Well Monday (8/11) officially marked the end of my summer. It was a sad day. I am so grateful for the time I had off this summer though. I actually felt like I had a good break and the thought of starting school again didn't terrify me, although the thought of getting up early did. The first couple weeks are always the roughest, pregnant or not. While I worked a little later than I would like to I am going to make a gallant effort not to make a habit of it. My kids didn't start until Tuesday and that is when the reality of how early that alarm clock goes off hit me. I am just not a big fan of getting up early and there is not much in this world that I hate more than my alarm clock. I guess it is kind of a love/hate relationship. I obsess over it as I crawl into bed and I would like to beat it with a large metal baseball bat when it goes off in the morning but I digress.
My kids are great and I have to admit that, with the exception of the afore mentioned aversion to the alarm clock, I am truly enjoying teaching more than I have in a while. I thank God for this gift!
I have already had to take a half day off of work, one of many more to come I'm sure. Thursday afternoon was my 18 week ultrasound with Dr. Abernathy. It went great! Both boys looked perfect. I had decided not to start painting the nursery until we saw for sure that they are indeed boys (Wayne thought I was crazy but they saw that they were boys so early that I just wanted to make sure). This appointment provided more than enough proof that they are without a shred of doubt boys, probably more boy than you would expect this early on. The technician actually said she was 100% sure. From what I understand, they don't typically make a habit of saying one way or another so definitively.
Baby A had a heart rate of 145 and he was measuring 18 weeks and 3 days at the appointment, when I was only 17 weeks and 4 days. He was moving around so much she had trouble getting all the measurements done. It was fun to see him all over the place. Baby B had a heart rate of 144. He was also measuring 18 weeks and 3 days. Dr. Abernathy was very pleased to see they were measuring a little ahead. She said, "We like ahead!" Baby B wasn't moving around quite as much as Baby A but he had also found a new toy that was keeping him very entertained. Baby B was holding his "wee wee" (as the technician put it) throughout the entire ultrasound...let me remind you she said 100% boys! Once I saw that, I knew it was safe to paint the nursery:-) You will see pictures below. Both boys are weighing 8 ounces so I have a total of 1 pound of baby inside me right now.
This is Baby B's hand holding his
"wee wee",Daddy couldn't be prouder:-)
My belly is starting to grow, although I continue getting the "are you losing weight?" and the "you don't even look pregnant!" comments. I know I should appreciate these comments but I am just so excited to be pregnant that I will be happy to start showing more. I have been wearing maternity pants for a couple weeks now. I could probably still button my regular ones but I can't hardly stand to have anything tight on my belly. Let's talk about maternity pants for a minute. I think all pants should be made this way. I'm thinking I will hang onto these even when I'm not pregnant. They're so much more comfortable than regular pants.
I am so excited about being pregnant that I have decided to expose my belly for all to see below. It's not a pretty sight but it will be as it fills up more with babies. I know this is out of character for me but we want to document everything because it is all so exciting. The top of my belly was the first thing to stick out and now the bottom is starting to catch up. You can't really see much in these pictures but they will be there for comparison in the coming months.