Archives for the Month of October, 2012

22 weeks

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22 weeks! Had a check up appointment today with my midwife, all is well with our little man. Fundal height is exactly where it should be and his heart beats at 152/minute. I also got a flu shot. Next up is glucose screening.

Today is also the soon-to-be-daddy’s 30th birthday!!! We have celebrations is store for tonight and a BIG party happening on Sunday. I can’t believe that in just a few short months when I turn 30, I’ll be able to share the moment with my little boy. Luke, I love you with all my heart and I know you are going to be the most incredible father to our son. He’s moving around lots for you today, wishing that he could give you a big kiss!

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Baby Luke! Quite possibly a very similar face to the one I’ll be staring at in just 4 months 

Dear Baby M(cCormick) // 1.

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Dear Baby M,

Well little one, you have become quite the mover and the shaker! I know I don’t have any other pregnancy to compare you to but WOW it seems like you move around a lot in there. I can feel you wiggling and kicking throughout the day, but you are especially active at night when I’m more still and relaxing, I can see your kicks and flips through my skin and it is just the most amazing thing to watch. The other day you moved my whole belly from left to right! And late last night, I had my hand to my belly and you moved so strongly that I could feel your little body in my hand and I definitely teared up. I’m so happy to be able to feel you so much. It makes me relieved to know you are strong and health but it also has created a strong bond between us and given me a little insight into who you are.

I’ve definitely noticed a pattern to when you like to be especially active. Its usually around 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30, so about every two hours at night. My guess is that at 8:30 you are enjoying dinner that has finally arrived to you, at 10:30 you’ve just had a nice massage from me applying my stretch mark oil, and then at 12:30 you are tossing and turning with me as we try and fall asleep. You are my little sidekick (pun intended) throughout the day now and I can wait to be able to hold you and talk to you when you arrive and continue to be my little companion. I look forward to holding you close in your carrier as we walk to the park, giving you baths and more massages after dinner each night, and just staring at you for hours throughout the day.

I already love you like crazy little one. I want to meet you sooooo bad but for now I will continue to enjoy all your movements that let me know you are happy growing big and strong.

xoxo, Mom

21 weeks

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A little late on this one since now I’m almost onto the next week but here I am at 21 weeks! Everything is going great.

Pregnancy milestone…only in NYC

Today, someone offer me their seat on a crowded subway! I must really be looking pregnant now. Woo hoo!

Oh and yesterday a homeless man commented on my belly bump. However, when I didn’t give him a quarter, her proceeded to say nasty things about my baby…that was less fun than the subway seat.

Guess it’s only a matter of time before complete strangers touch my belly…or so I hear. I still have my doubts there are people that actually do this.

Two pregnant ladies

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It is so amazing to share the experience of being pregnant for the first time with one of my oldest and closest friends. I can not wait to watch our two little boys grow up together!

Ultrasound photos

 6 weeks 

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7 weeks

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11 weeks

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17 weeks

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20 weeks

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Hi! I’m doing great in here!

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little nose and mouth peeking through

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definitely a boy!

20 weeks

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Wow. 20 weeks!! We are officially at the half way mark! The first 20 weeks flew by so I’m just imagining that our little boy will be here before we know it. Eeeek. I’m insanely excited, and although there is A LOT to do before he arrives, I can not wait for February. I know Luke feels the same way because he often asks if the baby can come now (so cute).

This past week my appetite has sky-rocketed. After my morning sickness was over I thought I had a good appetite but it was nothing compared to this past week. I just can not eat enough. I basically need to be eating non stop, all day long. It is just such a funny experience for me because I’ve spent my whole life wishing I could eat more. I love food so it was always so sad when I’d need to leave amazing food on my plate because I just couldn’t fit another bite. I always became full quickly and often would get nauseous or uncomfortable easily. But now, it just so much fun to eat and eat. This is by far my favorite pregnancy side effect. On the less fun side…I keep getting a stuffy nose and congestion. Oh well, the good with the bad.

Becoming a mother

Before being pregnant, I’d always thought that one wasn’t a mother until she had a child. But I’ve come to learn that the transition into motherhood start well before that special day. I guess it seems pretty silly to think that magically you’re a mom on the day you give birth because in reality from the moment I found out I was pregnant I started to feel like a mom.

I think about my child every single moment of the day. Well, almost every moment, there have been a few times right when I wake up that I forget I’m pregnant but by the time I stand up I remember. I think about what he’s feeling. Are the pants I’m still trying to wear too tight for him? Does he like when we play music for him? I think a lot about if he is healthy. Since I have a cold, does he feel sick at all too? Are you growing big and strong in there? I think about the food he’s eating. Am I giving him enough iron, calcium, vitamins?

Food is a big one. In a lot of ways, I think we’ve come to associate feeding our children well as a way to show love and I completely understand that now. When I eat something really good for him (and of course me too), I feel like I’ve been a really good mom. I was literally ecstatic this afternoon while eating homemade chicken soup. And then when I eat a bag a cookies, well I feel happy, but part of me also knows I haven’t done my son any favors. Food also comes into play through the sacrifices I’m learning to make as a mom. My number one goal is too keep my baby safe and if that means no soft cheeses or sushi or alcohol or even deli meats, then so be it. I would give up anything to ensure that he is ok.

But at the same time, I’ve also come to realize that in order to be a good mom, I also have to take care of myself and my sanity. I need to still be me and enjoy life so that I can be the best person that my baby needs me to be. Thinking about him and sacrificing for him are important things to do but if it happens at the cost of my own needs as a person then I won’t be any good as a mom anyway. So every once in a while because it makes me feel special, I’ll have a glass of wine.

Pregnancy has been an invaluable time to prepare for the crazy journey of being a mom to this baby that will be one day be on the outside of my uterus.  My life and mindset have already change drastically in the past 5 months. I can’t even imagine the further changes to come, but if the happiness I’ve felt so far is any indication, I’m really really looking forward to it.

Oh, and of course there are about a million more things to being a mom, these are just some thoughts I’ve been having recently.

 

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19 weeks

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Hello, 19 weeks. Things are pretty much the same as they were last week. Feeling the baby move and looking more and more pregnant each day. Luke has been able to feel the movements as well which has been fun.

Yesterday we learned that our little boy is going to have an instant buddy right from the start because our super close friends Vanessa and Mark are also having a boy! Vanessa and I have been the best of friends since middle school. We did everything together in high school and then found ourselves at Skidmore together. So, needless to say, being pregnant at the same time has been a dream come true. We don’t know any other couples having babies so it’s great to have one that we can share this amazing experience/journey with. Vanessa is due just 9 days before me and now to find out we are both having boys….its just crazy!!! I can’t wait to see our two little dudes playing, learning and growing together. So many trips to the park with these sweet little boys in our future!