Thursday, June 13, 2013

Indy is 2 years old!

Is a 2 yr dog still a puppy?  Well Indy certainly doesn't realize that he is an old man now.  

Who is the prettiest Eskie around?
A few weeks ago, I talked about how Indy is still a baby and has been going through some new changes with this Spring.  One of the good changes is that he is getting slightly better at welcoming people into our apartment... which is good because we had a lot of visitors in early June.  

For his birthday, we made Indy a dinner of chicken with some parmasean cheese and dog food sprinkles.  He was so still in his "wait" because he wanted this food so very much.

After demolishing the dinner in record time, Indy did something new.  He ran around the house sniffing up at every table and surface - clearly looking for more chicken.  While he's had some pieces before, he has never had a whole bowl to himself.   He was clearly a happy birthday boy!  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chirphead's Gender Revealed + 20 Week Ultrasound Photos

It's a Boy!!

The story behind the gender reveal

Rebecca makes a lot of yarn dyeing tutorials for her YouTube Channel, and she had a great idea for her Dyeing Experiments series.  White vinegar (an acid source) is an important component of dyeing yarn, so the plan was to have two dyebaths, one with vinegar and one with plain water and to "dye" two skeins of yarn.  Only one would retain the color, thus revealing the gender.  Unfortunately this did not go as planned and we ended up with a vibrant pink yarn in addition to the blue.  Reds require less acid to bind to yarn than pinks, so it is possible that this experiment would have worked better if Chirphead were a girl.  Nevertheless, it is still a good video for the YouTube channel, but meant that we did not use the video itself to share Chirphead's gender with the world (Facebook) as planned. Thus the miniskein of blue yarn. 

20 Week Ultrasound

The anatomy scan went extremely well.   Chirphead is really healthy and is moving like a champ.  Below you will find our favorite pictures.

Look at that cute little mouth!!
Chirphead is really advanced! While we were watching we saw him grabbing his foot while sucking on his thumb. (I'm pretty sure it is supposed to take them months after birth to discover their toes.  The next two pictures are the attempt to capture these impressive simultaneous acts.  

And finally, a 3d image of little Mr. Chirphead. Rebecca sees Keith in this face shape.  Something about the forehead and nose makes him look just as handsome as his daddy! 

If everything continues to be healthy, we may not get a chance to see Chirphead again until he is born.  We already think he is beautiful. 

Indy is very interested in his baby brother!

Rebecca had a gut feeling that Chirphead would be a boy.  Just in case, before the ultrasound she and Indy had their morning nap and an extra snuggle session.  Rebecca has been calling Indy her "baby boy" ever since he was a puppy and knew that this might be the last chance that Indy was her ONLY baby boy.   After the ultrasound, Indy was greeting Rebecca super enthusiastically and Rebecca felt nothing but excitement to be playing with her baby boys.  :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

20 Week Update

We're half way there!  We are so excited to meet Chirphead, but we need it to stay inside me a little longer, okay baby?

My 20 week checkup went very well.  Chirphead's heart rate is 140/145 bmp.  My Dr. is fantastic and addressed a lot of the concerns and fears I have for labor and delivery.   All my blood work etc continues to be normal, so we are in the midst of a healthy pregnancy!  We are about to sign up for some classes to help us prepare for birth and beyond.

The most prevaling symptom continues to be increased fatigue.  This can vary greatly from week to week, but in general it is something that I am experienced handleing.  I had expected to feel general discomfort, but I did not expect to feel so many pregnancy related aches and pains!   My Dr. recommends getting used to sleeping on your side early, but boy is it making my hip hurt.

There are some good symptoms that are happening.  I'd felt the baby move a few times in the last few weeks, mostly in the evening when I was laying down trying to fall asleep.  At 20w1d I started feeling the baby move multiple times in a day!

Whenever I talk to the baby, Indy comes running over.  I suppose I'm using the same tone to talk to Chirphead as I do to talk to Indy, so I'm starting to explain to Indy how he

Stay tuned for pictures from the 20 week ultrasound... We now know whether Chirphead is a boy or a girl!