Saturday, October 11, 2008

Insurance...? And more belly pics...

So, about a month ago when I started to see a slight swelling of my belly, I thought it was time to go purchase some belly butter. I know that really it's all up to genetics as to whether or not stretch marks will show up on your body, but I thought that even if I developed them, I would feel better about the whole thing knowing that I had been proactive and at least tried to do something to prohibit them. And anyways, it certainly couldn't hurt anything... right? So I ended up with this wonderful stuff from Burt's Bees - wow is it yummy. I love that it doesn't smell coconutty and a little goes a long way. I just rub a little on after every shower and head on my way. I'll report on if it helps at all, or not.

We had a Dr's appt on Thursday and got to hear the heartbeat for the first time which was awesome!! The nurse practitioner had a little bit of a time actually finding the baby, and I'll admit, I did start to get a little nervous as I laid there on the table just waiting to hear it. Even with her reassurances that it usually takes a little while to find it and that nothing was out of the normal I don't think I exhaled until I heard the fast little "bomp, bomp, bomp" clear as day and couldn't help but grinning. Everything measured great, she was pleased by my weight gain (7 pounds total so far) and we got the appt date for the BIG ultrasound where we find out what Baby K is packing - October 30. I am so excited for it! Now here is where it gets interesting. I feel that this baby is a girl - I really couldn't tell you why I think that, I just do. When I close my eyes and picture the three of us I see me, Joe, and a little girl. Now, that is not to say that I would not be thrilled by a boy - I don't care either way one iota. Joe is guessing that it's a boy, although the baby's heartbeat was in the 148-153 range, which according to the old wives tale indicates a girl and I think for a split second he wanted to change his guess, while I just got a kick out of it, but tried to take it with a grain of salt. So to all you mamas out there, was your "intuition" correct? Did the wives tales pan out for you or is it all really a crock?

14 weeks

16 weeks

Well, here are the belly shots. While I can note definite change, it really is not at all dramatic in clothes, and most people are still surprised at how far I am and how little I show. All the ladies at work monitor me constantly, and I think they're more excited for me to really "pop" than I am - and let me tell you, I'm excited to. To me, it just seems like a pot belly and not a baby bump - or at least that's what I think most people assume when they see me. Oh well. I know that in the next few weeks the baby will go through some big growth spurts and in turn will make me grow... it's just this phase is a little weird. But one thing that is helping me get through it is the Bella Band - wow that is one amazing invention. It was frustrating being mostly too small yet for things in Maternity Land, but clearly being too big for my khakis, dress pants and skirts, this thing has comfortably extended their lives to get me through a few more weeks and I love it!! (And it will definitely help me get back into them after baby. ) Well, that and I did stop by Old Navy's 75% off sale and get a couple tops in a larger size and a pair of pants that were the larger for me.

Just for funsies it occurred to me that this was the last image of my living room that you all saw...

and now it looks like this:

So cozy! I love it. I love the crisp, chilly weather we're having right now too - Fall is the best. Last weekend I bought some mini pumpkins and Indian corn for the mantle and mums for the porch - next will be heading out to the pumpkin patch - fun! And now dear readers, I'm off to either nap or walk Blitz... hmmm, which will it be?


Randi said...

First, I love all things Burt's Bees! Second, You are SO STINKIN LITTLE AND CUTE! I love the baby bump:) Third, Bella Bands are the bomb! I still wear mine. They saved me a lot too when I couldn't fit into the MC in the early weeks. I tell all my girlfriends to buy them when they get preggers.

And lastly, I am SO excited to find out what you're having;) He-he. So fun!

Both times I sorta knew WAY deep down that my babies were boys. But now that I look back at it, I would like to say it was intuition, but really for me I think it was more wishful thinking. I don't know. But some women DO just know. All the wives tales were true with Landon and even the online gender prediction sites. But with baby Gavin, most of the wives tales flew out the window except for maybe two or three of them.

Whatever baby will be, she/he will be SO cute and SO perfect!

Candace said...

Love the Bella Band - it'll be great to have after when you're sporting a muffin top for awhile ;)

Can't wait to hear what you're having. The rest of your pregnancy will fly by after the big u/s and s/he will be here before you know it! Hey, I heard you guys have family that might be moving to the east coast - does that mean we'll get to see you again soon??

Amy Taylor said...

My gut feelings with Genevieve & Dane were both wrong! I guess I have a bad gut =)
I don't think I hat any gut feelings with Zeke. I do remember G's heartrate being on the very high end, and she obviously was a girl, so that one panned out.
Can't wait to find out!!!
Baby Joey or Baby Katie....

marisa paige henry franson said...

i'm excited for your gut feelings! and about you guys finding out soon!!!!!!! i can't wait to hear what it is!!!!

Debbie said...

what a cute little tummy! this is so exciting :)

Amy said...


I lost both my blogs permanently =(

Trying to rebuild...

The new ones are:

lorieloo said...

um YEAH! COngrats!!! That is SO exciting!!=)

as for the onesies, I don't dye. I end up ruining things=) but my friend had dyed the green one and didn't like it so she gave it to me. the long sleeve I tea stained. The only trick I know is to iron iron iron the heck out of them before attempting either.

My friend swears by gerber onesies (actually she only uses the lap t's) but I just LOVE carters. They're a little more money but they're thicker and softer. Gerber runs REALLY small though. And Carter runs pretty true to size.

HOpe that helps! And can't wait to hear more about your baby adventures!=) So exciting!

CeCe said...

I did make my own Christmas cards on Photoshop. I'm OBSESSED with digital scrapbooking and card making! :)

I'll add you to my new blog, should be up and running on New Year's Day... when you are going to update!? I would love to hear baby news!