Friday, April 3, 2009

Another appointment

On Tuesday we went to the doctor again for our monthly check-up but somehow either myself or the receptionist wrote the date wrong.  Oops.  Luckily I was able to see the nurse practitioner instead which, especially at this point in the pregnancy, is just as good as seeing my doctor because she's really nice and super helpful.  

The appointment was just the same as the others:  pee in the cup, blood pressure, weight, find the heartbeat, measure the tummy, take the blood pressure again because it was high the first time and make another appointment.  I know, you're wondering about the high blood pressure.  It's really not that high, I think I just get myself stressed trying to get out of school on time and then making sure I get back on time.  I'm dumb for scheduling things after school on days I have appointments (this time it was officer interviews) but I don't really have much of a choice.  The doctor isn't worried so I'm not either.

Emery is moving a lot more lately which is exciting and helps me actually feel just how real it all is.  The kicks and punches are still light and not at all uncomfortable.  This afternoon Logan was laying on my stomach and Emery was having a good time kicking him.  They're going to be good friends!  My sister-in-law told us to put a glass of cold water on my stomach to really get her moving.  We'll give it a try!  

I'm off to Destination Maternity now to get a t-shirt or polo to wear to HPU Fest tomorrow that will actually cover my belly completely.  All of my cute shirts fit everywhere, they're just a little short in the front.  I look like one of those large guys that has the bottom of his stomach hanging out of his shirts.  Ew.  I was sad about having to wear maternity clothes and saying goodbye to zippers and buttons on my pants for a while, but now they're a necessity.  Thank goodness for Destination Maternity.  I'm off!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

She's a dancer!

I have figured out a way to get Emery to move around in my stomach . . . she loves dancing with the celebrities on Dancing With the Stars!  If I place my laptop on my stomach, when the music comes on she starts dancing with them.  This was how Nils was able to feel her for the first time.  Her movements are usually unpredictable, but when Dancing With the Stars is on she'll dance every time!

Monday, March 9, 2009


Ugh.  I forgot about stretch marks until I saw a commercial for stretch mark cream a few days ago on TV.  My stomach is growing everyday so I ordered some skin conditioning oil from Arbonne today that is supposed to help with those gross things.  It better work.  Is there any part of my body that is going to be the same after this baby?  I'm thinking not.  Ugh.

Emery Jewell Smith

Thank goodness for spring break!  I have had zero time to blog over the past few weeks because of competition season but now my down time is finally here.  Well, sort of.  Hopefully we'll be closing on the new house this week so packing is consuming us right now.  Even though it's a little late, here's what happened at the sonogram!

Nils and I were getting so anxious to find out if Bean was a boy or a girl so that we could paint the nursery and really start planning for our baby.  From the very beginning we knew exactly what we would name a girl.  We chose Emery because it was different (with a last name like Smith you need to be a little creative with the first name) but still very pretty and Jewell was my grandmother's name.  I have always known I wanted to use her name if I had a little girl and, since she passed away a couple of years ago, Nils and I thought it was a perfect way to honor my Mamaw.  The week of the sonogram I was still searching to find a boys name and it was really starting to stress me out.  I wanted to be able call our baby by name as soon as we found out the sex but not having a boys name really bothered me.  Nils' suggestion was to wait a while if it was a boy and just see what grew on us.  I'm not very good at being patient so that idea sounded stressful to me.

The day of the sonogram came and we were very excited.  Nils even got to the doctor's office about 45 minutes early just to make sure he wasn't late.  For some reason it took about 30 minutes for them to call me back which made me super anxious because last time I was there my doctor had to leave unexpectedly for a delivery.  If I wasn't able to have my sonogram that day I didn't know what I was going to do.  I'm realizing as I'm typing how crazy I was during that time.  Even my blood pressure was super high because of all of my anxiety.  How embarrassing.  

Finally we were called back, I laid on the table and got all gelled up (gross).  She pressed the little wand into my stomach and there was our crazy baby on the screen.  I say crazy because it was all over the place!  It was so strange to see how much it was moving but I couldn't yet feel a thing.  After a little searching our sonologist found the picture we were waiting for.  She froze the frame and asked us to guess the sex.  Sonogram pictures make no sense to either of us so we just stared for a while not wanting to guess the wrong thing.  I guess she finally got tired of us just staring so she let us in on the secret . . . Bean is a girl!  All of my worry about what to choose as a boys name was for nothing, Emery Jewell was the only name we had and the only name we needed.  After we found out the sex we let my mom come in to see her granddaughter.  We already know Emery has a lot of her mom in her because she wasn't very cooperative with the sonologist.  Usually they have a set order they look for things in but Emery was doing her own thing in there so the pictures had to be taken in the order she allowed them to be taken in.  My mom thought this was too funny.  The way the sonologist said it pretty much summed me up too, "we're going to be able to get some good pictures, we're just going to have to do it the way and in the order she wants it done".  I have always been independent and done things the way I want to and it looks like Emery is going to be the same.  I think this is what they call payback.  

Knowing that we have a baby girl on the way makes everything seem so much more real and actually calling her by name now has been really exciting!   We love you Emery and can't wait to meet you in just a few short months!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

It's a girl!

The pictures of Emery will be back soon.  Mom didn't like the idea of the pictures confirming Emery as a girl being on the internet.  Thanks for the effort dad but let's do some editing first, Emery is a modest girl!  :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sorry! New sonogram date!

You're guess is as good as mine right now!  I should have updated my blog as soon as we rescheduled the sonogram a couple of weeks ago.  The original plan was to take a half day of school today to go find out what Bean is and then go to the hospital to sign up for classes and things but once I got really sick for almost a whole week, my available sick days from school are almost non-existent now.  We only have to wait a few more hours though, the sonogram will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:00.  I will be sure to post on facebook and on the blog as soon as I possibly can!  Thanks for sharing in our excitement with us!