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Baby-To-Be Update

On Friday Jason and I were able to see our 6-inch baby on the big screen and he or she was the cutest thing ever :)  Everything looked good.  We had the chance to find out if it was a boy or girl, but where is the fun in that?  We’re looking forward to our early November surprise.  Yesterday we narrowed our possible boy names to seven, which is still a lot, but we have a few months to work on it.  Today we’ll do the same with the girl names.  So, this is your last chance to get your name of choice on the record ;)  Wanda gave me a wonderful idea when I originally posted the pregnancy news about combining family names and I think we may end up doing that for a middle name if it’s a girl.  Thanks, Wanda!

This week I’ve felt it kick for the first time :)  On the flip side, I’m still getting sick a few days a week.  But my good days are better and my tummy is getting bigger every day, so things seem to be progressing as they should.

Because of my age they did want me to do an amnio, but we chose not to.  We did the early high risk testing and found it a little stressful and, honestly, not that useful.  Given the choice again we would not do it.  I’m only mentioning it because I wish I’d heard from someone that it’s okay to skip it instead of just listening to the doctor.  It’s your choice, not his.

I’ll hit the halfway point this week, so it’s time to start planning.  I’ve got some good ideas for a book themed nursery, but am welcome to more ideas for that too.

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June 13, 2010 - Posted by | Pregnancy | ,

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  1. Good for you for keeping your brain on (refusing the amnio)!!…you are right, the tests are not useful (and solve or fix nada!)…I skipped them all (including ultrasounds).

    BTW…”O-H!”

    Comment by Kiki | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I-O!! :) I wanted to get one ultrasound just to see how things were progressing, but I told the midwife that I was only doing one and she could help me choose the best time to do it.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. How fun that you are getting a kick out of your baby, so to speak! It sounds like things are going great! I assume one of the 7 name ideas is RhapsodyinBooks?

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • For a boy we thought to shorten it to Rhap.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thanks for this update, Stacy! I’m so happy for you and your husband.

    Comment by Beth Hoffman | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for your well wishes, Beth!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love updates of this kind! I’m so glad that things are progressing so well for you. Enjoy the baby’s kicks. They are the number one thing I miss about being pregnant.

    Comment by Michelle | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks. The kicks are fun :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  5. I love this post. Back in the stone age when I had my babies I had one ultrasound for each pregnancy. And we never wanted to know ahead of time what we were having. It’s really one of the last true surprises we adults get :D
    Rhap – makes me laugh and then think of a musician!

    Comment by Mary | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m looking forward to the surprise. It’s so much fun to guess :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  6. Stacy, glad to hear that things are going well. Take care and enjoy this mid-time of your pregnancy. You’ll probably be feeling better and won’t be so big yet. It’s a good part.

    Comment by Kay | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, Kay. I am starting to feel better and actually seeing the baby made it so much more real.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  7. Thanks for this update as I’ve been wondering how you are doing. The kicking part is so exciting. Like you, I was always sick up to that point and getting the kicks was a positive signal that there really was this live little person inside of me.

    I must have been pregnant in the pre-stone age as I never had an ultrasound at all. Glad you waiting for the big surprise at the end. Enjoy the next four and a half months. Really – enjoy.

    Comment by Margot | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • The kicks are so light it seems silly to actually call them kicks, more like love taps :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  8. I’m with you – it’s more fun to wait to learn the sex. Glad to know you’re feeling somewhat better.

    Comment by bermudaonion | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ve had some great days this week, so that has helped me appreciate the reality of it all. I’ve been a little too sick to appreciate it until now.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  9. So glad everything is going well. I think waiting to be surprised is a great idea. Not many people do it anymore. Glad you and the munchkin are well and hope the sickness eases up soon.

    How about Jennifer if it’s a girl? You don’t hear that too often anymore ;)

    Comment by jennygirl | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Good name idea, but there are already too many Jennifers in the family :) We’re getting ready to start the list for girls.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 13, 2010 | Reply

  10. How exciting for you and the hubby!!! I love the name Emma. I think it’s cool that you both want to be surprised!! :D

    Comment by Staci | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • We both like Emma too, but it’s way too popular.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  11. Glad the sick days are getting less. And how cool is it to feel those kicks!!!???? I was over 35 and they wanted to do amnio too but we opted to skip it. We did do a test where they did an ultrasound and measured stuff to see if there were any “warning” signs of something wrong. If there was, then we might have done an amnio … but I think you made the right choice. It is kind of a scary procedure I think.

    So excited for you. And please share photos as the nursery develops!

    Comment by Jenners | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • We did the same test with the ultrasound, but once we did I heard from at least half a dozen people who said it was not accurate for them. And they are really only giving you a percentage. You don’t know if you are the 1 or the 99, so I found it kind of pointless. One of my best friend from high school was the 1 out of 400.
      I’ll keep you posted on the baby’s room :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  12. I’m glad things are going on well with you! Feeling the baby kickings is one of the most joyful moments during pregnancy! Thanks for sharing with us, Stacy!

    Comment by Melody | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • The kicks are very cute right now :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  13. I’m so happy to hear all is well with your little one!
    You’re WAY more patient than we were. We found out the sex of both of our kids as soon as we could!
    Continued best wishes for a healthy pregnancy

    Comment by Kathy | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Patient, sometimes. I think it’s more that we like to be surprised :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  14. That first kick is so exciting!! I’m sure you will be feeling better very soon – the middle months are the best. This post made me happy just reading it!

    Comment by JoAnn | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks. Aren’t happy posts great :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  15. What a lovely, lovely post. I am glad to hear that everything is going great. Any unusual cravings yet or dreams about your little one?

    Comment by StephanieD | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Well, bagels and donuts seem to be my downfall. Dunkin Donuts sees more of me than they should!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  16. Oh, I’m so glad all is going well! What an exciting post–that first kick is such a neat feeling! No name suggestions, but I will pass on what a friend said to me all those years ago: “whatever you choose will be right.” Have fun!

    Comment by ds | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • That’s good advise. We got it down to 6 girls names yesterday and we’re set on the middle name, so we’re making progress.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  17. What a happy post! I love to hear your reports and am so glad to hear things are going well and you’re feeling a bit better. It sounds like you are both terrific parents already! You are making educated decisions that work best for you. Everyone has different experiences when they are expecting, even my own were different each time, so don’t let the stories and advice overwhelm you. Hopefully you can enjoy the experience. The time goes so fast, even the hard times, and before you know it your babies are 17, 19 and 21. *sigh*

    Your nursery idea is perfect and I can’t wait to see photos. This is one lucky little baby! Be well and have a blast!! :)

    Comment by Wrighty | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for your very kind word, Debbie! I’m hoping to be a good Mom and that’s half the battle right?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  18. Thanks so much for posting an update! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping for an easy pregnancy. I was very nauseous and sick with one of my pregnancies until I quit taking my prenatal vitamins. My doctor said that I could take Centrum multivitamins and get the same effect but without the nausea. As for the ultrasound I agree that one is sufficient to make sure everything is progressing normally. We had a second because we wanted to know the gender. I couldn’t stand waiting!! Anyway, best of luck to you and Jason! You’ll be great parents!!

    Comment by Sarah | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, Sarah! I hope to see you this summer since I’m sure I’ll be home more often. And, of course, you’ll be invited to the baby shower :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  19. Congratulations! So pleased to read your great news! A healthy baby is all we prayed for, both times, and we were blessed. I pray the same for you. Not knowing the sex beforehand adds to the excitement at the birth. Stay well and enjoy this time period of your life.

    Comment by Caroline | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Prayers are always welcome, Caroline. Thank you!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  20. Awwww! I’m so excited for you. Thank you for keeping us updated. As for names, my only child is named after his father. EASY! So I can’t help you there at the moment. LOL. Combining your names sounds like a great idea.

    Comment by CeeCee | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Talking about names is fun. This weekend was the first time we got serious about it. We’re not combining our names. We’ll probably combine my mother and Jason’s great-grandmother’s name for a middle name. Playing with the combinations was fun :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  21. Thanks for the update!!! I didn’t worry about too much testing either. Hope you are feeling all right! Hugs!

    Comment by Heather | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • The older you the the more testing the doctor wants you to have! Feeling better all the time :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  22. Glad to read the update. All the best to the three of you. I look forward to meeting little Stason or Jacy.

    Comment by The old roomate | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Neither of loves our name (our ourselves!) enough to do that to a baby! But we both love my mom and Jason’s great-grandmother :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  23. I’m glad everything’s going so well. You’ll be wonderful parents.

    Comment by Carol | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • We hope so :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  24. I’m happy to hear things are going well. It’s amazing when you feel them move for the first time. Wait until the end of the pregnancy when you see these weird lumps on your stomach that are feet or knees or elbows. It’s insane!

    As for refusing the amnio, you have to do what’s right for you. I don’t think the doctors know everything.

    –Anna

    Comment by diaryofaneccentric | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Just little taps so far, but they are cute.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  25. I did not know you where expecting-CONGRATS-how exciting for both of you.

    Comment by Esme | June 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  26. OMG! I did not know that u were expecting! This is gr8 news!! enjoy the kicks and this time and the sleep. Once it is born, you will yearn for some good night sleep :)

    u knoe I loved seeing him move in my belly, i think in some time you will be able to see :)

    God Bless you and the child :) Take good care of yourself :)

    Comment by veens | June 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks! The taps are so faint right now Jason can’t feel them yet. He’s anxious :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  27. WOW! WOW! WOW! I have over 30 posts on my Google Reader from Stacy’s Books and just now came to catch up and WOO! I discovered that you’re pregnant! How exciting! I’m so happy for both of you. :) :) :)

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | June 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, Joy! I get behind in my Reader all the time. I’m just happy when it’s under 1000 :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  28. Stacy, I love your update. What an exciting time for you and Jason. Picking names is always fun. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I was out of town last week so I’m behind here. Can’t wait to see you and your bump. I wouldn’t do an amino so I’m glad you chose not to. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Comment by Debby | June 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Can’t wait to get together :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  29. I’m so behind in my blog reading and I haven’t checked in lately. I’m SO happy that all is going well and I remember those first times of the baby kicking..feels like a butterfly in there! You and Jason sound very excited…picking names can be challenging and fun! You should check out the Eric Carle book themed nursery items. They look adorable and very colorful. Hopefully we can arrange a coffee sometime soon!

    Comment by Bonnie | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  30. Stacy……I have been fooling around with names for your baby…..The first three letters of your name and the first two of Jason’s spells Staja……wow, what a statement that name would make in school! Our Thad’s middle name is Foster and we have always wished we would have made it his first name. Great name for a boy….Interested how you are combining your mom’s name and Ardinell’s…..anxious to hear.

    Comment by ElmaJean Florence | July 7, 2010 | Reply

  31. […] Baby-to-be Update (the post after the first ultrasound where I asked for name suggestions.  Funny, no one mentioned […]

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  32. Oh my gosh, does this take me back! It seems like forever ago that we didn’t have our little ones in our lives and yet it really wasn’t that long ago at all. And I don’t mean forever ago in a bad way–just that I can’t imagine life without them now. I do remember the anticipation though–the excitement and nervousness.

    My husband and I did learn the gender of Mouse before she was born but we wouldn’t share her name with anyone. I used to joke that I would name her Gertrude (after my great-grandmother) if she was a girl and Roy (after my great-grandfather) if she was a boy. Her nickname from then until birth was Gertie/Roy. My coworkers had a field day with it. Of course, neither name is included in her actual name, but it put us in the mind to name her after family, which is what we ended up doing.

    Comment by Literary Feline | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  33. How cool to go back in time with you Stacy with this post. My daughter was/is at high risk group (age-wise) as well but never went for the amnio either.

    Congrats on 6- years blogging.

    Comment by Diane@BibliophilebytheSea | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  34. This was fun to reread. Soon, I will be going with my daughter to her first ultrasound.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk | January 7, 2014 | Reply

  35. It’s so neat to go back and read posts like this now that Gage has been with you out in the world for years now. We found out the sexes of ours, although Reece, my youngest would not show himself until the very end so we thought he was a girl up until then.

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  36. I had to come back and read this one, since Gage was only just a dream and a hope in your tummy :)

    Comment by sandynawrot | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  37. So fun to go back and read a post like this after you’ve gotten to know the babe in question. :)

    Comment by Word Lily | January 8, 2014 | Reply

  38. I wasn’t here right at the start but I know I was visiting your blog when Gage was a baby. It’s such fun to look back on posts like this. Might have to do something similar :)

    Comment by Teddyree | January 9, 2014 | Reply

  39. It’s been so fun seeing all of this :) Thanks for sharing bits of you with us :)

    Comment by Heather | January 9, 2014 | Reply


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