a protective covering is developing over the baby, shielding it from the amniotic fluid
One of the really fun things going on right now is that our nursery furniture is on its way! We found it initially at a place in Greenville, SC called Baby Furniture Plus Kids and instantly fell in love. I think I was drawn to the Ravenna collection because it has a traditional look to it that will be great to use for years to come (and not always in a nursery necessarily) Since we're working a pretty limited room, space-wise, we decided just to go with the convertible crib, dresser/hutch combo and a glider/ottoman. Little did we know, my dad and stepmom actually had plans to surprise us with the dresser/hutch and my mom and stepdad did the same for the beautiful glider/ottoman - all during the same weekend! (thank you to them - we're so lucky to have incredible parents!) To complete the package, we went ahead and decided to buy the crib, only to find out it was on sale, too. Win, win, win. Can't wait to see how this all comes together!
Things have been rolling right along - so much, that I missed last week's update! 18 weeks check-in, here we go:
(baby is the size of a sweet potato!)
The biggest milestone with this particular update is that baby is moving and I can feel it! I felt our little one move for the first time when we landed in Frankfurt, Germany a couple weeks ago. It was SUCH a crazy feeling: a ball of butterflies doing somersaults, much different for me than the feeling you get riding in an elevator or landing in a plane. Since then, I've felt him/her move a few times... I'm sure that will progress the further along we go!
Speaking of him or her, we're counting down the days until we find out what baby Stoehr will be... I can hardly stand the suspense! We get the big news next Thursday and while I'm not sure how we're planning to celebrate yet, it will make this Easter weekend one to remember (talk about a Good Friday!)
OH, and how could I forget? I think Brad and I have nailed down our names: Miller Patrick if it's a boy and Stella Reese is if it's a girl! Miller is my maiden name and since I'm the only child between my parents, it's our way of carrying on my dad's name; Patrick is Brad's middle name. Stella Reese has no family connection to either name, we both just really like the combination. The more I hear them, the more I love them. What a wonderful thing to mark off your mom-to-be list!