Monday, May 21, 2012

thoughts on pregnancy

i have been so bad at blogging that i don't even think i have announced that WE'RE HAVING A BOY!
we are so excited for this little man to join our family. 
i haven't even met him yet and i already love him so much. 
i think the most entertaining part thus far has been watching ben throughout this process. 
hearing him talk about his son like he already knows him and talk about all the things he can't wait to teach him makes my heart skip a beat. i love it.
here is a pic of the bump at week 20 (although right now i am 23 weeks)

i get weekly emails from the about the progress of my little guy
 here are his current stats/facts:
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long, he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

he is currently the size of a corn on the cob!

a few of my thoughts:

+ i'm still experiencing morning sickness. i've completely given up on the fact that it will ever end and have accepted that i might just be dealing with this throughout my whole pregnancy. however, once i hit about 11am, i feel pretty good the rest of the day.
+ i, of course, only crave things that i can't have. i want zeni ya, me n eds (this is a HUGE one. no other pizza sounds appetizing), in n out, and broilers. and because all of these are located in fresno, i'm out of luck. so annoying. 
+the only food aversion i have had has been fried rice. weird. 
+ boys names are SO HARD. for some weird reason ben and i were certain we were having a girl and had a girl named picked out. since finding out we're expecting a boy, the only name we have come up with is another girl name. 
girl names: 2 boy names: 0 
it's looking like it's gonna be a game time decision:)
+ maternity clothes look weird and my own clothes don't fit. so that's awesome. 
+ however, feeling those sweet little jabs and kicks make the weight gain, sickness, etc. oh so worth it. i live for those. he mostly moves early morning and when i lay down at night. and just after i eat. it's such an incredible feeling. ben felt him kick for the first time a few weeks ago and it was so sweet.
+ we are so, so excited for this new chapter of our lives and can't wait september!

if you have any boy names that you don't plan on using for your own children send them our way:)

oh and here is a 4d pic from our 20 week appointment. 
i just love his little nose. 


a few weeks back ben and i met up with my family in southern california for a little disneyland adventure. 
seriously, that place  will never get old. never. 
it was so good to see my family and to introduce ben to the magic that is disney.
he hadn't been since he was 5 and his only memory of disneyland was crying on the teacups. 
naturally, we had to change that.
also, because i'm pregnant i couldn't ride some of the best rides. so i ate my weight in disneyland churros instead. it was fantastic:)
we forgot our camera so thank you mr. iphone for capturing our vacation...
ps. my mom was with us too. but somehow i have no photographic evidence of this. 

happy monday!