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36 Weeks

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12/28/11We're in the last month until our due date! Only 4 weeks left, but honestly, I'm expecting to go over the due date. So we may have a little longer than a month. We'll see :)Christmas was wonderful this past weekend. We went down to my family's house on Friday afternoon and got back on Monday. My sister and family, my brother, and my Grandma were all there (and obviously my parents). My mom and dad let us have their bedroom, which was so nice, especially since I had to get up and use the bathroom several times a night. We ate lots of good food, and even had a little baby shower on Monday with my extended family. It was so nice to be home.We were supposed to have a midwife appointment this morning, but I got a call that the midwives were with a lady in labor so it got moved to Friday morning. I'm curious to see what position the baby is in. I think it's still left occiput anterior which is great... the ideal birthing position. I feel like it's startin…

35 Weeks

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12/21/11This week Big Baby is about 5 ¼ pounds and is over 18 inches long. It just has some more fat to put on before it’s ready to be born, hopefully sometime in the next 5-6 weeks  We’re getting so excited! I’ve been majorly nesting with huge to-do lists every night when I get home. Andy’s been great about helping me get stuff done. The only frustrating thing to me is being at work and not being able to check things off my list.We had our midwife home visit this morning. We’re getting supplies ready for the birth, and hopefully we’ll pick up the birthing tub this weekend. As of today, I can officially give birth at home (until 43 weeks). We’ve been working on our baby names. We’ve had a girl name picked out for a long time, but the decision on a boy name remains difficult. We said we’d have our names picked out by Christmas, so we have a few days still to decide. There are a lot of funny guesses as far as names on our baby pool (bebepool.com/jillcpullen)  I really doubt we’ll name…

34 Weeks

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12/14/11We’re really moving along here in this last trimester! Only 6 weeks until our due date, 3 weeks until full term. The baby’s almost 5 pounds now, and I’m still feeling good! I walk briskly on my treadmill or do yoga every morning, so I think that has helped a lot. I’m also eating pretty well.Except for Saturday night… We went with a group from our church to put on a Christmas party for the inmates at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility. It was really cool to be able to do that for those boys, but the food there was not good! Fried chicken, jojo’s, and lots of sweets. I was swollen for two days after that  Thankfully that has gone down. I also went to a knife techniques class with my friend Kristen on Saturday morning in Portland, which was a ton of fun! I learned all kinds of things about knives and slicing/dicing.Sunday afternoon was my Foothills church baby shower. There was a lot of people there (probably 35-40 or more), and we got a lot of very nice things. The baby’s r…

33 Weeks

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12/7/11Only 7 weeks until go time! And only 4 weeks until the baby is full term. And we could technically deliver at home if I go into labor in 2 weeks! Craziness. There’s so much to get done still, but we’ve gotten a lot done already. After this week things will start to slow down before Christmas, which will be nice. Right now Big Baby is a little over 4 pounds and a little over 17 inches long, so about the weight of a pineapple. After next week’s midwife appointment we have a home visit, then we’ll go to every week appointments until the baby is here. As far as I know, the baby is still posterior. Please pray that it will get in the optimal birthing position by the end!On Friday night at our birth class we did mock labor, which was actually fun for me. I had to hold onto an ice cube for the length of a contraction and we practiced different labor positions. Andy was great at helping me to relax, rubbing my back/shoulders, and just being encouraging. I’m actually excited to do labor…

32 Weeks

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11/30/11Big Baby is almost 4 pounds this week! He/she is getting big. We’re really looking forward to meeting this kid sometime in the next 8 weeks or so. This week was Thanksgiving, and we had a really nice time at Andy’s parents’ house on Thursday. Then on Friday we went up to my aunt and uncle’s house and I got to hold my baby’s second cousin Jonathan who was 6 weeks old. So precious!I forgot to say last week that we took some maternity photos on the 19th with my friend Kristen. I’m excited to see how they turn out! I’ll post some here and probably on Facebook. We got lucky with decent weather, so lots of them are outside with the pretty fall leaves.I’m not sure if I’ve said anything about the baby’s position, but so far it has been head down (since at least week 24), but is posterior. I’ve got feet in the front of my belly which is fun to feel, but it’s a lot harder to give birth that way. Hopefully it will turn around by the end so I don’t have to have horrible back labor and a l…

31 Weeks

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11/23/11This week the baby is about 3.3 pounds and 16” long. It’s getting pretty big in there, and I think it’s supposed to grow a ½ pound each week until week 38. The movements I’ve been feeling have changed from lots of kicks to more squirms because it doesn’t have as much space. Everything’s still going great with the pregnancy. We’re getting anxious to meet our baby in about 9 weeks!My cold is much, much better. Those vitamins my midwife said to take really seem to have helped. I’m glad it’s mostly gone for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m also just really glad that I have a four-day weekend. We’re heading to Lake Oswego tomorrow to spend time with Andy’s family, which will be fun.At our midwife appointment last Wednesday Carol gave us a list of things to start getting together for the birth, so we’ve been working on that. We ordered a birth kit with things like umbilical cord clamps, gloves, etc. in it so we’ll be all prepared. I’m getting excited about birth at home.We now have a baby…

30 Weeks

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11/16/11
I'm blogging early today because I'm home sick. I caught a cold yesterday and today it feels like my lungs are on fire. I've been drinking lots of tea and water and trying to get some rest. I hate being sick, and I'm glad it doesn't happen very often!
As for our pregnancy... only 10 weeks to go until our due date!! We're officially 3/4 of the way there. Big baby is approximately 15.5 inches long and about 3 pounds. It's getting big and I'm feeling it. Less kicks and more strange rolling movements all around. I love it. We're getting so excited to welcome our baby into our family soon-ish.
Andy's gone on a youth pastor retreat. He left on Sunday and is getting home this afternoon while I'm at my midwife appointment. It's been very lonely with him gone, but I've been very busy and sick. It will be so nice when he's home again, I miss him. We started birthing classes on Friday, and they go on for five weeks. The only down side…

29 Weeks

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11/9/11This week our baby is the size of a butternut squash, and about 2 ½ pounds, 15 inches long. It still has a lot of weight to pack on during the last 11 weeks, and about 5 more inches to grow. I’m not sure there’s that much room in my belly!We had our first baby shower on Friday at the home of Jon and Janelle Furman. They threw a great party and there was tons of food and friends/family there. We were also given a lot of really nice gifts from everyone. They had an affirmation time, and it was really cool to hear encouragement from everyone. We also got lots of hand-me-downs from both of our sisters (thanks!!).My parents were able to come up for the shower and the weekend, so that was fun. We had a nice relaxing weekend with them including going on a really long walk and going out to a yummy dinner. They brought us up a mattress for our bed, and it has been helpful with getting more sleep.I’m majorly nesting. Last night I got home from work and made dinner, did the laundry, wrote…

28 Weeks

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11/2/11We only have about 12 weeks left until we get to meet our baby! We’re getting so excited to be parents. Our little one is about 2 ¼ pounds and 14 ½” long at this point. My parents are coming up this weekend for our first baby shower on Friday! We’re very excited to see our family and friends and to celebrate our little baby.We went to the midwife today, and everything’s looking great! I measured at 26cm and the baby’s heartbeat was 144. The great news, is that Carol called our insurance, and it looks like they are going to cover more than we thought!With the coming of the third trimester my nesting urge has increased. I’ve just been wanting to tackle my big to-do list and get stuff done. Last weekend we built shelves in our utility room, put some shelves in the baby’s closet, got our carpets cleaned, started organizing the stuff in the baby’s room, installed new smoke alarms, and probably a few more things that I can’t think of. I also had to go shopping for a few more work pan…

27 Weeks

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10/26/11Hello third trimester!! We have 13 weeks until our due date, which doesn’t seem like very much. The baby’s about 2 pounds now and I’m feeling it all the time. Last night I definitely felt a foot sticking out by my belly button. We both love feeling it move and are getting so excited to meet our little one. We’ve been talking about what it’s going to be like… will it like Lego? Cooking? Sports? Computers? Math? We’ll just have to wait and see on those. I’m wondering what it’s going to look like. Our friends have a baby who looks exactly like a girl version of her daddy, then others are a combination of both parents. Only three months left until we know!I’ve been remembering tons of dreams lately and having some strange ones that feel very real. The other night I was hanging out with a friend in my dream and then I prayed for her. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed in a dream before. I’ve been sleeping pretty terribly also. It’s the same old story where my left hip hurts and my righ…

26 Weeks

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10/19/11One week left of the second trimester, and just over three months until our due date. I’m starting to think of all the things we still need to do before Big Baby arrives, such as take a birthing class, get the baby room all ready (which includes building utility room shelves to put all the stuff in the baby’s closet), read some newborn books, finish my baby quilt and blanket, etc. Yikes that’s a lot!The baby is a little less than 2 pounds this week and 14 inches long, about the length of an English cucumber. I’ve been feeling him/her so much lately. On Monday at work I felt what I think was the butt on my left above my belly button and on the right was a foot that kept kicking hard. It was cool. It likes to squirm a lot.The rest of our New York trip was great. We did a lot more sightseeing and I did a lot of shopping while Andy was at his conference. On Saturday we rode the Staten Island ferry and got a pretty view of the city and the Statue of Liberty. New York is quite the p…

25 Weeks

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10/12/11
The baby is up to a pound and a half now, and would probably survive fine if it was born now. It would still have lots of issues though, so hopefully it will stay in there for at least 12-15 more weeks. The ladies at work have been planning a baby shower for me, so now we have three on the calendar. They will all be lots of fun.
We’re in New York! The travel wasn’t too bad yesterday. There was a very nice lady on the plane that let me have the isle seat, so I could get up as much as I needed. Unfortunately we were in the very last row and there was a constant line for the bathroom. But it was tolerable and I wasn’t too uncomfortable. We got to New York at about 3:30pm and subwayed it to the Hepzibah House which is where we’re staying. It’s a really cool old five story house on W 75th Street about half a block away from Central Park. Then we went out on the town for the rest of the evening. Central Park is gorgeous and absolutely HUGE! We only explored a tiny part of it. We stop…

24 Weeks

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10/5/11
If our baby was born today, there’s a possibility that it could survive. That’s crazy. It’s now 1.25 pounds and as long as a banana or a corn cob. He/she has been moving so much lately! I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and just feel squirming, punching, kicking, etc. Andy saw it move from the outside in church on Sunday. I think our baby likes it at church, especially the music.I’m reading through the bible chronologically this year, and on Saturday I read Luke chapter one. It was the story of Elizabeth and Mary, and realized that the part where Elizabeth’s baby leapt in her womb when she saw Mary is the same place I am right now in my pregnancy! I can imagine what that must have felt like for her. It was pretty cool.Andy and I have been praying for our little banana baby every night. We’ve really felt that we want to pray that he/she will grow up to be a compassionate person. That’s important to both of us, and I think that God will honor that.I had my 24 week midwife a…

23 Weeks

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9/28/11Just under 4 months until our due date! At 23 weeks our baby is the size of a large mango, weighing over a pound. It’s about 11 inches long from head to toe, which is just crazy! It’s been kicking a lot all the time. In church on Sunday I saw it kick from the outside, and I’ve seen it several times since then. It’s definitely getting big! One more week and it is possible that it could survive outside the womb. I’m thankful to be that far along.I think I’ve kind of started nesting already. I’ve been wanting to make things (like a couch pillow), and clean things (we tackled the fridge last night). We’re going to build some shelves in our utility room and the baby’s closet next. I’m glad I can do those things while I still have energy and am not huge.Cutest thing ever… I had a haircut after work in Salem on Monday, so I asked Andy to make me a sandwich to take with me. He met me at the door with a whole brown paper sack lunch, and in it was a half-pint jar full of milk  It was to…

22 Weeks

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9/21/11Our baby weighs a pound already! And it’s almost a foot long from head to toe. I definitely feel like it’s getting bigger in there. Andy’s been feeling it move a lot more this week, which is fun. I’m feeling pretty good still, which is great!We registered at Target on Saturday, and it was pretty fun. There are so many baby things to choose from. We went in armed with a few lists of suggestions, and I’ve been listening to what friends say they used/didn’t use. I’m excited about our baby shower coming up in Portland in the beginning of November, and Stayton friends are going to do one probably in the beginning of December. Then I’ll feel like we can actually get started setting up the things for the baby. I’m very excited to be getting 11 days off of work at Christmas. First I think we’ll go visit my family, then we’ll be home getting everything ready for baby Pullen to arrive. It’s only 4 months away now!!I’ve been having trouble sleeping on my right side lately. For some reason…

21 Weeks

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9/14/11Not much for news here this week. Everything is going very well, and the baby is definitely growing. It’s kicking up a storm which is so fun to feel all day. Andy’s birthday was on Saturday, so we relaxed and spent time with friends all weekend.The exciting news is that we’re going on a trip to New York next month! My wonderful parents got me a ticket to accompany Andy to a conference, so we have 5 days to hang out in the Big Apple. It will be right at the end of my second trimester, so I think the timing is just about perfect and it will be so much fun.Changes this week: Sleeping has still not been great, my left hip hurts if I lay too long on that side, and my right leg goes numb if I lay too long on that side. So it’s pretty much flipping over all night. I think we may have to get a foam mattress topper for comfort, and hopefully that will help. That being said, I get pretty tired in the afternoons now. Cravings this week: Nothing abnormal. Our weekly CSA box is keeping my v…

20 Weeks

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9/7/11Half way there!! It really does take a long time to grow a baby. I can’t wait until we get to see our little guy/girl in person.We had our 20 week midwife appointment this morning. Everything’s looking great! The baby had a strong heartbeat (154bpm) and is measuring a bit ahead. I think we just have a large baby in there. On Saturday we went to the state fair, and there was a pro life booth there. They had little rubber babies at different stages, and it was pretty cool to see how big ours is at 20 weeks. It’s still pretty tiny! It’s about 10 ½ oz and 6 ½” from crown to rump, 10” from head to foot. About the size of a small cantaloupe, and I’m certainly feeling like there’s a cantaloupe in there. I’m feeling pretty good now. I got lots of rest over labor day weekend, so I was able to start the work week refreshed. But now I’m tired again… I feel like I’ll never stay caught up on sleep. It doesn’t help that I was awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night for no good reason. O…

19 Weeks

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08/31/11I’ve been so tired this week!! My sister and family came to visit us over the weekend and we had lots of fun tubing down the creek, roasting doughboys at our fire circle, and Cindy and I went shopping. I got some cute new maternity clothes (thanks in part to my Mom and Sis). But the weekend’s activities apparently tired me out. Uggg.. I haven’t been sleeping super well either. Either I have to get up to pee, or my legs start cramping, or my hips hurt… It’s going to be a long 21 more weeks.But the baby’s getting bigger and kicking me a lot! I’ve graduated to wearing maternity clothes most of the time now. My pants still fit with the Bella Band, but regular shirts are getting too short. I think the baby is the size of a sweet potato this week, which seems huge to me (I know, I know.. wait until it’s the size of a watermelon)! And it’s 6 inches long and weighs half a pound. It baffles me that it could survive outside of the womb in just 5 weeks. I’m pretty sure I’m in for the lon…

18 Weeks

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(Thanks for the cute cardigan, Mom!)08/24/11Not too much to report this week. This second trimester thing is a breeze so far. Aside from needing 9+ hours of sleep a night and naps on the weekend (interrupted by leg cramps and getting up to use the bathroom), it’s going pretty great. I definitely am sporting the baby belly now. And I love it.  I’m going to need to go maternity clothes shopping this week. It’s really fun to feel the baby move around every day, and I can’t wait until Andy can feel it too.We decided on a girl name that we really like. Sorry, we’re not sharing. But we’re still pretty stuck on what to choose for a boy name. At least we have lots of time still. I’ve been poking around at what to put on our registry. There are so many baby things out there, and I’m not sure what I’ll need. I guess that’s what family and friends that have had babies are for.I’m trying to get lots of rest to catch up from summer camp still. My sister’s family is coming up this weekend, so we’…

17 Weeks

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08/17/1117 weeks now, and the baby is the size of an onion. The best part is… I felt the baby move this week! On Friday in the middle of the night I got up to go to the bathroom, and felt a light touch on the inside of my lower stomach. It was pretty cool. I’ve been feeling it a lot more in the last few days. I think I have an active baby in there. It just feels like a tickle mostly.We had our Middle School camp over the weekend. Let me just say that I’m still exhausted from it. It was tons of fun, but very tiring. I love spending time with those kids, and I’ll miss it during Winter Camp in February. I’d like to stay very involved after the baby comes, though. At camp we floated down the Santiam, hiked to Marion Lake, and tubed on Detroit Lake. I got a good workout manning a pontoon boat on the river. The hike was 5.5 miles round trip, and at the end of the way to the lake, my hip started hurting really bad. Then it hurt all the way down and that night and the next day. It felt like w…

16 Weeks

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08/10/11I can’t believe we’re 16 weeks along already. It feels like it goes so slow, but then it goes by fast too! Big Baby is now about 4 ½ inches long and 3 ½ oz. That’s about the size of an avocado. He/she is supposed to double in weight in the next few weeks. It will probably start getting heavy soon. My belly’s sticking out now, no denying it. I’m still not in maternity clothes, though. My Bella Band does the trick of keeping my pants up without being buttoned. I can still button them, but it’s uncomfortable when I sit for hours at work.I think I might have felt the baby move the other day! I was on the treadmill and felt a little something in the lower left part of my abdomen. Then I felt it again yesterday while I was getting ready in the morning. I’m really not sure though, it might have been a gas bubble. It’s still kind of early to feel my first baby. We’ll see in a few weeks if that’s what I was feeling!I got a pregnancy pillow in the mail this week, and it’s comfy! I’ve be…

15 Weeks

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(I look a lot bigger this week because I tried a maternity shirt! It's way too big still, but I liked the color.)08/03/11So 15 weeks today, and Big Baby is the size of an orange. He/she is about 4” long and weighs 2.5 oz. We’re 3/8 of the way there! Only 25 weeks to go. It’s all going by pretty fast.Summer’s been here in full swing this year. I’m so grateful that it hasn’t been too hot, considering that we don’t have air conditioning. It’s been mostly in the mid 80’s this past week or so, and I think it’s supposed to go back down to the 70’s next week. We had a busy weekend last weekend. We helped our friends move on Saturday morning. I didn’t lift any heavy things, just helped pack boxes in the kitchen. Then our friends Jake and Cassie came down and we walked over to Summerfest, Stayton’s annual summer street fair. It was fun, and everyone from Stayton was there practically. Sunday evening we went to a birthday party and a lot of the guys were playing volley ball. I was tempted t…

14 Weeks

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(I need to stop taking these pictures right after dinner! My belly's not quite this big normally :)07/27/11We are now into the second trimester. Yay! Thankfully the first one wasn’t that bad, but I hear the second is supposed to be better. I’m still pretty tired though, so maybe that will let up a bit soon.Last Thursday I woke up with a headache and went to work. At 9:00 I had to go home because I felt like I was going to pass out and my head was worse. So I slept for a few hours and laid on the couch the rest of the day. My headache didn’t get any better, so at bedtime I finally gave in and took ½ Tylenol and that finally got rid of my headache by morning. I think the whole thing was from our Gold Beach trip and me not getting enough sleep while we were there. I have to take it easy when I can, and going to bed at 9:00 has been working really well.We had our 14 week midwife appointment this morning. Everything looks good and is right on track. We heard a nice heartbeat. Carol had…

13 Weeks

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07/20/11The first trimester is almost over! Saturday marks the first day of the second trimester. I’m glad to be done with the sick/tired/etc. trimester. Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing for the next few months.This week we went to Gold Beach with Andy’s family, so that was fun. It was especially nice to not have to work Monday or Tuesday. Vacations are needed. Now to catch up on sleep, except we’re doing VBS games tonight and tomorrow night with our Middle Schoolers helping to lead. That should be fun, but I don’t think I’ll get a lot of rest. Oh well, I guess that’s what the weekend will be for.We’ve been trying to come up with some baby names that we like! It’s kind of hard because of our last name. We basically can’t have anything that ends in “n” (like Owen, Ethan, etc.) because it sounds horrible with Pullen. We also can’t have anything like Ivy because I’m not naming a kid Ivy Pullen. Hahaha. Oh well. We’ll come up with a few that we like and narrow it down from ther…

12 Weeks

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07/13/11We’ve made it to 12 weeks! The rate of miscarriage from this point on is very low, so that’s encouraging! This week we broke the news to the rest of the world. We told our middle schoolers on Sunday and I told Facebook on Sunday night. It’s nice to have the news out and to not have to suck in my belly anymore. We’re almost done with the first trimester! About a week and a half left. This pregnancy is going by fast already.The baby is now the size of a large plum or lime and is over two inches long. That’s getting crazy. It’s going to start growing really fast. It has reflexes now and is kicking up a storm. I’m very excited to be able to feel that, but it might be a long ways off still. Some people don’t feel it until later in the second trimester. I can feel my uterus getting bigger. I guess it’s the size of a cantaloupe or something now. My belly's starting to show a little bit :)Changes this week: Morning sickness came back with a vengeance this week. I still haven’t thr…

11 weeks

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07/06/11It’s 11 weeks today! We’re almost through the first trimester, just 2 weeks left. Yay! We told a bunch of people this week, and everyone’s excited for us. Our friend Geoff was so excited that he tweeted “Congratulations @jillpullen” when Andy told the church staff before he had a chance to say that it’s not common knowledge yet. Geoff felt pretty bad, but I think only one person saw it. It was pretty funny.We told my Mom’s side of the family at our annual Juanita Lake camping trip. It was pretty great. Andy was giving instructions to everyone to only take one burger, and then he said, “And also, Jill’s pregnant.” Everyone was excited. I think my Mom got it on video. She even had our baby’s first present for us (yellow booties she crocheted and a very soft duckie blanket).I also told everyone at work today. They’re all very excited about it, especially Michelle, Denise, and Anita. They’re all acting like Grandmas, it’s cute.I’m getting to the point where I’m not as worried abo…

10 Weeks

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06/29/11We’re officially ¼ of the way to our due date! Even though we didn’t know for the first four weeks, so those don’t really count. But it’s already going by fast.We had an appointment with our midwife today and we heard the heartbeat! It was 164 bpm, which is great for this stage. I was nervous, because sometimes you can’t hear it at 10 weeks, then I probably would have worried. But it was very reassuring to hear our little kumquat’s heart beating. Our midwives (Carol and Janine) are very nice Christian ladies. I like them a lot, and they really know what they are doing. I also felt the top of my uterus this week! It’s sticking out above my pelvic bone. I’m not really showing yet (still bloated though), but I probably won’t be able to hide it in the next few weeks.We’re going to start telling more people this week, starting with my extended family at our annual Juanita Lake camping trip. I’m pretty excited about that! My cousin’s wife Holly is also pregnant, so that will be fun,…

9 weeks

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(Now take into consideration that this picture was taken right after eating a big dinner :)
06/22/11This week Big Baby is the size of a grape! It’s been a good week (aside from being sick and super tired). We told our families, which was pretty fun. I sent my Dad a Father’s Day card and on the inside it said, “I hope you like having a January birthday, because that’s when your littlest grandbaby is due!” On the outside I wrote “Open on Father’s Day over iChat with us!” But the Post Office put a stamp right over that. So he opened it up on Friday night and called at 10:30 saying, “I got your card!” It was pretty funny. So we iChatted that night instead. For Andy’s family we went up there on Father’s Day and were playing Hand and Foot. Andy wrote “Andy and Jill are having a baby!” on one of the cards and put it in his Mom’s foot. So when she was going through her cards she saw it and it was great. I Face-timed Randy and told him to tell Andy Happy Father’s Day, and over the phone I had Q…