Friday, November 30, 2007

New Craving...

So, I am craving coffee. Weird, huh? I just can't get enough Starbucks. Thankfully I can get caffeine free. Except this morning--I am sitting at the computer working on a paper and presentation for Monday and all I can think about is coffee. So, I cheated and poured a cup of Brian's steamy hot delicious caffeinated coffee. Sophie must have received Brian's coffee gene...hehe.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Five Down, Four To Go

I had my 22 week doctor appointment yesterday, and everything looked good. It is hard to believe that I am 5 months along. In some ways this has been the longest 5 months of my life, and in others it seems to have flown by. Brian and I are going to Babies-R-Us to register next week--fun times! We have received several hand-me-downs from friends already, which is a huge blessing. We have been given a crib, dresser, baby monitor, high tech breast pump, baby carrier, stroller, and several other baby items that we now will not have to purchase.

I am feeling really good, other than a cold/cough that just won't seem to let go completely. Sophie seems to be doing pretty well in there, too. She has been moving a lot more--she really responds to music and singing--and to Brian's voice. We went to see August Rush on Thanksgiving and she moved around constantly during the movie's great guitar music. And she apparently really enjoyed Brian's sermon on Sunday, because she was dancing around the whole time. It was pretty cute. We haven't been able to feel her kick from the outside yet, but I don't think it will be too long. I am starting to look and feel bigger. My belly is really beginning to pop out, though I have only gained about 10 pounds total, which is great. I am aiming for no more than 25--we'll see how that goes :). My next appointment is right before we leave for WV for Christmas, and I get to drink the icky orange stuff for the glucose screen. Hopefully that will go well!

On another note, our semester of school is almost finished! I have a major project, a paper, and a final exam left--seems like a lot but it will all be over in 2 weeks. I am excited for the break so that we can really get started with baby plans--only 4 months left to go!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

And Her Name Is . . .

We have officially named our little girl ... at least 2/3 of her name! And yes, we are sharing the secret information. Drum roll, please ... her name is Sophie! We have been calling her Sophie since we found out she is a girl, and it just seems right. The jury is still out on her middle name, but we have plenty of time left to figure that out. Speaking of, I will be at the 20 week mark--half way, on Friday. It is pretty hard to believe. I feel good overall. My back gets pretty sore by the end of each day, but nothing that a back rub, heating pad, and good night's sleep won't help. My belly is getting bigger, and I feel little movements in there--more in the evening time. It is really the strangest feeling. It feels kind of like someone lightly tapping their fingers on the inside of my belly. I can't wait until I feel her movements more prominently and more often. I haven't been able to wear my normal pants for about 3 weeks, but most of my maternity pants are still a little too big. I have been wearing them anyway--not much choice. Maybe I should invest in some suspenders! But thank God for stretchy pants--I am still able to wear some of my comfy pajama type pants--those are great for being at home working on my Greek translation or reading Walter Brueggemann. Our school semester is wrapping up in the next month or so, and I have pretty much decided to take the next semester completely off. That gives me about 3 months before Sophie's arrival and plenty of time after. I think that will be plenty of time to prepare. I am excited to have a break, too.

We are just so excited about this baby. Thank you for your continued prayers for us and for SOPHIE!!!