We had the ultrasound today! So the polls are closed for guessing what flavor it is, now we know :) Everything looks good with the baby for which we are very grateful. It was really cool to get to actually see this baby! I’ve been able to feel it a little bit for the past week or so, and so we were super excited to actually see it. We got some pictures which Eric scanned into the computer so we could post them here. See how good you would do as a sonographer!
In addition to finding out that our baby is healthy and growing well, we did get to find out the gender. We know we’ve been really mean to make you wait all the way to the end of the post to find out since that’s probably what you were waiting to see! See if you can tell…
Yup, the poll was absolutely wrong about the gender of our baby – we’re having a little boy! He was very cooperative and was totally spread eagle. No doubt about what kind of baby that is! We’ve decided to call him Gerund until he’s born, because we really like the name, but we realize how cruel it could be to name our kid that for real. As we discuss more names and settle on other favorites we’ll post them and take feedback on them. We’re really excited to get to meet our son in February!
For those of you who are interested we’ve posted the video of the ultrasound on google video. We know it’s really long but we figure there are some people who’d really like to see it, and if you don’t care… you won’t watch it :) You can see it here:
Yesterday I got to play my favorite game – wife! Most of you are probably thinking, “um, Brittny, you ARE a wife… what do you mean by playing wife?” You see, most days I go to work and am away from the house for about 11 hours out of the day to be in Salt Lake City. When I come home in the evenings I usually have just enough time to make dinner, pack it up into tupperware and take it over to Omniture where I eat it with Eric. By the time I get home for real it’s usually 9pm at the earliest, which doesn’t exactly leave me with a plethora of time for doing wife-y things such as dishes, laundry, cleaning etc. As un-glamorous as those things may sound I love the feeling of having put our house in order and making real food – rather than just pasta roni.
However, yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment in the morning which meant that I had already asked for permission to work from home, saving myself the 2 hours of commute time. In anticipation of staying home on Monday I had worked a little later a few nights last week so that I wouldn’t have to spend as much of the morning working. All these things added together meant that I had a fair amount of extra time yesterday for “playing wife”!
So first of all, we had the doctor’s appointment. I had made the appointment for 9am since we didn’t know what Eric’s school schedule was going to be like when I made the appointment I had decided to err on the side of setting an appointment too early (9am is their very first appointment of the day) since it seemed less likely that Eric would sign up for classes that were that early. Well, I was right on one thing – Eric definitely doesn’t have classes that early! Since his classes are all after 2pm and we don’t have church until 10:30am there is never a morning where Eric has to be up before 9am and normally he would still get to be asleep instead of at the doctor’s at that time of the day. Sorry love! Luckily he was a good sport and came with me anyways :)
When we got in they placed us in the ultrasound room to wait for the doctor which definitely raised our hopes. We knew that they offered the gender ultrasound as early as 16 weeks at my office and I am 17 weeks along currently. Of course, we weren’t scheduled for an ultrasound so we didn’t really think that we’d get to do it then, but still our hopes were raised a little bit. The appointment went really well. Things have been going really well with the pregnancy lately. All the rumors are true! The second trimester really is a lot easier! We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again, which is always exciting. Plus, we got to schedule the ultrasound! We should get to find out the baby’s gender on October 7th – two weeks from today. Wahoo!! So if you haven’t voted on the flavor of baby we’re having in our poll, you have two weeks left to make your voice heard! We’ll post on here as soon as we know for sure and probably some pictures from the ultrasound too so you can see our baby! We’re definitely excited to find out what kind of baby we’re going to have!!
After the appointment I took Eric to a meeting at Omniture while he had the 500 mile maintenance done on his bike, and I went to the grocery store. I’d decided that since I had some extra time I was going to make garlic sirloin for dinner, so I needed some ingredients. I started putting it all together when we got home in hopes that I’d be able to have it all ready for dinner (it’s cooked in a slow cooker for at least 6 hours so I had to get it ready earlier rather than later). Well, at 4pm I finally finished putting the final touches on it. It probably would have helped if I had known earlier that a clove of garlic is one of the little pods within a bulb… not the full bulb. Since we didn’t want to be eating dinner at 10pm I put the roast in the fridge so we could cook it today, and we had Taiwanese breakfast burgers instead (one of our favorite simple meals – toasted hamburger buns with sausage, a fried egg, thinly chopped cucumber and ketchup, apparently they’re a pretty common thing to have for breakfast in Taiwan – go figure!). We had the roast today and it was SO good. Nothing like what we were aiming for – the garlic sirloin that they have at Tucanos– but it was a really delicious dinner.
The other good thing that happened yesterday is that my BellaBand came! No, a BellaBand has nothing to do with the main character from the Twilight series, it’s a piece of maternity clothing. It’s basically a band that goes around the waist and helps pregnant women extend their wardrobes. Here’s a picture of the band in action:
Basically right now I can wear it with my normal pre-pregnancy pants and it will hold my pants up if I want to wear them unbuttoned and even unzipped a little bit, without it looking like I’m a moron that forgot to zip up their pants. SUCH a blessing! My pants have been feeling really tight as this baby is growing, but I’m definitely not pregnant enough yet to really be ready for maternity pants. As you can see in the picture, the band has uses for all different stages of pregnancy. As I get more pregnant and my pre-pregnancy pants don’t fit anymore, I can use it with maternity pants that will inevitably be too big at first to help hold them up. Later on it’s really good for supporting that great big tummy. And after the baby is born it helps as I slowly lose the extra weight and can transition back to normal clothes again. I’m definitely very excited about this purchase :)
I guess that’s about it from me for now. My family is coming up next weekend for conference and I’m way excited to see them. Other than that I’m mostly just counting down the days until we find out our baby’s gender!!
Well, this last Tuesday it was back for another semester of school for Eric. We’re still getting used to him being back in school after the nice break he’d had this summer. Luckily it doesn’t look like this semester is going to be too bad for Eric overall, although I’ll let him post about it himself. With the beginning of a new school year it means another big change for our little family – my BYU bus pass is no longer valid starting next Monday, and since I’ve graduated I don’t qualify for a new one. We only had to pay $70 for it for the entire year and I was able to get to Salt Lake City almost every weekday! We’re going to miss that convenient and VERY economical way for me to commute. We looked into buying me a monthly bus pass, however the cost of a bus pass is $160 per month, which wouldn’t really be saving us that much over what it would cost us in gas. Plus, since I can work from home sometimes or work out other ways of getting to Salt Lake on occasion it quickly becomes more economical to drive.
As sad as it may seem to be giving up the bus pass I’m actually kind of excited to be driving in. I really like the freedom I have with driving that I can come in whenever I want and leave whenever I want. It will also mean that for the first time in our married life Eric and I will be able to have similar morning schedules so we can see each other in the mornings, which I’m definitely looking forward to :) Part of the ripple effect of me starting to drive to Salt Lake every day is that I’ll be taking over our Corolla as my primary vehicle and leaving Eric home with our Cadillac. While our 1994 Cadillac Seville has held up surprisingly well so far… Eric wasn’t very comfortable with having to rely on it to get him to and from school and work every day. So, we decided it was time to get rid of our Caddy and instead invest in a scooter which Eric bought on Thursday. He’s pretty excited about it as it will get him better parking and AWESOME gas mileage (82 MPG). I’ll let him post about that as well since he can give you more details about the kind of scooter we’ve got and all that, since about as far as my technical specs go gets us through the fuel economy and the color (red).
After this long week of school and work were over we had a pretty packed Saturday to follow it up! It was actually a really fun day, if not as relaxing as our Saturdays generally are. We had 5 years worth of YA technicians over to our apartment in the morning for breakfast. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of people who I still consider to be close friends, even if they aren’t people I see very frequently (traveling the world with people tends to form some pretty strong bonds, especially when you’re working so closely with such great people). Young Ambassadors was a wonderful chapter in my life that deeply influenced me, but I’m definitely where I’m supposed to be and doing the things I’m supposed to be doing. I wish we’d taken some pictures of all the people in our apartment but I never think of taking pictures until I’m sitting down to write these posts. Oops!
After the YA breakfast I had just enough time to change my shirt (that had somehow gotten all grease splattered while standing next to Kyle cooking bacon) and head over to my friend Stephanie’s baby shower. Stephanie has been a great blessing to me for the past few months as I’ve been pregnant. She and I talk online while we’re both at work and she’s been helping me get through the weeks of pregnancy. It’s really nice to have some friends who’ve already been there to help show me the way and celebrate the little milestones that pregnant women appreciate more than most other people. Even though I didn’t really know any of the people there it was fun to meet a lot of the people who she’s told me so much about.
When I got finished with the baby shower Eric came and picked me up (yup, on his cool new scooter :) ) and we were back just in time for more friends to come over for the BYU Football game! Even though I’m not a big football fan I can really get into a game like that. It was a pretty intense game, especially since there seemed to be some bias on the part of the referees against BYU. I was very proud of our team that they were able to pull through and shine in the face of that and go on to win! It was a great game and we had a lot of fun watching it with friends.
So those are basically the highlights of our week. I’m sure Eric will have more to add in later. I’ve been feeling very blessed this week as the rumors I’d heard about the second trimester being easier than the first have proved to be true! I’m about two weeks into the second trimester, and I haven’t felt nauseous hardly at all this week. I can finally eat like a normal human being instead of a hamster! I’m hoping this can hold up for most of the rest of this pregnancy (I know there are more symptoms that rear their ugly head in the third trimester but I’ll be happy to keep the nausea at bay!) I’m a little frustrated to be 15 weeks along and still no baby bump to show for it. It’s kinda weird, I guess I never realized how long into pregnancy you can get before starting to show. I’m sure soon enough this baby will be taking up plenty of space in my body and I’ll be huge and wishing to be back to regular pre-pregnancy size. For now though, I slightly envy my friends with big tummies that can feel the babies kicking. One of the cool things is we can sorta feel where the baby is, but it’s still too low in my pelvis for anyone other than the doctor, Eric or I to feel it. I know I just need to be patient, I’ll be showing soon enough!
I almost forgot! One of the main things I wanted to do with this post is to invite everyone to take the poll in the right column about what flavor of baby we’re going to have. (sorry, I think that’s an Anderson thing to talk about a baby’s gender as a flavor… don’t ask how it started, I have no idea) Generally speaking people won’t find out until week 20 when they have the anatomy ultrasound whether it’s a boy or a girl. However, there are places in Provo/Orem where we could go and get an ultrasound as early as the end of this week to find out the baby’s gender. It would only cost us $45 for the ultrasound and an optional $10 for a DVD recording of it. But we’re not sure we want to fork out the extra cash just to know a few weeks earlier. However, my little brother Cody is apparently DYING to find out and he’s offering to put up the money for us to do it earlier :P. We’ll have to see what we choose. Another big factor is that I’m not home during the days anyways so I’d have to plan to work from home another day to go in and do it. But maybe we’ll start going crazy enough about it that we just want to find out. It will be really cool to finally get to see this baby, even if it’s just the vague images on an ultrasound. I can still remember going to my mom’s ultrasounds when she was pregnant with my younger siblings. Those were cool experiences and I’m sure it will be even cooler with our own baby.
Anyways, we’d love to hear what people think our baby will be or even just what you want it to be. Don’t ask us for our opinions, because we don’t have very solid opinions. Eric hasn’t been able to make up his mind on what he thinks it is, and I keep having very decided opinions… and then changing them (yup, I’m definitely a woman :). So much for parents’ intuition! If you do make a vote we’d love it if you left a comment stating how you voted and maybe why you think that, just so that we can sorta see who thinks what! We did leave an extra spot for people to guess both if you think we’re having twins (which there isn’t any evidence of so far, and the fact that I’m still not showing would tend to indicate against). For now voting ends on the day that I hit 20 weeks, but when we figure out when we’re going in for the ultrasound I’ll change it to that date and time instead. Happy guessing!
We didn’t really have any one major thing that we wanted to write about this week so I thought I’d just give an overall recap of highlights of this week. I’ll try to contain each highlight to one bullet point so it doesn’t get too confusing:
- Last Sunday we decided that 8:30am (the time that both our new old wards met for sacrament meeting) was NOT going to happen after moving all of our stuff into our new apartment. So we let ourselves sleep in and since we live in Utah… we figured that any time of day on Sunday we could go in any direction and find a sacrament meeting. So, just before 1pm we went to the building where our wards meet hoping to find another married student ward to attend. Unfortunately, we hadn’t taken into account that our stake meets on half hours and so the meetings in both chapels in our building were about half over. So, we walked across the parking lot to the other building (yes… there are two buildings within that one parking lot with four chapels between the two of them. You can also go and within 4 blocks find at least 4 other church buildings – yay Utah :) ) The first chapel in the other building had already started however the second chapel had people flowing in and we were very happy to find a sacrament meeting that was just starting. As we went in however we realized very quickly that this was NOT a ward for married students… or families… it was a singles ward. Luckily, I don’t look pregnant yet so we were able to inconspicuously sit in on it so we could take the sacrament. A few minutes into the meeting another couple came in and sat next to us… both with wedding rings on. I noticed this and thought it was odd… but of course, Eric and I had both worn rings before we were married (since we were at BYU this seemed like a good way to signify that we were both off the market) I didn’t think too much of it. However after a minute the girl next to me asked if we were in a singles ward, and we found out that both of us were in the same situation – married students who needed to find a church meeting to attend. I joked with them that it would be funny if that Sunday was you-should-all-get-married-and-date-more-Sunday or if it was Chastity lesson Sunday (yeah… the boy in my apartment is definitely allowed to stay past curfew. I don’t think Eric would appreciate being kicked out of our house in the middle of the night :) ) Sure enough… the talks that day were all centered on a talk from this month’s Ensign – Making the Most of our Single Years by Russell Stevenson. We laughed quietly together though the meeting about the irony of the situation but it was good overall. If nothing else it made us appreciate that much more what a blessing our marriage is. I think if any couple is going through tough times they should go to a singles ward on dating Sunday. Not that there’s anything wrong with that stage of life… but once you’ve gone past it, you don’t ever have any desire to go back. I’m very very grateful for Eric and the blessing it is to be married to him.
- On Monday we went to the doctors and got to hear our baby’s heartbeat again. It was a really quick visit to just make sure everything was going well. It’s always cool to hear the baby’s heartbeat, just a little reminder that there really is a little person in there! We’re getting more and more excited for this baby to come and for us to get to be parents.
After the doctor’s appointment we finally went and got my blood drawn… which should have happened about 2 months ago but I’ve been too chicken to go. Finally after a lot of praying, a blessing from Eric and basically being forced in we made it. Eric stuck with me the whole time which was VERY helpful. We sat me down in the chair and made sure to explain to the phlebotomist (yeah, I spelled that right the first time and I’m SO proud of myself right now :) ) that I would pass out. I also made sure to warn her not to try to make it seem like not a big deal… because I already know that but having to think about it makes it worse. She was great. She actually brought up Twilight and she and Eric had a conversation about how much I like those books which gave me something good to focus on while she drew my blood and I tried very hard to remain conscious. It worked… sorta. I stayed conscious until they had taken out the needle and bandaged my arm… then I passed out and fell out of the chair. Eric says I looked almost like I was having a seizure and he had to catch my head so I didn’t slam it into the wall. I also apparently wasn’t sitting as still as I thought I was so I ended up with a pretty good bruise. I meant to take pictures of the bruise earlier in the week but didn’t get to it until today. Just remember that this is a picture of the bruise almost a week later… it looks way better than it did earlier in the week.
Luckily there’s only one more blood draw for this pregnancy and my friend Stephanie has agreed to help me learn some good relaxation techniques so that I can get over this irrational fear, or at least take the edge of it. Let’s face it, there’s no way I’m getting out of needles when I actually have to give birth to this baby so I better work on it now!
- On Thursday Taylor came back to Utah!! I’m so excited to have my little sister back so I can bug her to come hang out with me again. We all made the trek up to Grandma and Grandpa Anderson’s house on Friday night so we could retrieve all of her stuff. Unfortunately since Eric and Taylor had been busy in Provo and I had a HUGE project that my team’s been working on all week that was due Friday night… and then we hit major construction on the way up to Logan… it was 8pm before we got up there and we hadn’t realized that everyone there was waiting to start dinner until we arrived. Oops! Sorry everyone! It was really fun to go up there and be with family. Eric helped my Grandpa troubleshoot some things on his computer and Grandma helped me make a Strawberry Rhubarb pie for Eric (they’re his favorite and since I never had someone teach me how to make a pie my past attempts have been… interesting… to say the least). This picture is post being cut into but it still looks better than my past pies by a long shot. Thanks so much Grandma & Grandpa for having us! And thanks for teaching me to make pie! It’ll be very handy since I have 7 more bags of frozen rhubarb… and not really any other uses for it.
- On Saturday night we had the Criddles and the Phillips over for a little end-of-summer get together. Jon and Cody were in Eric’s Information Systems group last year so they spent a lot of time working together and all three couples have become very close friends. Everyone else was out of state over the summer since Cody and Jon went on internships so we were very happy to have everyone back together. We made ice cream (which decidedly did not turn out as good as my grandma’s pie), ate snacks and just hung out for a few hours catching up on everyone’s summers. The boys played a few games of Wii Mario Kart and it was just a really fun time. We had definitely missed having everyone so close by, and we’re going to miss having the guys in all of the same classes this year, but hopefully we’ll still find lots of opportunities to get together this year.
- This doesn’t really fit on any one particular day but this week Eric has done an AWESOME job of getting our apartment unpacked and organized. I’ve been working late nights this week so I haven’t been able to do much so I’ve been especially grateful for all that he’s done in getting our little house put together. Tomorrow I want to get our pictures hung and the rest of us pretty well moved in but I’ve been impressed with all he’s gotten done. Thanks honey for all you’ve done! Below are some pictures of the new digs:
I guess that’s about it. Eric starts school again on Tuesday so we’re gearing up for things getting really busy again. Luckily, nothing can be as bad as the ISYS core was last year, but he’s going to have plenty to do between school and work during this next semester. I’m going to miss having him home during the day, he’s been very helpful in getting things done that I can’t since I work in Salt Lake and am gone from the apartment up to 12 hours each day. I’m excited for him to be done in April, and for this baby to come so that I can stay at home and be a wife/mom and we’ll get things done around the apartment again!
I know it’s a little early to be working on a birthday present for Eric since his birthday isn’t until February, but I actually started on it 10 weeks ago, and he better like it! Seriously, just working on this present has made me so exhausted that I’ve been falling asleep at 10pm every night. I guess it’s been stressing me out too because I’ve been moody. Poor Eric has had to deal with me laughing hysterically at things that aren’t that funny one minute, and crying the next. It’s made me really hungry, but I have a really hard time finding food that I feel like I can safely stomach.
So, what is it that I’m working on? Since I’ve been working this hard on it Eric already knows so I’m not in any danger of spoiling the surprise by posting it here. It’ll be about 6 – 10lbs (I’m definitely hoping it will be closer to 6 than 10), about 1.5 – 2 feet long and pinkish. He’ll get to cuddle with it a lot, but it will probably be pretty noisy. We’ll get to teach it lots of fun tricks like rolling, walking and talking. It will require lots of cleaning up after, feeding and taking care of. It will be very demanding on both of us for about the next 18 years after I give it to Eric (ok, so probably really for the rest of our lives really). And we will love it more than I think we now realize.
For those of you who still haven’t figured out what it is… it’s a baby! Yup, I’m 10 weeks pregnant with our first child and we’re really excited! We went into the doctor’s yesterday for the first checkup and were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat. That was a really cool experience because up until now we knew I was pregnant but really I’ve just felt sick and there’s no real interaction with the baby at this point. It was the first time we could actually hear the baby itself, so we were really excited. I also got chastised for not getting my bloodwork done yet (for those of you who don’t know, I have a SEVERE phobia of needles which has made going in to do bloodwork… challenging… at best). The baby is in fact due February 26th which is Eric’s birthday. Yes, we know that the chances of actually delivering on the due date are pretty slim but it’s still just cool that it’s the same day. :)
I’ve been reading up a lot on pregnancy and parenting lately which has definitely been helpful. It’s nice to be able to say I have an idea of what’s happening to me and know what kinds of things are worrisome symptoms and what things are pretty normal. One thing I’ve learned… just about ANYTHING that seems weird with your body, is probably a normal pregnancy symptom. But I’ve also learned which things are dangerous for the baby and worth calling the doctor about. I’ve been pretty lucky so far and haven’t had any severe sickness or anything. I’ve been tired, and had some morning/night sickness, but it’s mostly stomach discomfort and not throwing up. God really must love me because I feel the best during the day so the 11 hours that I’m away from home at work/commuting have been ok. Of course, it means that Eric only ever gets to see me when I’m at home and kinda miserable so it sucks for him. But I can’t complain too much, I watched my mom’s pregnancies which were FAR worse than anything I’ve been dealing with, so I feel very blessed. Mostly I just have a hard time keeping exactly the right amount of food in my stomach. If I don’t eat enough, my stomach gets mad, and if I eat just slightly too much, my stomach gets even madder. Plus, it has to be just enough of exactly the right things. Basically I’ve been eating a TON of Cheerios, and then other random things like string cheese, popcorn, yogurt, frozen waffles etc have been making up the staples of my diet. I can only eat a very small amount of food at a time (for example, I’ve been taking yogurt to work for my breakfast and it will take me about 2 hours to finally finish my little 6 ounce carton of yogurt) but I’m eating constantly. I guess that makes sense since I’m eating such small amounts at a time, but it’s a weird shift for me. Probably my weirdest symptom has been that I’ve been burping like a trucker. Seriously huge earth shaking burps. My little sister wishes she could really belch so she’s been extremely jealous, and Eric thinks it’s really funny to hear.
So, that’s it from us. We’re super excited and we’ll definitely be keeping you all updated on our growing baby in the weeks and months to come :)