I had another ultrasound on Tuesday of this week. I am officially (as of Tuesday) 16 weeks pregnant, and lately I have been feeling great! Baby Stanley is still resting comfortably on my sciatic nerve, which isn't so great but he/she is worth it! Our appointment was a great start to our day. Jordan left his English class a little early so he could come with me (bless his heart), and it was so fun seeing our little one again! I can't believe how much he/she has grown in only four weeks! He/She was moving around like crazy! The ultrasound tech could barely get the measurements she needed because Baby Stanley wouldn't stop squirming. It was so cute. We wont have a full anatomy scan for another 4 weeks, but she did try to look for the gender and she said, "It looks like a boy..." Jordan asked if that is her final answer, and she basically told us not to go buy any clothes or gender friendly colors yet, but she thinks it's a boy. So it turns out, everyone was right for the most part! I'm just going to assume it's a boy until we hear otherwise. Usually when it looks like a boy, it's a boy! We'll find out for sure though on April 20th. Then I can finally start preparing for our little one! We have our names picked out, but the girl name will remain a secret until we get to use it. We sort of made it up, and it is beautiful! I promise it's not one of those weird names she'll get teased for later, or anything that can easily be turned into something perverted or odd. I think you all will love it. The boy name however, is no secret. He'll be our little Axel. We firmly decided on that name on our third or fourth date I think. That makes us sound like freaks, I know... but hey.. it's good to be prepared right?
We've had the same ultrasound tech each time, and she's been able to get the best pictures of the baby for us! Here's the latest..
Just look at that beautiful profile! Whenever I look at it I just stare and stare. He (or She) is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. We are so lucky!
The rest of the day was actually a really special day for me. I don't know how to explain it, but after all the little happenings of the day I finally felt the reality of what is about to happen for Jordan and I. After the ultrasound I went to work at Northstar Aesthetics where I am just getting started and wearing many hats. I'm working at the front desk, busily checking in medical and aesthetics patients. It's a lot to absorb, but it's fun to learn and I really love the whole medical side of my job. Aside from playing little-miss-front-desk, I'll be taking aesthetics patients, and next week I'm taking a permanent make-up class, which will be great to add to my credentials. Once I'm certified, I'll be taking patients for that as well. After work, Jordan and I picked up Brother Carey, a friend from Jordan's mission in Boise. Brother Carey is one of the nicest men either of us has ever met. When I was stranded in Boise a few weeks ago with car troubles, he came to the rescue. We picked him up from the hospital where he was spending time with his daughter, her husband, and their one-day-old little girl. We took him do dinner and had a wonderful time. Afterward, we were able to visit the hospital and see the little baby girl. As soon as I walked into their room my eyes filled with tears. I had to do everything I could to hold them back because I had never met this couple before and I'm sure they didn't want some strange girl bawling in their peaceful room. The Spirit was so strong! I look at the tiny little one in awe. It's crazy to imagine that just a day ago she was inside her mothers belly! Holding her was so amazing. The way she just gazed around, barely opening her eyes. The whole thing was beautiful. (Jordan keeps making fun of me for saying that, but we'll see what happens when WE'RE the ones in the hospital with our new baby). As we were leaving the birthing center, a young couple was anxiously waiting for the elevator. The wife was trying to control her breath, while her husband, nervous and excited, held one hand on her back, and juggled their "hospital bag" in the other. Again, I was overcome with emotion (yes that sounds corny, but its true..blame it on hormones if you will) as I realized what was about to happen for them. As soon as we got outside I shouted "I want our baby NOW!"... I think I am the most impatient mother-to-be ever.
It was such a special day. I was so happy to experience that, especially with Jordan at my side for all of it.