January 29, 2012

Telling the Miller's

Shortly after Seth and I learned about our pregnancy, I received an invitation to my high school friend Lauren's shower on January 21. This presented a perfect excuse to travel to Minnesota so close to Christmas without (hopefully) any suspicion of the news we would be presenting.

On Friday night January 20, the Lord decided to send the second real snow of this mild winter season leaving us with a choice to make: either travel to Minnesota early the next morning or not go at all. Travel home from work was over two hours and there was no way we were going to make it to Minnesota at any decent hour that night...if at all. Lindsey Moon had made her way to Palatine on the train from the city to travel with us since she too was invited to the shower and wanted to surprise her dad for his birthday. I shared with her my planned surprise for the weekend and we decided to bite the bullet and make the trek early the next morning.

We arrived to my parents around 11:30 AM and brunch was nearly ready. Peter, Sarah, and Elora came over to join us and I was prepared to make my announcement while we ate. I waited for my dad to get seated and exclaimed, "Oh! I have something I got for Elora that I just can't wait to give her, but I have to put it on her." I scooped up the little babe and brought here into the other room. I fashioned the "i love my baby-cousin-to-be" bib around her neck and well, I'll let the video tell you the rest...

We had a great rest of the weekend, already planning baby showers and guessing the gender. For some reason, my mom, sister, and me have the feeling it's a girl. The guys didn't share their inclination, but Peter did share he has the thought that Pietrini's only have boys. We'll just have to wait until late April to find out.

Already showering us with gifts

January 17, 2012

First Ultrasound & Due Date Announcement

Yesterday I had my first prenatal appointment and ultrasound and everything is looking good. There wasn't too much to see of course, but I got tears in my eyes seeing my little baby and hearing his/her heartbeat. Before the appointment, I sent Seth a picture of a 7 week ultrasound so he didn't get his hopes up of seeing more than just a little, but beautiful, blob.

The heartbeat read 128. Yes, that's low, but for good reason. I was not as far along as I expected and measured just 6 weeks and 3 days. I'll be back to the office again in two weeks for another look at the heartbeat. We'll be looking for a much faster beat then.

So, at 6 weeks and 3 days yesterday, that makes our due date September 7, 2012. This was pretty exciting to me since that day is not only the day Seth and I got engaged, but it is also my dad's birthday. How great is that!

On another note, today's "craving" was cheese. I saw a commercial advertising cheese and just had to have it. I say "cravings" because it's more like I found something that sounds good because nothing else does. I guess I am like my sister in that way. She described her "cravings" the same way.

So Seth made mac and cheese and 
cheesy garlic bread. Yum! 

January 9, 2012

Cravings, or am I just Hungry?

Beef. It seems to be my first "craving." 

Yesterday Seth made each of us a nice bacon wrapped steak with green beans. After literally licking my plate I said, "I want another. Or, how about a McDonald's burger?" Seth's immediate response to his hardly pregnant wife, "I will go for you." He's the best!


January 7, 2012

Our Little Secret

Seth and I successfully managed to thwart questions of babies over New Years. Naturally, this is a topic of conversation, especially with our Taylor friends, but even with Nate's relentless prodding, we never cracked.

Time is going too slow. It's not the secret that I'm excited to tell, it's actually looking pregnant. There is something about a baby belly that excites me, and I'll feel more like I have something to show for being pregnant. 

This week our Little Pea is the size of a pea! Our babies heart is now beating and his/her features are beginning to form. I am still feeling great. No morning sickness. No added tiredness. And I actually have less of an appetite than an increase. So far.

6 Weeks
Baby, Jesus loves you already, and so do we!