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Liam Alexander Balogun

Jan. 13th, 2006 | 01:54 pm

It's a boy!!





Here's the best of them, imo. Click on the picture to link to the gallery! They look much clearer when you are looking at the actual screen, when they try to take the stills is when they blur out. Grr!

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Dec. 16th, 2005 | 08:36 pm

I totally felt the baby move! I am 15 weeks along as of today, which is a bit early, but that's totally what it was. I was skipping along in the grocery store and when I stopped moving I felt a fluttery feeling in my lower belly a little bit off to the left side ... like something moving inside me ... which it totally was. Far out! I couldn't wipe the grin off of my face!!

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Nov. 28th, 2005 | 09:38 am

From Babyfit (as of last Friday):

Your Baby's Development This Week


Age of Fetus—10 weeks


Both you and the baby are growing right along. By now you have probably
gained 2-4 pounds. The baby's palate has formed. The palate divides the mouth
from the nose, making it possible to eat and breathe at the same time.


Other changes that are happening:



  • Your baby's fingernails and toenails are beginning to grow.
  • The baby's brain has the basic structure it will have at birth.
  • The baby's digestive tract is becoming functional and developing the ability
    to push through food.

Baby's Size (head to rump) this week: About 2.5 inches.

Right now your
baby is about the size of a billiard ball.



(And for the record I haven't gained a pound yet!) A billiard ball! Whoopee!

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Pregnancy Nightmares

Nov. 22nd, 2005 | 10:34 am

I've been having some rough nightmares for the last little bit. I've always been a pretty vivid dreamer and prone to dreams that make me wake up making a big enough fuss to wake up my husband - but lately I've been having at least one a night. And I can always tell when it's one of these "special" pregnancy induced ones because I wake up totally DRENCHED in sweat.

Last night's was scary enough to have me feeling wonky for a while afterwards. I was a little 8 year old boy and I was in the mall with my mother and father. There was a power outage and an earthquake or something and all the shops in the mall shut their security gates and everyone was kind of huddled in the alcoves in front of the gates. From around the corner we could hear a guy coming and shooting stuff as he came. He was laughing evilly, of course. My mother was across from my father and I and we were trying to tell her to stay put instead of running across the hall to us, but she didn't understand and as she ran across, the guy grabbed her. I found a gun in my pocket and pulled it out, but after looking in it, I realized that it wasn't loaded, so I shrugged and said it wasn't loaded and handed it to the psycho guy (?!). He put a bullet in it and gave it back to me and said he wanted to give me a fighting chance and I would know when was right to use it. He proceeded to be really scary and torment me by threatening my mother. He went to slice her ear off so I tried to shoot him and the bullet just dropped out of the gun and fell on the floor. He had done something to screw it up when he loaded the gun. He laughed at me and was outraged that I had tried to shoot him. I don't remember a lot of what happened next, but I do know that we managed to get him to chase us out of the mall and we lured him into a friend of mine's old blue hatchback which WE knew had a problem with the locks where it couldn't be unlocked from the inside. We trapped him in there and drove off in my car to find the police. As we drove off a bunch of old ladies were trying to break him out of the hatchback but we shouted: "Leave him in there! He's the one that was shooting up the mall!" I think I woke up around there to see that the power was out in my house! Eep! Creepy!

When I went back to sleep I dreamed that I was getting a ride home from the mall with Christian Troy in his new Jaguar because I was too frightened and traumatized by my experience with the psycho mall shooter and couldn't take the bus by myself. I kept wondering why he wasn't trying to seduce me (I was no longer a little boy, btw).

This dream was pretty obviously influenced by yesterday's news about the mall shooter AND by my just having read Desperation. It doesn't sound like much but it was SCARY.

At least, in order to make up for all the bad dreams, I've also been having SWEET SWEET baby dreams.

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One week to go

Nov. 18th, 2005 | 11:12 am

11 weeks today. One week to go until the start of my second trimester!

That's when I plan to tell my bosses and stuff. It's also when I should start feeling much better.

This week has been alright with the nausea, however my sleep has started to SUCK. I can sleep just fine, but not very deeply which results in my being super-extra-special tired all the time.

A minimum of 7 weeks left till we can find out the baby's gender!

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What's in a name

Nov. 16th, 2005 | 03:24 pm

Been putting some thought into names lately

It's a bit early since we don't know girl or boy yet but I'm having some thoughts anyway.

I had originally really liked Lily for a girl and I still do, but I'm thinking that I would like something with a bit more meaning. Lily is beautiful, but that's all that attracted me to it.

Lately, I've been pondering Iris. I like it because it's not biblical and also because it's Greek (thus it is connected to my name). It's also pretty similiar to my name. Iris Balogun sounds fine. I'd still need a middle name though. I was thinking it'd be nice to incorporate something from his side of the family. Maybe something related to the meaning of his name (which I can't emphatically state because he's all hush-hush about it) but anybody know any nice girl names that mean Mercy? Nobody on his side has any names that stand out to me or has been enough of an influence in either of our lives to warrant being named after them. Again back to my side, no particularly close dead relatives or anything. It HAS been kind of a tradition to give girls French names on my mom's side though. Her mom was Bernadette, my mom is Nadine, my sister is Lorraine (which is such a gorgeous name but I'm SO not letting her think it's named after her!!) So maybe something French that means mercy? Hmmmm The english/french dictionary says "pitié", but that's hardly a suitable name. I've looked for names that mean mercy but not found much. Oh well, the search continues.

And I have to think about boy's names too!

My name means "Peace" and is Greek
his does not mean "mercy", but including that would be a close enough reference, and is nigerian

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Tears

Nov. 14th, 2005 | 11:57 am

Ran into this book at Barnes and Nobles last night


Reading it in the store was a huge mistake because it had me WEEPING.

Pregnancy is strange.

This morning, a story on NPR about the 40th anniversary of the Sound of Music had me crying also. I have NO idea why because it wasn't sad, or sentimental in any way. I don't really have any particular emotional connection to the sound of music ... but for some reason it was just KILLING me.

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9 Week ultrasound

Nov. 4th, 2005 | 08:17 pm

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Nov. 4th, 2005 | 09:58 am

I'm 9 Weeks today. That means the baby has officially moved from being an Embryo to being a Fetus. That means all the basic organs and stuff are there and now it's mostly just about growing and refining.

Also, my first OB appointment is today. I'll be having my first ultrasound! People say this first one isn't all that exciting because the baby is still only about the size of an olive. But to me, I think it'll be amazing to catch the first glimpse of my baby and hopefully be able to see it's heartbeat and stuff.

I imagine that they will probably give me print outs of the ultrasounds, so I'm going to be sure to scan those in as soon as I get a chance.

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Oct. 28th, 2005 | 02:44 pm

Received my blood donor card from when I donated blood in September. I found out that I am O Negative (only 7% of the population are). I don't know Akuma's blood type so there's a 50/50 chance of the baby's blood type being positive. (If Akuma's is positive, then the baby has a 66% chance of being positive). No big deal, it just means I'm probably going to have to do that RhoGam shot thing.

I'm a weirdo ... I feel a strange sense of pride for having a rare-ish blood type, especially with it being O because that means it's rare AND in high demand. And I can't remember exactly when I went to give blood but it was probably RIGHT around the time that I got pregnant. That's really good news because I felt lightheaded and dizzy for days after giving blood and had just about decided that I wouldn't be able to do it again if it was going to affect me like that. However, it could have just been some really early pregnancy signs so after I'm done having this baby I may give it at least one more try.

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