Thursday, April 29, 2010

20 weeks down, 20 more to go!

About a week ago, my friend Shawna was able to make a visit to good ol’ Nebraska and I got to meet her adorable little boy, Dominik. Such a cuttie and quite mellow from the short time I saw him. Hopefully our little one will pick up on those qualities! She also brought me my first baby items: a swaddler (a blanket that folds up tightly around baby for those that have never seen one), a cute story book, and some extra containers for milk – definitely items that will come in handy! She also informed me that they would be making a trip back in September, which also means just in time for baby Zucchelli to arrive!!

Aaaaannnnddddd I think I am finally feeling some movement! The first time I thought I felt something was at a wedding we were at over the weekend. We were waiting for the ceremony to start, when all of a sudden I felt something. It felt very similar to when your stomach grumbles, but there was something a little different about it. I looked at John, and was like, “I think I just felt something!!” A huge smile came over his face, I think it will be a moment I’ll never forget. It will be even more fun when he can feel the baby himself. I was still a little hesitant to say for sure it was actually the baby because my stomach was feeling a little funky that day. But then….we were waiting for church to start the next morning, and there was that same feeling. Since the weekend, the moving has continued, so I think I can officially say baby Zucchelli is on the move in my belly :)

My doctor had informed me that I would probably start feeling movement around 20 weeks, so baby Zucchelli is right on time. What this also means is that we get to find out what we are having in T-minus two weeks (May 14th). To all those who think I should wait (which is usually those over the age of 50), sorry, but it ain’t happening. Also to all those who think I should wait for it to be a surprise, IT IS A SURPRISE, JUST NOT AT DELIVERY TIME. I am far too much of a planner to wait until after my life turns upside down to start buying gender specific items.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dandelions and Pumpkins...

It’s pretty crazy to believe, but on this past Monday (April 19), John and I have been together for 11 years! It’s funny to think, when we first started dating, I didn’t even have a driver’s license! I guess it was about time to make a baby. Speaking of which, I am getting pretty ancy (sp??) about our next appointment and finding out what we are having. I swear that I am farther along than many other mamas-to-be, yet I am the last to find out. Oh well, our time will come. I am also excited to have another ultrasound, one in which I will actually be able to tell that I have a baby growing inside of me and not just a peanut. I also haven’t felt any movement yet, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll get to experience that!

Now that it is getting warm, Maggie is a great excuse to go on walks. Hopefully by the time baby Zucchelli arrives, the roles will have reversed (me taking her for walks instead of her taking me for walks). She is getting better though, that is unless she see’s a dandelion…for whatever reason, she eats them like candy! Warm weather also = wedding time! My first wedding shower was last Saturday, and I think we should be through wedding season by the end of June. However, the last wedding that I am in is for my friend Kellie, and she has really cute tangerine colored bridesmaid dresses. I tried on the dress a couple of weeks ago to make sure it still fit, which it did, but it also dawned on me that I would probably look like a pumpkin in the dress by the time the wedding rolls around. At least I will be a cute pumpkin, hopefully!

Monday, April 12, 2010

3rd doctors appointment down, how many more to go??

I actually remembered to pay attention to the baby’s heartbeat this time – 153 bpm. An old wives tell says anything above 140 is a girl; HOWEVER, I also did the pencil test, which says the baby is a boy. For those that don’t know the pencil test, you suspend a pencil above your wrist with a string and if it moves up and down your arm it’s a boy and across your wrist is a girl. I’ve actually heard the pencil test is more accurate than the heartbeat, but I guess we will find out the truth during our next appointment!! I can’t believe we will already be finding out what we are having and that I am already almost half way through. Time is flying by and this baby is going to be here way to fast. Being that I haven’t bought any baby items yet, maybe I should get on top of that!

I think my 3-year-old niece is starting to take an interest in my growing belly. She was sitting on my lap and leaning back, but I had just eaten, so I told her to lean forward because she was squishing me. She turned around to face me, when I think she realized my belly was sticking out more than normal. I told her there was a baby growing in my stomach and if she leans back to far, she would squish it. She then proceeded to ask me how big it was while holding out her hands about 2 feet long! I told her I sure hope not, and that it was more like five inches long while moving her hands closer together. She then lifted my shirt up to make sure I was telling her the truth, but since she couldn’t see it, she poked my belly to see if she could feel it I guess. Definitely a cute moment.

Side note: I finally took out my belly button ring. For probably the past month I just unscrewed the ball that kept the bar in so it didn’t stick out. I thought for sure the bar would just fall out on its own so I didn’t have to do it, but no such luck. I know this sounds weird for all you non-belly-button-ring wearers, but seriously, I had that thing for the past ten years (not to mention the pain I went through to get it done) and I think I was going through a bit of separation anxiety. John told me numerous times that it looked weird and I should just take it out, well I finally did. No more bling on the belly :(