Monday, December 29, 2008

and the baby is...(part 2)

A GIRL!! I know that in a recent post I was all whiney and dejected because I thought we wouldn't get to do another ultrasound for a few months. Then I learned of this amazing place called Stork Vision. We went in and they had a a room that looked like a living room with couches and a big tv on the wall. They projected the picture of our precious baby onto the tv and we got some really incredible pictures and a dvd of the whole experience. (Watch out, or any time you're at our house we may make you watch it!) I can't believe how great the pics are, and they even did a 3D one even though she's still a little small to be getting good 3D pics. Ok, enough jabbering, on to those amazing pictures...
Here's an awesome profile pic. She had her hand by her face the whole time.

Here she is, turned to look at us:

This is almost her whole body. Her head is on the right and her knees curled up on the left.

And the feet. Dad told the technician that those should be easy to find because if they were like mine, they'd be big. She had to take a second to look for them though. :)
This is one of my favorites. She's sucking her thumb.
And the awesome 3D picture. It takes a minute to see it, but once you do, you can't look away. (At least I feel that way.) It's like one of those magic eye things. :) The technician says she has hair already! Wonder if it's red??
Hooray for Baby Hendricks, a beautiful girl!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

'tis the season

Sometimes I spend too much time thinking about the things I don't like about the holidays. Stressing over shopping, the squealing voice of Leann Rimes singing carols in every store, the roads clogged with vehicles manned with drivers with as much skill and courtesy as a goldfish. Even looking outside today was like seeing the world through dirt-colored glasses. (But really, Lubbock wind can't be blamed on the holidays.)

Ok, so I didn't intend to go into that much detail about what I don't like.... because what I really wanted to say is that it's easy to get caught up in all of that and forget the good things. I love winter clothes like scarves and hats and coats. I love winter food: stews and soups and roast beast. I love how the crisp air, when it is still, feels easier to breathe, and it can seem so quiet and peaceful outside in the middle of the day. I love the building anticipation of the visitation of Santa that has even the most cynical of my students constantly wiggling in their seats. I love coming into my home when the weather is harsh, seeing my Christmas tree lit up and surrounded with presents for the people I love and having my heater defrost my icy extremities. Then I love getting even toastier by cuddling with my husband and my dog. And to top it all off, a precious life grows inside me and nudges my belly to remind me that I'm not in control of this world. Not even my little corner of it.

So, I'm thankful for Christmas trees, and warm homes, and being barefoot and pregnant:

I'm thankful for cuddly Cory and Clive. (Aren't they handsome?)

And I'm thankful for festive Christmas parties and fabulous friends. Just when we think we can't fit another person in the picture, someone else is pregnant and Cory get's a wider lense. Who'll it be next year?

Merry Christmas! May the joys of Christmas greatly outweigh the stresses!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

and the baby is....

indeterminable. After weeks of aniticipation, we got a maybe. Stubborn little thing! Neo moved all around, but seemed to always keep the valuables covered. We poked and shook it around a little, and we watched it turn over, but we couldn't get a really good shot. So basically, the doctor took a picture of the bum; he couldn't see any boy parts so he guessed that she's a girl. He said not to go out and buy lots of stuff though, which is exactly what I was planning on doing. The worst part of it is that we don't have another ultrasound for 3 months, so it looks like we'll be in the dark for awhile longer.
So while I'm disappointed about not being able to to rule out either sugar and spice or puppy dog tails, or narrow down bedding options and half the name possibilities, we did get to see some pretty amazing stuff. We watched the heartbeat and could see all 4 chambers. We saw the bladder, which means the kidneys are working. The bones are forming, so there was a spine, and knees, and thigh bones that we could make out. She weighs 14 ounces! It was amazing to watch her move and know which position she was in inside my belly. And overall, the fact that our baby is the healthy kind...I guess that's really what's important.