Monday, March 23, 2009

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days

She's a kicker people. That's right. Baby Pumpkin is now officially a baby girl pumpkin. We saw her wiggle, jump and display some extraordinary agility in the foot/leg department today. Not sure if she was dancing (Muff can throw down a leg or two on the dance-floor) or if she was practicing some high knee lifts for her future sprinting career. Whatever she was doing in that womb- it impressed. Thanks for responding to the glass of OJ Mom fed you right before our visit Baby Pumpkin. Thanks for being so healthy. Thanks for being here. And thanks for reminding us how life evolves and family's grow. You are loved so much, by so many people. We can't wait to meet you.

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (video 2)

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (video 3)

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (video 4)

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (video 5)

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (video 6)

Third Ultrasound: 18 weeks 3 days (pictures)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Daddy Pumpkin feeling Little Pumpkin for the first time!

And it just keeps getting better. Our Little Pumpkin has been moving a lot more these days. I've tried explaining to Pumpkin how it feels, but it's almost impossible to describe. But something amazing happened for the first time this Wednesday night--earlier than usual thanks to mommy's petite frame. Our Little Pumpkin made lots of "waves" for daddy to feel from the outside of mommy's tummy! This went on for what seems like forever...and, once again, absolutely amazing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The last week of the 4th month...already!!!

Week 17 is coming to an end, and I simply can't believe how fast the time went by. I guess when I'm not worrying all the time, it's a much easier journey.

We bought tons of books over the past week, as I promised Little Pumpkin. I like to believe his/her favorite is ‘I Love You with All My Heart’ by Noris Kern. It's all about mommy's love for Little Pumpkin. And so that Pumpkin doesn't feel left out, I picked him up a few books that's all about daddy, as an anniversary gift. He absolutely loves them. Unfortunately though there aren't enough books out there about daddy (especially ones that aren't gender specific)...what's up with that? Aren't there daddies out there too?

Our next appointment is on Monday, the 23rd. And I'm pleased to announce that I've managed to change Pumpkin's mind about finding out the sex. He agrees that concentrating on one sex for choosing a name...or even just to admire the cute little baby outfits we see in the stores...would be a lot easier. Hopefully, Little Pumpkin will cooperate with us, and we'll find out if the little thing that's causing me to get up at 4:30 AM every morning to raid the refrigerator is a girl or boy.


This past Monday Muff and I celebrated 8 years of marriage. A milestone we respect and cherish. We've gone through a lot together. Hills and valleys. Streams and mountains. Life has its way of throwing curve balls when you least expect them. We've managed to handle them all - some better than others. But overall, our love for each other has grown. We know what we're about. We have an idea of what works and what doesn't and we appreciate each other. I'm not sure what I would be without her, but I'm glad she puts up with me.

Over the weekend we drove north up the coastline to the Marshal Store in the town of Marshall. That's our spot for oysters. They do them raw, baked, bbq'd and Rockefeller styled. They also serve up a mean clam chowder if need a fixin. We hiked a bit and ended up staying overnight at a quaint lodge in Olema (Population 50. 52 if you count us). It was a trip and a weekend well spent.

On Monday, Muff bought me my first Daddy books to read to little pumpkin. It warmed me up inside. Actually, it melted me. I get a bit teary just thinking about it. The thought of me being a father in some way feels like an abstract idea. I know I'm one. I sort of understand what they do, but the realization doesn't come right away. The ah-ha moment isn't always there. That is, until you see the first ultrasound, or hear the heartbeat for the first time. Or in my case, you receive your first Daddy books to read to your child, from the woman carrying your child. Those moments are special. And I had one on our 8th anniversary. Thanks Muff.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Mommy's world with baby pumpkin

This has been an amazing experience so far. Though there have been times when I've totally freaked out for no valid reason--am I suppose to be eating this, am I sleeping too much on my left side, or is my belly too big???

I'm so happy that our baby is growing healthy and strong inside "mommy's" belly :).

Over the past week, I've definitely become a lot more comfortable with baby and allowing him/her to do his/her thing. I realized that aside from eating healthy and taking good care of myself, there's nothing else that I have control of. It's all God's work.

We're now in week sixteen (YAY!), and I'm very sure I have felt baby moving a time or two. He/she seems to like when I drink OJ. Daddy Pumpkin has been great with talking to baby pumpkin every night when he gets home from work. We all get a good laugh, especially over my moodiness and extreme sensitivity.

I've been watching way too much TV with Pumpkin working extra late these days, and I suspect I'm having a bad influence on baby pumpkin. So I've designated a time to read to baby. So far, I've just been reading articles aloud on it's development, and random children stories online. I think this weekend we'll go out and buy a few children's book.

Pumpkin, aside from showing what a great dad he will be, has been the most helpful and caring daddy to be in whole world. He senses my discomforts at nights and insist (yes, I said insist) on rubbing my back, as I beg him to go back to sleep because he needs his rest.

Last weekend I told most of my family and friends the "BIG NEWS", and everyone is very excited! Like us, they can't wait to meet baby pumpkin.

My challenges this week. One: putting on some more pounds (apparently I should gain 12 lbs by the end of this took me 10 yrs to do that). And two: stop counting down every single won't make it any shorter.