Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mommies Make Healthy Babies...

...that's probably one of my favorite things ever to come out my husband's mouth! I love that he thinks that and I love that he voices it! And, obviously I am pretty happy because after our high-risk screening today, I am reassured that M is healthy and happy....though not when I kept moving my belly to make M move!

I am simply amazed at technology, but more amazed at the miracle that life is. Watching that baby move around, kick little legs, stretch...un-flipping-believable. We were there for the nuchal (sometimes spelled neuchal) translucency test, which basically, based on the amount of fluid in the fold of skin behind baby's neck, predicts risks for chromosomal abnormalities. The sonographer said the skin looked "Perfect." I also had some blood taken for some more testing, but in truth, we really were more interested in seeing baby because results of these tests would not really influence us to make any decisions about continuing or not continuing pregnancy. I tell my kids, "You get what you get..." and the same goes for us. So essentially, screen all you want, but I was there for the pictures!

We got to hear the heartbeat for the first time! 171 beats a minute! Amazing. We saw baby wiggle and worm around, and we even got some 3D pictures. In the one I am going to post, I swear, baby has my chin and pout! Which actually is my mom's chin and pout, so I have to say it is one of my favorite pictures.

The biggest news? Well, even though it is early (12 weeks tomorrow) and she told me not to go shopping because it was not as definite as later, the sonographer told me she thought "It's a GIRL!" Of course you know that I have been dead-sure that we were going to meet Matthew in November, but then the doctor (totally awesome, by the way!) came in and moved baby around too. He said, "Well, I think Mari's (the sonographer) right. I think it's a girl! But it's still don't go shopping!"

SO, there we have it. Two medical professionals thinking we are going to be meeting Miss Molly. And I have to tell you, I'm just tickled pink. Literally! Don't get me wrong, I'm still banking on showing everyone and saying, "I told you, he was going to be a boy!" but I would also love it if they were right! I think Daddy's wrapping his head around the idea also, because he's already told Dixie that she wasn't going to be his "only girl"...which means that I'd end up 3rd on the totem pole, but I'm okay with that!

Now, without further ado, here's M...cute, huh?

"Stretch...why are you bothering me?"
(Baby's arms are up top over head and legs stretched out)

"I see you! Let me outta here!"
(Baby is looking right at us with hands on either side)

"I'm trying to sleep here...and I'm pouting about it!"
(The little chin and mouth right under the left fist look just like my chin and me pouting!)


  1. Either way...boy or girl...Matthew or Molly...I am pretty sure that the M will always stand for MIRACLE. :)

    What great pictures. As always we are so excited for you. Now, you have to start thinking about a date for the big shower. Let me know!

  2. MOLLY!!! Yay!!! With the heart rate, I'd go with girl too. This is so exciting. Love the pix

  3. I saw your baby on facebook and had to come right over to your blog. With my 17 year old, I was told that they were 99% sure it was a girl. I kept the tags on everything that I bought and had a 9lb 11oz baby boy!

  4. Awwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture where's she's totaly lounging, chillin!
    These ultrasound pictures are awesome!!!

  5. Yeah, ya gotta love ultrasound. Congratulations on your little miracle.

  6. Lori, I don't often post, but I do check in from time to time. The images are amazing and I just love the names you've chosen.

    All the best, Jackie

  7. So I tried to comment last night by my computer crashed. I have thought you were having a girl from the beginning, but I am almost always wrong! So I am REALLY gunning for a girl because I TOTALLY think that's what little M is! Either way that baby will be totally loved and you'll be totally blessed...but I'm shooting for a girl just so I can be right! TOTALLY!

  8. What a most perfect miracle. I am just so excited for you. The pictures are great!!!

  9. Unbelievable!!! Life is so amazing...

  10. oh how wonderful... Love it.. love it... love it..
    I can already tell.. Molly is a doll! ;-)

  11. LORI - I am so happy for you!!! Just wanted to say "hi" and tell you that you have a sweet husband and I love the photo op. ( : Hope you are feeling good. All my best - J