17 Weeks

I can't believe this is the last week of my fourth month. It's gone by so quickly, even with the unpleasantness of morning sickness and headaches, I keep reminding myself we are nearing the halfway point.

In just a little less than three weeks we will find out the baby's gender. My mom will fly in to be here for the appointment, and I'm so excited she will get to share this with us. I miss having her here more than I can really admit without getting too teary-eyed about it, so it will be extra-special.

I'm feeling little flutters now, and it just makes this little person that much more real. It's amazing how it changes your whole perspective, really recognizing how responsible you are for the health and well-being of this tiny little guy (or girl) and how it won't ever end. I suddenly have this motivation I've never had before to be a better person, to take better care of me and us, to give this baby the best life he can possibly have.

I cannot wait to meet him (or her) in just a few weeks. I cannot wait to share with you all the name we've picked out - we did finally choose a girl's name! I can't wait to have more pictures and video. My emotions have been all over the place this last week, and it's been hard hanging on to an even keel - thank you to John for understanding the out of nowhere crying jag yesterday and for taking care of everything that needed to be taken care of while I got myself together.

We're making progress on cleaning out the baby's room, and in the next couple of weeks that should all be complete, and we can be ready for Mom, ready to see our little person, and ready to step off into the second half of this adventure.