Sunday, October 30, 2005


We're halfway there! There are only 4 1/2 months to go, and we have a lot to do in that amount of time. We have already accomplished, well, just about nothing to get ready for the baby.

To celebrate the midpoint of the pregnancy (and at the constant urging of others), we decided to start a registry today at the real Babies "R" Us store. Real meaning that it is an entire store by itself and not a few aisles tucked in the back of a Toys "R" Us. All of those toys in one place seem to be a little distracting for this father-to-be.

Babies "R" Us had different plans for us. As we approached the store the first things we noticed were the big, handmade signs proclaiming the "Baby registry not working today." Apparently they were having some computer issues. No one could create, change, view, or print a registry. Oh, well.

So we just walked around and became very overwhelmed. Do we really need a baby wipe warmer? Why are there 36 strollers to pick from? Where are all of the big kid toys? Sorry, that last one was just me.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


We had our ultrasound appointment this morning and learned a few things during the procedure.
  1. There is only one baby in there.
  2. You don't have to drink as much water beforehand as you might think.
  3. The gel they use is extremely cold.
  4. You're supposed to give the blank videotape to them before the procedure starts.
  5. The technician (and only the technician) now knows if the baby is a boy or a girl.
  6. Because of the HIPAA laws, she is not going to tell you.
We also came out of the appointment with a few pictures to share. Click on each thumbnail picture for a larger view.

The first is a shot of the baby looking up. You can clearly see the head on the right side and a hand just above the baby's nose.

Ultrasound 1

Since it is mid-October, the baby decided to dress up for Halloween in this next shot. The view is looking straight on at the baby's face. The outfit is that of an alien, of course.

Ultrasound 2

The third shot is similar to the first, with the baby looking up and a hand out in front of the nose. But, I think in this one you can plainly see that the baby will be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Ultrasound 3

Steph has been feeling some "fluttering" lately. Now we know why.