Saturday, November 15, 2008

4 months 1 week and 5 days old!!

Mackenzie went to see Santa today! She did so great, she didn't cry or fuss at all, I'm so proud of her!

Mackenzie had her four month well baby check-up on the fourth of this month and she had to get more shots. She did pretty well with them, she cried for a couple of minutes until I was trying to get a fuzzy out of her fingers and she started laughing!! She has ticklish hands, lol! She weighed in at 13 lbs 12 oz and was 25.5 inches long! She's in the 90th percentile for height and the 50th for weight.

Mackenzie laughed for the first time on October first, a few days before Rob had to leave for his mission. I was changing her diaper which had exploded and I started gagging because the smell was so bad and all of a sudden she started laughing!!

I started her on peas last week and she hated them but I started her on green beans yesterday. She took a few bites and didn't really like them. They were really runny and she kept spitting them out so I mixed a little rice cereal with the green beans and she loved it!!

There is so much going on here, I could go on and on about Mackenzie but I need to get some laundry and dishes done so I can get to bed. Here are a bunch of pictures of Mackenzie that I've taken just in the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2 Months and One Week old!

<(Our Family at Schwetzingen Palace)

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've posted a blog. Our little princess has been keeping me pretty busy!

Mackenzie had her two month well baby check-up last week and got her first shots. That wasn't much fun. She was crabby and slept most of the day. She weighed in at 10 lbs 10 oz, and measured 23 inches long. She's in the 75Th percentile for her height! When Rob took her in to get her shots ( I was too chicken to go in with her ) they gave her the polio vaccine which is a gel she took orally, Rob said she was smiling the whole time! When they stuck her with the needle I heard her start screaming all the way out in the waiting room. My poor baby has been poked and prodded by so many doctors! We had to take her to the ER a few weeks ago because she had a fever of 100.8. (Any fever over 100.3 in a baby younger than 8 weeks needs to be seen by a doctor) They drew blood which took three tries and took urine with a catheter which took two tries, and they never figured out why she had a fever.

Mackenzie is laying here now, copying me as I stick my tongue out at her. I love seeing her smile and watching her discover new things every day, but when she gets mad she's just like her daddy, as stubborn as a mule! She has recently discovered that she can suck on her fingers but she hasn't figured out that she needs to pull her thumb out of her fist to suck on it, which is fine with me since I would much rather break her from the pacifier instead of thumb sucking! She's also learning to grab onto things with her hand and gets really mad when she pulls out her pacifier and can't figure out how to get it back in her mouth. She pulls on her clothes and blankets for amusement and even thinks it's fun to pull on my hair, which Rob thinks is hilarious. She's been trying to learn how to roll over but hasn't quite figured out how to get her arm under her. She loves sitting up watching what's going on but still can't balance on her own even though she tries and usually ends up getting a close up view of her toes. She also likes laying in the pack 'n play and "talking" to Tigger or the other baby in the mirror. She also likes watching the fish in our aquarium so we have the pack n' play right in front of the aquarium for her. I'm certainly happy she has discovered how to entertain herself for short amounts of time so I can have a little time to keep the house clean while Rob is at work. She doesn't really nap much during the day so I don't really get much done, but that's fine with me as long as she continues sleeping for about 6 hours at night!

Zeus has done surprisingly well with not getting all of the attention anymore. He was really confused for the first couple of weeks and would sleep with his head under the bed anytime she would cry. When she wakes up at night he usually comes over to make sure I'm awake, then goes into her room to check on her and then goes back to bed in our room. I have no doubt that they are going to be the best of friends when she gets older. She's probably going to drive him nuts when she starts crawling though, and I can't wait to see how he reacts the first time she crawls over to him.

Well, I guess that's about all for now. I'll try to keep posting updates whenever I get a little time. Here are some pictures!! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mackenzie Rae Jackson

Mackenzie Rae Jackson was born on July 3rd at 7:29 pm. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches long.

Labor lasted about 15 hours. I woke up with bad back pains around 4 am, jumped in the shower and then told Rob that he'd better call work and tell them he wasn't coming in. I got my bag and Mackenzie's bag ready, cleaned up the house a little bit so Zeus wouldn't get into anything and we left for the hospital. We got into labor and delivery and they hooked me up to the monitors. The contractions were about 5 minutes apart and I was about 3cm dilated. They told us to go walk around and get breakfast and come back in two hours or if my water broke come back right away. We went back around 9:30, they put me back on the monitors and the contractions were still only about 4 minutes apart, but getting stronger. They told us to go walk around some more and come back after we got the admission papers done and figured out which room I would be staying in. By the time we got done with that and got back to L&D I was really starting to get uncomfortable. They put me on the monitors again and then I went to get into the birthing tub. Sitting in the tub was pretty relaxing and it did help with some of the pain, but my back was hurting so bad that I felt better when I was up and moving around. I got out of the tub and went back to the delivery room where I paced and rocked until the contractions got too bad for me to stand through. I laid down and they put me back on the monitors. I could not get comfortable at all, I was ready for it to be over! I was about 6 cm dilated when I couldn't take it anymore and finally decided to get the epidural. I asked for the epidural around 2 and had to wait an hour for blood test results to come back. I was finally able to get the epidural around 3, I was so relieved! The epidural took away the pain, but it didn't take away the pressure, which was fine with me because my back didn't hurt anymore so I could concentrate more on breathing through the contractions. By 5 I was about 8 cm dilated and my water finally broke during a contraction and things started moving a lot faster after that. The midwife told me I could start pushing whenever I felt the urge. Sometime between 6 and 7 I was finally 10 cm dilated and ready to push with each contraction. However, I wasn't able to time my pushing with the contractions because of the epidural so they had to turn it off, which was fine with me because that's what I had wanted from the start, even though I was in a lot of pain and was crying for them to turn it back on at the time, I'm happy I was at least able to have something go my way through delivery. The back pain came back and I was so exhausted that I was having a difficult time pushing so I decided to turn around to face the head of the bed to take the pressure off of my back. I pushed for about an hour or so and Mackenzie Rae Jackson was finally born at 7:29 pm!

On Friday morning a pediatrician from Ramstein came in to tell me that Mackenzie's white blood cell count came back slightly elevated and they were going to send her over to the NICU at Landstuhl to do some more tests because they were not able to give her antibiotics at St. Johannis if she had needed them. I called Rob to tell him what was going on and he rushed back to the hospital as fast as he could. Around 3 the ambulance came to pick up Mackenzie and I. We got over to the NICU and they hooked Mackenzie up to all the monitors and did a bunch of blood tests. All of which came back normal except her billirubin levels were elevated which is nothing serious. They kept her for monitoring until 9 and sent us over to the pediatric unit so I could stay with her overnight. The next morning they did a couple more tests and when those all came back normal we were able to finally go home!

Here are some pictures of Mackenzie's first week!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

37 weeks!

We had our first appointment at St. Johannis yesterday! Everything went wonderfully! My new doctor is really nice. I had a little difficulty understanding him because of his accent but I sort of expected that since he is German. He did an ultrasound to check the baby and took a bunch of measurements. When he was measuring the baby's leg he said that the baby has nice long legs. He looked at the babys heart, brain and spine and everything looked fine. He tried to get a good look at the baby's face but couldn't really get a good picture because the baby wouldn't move and is really cramped right now. He did a 3D ultrasound to try and get a good picture for us but the machine kept cutting away part of the baby's face because it was too close to it. I'm finally at the point where I have an appointment every week so hopefully we'll get a better picture next week. If not, then it's no big deal because we only have two more weeks until we get to look at our baby face to face. Oh, I almost forgot, the dr also measured the baby to see how much s/he is weighing. The measurements he took show that the baby is weighing in at just over 6 lbs right now, which means that s/he will probably weigh right around 7 lbs at birth! That is such a relief for me, I was so worried the baby was going to be close to 9 lbs like Rob! I was also a little worried that we were going to have too many newborn sizes for the baby that s/he wouldn't be able to wear, and now I'm wondering if we will have enough. But, we have enough clothes to get us through the first week so if we need more smaller sizes we'll just go buy more if we need them.
So what's keeping our little one busy while waiting it out until D-day? Practice, practice, practice. Our baby is simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his or her thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side (one day I feel the tushy on the left side, another day it has swung around to the right side). All these are skills needed for his or her next gig — starring as newborn. Here's an interesting fact: our baby's head (which, by the way, is still growing) will, at birth, be the same size circumference as his or her hips, abdomen, and shoulders. And guess what's making an impression (literally) these days on those shoulders and hips: fat — causing little dimples in those cute elbows and knees, shoulders and hip, and creases and folds in the neck and wrists. As for Rob and I, we're both as ready as we'll ever be to meet our little bundle of joy!
That's about all for this week! Don't forget to leave us a comment!
Kayla, Rob and Baby

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Week 36!

I can't believe it!! Only 3 more weeks and our baby will finally be here in our arms (unless s/he is like daddy and decides to show up ten days late, yikes! I don't think I'd make it that much longer).
Our appointment went well this week. I'm still measuring right with my due date! Rob finally got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. He hasn't been able to hear it since the 20 week ultrasound. That was our last appointment at the base hospital! I've finally talked Rob into letting me switch to an off base, German hospital which I've heard a lot of wonderful things about! I got my insurance all switched over and I have my first appointment with my new dr. next tuesday morning. The dr. does a 3D ultrasound at every appointment so we'll get to see our precious baby again! We'll also find out about how much the baby will weigh at birth. If they're not too busy after our appointment on tuesday we'll go over to Labor & Delivery for a quick tour and also check out the postpartum rooms. I was not at all impressed with the base hospital. L&D wasn't too bad, but the postpartum rooms were really small and the showers were down the hall from the room. From what I've heard about St. Johannis, their Labor & Delivery rooms are really nice, they have birthing pools in most of the rooms, and the postpartum rooms are nice too. I really like the fact that they have birthing pools at St. Johannis because I don't want to have an epidural and I'm going to try to go without any pain meds at all. I've heard that the water really helps a lot with the pain. I should have more info about the hospital after our appointment on tuesday.
This week is the last week we need to worry about pre-term labor, and so far everything seems to be going wonderfully! I've had a few contractions here and there, but nothing to really be concerned about. The baby now weighs about 6 pounds and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will experience a slowdown now, both so our baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and also so he or she can store up all the energy needed for delivery. By now, many of our baby's systems are pretty mature, at least in baby terms — and just about ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation, for instance, has been perfected and our baby's immune system has matured enough to protect him or her from infections outside the womb. Other systems, however, still need a few finishing touches. Once such notable example: digestion — which actually won't be fully mature until sometime after birth. Why's that? Inside his or her little gestational cocoon, our baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, meaning that the digestive system — though developed — hasn't been operational. So our baby will take the first year or two to bring that system up to speed. As for me, I'm definitely looking the part of a nearly full-term pregnant woman, and walking the part as well! Yep, the wonderful penguin waddle which Rob certainly enjoys making fun of! I'm moving a lot slower these days, but it's all for good cause. The reason for the waddle? Just those pesky pregnancy hormones causing the connective tissue to soften and loosen. And that's particularly important now that we're nearing D-day (delivery day). Our baby needs to squeeze through the pelvic bones, so it's a good thing that they're more flexible now. The downside to all this joint flexibility (besides the resemblance I now bear to our feathered friends down south) is discomfort in my pelvis and hip. Add the pressure from our baby's head (burrowing deeper and deeper into the pelvis now) and heavier uterus weighing me down, and it's no wonder it's a pain to walk around these days.
I suppose that's about all for this week! Hope you're all doing well!

Kayla, Rob and Baby

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Week 35!!

Well, I finally have a little time to post a quick blog. Everything is going great here! We just had the baby shower last weekend, we got lots of great gifts and had a lot of fun! We did a co-ed bbq shower. It was fun, easy and cheap! The guys played a bean bag toss game while the women socialized and played our own games.

I have my 36 week check up next monday. At my 32 week check up the dr. measured my belly and said that I'm measuring with my due date again so we didn't get to have an ultrasound. The baby and I are both doing great. I'm starting to get to that uncomfortable stage where I'm just ready to be done being pregnant. I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't so humid here. I have a hard time staying on my feet or sitting at the computer too long because my ankles start to swell up like balloons. My dr told me to drink plenty of water and rest with my feet up for two hours a day. It does help, but I've had a hard time resting for two whole hours; I always feel like there's something that's not getting done.

At about 20 inches and five and a half pounds (but with about five more weeks to grow), most of our baby's growth over the next month or so before we meet will be in weight (with a gain of anywhere from one pound to several), not height (baby's pretty much reached the in utero limit in that department). Accordingly, fat continues to accumulate at a rapid pace these days (on baby, not just on my hips). Back in the middle of my pregnancy, our baby's weight was made up of only two percent fat; now that percentage has soared to closer to 15 percent (and will increase to 30 percent at term). Which means our baby's once skinny arms and legs are now quite plump…and irresistibly, squeezably soft. Also continuing to grow at an amazing pace is our baby's brain power. Luckily, the part that surrounds that amazing brain — the skull — remains soft. And for good reason: A soft skull will allow our baby to squeeze more easily through the birth canal. (Mother Nature was really thinking this one through — imagine trying to push out a rock-hard head…ouch!)

Here are some pictures from the baby shower!

Beverly (in the next picture) made the cake, and was the hostess for the shower!

The object of the game was to grab as many clothespins as they could, using only their hands while holding the baby.

Even the guys had fun participating in this game! They had to cut a piece of string to guess how big my belly is! Most of the guys guessed way too big!

That's about all for now. I'll try to post again next week after my appointment. We love and miss you all!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

30 weeks!

Wow, I can't believe we only have 10 weeks left until we have this little bundle in our arms!! I've been so busy lately that I had to look at the calendar for the first time to double check how far along I am!

At my 28 week appointment I had to do the 1 hour glucose test and I had to get my rhogam shot (ouch!). My dr. measured my belly again and said that I'm still measuring big so we might end up moving my due day up to June! Hopefully she will do another ultrasound at my next appointment so I know just how big this baby is! I feel like my belly is getting bigger by the day, but I still feel fantastic, aside from the leg cramps I have every morning when I wake up. This little one certainly enjoys jabbing me in the ribs when I sit too far forward, and really enjoys pushing on my ribs while I'm eating, and also thinks it's fun to push on my bladder when I really gotta go. We also signed up for childbirth classes which we start this thursday and we go every thursday for the next four weeks.

Last tuesday I had to go do the three hour glucose tolerance test because my numbers from the one hour test came back elevated. I haven't heard anything from my dr. which usually means that all of the results came back normal. Unless she forgot to call or just didn't get around to it. I really hope that everything is normal! The glucose tolerance test is to check for gestational diabetes, just in case you didn't know.
I guess that's about all for now. We love and miss you all very much! Don't forget to leave a comment!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

25 weeks!!

Hi everyone, sorry it's been so long between posts, things have been pretty busy here! I had my 24 week appointment last Monday. I got to hear the baby's heartbeat again and the Dr measured my belly for the first time! She said that I'm measuring a little big but it could just be a little extra fat. She said that if I continue to measure big then we'll do another ultrasound to make sure the baby is not measuring big. She said that all of the results from my 20 week ultrasound came back normal and that according to the measurements they took, my due date is actually July 4th instead of the 6th, but since it's only a two day difference she's not going to officially change it in my records. How cool is that?! We could have a Fourth of July baby!!

So, as some of you already know, I got Rob to tell me the baby's sex. I couldn't hold out anymore, not knowing was driving me crazy. It has been so much easier buying clothes for the baby now! They only have one rack of gender neutral clothes at the bx so we would have had to order some online which could get expensive. I'm not going to announce on here what we're having because my Grandma does not want to know until after the baby is born, but if you would like to know please feel free to ask, just please don't post any comments on here about it.

This week, the baby is about 9 inches long (crown to rump) and more than a pound and a half in weight. The baby's skin is turning pinker because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in the baby's lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But those lungs are still very much works in progress. Though they are already beginning to develop surfactant, a substance that will help the lungs expand after the baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when he or she exhales. The lungs aren't the only system that's gearing up for air intake. The baby's nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open this week. This actually allows our little one to begin taking practice breaths. (Of course since there's no air in there, our baby is really only "breathing" amniotic fluid, but it's the practice that counts, right?) The baby's kicks are getting a lot stronger now. Strong enough, in fact to keep me awake at night and strong enough to send me running to the restroom every time s/he decides to play soccer with my bladder when I'm trying to sleep. I wouldn't trade one minute of sleep for one of those kicks. Each one reminds me how close we're getting to having a beautiful baby right here in our arms.

Here are some new pictures! The first one is the most recent belly pic I took today, the second one is of the blanket I've been working on, and the third pic is of the baby's bedding on the crib and the Tigger that Justin got the baby for x-mas.

Friday, February 22, 2008

20 weeks! We made it halfway!!!

We had our 20 week ultrasound on wednesday at 9:30 am! Everything went great, except that the baby was being stubborn just like his/her daddy and wouldn't let the nice doctor see the spine so we had to go walk around the hospital, had lunch at subway and went back at one to see if the baby had moved. The doc was able to see the spine finally and said that everything looks perfect! When she was taking the pics for us to take home the baby was being so perfect, we got two amazing pictures of the baby's profile!! My mom says the baby looks more like me, with my nose and chin, but Rob's mom says the baby has most of Rob's features with my nose. What do you think?
We've been so busy lately with cub scouts, and getting ready for the baby, I don't even know where this week went! Since my last post, we've bought the crib and the Pack 'n Play, and every time I go to the store I buy a few little things like crib sheets, burp cloths, and recieving blankets. We still have quite a bit left to buy for the baby but most of it is the smaller, less expensive stuff like clothes, diapers, bottles, and all of the other little neccessities for diaper changes and bath time. We still have to buy the car seat, but we have to order that online since the bx doesn't have the one we'd prefer to have.

We went to the German Toys-r-Us last week and I was surprised to see their selection of baby stuff in the babies-r-us section! They had quite a few cute clothes and they had lots of winnie the pooh stuff, including wall border, which I was originally planning to order online, but I'll be buying it at the store instead. The only thing I don't like about the toys-r-us here, is that all of the toys that talk, all speak german so we'll still be choosing from our limited selection of toys at the bx for the most part. The exchange rate is also pretty crappy here lately so it's a lot cheaper to buy what we can on base.

Last weekend the "Nesting instinct" that I've been hearing so much about Finally came around! I got so much more energy, I was actually able to spend almost an entire day cleaning up and getting the house organized without getting tired. I did have to take a couple of breaks because my back was getting a little sore, but otherwise I felt great and I got a lot done! I've also started to gain some weight finally. I had lost 10 pounds in the first 16 weeks, and I've only gained about 3 of it back so far. My doctor said it was perfectly fine for me to lose weight early in the pregnancy, as long as I wasn't starving myself trying to lose weight.

Last friday I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep and I felt the baby kick from the outside!! It was the most amazing feeling in the world! Rob hasn't been able to feel the baby kick yet because he's always asleep when the baby is the most active and I don't want to wake him up when he has to be up by 5 every morning, but maybe we can get the baby to kick some more this weekend so he can feel it too!!

This week, our baby weighs about ten ounces and has a height (crown to rump) of about 6.5 inches. If the baby is a girl, her uterus is fully formed this week and her vaginal canal is starting it's development. If the baby is a boy, his testicles have begun their decent this week, though they're still located in the abdomen, waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they'll have a place to drop into in a few weeks. Though the external genitals in a boy or girl still have a long way to go before they're fully developed, Rob was able to find out the baby's gender at the ultrasound exam!

I guess that's about all there is for now, we have a busy day tomorrow for cub scouts! Here are some new pictures!!

We love and miss you all very much! Remember to leave a comment so we know you're visiting!
Kayla, Rob, Baby and Zeus

Monday, January 28, 2008

Week 17! Almost Halfway There!!!

Well, it's official, there is no more hiding the fact that I am pregnant! I finally outgrew all of my pre-pregnancy jeans! Yep, I had to buy my first maternity outfit last week, and I must say, that it's not as bad as I thought it would be! In fact, I believe I look pretty darn cute! Maybe I should be pregnant more often! Just Kidding! We're definitely going to wait at least a year or two before we even think about having another baby after this one! I can't believe how fast time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was going crazy waiting for Rob to get home from Rwanda so I could tell him the wonderful news! Man, that two weeks of waiting for him to come home was probably the most difficult two weeks of my life because as much as I wanted to tell my mom, I wanted to tell Rob first! Now I feel like the whole world knows! Everywhere I go, there's always someone looking at my belly. It doesn't really bother me, until one of them tries to give me advice. It drives me nuts when I'm walking through the bx, minding my own business, and some nosey lady comes up to me and starts talking to me about breast pumps! Seriously, I've been wanting to have a baby for almost two years already, I'm pretty sure I know almost everything there is to know about pregnancy and then some! During my long long wait of praying for a child of my own, I spent a lot of time on the internet doing lots of reading for many hours while Rob was at work! All of my pregnant friends come to me with questions all of the time. If I don't know the answer, I certainly know where to find it. Okay so I guess this is turning into a little more of a rant than an update, sorry about that!

The baby and I are doing great! I'm beginning to feel a lot more movements lately. Yesterday when Rob and I were watching tv, it felt like the baby was dancing! It went on for about 10 minutes which is the most I've felt the baby move so far. I'm really looking forward to feeling those first kicks, and I'm getting really anxious for when those kicks are strong enough for Rob to feel! I think he's getting a little anxious to feel them too. The baby is about five inches long this week and more than three and a half ounces. Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of the pregnancy. By the time our baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight and will make all those chubby parts especially yummy. The baby can also hear now, and loud noises such as Zeus barking may actually startle the baby and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts. Our baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, our baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) feeding. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that our baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now. Within the next week or so, the pads on baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

Well, I guess this is getting a bit long so I'll let you all get back to your day! If you want to recieve notifications any time our blog is updated just click on subscribe at the very bottom of the page (under the very first blog) and type in your e-mail address. I will still try to send an e-mail out to everyone!

Here are some new pictures of me in my new maternity clothes and a picture of the comforter from the bedding set we bought. Enjoy, and don't forget to leave a comment! We love and miss you all very much!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

This week's appointment

So, we didn't have another ultrasound this week after all. We just set up the appointment for our 20 week ultrasound on Feb 20th. We did get to hear the heartbeat yesterday so it wasn't a completely boring appointment! The baby's heartrate was a strong 150 bpm! Here's this week's belly pic, there's not much of a difference from the 12 week pic.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Week 15

We're in week 15 now! Woohoo! This week we have another appointment, on wednesday. The dr. said we'll most likely get another ultrasound and we should be able to hear the heartbeat. I'm so excited to see our little bean again! At our last appointment (9weeks) our little bean measured only about 4.5 cm long (crown to rump) this week s/he should be right around 4.5 inches!! That is quite a growth spurt!

This week our little bean is practicing breathing, sucking and swallowing so that when he's ready to make his big debut he has all the skills needed to survive! He's also continuing the aerobics this week, kicking, curling those little toes, and moving his arms and legs. Though most of what I've read says that I won't be able to feel those first kicks for a few more weeks yet, I'm already beginning to feel tiny movements that are becoming a bit more noticeable and frequent than they were last week. It feels like little butterflies fluttering around in my tummy. The baby's ears are also finally positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face, where they'll soon meet our loving gaze.

So far we haven't really bought anything for the baby. I just bought the bedding set last week because they finally got more winnie the pooh stuff in at the bx. We have to go pay for a table we ordered before christmas on friday and Rob is going to have his friend help load it into the truck and bring it home. Finally, we'll have a real table with chairs to eat at! Next month we're planning to buy the crib and changing table, which we've had picked out for over a month already. =P We are both so very excited to finally be adding a child to our family we had pretty much everything figured out even before I started the second trimester! Rob is going to the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) office on base tomorrow so we get that all set up and we'll save some money when we go grocery shopping from now on.

I had my first meeting for Cub Scouts tonight. I'm taking over for the treasurer while she's on TDY for the next few months. So between that and getting this house cleaned up and organized I'm going to be staying pretty busy! =) Before we know it, we'll have our beautiful baby here in our arms, asking ourselves where the time went.

Here is the 9 week ultrasound pic, and my most recent belly pic at 12 weeks.

I will be keeping this blog up to date as much as possible for everyone. I will try to let everyone know when I update it, but just in case I forget someone make sure you check in from time to time! Feel free to leave a comment! Love and miss you all!