I know…I kinda disappeared from the blogging world for longer than I should have after my last post. For those of you who don’t see my Facebook posts, everything came back clear and wonderful! Baby Legan’s blood work showed a very low probability for any defects and development is going wonderfully. In fact, my doctor and ultrasound tech both said today that he looks “perfect.” Yes, HE. Baby Legan is a BOY…Liam James!
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season. We sure did. Liam was spoiled at Christmas by grandparents. I can’t imagine what next year will be like when he’s actually here to enjoy it all. This is going to be one spoiled little boy! (But not too spoiled, I don’t want him to rot.) Tim and I got to spend the week following Christmas with one of my brother’s and his family. They came to visit us and we had a blast playing with my adorable little niece.
I was also able to do all my baby registry stuff. Whew! That is quite a bit of work, but also a ton of fun! There is something about registering that makes everything even more real. I wish I could write one of those super helpful blogs about the best things to get or things to avoid, but I’m not there yet. Maybe I’ll be able to do that with the next baby…or the next. In the meantime, here’s what I did learn:
- I have no idea what I’m doing.
- There is a crap ton of baby stuff out there.
- There are about 500 options per item and to the inexperienced mommy, the only difference is the pattern and price.
- The best things are not necessarily the most expensive ones.
- The pricing rule does not apply to strollers. The best one is the expensive one. We registered for a Britax and that is my golden-ticket-dream-item on the list.
- I have no idea what I’m doing.
- Some things you have to wait for until baby gets here, like bottles and pacifiers, because baby will choose which he likes best, but you probably want to have a few on hand for the first few days, but don’t stock up too much, but also don’t get one of each kind…and on and on it goes.
- Did I mention I have no idea what I’m doing.
- I don’t do “themes.”
- There are about 12 million items between my 3 registries because A) I scanned everything I liked (which means there are about 200 receiving blankets because I liked about 40 different patterns because I don’t do themes) and B) I have no idea what I’m doing, so I just scanned EVERYTHING.
- Taking experienced mommy friends with you is a must and a lifesaver! (I was originally against this and just wanted it to be me and Timmy. I imagined we’d wander up and down the aisles, oohing and ahhing over the sweet stuff, scanning everything that was just perfect for our Little Man. Then I realized I have no idea what I’m doing and he has even less of an idea.)
Now, it’s back to work, back to dishes and laundry, back to appointments and the regular routine. I’m currently 17-1/2 weeks, which means we have about 5 months to go. That’s loads of time, right? Yeah, right! My brain is overloaded with everything we need to do to get read for baby, some of which are needs and some are wants. Pray for my dear husband because unfortunately my nesting stage has been focused on big ticket items, some of which are needs and some are wants, some of which need to happen quickly and some can wait. But for a pregnant, nesting brain it seems like everything is vital and must happen ASAP! Here is a quick list of the things my poor hubby has been hearing me talk about/ask for:
- A second car: This is a need and should happen when we receive our tax return.
- Mount the TV: We both feel this is a “need,” but have some time before this becomes an ASAP project.
- New bed: I desperately “need” a new bed before I get giant pregnant. My back already hurts.
- Area rug for living room: We have all tile and currently have a bamboo rug. This is not very comfy for tummy time.
- New dining room set: A want that will eventually become a need.
- New sofas: Again, a want that may at some point become a need.
- Paint: I want to paint everything!
- New garage door opener: This is a need! Our current one is temperamental and I don’t want to load and unload baby in the weather.
As far as the second trimester goes, I’m feeling great! Here’s another list to prove it!
- Lots of energy, well more than the first trimester.
- I’m getting lots of water and healthy foods.
- Liam loves fruits, veggies, and dairy.
- He really wants his protein to come from the ocean, but I’ve been limiting that and giving him more beef. (This is definitely coming from Liam because I’m not a big meat eater.)
- I’m getting to feel more and more little flutters.
- He’s already a little nerd! He loved the new Hobbit movie and danced around the whole time. He even kicked Daddy’s hand at one point!
- I’m loving my bump! I actually feel pretty, which is nice. I love the way my body is changing…so far.
- I love the excitement Tim and I share when we talk about bringing him home and how our life will change.
- Our fur baby, Zoey, loves to snuggle up with my belly, but still gets this look on her face when we talk about “baby brother” that says “I can’t hear you! I don’t want to talk about this! I’m the baby!” (Yes, we may be slightly obsessed with our puppy.)
Well, I guess that about brings you up to speed with things. Our next appointment is the end of this month. We will have a full anatomy scan on January 27. We are feeling confident and thankful that God has given us so much in 2013 and we look forward to all He has in store for us in 2014. Just a few days after our scan, January 30, 2014, marks the anniversary of our Pippy Baby’s life. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year. There aren’t even words for this emotion, just a sad smile as we remember our amazing blessing. Thank you God for our wonderful, perfectly made babies!