Ultrasound and "Gender Reveal" Pictures

Ultrasound Pictures 19 Weeks 6 days
Leg (bent, knee pointing left)
Head/Body (good view of spine)
looking at us!!!

Making my BLUE cakes!!!

Stop #1: My side of the family at Daddy's work

Stop #2: My cousin Ashley's work

Stop #3: Andrew's Family and some friends

Stop #4: Women's Hospital to see new mommy Jessica!!!
So glad we were able to work on the "cake gender reveal"!!! It was so much fun, even if we had to keep the secret for over 24 hours!!! It was kind of fun having a secret for a little while though!!!!

It's.... A....

BOY!!!!yep, that's right! we've got a BOY!!!

The name we have decided on (which we had decided on back before we even got married) is...

Nathaniel Ray Downer

This name is after both of our Papaw's.

My Papaw Paul Nathaniel Murray (my dad's father) and Andrew's Grandpa Elda Ray Morgan (Andrew's mom's father).
These two people have meant so much in both of our lives and continue to play such a vital role. We are proud to have them as our Papaws and can't wait for them to meet our little man!!!


20 weeks = Cantaloupe!

Not a big fan of cantaloupe, but I AM a big fan of this little one!!! :)

Here's what TheBump say about week 20 (Besides being HALF WAY THERE!!!): "Baby's now the size of a cantaloupe! Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch."

Starting to feel a little more flutters, mostly at night. They aren't big kicks but they've gotten stronger in the last week or so. I cant wait for Andrew and our friends and family to be able to feel them outside of my belly! :)


Dr.'s Appointment!

We had our big doctor's appointment today! Yes, we do know that the baby is a ... ahem... but we're having 2 cakes being cut tomorrow... one for my side of the family and the other for his side of the family, so we're not letting anyone know that the baby is a ... ahem... till then! It's been a little difficult, but having a secret that only myself, my husband, my mom, and my mother-in-law know has really been kinda fun!!! The four of us were in the room when I had the big ultrasound and we've all been sworn to secrecy till tomorrow! My dad doesn't even know! He's going to be the one that cuts the first cake tomorrow. :) If you dont know, or i havent explained the cake thing, it will be pink or blue on the inside so when you cut the cake, the secret is revealed!
Here's all but one of the pictures from the ultrasound today. Other than the gender reveal, everything looks GREAT. Things were measured, heartbeats were counted, weight was taken, and we're all doing fabulously. My little... ahem... weighs 12 ounces and has a heartbeat of 142.

I'll post a blog with the "Big News" tomorrow night!


Boy or Girl Update...

Our "find out the gender" ultrasound has been moved to Tuesday. As most of you know, or read in previous posts, our appointment was scheduled for Friday (tomorrow). The one and only ultrasound tech at my doctor had a death in the family so all of her appointments for today and tomorrow have been rescheduled. I was devestated. I know it's something that she cant help and I truly feel for her and her family, but I wish they had more than one person who could do these things! So, the cake thing has been put on hold... I guess I'll try and see if we can get some people together on Tuesday night after we have the appointment. I've waited for 19 weeks, I guess a couple more days wont kill me! It sure does feel like a lifetime though!


Week 19 = Mango!

Moving right along! We're at Week 19!So here's what TheBump says about Week 19: "Baby's now the size of a mango! Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature."

We find out on Friday whether this little mango is a boy or a girl!!! We are soooo excited! Friday night (for my side of the family) and Saturday (for Andrew's side of the family) we are having "gender reveal cakes" that I will make. Someone will cut the cake and reveal pink or blue on the inside to let everyone know the sex of the baby! I'll upload pictures next week of all the fun!


A Walk To Remember

Since today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, I thought it would be fitting to upload my pictures from this past weekend.

On Saturday, October 10th, I walked in The 5th Annual Walk to Remember sponsored by HeartStrings. Andrew and I had walked in this event 2 years ago when a friend lost her little boy Hudson 3 days after birth. This year, I walked not only for Hudson, but for Amy and Ryan's little twins Josh and Emma, who passed away one year ago in November. And technically... I walked for my little one, who I miscarried this past April.

Team Emma & Josh
Amy hanging Emma & Josh's ornaments
Emma's sign (above) and Josh's sign (below) on the 1.5 mile route.

Lisa hanging Hudson's ornament

So, for another fruit and/or veggie i don't like... i give you week 18: the sweet potato. Though i don't eat them, it IS mighty cute how big he or she is getting!!! Week 17 brought some changes... not so welcome, per-say, but changes none the less. Week 17 started sciatic nerve/hip/pelvis pain. I know, I know... "Girl, you don't even know the half of it... it's only just begun." I know, I know... It's gotten a little better, and some days it doesn't even hurt, but between being on my feet in heels at a wedding last Friday and walking a mile and a half (as i will post about later) on Saturday, it was REALLY hurting this past weekend. Other than that, Zantac and Zofran are my two bestest friends... :)

Here's what TheBump says about week 18: Baby's now the size of a sweet potato! Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.

And now for a couple more belly pictures... I take the pictures at the end of the week, which is why week 18 is not up here. :)

so here's to you my little sweet tater.... ♥