Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Another Ultrasound

Last Thursday we had our 20 week "big" ultrasound. The tech was somewhat new. And I got a call the Friday that the doc wanted a few more pictures/better views than what he had to look at.

Today we pretty much had the whole ultrasound all over again. The same tech was there, but another tech performed the whole exam again. baby lady burke was not very cooperative, just like last time. Though she wasn't breach! We saw a lot more of her face. She was bouncing off the walls. She's a complete spaz! The tech just stopped at one point, put the wand over my belly button and said "I'm not moving at all, that's all her... You need to enroll her in sychronized swimming or interpretive dance very young so she can put those talents to good use... I have never seen a baby move this much... (to the other tech) it wasn't you she didn't like, it's just how she is..." She was beginning to get a little frustrated at the end...

She gave us a peace sign, and even a thumbs up... What a darling she will be. She kept her hands up by her face, usually in fists so it looked like she was picking a fight, getting ready to box. She was so fun to visit with though... we'll take her, fiesty-ness and all.

This morning at work I was questioning if it was really the baby I was feeling. She was going crazy, it felt like she was doing a doggy paddle through the amniotic fluid. The ultrasound confirmed that it was the baby, and she really can move like that! She just has too much room in there for her own good... that will change soon enough. Here's a compilation of photos to enjoy from the two ultrasounds.
On a different note. You know how our other little girl, Raja has discovered the fireplace and is her new favorite? The other morning Seth was looking at her and realized she has singed half of her right whiskers off!! And what's left of the singed ones are curled at the ends. I think someone got a little too close to the fire... hahaha, we love her!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Now I know who is beating me up from the inside...

It's a Girl!!!!


Well, our ultrasound didn't really go as "expected", but we are not complaining AT ALL! I am 20 wks today, it's all down hill from here?

First of all, I was so excited and actually nervous for this ultrasound. I read up online what people do in order to assure their baby is awake for the ultrasound. I feel her all the time in the morning, but she's not as noticeable in the afternoons/evenings. I read some doctor offices offer the mom orange juice if their baby is asleep, so I was drinking OJ on the way to the ultrasound.

It was incredible to see the baby's heart chambers (
yay for all 4 of them!), and the different parts of the brain. We checked up on her nose/lips for a cleft lip, ankle/feet for club feet. We're happy she's a healthy little girl, organs and all! She's measuring 21 weeks (a tad big, but the further along the more inaccurate the measurements are, as far as determining a good due date, so nothing will change there). She's also 15 oz.... almost a pound! (I've gained 2 lbs so far, since my appt last week... but I feel like I've gained 5 since then. I really don't want to gain hardly any, so we'll see...).

So why didn't it go as we exactly kind of had a hunch it would? .... We both didn't mind what the gender of the baby was. At first we thought it would be fun to have a girl, but would love a boy just the same. At 14
wks I took an intelligender test... and it said it was no doubt a boy. So I was kind of expecting it to be a boy. Seth just has sisters, he sure knows how girls work, so having a boy would be a very new experience completely. We were just taking the test for fun, to add another fun thing to the first half of the pregnancy. But today when the tech said it is a girl we were surprised in a fabulous way. ( I really prepared myself for the gender test to be correct, which is not scientifically proven yet... not sure how it works... now I don't really believe in it.)

I had her check the gender again, and again... at the very end another tech came in to look over the pictures and make sure our tech got everything she needed. She took a look at the little missus' and said it for sure looks like a girl to her as well. Then I was finally convinced.

Baby girl was kicking and punching me the entire time... it was difficult for the tech to get a good shot of the brain/spine, measurements of limbs because the little girl was dancing. (OJ does a body good?). I'm glad I didn't go with a
caffeinated drink! She did full twists multiple times... we'd be looking at the right side of her and she'd flip to her left. Somehow she was able to keep her face buried toward my spine for the entire hour and a half. Fantastic. In order to get the one profile picture (above) the tech was jabbing in my hip bone or looking in from my ribs. She was curled up for the majority of it, and occasionally would show off her legs in a full stretched out position. She has mighty fine legs too, they must be her dad's...

I'm pretty sure our tech was almost brand new, but she was mostly on her own. She had a long list of pictures she needed, and the baby wouldn't let her go in any particular order... the tech just got whatever picture she could when the baby was in her random positions. The big 20 wk ultrasound usually takes a half hour, so I've heard. But we were looking at our girl for a good hour and 20 minutes, maybe hour and a half. So we were spoiled!!! But I'm grateful because we chose to do it at the hospital b/c they are to give you a live DVD of it. But their DVD machine was down :(. I also wanted to do it there b/c they have a 3D machine that is fun to use and take a peek with. But the tech said when the baby is less than 27 weeks it does not look cute or human or nice at all in 3D... she said "let me put it this way, the last time we looked with the 3D machine at a 20 week fetus, I didn't save any pictures." I wouldn't have wanted anything different though! I twas a very fun evening peeking at the little girl.

It was the best to call our family! We were all (almost all) convinced it was a boy because of the
intelligender test. So it really made it fun to tell them it's a girl!! We're so glad she's healthy and all looks fantastic so far. I still have my worries... but this experience helped me calm those insecurities. She says hi by the way :) She's been punching/kicking... or waving/dancing this entire time I've been typing the post. (I guess she likes the chocolate devotion ice cream we got from cold stone to celebrate on the way home) ;)

Thanks for your love and support on our journey to start our family! So many blessings have been flowing in since our first few pregnancy adventures!




ps = Yay for Fluffy Bum tights that are coming back in style!!! Girls have lots of fun accessories!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

OB Appointment

We had our routine OB appointment today. I'm so happy that Seth very willingly comes along to every appointment... even if it's just routine/quick stuff. He's a fantastic husband!! It's great too because he asks fantastic questions or gets more specific answers to my own that I wouldn't have thought of myself.

Pretty much I just asked the doc about my headaches and when to start looking into wonderful birthing classes. (suggestions welcome!!) Then we had a check on the heartbeat... of course my favorite part.

I've felt the kid move a lot more lately, it's a ton of fun!!!! When Dr. Jacob was looking for the heartbeat he says, "Well if your kid would just slow down for a second and stop moving everywhere we'll be able to hear it's beat.... at least we sure know it's alive!" hahahaha, I love it! "This stage is the worst, they have too much room in there", funny.

We heard the heartbeat for just a second and not clearly like it was last time... Dr. Jacob said everything sounds perfect though.


We love our little....baby. Yea - it's about time to be able to call 'it' a boy or girl. NEXT THURSDAY, the 15th is the big day!! We're pretty excited about that....

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lately...

First of all, our fireplace has been a hit lately... Raja hasn't paid too much attention to it. But we haven't been home in the last 24 hours and the landlady texted me this afternoon asking if she should check on the cat b/c she's been meowing nonstop since we've left. She had food and water, but I think it's because she was freezing. She didn't have a warm body to cuddle up with last night... So this is her new favorite spot:











I've never heard her purr so loud!


So what have we been up to lately? BYU football and my birthday was September 25th...

We got season tickets this year for BYU football, the last three weekends have been a lot of fun!! Well... the Florida State game wasn't exactly fun :) But we've been taking the football season in.
BYU vs ColoradoBYU vs Utah State
I wish I 've been taking more pictures... We went out with friends after the BYU/Utah state game to Appleby's. We had friends over for Rockband after the Colorado game. And Rockband/root beer floats with friends at our place after the Florida state game. It's a party house!

My Birthday! was the 25th... I got to sleep in a little bit, worked a shorter day, and my co-workers brought in balloons/treats/Birthday signs. It was pretty fun. Cousins Aubree, Eric, Chad met us for lunch, and Eric treated us to lunch at 5 Guys, a great burger joint. It was so nice of them! And lots of fun to catch up and visit a little bit.
We went out for dinner (we go out a lot) with friends (The Goodells, Cho's, John, Gma and Pa) to Texas Roadhouse in Lehi. I got on the saddle, though I was seriously dreading. They sang their restaurant happy birthday song to me as I took the baby on its first saddle ride. It was a fun time, also glad my grandparents joined us, even though it was so late in the evening by the time we actually ate.
Seth supposedly has never made a cake in his life... and I wasn't about to make my own birthday cake, so dear husband Seth got out the box and had an amazing first time life experience making a cake! He was amazed that it's just like brownies and you just add some water/eggs/oil . . . I loved that he spelled out my name with 27 candles :) Funfetti with real rainbow chip frosting... doesn't get better!



For my birthday I got 'The Undaunted', the new Gerald N Lund book I've been excited for. And a very nice hair straightner I've wanted! (first attempt of curling my hair with the straightner) And I got two belly bands from Target... and have a little more birthday money I just don't know what to do with yet :) It was a fantastic birthday!
ps if anyone wants to go to Thanksgiving Point's corn maze.... we're planning to get anyone and everyone together for a trip this Friday night.... come!

pps I FINALLY finished the rag quilt I made for Aubrey and Davin's addition, Preston, who came the end of July. It was just dumb I didn't do the last step (easiest step) until now... but it's done!!! And I like it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pretty Stoked...

1. That it's October, I hope fall stays a while before winter kicks in!

2. A Lazy General Conference weekend, and attending the Sunday Afternoon Session!

3. The fireplace works! And I plan to use it lots before we move out!

4. Seth's feeling better after staying home sick all day long, sleeping all day helped!

5. I love my Bellyband I bought from Target with my Birthday money from mom and dad burke!

6. Finally started a new book, The Undaunted, that I bought with Birthday $$ from mom and dad!

7. Co Co Dyno bites - my fav!

8. BYU football tomorrow night!

9. My 'to do' pile at work is almost gone, but that means I'm getting the crappy/brain tormenting tasks done last and they suck... makes my head hurt!

10. I feel the baby move sometimes, wish it was more! But... 18 weeks is treating me real good.