Monday, November 29, 2010

Just Kickin' It With Mommy

We're now at 18 weeks and the baby is the size of a sweet potato. How fitting as we've just enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with our loved ones! Hopefully you were able to share a delicious meal with friends and family, sweet potatoes and all. This week they say the baby can hear things from outside the womb. I'm convinced this baby wants to listen to Christmas tunes so I've made a "Christmas Mix" on my iPod for our "sweet potato" to enjoy through the holidays.

We've hit a milestone as of Saturday! I felt the baby kick - He/she kicked twice on Saturday and then I think he/she elbowed me on Sunday. It's really exciting to feel the baby move. It actually makes me chuckle, I think it's giddiness. I love that the baby is so active right now. I'm convinced this baby is going to be a field goal kicker or a Rockette!

I caught a cold over the weekend and am slowly nursing myself back to health. It's tough that I cannot take any cold medicine so I really can only rely on baths, tea and Tylenol. Which I think is part of what delays the healing process. It didn't help that our furnace was broken when we returned on Saturday from our Thanksgiving travels. Needless to say, I'm home today taking it easy as I don't want to over-do it while carrying our baby.

This week our tree is going up, I'm really looking forward to getting our house in order for Christmas as it's my favorite time of the year. Bring on the fire in the fireplace, the tree sparkling in the window at night and enjoying my favorite movie, It's A Wonderful Life.

There are many exciting things to look forward to as we embark upon December! Hopefully you're enjoying this special time and remembering all things that are merry! 

Cheers to you all - As we raise our glasses of egg nog (mine isn't spiked, but Kurt's is).

Lots of love,
Kurt + Tonya

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thankful for Thanksgiving

I feel like this blog is getting kind of boring bc we really don't have a lot of new news to report. We're at 17 weeks and I feel great (still). In lieu of Thanksgiving, I feel like my stomach is kind of like the little thing that pops out of the turkey when it's done. My stomach has officially popped out, I now feel pregnant. I am still anxiously awaiting to feel the baby kick. They say any day now - but come on Baby Ames! I'm ready for your kick!!

Our "little chicken" is the size of an onion right now! I'll blame my tears on the "onion" not my hormones. I caught myself crying at least twice in the car this weekend listening to music!

I'm really looking forward to the turkey and oh so delicious sides this week! What am I thankful for, you ask? Jeans that have elastic waists! Bring on the food!! In all actuality, there is so much to be thankful for; we are so blessed to have a little miracle growing and developing each day. It's truly a gift. A gift we cannot wait to share with the rest of the world very soon!

We're also thankful to be able to do the things we do - This weekend I was thankful that we got to go to the Hawkeye game in Iowa City. Not everyone gets to do the things that we do, I don't take any of those memories for granted.

Please join us in being thankful for all the things we do and the love we have around us! And regarding the turkey about to be eaten, take a little extra this year - and that's an order!

Lots of love to all,
Kurt + Tonya

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sweet Sixteen

We've reached 16 Weeks today and Baby Ames is the size of an avocado. Phew, we're finally comparing our bambino to something less sweet than fruit! We met with the doctor today and the baby and mommy are VERY healthy. The baby's heartbeat was 145 beats per minute and got to listen to the little heart go pitter patter. 

I've officially succumbed to maternity jeans - I cannot fit into my old jeans, even the ones that were a little big for me when I first got pregnant. As many of you already know, I don't have a butt and wearing maternity pants makes it even worse. I've officially graduated to "mom butt" status. I've gained seven pounds since we've gotten pregnant. The doctor said I'm gaining weight as I should be!

We also have done some further screening on our baby's genetics and everything has come back healthy! Yay! We are heading in the healthy direction, we've hoped for! Thank you, Lord!

Kurt drove me back to work after our doctor's appointment today and as we were turning onto Michigan Avenue, I looked over and recognized someone. I said, "that guy looks a lot like Ryne Sandberg" and Kurt quickly confirmed it was. For those of you who don't know who Ryne Sandberg is, he's a Hall of Fame baseball player for the Chicago Cubs - A hero to many! He played Second Base in the 80's and 90's. If that's not a sign that we're having a 2nd Baseman (professional baseball, of course), we're not sure what is!

We're off to Iowa City this weekend to cheer our Hawkeyes onto a much needed victory! We are looking forward to spending some time with Grandma and Grandpa Lazar!!

It's crazy to believe we're four months pregnant - The time has been quite enjoyable so far. We truly are enjoying a Sweet Sixteen this week!

Thanks everyone for your continued support - We're super lucky to have you in our lives!

With love,
Kurt + Tonya

Monday, November 8, 2010

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana

Baby Ames is officially the size of an orange this week! It's crazy to read how the baby is developing each week. This week, he/she is forming taste buds but apparently cannot taste anything quite yet. What am I tasting you ask - in terms of cravings? I've added fruit to my grocery list. I cannot get enough apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges, bananas - oops, I said banana!  

Apparently our baby is moving like a machine but I'm yet to feel it. It could be as early as next week or as late as week 20 until I feel something. I'm looking fwd to the first kick! I hope I'm home when I feel it vs at work so I can share the experience with Kurt.

We're at Week 15 and at brunch yesterday my girlfriend said I'm almost half-way there. GULP! We have SO MUCH to do yet! I woke up tossing and turning last night a little overwhelmed on what we need to do. No pun intended but baby steps, right?

This weekend we have a very fun weekend planned! We have a couple friends in town for the Iowa vs Northwestern Football game! A whole crew of college friends have tickets and will be tailgating. Bring on the tailgate food!! 

Looking forward to yet another great week with my husband, baby and puppy. Life really couldn't be any better right now!

Hope you're all feeling the same way about your loved ones! Speak to you next week.

Lots of love,
Kurt + Tonya

Monday, November 1, 2010

When life gives you lemons, it's a blessing!

So we've made it to Week 14 and Baby Ames is the size of a lemon! I think the bump has finally decided to make his appearance as of this past weekend. There's no hiding it now. I bought my first maternity pair of jeans this weekend, which is exciting (it's the little things in life, right?). 

Baby Ames and Daddy had their first long weekend apart as I spent a long weekend in Wisconsin with Grandma Lazar and Cousin Schyler! We had a girls weekend to remember! We toured Door County, shopped until we dropped, stayed up as late as we could and ate all the candy our stomach would allow - it was a BLAST!

According to my online weekly update on what's going on with my body, our baby is now able to suck his/her thumb in the womb. When we looked at the 3D ultrasound pics from last week, he/she was already sucking his/her thumb! Looks like our little lemon is developing quicker than the average lemon. 

Looking forward to a great week (per usual) and we have lots to celebrate as of tomorrow - NO MORE NEGATIVE POLITICAL ADS.  Hip, hip, hooray!

Lots of love to all,
Tonya + Kurt