Saturday, January 4, 2014

37 Weeks and Counting...

Esquire and I were excited and a little terrified when we found out that we were having a baby.
I was convinced we were having a little boy and set out to find a boy name as soon as possible.
We had a boy name picked out when we went in for the gender sonogram, but still didn't have any girl names that we could agree on. When the ultrasound technician told us it was definitely a girl, we were back at square one of the “Name That Baby” game. We started all over with surveying family and friends, bouncing names off each other, looking up name meanings, and ruling out names that made us cringe.

We finally decided on a first name for our little girl not too long ago. We decided to name her Eleanor and call her Ellie. Eleanor means “shining light” and is a very classic name. The first Eleanor that probably came to mind was our former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, but what you may not know is that there were also several queens named Eleanor (the earliest of them were probably spelled differently). If you've ever seen the movie “Up” then you’ll remember the precocious little girl in the beginning of the movie was named Ellie. We didn't name her Eleanor because of “Up”, but I imagine our Ellie could very well resemble that little bubble of crazy joy. We are still discussing middle names, but I’m sure that we’ll figure it out before we have to submit her birth certificate.

We recently had the opportunity to see our little girl again. We opted to get a 3D ultrasound done at the same time as her regular ultrasound. We were able to see the shape of her little eyes, nose, and mouth. Can I just say that (in my completely biased opinion) she’s pretty stinking cute! This will probably be the last ultrasound that we’ll get before she’s born and I’m so glad we have these photos of her sweet little self.

Today marks 37 weeks of pregnancy. It’s scary to think that in a month or less Esquire and I will be card-carrying parents of a little girl. All the theoretical “my child will NEVER…” and “I won’t let my kid do THAT” statements will be put to the test. We decided to commemorate today by getting out my studio lighting and taking some photos of the baby bump. Even the dogs got in on the action!

The dogs were not really sure what we were doing but they behaved really well for the whole portrait process. Mairi was really concerned that she wasn't in possession of her favorite bone, so she looks a little anxious in my photo with them, but she was much happier with Esquire!

We can't wait to meet our little girl!

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