Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Big Baby

So I guess the baby is more than 11 inches long! That means that it can reach from one end of Momma's belly to the other when she stretches. That amazes me.

I have had the thrill of feeling her move more often now. Kristen even said she can see her move. That is crazy stuff. I am thoroughly enjoying this whole pregnancy thing. :) In different ways than Kristen though.

I keep saying that we have the baby room almost done but I don't think that will ever happen. There will always be little things that keep changing. That is ok. Kristen really enjoys getting it ready.

Not much else is really going on with the baby. Kristen bought her a little swimsuit that hopefully she will be able to use late this fall. Its a K-State suit! And quite adorable in my opinion.

I guess that is it for now. Check back soon for more updates.

Monday, February 18, 2008

She Moves! (Part 2)

It didn't take long for me to be able to feel the baby move! Kristen and I were in Church and she felt the baby move so she let me feel. It is such an amazing feeling! I am amazed at the whole process.

I wish I could write more but I am doing this instead of studying for my test and now I have to leave to go take it. Wish me luck!

Our Appointment

We went in last Friday for our latest appointment. We had another sonogram as you can see by the picture. It is harder to tell what's what I think. But in the picture her head is to the right and you can see one eye and her nose and mouth. Her hand is up on top of her chest.

The sonogram lady said everything looks great. We could see the heart beating and her chest was moving up and down like she was practicing breathing. I could even see her mouth open and close a little. She's already adorable!

We then went and the doctor said everything looks great too. We got a packet from the hospital so now we can preregister for the birth now at the hospital. That got me thinking about all the things that have to be ready for the big day. I think I may be more nervous about this than I was about the wedding! If things go wrong at the wedding then it (probably) doesn't mean health problems. I am going to rely on friends and family to make sure that I don't lose my mind!

Kristen is still getting little things for the baby. We are now getting more clothes and she got a really cute picture frame and a photo album yesterday. You will just have to come see it! We are always up for having visitors.

Friday, February 15, 2008

She moves!

Kristen has felt the baby move a lot lately. She even feels her with her hand. I haven't had the chance to feel her myself yet. That makes me sad but I know that I will get my chance soon. She isn't getting any smaller or less active. That's for sure.

The books I read and the peopl I have talked to have said they see the baby moving and pushing out. It sounds really weird and may freak me out the first time I see it. I know it will be magical and I will love my baby girl even more, although u am not real sure if that is possible. ;)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Domain Name

I have routed my new domain name to the blog for now. I was planning on using my free time to create a website but keep forgetting I have no free time.

You can get to the blog either way.


Friday, February 1, 2008

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I have been reading the book called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters and it is scaring the crap out of me! I understand that it isn't easy to raise girls. I know that there are issues that she will have to deal with that I never had to deal with simply because I was a guy and others because they weren't big issues when I was growing up (at least not to me).

I just finished the chapter about sex and how the best way to approach the subject. The author says the father is the most important influence in their daughters life and that what I say will change her behavior, even if I don't believe it at the time. Of course I am an influence. I see that. But there are so many things to do right. I know I am making more of a deal out of this than necessary but it just is overwhelming. I guess I don't like to think that far ahead. I will enjoy my time with my little girl. This book explains that I need to set ground rules and expectations so they will be followed when she grows up.

I understand that everybody has different opinions. I admit that I am fairly influential. These are subject matter experts and I listen to what they say. I just feel a heavy burden on my shoulders now after reading the first half of the book. I am hoping that it will get more inspirational and uplifting by the end. I have read other 'how to be a good daddy' books and plan on reading more so my judgment won't be too influenced by one book. This is just the first one that got into specifics about raising a girl.

Baby Room

I spent some today working on the baby room. It is almost done! Kristen and I cleaned up some more. I hung her photo frame that holds somewhere around 25 pictures. They currently just have pictures of her and her friends but I think she is going to spend time switching out those pictures for family pictures. We hung that behind the door because all of the other wall filled up very quickly. I hung the white shelf (after putting another quick coat of paint on it last night). Kristen moved the night stand to the other side of the glider and put the tv in the closet.

I also patched some nail holes in the wall and put up new nails for the soft wall hangings you see in the picture below. The white shelf was originally over the crib but I didn't feel safe leaving it there so I moved it to the other wall. I hung up the baby's calendar and we cleaned out the last bit of stuff. Just a few more things we need and it will be done! I am happy to have this done early. It will definitely help with finances (and stress) later when the baby is almost here.

As far as I can tell we are just about done. I think Kristen may want to get a rug for the floor and we will of course get more books for the book shelf. Speaking of books, Kristen found a couple really cute books for the baby. Two of them are picture bibles. They are nicely illustrated bible stories. One is for a younger child and one is for when she gets slightly older. The other book she picked up is the baby's first scrapbook. Its really cute. It has places to fill in for the family tree and pictures and birth weight, time, etc. It is really cute and will be something we can put away after she is a year old and give to her when she starts thinking about dating.