppy body pillow is loved by both pregnant women and dogs! (funny how they don't advertise that on the brochure) *WARNING* The pillow may cause your wife to speak in a whiney voice until you correctly position it...take my advice, DO NOT tell her she needs to stop whining!

Bailey loves his mommy and her boppy!

While Meg is almost 16 weeks pregnant, here are her 15 week photos (as promised). If you backtrack to the 12 week pictures you can definitely notice a difference...It's funny, people are starting to tell her she's putting on weight (she has only gained 4 lbs) family members even reached out to touch her belly last night. LOVE IT!

Rocking her new maternity bday outfit!

Her belly is definitely low...does that mean it's going to be a boy?

Getting bigger!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Day We'll Remember

I wanted to leave school a few minutes early today for our 15 week OB appointment, but life had other plans. I called Meg (on my way) to say that I would be a little late and she informed me that the appointment was at the Lawrenceville office not the Yardley office (which tacked on an extra 17 minutes to the 40 minute ride!!!)

I started to get nervous that I wouldn't make it to the appointment. I mean, I left school around 3:10 and our appointment was at 3:30, but I weaved in and out of traffic and managed to make it to the office shortly before 4.

As I was parking, Natalie Merchant's "These are days" came on. You know my thing with music...naturally, I made a connection!

These are days you'll remember

Never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you'll know it's true
that you are blessed and lucky
it's true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

As I listened to the lyrics, it dawned on me that we were about to hear the heartbeat. (The last time we heard the heartbeat was at our 8 week appointment at the fertility clinic) I couldn't help, but think how fortunate we are to be able to share our lives together and to experience this wonderful little miracle.

I really can't put into words how much we already love this baby (which is only the size of an apple!) I (we) think about him/her everyday. We've even started a nightly ritual of tummy time!! (might sound silly, but I just place my hand on Meg's belly while Meg and I talk about our life) It's my favorite time of day.

Ok, enough with the sentimental, mushy last time, we waited an hour and a half before we were called back to a room. The nurse took Meg's blood pressure and recorded her weight. She then listened to the baby's heartbeat using the doppler. No more fart gas for Meg!!! The heartbeat was as clear as day. (the nurse said it was strong at 142 and that anything in between 120 and 160 is good!) Way to go, baby W!

We then waited to see the doctor (she's the third one we have seen out of 6). She was very nice and said everything looked great. She took us to get Meg's blood drawn and said Congratulations and was out of our hair in less than 10 minutes.

We made our next appointment for December 9th (it's a Friday!) Meg and I made an early appointment so we don't have to waste time waiting. So, in 5 weeks, we'll find out the sex of the baby and the doctor will check all of his/her organs. We can't wait! The days are flying by. It will be here before we know it.

I guess Natalie Merchant was right...these are days we'll remember :-)

In other news, Congratulations to our friends Tara Lyn and Jason on the birth of their daughter, Violet Mae!! We love you!!!

Happy Birthday to Meg!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meg Update..just about 15 weeks

Tomorrow we head back to the OB to listen to the heartbeat and get some routine blood work done.

Meg's nausea is much better and she hasn't really complained about leg pain. She has however, complained about headaches. I tried to look it up on the internet and it talked a lot about the first trimester, but then other sources said 2nd, so I don't know. I think it's just one of those things where if it's really bad you take tylenol. We'll talk to the doc about it tomorrow.

I'll post another picture tomorrow...I can't say that her belly looks any bigger, but she's definitely more uncomfortable clothing wise. Her normal clothes are too tight, but maternity clothes are too big. Needless to say, trying on clothes is a nightmare!!!