Friday, January 18, 2008

Yes, Sir, That's Our Baby!

Fantastic news!!! Our test results came back, and the baby is in the lowest risk category (1 in 10,000) for genetic defects! We are so happy and relieved!

Everything is on track and progressing nicely! As promised, here's the latest ultrasound picture - doesn't the baby look like an actual baby now?

You can see the baby's profile, with the little fist balled up next to the mouth. It's already trying to suck its thumb! The legs fade back into the darkness, but we verified - they're there! During the ultrasound, the little one was super active, and kept flipping around the wrong way. A few gentle taps on Mommy's belly guided it to flip back over - we were shocked that it was responding to touch! It also kept opening and closing its mouth, kicking its feet, and moving its arms. The skin is so translucent at this point that we could see the full spinal cord. It's still small, measuring at about 3.5 inches from crown to rump (not head to toes, as I originally thought - they don't even attempt to measure those active little legs!). It was incredible to learn that all major components of the body have been formed already! From now on, the baby's development will consist primarily of organ maturity, growth, and body refinement.

We find out the gender on March 5th. Those who are willing to put their guess on the table are generally saying boy... which means it has as much, if not more of a chance of being a girl! :) Our next appointment is on February 11th, which will be about the same time as round two of the belly pics. That's also about when we may first be able to feel the baby moving! So exciting!

Mommy Update:
- Happy to have the all clear from the doctor to use the foot massager Grandpa and Grandma Emerson sent for Christmas!
- Excited about the baby presents from Aunt Kelly, especially the dog sound desensitization CD to get Max used to hearing baby cries!
- Wondering if she should load the sound desensitization CD into her iPod so that she can get used to hearing baby cries!
- Has gained only 3 to 5 pounds (depending on the day she steps on the scale), and wonders how that is possible with her new body shape!

Monday, January 14, 2008

One Trimester Down, Two to Go!

Lots of exciting baby stuff going on this week! Our next doctor's appointment is on Wednesday, and we had our first prenatal screening today. The ultrasound combined with a blood test will tell us our risk for genetic defects. Unless we come back in a high risk category, it keeps us from having to go through more invasive testing. We should have the results by the end of the week. So far, things look fantastic, but we're anxious to get the full test results before breathing a sigh of relief!

We also took round one of the long-awaited belly portraits last night. We're looking forward to seeing the growth and changes over the next six months... we're amazed by how much has changed already!

Mommy Update:
- Gave in and bought maternity pants, now living in comfort ALL day long and not just when at home in PJs! :)
- Excited that the noticeable baby bump results in sharing our joy with friends, colleagues, and sometimes even strangers!
- Almost completely morning sickness free and feeling much more energetic - happy to be back to *somewhat* normal again!
- Guilty of sending Daddy on his first midnight snack run... but, hey, the baby wanted Twizzlers and juice!

Yep, there's only one in there. We're sure.

Three months pregnant and already spilling out of those jeans! :)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Vegas, Baby!

Only one week left in our first trimester, an occasion which has been marked by a significant decrease in morning sickness! We're ready for all of the excitement of the second trimester - finding out the gender, feeling the baby move, and getting a REALLY big belly! After a quiet Christmas at home, Ryan surprised Sarah with a New Year's Eve getaway to Las Vegas. It was so much fun, especially considering that it is definitely a trip we won't be taking again for a long time after the baby arrives! Call us crazy (and many of the parents we observed there would), but we feel strongly that little kids and Vegas don't mix!

Mommy Update:
- Favorite new thing: Bella Bands - avoiding those scary maternity jeans for as long as possible!
- Least favorite new thing: The "is she pregnant, or just gaining weight?" phase (For the record: pregnant).
- Still all about the Mexican food, also loving anything with peanut butter or avocado (but not combined)!
- Shocked by how much the little one zaps her energy - walking around Vegas was tiring!

The hottest new show in Vegas? Cheesy 3D movie at M&M's World! :)