Saturday, October 31, 2009

"I lost my first tooth!" -by Sophie

"My first tooth came out on the morning of Halloween!  I am so excited!  I've been wiggling it so much for a lot of days now and I am so excited that it finally came out that I just want to scream!! It hurt a little bit at first, but it feels so much better now.  It feels weird too.  The end."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

7 months pregnant!

Profile view of baby girl

This 3D image was an unexpected treat.  My umbilical cord was floating in front of her mouth, but you can see her eyes and her nose in the image.  Technology is so cool! 

Baby girl is looking healthy, measuring well, and keeping a steady heartbeat!  I feel so blessed.  I am so grateful that she is continuing to thrive despite my risk factors and statistics.  Praise God!!

One of my friends had this pregnancy update list on her blog and I decided to borrow it to record some of the important things in my pregnancy along the way...  

How far along?  28 weeks

Total weight gain:  20 lbs.

Fundal Height (measurement of uterus):  27 cm

Maternity clothes? Exclusively!  I have no shame in wearing the biggest maternity band possible these days for extra comfort :)

Stretch marks? Nope :)

Sleep: It depends on the night.  I have to sleep with a pillow between my legs now to reduce hip pain.  I am also getting some significant round ligament pain in my abdomen when I change positions which always wakes me up!

Movement: Often.  I can feel her doing somersaults and pushing to move around these days in addition to the kicks and elbow pokes.  Clint thinks the movement is a bit weird still, but I love it. It gives me a sense of security that she is ok in there!

Food cravings:  Random.  Sometimes I get tired of drinking so much water and I will crave a glass of pepsi or sweet tea.   There are not any foods that make me feel nauseous anymore. 

Gender:  Another girl!

Name: Still working on this.  Top picks are Mary, Emilie, Lily, Abigail for first names and Claire or Kate for a middle name.  We are still adding new names to the list every day.  I hope we decide on one soon :).

Belly Button in or out?  Out

What I miss:  Walking, sitting, movement without pain in my hips, butt, or lower back.  

What I love most:  My baby belly...holding her, feeling her move.

Weekly Wisdom:  Slow down and cherish every fleeting moment!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pumpkin Pickin'

Last weekend, the Halsteds (plus nana and papa) traveled the Apex countryside in search of the perfect pumpkin patch.  They came across a quaint, little farm called the Green Level Gourd Farm.  They were amazed to find a corn maze, a hay ride, donkey rides, farm animals, and *FREE* games for the kids in addition to the sea of pumpkins ripe for the picking.  They had a grand adventure!  

Time to go...