22 Week Belly Pic – There’s definitely a baby in there

There she blows, round, in-the-way, and expanding by the minute.  This week I was greeted with a red, itchy belly, which only added to my growing paranoia about getting stretch marks.  Not to worry though, Mama is slathering up 3-5 times a day with cocoa butter and a blend of cocoa/macadamia/almond oil.  Needless to say, I smell like a tropical island.  Little miss is gonna come out and be really surprised when she realizes she’s in the Midwest and not somewhere exotic.  I’m already getting a sense of her personality based on her movement patterns – she likes her food (like me!) and gets pushy when I haven’t had anything to eat in a while.

Belly Bump at 19 Weeks, 2 Days

19 weeks, 2 days

OK, so this is obviously not the best picture to show off my bump, but I like my outfit and wanted to post it anyways.  We took this Friday night on our way to Chez Leon.  Marty and I decided to celebrate our new jobs and little girl with some decadent French food at the Clayton restaurant where two of our best friends work.

When you’re nearly 20 weeks pregnant and you just spent the day trying on maternity clothes (Ugh, don’t EVEN get me started) and you get to dress up and hit the town with your husband, it’s always a good thing.  Plus, not one but TWO people told me that I was “very tall and beautiful” on my way to and from the restroom at Chez so I was feeling pretty darn good by then. 🙂

For all the foodies out there like us, here’s what we had for dinner:  Marty had the Pates Maison (country pate and chicken liver mousse) and to start and I had the Lyonnaise salad.  The salad was A-MAZ-ING, but what isn’t amazing with cubed warm bacon and a poached egg on top of it?  For my entree, I chose the seared tuna with peppercorn cream sauce (The little girl can’t have sushi, so this is the closest thing) which was insanely delicious.  Marty had the strip steak, medium rare, which he topped with the most fantastic Roquefort cheese and drank with a lively Pinot Noir (I can’t wait to have wine again, have I mentioned that?).  For dessert, we shared a zesty limon tarte that has the tastiest shortbread cookie crust served with fresh raspberries, along with the Tart Tatin, a caramel apple tart baked and served with vanilla ice cream.  Need I say more?  Mom, Dad, and baby went to bed with happy bellies that night. 🙂

The Little Miss…

So I apologize for not blogging in such a long time, but the past few weeks have been rather exciting!  Marty recently found out that he got the promotion that he had interviewed for last month.  As a Treasury Management Analyst, he’ll be working from UMB’s downtown branch starting next week.  On top of that good news, I was happy to hear back from the company that I interviewed with in February and was super excited to receive an offer from them.  While they were eager to get me started in training, I ended up giving notice to my employer that day and will be starting at Brown Shoe Company this week!

After all of this fantastic news, how could it possibly get any better right?  Well, believe that it does.  Marty and I seem to be on a winning streak lately, and our good luck was compounded when we went in for my 19 week ultrasound last week and found out that… it’s a GIRL!  A healthy, active, long-limbed baby girl – it’s official!

We are so excited that we have a little girl Buehler baking in the oven!  Tuesday night, Marty and I met my parents, Marty’s Mom, and my sister, Halley at my OB to find out the sex of our baby.  While my Dad waited outside in the reception area, we crowded around the monitor in the dim ultrasound room and watched the little lady moving about, stretching, and even reaching up and touching her face.

The ultrasound tech told us that everything looked perfect.  We saw all the little bones in her fingers, her brain, the chambers of her tiny beating heart, her spinal cord, and of course, her lady parts.  Everything is measuring to proportion except for her arms and legs, which are measuring at 21 weeks (she was 18 weeks, 6 days on Tuesday) so it looks like she may have my body type (Yay!).We are absolutely thrilled that we are having a girl and can’t wait to start putting her room and clothes together!  We honestly couldn’t be happier.