Saturday, February 26, 2011

17 weeks and a trip to Tuscaloosa

As hard as it is for us to believe, our little bubbykins is graduating from high school in May.  He's decided to go to Alabama in the fall and had his first official campus visit on Monday (he was supposed to go in November but something came up and then again in January but mom was completely immobile then).  Since mom is still having a hard time getting around, I wanted to be there for Michael, and because I love Ttown, I drove over to join them for the visit.

Sunday night, we had dinner at The Cypress Inn which overlooks the Black Warrior River.  This Tuscaloosa staple is one that we thought Michael needed to know about.  

All day Monday was University Day.  We found Big Al and I forced Michael to take a picture with me:)   And then, while getting a name tag, I was mistaken for an entering freshman.  I'll take it.

Bubs is very excited about going to Bama in the fall and we're all excited for him.  He's going to have the time of his life!  RTR.

I also had to take this opportunity to shop for Jack's first football season!  He needs to be prepared.
Our friends the Wallaces have already given him socks and a sippy cup...

and our friends the Pennys gave him a hospital cap...

I really wanted a Mark Ingram jersey for him, but since they don't make them that small I settled for these super cute choices...

Can't wait to actually get him in these!

And the update on me at 17 weeks...still not much there.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Bump

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks 
Finally at 16 weeks, I feel like I actually look a little pregnant (I'm also actually wearing a maternity shirt).  I lost 5 pounds right away after I found out I was pregnant and so far I've gained back 2 over 4 months.  I'm still running and working out every day...I feel better when I do and I've read about so many benefits for me and the baby that come from exercise.  Hopefully I can keep it up over the next 5 months!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Baby O

Some major changes have been in the works for us. Maybe with all this excitement I'll want to update more! I'll definitely have enough material. And with all of our family being far away, we'll want to keep them more in the loop, too.

Change #1: Baby O is on the way! Due on August 5th. As of yesterday, I'm 16 weeks along. 4 months have already gone by so quickly. However, since baby is a surprise (a good one!) and I haven't had any sickness, I didn't even know that I was pregnant for the first 7 weeks.  But, I have heard that the whole 9 months flies by anyway.

The first ultrasound at 11.5 weeks.  The tech told us that it looks like a boy.

13 weeks.  We had a nuchal translucency with the perinatal specialist- this is a test for down syndrome, Trisomy 13 & Trisomy 18 that they used to only do for women over 35.  Now the American College of OBGYNs recommends that everyone have this screening because they were only finding 1 in 5 down syndrome babies.  We did find out that our baby is perfectly healthy.  Once again, they said it looked like a boy but still wouldn't guarantee it until the next visit (16 weeks).

16 weeks.  It's a boy!  

We've had names in mind for a while now- we were just waiting to find out the gender to make it official.
Baby O #1 will be John William Orton, Jr. and called Jack.  John and I both love the idea of carrying on a family name and we both love the name Jack so it works out perfectly that Jack is a nickname for John.  John is also very excited about becoming John William Orton, Sr.

Now that we know the gender and have given him a name, things have gotten a whole lot more exciting!    I went to Phipps yesterday after my appointment and bought some super cute baby clothes:)  Who knew there were so many cute baby boy clothes??

Change #2:  We're buying a house!  Scheduled to close on March 4.  We can't wait to get in and get settled.  Right now we're discussing wallpaper removal and painting:)