Reality Bites

Random musings of reality bytes ... when reality bites.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What's in a Name?

So DH and I have been brainstorming baby names. It's not that easy as the name we choose may/will define him/her for the rest of their life. We don't want our child to get beat up in the playground because of the name we choose.

I have to write down the names we like so far otherwise we're going to forget it.





Our boy name list is coming up short at the moment. Mostly I've been coming up with the girl names because I'm convinced we are having a girl. DH of course thinks it's a boy. We will be happy of course with either as long as the baby is healthy.

We would love some suggestions for boy/girl names. If you have any, post them. :)

Question of the day: If you could re-name yourself, what name would you choose?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


As in public displays of affection.

When is too much? Holding hands, smooches, hugs, embraces, a discreet squeeze. Those are fine. I was on the bus the other day and I saw a couple, in their mid-20s, on a make out session. On the bus. It looked like a make out session that would lead to groping at any second.

Ick. I'm not a prude by any means and I myself enjoy PDA but not in a crowded arena and to the point where people would scream to get a room.

Question of the day: When is PDA too much?

Monday, August 13, 2007


Last Fri at our 12 week appointment, we heard the baby's heartbeat for the very first time!!! It was the most magical sound I've ever heard.

The doc squirted the gel on my tummy and moved the instrument around to find the baby's heartbeat. It took her awhile to find it, and that of course almost gave me a heart attack. Cuz when you're pregnant, everything freaks you out, what you feel and what you don't feel. At least for me as it's our first time, I worry about everything. I'm glad that DH is always with me at the doc appts.

After what seemed like forever (really 10 seconds in real time) we heard the whooshing whooshing sound on the doppler machine speaker. It was strong, fast and music to our ears. I'll never forget DH's face as I was watching him. He had a concentrated focused look as the doc searched for the heartbeat. As soon as the heartbeat filled the room, DH's expression softened and big smile slowly broke across his face. A very proud look, like hey, that's my son/daughter. It was a proud and happy moment for both of us. :)

The baby is progressing normally and everything looks good. We've completed the 1st trimester so we've been sharing our news with friends.

We don't know the sex yet. The picture from my last post shows his/her foot sticking out, not his penis. Altho if that were his penis, DH would be proud at the size.. hahaha....

We won't know the sex until the next ultrasound, 2 mos away. I'm still debating. I do not want to know the sex right now. DH does.

I just feel waiting to find out until birth makes it more special. Finding out early is like knowing or opening your Christmas gift on July 4th.

I know most people would like to know ahead of time to start planning (colors, nursery, names, etc)....

I agree that it's good to know for planning but I feel there's only a few good great surprises in life. Why rush this one.

At least not knowing yet will give me more of an incentive to push harder once delivery time comes. :)

As for sex as in s-e-x, I'm afraid there's not much of that lately. :( I've just been always tired and not in the mood. I may not have gotten morning sickness but as a tradeoff the libido is non existent. Well, there's light at the end of the tunnel as I can feel it slowly coming back as I enter my 2nd trimester.

DH should be happy to hear that!! ;)

Question of the day: Would you want to know the sex ahead of time or surprised at birth?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A Picture is Worth a Thousand+++ Words

This image renders me speechless and emotional each time I look at it.

This was taken yesterday at 12 weeks. The baby looks like he/she is sucking it's thumb.

That's our baby. Our baby. Growing. Inside me. Our baby.

Question of the day: Describe your most cherished/ or favorite photo.

Monday, August 6, 2007

12 Weeks

The miracle of life...

I'm happy to announce that DH & I are expecting a baby on Feb 17, 2008!! :)

We found out on Father's Day weekend.

I'm in my 12th week or around the end of the critical 1st trimester.

DH & I are thrilled beyond words!!! We are ecstatic, nervous, excited and in awe at this tiny life growing inside me. The baby is currently 2" and the size of a lime.

We first saw the baby via ultrasound at 8 weeks and we were amazed at the little peanut with its tiny heart already beating.

We had another ultrasound a couple of weeks ago at 10 weeks and was amazed at how the baby has grown - almost double. We saw its heart beating (incredible!) and even saw him/her moving and dancing around!!! It was a very powerful image and again amazement and wonder filled us as we watched this tiny life fluttering and dancing in my uterus. Our baby.

Fortunately, I've experienced no nausea nor morning sickness, mostly just fatigue and wanting to nap all the time.

We told our families a few weeks ago and they are so excited. When I told my parents, my mom jumped up, gave me a hug and started crying. I started crying as well, tears of joy.

Everytime I tell someone the happy news, I get teary eyed and emotional.

We have a couple of appointments this week including genetic counseling/ testing today as a precautionary measure since I will be 35 at birth.

Please send us your positive thoughts that all will turn out normal.

The last time you guys sent me positive thoughts.... I got pregnant. :)

Question of the day: Will we have a boy or a girl?

Cruising Back to Reality...

It's Monday morning and I am psyching myself up for a day at work.

I am physically at work but not mentally yet.

DH & I just came back from a fun filled vacation.

We went on a 7 day Alaskan cruise and enjoyed a couple of days in Vancouver.

It is our 1st cruise and I have to say, it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. The trip itself to Alaska was amazing (saw Glaciers, whales, brown bears to name a few highlights). Being on a cruise is like being fed, pampered and entertained for 24 hours everyday. I could certainly get used to that!

I gained 2 pounds on the cruise. I don't think it's pregnancy weight but it was all the food we consumed.

DH & I really enjoyed Vancouver as well. What a wonderful city! We'd like to go back and spend more time there and explore the neighboring cities. What we saw in a couple of days, we liked!

We arrived home last night at 11p and back at work this morning. I am exhausted and trying to figure out why I didn't take an extra day off.

I know I've been MIA lately and I appreciate the emails wondering if I'm still alive. :) Yes I am and very much kicking!

Question of the day: Have you ever been on a cruise? (To where? What did you like about it?)