Monday, August 29, 2005

Prenatal Visit #5

Well, today was our fifth doctor's appointment. The biggest shocker today was a much bigger me! Today, I am up another 7 pounds to a whopping 140! (For those of you who have known me for a long time, you can appreciate even more what a change this is for someone who has been a chronic string bean!). This is a total of 25 pounds weight gain so far. While I can not stop gaining weight this early in my pregnancy, my doctor did specifically ask about my ice cream consumption! If only she could have seen the mammoth size ice cream cone I had come back to work with just last week! I will be meeting with the patient educator next week to discuss nutrition and make sure I am making healthy food choices. Despite my new pudginess, the doctor said everything was going well and there is still nothing to worry about.

Our next doctor's appointment will be the glucola test (and no, Rachael, I am not allowed to eat a bunch of jellybeans so consider yourself lucky!). Anyway, would love to hear from all you moms out there about how yummy this sugar liquid is! Hopefully, since my ice cream has been rationed, there will be minimal risk of gestational diabetes!

Reminder: click on the subject heading above to see a few more pictures!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Our busy weekend

This past weekend we visited friends and family in Columbia and were reminded of how nice it is to be close again! On Saturday, I ventured to the Columbiana Mall for the tax free weekend to get our "little girl to be" her first pink outfit! It was really fun to pick something out and I ended up with a pair of pink velour pants with a matching cardigan and a long sleeved onesie. She will be too cute in it! That evening we went to Hilton Reynolds 1st Birthday party which was held at his great-Aunt KK's log cabin - what a beautiful place! Hilton had a blast and there was lots of cake so I had a pretty good time too! Paul was absolutely in love with the log cabin and has added that to his dream list for when we make our millions!

Sunday was the annual Dowdle family reunion (always the first Sunday of August) held in Chester, SC. We had a great potluck lunch and got down to the Pondhouse to do a little fishing (well, watch the kids do some fishing!).

Click on the Subject Title to see some pics from this weekend!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Want to know the gender?

IT'S A GIRL!!!!! All our earlier predictions and guessing games turned out to be wrong! More importantly, she is healthy and wonderful and she did a great job posing for the camera. (Click on the subject heading above to see more ultrasound pictures, including proof of gender).

So, here's the rest of the story for those of you who like the long version. The day started out on a semi-rocky start as I awoke to a leg cramp (I hate those!). Then I got to work early in hopes of finding a better parking spot - no parking spots in the only "free" lot left on campus but after I walked from the far ends of the earth back to work, suddenly there were two spots! Then I proceeded to have the ATM breakdown in the middle of using it which meant I had to walk several blocks to the actual bank (which wasn't open yet so I had to use their ATM). On the way back to work I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and luckily caught myself on a parking meter, which made it only embarrassing and not painful. Later in the morning I swallowed wrong and nearly choked to death on my own spit! All of this was giving me a serious bad omen feeling! Fortunately, all of this turned around when our beautiful girl started to pose for the camera! (Don't sweat the small stuff, I guess).

The ultrasound was an amazing experience and it was so cool to see how much she looks like a baby now. Paul and I were thrilled to see her pumping heart and her spine (and good and surprised to see her "girl parts" as we had convinced ourselves it was a boy). The sonographer took measurements for the doctor to evaluate the health of the baby. In her office, she reviewed the measurments and said that one was a bit low. When she showed me the report to explain it more clearly, I noticed immediately that it was her brain measurement she was referring to! I couldn't help but exclaim, "Oh no, she has a pea brain!" But never fear, the doctor assured us that the sonographer had taken the measurement a bit off and we went back to the ultrasound room to have a second measuring of her brain (normal size!!).

Feel free to comment on some suggested girl names! But don't be disappointed if we don't pick it since we have are pretty much set on a name but are keeping it a surprise!!