Saturday, November 19, 2011

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We're expecting!

Baby is due June 16th.
This is our ultrasound from Thursday.  Baby is about the size of a grape, and kind of the shape of a gummy bear. The right part of the blob is its head, and the left part of the blob is its body.  My midwife was able to point out all of the arms and legs, the spinal cord, and the jaw.  It has a strong heartbeat, and it was moving its little limbs around as we watched it.

I have been sick, sick, sick for about a month now.  I get nauseous soon after I wake up, and usually I just stay nauseous all day long.  Nothing really makes it better, except for chocolate, which really doesn't sound good to me in the morning.  Now, Jeff makes me hot chocolate every morning, and that makes my days about 80% better.  I still have a lot of days where I just spend most of the day sleeping and feeling awful, though.  We've had my assistant come over much more often to help me keep up with property management stuff and household stuff.  That helps somewhat.  And right now I'm on the "Things That Sound Like They Will Not Make Me More Sick" diet.  Hopefully I'll start feeling better soon.

We picked an excellent midwife.  She's very experienced, and she's always booked about 8 months out, with a waiting list.  We called her as soon as we knew I was pregnant, and we're excited to be working with her.  Jeff and I both want to have an out-of-hospital birth, for a variety of reasons.  We have excellent insurance, so a hospital birth would pretty much be free, but it's an easy decision for us: we want the very best for our child, and we won't get the best at a hospital.  For Jeff, it's all about statistics: out-of-hospital births statistically have better outcomes (for example, much lower rate of c-sections, lower rates of postpartum depression, etc).  For me, it's about the experience that I want to have (I attended four of my mom's home births).  At this point we're leaning toward having a planned home birth, but my midwife also has a very nice birth center, so we're still considering that option.

We've only [tentatively] picked a girl name: Renesme.  We could also combine my mom's name (Karen) and Jeff's mom's name (June) to make something really special, like Juren, or Karune.  We could use the same naming convention if it's a boy--my dad's name is Robert and Jeff's dad's name is Thomas, so we could call him Tombob or Botom, but I'm just not as sure about those.   Just kidding.

13 comments:

Sam said...

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

krebscout said...

woooooohoooooo

LJ said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA

My vote is definitely "Karune." We are so happy for you guys. So freakin' happy.

Emily said...

LJ - I had a new thought this morning: we could spell it backward, kind of like Nevaeh to make the whole thing a secret, EVEN MORE special message. So instead of Karune, we could go with Enurak. Then everyone would secretly know how much we love this kid. A bonus is, I think Enurak would work for a boy OR a girl. :D

Tianna said...

Best part of this blog? BJ reading it this morning, turning to me and saying, "Emily Not-Lyons is having a baby! And they're considering names. And … well, they're weird." And then he handed me his laptop with Renesme highlighted and I busted up laughing. "BJ, she's totally joking. Do you know who Renesme is?" Best part, he's the one who talked me into reading Twilight.

Also, Congrats! You'll make a great mom! And good luck with the actual choosing of a name. It's hard. Also, good luck with your out-of-hospital birth! I'm planning on a home birth this time, too. Mostly because I can do things at home that I couldn't do with my hospital birth with Kessa. Like eat. And lay in a comfortable bed. So good for you! I definitely expect a fantastic Emily-style blog post about the birth story. :D

MamaErin said...

Congratulations!!! This totally made my day!! One of my close friends had a home birth and she loved it. BTW I didn't realize you were a Twilight fan :) Baby Renesme looked beautiful in Breaking Dawn! Are you finding out the gender? My friend that home birthed had no ultrasounds. You know I'm a fan of surprise births for #1 :)

MamaErin said...

OK now I feel like an idiot for taking you seriously about Renesme. I was thinking about it all afternoon and it just struck me as an odd choice of name for your future daughter... I also believed my brother's story of choosing the name Ferdinand for their son for an entire 10 minutes before my sister in law realized what was going on :)

erin said...

Wow. Congratulations!

SkyBluePink said...

Botom has a nice ring to it.

Also, congratulations!

Ashley R. said...

What an absolutely exciting time for you and your family!!! It'll be really fun to share our stories together. This pregnancy really flies by, too!

Becky said...

Congrats! That is SOOOOO exciting. You will be an excellent mother.

pia said...

Congrats! Hopefully the ill feeling days will get fewer... Just a bit ahead of you- due March 19th!

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