Friday, December 11, 2009

20 Weeks & I Got Clams

Broken Heart... Valve. An Update!

So, first off... thank you to all of you who have expressed your concern about my Dad's surgery. The surgery went well and although he's had some bumps in his recovery (I guess that's why no one ever says open heart surgery is easy??) he's doing remarkably well. He's so optimistic, and even through the moments of excruciating pain, he manages to find the bright side and has totally managed to keep his glass-half-full attitude!

Dad, you are SO loved by your family and friends and we are all pulling for you to get through all this recovery stuff as soon as possible. Thanks for being so strong and managing to put smiles on our faces even when we are frustrated and think you have every excuse to be too! You manage to keep up your "good spirits" and go with the flow. I love you so much and am so grateful for the wonderful example that you are to all of us.

Razor Clam Digging 2009

If there's one thing that the Nielson family loves to do, it's get together and have a good time. I suppose if there was only one thing you could love to do, that'd be a good one, right?

So this weekend Sam's parents, sister and her husband all came up and it was a grand ol' time. Sam and I had already been planning on getting our Christmas tree Saturday morning and it worked perfectly into the Nielson weekend agenda o' fun. We cut our tree down and then Maria and Jodi went to town with the decorating! Woohoo! Let the prego girl just stand aside and hand off the light strands, I was TOTALLY ok with that :) It was so much fun and there is nothing like having your tree up and decorated. Love. It. Thanks Maria and Jodi!!

Then, it was off to Ocean City (just north of Ocean Shores) for the Razor Clam dig! If you've never done this, then you've never experienced the feeling of being up to your knees and elbows in ocean water/sand/muck, in the pitch black, in the freezing cold. So. Much. Fun.

I opted to sit this one out and play the supportive lantern-holder role. You know, played the prego card. Which seriously isn't that lame of a move since Sam is always sick after we go clam digging for at least a week afterwards. But it's always a blast.

I also thoroughly enjoy the chocolate milk/donuts ritual that usually follows the whole event.

20 Weeks - Half Baked
Crazy, right? How did this thing get half done already? I'm feeling good, and apparently so is Baby BOY N.! He's moving. A lot. He loves to wiggle around a bunch at night while I'm trying to get to sleep... I'm afraid I have a night owl, and I only have myself to blame for that.

Oh, and we hit another fun milestone! Last Saturday morning when Sam and I were just waking up Baby N. was really hopping around in there. I told Sam we should maybe start seeing if he can feel him, knowing that usually it takes many many tries until the husband successfully feels said baby. Nope. It took about 30 seconds. Baby N. reached right out and gave Sam and pretty good high 5 right in the palm. Pretty cool.

So here's today's belly shot. Actually, this was taken yesterday and I fully feel that my belly has gone down a bit today. It's kinda weird and is very influenced by how much is in my stomach and um... bowels. Nuff said.Still, pretty significant difference, right? How did I think I was showing at week 12?

It's really a strange feeling though. It just keeps growing and I have no control over it! So, on that note... I think it's about time for my afternoon snack :)


  1. clamming was soooooo fun! Even though we FROZE! I can't wait to go out again.

  2. Clamming sounds like such a blast!

    Way to play up the pregnancy card--you have to do it now because as soon as that baby comes out, very little sympathy is passed your way. Then it's more like pity that you aren't getting any sleep.

    So cool that Sam felt the baby move!

  3. I love Baby N! and everytime you talk about clamming I always think of the episode from Dirty Jobs where they search for the gooey ducks! It's awesome.

    High fives all around for baby moving!

    Love ya!

  4. You are such a cute little pregger girly! Clamming? Can't say I've ever been! Looks fun though. Man, its been way too long since we've seen you guys! Don't you just love it when your baby moves? So amazing. Sometimes I look at Ryan and have to remind myself that he was that little baby moving not so long ago. Time is going to fly by and you're little one will be 3 years old like mine before you know it! Craziness! Lookin' good Aims!

  5. I LOVE the clamming photos... I NEED to DO THAT!! It looks like a BLAST... GREAT PICTURES TOO!! I LOVE the BABY BELLY!! Its CUTE!!!! Prayers for your PAPA!! Glad he is doing well:) Can't wait to see you guys SOOOO SOON!!

  6. So happy you have so much fun stuff goin' on! Your little one will only enrich your lives beyond belief! Dad continues to improve - each day is a little better... Love you!

  7. i love that everytime devin signs under carl's name she says its devin. as if we all don't know. silly girl. anywho, still totally excited for you down here. don't worry, you're not alone with creating a night owl. all babies love to wake up as you lay down becaue you've been lulling them to sleep all day with all that walking and working out you do. hence, as soon as they hatch they like to keep waking up those 3 hour stretches in the middle of the night! woo hoo! you will love it. you'll love it all.
    okay, now that i've written a novel...have a great christmas!

  8. It is so funny - I think the same thing the farther along I get, the more I look back at 15 and 20 weeks and laugh because I thought I was just so big then - people still tell me I am so small but I am huge for me! I love your updates, its fun to see someone else as excited for their first.

  9. The clamming doesn't look too fun to me, cold! Anyway, you're looking way better than I ever did so be happy you got the good preggo genes! Love and miss ya - wish you were coming for Christmas! We will miss you!


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