God love elastic pants

Dear Gummy Bear:

I wore elastic-waist maternity pants for the first time this past Monday. And every day since. You have grown so much that there is no denying you’re in my tummy, and my regular pants just aren’t comfortable anymore. Elastic, however, is a godsend. The ladies at work have started noticing that I’m pregnant with you, even people I didn’t tell, so it’s pretty obvious now, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I’m told that you’re about the size of a large onion this week. At 17 weeks along, you have fingerprints and can hear the sound of my voice. I’m told that you will remember it, and know me by its sound when you arrive. I’ve gained a total of 5 pounds now, which is proof that you’re still growing and thriving. I haven’t felt you move yet, or at least I don’t think I have, but I’m told it’s hard to tell at first. It’s getting a little harder for me to get up off the couch, and to bend over at the waist, but still no real discomfort. I’ve been very lucky!

Next Wednesday morning we go see Dr. Kesler for our mid-term sonogram and anatomy exam to measure you and make sure everything is growing as it’s supposed to. This is also the time when we could find out of you’re a boy or a girl, but we still want to be surprised.

Your daddy and I finished baby registries at Target, Babies-R-Us and Amazon.com. We have all the plans ready for your bedroom now too – it’s just a matter of getting started.

We love you so much!

15 weeks; 150lbs

Dear Little One,

For the first time in my life, I was worried that I was NOT gaining weight. Dr. Kesler, however, is not worried so I suppose I should just stay healthy and roll with it. As of today, you have helped me gain only 2lbs. It seems that the average for 15 weeks is 5lbs gained, so we’re a little less than average but you’re healthy so that’s what matters.

In just 3 weeks we get our BIG sonogram, and hopefully get to see you moving around on the screen. We’ll have to be sure to tell the tech to keep your gender a secret… we still want to be surprised.

I ordered some fun stuff for you the other night. We picked out a half-tent so that we can take you to the beach this summer. I’m sure you’ll love it there. We’ve started a registry at Babies-R-Us for some of the basic stuff we’ll need, and worked hard the other day to start cleaning out the room that will be yours. You’ll be here before we know it…

We love you,

Mommy.

*Pictures taken 12/29/2011

Lime Gummy Bear

Dear Little One:

By the end of this week, you will be as big as a lime. Last week, you were the size of a prune, which didn’t mean a whole lot to me. I don’t eat prunes. However, I am familiar with limes. And limes seem really large all of a sudden!

You led us on quite a ride these past few weeks, and I’m starting to feel like things are settling down a little bit. Somehow, we found out about you at only 4 weeks along, which is about as early as you can get. I felt sure you must be bigger than that, but a sonogram that next week told us you were only 5 1/2 weeks, no bigger than an appleseed. We couldn’t even see you on the screen, you were so little!

For being so tiny, you sure gave me a big appetite! I felt hungry all the time for the next few weeks, which turned to non-stop nausea through Week 7. Thankfully that only lasted another few days. While you may be growing inside, Mommy isn’t doing much growing yet. I haven’t gained a pound, though I’m sure that will change soon!

Last week, Week 10, we got to see you on the sonogram and hear your heartbeat. You are truly alive and growing! Your first pictures look  like a gummy bear – your head is the biggest part of you so far (all those brains, no doubt!), and your arms and legs are still quite short. Daddy has taken to calling you Gummy Bear – your first nickname! And we have a due date: June 21, 2012, the first day of summer.

Mommy with your pictures - 9.5 weeks

We’ve had fun telling your family that you’ll be joining us. All of your grandparents and great-grandparents are very excited, as are Uncle Alex and Uncle Nick. You are already so loved!

Your first close-up!

Heck, yeah! BABY!

Dear Little One –

It’s been a week and a day since your daddy and I found out that you would be joining our family. It’s been a really intense week, filled with highs and lows, which I’m sure I can now blame on fluctuating hormones.

Last Friday, the 14th, I had the day off from work. We were heading out that evening for a wedding in Pennsylvania, and I had a lot to do to prepare. Your daddy was up before the sun to hit the gym, and I was half-awake. We had an inkling that you might soon make yourself known, so while Daddy was eating breakfast, I scurried to the bathroom and hoped for 2 pink lines. Too cold to wait the 3 minutes, I hopped back into bed, and figured Daddy could check the test.

He came to kiss me good-bye, and I said, “Go check the bathroom.”

Ever the romantic, your daddy asked, “Did you clog the toilet?”

“No, check the sink.”

“You clogged the sink?”

“Just go check!”

Silence from the bathroom. Then, “DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS SAYS ALREADY!?” (I didn’t before, but I do now!)

He charges back into the bedroom, and lights blazing, your sweet daddy shoves the test stick in front of my bleary eyes, a stupid grin plastered on his face. No doubt about it: the lines are dark, and there are definitely two of them. Ta-DAH! You have arrived on the scene! And what a grand entrance you have made.

I’m so glad I didn’t have to go to work as I doubt I would have accomplished much of anything. I took the chance to call Dr. Kesler and let her know how things were looking up. She requested blood work, so off I went. Never have blood work done on a Friday – it’s excruciating to have to wait until Monday for results!

Even more frustrating is to hear that while the test confirmed that you are indeed real (as if there was any doubt), you are still verrrrry small, too small for an ultrasound to see. I was instructed to sit tight, and go back for more blood work in a week, on Friday. Love that Friday blood work.

So here we are, waiting for Monday to hear if you’ve grown enough to go visit the doctor and have your picture taken. Mommy is not a very patient waiter.

We’re anxious to know when we’ll get to meet you. Right now, we think you’ll arrive mid-May to early June, but Dr. Kesler will be able to let us know for sure at your first appointment. Your daddy and I have decided to let you surprise us, and we won’t be finding out before your birthday if you are a boy or a girl. We have a couple of very nice names picked out for you, but will be keeping those quiet for now as well.

I’ve been creating a list of questions for Dr. Kesler, and I’m sure it will get much longer before they’re answered. We know for sure we do not want the doctors to force you out – no induction. You’ll join us when you’re good and ready! We also know we want you to come naturally, as you were intended – no cesarean unless medically necessary.

But for now we wait, and we plan, and we wonder who you will be. Your daddy is so proud, and nervous, and terribly in love with you already. He makes me smile.

Love you,

Mommy