Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Merry Xmas! We had a great week with my parents and sister Meghan visiting. Good food, good visit time, great reveal party…it’s a boy! 🙂


Mom, Meghan and I spent a few days doing baby recon shopping, looking at all the baby furniture and clothes and all the little things. It was really fun to be able to shop with them. Now I have a little idea about what is out there before Chris and I go register. Xmas day we all geared up and went to Afton State Park for snowshoeing! Lots of fun.


Here’s me at 23 weeks. No question the bump is there now. 🙂 Thats all I got for this week. Soon I’ll be going to the Dr more frequently, and I’ll have birthing class and more stories to share. Happy New Year!



These pants are great…

Pregnancy pants! These are great. Just this week I finally had to trade in my normal pants for some high wasted numbers. I’m told I’ll get tired of them, but so far I’m just happy to have a little more room for the belly. Tops are still fitting fine. Turns out I have a lot of ‘on trend’ baggie tops that work well. I’m also soooo thankful for the tub of pregnancy clothes my good friend Bobbie dropped off last week. Great sweaters, a puffy vest, jeans, so wonderful to have a ton of starter clothes. Especially since I have to dress up for work.

In unrelated news, our winter timeshare bat is back in our bedroom wall. This is year three. We heard it for a few nights last week, on the coldest nights so far. Tap tap tap on the heat register. Ekkk! It’s lose-lose for me too because we let Surfer in to protect us, and she ends up circling my head in the middle of the night or licking my nose. Chris is ok with this arrangement but I am not. So as of this week, Surfer is out and the bat seems to be back asleep. You can see the wall and heat register in the picture. I’d support opening up the wall and doing some bat removal, but we’d rather just deal and hope it’s not putting on a show when we go to sell (hopefully fall 2014). Unless it gets out, then we are going in.

Nothing else much new to share. Baby is moving a little but nothing consistent yet. Still sleeping good, getting to yoga a few times a week. We are looking forward to Xmas eve with the Mewes/Gessler family, and having the Frost family in town this Saturday for a little less than a week. Weather here has been cold and snowy, but Chris is putting our snowblower to good use for us and nearby neighbors. Otherwise we are doing great and looking forward to the new year!


“Quit pushing on me!”


20 Week Photo! This week was the ultrasound and around 20 mins of pushing on my stomach to capture these pics. I was making a similar face because it was a little uncomfortable at times…cute! I had to take a picture of the pictures because the tech noted the sex of the baby on the digital copies.



Everything checked out great. Baby measured at 20.3 weeks which is just a couple days off my predicted due date. Other stats include:
– 11 oz
– ~150 beats per min heart rate
– the placenta is anterior positioned so that means it’s on my stomach (TMI?) So that could mute the feeling of any movement for a bit longer. But…Aunty Meghan got a fist bump over thanksgiving, and just now Chris got to feel his first kick. So there’s some activity in there!
– the upper lip is intact…other bone, organ, circulation measurements were all perfect

We spent thanksgiving in Indiana and had a great time. The 5k went good, cold but we got there and got some exercise in before the big meal. Chris, my dad Bob and my sister’s husband Branden went trap shooting, while the girls did Black Friday shopping in Chicago.



This week we are doing some nesting as well. We ordered new blinds and Chris got those installed this week. He has been so great around the house with some furniture moving, updated the fire alarms, and cooking some fantastic dinners lately. I ordered the ‘gender reveal’ cake for small party on 12/22 with my family who will be in town, and Chris’s parents Mike and Nancy. Looking forward to finding out if it’s a boy or girl!