4 Pound Gain.
I found out at the doctors today, I have gained 4 1/2 pounds in the last month! I am now up to 98lbs, and from here on out, I should gain a pound a week! After my weigh in, they took my blood pressure which is still looking good, and we got the results from our blood work, and everything came back normal. My mom came to the doctors with us today, so she got to hear the heartbeat, which is getting louder and faster each time. She was so excited!
I am happy to say, I have been feeling pretty good the last few weeks, and I have been feeling the baby move, a lot! It is so cool. Baby E usually moves when I have just finished eating (which is pretty often!), and he/she always moves at night, when I get into bed. The second trimester is a lot better than the first! Thank God.


Halfway There!
Well, I must say, "Happy Halfway to Me"! That's right, I am halfway through the pregnancy! 20 weeks down, 20 more to go! I am feeling good, eating a whole lot, and feeling the baby move ( a little, no big kicks yet!) I spent my halfway day with my two favorite guys. My dad met me at my house in the morning and we finished our Christmas shopping! We started the day going to different stores in White Marsh, then to the Avenue, and finally the mall. We were very successful with our purchases, and just like the movies, as were were skipping with joy out of the mall... it started to snow! Of course, my dad then serenaded me with, "Snow, Snow, Snow," one of our favorite songs from the movie White Christmas.
I took a much needed nap when I got home, and when I woke up Eric and I went out to dinner. My wonderful day ended with a relaxing pedicure from my husband! I guess there are some pluses to being pregnant!


Bottles, Bibs & Breast Pumps.
My cousin Laura and I went to Register today! We had so much! We started the day at 11am, meeting at Babies R Us. After filling out some papers, we were given the super scan gun, and sent on our way! We started off with confidence, reading our handy dandy list of 'necessary' baby items... we found a monitor, some bottles, a thermometer etc. However, after about 3 isles, we both started to feel overwhelmed and panicked! We definitely need diapers, but do we need a diaper pail? We have to have bottles, do you need a bottle warmer ( I didn't even know they made bottle warmers) By the time we reached the strollers, the manager Nick had noticed our anxiety and felt compelled to help us. He assured us that many people feel the way we did, and told us to relax, and take our time. So, after calming down, we decided to skip over the car seats and strollers (way to many choices) and we found a high chair we both enjoyed.

Around 12:30pm we decided to take a break, regroup, and have some lunch. We rested at Red Robbin, shared an appetizer, and chowed down on sandwiches and fries. Laura decided to get a strawberry margarita before we headed to Target, for round two!

We felt much more successful and comfortable at Target! We immediately found a stroller, playpen and car seat we loved! Laura even had a 'talk' with me, and made me register for the infamous breast pump! I was struggling with the thought of it all day. We also found bedding that was gender neutral, and super cute! At 4:30pm, our successful & super fun registry day ended at Starbucks, yum! Thanks for all your help Laura Bean!


Thank you Mimi Maternity. So, after a long weekend of Christmas shopping... in my jeans.... I knew it was time to get maternity pants! My jeans have been digging into my expanding belly, and it's not so fun. Neither was the shopping process for the jeans. Well, sometimes it was a little funny. Before heading to an 'real' maternity store (because for some reason it was hard for me to accept I needed to go there) I started with Old Navy and Target... well I was so upset I didn't have my camera, because it was hilarious! Nothing fit me right. So we went to Mimi Maternity, and they were very helpful. They have petite sizes so the length was perfect. The thighs and behind are still a little big... but I'm sure I'll grow into them over the next few month's. My cousin Laura dresses super cute/sassy, almost all of the time. She will wear anything from 4 inch heels, to a spaghetti strap tank top in December.... I tell her she's nuts, and she says, "I'm sacrificing for the outfit!" So, I figured if she justifies her love to dress cute, while being in some pain- I will justify my semi-large/dorky jeans with, "I'm sacrificing for the baby!"


We had our first "super sonogram" today! I was so excited all week, I couldn't wait until Friday got here! Well, I actually just cant wait until April 9th gets here, but I'm trying to be patient. Our appointment was at 4pm, and Marti met us at Johns Hopkins White Marsh. Eric and I went back for the initial exam, where they measured Baby Esposito's head, brain and spine. The sonographer also took measurements of arms and legs (being very careful not to get a view between the legs). Eric kept trying to figure out what 'it' was, but our sonographer said that she didn't even know, so there was not way he could! I think she felt the need to intervene after I smacked him for trying a little TOO hard. She also took pictures of the heart and estimated the baby's weight to be 7.5oz. Overall she took between 80- 100 pictures! That is the average amount that is taken and sent to the radiologist for them to examine, then they send the results to Dr. Nauman.

Fun Pictures.
After all of the measurements were taken, Eric was allowed to get Marti. When she came back we got to see the 4D images of Baby Esposito! He/she is SO cute! We all counted 10 fingers and toes! Baby Esposito is just like his/her daddy... because he/she would not stop dancing! The baby was all over the place. The sonographer zoomed in on the baby's little hands and feet... it was so amazing! We got to watch the little one for about 15 minutes, and then we waved goodbye.


The Bump.
Here is the baby bump at 17 weeks. Enjoy!