Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Say hello...

... to our newest daughter!




Surprised to see 3D images?! Me too! I have never had a 3D ultrasound and I have never expected one. I was absolutely shocked when the ultrasound technician lady said, "Let's see if we can get you a nice 3D shot," and flipped the switch.

I have never cried during an ultrasound. Today, I teared up just a little.

The images are not great; our daughter was laying with her head on the placenta as it if were a pillow. But I saw her waving her little fingers by her chin and I just got a little emotional. It was so cool. Not that 2D ultrasounds are not impressive, but in the 3D images, I can actually see my daughter. Amazing.

OK, so we are still not actually 100 percent certain that she is a she. She was not the most cooperative baby in the world. the technician said this will be my difficult child. I winced, recalling Lola's early days and hoping she was wrong. But once she did move her legs apart, the tech was pretty sure.

I told Lola she was having going to have a little sister. Her response, "No baby sister. Baby BOY." So we have some adjusting to do.

Us? We are thrilled. So very excited. We can definitely see these two girls growing up together and, hopefully, being super close sisters.

Other recaps? The baby is 1 pound, 2 ounces. We are apparently going with the June 19 due date (I swear she is going to be like Lola and come in July...) and even with the pushed-back due date, this baby is in the 12 percent of weight for her "age". Her heartbeat was 147.

She got a good look at all the organs. Except the heart, which is when Baby began begin extraordinarily difficult. They got a partial view of the heart, not a full view. But it should be fine. They never had a great view of Lola's heart either.

So that's about it. I am beyond excited.

I keep starting at her 3D images and just smiling.

I can't wait to meet her, to hold her.

Four more months...
- Bethany :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

another chance...

Well, tomorrow I have another ultrasound.

The top priority, obviously, is for the technician lady to be able to get views of the baby and all of his or her organs. to know he or she is developing correctly and is healthy.

So assuming all that looks good ... can we please find out the sex?

Pretty please?

I really, really, really want to know.
- Bethany :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

We've been housebound too long...

The temperature got above freezing this weekend, and after being homebound for too many weeks, Ray decided that we should take a trip to Itasca State Park to get some fresh air and some much-needed exercise.

Lola was great; she loved being outdoors.



That picture was actually taken on the return trip toward the car, after Lola's little legs had had enough walking. She was tired.

But she did so well during the walk. We walked along a snowshoe trail, where the snow was nicely packed down. Of course, if you strayed even a bit from the path, you fell about a foot and a half down.



Fun times.

We all took in some beautiful sites and just had a nice afternoon hiking around in the open air.




Between the temperature and the blue skies, you just couldn't ask for a nicer February day.





Afterward, we visited Grandpa Al and Great-Grandpa and Auntie Peg. It was a great day.

***

I need to figure out a better way to convey to Lola that she will have a little brother or sister ... but it is not going to be for a while yet.

How you explain to a little child the concept of months?!

She has been asking for weeks now about when her little brother or sister is arriving. I keep telling her something along the lines of, “It will be a long time. When all the snow is gone.”

Well, the snow has been melting – quickly – from the driveway now. And she saw cement this weekend. So, that brought the inevitable question, “Snow all gone. Baby brother here now?”

Sigh. It's going to be a long four months.

- Bethany :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

say what?

So my husband, the so-called better driver, seems to get closer and closer to the passenger-side mirror every time he pulls in and out of the garage. Coming from someone who just last fall destroyed her Focus’ passenger-side mirror on the garage, I know what I’m talking about.

Well, last night (Thursday) we had to go out because I was out of coffee filters.

We all piled into the Jeep and Ray, who was driving, backed up, catching the passenger-side mirror on the garage door wall, cracking it back in half.

We have been trying these last few months to carefully watch our language in front of the 2-year-old daughter, who has a tendency to repeat everything we say. So Ray and I both stayed absolutely quiet (I was actually suppressing a bit of a "told-you-so" giggle, but there were no four-letter words on my lips).

And then … ?

Lola: "%&$#!" (The "F" version.) With emphasis.

So not only have we managed to teach the blond-haired girl who dreams of being a princess bad words, but apparently we have also managed to teach her the correcting timing for using said bad words.

Sigh. And we thought we were doing so well...

Have a nice weekend.
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

* smile *

I am more than halfway through this pregnancy. Well, according to "the books" I am more than halfway. According to me, I am perhaps just rounding the top of the hump.

I am, by the calendar, 22 weeks, 2 days.

I am, based on last month's ultrasound, 21 weeks, 4 days.

Lola arrived at 42 weeks even.

So I figure I am just over halfway now. Just barely.

Today is a happy day. I am not so assertive sometimes. Which is odd, considering I am pretty assertive for work purposes. But not so much when it comes to personal life. But I put up a teeny protest at my prenatal appointment this morning.

So I get to have another ultrasound in two weeks! Yay! I am so giddy today.

I was hoping to get an ultrasound at my next appointment, in March, but my doctor wanted to wait until 30-34 weeks (April-May). I have just been panicked, really, about not being able to see anything in last month's ultrasound. I still don't know about the heart and other internal organs being "OK" and healthy. The doctor agreed we could do one sooner, but didn't want to do at my next prenatal appointment because that is the glucose/gestational diabetes test.

So I get to come in in two weeks.

I'm so happy.

Happy early Valentine's to me!
- Bethany :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lola's latest owie

I called Ray on Thursday morning. I can't remember what about. But I do remember the conversation.

He answers the phone, "Hi. I was just thinking about cal-"

Pause.

Ray: "Oh crap."

Me: "Wha-?"

I could hear the distant sound of a very sharp intake of toddler breath.

Ray: "Hold on."

And then...

Lola let it out. The shriek. The loud, high-pitched shriek. The pain-filled shriek.

Ray, very quickly: "I gotta' go."

Click.

So I twiddle my thumbs impatiently about 5-7 minutes. Exactly eight minutes later, I called him back.

Me, not even bothering for a hello: "So what happened?! Is she OK?"

Ray: "Yeah, she tripped and fell, hitting her face on the corner of the bookcase."

Then, since he was expecting his parents to arrive in a few hours, he mentioned that it probably wasn't going to be the best picture weekend.

About 10 minutes later I got this picture text:



Honestly? I stopped worrying. It didn't look that bad at at all. Just a little puncture wound on her chin, right?

Um, no. The whole injury didn't show up so well. She also scratched (gouged?) her cheek.



Ouch. Hope it heals quickly. I'm getting a little tired of the strange looks when we bring her into public.

But, really, honestly, Lola hasn't been bothered in the least by the facial injuries. After about 5-10 minutes of cuddling, Ray said she forgot about them.

She is such a little klutz. she runs too fast, trips on her own feet and often falls directly into walls. She loves to run and jump and spin and all that fun stuff, but she usually ends up with some of bump.

The other day she ran ahead of me in the living room and her feet just got a little tangled up. Not sure exactly what happened. But she tripped. And fell. and banged her forehead on the ground.

I asked her if she was OK.

She smiled and stood up. "I'm OK. Lola fall down, go boom again."

- Bethany :)