November 19, 2008

A must see for all expectant mothers!

If you haven't seen "The Business of Being Born," I recommend it! It's a total must see! 

Prior to watching it, I just thought I'd show up at the hospital like most expectant mothers, maybe get an epidural and hope there wasn't a need for a c-section.  But after watching this movie, I have officially opted for a midwife! I already changed doctors and the midwife I am using has an MD as a backup if the baby is breached or there are other complications. 

I'm hoping I'm strong enough to stay away from any drugs they throw my way. The movie does a great job of explaining how the drugs often lead to unnecessary c-sections - and that is something I plan to stay away from.

 Just some food for though! 

November 18, 2008

Our little olive...

This week, our baby measures about .9 to 1.2 inches from crown to rump. 
Arms and legs are longer and it's little hands are flexed at the wrist. It's head is growing more erect and the neck is more developed. 

The organs are also forming. Ears are developed and the eyelids have begun to cover up the baby's eyes. The baby is finally starting to look like a tiny person! 
I've already scheduled two tours at the local hospitals for next month. Everything is starting to come together.

My best friend, Venessa, has been working diligently on designing our baby announcement cards and we will be putting them all together ourselves. I absolutely love it and it's only in the beginning stages! It's gonna be great and just in time for the holidays!

Hope everyone has a great week!

November 14, 2008

It's for real!

I had my first appointment today and I wasn't expecting more than a routine check-up. Mom tagged along and I'm glad she did because while sitting there they said I could get an ultrasound if I'd like. For sure!!! So we waited, and waited some more...and finally got the chance to see the baby. 

It made it feel so real...even though the four pregnancy tests were positive, I didn't want to get overly excited until I saw it! The ultrasound confirmed that I'm exactly 8 weeks pregnant and the baby is due June 26, 2009. We heard the heartbeat and it was so amazing. It's beating strong and very quickly - 166 bpm! It's only the size of a raspberry, but you could see the nose, mouth and little legs starting to sprout!

Here is the baby's first pic! My next appointment is Dec. 12! I'll keep you all posted.

Much love,

November 13, 2008

Nonna, always in our hearts

My Nonna (that's grandmother in Italian) passed away Nov. 7. Although I know she's with the Lord, it's hard not having her by our side. I am so grateful to her for helping raise me in my younger years and for all the memories she leaves behind. She was a wonderful woman, hardworking and always serving others. She suffered of Alzheimer's, but lived a long and happy life.  My mom took care of her these last few years and I look up to her for that. I hope I can be half the daughter she is. 

I'm sad to see her go, especially now that I'm expecting. But people always say that with the loss of a loved one, another one is born. That couldn't be more true for our family now and I know that we will have an angel watching over us...and her name is Nonna. Love you always...