32 Weeks and Baby Shower Time!

We celebrated 32 weeks with a bang by having the first baby shower. It was a shower thrown by my fellow residents. It was a dual shower for me and Andrea – she is a resident in my class and we are due about four days apart. We had an amazing turnout and it was awesome! We had great food, played “Baby Bingo” as well as this game where they pass around baggies filled with white substances and you have to guess what they are: baby powder, cornstarch, flour, sugar, etc… It was lots of fun. Aiden made away like a bandit and has lots of great new clothes, blankets, books, toys… I can’t even begin to thank everyone enough. I want to share some of the pics…

Andrea and Me

Andrea and Me

Me, Kim, Jen, Bev, Andrea (the hostesses and the preggos)

Wow! A Jumparoo!

Wow! A Jumparoo!

Aiden - Ladies Man

31 Weeks, Getting Ready

We are now at the 31 week mark. I finally gave in and bought a pregnancy pillow – I was starting to have trouble sleeping so for Valentine’s Nathan got me a body pillow that kind of snakes around your body and provides support to your neck, belly, and back. It is wonderful! Nathan and I worked on Aiden’s room today as well as on cleaning the rest of the house. We don’t want to welcome Aiden home to a pig pen so we scrubbed the floors and so forth. Now we have to work on keeping things clean which is another problem altogether. Nathan put together the wonderful glider chair that Mom & Dad Elfrink bought us. It is super comfortable and will be great for nursing the baby. Thanks Mom & Dad!!! Nathan also tried out the Baby Bjorn baby carrier and used  Chloe as a stand-in for Aiden. I can just picture him carrying Aiden around, can’t you? What a cute dad he will be! :)

A Peek at Aiden

Nathan and I decided to take advantage of the 4D ultrasound machine over in the maternal-fetal medicine office on Friday. We wanted to see if Aiden looks any different now that he is 31 weeks. Well, you can tell that he doesn’t have quite as much room in the womb as he did 10 weeks ago. Plus he was being a bit shy – he kept putting his arm over his eyes or sucking on his arm, obscuring part of his face. But he sure has more baby fat than he did at 21weeks! While we can’t really tell which parent or relative he favors (although I’m thinking Nathan), we can see that he is a precious little baby that is getting bigger each day… Here are a few of the shots we did get… Isn’t he cute? We are getting so excited to meet him!

29 Weeks

Aiden is now older than I was when I was born. That’s right – for those of you who maybe didn’t know, I was a preemie. I was born at 28wks and 4 days – my mom’s water broke early. Now Aiden is a whopping 29 weeks and 1 day. Yay! Granted he still needs to incubate quite a bit longer but this is a big milestone in my book. I was so subconsciously anxious about it that the morning he was turning 28 wks 4 days I had a dream that my water broke and his umbilical cord prolapsed. In case you don’t know that is bad news in OB – babies die from prolapsed cords because it cuts off their blood supply. I awoke frantic looking for a puddle around me. Thank God the bed was dry – no broken water, no prolapsed cord. That was several days ago and Aiden is still incubating. He is getting bigger and stronger – he can throw quite a punch these days! :) I am still feeling pretty good – I just get tired really easily (or that just could be working 12+ hours a day) and have some L sciatic nerve pain. I finally registered at Babies R Us – Nathan even went with me! Bottles and baby baths and burp rags oh my! Lots of fun, new, and exciting things to look forward to. I can’t believe there are less than 11 wks left til my due date! It will be here before we know it…

I wanted to post the most recent belly pics as well…

27 Weeks

My belly just keeps growing. Here is the latest belly pic at 27wks. I passed my sugar test this last week so no gestational diabetes thank goodness – I can keep eating chocolate! Aiden is becoming super active, especially at night when I want to sleep! :) We have been working on the nursery. We decided to paint it blue after all. The furniture and bedding looks really cute together. I will try to post more pictures soon.

27 Weeks

27 Weeks

More Christmas Pics

Goodbye 2008, Welcome 2009

It is always weird to say goodbye to another year of life, reflecting on what the past 12 months have brought. This time last year Nathan and I were patiently waiting, hoping we would eventually be able to start a family of our own. The new year brought a few surprises and challenges, leading to three very early miscarriages. But with the help of wonderful family, friends, and some good medical help (Dr. Craig’s expertise and Dr. Crouse’s support) we made it through. It just took getting rid of some pesky uterine polyps to allow our little miracle of life to take root (as Nathan put it, they were taking up valuable real estate). Now we are 24 weeks pregnant with a precious baby boy… Aiden.

In terms of work I am now halfway done with my final year of OBGYN residency – a long road but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.  Even though residency has been tough in terms of hours and emotions I love what I do. There is nothing quite like delivering a baby, helping bring a new life into the world. Luckily women allow me the honor of being present at such a special time in their lives. As I leave residency I embark on a new journey of private practice. This summer I will start my own practice with my father which has been a longtime dream of mine. I can’t wait.

I had to say goodbye to my precious grandma this last year, but she is now reunited with her prince charming, my grandpa, who was patiently awaiting her arrival in heaven. I know those two lovebirds are together and looking down on us with smiles.

My sister moved out to Virginia much to my dismay – but she is pursuing her dream of going to seminary, along with her husband Tim. It’s so weird not having her nearby… but hopefully she’ll be back in Oklahoma before we know it. They seem to be enjoying themselves and learning lots of new things.

We added a new member to the family when Nathan’s sister Adrienne got married in May. Nick is a great guy and I’m glad to have him in the family.

Nathan’s brother Doug and his wife Tina just announced that they are expecting a little one next year as well… in August to be exact. It’s too early to know whether it is a boy or a girl but exciting to know that Aiden will have a little cousin to play with! Congrats Doug and Tina!!!

I did turn 30 this year but I’m not letting that weigh me down…

Let’s just say I feel very blessed as 2008 comes to a close. I have a wonderful, loving husband, a supportive family, great friends and colleagues, two cute little dogs, and a baby boy on the way. What more could a girl ask for? I look forward with anticipation to all of the changes, challenges, and surprises that 2009 brings.

Christmas Festivities

Well, over Christmas we made the family tour. We went up to Tulsa to see Nathan’s parents, his sister Adrienne and her husband Nick for Christmas Eve. We had a nice dinner at Mahogany – steak and lobster… yum! We listened to Christmas music, exchanged gifts, and had a lovely time.

Nick & Adrienne

Nick & Adrienne

Then we drove through Chickasha and visited with my Uncle David & Aunt Linda, cousins Anna & Carrie, their husbands, and their beautiful girls. The newest addition to the family is Madison who is 4 months old and adorable!  Next we saw Uncle John and Aunt Loretta, cousin Penny, her husband Roger and their two beautiful girls, as well as my cousin John and his girlfriend.

Aiden's Stocking

Aiden's Stocking

Next we went to Duncan to see my parents, my sister Kirsten and her husband Tim. We had a big turkey dinner and Santa paid us a visit. Aiden made out like a bandit! He had his own monogrammed stocking, a santa sack, and his new room at mom and dad’s is almost ready! One of his many new onesies says “Who Needs Santa? I Have Grandparents!” No kidding! My mom created a new family tradition too where we have santa sacks – the one for me and Nathan says “The Elves,” Kirsten & Tim are “The Baers,” and Mom and Dad are “Ya & Pa.” (Mom wants her nickname as a grandma to be Ya Ya). We got my dad a Wii for Christmas and had a blast playing Wii tennis and the Wii Fit balance games.

Tim & Kirsten

Tim & Kirsten

Did I mention there were seven dogs there? It was a miniature schnauzer convention – my mom’s three dogs, our two dogs, and my sister’s two dogs. Needless to say it was a bit noisy…

It was great fun to spend quality time with family. And as always, time flies when you are having fun…

Viability and 24 Week Belly Pic

Well Aiden is officially at the age of viability, a big milestone in my OBGYN world. Granted, we want him to incubate much much longer, but he now starts to tip the scales towards a fighting chance outside the womb. I also wanted to share the most recent belly pic since it has been a few weeks since I posted evidence of the growing bump. My mom is already letting words like “huge” slip and saying I’m growing every day. :) Hopefully I’m still on target – I’m trying to walk that line of healthy, not excessive, weight gain. I still have lots of pics and info to post from Christmas but its getting late and I have to work tomorrow so please check back later. I love you all and hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

24 Week Baby Bump

24 Week Baby Bump

Family Time

Christmas is a time for family. My sister and her husband Tim are in town from Virginia! We all went to Norman over the weekend and saw my grandparents and aunt Nancy.

The Herndons

The Herndons. Of course Aiden had to have his moment in the spotlight as well...

Sweet Little Aiden

Sweet Little Aiden