Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Half way there!

So we are officially more then half way through the pregnancy. Even less if he is born a week or two early like I hope. I am offically 21 weeks along now, leaving 19 until he is born if he is on time. But of course we are all crossing our fingers that he is a little early so his daddy can be home!

Yesterday I finally had my anatomy ultrasound. This is a more high tech ultrasound done between 18-22 weeks to check a bunch of things like the heart chambers, stomach, kidneys, bladder, brain, cord, placenta,and so on. I was crossing my fingers the whole time to see a boy part between the legs since I have bought boy stuff already. Literally the first thing I saw was two legs and a very large male part. Sure hope he grows into it.
The first 10 minutes or so were spent with a guy looking at different parts of the baby. He didn't really talk too much, but he did point to different things and just say, "this is the...." every once and awhile. He then had another guy try for a few minutes and I could tell he was learning how to do the ultrasound. They then had a woman come in and I realized both of the guys were learning it and she was the doctor. I'm glad I could help teach them!
The doc was very nice. I had heard great things about her, apparently she loves baby boys so she really loved my little man. She asked if i had anyone waiting in the waiting room for me so she could show them the baby, but of course with Dima deployed it was just me. She showed a photo of the legs and asked if i wanted to know what it was. I laughed and said, "there's no mistaking that is a boy." She thought this was funny I guess and said she hoped i did want to know. If i didn't want to know, I wouldve been very mad because there was no mistaking it.
She looked around for awhile and showed the two guys different things that I didn't understand. She was very friendly and overall it was a good experience. I couldn't see very well and my neck hurt very bad from craining it to see though!
She did do some fun shots for me. She got the baby to look at the camera at one point and i swear to you he smiled at me. Sure did melt my heart! I can't wait to see that smiling face in person! She showed me his crossed arms once, and he was putting his hands in his mouth a lot as you can tell in this photo below. I wish she had printed it, but he also had his hands up as if he was praying at one point. It was adorable!
While she got him to smile at the camera, she got this one. We thought it looked like he was ready for halloween so she printed it for me for giggles. His first halloween in-utero will be spent as a skeleton I guess!
We didn't get much else. She did show this one to me because i thought his butt was so darn cute! Can't wait to see it!
This will most likely be the last ultrasound for awhile (possibly until I go into labor) so I am glad I got to see so much! He is one adorable baby and i cannot wait to meet him!

Today Joe helped me get the crib and dresser together. Now that the baby's bedroom is all painted and ready, it was time to put it together. I was sad that Dima couldn't help with it, but I really needed it put together and couldn't wait until December.
We had a heck of a time with the dresser/changing table. The slots to slide the drawers into were a pain and it took 3 tries before we finally figured it out. The instructions were worse then ikea, there are no words of course. We ended up getting the dresser done and put to the side while we worked on the crib. The crib seemed easy to do actually. We put the mattress up as high as it goes and once he's bigger we will move it lower so he can't climb out. I am so very happy I chose to get a black crib. It's so sharp looking and will look good even when he's a teenager (it converts into a toddler and full size bed). The only problem with the crib is that it was missing a screw. The company has a website to report missing pieces, so it should be easy to get a new one, but the problem is having it shipped here. I think it will be fine though since we have a US address.
Here is the finished product. Unfortunately we have these awful tile floors that I had to cover with a carpet. The carpet is not wall to wall (our resources are limited!) and the only way I could get it to fit so that the crib wasn't on a slant was to push the carpet all the way to one wall. We have a glider and ottoman on the way soon too so this was the best way to arrange the room.
I will be putting a shelf above this crib with Samaurai swords (don't worry, they will be made of wood) and some Shisha dogs on it. I also plan on getting a black bookshelf to put to the left of the crib for toys, books, and a bunch of other stuff. I will also be hanging a photo with Kanji on it for the name (if we ever decide on one). It should look good.
This all looks pretty bare now. In the corner there will be the glider and ottoman for late night feedings. I also plan on getting a short shelving unit for next to the dresser for diapering stuff. I will have to hang a wet bag on the other side of the changing table since I will be going with cloth diapers. I will hang some kind of photo above this too. I'm not sure what it will be of yet. Maybe a dragon or samurai or something.
Here are the first photos I have hung. They are on the small wall directly as you walk in. The top is of the Taiko drummers.. aka the Eisa dancers of Okinawa. The bottom is of the Torii gate.. a symbol of Japan. I love these photos and think they really give the room the japanese feel as soon as you walk in! I can't wait to see the room later on!

The baby is now the size of a banana (7 inches in length) and I will post the weekly fruit photo soon. Still deciding what to do for it! Last week was a cantaloupe and we did a mexican theme since we celebrated louise's birthday with a mexican theme. I can't wait to get the photo from Kelly!

For now, bedtime for Neko, baby, and I. I am exhausted. A good thing, since I have so much energy nwo that I am up late and wake early. Guess I should take advantage of this tiredness while it lasts!