Saturday, March 22, 2008

Puerto Rico

Thats right... Aaron and I leave on Friday for a 5 day trip to Puerto Rico. We have Showtime to thank for this wonderful trip. I can't wait to get to the beach and enjoy the 82* weather. I will post pictures and let everyone know how the trip was when we get back.

15 Weeks

This is day number 105 and I'm 15 weeks pregnant!
I have 175 days or 25 weeks left, and I am 37.5% of the way there.

The baby weighs about 1.75 ounces and is about 4 to 4.5 inches in length. It's heart is growing strong and, even though it is little, it is pumping between 20 and 25 quarts of blood every 24 hours. By the time I am ready to deliver, my baby's heart will be circulating up to 300 quarts of blood every 24 hours. Although it's eyelids are still fused shut, it can sense light. There's not much for the baby to taste at this point, but it is forming taste buds. Finally, if I had an ultrasound this week, I might be able to find out whether it's baby's a boy or a girl!

I have to wait 4 weeks until I have an ultra sound. We will all hope that when I go the baby's legs are not crossed so we can find out what I am having.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ultra Sound Pictures

I finale got the scanner to work and have scanned in the picture for the last ultra sound which was at 12 1/2 weeks. You can click on the picture and go to flickr to view a larger copy if you would like.


Vote for Sayde

Hi Everybody!

Sayde got entered into a photo contest and needs your vote!

If you have friends who love dogs, please forward this link to them!

Please click on the link below and cast your vote - it only takes a second and we could REALLY use the Bissell carpet cleaner! ;)

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

14 Weeks

This is day number 98 and I am 14 weeks pregnant!
I have 182 days or 26 weeks left, and I am 35.0% of the way there.

Welcome to the second trimester!

This week's big developments:
The baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck it's thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, it's facial muscles are getting a workout as it's tiny features form one expression after another. It's kidneys are producing urine, which it releases into the amniotic fluid around it — a process it keep up until birth.

In other news:
The baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, it measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and it weighs 1 1/2 ounces. It's body's growing faster than it's head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, it's arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of it's body. (it's legs still have some lengthening to do.) It's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over it's body. The baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and it's spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can't feel it's tiny punches and kicks yet, the little ones hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Week 13

This is day number 91 and I am 13 weeks pregnant!
I have 189 days or 27 weeks left, and I am 32.5% of the way there.

Fingerprints have formed on the baby's tiny fingertips, it's veins and organs are clearly visible through it's still-thin skin, and it's body is starting to catch up with it's head — which makes up just a third of it's body size now. The baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

One more week left in the first trimester!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

17th Annual Walk for the Animals

Dear Family and friends,

I am raising money for the Humane Society, so they can help unwanted and sick pets find new homes.

We adopted our two cats from the human society and couldn't be any happier. They are a great addition to the family.

You can donate by clicking on the picture below. It is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts.

For more information please visit:

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!


Monday, March 3, 2008

We adpoted a cat

A few weeks ago Aaron and I went to the Southwest Washington Humane Society, and while we were there we adopted a cat. Her name was Punky, but we have changed it to Calie. She learned her new name very quickly. She is 3 years old and fits in nicely with the family. She is still not to sure about the dogs, but as time is passing she gets closer and closer to them.

On the other hand I adopted a cat in October and her name is Annie. She is almost a year old. She makes sure everyone is clean. She enjoys playing with dogs, and curling up on the couch with Sayde. Annie and Calie are great playmates.

I am thinking that we are not going to add any more pets to the family for a while. In the last 2 1/2 years we have added two dogs and 2 cats. Three of the four have been within the last 1 1/2.

Annie on the left, Calie on the right ~

Trip to the snow

Last week we went to Larch Mountain, and drove to around 2200 feet to let the dogs play in the snow. We took my parents dog Grady for his last trip to the snow. I thought I would share a few pictures that we took.

Grady ~

Sayde ~

Billy ~

The View ~

The view is looking out of Vancouver, with Downtown Portland way off the the distance. If you would like to see a larger view of these images, you can visit our Flickr account. The web address is

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Week 12

This is day number 84 and I am 12 weeks pregnant!
I have 196 days or 28 weeks left, and I am 30.0% of the way there.

The baby is about 2.5 inches long and weighs approximately 0.3 to 0.5 ounces. The baby's brain continues to develop, and tiny fingernails and toenails start to form. Vocal cords are formed this week, which is the last of your first trimester.

The baby's kidneys are functioning, as is the liver. The thyroid gland and pancreas are also complete. The baby is now passing urine and the gall bladder secretes bile. After swallowing amniotic fluid, The baby will now be able to pass it out of the body as urine. A skeleton made of cartilage is forming.

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