It has been a whirlwind summer to say the least! We've been blessed to attend several weddings and engagement parties along with birthdays (Scott turned 33!) and BBQs. What a fun and packed summer!
I'm happy to say we've finally gotten our baby furniture into the nursery, which used to be my office. We found the entire bedroom set, including glider, on Craig's list for $600! The family we bought it from had used it for three years, so it's been "loved" a bit by their son, but they know they are done having kids so it worked out great for us. I'm surprised at how hard it's been to find nursery decor that I like. It seems that when you have a little girl everything is pepto-bismal pink or fairy-tale themed - definitely NOT my taste. I think we settled on something feminine that will work at least until she's 3 or 4 years old.
I have to say, we were really hoping for a boy first, so I was disappointed to find out we were having a girl. But I've really warmed up to the idea, and when I'm running errands I notice mothers with their daughters and I just get so excited to meet this little girl and get to know her. She's already so loved by us :-) We decided before we had kids that we wanted to find out the gender and share it with everyone but we're keeping the name to ourselves until she's born. Mostly it's because I don't think we'll decide until we see her what she should be named, but also because we don't really want people's opinions on what we choose. After all, it's hard to speak negatively about a name when you're holding a cute little baby!
This week I had my 24-25 week appointment. I've gained about 26 pounds so far - YIKES! At my 20 week ultrasound she was measuring small - head was 18 1/2 weeks, torso was 19 1/2 weeks - so I was a little nervous my doctor would want me to do another ultrasound. Well, it turns out she's just small - which is totally fine with me! My sister and I were both small babies, less than 20 inches and less than seven pounds. Scott was big with a huge head so I'm glad to (at least at this point) be growing a baby that looks to be more my size. Her heart rate was 141 bpm, and her heart looked awesome! Since that's my one area of (a little) expertise, it's nice to see four chambers pumping away. It's still so amazing the detail we can see on ultrasounds when babies are so tiny.
I've got 15 weeks to go to get our house and us ready for this little one. And some where in there we are going to four weddings (two out of state by plane), we have to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (and possibly New Year's), and our basement housemate is moving out... Oh, and we have to keep working until the last minute so we can provide for this little girl.... Whew! But whenever I get overwhelmed, I think about all the babies that have come before, and all the technology that wasn't available and some how we are all still here and thriving.
Here is a picture and a video of my most recent ultrasound. She's getting big now so all you can see in the picture is her head, but she's moving a little in the video and of course we get a shot of that little heart!