Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our Baby Boy

3D Profile shot
Like I mentioned in my previous post our visit today was perfect in every way. The u/s was about 30 minutes long and very thorough. The tech pointed out his tongue, nose, eyes, ears, stomach, kidneys, heart, brain, spinal cord, each of his tiny leg and arm bones, his hands and feet, his ribs and of course his boy parts :) In fact, as soon as she put the wand on my belly his boy parts were the first thing we saw. We also got to see blood flow and him swallowing.

He was not very cooperative as he kept moving around, but she was able to get some still shots of him in 2D and 3D. We also have the whole u/s on DVD - it so cool! I can't wait to share it with my mom and mother-in-law in a few weeks at our baby showers in Michigan! I hope to get some still shots off of it, but for now will share the still shots that the tech printed out for us.

His current stats:
  • He is measuring 20w6d (a little ahead of schedule!)
  • He currently weighs 11oz.
  • Heartbeat 140

Profile - Look at the little nose!

A little foot


How we know he is a boy!

As for my part of the visit, it was perfect, too! Everything inside and out is how it should be and where it should be :) I have gained a total of 5lbs. According to my iphone application, What to Expect When You Are Expecting, I should have gained about 10lbs. My doctor wasn't concerned though, so neither am I especially since our boy is doing so well.

After our apt. we went out to lunch and then to Babies R Us to complete our registry there. I think we are about done. We added clothes and some gender specific items. I hope to get our Target registry done for the most part as well this weekend. Do babies seriously need all this cute crap?!

I will share tomorrow how we told our moms what the gender was. And, without further ado, my 20 week belly shot. Yes, I know there is not a lot there! The women I work with comment on this daily! I will have to post my other belly shots so there is something to compare this one too because my belly has gotten bigger - trust me!

20 Week Belly Shot
On a side note, I want to thank GOD for the positive BETAs my fellow embryo adoption girls have gotten this week. So far we are 3-for-3!

So many things to praise GOD for....

The Noorman Family Would Like To Announce...


Another awesome visit including a 1/2 hour u/s which we got on DVD! Lots of photos including a 20-week belly shot coming tomorrow along with details of our baby boy and the visit overall :)

Praising GOD tonight!

Monday, September 27, 2010

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

You know when you were little and you couldn't sleep the night before Christmas? All you could think about was what Santa had put under the tree for you....Well, that is how we are feeling tonight only we are waiting until tomorrow to see what GOD has blessed us with!

We are having the BIG u/s tomorrow and couldn't be more excited. Though as I write this, Todd is sleeping :) I, however, am wide awake. This u/s seems to have taken FOREVER to get here. Today seemed like the longest day and now in about 10 hours we will know whether we are having a baby boy or girl!!

Tomorrow is also the long, very thorough anatomy scan. Though not inclusive it should give us a good idea of how things are developing and whether or not there are any complications at this point. Not only that, we haven't seen the baby since week 12 and are anxious to see what he/she looks like at this point in the pregnancy.  At our 6 week u/s they used a machine that produced 3D/4D images. I am hoping that this is the machine they use tomorrow!

PREDICTIONS
-We have a lot of predictions from friends and family. Most say girl.

-We have also asked the Magic 8 Ball. When asked if we were having a boy it answered, "Yes" and when asked if we were having a girl it answered, "You may rely on it." Go figure.

-We then did the Cabbage Test. This test revealed a boy.

-About a month ago I felt like we were having a boy (and still do a little bit!).

-Todd doesn't feel one way or another, he just wants a girl.

Whatever GOD has blessed us with we will be eternally grateful for this wonderful blessing He has given us!

Thanks to those of you who continue to follow us on this incredible journey! Updates tomorrow!

*The Cabbage Test can be found here: The Cabbage Gender Prediction Test

Saturday, September 25, 2010

We Are Half-Way There!


*How far along? 20 weeks
*How big is your baby? A cantaloupe (6.5 in, 10.6 oz)
*Total weight gain: Weigh-in on Tuesday
*Sex: The BIG u/s is on September 28!
*Name: It’s a secret!
*Maternity clothes: Not yet – but things are getting a little snug….
*Stretch marks: I am using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee body oil every night – only time will tell!
*Movement: All the time now!
*Sleep: Getting better – less night sweats and less bathroom trips as long a I don’t drink much past 8PM
*Best moment this week: Once again courtesy of my sweet husband who drove 40 minutes round-trip to Panera to surprise me with two Cinnamon Crunch bagels.
*Food cravings: Coke and Cherry mix Icee, Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera Bread, Sourdough croutons from Cracker Barrel, French Fries
*Labor signs: Let’s hold off until February, please!
*Belly button in or out: In
*What I miss: My clothes fitting
*What we’re looking forward to: Finding out the gender of the baby so we can stop calling it IT!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We're a Sweet Potato!

*How far along? 18 weeks
*How big is your baby? A sweet potato (5.6 in, 6.7 oz)
*Total weight gain: A little over 3lbs
*Sex: The BIG u/s is on September 28!
*Name: It’s a secret!
*Maternity clothes: Not yet – thanks to my BellaBand, however, maternity jeans are in my near future….
*Stretch marks: I am using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee body oil every night – only time will tell!
*Movement: Nothing yet – could be soon!
*Sleep: Trips to the bathroom and night sweats kinda make for a not-so-good night’s sleep – I heart my after school naps!
*Best moment this week: Got woke up from my nap by my sweet husband with a kiss to find dinner ready and on the table. How did I get so lucky?!
*Food cravings: Coke and Cherry mix Icee, Little Caesar’s Baby Pan-Pan, Taco Bell Tortilla Chips, Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Bagel
*Labor signs: Let’s hold off on this one for at least another 4.5 months please!
*Belly button in or out: In
*What I miss: Sleeping through the night
*What we’re looking forward to: Looking at furniture for the baby’s room