S: Pregnancy Journal for Rylen Phu 2011
BC: rylen phu
FC: A baby is something you carry inside | you for nine months, in your arms | for three years and in your heart till | the day you die." ~ Mary Mason
1: Our New Family | Let's start this story from the beginning...
2: September 22, 2010
3: We started trying to get pregnant in April 2010 and it took about 6 months to conceive. In September, I was late getting my period. I had already taken 3 pregnancy test earlier in the month and told your dad that I wouldn't take another pregnancy test until my doctor's appointment the following week, but I was curious. So when I saw a line come up on the test a lot sooner than I remembered, I knew something was different... Your dad was on the bed, either on the laptop or his phone, I can't remember. I called his name and signaled for him to come over to me. He gave me this look, like for what, and before he even got off the bed, I blurted out "I think I'm pregnant". He raised his eyebrow and went to check and he came out laughing and giggling. We were so excited. Your maternal grandma was the first to know, literally minutes after we had found out. She happened to call to check up on me since she knew about my missed period. We told your paternal grandma the next day, followed by your Auntie and Uncles on mom's side. Your uncles on dad's side were the last to find out. The doctor's appointment on the 24th confirmed again that we're expecting you. The Nurse Practitioner estimates that you were 7 weeks old and that your due date was May 13, 2011. However, your dad and I had a feeling you'll come later. The next step was to get a referral to an OB/GYN to get us one step closer to see how much you've grown.
4: Your first baby gift | You're not even here yet and you've already gotten your first baby gift, your first blanket! Thank you Trish!
5: You're not the only one, I got something too. Ruby got me this book to prepare me while you're growing inside me... love my coworkers at FHCSD.
6: First Ultrasound
7: Your first ultrasound was taken on October 5 and you only measured about 6 weeks, 2 weeks smaller than what we expected. So we went back on October 22 and look how much you've grown! (We even heard your heart beat!) We can't wait to meet you at the end of May 2011.
8: On our 12 and 16 weeks appointment, we didn't get to see you but we did get to hear your strong heart beat. It's so amazing to know that you're growing inside me. A few more weeks and we'll get to know if you're a baby boy or baby girl or maybe both. (I'm still secretly hoping for twins)
9: Guess who's showing a little... you started making an appearance about week 15.
10: Well look here... | Surprise, surprise that you're a little boy! Oh the Phu gene! Auntie Ellen got these little booties made for you...
11: 19 week ultrasound to determine your gender. | You're right on schedule for late May delivery. | 05/30
12: More gifts for you after we found out your sex, courtesy of Trish...
13: Boy does she love buying baby things, but no love for daddy's huh?
14: Progress | As you can see, we're slowly inching towards your arrival... Along with the inches, we've also been packing on the pounds! It's averaging about 2 lbs every week since the middle of the second trimester (around 20 week). | 24 weeks - 38 inches | 28 weeks - 40 inches
15: And boy, are you a mover. We've been able to feel you move since week 18 but now that we've entered the third trimester (about 29 week), I can feel all the movement! You move around throughout the day, but you're most active in the morning (I think it's because you're hungry)... and you've also seem to get the hiccups often. | 30 weeks - 41 inches | We've also finalize your name too, courtesy of your dad. All the names I picked out, he rejected! Looking forward to meeting you Rylen Ban Phu | 32 weeks - 42 inches
17: With your due date around the corner, along with the baby shower, we're finally starting to work on the nursery! Even got your Uncle Thanh to help out. Step 1 - Paint the room. Step 2 - Assemble crib & changing table. Step 3 - Decorate. | Nursery Time
18: Baby Shower, Part 1 FHCSD - Tuesday, April 19 34 Weeks
19: So grateful for the great friends and coworkers at FHCSD for the wonderful shower.
20: Baby Shower, Part 2 Family & Friends - Sunday, May 1 36 Weeks
22: Progress | Great party with lots of family & friends...
27: And tons of gifts! You're really loved Rylen.
28: Our Maternity Session at Presidio Park
29: Photographed by: Sina Ngov | on Saturday, May 7 37 weeks
30: May 2011 | Today's the Day! | 24 | After Mother's Day, I started to stay at your maternal grandparent's house to wait for your arrival. I started my maternity leave on Monday, May 23. I did laundry all day and had In-N-Out for lunch with your dad and even went for a night walk with your Uncle Son before heading to McDonald's for a late night snack. That night, I woke up at 12:15am after feeling my water break. I told your grandmother and we went to Sharp Mary | Birch. The triage nurse checked and sure enough we were in labor. We called your dad to come and he was there in 13 minutes.
33: 05-24-2011 | 11:09am | 20 inches | 6lbs 12oz | After a few hours later, you were born.
38: After two days in the hospital, it was time for us to bring you home.
39: To start the beginning of our new life together. | Welcome home Rylen.