June 2009

I knew I would grow a big belly, and that I might get nauseous. I knew I might get a little moody, and that there was a chance I might crave weird things.

But, there are a few thingsI didn’t realize would be going on at 17 weeks into growing a new person.

No One Told Me:

– That my stomach would become a bottomless pit and I would never feel full again.

– That I would become practically bipolar.  One minute I’m great, the next minute I’m ready to reach through the TV and strangle the woman singing off-key in the Sun Chips commercial.

– That my fingernails would become talons.

– That napping would become a necessity, rather than just a luxury.

– That every little twinge or headache would have me googling my brains out to make sure everything’s normal and the baby’s OK.

– That my job search would have me looking for jobs that are in the baby’s best interest, not mine.

– That doctor appointments would be so stinkin’ exciting.

– That choosing the perfect name for a child would be this hard.

– That I could ever feel this eager to feel something move inside my body.


I’m sure  I’ll have more to add as the weeks wear on. It seems as if there is always more to learn!



I had my 16 week doctor visit this morning and everything is great! I love hearing the baby’s heartbeat, and look forward to every visit just so I can hear that beautiful sound. Next visit, we get to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl! I hope I can stand the suspense for another 4 weeks.

Happy Daddy-to-Be Day to Dan! Opie and I wanted to be sure Dan got a nice Daddy-to-Be lunch today, so we went to our usual Sunday-after-church hot spot, Cracker Barrel. We wanted him to feel like a VIP, so we took him to the place where everyone knows our name. He spent the afternoon watching golf, had a pancake dinner, and his Father’s Day was complete.

I know the world’s best husband is going to be the world’s best daddy, too.

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Yes, I took them myself in the bathroom mirror. Yes, they’re blurry. No, that’s not toothpaste on the mirror. I’m not very good at mirror pictures, so those are little flashy marks.  The pictures will get better as I get bigger. 🙂

I found a website where you can upload your and your hubby’s pictures to see what your child will look like.  Naturally, I’ve been having some fun with it.  You can do it over and over again, so you get different results. Here’s what we came up with:


Can you keep a secret? I’ve been in denial for a few days, but I think my belly might be getting ready to announce Opie’s impending arrival. In fact, I think it might be more Opie than my love for pasta, now. I’ll post a picture or two when I’m sure.

51KMP5YZS1L._SL500_AA280_PIbundle-12,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_It’s the only thing I’ve craved, other than fruit. I don’t know why I wanted it so badly, but a couple of hours ago I was convinced that life on earth would cease to exist if I did not have some Velveeta Shells & Cheese. And, did the World’s Greatest Husband go to the grocery store and get it for me? Oh, yes he did! AND he bought me lilies while he was out. Isn’t he awesome? I think I’ll keep him.

Did I eat the entire box of mac & cheese? Well, no. But I really wanted to. I could have, but I practiced remarkable self-restraint and only made it part of my dinner.  I don’t think I truly understood the full meaning of the word “craving” until Opie took up residence in my body.

Good dinner. Great hubby. I’m a happy mom-to-be!

And I want some cranberry juice…

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