Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Say "Cheese!"

Our families like to tease me that Becca is the "Most Photographed Baby" in history. But, I think we have a new contender.
This isn't even all of the ultrasound photos. There is a long strip smashed in the seat back pocket of my car, and another laying trampled at the bottom of a tote bag in the closet. Here's a mildly freaky-looking face picture from today. The baby is looking straight out at us.

I have been desperately seeking this child's gender, without actually doing so. John really, really wants to keep it a surprise. Part of me does, and part of me just wants to know already. I stare and stare at the monitor willing the tech to stop long enough for me to see if it looks male or female. I really thought it was male for a few weeks. I started perusing the blue sleepers at Target (and boy clothes are just NOT as cute as girl clothes. Not even close). Then, today I really, really could swear it looks female. In fact, I could see nothing that looked even remotely male today. I am starting to wonder if this child has retractable genitals and is messing with me.

The good news is that the baby is really doing well. I don't have to go back for another ultrasound for 5 weeks. I pretty much got the all clear today, but kept asking ten million questions about the "thickened" heart. They finally brought the doctor in to look at it--and to shut me up--and he said the heart looks good--functioning normally, no problems. He said it can take more than 2 months for everything to return to normal after a transfusion. I read on the Internet it can take 3 months. So, I just wanted to return one more time before the birth to get a clear update.

Other than that, the pregnancy is progressing as normal. Here is my 29 week belly. I've gained 20 pounds now. I can't go up the stairs without becoming winded. I sleep in a pile of about five pillows. I have approximately three shirts that fit. Well, actually I have TONS of shirts that fit, they are just all sweaters and turtlenecks! I am starving all the time. I can finally eat chicken again, thank GOD. I missed chicken. I still miss beer on a daily basis. I'm torn between freaking out that this kid will be here in about two months, and wanting to hold the baby and dress it in those tiny stained sleepers and take even more photos of it.

12 comments:

Feener said...

you look great. and oh my that is sure a lot of photos !!

Swistle said...

That is the most adorable maternity top I have ever seen.

Joel and Angela said...

Ok! You look great but where is that 20lbs?? All my weight goes into my butt and thighs and stays there!! Forever it feels like!!
PS...My news is safe news. I will post it soon!
A

The Quinn Report said...

Oh my GOSH, you have to be THE cutest/tiniest pregnant woman I've EVER seen in my life! Look at you in your skinny little jeans, with your skinny little arms! I want to look skinny like that with just a belly. I'm with Angela, I gain all my weight in places I shouldn't.....face,arms,legs,thighs,ass,back fat, etc.

You look great pregnant!

sgtsharp said...

Buy Blue cuz boys or girls can ware blue, boys shouldnt ware pink.
Katie I thought you were the most photographed baby. Oh by the way you look great.

Jen said...

I cannot believe you are already 29 weeks! Wow. It seems like it has gone by so fast! But I know it hasn't for you...

Yay for the baby being fine! And I love the picture of all the pictures. WOW.

Angie said...

Oh my goodness. That is a lot of pictures of an unborn baby. And you have a cute belly!l,

Katie said...

Oh, I think about 10 pounds of my weight is in my face and neck! Pregnancy Face is one of mother nature's worst practical jokes. What good does it do to make an already bulbous lady's face get all chubbed out? The baby doesn't need my neck to blend into my face. That doesn't benefit anyone!

Lysandra said...

You are tiny...I don't know why but I recall you being larger when pregnant with Becca.

Andrea & Ben said...

I can imagine with all the stresses over this pregnancy in the beginning it feels good to have gained 20 lbs - that means all is progressing well.

I cannot believe in all those photos you have not had a chance to determine sex. I would have asked at an appointment John couldn't make - I am a bad wife!!!

Erin said...

You have the perfect baby belly. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just take it off for a few hours a day, so you could get things done before the baby comes, then put it back on and pick up with gestation where you left off? In a perfect world that would totally be an option. It's just so HARD to do anything those last three months.

Katie said...

Lysandra, That is because I was TOTALLY larger with Becca! I gained 10 pounds the first two weeks of my pregnancy with her. I swear! It will probably all pile on here the last couple months, though!