Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's a Boy!

Congrats to those of you who guessed boy on the poll.  You were right!  And just to let you know, that's what Ryan and I were thinking too.  For those of you who guessed girl, maybe next time. :)

Mooner was definitely more shy at this appointment, but we finally got him to show us his little self. We probably tried for about 10 minutes. I had to roll over like 3 times, cough... oh man. I was worried this little one was going to keep us guessing.  But then he finally moved his hands, rolled over, and let us see him.  So exciting. We're having a boy!!

Here is Mooner from the belly shot. The lighting is a little weird, but you can see my face this time. (just for Janet) :)  At 21 weeks (banana week this week) it's hard to believe we're over halfway there.  Speaking of that, the due date according to the ultrasound ladies is May 31st.  It's going to be here faster than I know it. Time has already flown by.

Here are a few more ultrasound pictures for you.

The first one is a nice up close shot of Mooner's face. He's a handsome little thing if you ask me. Maybe I'm biased. The 2nd photo is another face shot. It's not 3D, but it's still pretty clear. The last one is a couple shots of his little feet. So cute!
Everything is healthy. Mooner has been growing really well. We have a good heartbeat at 142 bpms.  There are a few very minor things that the ultrasound doc is wanting to check up on again in a few weeks. So we go in again on March 1st for another ultrasound just to make sure all is still going well. I'm just happy to have another chance to see Mooner.

For those of you who may be wondering, Mooner is not going to be the baby's name, but we're leaving it as a nickname for now.  You can blame it on me, since I want to keep something secret. So, we will not be revealing the name until Mooner is born.  So I guess you'll just have to stay tuned. :)

We did set up registries today at Babies R Us and Target.  You can find them online if you want to check them out. I know I mentioned before that we were thinking about doing a safari theme for the nursery. Well, Ryan really liked the idea of a sports theme since we're having a boy.  I'm happy to say, we found a perfect compromise.

We found the "Team Safari" theme at Babies R Us and got pretty excited.  I get my safari, and Ryan gets his sports.  Good deal.

Big day today. I'm glad to have some things done and taken care of.  And I'm really glad to know about my baby boy.  We're just praying that everything continues to go smoothly. Can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Short post, but it's a fun one.

Last night, Ryan was finally able to feel Mooner move!  Woohoo!  It was very cool to see the look on his face. He was very excited and pretty much couldn't keep his hands off my belly after that.  :)

Fun times.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mooner's Crib

Well, we don't have the nursery completely planned, but we did decide on a crib!  We're pretty excited about the set.

Introducing Mooner's sleeping quarters - The Davinci Parker 4 in 1 convertible crib

You can't see it with the bed skirt, but there is a little trundle drawer underneath the crib for extra storage.  Great for small spaces!
I'm excited to get it and start arranging the nursery.  We're thinking of going with a safari theme (because I heart Africa).  We get to register on Wednesday after the ultrasound and I'm very excited to actually make definite picks.  Times a tickin' so getting some things nailed down will feel good.

3 days!  Come back to find out Mooner's gender.  And if you haven't already, get a vote in to see if you were right.  We'll be back soon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Movin', Groovin' & Growin'

Just a quick update so you don't have to wait until next week.
This has been a fun week, as I've felt Mooner moving around quite a bit.  Sometimes there's kicks, other times rolls, and a few other things that I'm not totally sure what it is.  Unfortunately for Ryan, he has not yet been able to feel anything, but at this rate, I think he will soon.

In other news, this is melon week (a cantaloupe that is).  Mooner is about 6 1/2 inches long and about 10 oz if he/she is like the average baby.  However, by the beginning of week 21 (which is next week) Mooner will grow 4 inches and gain 2 oz!  That's some pretty significant growth. I can hardly believe it!  But, being that Mooner will grow that much, we're hoping that means we'll be sure to get a good look at the baby when we go in for our ultrasound next week.

In other fun news, Ryan and I went to our first parent-y thing. Babies R Us had this baby shower event with free give aways and such on Saturday.  Ryan was a good sport and decided to go.  He even won us a duffel bag by being the fastest person to diaper a stuffed lamb. But I promised him I wouldn't make him change all the diapers just because of his stellar performance.  :)  And although I didn't win, I did a 4 oz bottle chugging contest and got to keep the bottle.  (Chugging from a bottle is much more difficult than it sounds.  Sore jaw, anyone?)
Anyway, we had a pretty good time, and walked away with quite a few free and fun things for Mooner.

I finally got to making a side-by-side collage of my belly bump shots so far.  It's kind of funny that the 19 week picture looks bigger than the 20 weeks, but I think it's just the shot.  I definitely didn't get smaller.  Anyway, here you have it

I'm definitely getting bigger. But I have to say, I've never been so excited to gain weight and have a poochy tummy. It's a great reason though.

One week till we find out Mooner's sex!  We can't wait, and we're looking forward to sharing the news with you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Birth Year, Mooner!

And Happy New Year to all of you readers!  We're excited to have 2010 here.  I have no doubts this will be a very eventful and exciting year. :)

Ryan and I were out visiting friends in Texas when we brought in the new year. A nice big bonfire, sparklers and fireworks made a good celebration.  Although there is much to look forward to this year, I think we are most excited about meeting Mooner and starting life with our new little one.  I can't believe it's just a few months away!

If you've not been on the blog for awhile, Mooner has gone from onion size, to sweet potato to now mango size.  This little one is just getting bigger by the week!  Here is what a mango size baby looks like in utero.

It's not the best shot, but I did take it myself.  However, you can tell the belly is getting bigger. I'm going to have to work on a side by side collage so you can see the growth as it's moved along.  Maybe it's weird, but I sort of like getting bigger.  It's like the more pregnant I look, the more pregnant I feel.  It's fun.

Mooner has definitely been moving around too!  Yesterday I felt some pretty firm little kicks.  It doesn't hurt yet, but it's enough movement that I can tell I have an active baby.
Ryan and I went for an appointment yesterday, and the midwife confirmed everything was healthy.  I was glad because at this point I'm getting different sensations and pains that I just kind of worry about, especially since I'm not sure what's normal and what's not.  I've never done this before, ya know?  But it sounds like all is going well.  I'm at an optimal weight, the uterus growth is right where it should be, Mooner still has a strong, healthy heartbeat, and we generally have a good bill of health.  Praise the Lord!  I'm continually thankful for how smoothly this pregnancy has gone.  He has truly blessed us.

In other news, you have just a few more days to submit your votes for boy or girl.  We'll go in for our next ultrasound on January 20th.  I can't believe it's so close to the time to find out!  I'll be over halfway through this pregnancy.  It's crazy how fast time flies.

That's about it for this post. Thanks for following along with us.  We really are thankful for you and your interest in our growing family. So many of you have been a huge blessing in mine and Ryan's lives, and we really love that you continue to love us by keeping up with us. It really means alot.
We hope you all have had a great start to 2010.  I know we have.  We'll be back for an update before you know it!