10 Weeks and Counting!

Today I am 10 weeks into my pregnancy. I am so happy to report that, to this day, I have not had ANY morning sickness! *knock on wood* I feel absolutely wonderful! If it weren't for the constant hunger, occasional heartburn, and chronic peeing I wouldn't even suspect that I am pregnant. I have heard so many horror stories from family and friends about nasty 1st trimester symptoms and I feel so blessed to not have experienced any of them thus far.

Anyway, at this point (according to the pregnancy book I'm reading) Baby Leonberg is about the size of a small plum and is looking more and more human like with every day. Last week she/he was supposedly about the size of a medium green olive and still a little alien-like. It cracks me up how this book compares the baby's size each week to some sort of food. Next week (week 11) we will be entering the fetal period (as opposed to the embryonic period) and according to the book little Leonberg will be the size of a large lime. Apparently most malformations occur during the embryonic period (the first 10 weeks), so I'll be glad to jump this hurdle.

I can't wait to go back in a couple of weeks and see how much the baby has grown! From the way my pants are starting to "fit" (if you can call it that) i'm expecting some major growth by the next ultrasound! I've only gained a couple of pounds, but it's definitely starting to show. I'm sad to say that I have resorted to wearing some of my older, "next size up" jeans. Even these jeans are starting to get a little tighter, so I broke down and made my first shopping trip to the maternity section this afternoon. While I couldn't force myself to purchase any elastic-waisted pants, I did buy several tops, a couple of sun dresses, and the most awesome invention ever--a belly band! The band allows me to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans unbuttoned so I can be a little more comfortable, but still holds eveything in. Afterall, I'm not quite ready psychologially for the whole maternity pant situation!


Exciting News!

Craig and I were VERY surprised last week when we got some exciting news! We found out that we are pregnant!

We had not planned to go home to Clover for the Mother's Day weekend, but upon learning this news, we decided that it would be an amazing gift to give our moms for Mother's day. Plus, I doubt I would have been able to keep it quiet for very long. So we traveled to Clover and kept the news a secret from everyone.

Saturday afternoon we took the family out for lunch--a belated birthday lunch for my sister Erin, an early Mother's Day lunch for the moms, and an early Father's Day lunch for my dad. At the end of the meal the waitress brought a cake to the table. Seeing as it was just a couple days after my sister's birthday nobody really thought twice about it. However, to everyone's surprise the cake was not a "Happy Birthday Erin" cake... it was a "Special Delivery... Baby on Board" cake! It was so cool to watch everyone's faces as they read the cake and finally figured it out! The mom's (naturally) began crying... my sister started shouting... and my dad was grinning from ear to ear! How perfect!

We decided to wait until after our first ultrasound to tell the rest of our family and friends. Craig and I went to the doctor this afternoon. Let me tell you... what a cool experience! We were told that we were 8 weeks and 6 days along and that the baby is due on December 17th! It's amazing how they are able to figure that out! The baby measured 2.24 centimeters from crown (top of head) to rump (bum). The baby's heartrate was about 180 beats per minute which we were told is very good. We got to watch the baby wiggle around and see and hear its little heart race. It truly was one of the coolest things I have ever seen!