Baby-To-Be Update

On Friday Jason and I were able to see our 6-inch baby on the big screen and he or she was the cutest thing ever :)  Everything looked good.  We had the chance to find out if it was a boy or girl, but where is the fun in that?  We’re looking forward to our early November surprise.  Yesterday we narrowed our possible boy names to seven, which is still a lot, but we have a few months to work on it.  Today we’ll do the same with the girl names.  So, this is your last chance to get your name of choice on the record ;)  Wanda gave me a wonderful idea when I originally posted the pregnancy news about combining family names and I think we may end up doing that for a middle name if it’s a girl.  Thanks, Wanda!

This week I’ve felt it kick for the first time :)  On the flip side, I’m still getting sick a few days a week.  But my good days are better and my tummy is getting bigger every day, so things seem to be progressing as they should.

Because of my age they did want me to do an amnio, but we chose not to.  We did the early high risk testing and found it a little stressful and, honestly, not that useful.  Given the choice again we would not do it.  I’m only mentioning it because I wish I’d heard from someone that it’s okay to skip it instead of just listening to the doctor.  It’s your choice, not his.

I’ll hit the halfway point this week, so it’s time to start planning.  I’ve got some good ideas for a book themed nursery, but am welcome to more ideas for that too.

67 thoughts on “Baby-To-Be Update

  1. Good for you for keeping your brain on (refusing the amnio)!!…you are right, the tests are not useful (and solve or fix nada!)…I skipped them all (including ultrasounds).


    1. I-O!! :) I wanted to get one ultrasound just to see how things were progressing, but I told the midwife that I was only doing one and she could help me choose the best time to do it.

  2. I love updates of this kind! I’m so glad that things are progressing so well for you. Enjoy the baby’s kicks. They are the number one thing I miss about being pregnant.

  3. I love this post. Back in the stone age when I had my babies I had one ultrasound for each pregnancy. And we never wanted to know ahead of time what we were having. It’s really one of the last true surprises we adults get :D
    Rhap – makes me laugh and then think of a musician!

  4. Stacy, glad to hear that things are going well. Take care and enjoy this mid-time of your pregnancy. You’ll probably be feeling better and won’t be so big yet. It’s a good part.

  5. Thanks for this update as I’ve been wondering how you are doing. The kicking part is so exciting. Like you, I was always sick up to that point and getting the kicks was a positive signal that there really was this live little person inside of me.

    I must have been pregnant in the pre-stone age as I never had an ultrasound at all. Glad you waiting for the big surprise at the end. Enjoy the next four and a half months. Really – enjoy.

    1. I’ve had some great days this week, so that has helped me appreciate the reality of it all. I’ve been a little too sick to appreciate it until now.

  6. So glad everything is going well. I think waiting to be surprised is a great idea. Not many people do it anymore. Glad you and the munchkin are well and hope the sickness eases up soon.

    How about Jennifer if it’s a girl? You don’t hear that too often anymore ;)

    1. Good name idea, but there are already too many Jennifers in the family :) We’re getting ready to start the list for girls.

  7. Glad the sick days are getting less. And how cool is it to feel those kicks!!!???? I was over 35 and they wanted to do amnio too but we opted to skip it. We did do a test where they did an ultrasound and measured stuff to see if there were any “warning” signs of something wrong. If there was, then we might have done an amnio … but I think you made the right choice. It is kind of a scary procedure I think.

    So excited for you. And please share photos as the nursery develops!

    1. We did the same test with the ultrasound, but once we did I heard from at least half a dozen people who said it was not accurate for them. And they are really only giving you a percentage. You don’t know if you are the 1 or the 99, so I found it kind of pointless. One of my best friend from high school was the 1 out of 400.
      I’ll keep you posted on the baby’s room :)

  8. I’m glad things are going on well with you! Feeling the baby kickings is one of the most joyful moments during pregnancy! Thanks for sharing with us, Stacy!

  9. I’m so happy to hear all is well with your little one!
    You’re WAY more patient than we were. We found out the sex of both of our kids as soon as we could!
    Continued best wishes for a healthy pregnancy

  10. That first kick is so exciting!! I’m sure you will be feeling better very soon – the middle months are the best. This post made me happy just reading it!

  11. Oh, I’m so glad all is going well! What an exciting post–that first kick is such a neat feeling! No name suggestions, but I will pass on what a friend said to me all those years ago: “whatever you choose will be right.” Have fun!

    1. That’s good advise. We got it down to 6 girls names yesterday and we’re set on the middle name, so we’re making progress.

  12. What a happy post! I love to hear your reports and am so glad to hear things are going well and you’re feeling a bit better. It sounds like you are both terrific parents already! You are making educated decisions that work best for you. Everyone has different experiences when they are expecting, even my own were different each time, so don’t let the stories and advice overwhelm you. Hopefully you can enjoy the experience. The time goes so fast, even the hard times, and before you know it your babies are 17, 19 and 21. *sigh*

    Your nursery idea is perfect and I can’t wait to see photos. This is one lucky little baby! Be well and have a blast!! :)

    1. Thanks for your very kind word, Debbie! I’m hoping to be a good Mom and that’s half the battle right?

  13. Thanks so much for posting an update! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping for an easy pregnancy. I was very nauseous and sick with one of my pregnancies until I quit taking my prenatal vitamins. My doctor said that I could take Centrum multivitamins and get the same effect but without the nausea. As for the ultrasound I agree that one is sufficient to make sure everything is progressing normally. We had a second because we wanted to know the gender. I couldn’t stand waiting!! Anyway, best of luck to you and Jason! You’ll be great parents!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I hope to see you this summer since I’m sure I’ll be home more often. And, of course, you’ll be invited to the baby shower :)

  14. Congratulations! So pleased to read your great news! A healthy baby is all we prayed for, both times, and we were blessed. I pray the same for you. Not knowing the sex beforehand adds to the excitement at the birth. Stay well and enjoy this time period of your life.

  15. Awwww! I’m so excited for you. Thank you for keeping us updated. As for names, my only child is named after his father. EASY! So I can’t help you there at the moment. LOL. Combining your names sounds like a great idea.

    1. Talking about names is fun. This weekend was the first time we got serious about it. We’re not combining our names. We’ll probably combine my mother and Jason’s great-grandmother’s name for a middle name. Playing with the combinations was fun :)

  16. Glad to read the update. All the best to the three of you. I look forward to meeting little Stason or Jacy.

    1. Neither of loves our name (our ourselves!) enough to do that to a baby! But we both love my mom and Jason’s great-grandmother :)

  17. I’m happy to hear things are going well. It’s amazing when you feel them move for the first time. Wait until the end of the pregnancy when you see these weird lumps on your stomach that are feet or knees or elbows. It’s insane!

    As for refusing the amnio, you have to do what’s right for you. I don’t think the doctors know everything.


  18. OMG! I did not know that u were expecting! This is gr8 news!! enjoy the kicks and this time and the sleep. Once it is born, you will yearn for some good night sleep :)

    u knoe I loved seeing him move in my belly, i think in some time you will be able to see :)

    God Bless you and the child :) Take good care of yourself :)

  19. WOW! WOW! WOW! I have over 30 posts on my Google Reader from Stacy’s Books and just now came to catch up and WOO! I discovered that you’re pregnant! How exciting! I’m so happy for both of you. :) :) :)

  20. Stacy, I love your update. What an exciting time for you and Jason. Picking names is always fun. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I was out of town last week so I’m behind here. Can’t wait to see you and your bump. I wouldn’t do an amino so I’m glad you chose not to. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  21. I’m so behind in my blog reading and I haven’t checked in lately. I’m SO happy that all is going well and I remember those first times of the baby kicking..feels like a butterfly in there! You and Jason sound very excited…picking names can be challenging and fun! You should check out the Eric Carle book themed nursery items. They look adorable and very colorful. Hopefully we can arrange a coffee sometime soon!

  22. Stacy……I have been fooling around with names for your baby…..The first three letters of your name and the first two of Jason’s spells Staja……wow, what a statement that name would make in school! Our Thad’s middle name is Foster and we have always wished we would have made it his first name. Great name for a boy….Interested how you are combining your mom’s name and Ardinell’s…..anxious to hear.

  23. Oh my gosh, does this take me back! It seems like forever ago that we didn’t have our little ones in our lives and yet it really wasn’t that long ago at all. And I don’t mean forever ago in a bad way–just that I can’t imagine life without them now. I do remember the anticipation though–the excitement and nervousness.

    My husband and I did learn the gender of Mouse before she was born but we wouldn’t share her name with anyone. I used to joke that I would name her Gertrude (after my great-grandmother) if she was a girl and Roy (after my great-grandfather) if she was a boy. Her nickname from then until birth was Gertie/Roy. My coworkers had a field day with it. Of course, neither name is included in her actual name, but it put us in the mind to name her after family, which is what we ended up doing.

  24. It’s so neat to go back and read posts like this now that Gage has been with you out in the world for years now. We found out the sexes of ours, although Reece, my youngest would not show himself until the very end so we thought he was a girl up until then.

  25. I wasn’t here right at the start but I know I was visiting your blog when Gage was a baby. It’s such fun to look back on posts like this. Might have to do something similar :)

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