17 Weeks Pregnant.

I had my second prenatal appointment a couple of days ago and it went really, really well. We met a new midwife (Leeanna) and she was absolutely everything I believe a midwife should be. Friendly, personable, laid back, and open to any and all questions I could come up with. She also had wispy hair and a wispy skirt to boot. And I love her.

We got to hear the glorious heartbeat of this amazing new human (SWOOSH SWOOSH SWOOSH) and Leeanna beamed just as much as I did as the sound of life filled the room. She said she/he sounded perfect. Everything is going really well at this point in the pregnancy- I am finally feeling good most of the time and I am enjoying the wonderful experience of feeling this baby poke and swim around inside of me like a little goldfish in a bowl. Tink tink! So crazy!

I have an ultrasound scheduled for September 10th. That’s only 3.5 weeks until we can find out what we’re having! I am so excited I could squee. Or, perhaps more appropriatley, PEE. With this second pregnancy my bladder has proven to be a bit… um… weak. Please tell me I’m not alone in this. Let’s just say that sneezing now has new, unexpected tribulations to accompany it. AHEM.

Here’s a fun tip for those of you who are preggo or who will become preggo in the future and are planning to find out the sex of the baby: (My friend told me about this idea, and we did it with Ezra, and it was AWESOME! So, DO IT!) (Ummm… If you want to.)

I made a cute little blank card and stuck it in an envelope and we brought it with us to the appointment. Before the technician started the ultrasound, we told her that we wanted to know the sex of the baby, but that we didn’t want her to tell us out loud. I handed her the blank card and asked her to write it down for me and then put the card back in the envelope.

She did the ultrasound, never saying one way or another what we were having, and afterwards, we grabbed the envelope with the big news inside and we slipped off to a romantic lunch spot overlooking the ocean. Chris and I were GIDDY and completely nervous as we stared at the envelope resting on the table in front of us. Should we open it now? Before lunch? After lunch? Over dessert??

In the end, we couldn’t even wait long enough to get our drink orders.

We tore the envelope open and started crying right there in the resaurant. It was a boy. It was Ezra. And it was one of the sweetest memories I have with my husband.

That card is now in Ezra’s scrapbook. (The scrapbook that never really got finished. Or, even, STARTED for that matter. Oy vey.)

So, try it sometime! We’re planning on doing the same thing with this pregnancy. The only thing missing this time around will be the ocean.

So… other than that, not much is new. I am going to apply at a Starbucks near my house that is looking for temporary help. (They are one of the stores that will be closing in the next few months.) They desperately need some help in the meantime. It could be perfect!

We have some friends living with us for a few weeks and it has been awesome. They have a little girl who is almost two, and Ezra just adores her.

Life is lovely.

21 thoughts on “17 Weeks Pregnant.

  1. I’m so happy everything is going well for you. And you’re feeling better. And you found a great midwife. See, He does answer prayers doesn’t He!You are not alone in the bladder control department. I just wrote a post about vinyl underwear for potty training and whether or not they make adult sizes. My problem has more to do with the continual punches and jabs to my internal organs (namely my bladder), but I’m with you. It will be nice to have my body back to myself eventually. Glad everything went good. Can’t wait to find out what you’re having. Tootles!

  2. I’m so glad your pregnancy is going so smoothly! I am excited for you guys. The card idea is lovely. I will def pass that cute story on! I really enjoy reading your blog! Its uplifting, even when you don’t mean for it to be!

  3. I am so glad that things went better for you this time. We loved Leanna too, but only had her as follow-up the day after the birth. She seemed wonderful.My ultrasound is on August 29. We can hardly wait too. Maybe we will use your idea. That is so neat. We could take the kids to breakfast and then let one of them open it and read it too us.

  4. Yay for a great midwife! I am so happy for you in that. :)That is SUCH a great idea for the “big” ultrasound. We might just have to try it this time around!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. omg the card idea! so stinking cute!!!!!!!!! and that little girl looks like boo from monsters inc in the first pic, doesnt she!?

  6. Love the idea!I consider a weak bladder a badge of motherly honor. Well, that’s how I coped with it, anyway… :-)

  7. that little girl is beautiful :]and that does sound like such an exciting way to find out if your baby’s a boy or a girl! i almost cried reading it haha…[seriously]…what a softie[i’m the jamaica girl if you forgot…and still enjoy reading your writing and listening to your music.]

  8. aww! I wish I had done that! I will definitely do that for the 2nd kiddo if we’re blessed with one!And you have to be one of the cutest prego girls I”ve ever seen!

  9. oh yeah…and you’re not alone in the “tribulations” dept. I had the same problem. I had to wear a pantyliner ALL the time. Small price to pay, though, no?

  10. Hi EmeryI saw your scrapbook comment. I had the same problem until I discovered blurb.com. You can download the program and make books on your computer. It’s great for people who only take digital images. The books are hardcover and can be hundreds of pages. I just made a 75 page book at it only cost $40. It ends up being cheaper than individual prints. Anyway, it’s kinda fun and I know it helps me keep all of my sons memories in one place. I just add as I take photos. ~Allegra

  11. I can’t handle surprises. That ultrasound tech will have to tell me right away, or I would die of the anticipation. You are so strong to be able to LEAVE, drive somewhere, and THEN find out. The baby belly is very cute!

  12. You look amazing!Soo…my friend’s baby shower is on Sunday, and she’s registered at Rockabye in Reno. I go onto their website, and imagine my surprise – Ezra’s face is on the website!! What the??? This world is so small!! Are you liked to Rockabye somehow?

  13. that’s so great about your midwife yay! and about the pee… i DEFINITELY pee more this time, it is INSANE… i tried to explain to my friend erin just how much it was and she didn’t believe me until she was here one night and she was in shock. that is a super cute idea about finding out… although this time i would have just been pissed on our find out date. awkward. i can’t wait to see what you’re having!

  14. Yay! You definitely are a cute pregnant chick. How fun that you heard the heartbeat. We saw ours. It was the most wonderful thing I have ever seen. 3.5 weeks isn’t long. I am excited to know what you are having! Glad you are feeling better.

  15. I worked at starbucks while pregnant… didn’t work out all that well! The standing on your feet for hours at a time combined with the constant aroma of coffee can really get to a pregnant woman’s body!

  16. Congratulations!!! That is so brilliant and Iam so happy for you! I cant wait to listen to all about it and I will constantly think about you and that awesome little smooshy child inside you. Oh, squee..this
    is so fantastic!

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