Monday, March 23, 2009

Goodbye Georgia

                    19 weeks
Well our time at Ft. Benning, Ga has ended as Todd has finished his training.  I'm going to miss the great friends I've made and look forward to seeing some of them soon that are also moving to Ft. Campbell.  I've been very lucky to meet the great ladies that I have and hope all of our paths cross again one day.  In our last few days there we took a trip up to the Ft. Campbell area to go house hunting which was very successful.  We decided it would be better to live off post because what post had available just wasn't going to work for us.  We took the three days to really explore the best neighborhoods and found a great house that's brand new and just perfect for us.  The dogs will have a yard to play in and it will be nice not to have to share walls anymore.  I'm really looking forward to decorating too.  

Today I am 19 weeks pregnant.  I've been hesitant to share the baby name we chose just in case we changed our minds but I think we've found a name that we both love.  Our baby girls name will be Kiley Honoria Nell Weaver.  Kiley comes from the Irish origin meaning "attractive". Honoria comes from the Latin origin that means "honor".  Nell is an English name meaning "light".  The two middle names is a new tradition in my family as my mother gave both my sister and I two middle names.  Kiley will have the name Honoria after my sister Enid and the name Nell is a family name from the women on Todd's side of the family.  

Baby Kiley is right on track as far as growth and development.  She is an active baby as I can feel her kicking everyday now.  My doctor diagnosed me with placenta previa after reviewing my ultrasound reports.  Its a condition where the placenta is situated unusually low in the uterus.  This condition fixes itself in 9 out of 10 cases as the pregnancy progresses so my doctor is pretty confident that my situation will work itself out on its own.  This also probably explains why my back has hurt so much since it has been pretty unusual for the common back pain to begin so early in my pregnancy.  So now the fun...really not so fun...stuff is going to be getting into the new hospitals system at Ft. Campbell and trying to make sure all my records are transferred correctly and getting all the right upcoming appointments that will be due soon.  

 Right now we're back in Virginia while Todd does hometown recruiting which gives us a good opportunity to relax a little and get the house taken care of. Its always so relaxing to visit Todd's parents house as its right on the Chesapeake Bay its like being on vacation.  The sunrises are so beautiful and the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks is a constant lullaby.  The only disappointing thing about going to Tennessee is going to be the fact that we won't be close to the water again for a long time.  It is from what I've seen going to be a beautiful rural area and I'm really excited to start this new chapter.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It's a GIRL!!!

Today was very exciting, today we found out we'll be having a baby girl!  I had to drink 40 oz. of water before the ultrasound which made focusing on what I was seeing just a tiny bit harder because I was also mapping out my quickest route to the lady's room as soon as I could get up.  The technician took all kinds of measurements, most of which I don't know yet since the radiologist has to review everything.  Finding out it was a girl was a little difficult since she was sitting with her legs crossed with her body facing my spine.  Watching her move was amazing.  We saw her wave, suck her thumb, yawn, kick me in my already full bladder, and do lots of flips.  She weighs 8 oz. and is measuring at 17 weeks and 3 days which is on track since I'm 17 weeks today.  

This week has been pretty exciting, Friday my parents and Todd's mom came down to see Todd graduate Ranger School which was really fun.  There were some demonstrations on combatives, mountaineering skills, explosives, etc.  Todd worked really hard to get through Ranger School and as soon as he had his Ranger tab pinned on it was all worth it.  In his class about 30% passed without recycling so we're all really proud of him for being part of that small group.

Todd's been clearing Ft. Benning and within the next week or so we should be moved out.  We'll be back in Williamsburg for two weeks and then headed to Ft. campbell to start the next chapter of our lives.  I'm really excited to start picking out pink stuff for the baby girl now! Hope we figure out a name soon.  

Monday, March 2, 2009

Todd Passes Ranger School!!!

I have never been prouder than I am now of my husband for passing Ranger School! Only twenty percent of Ranger students pass without recycling and my husband is in this small group.  I heard from him last night and he sounded so happy to be done.  He said that Florida phase had been so much better than the other phases.  The weather had been much nicer, only raining once for a few minutes.  On the first day of FL phase Todd was platoon leader for one of their night exercises and he did very well.  Being a platoon leader for a night mission is more difficult because you have to keep all the other students awake when an hour or two of sleep a night is all they get.  He described one of the things they did like crossing the swamp and you'd be ankle deep in one step and neck deep the next step.... the ACU's are pretty much unwashable after that so I'm glad he threw that one away :).  He'll be on his way back to Ft. Benning tomorrow and I will probably get to see him Wednesday for a few hours, Thursday for eight hours, and then Friday is Ranger graduation!!!

16 weeks belly shot
Today I am 16 weeks.  This week the baby is 4.5 inches long and weighs 2.8 ounces, about the size of an avocado.    This morning I had my appointment with my doctor and everything seems fine.  I had a screening to test for downs syndrome and we talked about my back pain.  Sadly there isn't much I can do for it.  I got to listen to the baby's heartbeat through the doppler and can't wait to see whether its a girl or a boy this time next week.