Alright...Rachel had enough gall to show her bare tummy (Go Rachel!) so I'll spring for a clothed belly shot. Please ignore my messy office :)
There you have it folks. My five-month pregnant belly. In all it's baby-licious glory. I've had a few moments recently where I've caught myself in the mirror in the morning and been like "Whoa! Who's belly is that?" And then I realize it's mine :) Nick has always prided himself on being able to stick out his belly and appear to be a pregnant man, and I have officially surpassed his belly-sticking-out-ability. I did decide that I better start taking belly shots before I get totally huge, so I have physical proof that I wasn't always this ginormus. And (PLEASE GOD) I hope I look half as good as all my friends who have had babies- you all are amazing!
Also, I got a new hair cut! It's pretty short (for me, anyway) but I love that it just takes a few minutes in the morning to look cute. Isn't it fun when you get a cute haircut and then all of the sudden you start to like your clothes more???
1. Can I just tell you that it took me getting pregnant to be able to spell NAUSEOUS without spell check?
2. I never believed anyone who told me I would start to feel better once the second trimester hits, but they were all right! Thank the Lord! I was sure that "better" didn't in fact mean "good" but just meant "better than totally and completely crappy." On the contrary, I feel awesome!
3. I just started to feel Baby Girl Braun squirming around this morning…at about 4am, thank you very much! I was so excited that I couldn’t go back to sleep, which will make for a long day today, but its fun to be connecting with her in a different way.
4. Nick keeps talking to my belly and asking the baby is she’s going to be as crazy as her mom! I’ve since revoked belly-talking privileges until he can find something non-offensive to say. In actuality, he really is getting excited, and most of the time he tells the baby that he can’t wait to meet her and that he wishes that she could come out and play for a few minutes and then go back in for a while. (Which I told him would be fine as long as he agrees to birth her the second time around.)
I can’t wait to see him holding our child in his arms. So, from you experienced mommies, what is it like to see your husband become a father to the child you've created together? I can only fathom what that moment (or moments) will be like and I'd love to hear your experiences!
Wow- January 22 ALREADY? Holy cows and monkeys. My apologies for the lame non-updatingness of our blog. Here's the account of what has been a relatively normal few weeks... Work, work and more work has been the tone of life for us both lately. I've been working on a few projects that we have coming up- most notably a golf tournament for March. If you know any golfers in Orange County, it'll be the place to be! Visit the website at www.coxgolfoc.com. Nick has been busy planning an upcoming retreat for 80 tenth graders- what a superstar! that man has a heart of gold, I tell you. For Nick's birthday, went and saw the Cirque de Soleil show "Corteo" in San Diego. It was absolutely amazing. I was scolded for having my camera out inside the tent, so the only picture we have is Nick outside. This was his first time seeing a Cirque show and he was beyond impressed! We've both been spending a lot of time with friends lately, together and seperately, which have both been wonderful. I had a great night out recently with the girls at Cheesecake Factory- SO fun! What's better than hilarious girlfriends and cheesecake??? I still haven't gotten up the courage yet to take a belly photo- I'm too afraid I'll just look like a Teletubby and not a pregnant woman :) Although the fact that I can no longer scoot my chair all the way into my desk is providing me with the proof I need that our baby girl is growing. Still no strong kicks yet, but I feel flutters every now and then. I just booked a flight today to go see my friend Kathaleen in Texas in late February. I'm SUPER excited- I haven't been out to Texas to see her since 2003, although she's been out here a billion times. I'm a little nervous about flying, but it's a completely unfounded fear that should absolutely not stop me from seeing someone I love. In other news, Nick and I are discussing finding a bigger apartment so we actually ahve anough space for three people's things once the baby arrives. No decisions yet, but he's at least open. And I desperately want a new couch. Our couch now is a hand-me-down from Nana with flowered print and a broken leg and I feel like I spend hours every day pushing the cushions back in. So, we'll see how the convincing goes in that department. So, that's a sumation of the pretty normal two weeks we've had recently!
Most importantly, she's healthy. The ultrasound went great- the tech was able to get all of the measurements she needed and said that our baby girl looks wonderful. What a weird moment... I was lying on the table with goop all over my tummy and this stick being pressed into my stomach and I couldn't take my eyes off of her. She was swimming around and practicing her breathing and looks great. So, yay! (Great prediction Deb!)
I'm starting to feel wonderful- tons more energy and I wake up in the morning and can actually get dressed for work in grown-up clothes! What a miracle! I've been working out (light walking, gym, etc.) and don't feel the insatiable urge to shove any food that's within five feet of me into my mouth. I guess that's why they call this the honeymoon phase of pregnancy! Hope it lasts longer than it's supposed to.
Well, for those of you who didn't come just for baby talk- here are a list of non-baby related things that I'm excited about... -American Gladiators is back on television, and I mean its back with a vengence. I LOVE the new Gladiators and the contestants are just as cheesy, but without the big 80's/early 90's hair. It's fantastic. Watch it. -I've been super productive at work and feel like I'm really on top of what's going on -Nick and I are going to see Corteo this weekend in San Diego for his birthday -(last but certainly not least) Today is dollar-scoop Tuesday at Baskin Robbins!
Hope you have a wonderful day- thanks for sharing our joy!
Hard to believe 2008 is here! We rung in the New Year like the total ravers we are- falling asleep on the couch, barely able to make it past the ball drop. It was honestly the best way I could have thought to spend our first married New Year's Eve :) The last two New Years Eves have seen us on the cusp of big life changes, and 2007 was no different. Graduated college and first job in 2006, married and moved in with Nick in 2007, first baby in 2008... there's no stopping this train!!! It's weird to think that at this time next year there will be a whole new 6 month old human being who is half me and half Nick. CRAZINESS!!!
In other life news, Nick is now offically 27 as of January 3rd. Happy Birthday to him! We celebrated with a home-cooked meal of stuffed mushrooms, BBQ'd steak, roasted asparagus, mashed potatoes, and (my new favorite food in the world) corn casserole! Email me if you want the amazing recipe- I think it will become a holiday staple at our house.
Upcoming excitement- we find out if Baby Girl Braun or Baby Boy Braun will be the first addition to the our family next Tuesday!!! Weigh in...baby boy or girl? Someone told me today that they thought I would be a great "boy mom" whatever that means.
Get Carried Away with Carrie! Mom to two, I try to balance a marriage, career, a fiendish workout regimen and Paleo diet. I model life around the belief that "People will often forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou Read more about me here. Let's get-carried-away!
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