Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Going to See Alex on the Ultrasound Screen Today...

Yesterday's appointment with my OB revealed that my tummy supposedly has not grown for the past 2 weeks. Neither my dr. or I really believe this, as I've gained another half pound over the last week. The first thing that the OB did was hook me up to the Non Stress Test (NST) monitor. As soon as I got hooked up, I saw Alex moving around my ribs... She was trying to do her best to show me that she's fine...

Well, to stay on the safe side, I'm going in for a "growth ultrasound," to see how big Alex is at this point.

Eric wants to see Alex too, so we will both go early this afternoon. I'll return with the results, which I'm sure will be reassuring.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Can't Get Much Bigger?

Eric has grown increasingly eager to take a picture of my belly, as neither of us can believe how big it's gotten in the past 2 - 3 wks. Here's a shot of me in Alex's new nursery this a.m., (above) compared to a shot of my belly last month (below). By the way, you can see the cute decal of the tree from Land of Nod along w/other jungle creatures (from a store in Vancouver, B.C.).
Sure seems like Alex is gaining some baby fat! :-)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Practice Contractions

This Sunday, Eric & I were about 80 miles away from Seattle on a small trip. running errands in preparation of the baby. Sunday afternoon, as Eric drove, I got this sensation that my stomach was a giant toothpaste tube that was getting squeezed from the top. Eric saw me grab my stomach & asked me if Alex was kicking. I nodded because I didn't want to scare him. Another hr would pass by, & I'd feel that squeezing sensation again. Finally, I mentioned to Eric that I thought that I was having Braxton-Hicks (or "practice") contractions. Eric grew visibly anxious & spoke loudly to my stomach, "Alex, you need to stay in there for a few more weeks!"

Well, after a few more hrs, the squeezing sensations went away. Whew! Both Eric & I sighed a big sigh of relief. We can't wait to see Alex, but we just need a few more days to get things in order...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Alexandra's Shower A Huge Success!

Oh my! What a wonderful day we had this past Saturday! Eric & I were so touched with all of the friends & family who showed up, to help us celebrate the imminent arrival of our baby girl. Here are some pics from one of our guests (the one & only Karen Koehler).

It was a beautiful day, with plenty of sunshine & lots of delicious food (thanks to Natalie Daniels, Barry Shaw w/his delectable, homemade bagels, Rabih's yummy hummus & babagannouj, & Kirsten's cupcakes & fresh vegetables).
Thank you all for coming!