Baby Registries

Hallo–Monica here.  After the excitement of yesterday and finding out the sex of the baby, I’ve now gotten the baby registries essentially together.  We have two–one is the standard Babies R Us registry, which is available at and the other, which allows us to post items from a variety of websites, is (which also is linked under main menu here).  The two registries ARE redundant; most of the Babies R Us items are also posted under MyRegistry.  It would be most helpful if you purchase anything from Babies R Us to also indicate so on MyRegistry. 
We are thinking of doing a nautical theme in the nursery, with navy/white colors and whales, sailboats, etc.  We’ll even be able to use some of Andy’s photographs (from Baltimore).  Enjoy browsing on the registries!

It’s a… (Spoiler Alert!)

This is the appointment we’ve been anticipating since that stick showed two pink lines on it; the day we get to try to determine what gender offspring is.

Since this will be our first attempt at determining the gender of offspring, Monica invited her mom along just in case offspring cooperated with us. Offspring was very accommodating, bordering on exhibitionist. OK. You ready?
We’re going to have a boy! Here are a number of pictures for you, the last one will embarass offspring for the rest of his life.

Baby's Face3D BabyOffspring's SideOffspring RecliningIt's A Boy!

Curled Up In a Ball

Julie came for a visit this weekend so she and Monica and I all tromped over to the clinic to take a look at our offspring.
Offspring wasn’t very cooperative and was curled up in a ball on one side. While we could still make out the head, body, arms, and legs, everything was a big jumbled mess with feet over the baby’s head and arms practically everywhere. We can only hope this child will be more cooperative on Monday when we’re supposed to find out the sex of the baby.

Baby Needs Earplugs

Monica had a busy day in clinic today and didn’t get to eat much which made her feel light-headed. She didn’t want to drive home from the clinic until she felt better so she paid the baby a visit via ultrasound. I think the baby has its fingers in its ears in the second picture.

Reclining BabyBaby Is Still Reclining

That’s One Active Child

Monica and I had an evening free so we decided to sneak into the clinic and take a look at our baby-to-be.
Monica got the ultrasound machine warmed up, slathered on some of that goo, then drove the ultrasound wand around, showing me the various parts of our offspring. We could see the heart beating, which was really cool, but the most impressive thing – at least to me – was just how much this child moves. He… she…whichever… stretches, twirls, and kicks; I had no idea that babies were so active in-utero. It was frequently hard to get a good look at fingers or toes because offspring kept moving. It was a lot fun being able to see our baby, it kind of makes the reality of the coming addition to our life even more real. We’ve got a little less than three week before our ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender; I hope offspring is more cooperative and less restless then.