Growing Belly

22 weeks
I decided some of you would want to see the belly growing – because it sure is big now! Jess took this tonight. I feel a lot bigger at night, but not really sure how different it looks. This is 20 pounds of belly though (ok, a little bit everywhere else too!)

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone the most blessed 2010! We are sure excited about it, that’s for sure!

I’ve been bad about updating because we’ve been enjoying our time off at home so much. We did a ton to prepare for the baby in the last week, including cleaning out more junk than I thought we could fit in the place! The miscellaneous storage/office room that we have never fully moved into in two years of marriage is now officially going to be a nursery. We actually chose to stay in the small side of the house, and are looking forward to living a simple first couple of months as a family in May before potentially trying to do something different.

Today consisted of going to Home Depot to pick out new paint for the room (light green, which will match the bedding that my mom is so graciously making for us!), and for our room as well, which we will be rearranging a little. We also have researched baby equipment to death, deciding on a crib purchase, skipping the ‘Pack N Play’ for now, and getting a little bassinet for by our bed for the first little bit. We also stopped by Michael’s to take advantage of the 50% off baskets, which I ended up buying a ton of to put in the wall units in the nursery. Although I suppose it could just be classified as “nesting”, I’m just glad to get things done that we’ve really wanted to do for the past 2 years and just haven’t buckled down to do it. As Jesse put it – he just wants to make it a home for his little girl. The most fun part for me is definitely seeing him do that.

Oh, and last night was a fun moment. I’ve been of course feeling her move for awhile now, but she hasn’t been kicking hard enough for Jesse to feel it. I realized last night that she was moving so much that I could watch my stomach deform, so Jesse FINALLY (he’s been waiting for it) feels like he can take part by feeling her move too. Lots of fun, and we try not to take a single moment for granted.

Merry Christmas to All!

No baby updates these days, just a husband-update. Jesse got a pretty bad cold, after having his wisdom teeth removed – double whammy! – and this morning I left him in bed to recover. We’re looking forward to our last Christmas Eve at the rotunda on the beach (with Ocean Hills, our church) that will be “just us” (and maybe 1,000 others) – so I hope he recovers enough for us to attend. If not, we’ll heal more so that we can join the rest of the Smith/Adams’ family up in San Luis Obispo tomorrow for the big day.

A sidenote – we are house-sitting right now for a family with three dogs (and child – but they took him with them). We are reminding ourselves why we only have two dogs. While we love animals, five of them in one small home is a little much, even when you love them all! So, please remind us this if we ever again go to get another puppy (while Lucy and Mok are still around at least)!

For everyone that we won’t see – Merry Christmas. I pray one of my favorite blessings, especially in this new year: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Countdown

I tried to add this on the sidebar, but it’s kind of small.  So I’ll add it here, and if you want to check back, you can always go by the category on the side – Countdown!

 Pregnancy Ticker

And it’s a…

Girl! 

We are very excited.  Finally a girl to add to the Wheeler family, and any addition is welcome to the Smith’s, I know.  🙂

And a big girl at that – according to “What to Expect”, this week she is supposed to be 6.5 inches.  The doc just confirmed her at 10.5!  Looks like she has volleyball (or swimming) potential, although we should probably be expected to endure such things as dance and cheerleading or something else very painful.  No matter though – we are just happy that she is healthy and growing!

Halfway

It’s the middle today.  Smack dab the halfway point in the pregnancy.  Well, at least according to the “What to Expect” website, which you know, is the pregnancy “bible” of sorts, right? *insert sarcasm*

I don’t know whether I’m happy about this, or more on the freaked out side of things.  I’d say I land on both.  But definitely happy that we will find out if it’s a boy or a girl tomorrow morning!  Check back for the update…

Firsts

I know the next year (or two or three) holds a ton of firsts for us, but yesterday was one funny one:

1.  First stranger to ask something about the pregnancy.  She asked if I knew if it was a boy or a girl.  This was hopeful for me, as it’s a sure sign that I’m not just fat.  Also, bold of the woman perhaps?  I just always avoid asking women for fear that they just had a baby, or worse, haven’t!

Now for the random belly touching.  It’s coming because those close to me are now asking to do it.  I don’t think I have ever had the reflex to randomly touch someone’s stomach, but I know it’s coming from many strangers out there, just waiting. 

Also, sidenote about getting bigger:  it apparently makes everything else look smaller.  I like relativity in this instance.  It works for me.  😉