"Before you were conceived we wanted you, Before you were born we loved you, Before you were here an hour we would give our life for you. This is the miracle of life. ~Maureen Hawkins"

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fun Facts Friday! 19 Weeks!!!!

How far along? 19 Weeks!!

Baby's size? Little Man is the size of a mango. 6 inches and 8.5 ounces...baby gained about 2 ounces this week! Yay for soon to be baby fat. :)

Weight Gain? Still down 5lbs but L is growing great so that’s all that matters.

Maternity clothes? Yes please

Stretch marks? A few

Belly button in or out? Still in

Sleep? Sleep is much better now that I have my pillow to sleep with

Foods I am loving? Bacon still

Foods I am hating? Meat

Best moment this week? Finding out we are having a son

Movement? Yes. All day especially after I eat.

Symptoms? Movement, round ligament pain at night, sore breasts, growing belly

Gender? A LITTLE MAN!!

What I miss? What I miss is nothing in comparison to being pregnant. :)

What I'm looking forward to? Another ultrasound next Friday to get a look at L’s spine.

Weekly Wisdom: You can be 110% sure of the gender and be completely wrong. So just be prepared either way even if you are SOOOOO convinced of its gender.

Milestone: Finding out the gender!! This week the baby can hear us now and he is starting to recognize our voices and hear my heartbeat. This week we learned he is a HE. I feel like this week we both are finally fully aware of each other and that's pretty darn amazing if you ask me. :)

Emotions: CRAZY!! I’m having a SON!!!! It makes it so much more real to know that I am carrying a little man and he has a name and everything. He is our son, our little miracle.

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

IT'S A.................................

Before I begin our story from yesterday's anatomy ultrasound I ask that you please say some prayers for some people who are going through one of the hardest times of their life. See story HERE. They're son has been battling cancer and they have just been told there is nothing more than can do but wait for him to pass.  It is such a sad story and my heart breaks for them. 

So, yesterday was a whirlwind day to say the least.  Our anatomy scan was not scheduled until 1:00 in the afternoon so I decided to work the beginning of the day to occupy my mind.  It was a good thing I did since my co-worker ended up stuck in Minneapolis and I had some critical items that had to be dealt with that morning.  Needless to say, I was happy to have something to keep my mind occupied.

I finally left work at 12:30 and headed for the doctors.  I completely underestimated the time it would take to get there and was in a panic when I realized I would be cutting it really close. Luckily, I happened to get behind a cop car that was driving just a weeee bit over the speed limit so I followed him and made it JUST in time :)

We were only there for a few minutes when the ultrasound tech, Jane, called us back.  I have to say that this is our fourth ultrasound and she has somehow been our tech for ALL of them. She is the sweetest woman and makes me feel so at ease and makes the whole experience so enjoyable for hubby and me.  We got back into the room and settled in and she asks us if we want to find out the gender.  We of course say YES in unison.  I figured she would do the anatomy scan and if there was time left she would look to see if we could find the gender.  NOPE, she dove right in and that was the first thing she looked for.  It took about two seconds and this is what she said...................

"Yep, that is definitely a penis"

IT'S A BOY!!!!! 

Here are some pictures of our little miracle who we are already soooo in love with. 


Lawson M Masten

Lawson's feet.  He wouldn't uncross them ;)

Hand waving HI!!

Definitely a BOY!!!

The scan went really well and the tech said he is growing right on track and everything looks healthy and in all the right places.  It was music to our ears.  We do have to go back next Friday for another scan to get a picture of the spine since little guy wouldn't move once he snuggled up on his back.  I can't wait to see him again and hope that we get more good news from the scan. 

After the ultrasound we went and picked up a bunch of things for our gender reveal party. I, for some reason, took exactly ZERO pictures.  I have no idea why.  But we bought a little tiny pair of socks for each of our mothers and put them in a box and had them open them at the same time.  It was perfect and everyone was so excited. 

Let the shopping begin!!!  :) 

Here are Lawson's first Thank You cards. Love them. I had a $20 off coupon and free shipping so it was a great deal :)

Have a great day,

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter!!!!

Have a Very Happy Easter Everyone!!!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Fun Facts Friday! 18 weeks!!!

How far along? 18 Weeks!! I still can’t believe it :) Almost half way there!

Baby's size? Bean is the size of a sweet potato! About 5 1/2 inches and 6 1/2 ounces. Mmmm Sweet Potato fries sound sooo good.

Weight Gain? Down 5lbs

Maternity clothes? Same but I need to get my maternity jeans hemmed so I can start wearing those.

Stretch marks? A few

Belly button in or out? Still in.

Sleep? Some night are better than others. I'm usually getting up around 1-2 times a night to pee. Thankfully though I fall back to sleep pretty quickly.

Foods I am loving? Bacon 

Foods I am hating? Meat

Best moment this week? Feeling Bean moving every day usually after meals.

Movement? Absolutely. The greatest feeling in the world.

Symptoms? Forgetfulness, hip and back aches at night or if standing to long (i.e. spending too much time in the craft store walking around) 

Gender? WEDNESDAY!!! :)

What I miss? What I miss is nothing in comparison to being pregnant. :)

What I'm looking forward to? Finding out Bean's gender!!!!

Milestone: 18 weeks pregnant!!

Emotions: Short fused, still cry at a lot of things and every once in a while when Bean moves a feeling of completely and utter happiness.

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Happy Friday,

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fun Facts Friday - 17 Weeks!!!

I apologize I didn't post for 16 Weeks. Things have been a little crazy.  My Grandmother past away and I spent a week back home with family.  I know she is in a better place and she went peacefully in her sleep but we are still in a state of shock.  She was perfectly healthy. We will miss her so much.  Love you Grandma!!

How far along? 17 Weeks!!

Baby's size? Cupcake is the size of an onion! About 5 inches and 6 ounces. Baby gained an ounce and half this week!!

Weight Gain? Still down about 3lbs.

Maternity clothes? Still in regular clothes but loving my belly band.

Stretch marks? A few

Belly button in or out? Still in.

Sleep? Some night are better than others. I’ve been getting a lot of pain in my hips and toss and turn all night. Used a pillow between my knees last night and it seemed to help. Still getting up a couple times a night to pee.

Foods I am loving? Well, with the Gestational Diabetes I can’t eat much of anything I want to but Bacon is my best friend. I’m trying not to eat too much of it but I love, love, love it!!!

Foods I am hating? Meat!!!

Best moment this week? Getting to hear beans heartbeat again after a long week!!

Movement? Yes, about once a day now but still very light and only when I’m sitting really still. Bean did go crazy at my nieces softball tournament though for about three hours. I think because he/she can hear now and it was LOUD.

Symptoms? Boobs still a little sore, hungry but have to eat every two hours with the GD so that seems to keep it at bay for the most part. Lots of peeing.

Gender? 12 more days till we find out!!!!!

What I miss? What I miss is nothing in comparison to being pregnant. :)

What I'm looking forward to? Finding out Bean’s gender.

Weekly Wisdom: Always carry Kleenex. You never know what will make you cry at the drop of a hat. LOL

Milestone: Feeling Bean move and knowing it wasn’t indigestion. And of course being 17 weeks pregnant!!

Emotions: As long as I get enough sleep and eat every two-three hours at least something I am good. I cry at a lot of things though. Commercials even make me cry! :)

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Fun Facts - 15 Weeks!!!

How far along? 15 Weeks!

Baby's size? Bean is the size of a navel orange! About 4 inches and 2 ounces.

Weight Gain? Still down 3lbs

Maternity clothes? Still in regular tops and jeans but wearing them unbuttoned with my BBand.

Stretch marks? No.

Belly button in or out? Still in.

Sleep? Some nights are better than others, but overall I'm sleeping ok.

Foods I am loving? Oranges and Bacon. This just started a couple days ago and I can’t get enough. Bacon Bacon Bacon. I HATED Bacon before I got pregnant.

Foods I am hating? Still meat

Best moment this week? Hearing Bean’s heartbeat on the Doppler for the first time :)

Movement? Every once in a while I’ll feel a couple flutters. Can’t wait for them to be really noticeable.

Symptoms? New today…. Heartburn!!! I am also less coordinated and I find myself bumping into things or losing my balance. And, joy my ankles have already started swelling :(

Gender? Still thinking it's a girl. But I have moments where I think it could be a boy. We find out April 27th :) I can’t wait.

What I miss? What I miss is nothing in comparison to being pregnant. :)

What I'm looking forward to? Finding out Bean's gender AND feeling more movement!!

Milestones: I am over a third of the way through! Wow that sounds so weird to say.

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an orange). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs.  Although her eyelids are still fusted shut, she can sense light.  If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam.  There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.  Finally, if you have an unltrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position.  He or she may be modestly cureld up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")