Nate and I finally decided on a name - Thomas James Hutchinson. This little guy sure has a lot to live up to because he is named after some pretty fabulous people.
I always knew that I wanted James to be his middle name, after his Great Grandpa Toolson. He and my Grandma, both, have been such a big part of this whole process with me. I remember when Nate and I were trying to decide whether InVitro was the path for us, my Grandpa said, "Let's do it, what do we have to lose?" And I don't know if I have ever told him this, but that bold confidence meant so much and was really what calmed the storm for me. I respect and value his opinion and who he is so much, that after he said that, I knew that was the road that Nate and I needed to travel down. My Grandparents have been along side Nate and I every step of the way, calling after doctor appointments with words of encouragement and love, prayers and fasting, and hugs and back tickles just to make the day a little better. I seriously tear up to this day, thinking about how many people supported me through this whole process and how many prayers were offered on my behalf. So in honor of all those prayers that were offered, and the support and love of my Grandpa and Grandma, James, is his middle name - so that my little guy won't ever forget what his Grandparents and many others did to get him here.
And then came the first name...we had no idea. We both offered up suggestions that the other gagged at and could never come to terms. When Nate and I were in California this summer, we went to dinner for my Parent's wedding anniversary and my Dad began talking about his Father, Thomas L. Halverson, who passed away when my Dad was only 17 years old. I feel like I have heard most of the stories my Dad shares about him, but this particular time, he was sharing experiences with his Father that I had never heard before. We all got emotional at the table, and it was pretty special to be apart of. As we were driving home, Nate turned to me and said, "Well, I think we just named our son - what do you think of Thomas?" It just felt right. We loved it. We felt like it was a way we could always remember Grandpa H, and involve my Dad in the name even though we weren't using Tim. Our little guy has some meaning behind his name and I hope he never forgets the men he is named after and the lives that they lived and how much they love him.
Thomas James Hutchinson can't get here soon enough!
Apparently picking out a car seat and stroller is very time consuming and difficult...who would have ever thought that I would develop anxiety over such a decision? No one told me that there are 900 different options and no two car seat/stroller offer the same features, which means you have to go in knowing what you want - ease, size, weight, safety, look, etc. Well, to say the least, I had NO CLUE what I wanted and being the vain person that I am, I first googled "Celebrity Car Seats/Celebrity Strollers" to find out what I HAD TO HAVE. :) And then after laughing at the price tag for everything, I was back at ground zero. Through much deliberation and help from my cousin Taylor, I chose the Britax B-Safe car seat and Britax B-Agile stroller. They both should be arriving at my house today!! Kind of excited. :) I'll let you know my review.
We finally landscaped the front yard. It is amazing what a little green can do for a house! Before Nate and I left for California we picked out plants and sprayed where we wanted the curbing. By the time we got back, this is what we came home to. I liked that process. I vote we do it that way on the next house. Much easier. :) WE LOVE OUR LITTLE HOME!!
I got another ultrasound today and our baby boy is doing great! My due date was November 16th, then the 14th and now they are saying around the 9th. It keeps changing because he is measuring big! Ah! They say I am measuring right around 26 weeks. Fine by me, if it means him getting here a little sooner. :) I seriously have the biggest cheeseball grin on my face everytime I see him bouncing around in there. Without fail, every ultrasound and doctors appointment, he is a busy body. The tech always comments about how she can't measure the heart beat because my baby won't stay in the same place for longer than three seconds. I have a feeling this is a sign of things to come. But honestly, I cannot wait! I want him here today. I want to hold him and kiss him. I have always been told that I am a baby hog and I have a feeling I will be the same way with my own kid. Will I ever want anyone else to cuddle and hold him but me? Time will tell I guess. :) Today, we got some cute pics of him stretching and sucking on his hand. Precious. It is a complete miracle and I am amazed everytime I see the little man...my little man. :) I always ask myself, "Is this real...is this really finally happening?" It is the greatest thing on planet earth and the weirdest thing all at the same time. I have a human inside of me. :)
Baby Hutch still doesn't have a name, but he does have a very cute nursery and a lot of clothes. Until next time...
Nate and I went to the Real Salt Lake soccer game for our 4th of July celebration. It was so much fun to tag along with the Berrys. Nothing better than a soccer game, great friends and great food. Thanks again for the invite! Watching the game made me miss playing so much! I think Nate got a little tired of me talking his ear off with every play or bad call. It was a great game - lots of scoring. This is something we will definitely do again!
Nate and I have finally been blessed with a sweet littlte baby growing inside of me! I am 11 weeks along and we had our third ultrasound yesterday. The baby's heartbeat is strong as can be. He/She was bouncing all around in there and we couldn't help but laugh. Is this a sign of things to come? :) We just can't believe that this is real and finally happening. We know that this little baby is a complete miracle and we count our blessings everyday.
We can't wait for this little baby to get here and November can't come soon enough. Bring on the barfing, sleepless nights, stretch marks, belly bands, and all the other wonderful/horrible things pregnancy has to offer. I'll take it!