First Ultrasound

We went in for our first ultrasound on Monday at 11 am. It didn't take very long which was nice and we found out a lot of good information. When the sonographer started doing the measurements she told us that the baby wasn't as far along as we thought it was. This news came with some mixed feelings. For me (Craig), I was excited that we are able to go in for a second ultrasound in 6 weeks so they can get some good measurements on our baby's heart and brain. For Jacquelinne, however, she was a bit disappointed because they pushed back the due date by 2 2 1/2 weeks (from November 5th to November 23rd) and she feels like she's going to be pregnant forever. We're both excited to be having a Thanksgiving baby!

Although our baby was smaller than we anticipated, everything seems to be healthy and normal. The placenta was in a good position, the hear rate was 143 beats per minute, and although Jacquelinne hasn't felt much kicking yet, we saw the cute little feet, legs, arms, hands, ribs, and spine. The sonographer kept saying "look at that cute little baby!" We couldn't agree more. :) The best part of the ultrasound for us was finding out the gender. I had learned from reading some online articles that if it's a boy we would see one distinct line and/or "stub" which would mean "boy." However, three lines between the legs would mean "girl." As the sonographer was probing around for different positions, I saw three lines and said, "it's a girl!!" She didn't acknowledge my comment and continued to do more measurements. Then when it was time to reveal the gender, she turned to me and said, "I think you're right." It was such a tender moment to finally know that we'll be blessed with a little BABY GIRL!!! Jacquelinne was teary-eyed and there was a special spirit in the room as we held hands and saw the first images of our beautiful baby.

Jacquelinne goes in for a regular follow-up appointment in two weeks and we get to go back on August 3rd for the second ultrasound. We're very excited and feel blessed to have this awesome power to procreate and bring this precious spirit into this world.

Here are the pictures we got to take home with us.

Obviously a Girl!!


Mission Accomplished

After 2 1/2 weeks and much planning, we finally got our couch into our basement apartment!! It is no longer sitting vertically in the landing at the top of our stairs in the entry way. As mentioned in my previous post, the couch would not quite fit. We have some workers over today to cut out some of the entry way and refinish it so that we can get furniture in and out with more ease in the future. Even with the cut out, we still had a difficult time getting it in because of the narrowness of the hallway that is perpendicular to the stairway. However, with some stiff pushes and strong pulls, we were able to negotiate the sofa around the corner and into our living room. I'm not sure we'll ever get it back out but that's a thought and worry for another day.

Not the best picture but here's proof!

P.S. We are going in on Monday for "THE ULTRASOUND" where the sonographer will be able to determine the size and weight of our baby and let us know if the heart and brain are functioning properly. Pending the cooperation of the baby, we are also hoping to find out its gender. Stay tuned! :)


trying to fit a square peg into a round hole

When we moved into our new apartment we thought that we could use a day bed that Jacquelinne used when she was in college for our
sofa in our front room. That ended
up being a good idea until we set up the day bed and tried watching a movie. It was so uncomfortable and we needed a solution.

I spent last week finding what I thought were suitable candidates for our new couch on craigslist and ksl. I would then send the links to Jacquelinne for approval and she would politely tell me that she didn't like them and we needed to keep looking. Last night as I was getting in my car to go home after work, I got a call from Jacquelinne and she told me she found a couch that she absolutely loves! I'm not very picky so when I got home, I looked at it, liked it, and we called the sellers to let them know we wanted to buy it and went to look at it right away. When we got there, I gave it a good eyeball and measured it to make sure it would fit in our house and it seemed that it would so we bought it.

We don't have a truck so we called around and a friend knew a friend with a truck who was willing to help us so we picked it up at 10:30 last night. When we got back we took off the legs and got it down the stairs. When we reached the bottom my biggest fears were realized. When we first moved in, we had a hard time getting our box spring in and I was somewhat worried about the couch but figured with some pushing and prodding, we could negotiate the corner and get the couch in. I was wrong! We got within about an inch of getting it through but we didn't want to break the couch. We ended up giving up at 12:45 am and I woke up frustrated with the analogy of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole running through my head all morning.

I called my brother Brian this morning and we're going to send him some pictures of the ceiling where it's getting jammed and see if there's any way we can make an arch which will help us get things in and out. For now we're keeping the couch at the top of the stairs in the entry way with just enough room to open our door to get in and out. We'll use day bed for a little while longer and hopefully we can get this fixed soon because we really like the couch. It's deep and very comfortable. Just what we were looking for. Wish us luck!