Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Filipino Nose!

I can hardly believe that the first half of pregnancy has come and gone. We had our 20-week ultrasound on Monday. We were both excited (and nervous) about this particular ultrasound. Of course, I probably expressed it a bit more than the ever-stoic daddy-to-be. His strength and support are so soothing. In the specialist's darkened exam room, I lay on what resembled a reclined salon chair while Jeff held my hand and the technician covered my belly with warm goo. We immediately saw a perfect image of our little baby sprout on the screen in front of us. So much had changed between 12 and 20 weeks!

It was quite emotional when they were viewing the anatomy. What would they find? How would the bones measure? Was the spine developing properly? My eyes moistened a bit--especially when the technician moved to a posterior view of the back. Its not that we saw anything bad. In fact, everything looked really great, from what our untrained eyes observed (though the technician had a hard time getting pictures of the heart, the MD was able to just fine). I just couldn't help but be overwhelmed with hopeful emotions for our baby's health. Jeff and I exchanged hand squeezes in silence. We were relieved when the ultrasound MD came in to tell us that everything looked normal. All measurements came back as being either at or even beyond expected length for gestational age. I still felt a bit unnerved. I knew (and am constantly aware) that the baby could still be born with defects. However, our own doctor has a knack for putting me at ease. She is just so wonderful. Jeff described her to me as a friend or neighbor that just happened to be a doctor. He is so right. Her nurse also got us a little excited by saying, "before you know it, you'll be holding your baby in your arms". What an angelic thought. So for now, we will let the worry get some rest. We will be as emotionally prepared as we can be for anything that could go wrong (though even things that go "wrong" can still ultimately be survived). Instead of fretting about it, we will embrace this experience for everything beautiful that it is. We are so very thankful for this baby. I feel so lucky for how "easy" this pregnancy has been in comparison to other women that really struggle to get, stay, or endure pregnancy.

In between the ultrasound and doctor appointments, we had a bit of time, so walked just a bit down Madison Street to grab a bite to eat at a nearby organic café (which was just so-so). We sat at the window to people watch a bit, and our gazes kept wandering to the ultrasound pictures of the baby. We both agreed that the baby definitely has a Filipino nose (thanks, Dad), which made us smile. We shared meditative moments of gazing at these pictures, and imagining the joy that will be entering our life together in just a few short months. That first week of September can't come soon enough.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

ABC @ 20 weeks

Ok... so apparently I have been tagged for this ABC thing by a couple of my wonderful sister-in-laws! It has been a couple of weeks since we updated the blog, so this should tie you all over for a little while until we get off our lazy bums and post some real updates. :) By the way... we are at the 20-week mark today!! We're half way there! Our 20-week ultrasound is on Monday... No, we are still not finding out the gender. We'll let you all squirm in anticipation with us!


A- Attached or single: We don't have a single or double garage, just a steep driveway. Oh, and I'm married.
B- Best friend: Geoffrey
C- Cake or Pie: Is cheesecake a pie or a cake?!
D- Day of Choice: Saturday... The only day Jeff and I are work-less together
E- Essential Item: Burt's Bees lip balm
F- Favorite Color(s): ORANGE!
G- Gummy Worms or Bears: yuck... gummies = gelatin = animal bones and tendons, so I'll pass
H- Hometown: born in Vallejo, CA & now in Seattle, WA
I-Indulgence(s): deliciously captivating fiction (especially historical)
J- January or July: Now that I'm not in AZ anymore, I can confidently say July!
K- Kids: 1/2... the bun is 1/2 way done!
L- Life is incomplete without: passion
M- Marriage Date (if applicable): September 22, 2007
N- Number of siblings: 3 (of the best) brothers (in the world)
O- Oranges or Apples: See "F".. although, I am a sucker for a perfect pink lady apple
P- Phobias or Fears: Yes, I have a couple of them.
Q- Quote: "All you need is love" Lennon & McCartney
R- Reason to smile: Life is beautiful
S- Season: Spring and Fall - I love the temperate seasons. They remind me of CA.
T- Tag Three: I wish this upon no one...Although Kristen is free to join in on the "fun"
U- Unknown Personal Fact: I want to be a novelist when I grow up
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of animal: Oppressor of vegetables
W- Worst habit: I have too many hobbies & bounce between them quite often, leaving unfinished projects (Though Jeff says my worst habit is Amazon.com...)
X- X-ray or Ultrasound: Yay for ultrasounds!
Y- Your favorite food: I continue my life-long love affair with lumpia! (pictured in this post for those of you that don't know the wonder of Filipino perfection... Don't even attempt to compare it to the inferior spring or egg roll from other cuisines!)
Z- Zodiac sign: Leo (gee, what gave it away!?)
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