Friday, May 25, 2007

25 weeks 4 days

Here's the latest belly shot of 25w4d... I don't see too much of a difference between this shot and the last one, but I actually feel as though I've tripled in size over the past week!

Hope everyone enjoys a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Name that kid!!!

With just over three months left before September 3rd, we are at the crucial point of trying out names for baby Erb, and although we've got it narrowed down to a specific two or three "top picks" at this point, nothing is set in stone. Let me tell you- Erb is a strong name, but somewhat difficult to find the perfect match. Thankfully, Kevin happens to be a pretty talented wordsmith, (as you can see from his post below) so he's helped us compile some good criteria for the best blend of a name that flows well:

Rule # 1: It can't end in "er" or "or," as it could sound like the first and last name run together. (i.e... "Tanner Erb" sounds like Tannerrb and "Connor Erb" sounds like Connerrb")

Rule # 2: It's got to have at least 2 syllables. Otherwise, it has a distinct Asian feel. For example, some one-syllable names seem a bit short and choppy. (Joe Erb, Max Erb, Cole Erb.)

And Rule # 3: Because of the vowel-sound at the beginning of Erb, we definitely prefer for it to start with a consonant rather than a vowel like in "Owen." And it shouldn't end in a "b," like "Jacob" or "Caleb."

Overall, we'd like it to be somewhat traditional, but not too common, and something that won't offer a lot of opportunity for nicknames. It's a huge task dictating what this little person should be called for the rest of his life and we all know that names have such a strong association for many of us- does it project creativity, authority, intelligence, lack thereof? Ahhh- the pressure!

Now for some other updates:
We celebrated the wedding of some special friends of ours this past weekend- Congratulations, Ted and Charity Murphy! You may recognize the dress I'm wearing, since it's same dress that I wore to another event back in March... At this point in the pregnancy, I don't have many formal dresses to choose from and I was pretty excited about fitting into the same outfit that I was able to wear over 10 weeks ago!

Last Thursday was our 24-week doctor's appt, and everything went well. The heartbeat was a strong 155 bpm, and I'm measuring right where I should be for this point. After that, we'll be increasing the appointments as we enter into the third trimester and go every 2 weeks until closer to the end of the pregnancy when I will begin to go weekly. All in all, I begin week 26 on Monday and things are still going great- Our excitement is growing by the day!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A note from the inside...

Dear diary:

It is now Day 171 of my captivity. I grow more and more restless by the day in here. My boredom knows no end.

There have been some recent developments, including my host vessel and her male companion discovering that, yes, I am indeed a boy. Took you long enough! I could have told you that weeks ago. But no one thought to ask me, did they? (The male doesn't seem to be particularly bright, by the way. Too much evidence to list here. I'll get into it in some detail a little bit later.)

Anyway, I spend my days mostly swimming laps now, as I want to stay in supreme physical condition for when I make my escape. (I don't have the exact day and time decided yet, but I am expecting it to happen within the next few months. I am not quite prepared for the escape just yet.)

I do some kickboxing training as well, using the inner walls of my host vessel as a punching and kicking target. I am getting quite proficient, by the way. I have managed locate her bladder, too, and can now make her vacate it practically at will. It brings me hours of amusement.

I often hear loud noises coming from an unruly, obnoxious, menacing beast they refer to as Rudy or Ruby or something to that effect. This thing makes ungodly noises all the time, and, what's worse, I often hear my host vessel and her male companion speaking in nauseatingly childish tones in an attempt to get the beast to acknowledge them. Sadly, it seems to work, which only makes its (and their) behavior worse.

That is all for now. I'll be back to journal some more later once boredom returns. For now, I feel like making my host vessel hit the bathroom again. It's been awhile.

That never gets old.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Here is the latest belly pic at 23 weeks and 4 days. I'll start my 25th week on Monday and will officially be 6 months along! Since pregnancy is actually 10 months or 40 weeks, we still have the rest of May, and all of June, July and August before Baby Erb makes his appearance. Our summer calendar is filling up quickly- and considering how fast these first 6 months have flown by- I'm guessing there is a good chance the next few will do the same!

In other news, we've "gone family," as my friend Natalie puts it! Kevin and I sold our Honda Civic and purchased a Volkswagen Passat station wagon. Yes, I said station wagon. I officially drive a mom-mobile. But I really love it- it's incredibly safe, and has plenty of room for a carseat, a stroller, a pack-n-play, and an 80lb dog. (And, I suppose- Kevin's golf clubs.) Ruby loves it too, as she can hop right up in the back. We'll miss the Honda- she was a great car, but the new Passat is much more practical!

Last but not least, celebrating Mother's Day this weekend is bittersweet for us, as it was our original due date for the twins. We fondly remember our angels on this special day and ask all of you to do the same. Happy Mother's Day to women everywhere who get to experience motherhood, or are anxiously awaiting the day when they can!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

TP Tuesday

So it's been awhile since I've given you all a taste of TP Tuesday. (I had actually given up on it, myself.) But this morning, for the heck of it, I measured and sure enough- we have some girth growth! At 22 weeks and 1 day, I'm 11.25 squares.

All in all, things are continuing to go really well. I've had some strange right side rib cage/middle back pain, but I guess that is to be expected when this little guy is pushing every organ upwards. Thankfully, I've got a specialty pregnancy massage coming up... it's called "A Pea in the Pod" (how cute!) from one of our local spas, and if that doesn't help, I've gotten the OK from my doctor to call a chiropractor. The baby is now 11 inches and almost a pound! His facial features are pronounced, he's gaining weight every day and his baby teeth are developing below the gumline. He's still been active, and Kevin FINALLY is feeling movement, which is my favorite part of this pregnancy so far- I can't wait until he's able to feel actual kicks and punches!

My cravings have kicked in and I can't get enough fruit!!! I guess fruit is a good craving to have, but last week I ate an entire watermelon in three days. I inhale apples, grapes, plums, pears, anything sweet and juicy. Don't get me wrong- a burger and fries still sounds delicious, but when it's fruit that I have on-hand, I try to reach for that.

Also, we have started to work on the room! Uncle Christopher came over this weekend to help Kevin move most of the furniture out of the smaller guest room upstairs that will be his nursery. It's looking a bit empty without his crib and changing table, but we do have his rocker and dresser set up. The dresser we are using was mine when I was a baby, so it has special meaning to be able to use it again for our son. However, his closet is filling up quickly, so we purchased some additional shelving that Kevin will install to help our organization efforts. Our nursery to-do-list still consists of: 1. Choose crib bedding (I'm steadily getting fabric samples and searching for the perfect blue.) 2. Getting the crib and changing table. 3. Getting an area-rug if we can find one we like. And 4. Window treatments. We are both really excited to make this a space that will be comforting and tranquil. (And sleep-inducing!) Here are some pics: