Saturday, April 23, 2016

Half Birthday

Happy Half Birthday Oliver Jude! We didn't realize how full our hearts could be. Each day is a joy with my little morning lark. You wake me up with your beautiful smile and laugh at sunrise. You've grown a lot during your six months earth side. You're 18 pounds 11 ounces and 28 inches long.  You're on your way out of 6-9 month clothes and almost ready for 12 month because you're so long! Things you enjoy include nursing, pulling Papa's beard, your play gym, jumping, and visiting with the special people in your life.  You especially love being sung to. Your favorite songs are The Rainbow Connection, You are My Sunshine and Little Red Caboose. You've recently discovered Buster dog. You like how he hangs around your highchair while you eat! Pretty soon you'll be throwing him treats from up high. You like trying new foods. Your current favorite is peanut butter and bananas. You've been practicing sitting by yourself and standing.  You can roll back and forth eager to be a part of what's going on. Soon we will be chasing you around.  We're pretty proud of you.

  Love, Mama and Papa 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year's intentions

The beginning of the new year makes one feel full of possibilities.  My Mom used to choose a word to focus on for the year. I'm going to give myself a couple days to think of what I have in mind fits my intentions. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ultrasound and 26 week appointment

Dear Oliver,

Once again we got to see you. Still wiggling around my tummy. You have cute chubby cheeks and like to kick around a lot.  You were practicing breathing and stuck your tongue out at us. We're both healthy and happy. 

We finished painting your room this weekend. Your Papa picked the color. 

Turned out a little bluer than we thought it'd be. It was exciting to finish a project together for you.  One step closer to you joining us land side. 

You are loved! We can't wait to meet you.

Love, Mama and Papa 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Temps are on the rise

Dear Baby Oliver, 

I am so hot!  Gotta keep my eye on the prize! Which is YOU. ;-)  You're 24 weeks gestation.  It feels like time is going slow but quickly.  Hard to believe only 4 more weeks left of this trimester.

Still a lot to do to get ready for you and not too many weekends to get it done.  I think almost all the weekends in July are full!  It's hard to get stuff done when bending over is a huge deal and it's 100 degrees. I'll have to start squatting soon.

Your Dad and I got the Wedgewood Peter Rabbit set out of storage that we bought for you when you were just a glimmer in our hearts.

I felt you kicking on the outside last Friday afternoon.  You were having some sort of crazy dance session.  Your Dad got to feel you this morning (Tuesday June, 30th).  He was so happy!  He's been patiently waiting for the chance.  

You're an early riser.  You like to dance around my belly starting around 4:30am. 
Crazy second trimester stuff:  Throwing up!  I didn't have any of that nonsense the first trimester although I was nauseous quite a bit.  I think it's from allergies and all the snot.  It just feels nasty.  I've had a lot of texture issues.  My body feels weird.  I'm having lower back/hip pain and it's hard to get comfortable sometimes.  Belly is getting bigger and rounding out.  All my organs getting mushed.

We can't wait to meet you.

Love, Mama and Papa

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Anatomy Scan

I had my anatomy scan yesterday.  It went fine but I have to go back in at 26 weeks because of my anterior placenta and the baby kept hiding behind it when she was trying to see his heart.  I guess not being able get a good ultra sound of the heart at 20 weeks is very common.  I'm kind of confused why this scan is so important though.  No other signs that something could be wrong.  It's not like anything can really be fixed in utero.  Lot's of women birth babe's without them.

Tired of going to the doctor/midwife for sure!  I asked if I could just skip 24 week appointment and come in at 26 after my ultra sound.  Luckily the midwife was happy with that.  Gave me the sugar drink to down while getting scanned and then I can get my blood drawn ASAP afterwards.  I wait longer in the waiting room than I'm even seen.  I'm happy no complications though.  That'd be a whole other level of stress.  I know the closer to birth the more I'll have to go to the midwife but jeeze! These will be a nice 6 weeks of no appointments!

Monday, May 25, 2015


Dear Baby,

May 25, 2015

I forgot to blog when we found out if you were a boy or a girl.  On April 23rd they confirmed you're a BOY!  Your Papa and I decided on Oliver as your first name.

I've been craving watermelon often and Pizza Hut bread sticks.  Nothing much else.  During my first trimester I was all about the tea and lemonade.  This week I've been so hungry all the time.

We've been buying clothes and have a crib for you.  Happy I have all the summer yard sales to find all your baby stuff.  Baby accessories are expensive!  We need to paint your room and set up your nursery but the weekends have been busy outside planting flowers or mowing all the lawn and prairie grass on our land.  You're going to sleep in our room anyhow.  Right next to Mama in your bassinet.

Your Great Grandpa Joe died May 19th, exactly a year after your Grandma Marilyn passed away.  I'm sorry you won't get to meet another family member.

We are still so excited and can't believe you're in me!  Olivia (your cousin) always asks if I have a baby in me.  She wants to name you all sorts of funny names.

My clothes are getting too tight.  I bought bigger clothes a month ago but all summer stuff.  Weather has been strange this May.  We even had a blizzard on Mother's Day!  I need warmer days so I can put my new clothes to use instead of wearing the same few things that still fit. 

We have your 20 week scans next week.  We're excited to see you again.  We use the doppler at home to listen to your heart beat.  Lately you just want swim around and kick me when we try to hear you.  Ornery like your Mama I suppose. ;-) If  I figure out how to upload sound files I will put up the recording we have of your heart.  ♥♥♥

Love,  Mama and Papa


Dear Baby,

April 13,  2015

We got to see your cute little face!  So happy to see you were still in me.  You were a sleepy baby and didn't want to turn the right ways.  Your heart beat was 156 bpm.  According to old wives tales you'll be a girl! The sonographer kept having me cough to wake you up and make you move.  We told our family about you on Easter.  Everyone is SO excited to meet you.  You are so loved and not even yet born. 

Your Papa and I are trying to decide which room will be yours.  What kind of crib to get you.  How many warm clothes you'll need and what sizes!  So many decisions that will hopefully be made before you're born.

We bought you your first little outfits this weekend.  They are so cute.  I hope you'll think so too.

Your fur brother Buster likes to lay on my tummy protecting you and giving you love.  I think he knows you're in there. 

Can't wait to meet you.

Love, Mama