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10 Week Timeline

Well, it’s been ten weeks since my last post — the one featuring my big ‘ole pregnant belly.

Just a few days later that belly popped (with the help of some pitocen), and we proudly announced the arrival of Mr. Marco Lawrence Puricelli!

He was born as the Cardinals clinched the National League Wild Card (and, yes, one month later they went on to win the World Series, which I got to attend with my dad while Marco stayed home and watched it with his).

The game was on as I was delivering, but I assured the doctor it was okay. “I’ll just pretend all that cheering is for me.” I told her.

The first few weeks were your typical whirlwind of learning how to eat and sleep, swaddle and soothe….and shampoo that amazing head of hair.

At just a few weeks old, the little guy was already a star as he was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch…at least, his pumpkins were. But he made the story complete.

Around 5 weeks he started showing off some smiles, which he now he completes with coos and giggles.

Around 6 weeks he got his first cold (as did Dad and myself). Not fun. It was followed by his 2 month shots. Still, not fun.

At 8 weeks he celebrated his first Thanksgiving with his very first hair trim. Nothing major, Dad just felt like those sideburns needed a little touching up.

And at 9 weeks, he got to meet Santa for the very first time.

This Wednesday the little man (or “little dude” as his dad says) will be 10 weeks old!

It’s amazing how fast the time has gone. And how much he has already changed in just two short months. In fact, last night he started rolling from his belly to his back, AND he slept from 10 pm to 6 am! (apparently he knows how to make his mom happy since I go back to work this week).

I’m going to do my best to keep the blog updated from now on. Though, I am planning on combining it with my other blog soon…as it’s pretty evident — free time is officially a thing of the past.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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5 Days To Go…

Or so they say. I’ve been thinking it may be sooner, but for now it looks like the little guy is pretty content just where he is. I have another doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so maybe there will be some progress. Maybe. I’ve stopped getting my hopes up. And, considering I’m still feeling more or less “fine” for being 9 months pregnant, I can’t complain. It’s all mental at this point.


(Sorry, as happy as I am to be thisclose to having him, I seem to have issues with looking severely depressed every time I try to take a self-pic.)

We JUST want to meet him! And we’re super curious to  know what this little boy looks like! Will his eyes be blue (like mom’s) or green (like dad’s) or mysteriously turn out to be brown? Will he have much hair? Will it be dark? I was basically born looking like an eskimo…thick, dark hair, round face, almond eyes, dark skin. But eventually turned out to be blond and far from the native roots I seemed to originally possess.

A nice flashback to the 80’s. Yes, I’m the baby in both of these…

Nothing left to do now but wait. And hope for a safe, healthy labor! As much as I feel like I’ve been pregnant for years now, this past 9-10 months has definitely flown by. Can’t believe we’re going to be parents within a week!

 

 

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Weeks 24-27. Catching Up.

I’ve fallen behind on my weekly posts. Two straight weeks of work travel will do that to a prego girl. I’m not sure how much longer I can travel. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and that’s my only big question for her right now. However, I will say, traveling on the verge of my third trimester hasn’t been bad. I was a little concerned about the puffiness factor, but by drinking tons of water, I seemed to conquer that issue with ease. I also take a daily baby aspirin (just to be safe based on some little blood thing I was tested for because of my genetics), which helps with the whole increased risk of flying thing, too. So, while the two weeks did wear me out, I can’t say it was any more so than it would have been non-pregnant. Right now I don’t have any more scheduled trips for work before the due date, but as of now I can’t say I’d need to turn one down if I did…unless of course, my doctor said to. And now Baby P. can add Minneapolis ( Mall of America included) and Washington D.C. (second time, actually) to his list of in utero travels.

 I’ve also somehow managed to get A LOT done in the world of baby preparation the past few weeks…
1.I finally registered at Babies R Us (something I was dreading, and swore I wasn’t going to do. When it came down to it, I had no choice. Thank God I have a very focused and experienced sister to guide me).

2. We got his stroller. And never in my life would I have imagined getting giddy over a baby stroller. But, yes, I did. I was really struggling with what to get at first. And although I had a wealth of opinions coming my way on what/how many I needed, I went with my own gut. I really, really, really didn’t want to have to have 8 strollers in my garage. And while the travel systems look all cozy, they also seem bulky with a short usage period. And while the joggers look really cool, I don’t really jog…and if I do, I don’t think I will with the baby…and if I do, I’ll splurge and get one when the time comes (I know, joggers are good for rugged terrain, too. But the reviews for the one I picked said it’s great on sidewalks, and for now, that’s as rugged as I plan to get). And then there’s that shopping cart thing, and the umbrella stroller…See, people, this is stressful!

But then that stress was relinquished when I discovered — the BumbleRide Flite.

 

It’s basically the whole package. It works with the car seat I want, then converts to a simple umbrella-type for later. It folds easily (I plan to keep my Jetta for as long as I can), and is super light, yet durable. And, it’s actually really good-looking! Yes, we will be stylin’. So far, I love it. Let’s hope this love remains when it actually contains a baby, too!

3. My RUG came!

I was waiting and waiting, and since it was on backorder I even got a little nervous. But it came and it’s adorable and I even…

4. …picked out a paint color to match! Yep, I painted Baby P’s room turquoise this weekend, and it’s so, so cute. Granted, it’s bright (as Lucas immediately pointed out), but it’s cheery and adorable. And now I can’t wait to do the rest. As soon as it all comes together (don’t hold your breath, this is gonna take a few weeks), I’ll post some pics. At least I’ve gotten the ball rolling.

So, that’s my past three weeks in a nutshell. And now I’ve reached the third trimester! The bigger my belly gets, the more prepared I am for him to come. And, yet, there’s still so much to do. We’re getting there. Come on “nesting,” time to work your magic…

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Weeks #19-20. Camping While Pregnant…with a BOY!

Weeks 19-20.
This has been quite an eventful week in the world of my growing belly. We had the BIG ultrasound last Wednesday where we not only got to see Baby P. squirming around like a champ, we also found out (as Lucas swore from the moment the tech put that cold, jelly wand on my ever-expanding gut) that we’re having a BOY! I’m sure those who weren’t in the room with us when we found out were quite amused by my husband’s, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” bellowing from behind the door. It was definitely a fun moment. My only regret is not recording his momentous reaction.

It was also great to find out that he appears to be a very healthy little boy (yes, I love that I can finally drop the word “it” and replace it with “he”). And it’s so amazing to see the changes in his growth in the past 10 weeks. We’ve been lucky/worried enough that this has been our 3rd ultrasound. Wow what a different a trimester makes!

6 1/2 weeks, aka “our tadpole”

10 1/2 weeks, aka “our spaz”

19 1/2 weeks, aka “our boy”

And being that this was the time of our big ultrasound, it also marks my halfway point (cue the Bon Jovi…”ooohhh, ohh, we’ll make it I swearrr“)! At 20 weeks, suspecting coworkers and the nurses where I volunteer finally have the confidence to ask if that’s a baby in my belly. Yep. I’ve officially popped!

We finished off the week in the most appropriate way possible, by taking the boy on his first fishing/camping trip. He did pretty well out there, and worked his magic to make sure he sent all the right tired vibes my way, helping me sleep rather peacefully under those stars. Unfortunately he couldn’t do much to help the fish bite, but there will be plenty of time for that.

I was very proud of myself for hanging around the campfire…almost as long as everyone else. Plus, it was a nice little escape for me. It gave me a chance to walk the dogs around the springs, catch up on some magazines and play around with my new, fancy camera, for which I still really, really need to take a class.



Oh, and to top it off, I turned 31 this week. Not a crazy birthday, but a continuation of a very eventful year!

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Holy Mudbuckets!!

THE WALLS WERE RIGHT!

IT’S A BOY!!!

I guess this house knew what it was talking about after all. Lucas was literally jumping up and down, fist-pumping and shouting, “Yes! Yes!”

I couldn’t help but see what adorable baby boy things were waiting for us at gap.com today. That’s when I found this. Isn’t it the cutest little shark boy ever?!

Now I’m excited.

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