Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Amused by the Trend

I have to say, since we've posted the ultrasound pictures, I've noticed a change on our boy or girl poll.  If you remember from before, I noticed that is was either always tied, or the girl votes were always up by one or two.  Since the pictures have gone up, the boy votes have been pretty consistently higher.  I think it was tied one time, but after that, boy has had the lead.

Maybe it was the Mooner picture.  Maybe a girl just wouldn't do that?  Haha.  We're still not sure which we're having, but I just thought I would point out my amusement  at the shift.  By the way, we should find out in about 3 weeks if Mooner is a boy or girl, so if you haven't cast your vote yet, do it while you still can!  You've got a 50/50 chance of being right and the prize is the satisfaction of being a good guesser.  :D

Merry Christmas all!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Time with Mooner

Well things have been a little crazy, but I figured I should update considering we're in a new week and all.  Actually, I think it's been a couple of weeks since I updated.  So if you missed week 16, we had an avacado (makes me crave guacamole a little bit).  And at week 17 we're onion sized.  Mooner's getting big.

I've had quite a few of you calling or writing asking how the baby is doing.  And as far as we can tell, Mooner is doing fine.  We haven't had an appointment for awhile, so we haven't heard anything new.  But, I've been feeling well, taking my vitamins and all that jazz. So I would guess Mooner is doing well also.
It's actually been interesting, there have been a couple nights now that I've been laying on the couch and every once  in awhile I'll feel a muted sharp poke in my lower stomach.  I know that sounds weird, but it's the best way I can describe it.  I'm not sure, but it's possible that little poke could be Mooner moving around letting me know he/she is in there still. :)

I know Mooner won't know anything about Christmas 2009, but it's been kind of fun.  He/she has already received a package!  What a spoiled kid this one's going to be. Receiving gifts even before birth.  In preparing for a short term guest, my mind has been more on cleaning and from there, getting the extra bedroom ready to be transformed into a nursery.  It's going to have to double as a nursery/office area, but I think we'll be able to get it worked out so that there will be plenty of room for both.  Nesting is kind of fun once it gets going.

Just a few small updates for you all.  We'll be traveling to and in Texas from December 26 - Jan 1, so prayer for safe travel would be much appreciated.  Once we get home and into a new year, I'll have a check-up on Jan 4.  Hopefully on that day, we'll also schedule our 2nd ultrasound, which will be at 20 weeks.  This means that, providing that Mooner cooperates, we'll be able to answer the question He or She!  We're very excited about that, so we're praying Mooner will be a good little baby and give us a good look. :)

Exciting things coming!  It's hard to believe that we're just a few weeks away from halfway through.  It's crazy how fast this is flying.  Sometimes I feel like I'm behind where I should be, but hopefully that's just me thinking too much.
Updates will be coming soon. Until then, have a very merry Christmas as you celebrate Jesus, the most precious baby born to us. And a blessed new year too!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Belly Bump

It's been a little bit since I've updated.  You'll notice the fruit of the week is now an orange!  Mooner's getting bigger!

I know I've been a little remiss in my posting of tummy pictures.  I've had a bit more of a bump for a couple weeks now, so I figured it was probably time to start sharing.  I had Ryan take a picture yesterday, and hopefully I will keep remembering so that we'll have a "belly time line."  :D

Here is the belly bump at 15 weeks.  And that's even before I've eaten anything!  It's getting out there.

Also, I realized there might be some confusion between the ticker and the fruit of the week widget.  The fruit of the week is probably more accurate than the ticker up top.  The widget is set to the updated due date of June 3rd, the countdown is set to the original due date.  I might get to changing it soon, but you know, Mooner will come when Mooner is ready.

Ryan and I are enjoying these days.  It's a strange thing to know that these few months will be the last that it's ever "just us."  But we're excited to add onto the family.  I'm excited to see him be a dad though.  Already he says hello to Mooner every morning and gives my belly a kiss.  I can tell you one thing, this little kid is going to be loved on like no other little kid.

I've been trying to "nest" I guess you would say. We've re-arranged our living room, which might not have much to do with the baby, but we have to start somewhere, and since the living room is the room everyone will see, we figured we'd start there.  As far as a nursery, we at least know which room it will be.  Now we just have to get it ready to go.  Only 6 months to go! (I guess a little less actually)

Well, that's what's new in the life of the Kleins.  Keep stopping in for more pictures and updates.  Love to you all!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

In Love with the Lemon

Today, Ryan and I had our coolest prenatal appointment ever!  It was supposed to be for first trimester screening; basically to test for any chromosomal defects the baby might have.  In any case, it meant I got to have an ultrasound done, which meant we got to see Baby!

When we got to see "Mooner" (to be explained later), the ultrasound tech took a measurement and decided the little one was actually too big to be able to be tested.  But, she also determined that the most accurate place to put my progression is at 14 weeks and 2 days.  This also moves the due date (unofficially) to May 31st.  Officially, it is still June 3. It's only a few days difference, and I'm sure Mooner will pick the right time to come anyway.  We will just see what happens.

Now, to explain Mooner...
While the ultrasound tech was moving around, she decided to go for a 3D picture, and this is what we got.

She said that was the clearest picture of a baby's backside she has ever seen, and she does lots of ultrasounds! We got a good laugh out of it, and so for now, we're calling the baby, Mooner. :)

This was the only 3D shot we got. Mooner was moving around too much to get many more clear ones, at least in 3D.  But she did capture some other pretty fun ones that I'll share with you.

There are a few more on facebook if you want to check them out, but these are the best, I think.

It was so incredible to finally see our little baby.  Hearing a heartbeat is one thing, but this is just kind of magical. Unfortunately, I can only show you still shots, but we got to see Mooner kicking the little legs.  We got to see the heart beating as we heard it.  It was so incredible to watch this precious little one moving around.  I could have stayed there all day.  As it is, I can barely stop looking at the pictures.
We have another ultrasound appointment in about 6 weeks when we'll get to find out the gender.  I just can't wait to see Mooner again!  It's seriously like falling in love.
There have been times I still haven't felt like this pregnancy is really real, but I don't think I can ever feel like that again.   It's really exciting.

Just a few other things to wrap up.  We had a dr. appointment on Monday.  Baby is healthy, and growing well.  The heart rate has dropped to 140 beats per minute, which is good.  It's supposed to get a little slower as Mooner grows.  That's about all we found out, but it's good to know things are going smoothly.

Belly pictures will be coming soon, but they won't be nearly as fun as these.  Until next time!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Moving Along

It's hard to believe, but I'm just about done with the first trimester.  It really seems like it was just a few days ago that we found out we're having a baby.  In just 13 weeks, we've already experienced so much.  From the 2 pink lines on the pregnancy test, to hearing the heartbeat, to following along with different fruits; man, it's been a pretty incredible ride already.

At peach week (13), it's pretty cool to know that Baby pretty much looks like a human. :)  It has vital organs, arms and legs, hands, feet, starting to get teeth, beginnings of bones, and it's head is now only 1/3 the size of its body instead of half of it.

I don't really have a lot to say right now.  I hope to have a lot more updates coming up.  Second trimester will mean the beginning of the bump, and that is exciting.  I'm looking forward to finally having something to show for this little one growing inside me.  Maybe that's weird, but I'm excited about the getting big part.

Until later.  Oh! And Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A (Hopefully) Sub-Lime Week

We've made it to week 11!  That means I'm now just over 1/4 of the way through my pregnancy.  It's crazy how fast this flies.

You may have noticed that we added a new element to the blog page that follows along with the weekly fruits/veggies.  If you haven't, let me point you over to the right hand side of the screen. It's right below Ryan's and my picture.  Don't worry, I will still post regularly, but this way you can see it whenever you want.

As you can see, this is lime week.  Read below the picture to see what fun and exciting things are going on.  I'm pretty excited just for it to be a lime.  For one thing, I love limes. And secondly, I think they are much prettier than the previous prune.

I am hoping this week will go nicely though.  So far, I've just been really, really tired (more than usual which is hard to believe) and have been fighting some headaches.  Nothing really serious though, so I'm doing fine.  I'm just trying to make sure I get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids, and those things seem to be helping.
However, I don't think I've ever been so tired of the taste of water. I feel like it's all I drink, day in and day out.  I tried to add some flavoring a couple days ago, and that helped some.  Because it tasted more like juice, but was still water.  So for any of you ladies out there who got tired of water during your pregnancy, if there was anything you did to help you through that, suggestions are much appreciated.

Things are consistently becoming more and more real.  I subscribed a while ago to a free baby magazine (American Baby) and just recently got my first issue and "welcome packet."  That was pretty fun to look through that stuff.  And of course I'm getting books to borrow from ladies at the church.  We got a couple more little gifts from the same lady who gave us some clothes earlier.  We don't have a nursery yet by any means, but I'm sure by the time this baby gets here, he or she will be set!
I still don't have a big bump, but I think it's starting to get there.  I've been able to tell it's not the "just after I ate pooch."  It doesn't really go away, so I'm thinking that I'm starting to look like an expecting mommy, at least just a little.

Fun things going on.  It just keeps getting more and more exciting.  I'll be sure to keep you posted as we find out more.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

He or She?

No, I'm not going to tell you which (at least in this post). Mostly because I don't know. :)

I just stop by here from time to time to check any feedback.  I always find it interesting to look at the girl or boy poll.  Although it has from time to time been a tie, and almost always very close, it does seem like the girl option is usually ahead. It just gets me to thinking: Do our readers tend to like girls more?  Do girls tend to make better first children?   I guess mostly I just find it an interesting trend.

Ryan and I both have our thoughts of which it will be, but I won't divulge those until later, so you'll just have to stay tuned.

Also speaking of polls though, I appreciate the input that has been given regarding where to register.  I'm still not totally sure when to begin said registry, but I think we have a pretty good idea of where we'll go.  So, thanks!

Also just an update.  Since going to the doctor, I haven't had any more "heat attacks" as I have come to call them.  Besides just being really tired (I feel like I could sleep all day sometimes) I've been doing quite well.  So thanks for all of your prayers, and for those of you who have checked up on me.  It really means a lot.

New fruit coming soon! So hopefully we'll see you back in a little bit.  :)  Blessings.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I Don't Normally Like Prunes, but...

I'm a couple days late, sorry about that.  I've actually been having some minor not so fun adventures, but I'll talk about that in a minute.

Anyway, at week 10, we've grown baby to prune size.

We've made it over an inch now.  It's hard to believe that just a month and a half ago this little one was just the size of a poppyseed.  Cool things happening this week are the development of cartilage and bone, and vital organs are also starting to function.  It will be interesting to hear about the development coming up soon, because baby's gonna get growing pretty fast now.  I don't want to give away too much, so you'll have to keep coming back.  But it should be fun!

Back to the minor adventures...
I don't think that word actually fits it, but I can't think of anything better.  Anyway, over the past couple of days, I've had 3 super intense "hot flashes."  LIke my whole body feels like I have a fever, my skin is all wet and clammy, and then I feel pretty faint or lightheaded.  It's pretty scary.  It happened twice today, the second time at the church where I was volunteering at our Saturday night coffee house.  I was just feeling too weird and with it happening multiple times, I had Ryan take me to the doctor.
It turns out that they are just hot flashes that go along with pregnancy.  I couldn't really believe it.  But I guess that about 10% of women get symptoms like that.

With that, we are grateful that I am healthy, which means baby is too.  I really thought it might have been something more serious, so it's good to know that it's not.  On the other hand, I'm a little disappointed that there is nothing I can really do.  These "hot flashes" are pretty scary; there are times I feel like I might pass out.  So I guess I would just ask for prayer that these don't stick around very long.  Or at the very least that they don't stay this intense. The good part is though, they aren't very long in duration.
So that's my story of pregnancy at 10 weeks.  It's one of the not so fun things, but again, we are grateful that things are normal and healthy.  God's watching out for all 3 of us. Thanks for all your prayers.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Little Heart Beat

We had our first official appointment today (besides the confirmation one).  And it was awesome. Well, as awesome as a dr. appointment will be.

I'll spare you the details, but basically everything is normal.  I'm a healthy momma and it seems like Baby is healthy  too. It came time to try to hear the heartbeat.  Based on the baby's position, the midwife wasn't sure we would be able to hear it.  But, she gave it a try, and sure enough, there it was!  She said, "This little baby must have wanted to be heard!"  She also said it was a really steady heart beat at 168 beats per minute.  It was like a little train.
It was probably one of the coolest moments in my life.  Ryan got to be there too. It was just amazing to finally hear from that little life inside me. I can't even totally describe.

So yes, very exciting day today.  Heard a little heart, all is normal and healthy...we're havin' a baby!  (P.S. - This new midwife moved the due date up a couple days. So, as of right now it's June 3, but it's still just an estimate at this point)

Also, as promised, the first in a series of tummy pictures.  It's not really showing, I just sort of have kind of a pouch anyway.  But it will surely be growing.

Here's the tummy at 9 and a half weeks

Remember to check back for the next fruit in a few days. Thanks for following, and please keep praying for us and baby.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Olive Baby, You Love Baby

Whew! This last week has really flown!  I was visiting the blog yesterday and I looked down at the ticker and saw I was 1 day shy of 9 weeks.  It felt like I just put up the raspberry post.  I've been really tired, and I think fighting off a cold this week, so maybe all the sleeping has made it seem faster.  Who knows?

Anyway, I'm sure you're just anxious to hear the new fruit/veggie of the week, so without further ado:

We have olive week.  Baby Klein is getting close to an inch.  If you look at the size from last week, there has been some significant growth in the last 7 days.  What we're looking forward to this week is facial features beginning to develop.  So, if we were able to actually see our little one, it would look less alien and more human. Pretty exciting.  We're also far enough along now that we should definitely be able to hear a heart beat at our next doctor's appointment, which is coming up really soon!

A few things this week that have made the pregnancy more real:

  • A lady from our church gave us some baby clothes, and said that if we are having a boy, she'll bring LOTS more.  It kind of made me laugh.
  • That lady's daughter told me I was showing.  I really am not, I was just wearing an unflattering jacket at the time. It took both me and the mother to convince her I really wasn't.  It was kind of funny.
  • Almost every time I see someone from church, they 1) ask me how I'm feeling or 2) offer help in whatever their area of expertise happens to be.
I'm thankful to be surrounded by such helpful and generous people.  I have been a little overwhelmed by it at times.  I hope that's normal.  But really, I am grateful for it.  

Look for another post soon.  We have the dr. appointment Monday, so hopefully we'll find out some new, fun, and exciting things while we're there.  In addition, I promised my mom that belly pictures would go up after each dr. appointment, so perhaps there will be something to look at besides fruit. (Although don't be disappointed because I'm really not showing yet)  

As always, thanks for stopping by and for loving us and Baby Klein.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rockin' the Raspberry

Today marks 8 weeks, so that means a new fruit!  This week, baby has grown to the size of a raspberry.

It's also fun because that little raspberry is starting to develop and kick around little arms and legs.  Fortunately, I won't be able to feel it yet. I'm sure there will be plenty of that later.  I'm excited for it, but for now dealing with fatigue, nausea, hot flashes, and headaches is enough for me.

I have thought more often recently how fast this is going already. I know there is still a long way to go, but it's also hard to believe that we're already at 8 weeks!  This first trimester is going to be over before I know it.  So even with the not so fun stuff like being tired and sick, I'm doing my best to soak it all up.  Being able to grow a little life inside me is such an incredible gift.  And I feel like it's incredible how much I love this little one already.  Even though I don't know much about this life inside, I'm just filled with love for it.

32 more weeks to go, and Ryan and I could not be more excited.  It's going to fly, but we're going to relish it.  We can't wait to meet our baby and make this a family of 3!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Klein Crib

It's probably much too soon to look, or maybe not. I'm not really sure because I've never done this before.  Anyway, Ryan and I have been looking at cribs.  My word, there are SO many things to consider.  Things like safety, drop down sides, does it "grow" with the child...all these things.

After a day of searching, we think we found one we would like. I'm a little sad I can't find any reviews on it, but maybe you all can help give your opinion.  Here is the crib we are looking at. It's the Sorelle Tuscany 4 in 1 crib.

Don't be alarmed.  This picture shows the crib as it converts to the toddler day bed, but as a crib it does have the 2 high side rails.

The features we especially like:
  • It converts (eventually) into a twin size bed, so it "grows" very well with the child.
  • The changing table comes with it with fairly decent drawer and shelf space.  Also nice, when the bed gets to be the twin size, the changing table detaches and can be a nice little night stand.
  • And generally, we just really like the way it looks.  The cherry finish is very pretty, and the shape just looks curvy (no dangerous edges) and well done.
But, like I said, I have not been able to find any reviews on this product.  So, I'm especially looking for opinions from moms (or dads), because you probably have a good idea what to look for. :)  I would appreciate your thoughts on this product, or maybe you know of something even better that you might recommend.  We've got plenty of time, so we're not in a rush to purchase.  In any case though, any help that can be offered is much appreciated.  Thanks!

Friday, October 16, 2009

This Just In

Especially for that family of ours out there who may be concerned, you will be happy to know that Albuquerque is rated in the Top 10 Best Cities to have a baby according to Fit Pregnancy.  

Not a long post, just thought you all would be happy to know.  (If you want to read more about it, check out the link embedded above.)

Fruit of the Week

It has been unintentional that both blog titles have had something to do with food. It's kind of funny how that worked out though.

Anyway, I found this really cool thing at which helps you keep track of the baby's size week by week by using common fruits and vegetables. I thought I would share the baby's size with you all as things go by. At least until my tummy starts showing. But that will be a little while off.

So, when I first found out I was pregnant, the baby was about the size of a poppyseed. Very tiny. In just three weeks, Baby K has grown to the size of a blueberry!

Maybe this is nothing new to some of you, but as a first time mom, I'm very excited to see how much this little life is growing inside of me.  And it is pretty amazing how much I can tell that little one is there already.  You couldn't tell it by looking at me, but I can sure feel it!

That's all we've got for now. We'll keep you updated on the new fruit or veggie each week, and just other things in general.  There will probably be much more to report on as the time keeps going, so if you haven't already, please click the button below to follow the blog.  And thanks to you who already have. It's fun to see other people getting excited about our little one.

Oh, and one more thing.  In honor of this being baby's blueberry week, if you see a blueberry, please offer up a prayer for us and the baby. Thanks :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spaghetti Sauce

So, the journey begins. For those of you who don't quite get the spaghetti sauce thing, let me explain.
Prego is a particular brand of spaghetti sauce, and also a common nickname for pregnancy. Thus, spaghetti sauce. Get it? Haha. Ok...anyway.

Ryan and I first discovered on September 30th that we were, in fact, going to be parents. I have to admit we were both a little...surprised? I guess that's what you might say. But, we are very excited, and now that we've known about it for a few weeks, it's become a little more real.

Here is what we know so far. When I visited the midwife on October 10th, she said I was 6 weeks and 1 day along (at least how they calculate things.) What this means is that my due date (for now) is June 5, 2010. It could be changed after they actually get to take a look at the baby and see how it's growing and such, but for now, we're waiting for June. :)

Our next appointment is November 2nd, at which time I guess I'll be around 10 weeks. One very exciting thing about that particular appointment is that we'll probably get a chance to hear a little heart beat! How exciting!

This is just the first of many updates, so please subscribe at the bottom so you can keep track of how things are going with Baby Klein. Feel free to leave comments. You don't have to have an account with Google or anything. Pictures are promised. Really we would love to hear from you all and have you share in our excitement as we prepare for the newest little Klein.

Until next time!