Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ava's Debut

Presenting Ava Jean Gilbert!  
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This is a video from our 20 week ultrasound.  If you ask me, she's laughing in this video!!  This means she takes after both her Mom & Dad!  
I still haven't felt her move (at least I don't think I have).  All the baby books say it happens between 16-22 weeks.  I will say this, it is very comforting seeing her on the ultrasound screen, kicking & moving.  It's also comforting that this belly of mine keeps growing and  growing and growing....   Any day now and I'll feel her right hook!  

Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's a GIRL!!

Last Monday, during our 2o week ultrasound, we found out we are carrying a baby girl!!   Here is a picture of her inside my growing belly... Ava Jean Gilbert, in all of her glory!!  
When the ultrasound technician began looking around, I noticed on her bottom that there wasn't that "little something extra" between her tiny little legs... she confirmed it when she said, "It's a GIRL"!  I immediately started crying, finally having found out what I've been taking care of for the last few months.  All of the wonder and curiosity, finally disappeared and I was able to grasp the idea of having a sweet little girl for our first child.  
We were a bit concerned on the day of the ultrasound when they told us they had found a calcification on her heart... they immediately sent us to NW to see a high risk specialist.  After probing for hours upon hours and getting all the glimpses of baby Ava that they needed, it turned out to be nothing, which brought us great relief... and finally allowed us to celebrate the miracle of our baby girl. 
At first, I think Ken was a wee bit disappointed.  He had hoped for a little boy, thinking the transition to fatherhood might be easier with a mini Ken running around.  I've been surprised though... Ken has grown quite smitten with the idea of having a daughter.... Always kissing and rubbing my growing belly, talking to her and telling her he loves her :)  
We spent the rest of the week visiting my Mom and Stepdad at their home in Florida.  We had a great time, spending most of the time in the pool, soaking up the sun that we've missed during our never ending Chicago winters.   I even celebrated the news of Baby Ava & our mini-vacation with a few white wine spritzers!  Boy, have I missed those :)
 Next up, we attend our 24 week appointment where I'll be tested for gestational diabetes.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The waiting game

We're 18 weeks today!  Just 12 more days and we get to find out the sex of our little nugget (or "Sweet Potato" this week, according to thebump.com).  The majority of the people weighing in are voting "GIRL"... with just a few (including Ken) voting "BOY".   People keep asking what I think it is... and I haven't a clue.  So, to help pass the time I've begun registering... Which by no means, is an easy thing to do considering I don't have the slightest clue of what I need.  I mean, do you know how many types of bottles there are?!?!  And don't get me started on strollers!  Thank goodness I have girlfriends that I can go to for advice about this stuff.  They've helped me tremendously... telling me what I won't be able to live without and what is a waste of money.  So as of now, I'm registered at Pottery Barn Kids, Babies R' Us, Target, Nini & Loli and BuyBuyBaby.com.  It's fun to play with on nights when the boredom kicks in... I add stuff, delete stuff, research... it really does help to kill time :)
We're also waiting for another milestone to occur... we're waiting for Baby G to make it's first move.  All the books and baby websites say that we should feel it "flutter" sometime between 16 and 22 weeks.  Nothing yet.  Sometimes when we're watching TV or when I'm reading, I'll sit real still... hold my breath and see if I can feel it.  Still nothing.  We're incredibly excited for that to happen!  It will be really special to start feeling Baby G move around.... a feeling of reassurance too.  All this time, I just get to hope that all is progressing as expected, until I am lucky enough to hear that heartbeat.  Once I feel it move, I'll know the little bugger is in there, hanging out in it's mini baby condo, doing aerobics and all kinds of other mischief.  Either way, it will be nice to know that all the sacrifice (thus far) has been for a reason... for that tiny little baby that is made up of Ken and I.