Friday, November 17, 2006

The last 8 1/2 months in a nutshell

Since I am so delinquent in beginning this blog, I'll do a short synopsis of our pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant on April Fool's Day. Aaron had been out of town and I thought it would be funny to play a joke on him and have a pregnancy test (negative, of course) on the bathroom counter to freak him out. Well, imagine my surprise when I took the test and it was positive. HA! A bit apprehensive at first due to our previous issues, I think we finally started to relax and get excited after the 1st trimester was over. We have also been spoiled because we get to see the doctor more often than others- every two weeks this whole time. At some point, I'll try to add ultrasound pictures but I don't know how to run our scanner.

It has really been a pretty easy pregnancy, no morning sickness or heartburn and very little swelling (as of yet). My back has been bugging me off and on but guess that's to be expected. I have not exercised or watched what I have eaten nearly as much as I thought I would. Oh well. I have found that the chiropractor can do wonders- 1/2 the relief comes from being able to lay on my tummy on her big pillow with the belly cut out. Who knew you could miss laying on your tummy this much?!?

We selected our bedding pretty early on and we actually agreed on it. It is not your traditional little boy room but we really like it. The only struggle has been to find a decent glider in black. I'd love suggestions of where to look if you know of any place. The picture posted is recent but is not pretty as it is full of unpacked baby stuff.

We've had several showers and have been amazed at the generosity of our friends and our family's friends. I will post some pics of those too. A shower invite deadline is actually was caused us to finally make a decision on the name. The first shower invitations were going out and the hostess wanted to know if we had chosen a name yet that she could put on there. I told her "not yet" but that we would make a choice in the next 48 hours. So Aaron flipped through about a million baby name books and websites and we finally agreed on Caleb Scott. I liked it because it is not hard to pronounce or unusual but is also not overly common. (Working at a school means you encounter lots of kids' names and there is not a single weird or bad Caleb at Riverfield so I was safe.) It is also Biblical without being "Jebidiah". The Scott is, of course, my dad's middle name but is also just a nice sounding name. We worked it out to have my parent's receive the shower invitation on dad's birthday so the middle name surprise was a good one for his birthday.

Aaron has been reading almost every night to Caleb. Sometimes the baby really reacts and others he must be fast asleep because he doesn't even move. I've also listening only to Classical or Christian music (and now Christmas music since I couldn't wait any longer). Who knows if that's going to make him smarter but it can't hurt, right? Someone also said that red meat increases brain activity as does broccoli. I like both of those and have eaten my share over the last months. One weird thing is that chicken has totally grossed me out since about week 14. I hope I go back to liking it after he comes because it really limits my cooking options if I have to leave out chicken dishes.

OK, I think that is enough.


Shannon Hurleigh said...

I LOVE the pic of Sam and Lila in the crib!!! I also love the wall in your nursery! Very Trading Spaces... (teehee!) So glad to hear that everything is going well! Can't wait to hear more!!!