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S: Wonder Willa

BC: Willa

FC: October 9, 2010 | Willa Cook Gray

1: The name Willa is of German origin for "will," "helmet," "desire," and "protection." | Willa

2: January 24, 2010 We found out we were pregnant with you on January 24, 2010. Mom was already four weeks pregnant before we finally got the positive! We took many tests before we got the positive because we were sure you were there. | Dad bought you a snail onesie the day we found out about you, although he cannot claim to be the first one to buy you something. Your granny bought you a Halloween outfit and a stuffed sheep before you were even conceived!

3: First Trimester From Mom’s Pregnancy Journal 1-17: Jeremy is convinced I am pregnant; I’m not sure, although I am surely sleepy. 1-24: We got the positive! I woke Jeremy up saying “I got my line, and he said, “Oh baby, that’s great.” 1-30: Being pregnant makes me empathize with the trope of the suffering vampire because the hunger, the HUNGER! 2-10: We had our first ultrasound today and have the VHS tape to prove it. Good thing we are one of ten U.S. households to still own a VCR. We heard the baby’s heartbeat (110 bpm) The ultrasound tech said “There’s that little somebody!” It’s quite a thing to hear your child’s heartbeat for the first time. 2-24: We saw baby again and got our first ultrasound picture. Baby looks like a circle. Come on, baby; develop some edges at least! 3-24: We saw the now baby-shaped baby moving for the first time. Everything looked great, and then I had key lime pie.

4: Second Trimester From Mom's Pregnancy Journal | 4-9: So far my pregnancy cravings have been soup (around Weeks 3-5), little tacos with cilantro (Weeks 6-12), lemonade (ongoing, but slacking up), and beer. The beer is a pain because I can’t have it, but, oh, it smells so salty and good. 4-24: We both felt the baby kick for the first time. I felt it first in the afternoon, and Jeremy felt the baby later that night. First, he said, “Wow!” Then, he excitedly said, “That’s just like Alien!” 5-5: We found out we're having a girl, much to my surprise. We are 99.9% decided on Willa Cook Gray. 5-21: The new craving is pancakes. 5-27: I’m jealous of the bird nesting on our porch because her babies are already here and came in less-painful egg form. No fair, nature.

5: 6-3: Focusing on doing more yoga. Willa either loves yoga or is terrified of it. Many baby -kicks. 6-24: The second trimester is much easier. I’m not as tired. 7-2: Starting to get unpleasantly hot. Whose idea was a summer pregnancy? 7-3: Willa is not fond of fireworks! There was a very busy “what’s going on out there!?” response.

6: Third Trimester | 7-13 People are finally starting to notice I’m pregnant when I am out in public. 7-16 I’m still craving watermelon, and, now, ice cream. It’s so odd to have a sweet-tooth when I’ve never been much for sweets. Willa is measuring at 65% for size. 7-21 I told Jeremy that, at 30 weeks, Willa can see light. He tested this theory with a flashlight. Willa was not amused. Many barrel rolls. 7-22 Jeremy defines this 105 degree heat as a “pregnant-wife-angering” heat. I am too busy sitting directly under the air vent to define things. Today, we were cuddling, and I told him he felt like “a hot bag of blood.” Too, too hot. 7-25 It’s possible to make out Willa’s actual body parts for the first time: an oval bottom there, a boney elbow here. 8-24 Trust me to be pregnant during the hottest summer on record. 9-9 Some days, usually during the heat of the afternoon, I’m so ready for this pregnancy to be over. Then, when I’m in bed at night reading, I’ll put my hand down to my stomach and Willa will reach out her hand and touch me back. Then, I think it would be okay for it to be a little longer. 9-15 Dear Baby: You’ve been a great fetus really. You’ve been calm, and you only made me throw up once. I’ve been able to sleep through the night the entire time, all your tests came back great, and even the doctor says I’ve had an “ideal pregnancy.” But you’d be a super A++ baby if you would come out now. 10-6 Five days past due. Hopefully Willa will make an appearance at some point before I take to walking around the house, wringing my hands, and muttering "get out" like some deranged pregnant Lady Macbeth. | From Mom’s Pregnancy Journal

8: My House

10: Willa's Shower

12: The hour you were born | Average speed en route to hospital | Doctors and nurses who helped bring you into the world | Pounds that you weighed, along with 7 ounces | 9 | 32 | 7 | 8

13: Beautiful, amazing little girl to show for it all | 1

18: Headed Home

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