Thursday, June 22, 2006

It's a girl!

So, the official report is in. LittleBear Cable now has a pronoun all of her own. No more of this s/he his/her stuff. Our Little Bear is a little girl!

Jim is through the roof, of course. He's already talking about having Daddy's little girl and being wrapped around her tiny finger.

We went in for our 19 week ultra sound this morning for a 9:30 appointment. At 10 am we were called in by the tech and we were ready to go. This was a Level II u/s in which they view and analyze the baby's internal organs to make sure all is as it should be. This procedure would take about 45 minutes, or so the tech told us. However, it quickly became obvious that that was not to be the case. Our LittleBear is quite the energetic little thing. She was doing cartwheels and bouncing all over the place making it hard for the tech to get good photos and images. Looks like we've got a little athlete or dancer on our hands... not all that surprising when you recall that she first made her presence known to her daddy in mid soccer game! True to her mother's nature LittleBear was being quite uncooperative with the tech and 3 hours later we were still bending me in all directions to get a good look at her heart. I'm convinced that she was just anxious to know the score of the Italy v. Czech Republic match. Forza Azzurri!

Today is a good day. Italy qualified for the round of 16 and we have a little girl!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Jim felt the baby move!

Ok, two posts in one day... far outside my norm, but this one is well worth reporting.

We were sitting on the couch watching the Sweden v. Paraguay World Cup match and I felt the baby kicking pretty hard.

Now, I've been feeling LBC move on and off for the past month, since about week 14, but never like this. It started out feeling like a little muscle twitch and then sort of felt like popcorn popping in my abdomen. That's been a regular occurrence for the past few weeks. Today, however was different. The kicks were much stronger. So I put Jim's hand on my belly while we were watching the game and I felt the strongest kick I've felt yet. He felt it too... his head whipped around from watching the game to staring at my belly! Of course, he says he needs to feel it again for it to be proof that it actually happened, but we both know the truth. :)

I'm officially in maternity clothes

Well today makes it official. I can't fake it anymore. I've been wearing my regular clothes with the top buttons undone for about 2 weeks now but today I had to break down and buy two pairs of maternity shorts. ahhhhh.... So much more comfortable. I'll post pics of the definitely protruding belly bump on Saturday when I officially turn 18 weeks.

The BIG ultrasound is next Thursday (22 July) for all those wondering if it will be a girl or a boy.