Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's A ....... !!!!!

BOY!!!  That's right!  Rob and I are VERY excited to announce that in just about 4 months, we will be welcoming our precious baby boy into the world!  We are still in shock!  We found out last week on November 20.  It has been very difficult to keep our mouths shut, but we wanted to tell the family on Thanksgiving...and boy, do we have a lot to be thankful for this year!

At our appointment, I was nervous because baby seemed to be sleeping - which is rare...this baby is flipping and kicking NON-STOP!  In fact, he kept me up last night from 3:30am-5am, just kicking away!  Luckily, I chugged some apple juice right before the appointment and that woke him up!  Every time I eat apples or drink apple juice, this little guy goes nuts!  The ultrasound tech actually had a hard time keeping up with him.  Every time she went to measure something or get his heart rate, he'd flip!  Everything looked great though!  And then, about 7 minutes into the ultrasound, she pointed something out...and there it was (Rob sure was proud!) and she said, "It's a boy!"  We were overjoyed!

Throughout my pregnancy I had been having quite a few baby girl dreams, but the last two were boy dreams, so I was totally thrown off.  I originally thought girl...and my friend Billie, from work, even did the voodoo pencil/needle test and it said girl.  THEN, the night before our appointment, I had a dream that I was lying in the ultrasound room and she said, "It's a boy!" so I was beyond confused when I woke up!

We are so thrilled, we can't even put it into words!  Our friends Kyle and Amanda are expecting a baby boy in January so our boys will be three months apart!  It will be so much fun!  And this baby will have a few cuties to chase after with Ally and Natalie in the mix (Ally is the new daughter of my best friend Katie and Paul and Natalie is the new daughter of my other bestie Janet and Mike)!

Originally, we were going to keep the name a secret until after he was born...but to be honest, I was tired of referring to the baby as, "the baby," "it," "he," and "baby Healy."  SO, we are also excited to announce that our little boy will be named, Dominick Robert Healy.  :)  My greatgrandfather's name was Dominick and I have ALWAYS loved the name....and well, you know where Robert comes from.  :)  I figured, let's give this boy a nice Italian name to go with his Irish last name!

Everything seems to be going very well so far!  Apart from the back/tailbone pain and being tired, I really don't have anything to complain about!  I've been so lucky!  Dominick's heart rate was at 143, right on track, and I have gained a total of 9 pounds so far.  Not too shabby!

Here are my 20 week photos:

We're getting there!  Once our family room is remodeled, it will be time to start working on Dominick's room...and it will be a big job since all of Rob's junk is in that room.  ; )

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We are so thankful to have you all in our lives!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween and 16 Week Photos!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  We sure did!  Actually, we had a great Halloween weekend!  At school on Friday, we had our Halloween parade and party.  The kids were so cute!  I don't normally post photos of my students but they are just too stinkin' cute in their costumes not to!
My Halloween "costume"  :c )  Even baby dressed up! 

 My class!

On Friday night, our good friends Matt and Kathy came over.  We had dinner and carved pumpkins!  It was so much fun!  Kathy even brought over Halloween music - but Rob did not approve.  :c )  I carved my pumpkin into Count von Count from Sesame Street.  The "half-attempted" Batman was courtesy of Matt.  Kathy did an awesome job with Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter.  Rob was a "rebel" and went his own way to make his vampire pumpkin.  Don't they look great?! 

 SO Cool!

 The girls' awesome pumpkins!

 Me and Kathy posing with our MASTERPIECES!

MMMM...pumpkin seeds!!!!

Of course, once the seeds were cleaned I HAD to cook those delicious little things!  One batch was super buttery and salty!!! MMMM!!!  The other batch was hot and spicy - Rob's favorite!  They were so yummy!  We sat on the couch and munched on them the rest of the night!
 The rest of the weekend was just as fantastic.  On Saturday night, Kyle and Becca came over for pizza, taco salad, and funny movies!  We always have the best time with them!!!  On Sunday, we spent the day putting our "new" dining room and living room together (pictures to come soon!) and then had chili and laughs at Rob's parents' house!  We had such a nice time there.  We got to see Natalia and Teagan, Sam, Daphne, and Delilah, Brian, and Debbie and John.  And the chili was DELICIOUS! 

We also have to document WEEK 16!  We went to the doctor for our 16 week appointment on October 23.  We heard baby's heartbeat at a solid 150!  It's such a magical sound!  

 Unfortunately the dark shirt makes it hard to see the belly!

A RARE bare belly shot!  

I've been feeling little Baby Healy kick and swim around since EARLY week 16.  It's so crazy to feel!  Another exciting part to our Halloween weekend: Rob felt baby kick for the first time on Saturday night!  He was speechless!  I was so happy that he finally got to feel a kick!  :c )
I am now 18 weeks and have definitely "popped!"  I woke up last Tuesday and was like, "oh my gosh!" My belly got bigger out of nowhere!  I was teaching on Wednesday night and my students were shocked!  One student even said, "wow, you got pregnant, like over night!"  I agree!  We saw our closest friends Mike and Janet last night and Janet's jaw dropped when she saw this belly!  Don't worry though - updated pictures will be on our blog for 20 Weeks!  We go to the doctor for our big 20 Week appointment on November 20.  We are super excited to see our baby again and we will hopefully find out if we're having a boy or girl!  We are waiting to tell our families on Thanksgiving, so once they know, we will share the news with you all!