Hi there friends and family! After much hemming and hawing I decided it was time to start a blog about--you guessed it--this little guy or gal who will be joining our family in March! At first I was a bit reluctant since I find many blogs to be a little self-absorbed (sorry all of you who are regular bloggers--you know you're the exception to the rule!) and with everything that's going on in my life I didn't think I'd have time to keep up with it. However I've been assured that it takes just about as much time as writing an email, and it's a good way to keep everyone in the loop without clogging their mailboxes with photos. And if I'm being honest with myself, I am a bit self-absorbed so I figured, why not?
Here are the facts: After 2 long years of trying to get pregnant followed by one heartbreaking pregnancy loss last winter, Rick and I are finally ready to tell everyone that we're expecting. Those of you who have seen me in the past 4 or 5 weeks were obviously in on this news (note the photo of Rick and I and my already-big belly, taken last night). I'm almost 18 weeks pregnant (17 weeks and 6 days, but who's counting?), and so far everything has been perfect (knock on wood). We've had ultrasounds and testing that have assured us that the baby's chances for any of the major chromosomal or neural tube defects are extremely low, I've felt pretty great throughout the whole pregnancy, and as mentioned my belly is growing steadily already (I've been told I look like I'm 5-1/2 months pregnancy already--I'd have to agree). The wee one must be healthy with growth like this!
I could write all day, but instead I'll wrap this up so you all don't get completely bored by my first post. I'll try to be good and update regularly. Please feel free to respond--I'd love to hear from everyone!