We had an ultrasound on December 19th and they told us we were expecting a little boy! And good thing too, because we had been calling the baby "he" since I was about 12 weeks. Probably not the best idea, but I was so certain there was a little boy swimming around in there.
We are delighted, to say the least. I don't think I've ever seen that much joy on Matt's face before. The ultrasound was so fun. We were seeing a specialist and he was spending plenty of time looking at our little one. At one point the doctor said "this is the most magnificent patient I've ever had". Patient. So cute. Apparently we have a very cooperative baby who is a natural at doing ultrasounds. The technician raved to the doctor at how well-behaved he was. The doctor agreed and then paused before saying "he's a little bouncy though. Which one of you is bouncy?" That would be me! Cooperative yet bouncy. The perfect combination of Matt and me. (I think we've told every person we've seen about that. Can you tell we're excited soon-to-be parents?)
If it's possible, we fell more in love with that little baby after spending a half hour watching his every move. We left the doctor's office grinning and holding a long strip of 3D photos. I swear, he already looks exactly like Matt as a baby!
On the ride home, Matt pried my phone out of my hand and convinced me to wait to tell our family the news in person. We were heading to the northwest a few days later to spend Christmas with them and he insisted I could wait. We were going to try to wait and tell them all together on Christmas Eve but we didn't make it that far. I'll admit, it was much better seeing their reactions in person than over speaker phone or Skype.
I bought that sweet little pair of shoes posted above at a consignment store near my parents house. I just about melted when I saw them. It was the first thing I've bought our baby so far and I can't stop looking at them! It's hard to imagine that the little feet that kick me all day are going to be wearing those someday.
We are so excited to have a first born son and I'm especially excited at the thought of having another pair of Matt's blue eyes to look into. But most importantly, I am so thankful to be having a normal and healthy pregnancy. Praise God!
And also, praise God for the blissful second trimester. Everyone told me how great it was, but I kind of figured they were just saying that to make me feel better. They weren't! I feel awesome. Still pretty tired, but the nausea is gone and these days my only complaint is getting kicked in my always-full bladder by sweet, little feet. But that's still pretty cute.
And welcome back, appetite! I missed you.