Monday, September 21, 2009

Bed Rest!

Most of you know that I don't sit very well. I like to be moving and getting things done- which is why I consider this restriction true torture!!! I am hopeful that at our next OB visit the ultrasound will be OK and the other symptoms will have resolved and I can get back to work (It's FLU season afterall!) and complete some house projects in preparation for Baby A. During my downtime I thought I would share a funny story with you...

On September 7th, Michael and I awoke early to drive his sister and nephew (visiting from Atlanta) to the airport. Our plan was to head straight to Babies R' Us in order to register (At the urging of our good friend Jesse) for baby goodies. We arrived at the store just as it opened (9:30). We met with an employee who signed us up for the registry and gave us the neat little gun scanner and a map of the store. At first we were excited, but this would quickly turn into an overwhelming feeling of being in over our heads. We had been given lots of tips by friends and family over what we "needed" and what were considered the best options. Of course all of this information must have been banned at the door because neither of us could remember a single tip once inside. Michael took down every stroller we thought might work for us and tried them out. He was looking for ease of opening and closing and overall weight of the device. After the first few he announced that we would register for the first stroller he didnt end up cursing in his effort to either open or close. It took us a while to find one :) After the stroller issue we seemed to be moving along a bit more smoothly...until we came to the wall of bottles! There were literally shelves upon shelves of bottle options! Before panic set in, we decided to call our friends Daisy and Nate and get their expert advice. Unfortunately for us they were out enjoying the beautiful weather. At this point we had lost all track of time...when my cell phone rang. Michael answered because I was busy trying to decipher the difference between the $25 baby lotion and the $3 version. The conversation went roughly like this:
Michael: Hello?
Caller: Mr. Johnson?
Michael: Yes?
Caller: This is (insert name here) from Babies R Us. Your wife was in our store this morning and registered with us. We think she may have accidentally taken the scanner home with her.
Michael: (Laughing) Oh no she didn't take it. We're still here in the store. We're just very slow.

The woman apologized and Michael assured her that we were nearly done and would return the scanner shortly. We must have set a record for them. We were there for nearly 6 hours!!! And we weren't even done registering yet...we still had to register at Target. But a nice end to the day was dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with my favorite company, Michael :)

Our next post will include photos of my growing tummy (for Grandma Argen) and the beginnings of our nursery. We finally found flooring!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sugar and Spice...

We had a very important visit to the doctor's office today. It was another round with the ultrasound machine, but this time we were far enough along to walk out knowing if we were having a boy or a girl. The ultrasound nurse got things going and we watched along on the screen as she found different landmarks and measured different bones, etc. And after a few minutes of poking and prodding and measuring, the little butterbean uncrossed its feet, and the nurse said "I'm pretty sure I see a little girl." Overjoyed, but still a little skeptical, we asked how sure she was, and she said about 90%, but the Dr. was going to do a detailed ultrasound as well, and if the baby cooperated, we would know for sure. 

The Dr. came in with a couple of residents, one of whom was running the ultrasound under his guidance. She found the same things the first nurse did, but then she got to a much clearer view of the baby's bottom. The Dr. asked her what she saw, and she said "That's a baby girl," and he said he very much agreed. Tam asked how sure he was, and he said "sure enough to start painting the walls pink." And aside from showing us that we've got  little girl on the way, the utrasound showed that everything looks good. 

Right after the appointment, we started calling family and friends to tell them, and then it was time to go out shopping to find some baby girl clothes. We had looked before, but had not bought anything yet. It's all very adorable, and I can tell we're going to be very broke. Tam made a beeline for an adorable pink tutu that she had seen a few weeks before, and now it's hanging in the closet in the soon-to-be nursery.

We're more excited than we can possibly say, and we can't wait to meet our little girl. We've got plenty of work to do in the next few months to get prepared. Check back to see our progress with the nursery!