Photos as promised...

Here are the photos from our weekend and the most recent "bump watch" shots.


Picture inside the Golf Club at Chelsea Piers of the driving pier. Sorry about the glare.














We hit 100 balls between us.






































Yankee Stadium, Sox lost, and the pole really wasn't as much in the way as it looks.













These were taken during week 21 and at night.




















Cash Money keeps growing

According to What to Expect and my little web reference, Cash is almost a pound! His or her eyelids, eyebrows, and lips are in their final places and growing. Cash continues to be mommy's little maniac down there. I have noticed that while I had previously only felt movement on my way left side, I now cannot predict where s/he will "strike" next and have felt big kicks in the middle and way over on my right side too. Sometimes there are bigger kicks that startle me, but for the most part Cash is still "flutter kicking" and Steve can usually barely feel it.

We went into the city last Saturday for the day. We went to Chelsea Piers and hit 100 balls, had lunch, walked around, met up with friends, and went to the night Sox/Yankee game, you know the one they lost =( We got home super late, but got in and out easy on the train. Spent most of Sunday relaxing, it was BLISSFUL!

Happy to report that our childbirth class has been scheduled for the morning of October 21st.

Tours at the hospital happen on Wednesday nights, so we will plan that later on.

THIS WEEK

Thursday -
Kiki and Steve are visiting as part of a business meeting in CT on Thursday. Steve and I are excited to show them around and let them see the life we have created for ourselves down here.

Saturday -
We are also going home for a Def Leppard/Journey concert with some friends, which is sure to be fun.

TO DOS

Mom-to-be needs to reorganize her closet now because MOST of her clothes no longer fit and her maternity section needs some room to expand.

We STILL have NOT cleaned out Cash's room, but we have a plan, which is further along than we were before. I have been boxing up Social Work textbooks and other books for storage.

We have 99.999999% picked out the nursery furniture, thanks to a stop off at Buy Buy Baby while we were in NYC this past weekend.

I will post some photos from our weekend and of the growing baby belly later.

S/he's a maniac, a maniac...

Cash is an absolute MANIAC!

I went from barely being able to tell if our little one is moving around in there just a few weeks ago, to feeling random and sporadic kicks last week, to now being completely aware of Cash's frequent,stronger, and more predictable movement. I can only describe it as a cross between martial arts and dancing. There is an amazing amount of activity occurring following mealtime and as I get situated in bed to go to sleep. It is now so regular that I actually sit back after dinner and wait for the performance to begin and Cash never disappoints.

I felt that...

Since I began to feel the symphony of movement I have become intent on Steve sharing in all this. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be a Dad-to-be and know that all this stuff is happening and not have an idea what it feels like. I have only been able to say "Cash is kicking!" and he has been very excited that I can feel the movement, but I think maybe a little disappointed that he can't yet. Since the movement became more predictable and strong, I often grab his hand and place it on my belly, only to have Cash stop immeadiately. Perhaps it is responding to his nice warm hand, maybe it has a soothing effect on the little one? If that is the case, let's hope that it still has that soothing effect LATER! =)

Last night as I got myself all situated in my "semi-seated-up-watching-TV-in-bed" position, I turned toward Steve knowing that the dance party was due to start any moment and put his hand on my belly. Cash did not let me down. I didn't say anything, I just watched his face and he felt it; a kick, then another, and another. His face was priceless, a mix of pride and joy, and I am just so incredibly happy that I can finally share little Cash with his or her Dad. One more thing to add to the list of things that make us realize that this is moving along really quickly and we are more than halfway to meeting Cash in person.

Cash's week

During this 20th week, Cash is expected to be about 10 inches long (from head to heel or 6.5 inches from head to bottom) and is tipping the scales at around 10 ounces. Cash has about the same amount of sleep and awake time as h/she will have as a newborn. We are hoping that means more sleep! Cash is really working on practicing his/her swallowing this week by with the amniotic fluid.

Mom-to-be's week

At our 20 week appointment earlier this week we learned that I have gained a total of about 8 pounds. The "baby cave" is measuring as high as my belly button now and you can see that my little belly button is getting pushed out and out of Cash's way. If it does pop out, it will stay that way until Cash's big arrival. My newest symptom is a middle of the night insomnia that strikes each morning around 4 am and lasts almost an hour. I am wide awake and staring at the ceiling trying to force myself back to sleep. This makes getting up with the alarm incredibly challenging. Let's hope this little insomnia phase passes quickly. I purchased my first pairs of maternity pants last week. They are still a bit too big, but they are incredibly comfy. I am still working my bella band for some of my larger pre preggo pants, but some of my favs have had to be retired to make way for comfort. I am sure it is not the last I will see of them.

We are also working on scheduling our childbirth class, which is challenging around football games and other fall/winter events. The instructor Lori is really nice and is actually a Labor and Delivery Nurse at our hospital, so we might even end up with her as our nurse on the big birthday!

We also need to look into scheduling a tour of the hospital, so we will know where to go and what to expect. We both think it will be so helpful to see the actual space and maybe JUST MAYBE it will all seem a little less scary?

Here s/he is!!!!

This is from our 18 week ultrasound last week. As you can see Cash has been keeping busy with all his/her growth and this week is sprouting hair!! In this shot Cash's knees are bent up a bit, you can see the knee joint. That is Cash's little arm by his/her head, mixed in with the umbilical cord. We cannot get enough of our little one!

I continue to experience periodic round ligament pain, more on the left side than the right, and especially at night when I am trying to sleep. I am still feeling some sporadic little movements from within, though certainly not on a regular basis yet, but hopefully SOON! Today alone I have felt little flutters at least 3 times since lunch. This kid must love lunch!!! I finally purchased a special pillow this weekend to assist with my sleeping woes and slept the best night of sleep in weeks! Thanks to my hubby for purchasing it for me...

Steve and I also want to thank Kerry and Colleen again for all their assistance this weekend! They endured way too long at Babies R' Us this Saturday looking at strollers, car seats, baby bath tubs, and bottles. You ladies are definitely all set to be aunties! Steve and I were left scratching our heads , but these two knew exactly what to do. THANKS!!!!!