Friday, May 30, 2008

Baby Hiccups

Baby Smith has gotten hiccups a lot lately. Last night I put the remote on Kristen's belly and the baby had the hiccups (I think) and was kicking it. She almost kicked it completely off the belly! It was really cool to see the remote bounce around and move so much. I think Baby is going to be a soccer player!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

3 Weeks!

So we have just over 3 weeks to go! Kristen and I are both very excited and a little nervous. I am sure she is more nervous than I am about the labor and delivery but I am way way way (3 ways!) more nervous about how to take care of her when she comes home. I am so glad that Kristen has some time off to show me how to do things.

We just got our swing and highchair. The whole house is starting to look like a baby lives here rather than just the one room. The swing is in the living room and we put the highchair by our kitchen table.

We have a stroller and Kristen has a jogging stroller (you notice I didn't mention that the jogging stroller was in any way mine?)

We got a nicer swing than we probably should have. We were after a cheaper one but our coupon was in-store purchases only and it wasn't there! So we decided to go ahead and get this one. We figured that it will get enough use to justify it. But all the kids will get to use the same one! Hope we don't have two little ones at the same time!

I got the carseat base put into the Corolla last week. I had Kristen take it to her friend who has gotten trained and can certify that they are in correct. She said it was done well. So, after me busting up my knees and pulling and tugging, it is in good. I don't know if it will come out now.

I put the highchair together the other day too. I know she won't need it for a while but I was anxious to get it together.

So we are now pretty much just playing a waiting game. Kristen and I are going to another appointment on Friday. Kristen is hoping to find out how big the baby is and if we are still on schedule.

That's all for now.

Update: The baby in the swing is not real! :) We put the baby in there to make sure that Aero (my dog) is used to seeing a baby and is around the swing so if she does do something it isn't a real baby in there. :)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Baby Shower

Kristen had her first baby shower last weekend. Her mom had planned a lot for it. They spent the whole week prior getting things ready. Her cousin had come in the day before and baked a ladybug cake and they all had more desserts and things.

I decided to skip out and stay away from the house. David brought the girls up and we went to Chuck E Cheese. Dad came and helped us corral the girls. They had a great time. John hid out in the basement and Christopher went somewhere else. I guess Ken and the boys were part of the shower as well. Not sure if they stayed in the basement playing PS3 the whole time or not.

Kristen got a lot of stuff! Actually, the baby got a lot. Kristen got some. The first picture is a diaper cake that Michelle made. The bottom part is cloth diapers and the top part is disposable. Then it is wrapped with ribbon and toys are tied to it. It was a really cute idea.

The second picture is just one of Kristen opening one of her presents. There were about 20 people that showed up I guess. Some of Kristen's family from Wichita came and my mom, step-mom, sister and sister-in-laws were able to make it. Cayce wasn't able to come from Tennessee for it. That's ok because we get to see them in July when they come back for the baptism and the other baby shower.

I am getting excited for the baby to come. I know that there is still a lot of things that we need. Kristen has two more baby showers next weekend. I think one is a joint shower and the other is from her work. I get to go golfing. :)

We have a lot more clothes than I think the baby will be able to wear when she is little. There will be a lot of outfit changes! That is for sure. We got lots of blankets too!

That is really about it. Kristen's parents are flying out today and will come back in a few weeks when it gets closer to time to have the baby. I am going to try and get Kristen to rest as much as possible and save her energy.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Another Sonogram!

Kristen and I went to our baby appointment today. Kristen's parents were in town and joined us for the appointment. We weren't supposed to have any more sonograms done unless there was an issue but when the doctor saw them she had the sonographer get us in. I am so glad she did!

There are a few more pictures that I have but wanted to put up these two. The others are mostly of her face too. Once to make sure she is still a girl. (She has a cute little butt!)

The top picture is looking down at her face. You can see her chubby cheek, nose mouth and the left side of her face is darkened out.

The bottom picture is a profile of her face. Her lips look big and pouty. Her hand are laying on her chest if you can make those out too.

The pregnancy is progressing very well. The baby was kicking the sonographer as she was taking pictures. We even saw her stick out her tongue at us!
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Last long car ride?

Hopefully Kristen has taken her last long car ride and we are going to be around Kansas City until after the baby is born. We just got back from St. Louis where we went to a wedding. Kristen didn't seem to do bad at all but I am sure she was uncomfortable and the more pregnant she gets the more uncomfortable it is going to have to be. I was impressed with Kristen. She didn't have to stop for the bathroom any more than I did! In fact, it was probably me that was stopping first!

So our baby weighs about as much as "your average cantaloupe" according to her fruit and vegetable ridden comparisons.

She is rolling and moving so much now! I can feel Kristen's belly and tell where she is at almost every time now. Occasionally i think i startle the baby and she moves suddenly, which she then kicks Kristen in her rib or kidney or something and Kristen jumps then I feel bad. But I have to admit, when she doesn't hurt Kristen it is fun to play! She will move and push and play. I am so excited to have her out so I can hold her.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Here's the latest on our baby. This was from the weekly email that Kristen gets.
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
We have less than 7 weeks left! That is until our due date. Hopefully we won't go too much past that. There hasn't really been a lot changed since the last post. The baby is playing a lot more. I can talk to her and push and she will push back. She moves all the time it seems like. That can't be too comfortable for Kristen. I like it though!

I am so excited for the baby I am sure you all are getting tired of hearing that. I am so amazed at the whole process and the thought that I am going to be a father in a couple months! It is a crazy thought but I am so thrilled it is happening.