Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dad felt the baby move! And other awesomeness

Week 23

I think I've mentioned earlier that I feel the baby move the most when we go to bed at night. If I didn't, well, now you know. Last night I was laying in bed with my hands on my stomach, and that little guy or girl was really kicking around! I told Blake to give me his hand, and I put it on my stomach. After a few seconds the baby kicked really hard (well, hard for a baby 23 weeks along). I looked over at Blake and asked him all excitedly if he had felt it. I was expecting a big response like, "Oh, wow! Yeah, that was awesome!" What I got was more like, "Oh, yeah." He never took his eyes off the TV. Apparently it was not as awesome as I thought it was. He almost seemed disappointed. I asked him what he expected, the baby to kick his had off my stomach? He kind of looked at me and said yeah, kinda. It made me laugh, I'm not really sure how big and strong he expects the baby to be at this point. I imagine maybe he just thinks a child with his genes couldn't be anything but big and strong :)

Also, I have to give a shout out to my Aunt Cindy. She and Uncle Jer gave us this awesome dresser for the baby. They refinished it and everything for us. I picked it up this past weekend when I went home for my cousin Brad's fiancee's bridal shower. It's so awesome! It goes great with the rocking chair. It's also going to work perfectly as a changing table. My mom was nice enough to buy us a changing pad, and it fits perfectly on the dresser. So a big thanks to Cindy, Uncle Jer, and Mom :)

Speaking of thanks going out to my mom, like I could ever give her (and Dad) enough, the crib that they bought for us as a baby gift has arrived! It's not put together yet, and my parents found out when they went to pick it up that it doesn't fit in their van. They had to pick it up with the truck. That will probably make getting it to our house a lot of fun. It'll also be a fun activity for my dad and Blake to do together :) Anyway, the crib's pretty awesome, too. Here's a picture of what it will look like.

I guess that's about all for now! My entries should be a little more fun now that I've figured out pictures :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Point of Viability

Week 22

I was talking to my friend Kristina yesterday. She's my baby expert, an OB nurse. When I told her how far along I was she said that was exciting; I'm just about to the point of viability. I wasn't really sure what that was. She told me that at about 24 weeks the baby will be able to survive outside the womb (with assistance). That's not for sure, of course, but at that point the baby will have a chance. While I found that reassuring, it was also kind of scary. The baby I saw in the ultrasound pictures was so tiny. He or she will be hitting the 1 lb mark this week. Lets just hope that Baby Pauls stays put until some time in June!

I also read on my handy dandy daily email from What to Expect that the baby's hair is bright white right now. It made me think that there's probably a good chance that the baby's hair will be bright white, or at least blond, for a while. Blake was super blond for a long time, and I had platinum blond hair until I was three or so. I have a feeling the baby will look like Blake. That's ok, Blake was pretty cute! I already know how Blake feels. In my wonderful husband's words, "I hope the baby looks like me." What a guy, huh :)

Oh, one more thing. I was laying in bed the other night with my hand on my belly, and I'm pretty sure I felt the baby kick both inside and trough my belly. Blake didn't feel anything when I put his hand there, so maybe it was all in my head. I like to believe the baby just didn't kick as hard for him.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The beginning

Most of you have probably already heard how I found out I was pregnant and how I told Blake. I thought I would write a little about it for the rest of you since it's Valentine's Day.

Blake and I decided that we would start trying for a baby in October. This is because I told him I wanted to wait at least a year to get pregnant. Blake would've been happy to start trying right away. Since we really weren't together all that long before we got married, I thought we needed a little time together before we brought another person into the mix.

I really didn't expect it to happen so fast, but was pleasantly surprised when it did. Our anniversary is October 25th. A few days before that I thought I would take a pregnancy test. I was only one day late, but I thought I might as well use the one pregnancy test I had and invest in some more for the following month. I took the test and was surprised when it almost immediately turned positive. I hid the test under the sink and told Blake I needed to put gas in the car for the next day. I actually went to Hy-Vee and bought four more tests.

The next test was positive, too. I guess I could mention that I took this test about an hour after the first. I was sure the second would be negative. Nope. I stashed that one under the bathroom sink with the rest and kept my mouth shut. I took the remaining three tests over the next three days. Five probably seems like overkill, but I just couldn't believe it.

One cool thing about it was that, if I wanted to, I could wait and tell Blake on our anniversary. The only problem was that our anniversary wasn't until Sunday, and I found out on Monday. I stopped at Scheels and picked up two sets of baby booties, Hawkeye themed for Blake. One was black and yellow and the other white and pink.

On Friday I told Blake that he had to wait until we got to the restaurant to open his gift. I thought he would think that was really weird, but he didn't argue. When we got to the restaurant, I hoped he wouldn't notice that I didn't order anything alcoholic to drink. He didn't. Once we were at our table and had ordered drinks (lemonade for me!), I told Blake he could open his present.

I wish I would've had a camera to catch the different faces Blake made in the seconds after he looked in the bag. After he recovered he looked up and said, "Are you?" I nodded, Blake hugged me, and he was all smiles for the rest of the night.

The rest is history. I still can't believe I was able to keep that secret for five days without saying anything to Blake. I'm so happy I did, though. The only down side is that I've set the bar really high for next year!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Alright. I'm finally going to start this baby blog that I told some of my friends I would start a long time ago. Sorry, Nicki!

So, we're actually half way through this whole process of growing a baby. Maybe it's a little late to start writing. It's definitely a little late to tell you what's been going on the whole time in any detail. Maybe I should just start with some of the more note worthy things.

Most important is the fact that we had our 20 week ultrasound on Tuesday. It was actually a 21 week ultrasound but just by a couple days. Even though it was tempting for both of us, we stayed strong and didn't find out the sex of the baby. I'm happy about this most of the time. I've been trying to pick out bedding, however, and knowing the sex of the baby would make it so much easier! It's still kind of fun not knowing, and it makes me look forward to meeting this little person even more.

That's one thing that the ultrasound really drove home for me. There really is a little person growing inside me. Besides that still being really weird to me, it's also really cool. We got to see all the different body parts and were thrilled to know that everything is looking great! The technician printed us a bunch of pictures, even some of the kind of creepy 3D ones. I try to tell everyone that looks at them that it's ok not to say the baby's cute; I realize those pictures are kind of scary. At first, I didn't even really want to see the 3D ones. Once we did, though, I was happy about it. It really gave us a chance to see what that little person looks like. That's something the normal ultrasound just couldn't do. (I'm going to to check on posting pictures here. I'm not really sure about it at this point. Also, the pictures didn't scan all that well.)

Other than the ultrasound, there are a few cool things going on. I'm finally feeling some moving around going on fairly consistently. The first time (I think) I felt the baby move was while driving in the car. I sneezed and was pretty sure I felt a flutter of movement. That was a couple weeks ago. Now I think I can feel quite a bit of movement going on. It was really neat to see and feel the movement a couple times during the ultrasound! I'm not really sure how to explain what it feels like to me, but the fluttering wings comparison is kind of right but not quite. Also, my doctor said she always thought it felt like the dropping feeling you get in your stomach when you're on an elevator. I would say, to me, it's something like a combination of the two. It's definitely different than anything else I've felt before.

I'm also starting to show. I would say I'm still in that "is she or isn't she" stage, but it seems that there's been quite a bit of growth there in the past couple weeks. According to the ultrasound, the baby weighs about 12 ounces now. It won't be long before this little guy or girl is a whole pound! I guess it's about time I start noticing some movement.

The only thing we've bought for the baby's room so far is the rocking chair. I love it! We ordered it, and Blake put it together for me one day while I was gone. Here's a link to follow if you'd like to see it:


Well, my lunch break is just about over. I'll try to post often enough that I don't have to write a book like this when I finally get around to it. Thanks for reading!