December 2008


I had my third ultrasound today to make sure that everything is still on track for the pregnancy.  I’ve consistently measured large for the gestational age of the baby without excess weight gain.  The doctor wasn’t too concerned, but he thought an additional ultrasound would be the best option.  Everything turned out really well and the baby is now at about the 50th percentile for growth; she is already 3 pounds, 9 ounces! Her heart beat is still strong at 145 and all of the organs look healthy.  The ultrasound was so clear that we could actually see that our baby girl has hair!  I measured at 34 weeks, and I’m actually only 30.5 weeks pregnant.   The doctor doesn’t anticipate me delivering the baby 4 weeks early, but we shall see…

Check out the most recent pictures of our princess:

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her face and arm

She definitely has Brittan's feet-just like Austin!

She definitely has Brittan's feet-just like Austin!

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Earlier this month, Brittan and I both had our work Christmas parties.  My party was at the Catawba Island Club and Brittan’s party was at Sawmill Creek Lodge.  We had a great time at both parties and it is nice to see our co-workers outside of the work environment.  It was especially fun to see everyone “cutting a rug” at the JBT party.  Below is a picture from the OE Meyer party:

Brittan and Jillian

It has been a long time since my last post, but December is always a hectic month. On Saturday, December 6, St. Nick visited our house and Austin was very excited. St. Nick mostly brought fruit and some candy, but he also brought a few small treats. Among the presents were bath toys from Austin’s favorite Nick Jr show, The Backyardigans. Check out some of the pictures:

Our attempt at decorating!Eating his fruit and showing off Pablo and Uniqua

We asked Austin if we could hold Pablo, and he quickly picked him up!  He's still learning to share...

We asked Austin if we could hold Pablo, and he quickly picked him up! He's still learning to share...

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Isn't he the cutest? 🙂

Since I’m almost 28 weeks pregnant, I figured that I should post at least one pregnant picture of me.  These pictures are from Halloween night, when I was 23 weeks (over 5 months pregnant).  At that point, I wasn’t showing too much, but I really “blossomed” in November!  I will try to post more recent pictures as well.a little baby bump

23 weeks-Halloween night
23 weeks-Halloween night

Austin has been an especially sweet and affectionate boy lately.  He has really been into giving hugs and kisses and Brittan and I couldn’t love it more!  It just melts our hearts when he reaches out to give a kiss without being prompted.  I may be biased, but he is the cutest little boy in the world. 🙂

Also, Austin has really been surprising me with his speech comprehension.  He is putting more words together and is really starting to understand more of our “conversations”.  He is adding to his vocabulary daily and seems to learn something new all the time.  We were counting his blocks today and I said “1…2…3..” and Austin followed with “4…5..”—it was so cute and I couldn’t have been prouder!  He’s also been learning more body parts and can pretty much point to anything if you ask him (nose, eyes, ears, neck, chin, cheeks, shoulders, toes, belly, hair, head, mouth, tongue, knees, etc…)

Speaking of body parts, he’s also starting to know his bodily “functions”.  On Monday, we were eating dinner and out of nowhere, Austin said “Mommy, I pooped.”  At first, I thought he just wanted to say the word “pooped”, but then the room started to have that undeniable smell.  He had pooped in his diaper!  I couldn’t believe that he actually articulated to us that he had pooped.  To a non-parent, this may seem trivial, but a parent can appreciate that any progress in this “department” is awesome.   I realize that Austin won’t be potty trained anytime soon, but it’s nice to know that he has some interest in it.  Hopefully we won’t have 2 children in diapers for too long! 🙂