Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sibling rivalry

Things aren't looking good for Bean.

We know that Will is going to have a tough transition with a new baby in the house. He's been an only child for almost four years and he acts like one! He doesn't like it when mommy and daddy are holding other kid. He doesn't really get the whole baby thing yet. I've tried often to show him my belly and to explain there's a baby in there. The only thing he's interested in is pushing my protruding belly button like a door bell. He even pinched it once and that did not feel good.

Will came and sat in my lap tonight and I showed him my belly. He immediately pulled down my shirt and said "bye bye." He's so not interested in the belly. And I'm sure he's not going to be too fond of baby right away. We'll see...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Feeling cheeky!

I had an ob check up on Monday - the doc said I was still measuring a little small and he wanted to get an ultrasound done just to check and make sure that baby was growing okay, there was enough amniotic fluid, etc. I went in this morning and got a glimpse of the little one. All is fine with Bean - baby seems to be measuring around 5lbs 13oz. My due date is May 28th and the measurements today put it around June 2nd. No biggie - what's a couple more days, right? I was so worried they were going to tack on a couple of weeks to my pregnancy. But size-wise, baby is fine.

Baby is, however, breech. Bean's head is located between my ribs (which explains a lot in terms of the really bad pain I've been feeling right under the right rib cage), and he or she is facing down (or backwards) with it's back running along the front of my belly. It's bottom is planted firmly in my pelvis, which explains the increase in sciatic nerve pain this time around. And the legs keep kicking away at my pelvis - yeah, that feels good. I'll spend the next five weeks doing what I can on my part to get this little one to turn though - I'd like to avoid a c-section if at all possible. It's going to be hard enough packing up and getting ready for a move after birthing a baby period. I can't imagine how much more difficult it will be if I'm recovering from an operation!

But here's a cute picture from the ultrasound today. Focus on the lower left corner of the picture. You can clearly see baby's forehead, nose, mouth and cheek! The right side of the face is in the shadow though. I keep cracking up at how fat that little cheek is. Too cute! This is the only shot the technician was able to get - Bean was once again not cooperating for pictures. Oh, and the tech said Bean finally has hair, and a lot of it. That would totally explain my rampant heartburn over the past couple of weeks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Frank Reich Call to Courage Breakfast

Ryan and I have been active members in Athletes in Action for years. Ever year, the Buffalo chapter hosts an incredible breakfast where an athlete who best exemplifies outstanding character, commitment, and leadership in his home, on the field and in the community. Past honorees include notables like Trent Dilfer, Jon Kitna and Curtis Martin to name a few. This year's honoree was none other than Kurt Warner. Ryan and I have had the pleasure of meeting Kurt in the past, but we actually had a chance to sit and eat dinner with him and the rest of the AIA crew Friday night. He's an incredible guy who truly personifies what the Call to Courage award represents. We were honored to be a part of the breakfast.

On a side note, it's always fun for me because I usually have some sort of interviewing duties. This year I interviewed the first ever winners of the high school and University of Buffalo Call to Courage awards. It is great to see how God is working in young athletes' lives.


Hanging out with Kurt Warner and Chris and Natalie Kelsay

Sunday, April 20, 2008

And it's done...

June 24th at 7:15 a.m., the Neufelds will be on a direct flight from Buffalo to Dallas/Ft. Worth airport on our way home. ETA - 9:20 a.m. I booked our flight this evening, and to say doing so was bittersweet is a huge understatement.

Home. Home at last. Home after five incredible and exciting years in Buffalo. We're heading home. But I know that getting on that flight and taking off from the Buffalo airport one last time without a scheduled return flight is going to be extremely emotional. It's unbelievably exciting to be going home, but closing the book on this chapter of our lives is going to be extremely tough. I'm getting a little misty-eyed now just thinking about it.

And so it is... It's done. It's official. We're going home.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hola!

Ryan and I took a trip to Ixtapa, Mexico a couple of years ago. It was heavenly - we stayed at La Casa Que Canta (www.lacasaquecanta.com) and it was truly amazing. Anyway, we bought Will a sombrero and he has refused to put it on though we've tried really, really hard to get him to wear it. That all changed tonight. Ryan put the sombrero on Will's head and he replied "hat" all on his own. Wow! Go Will!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

34 weeks and counting...



Here are some snapshots that Ryan took today of the ever-expanding belly. I've been so uncomfortable lately. The baby moves a ton, usually in the wee hours of the morning. I don't remember my last good night's sleep. My theory though is that this is God's way of preparing me to be up all night with baby. I'm having some pretty significant sciatic nerve pain on my right side - if you've ever had that sort of pain, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Couple that with the rampant heartburn I've been experiencing, and I'm one belly-aching mama. Ah, the joys of pregnancy.

But 6 more weeks to go - just 6 more weeks. Little one will be here before we know it.

No gig for me...

I haven't heard anything from the Esprit people after my go-see last week. I'm pretty sure that means I didn't get the job - those things book fast and I would've heard something last week. Oh well. Just wasn't meant to be. We'll see if anything else comes up!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Long day...

After a really bad night's sleep, I managed to make my way to New York for today's go-see for an Esprit campaign. I have to be honest with you - flying to and from the city in one day is a lot for me to handle right now. And the go-see was with a casting company - one woman took about 20 snapshots and I was done. I really could've sent them some snap shots from Buffalo if that's what they needed! It was a lot of work for such a short meeting. Hopefully it will all be worth it though - I should hear this week whether or not I'll get booked for the shoot.

I've made a decision today though - next time I have to fly to the city for something like this, I'm staying overnight. No more day trips unless I have to get back to Buffalo for something...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Supermodel work (turn to left), work (turn to the right)...

I'm off to NYC in the morning for my first official go-see as an Expecting Model. Esprit is debuting a maternity line - the agency submitted my pictures and they want to meet with me. Hopefully I'll be exactly what they are looking for. Who knew I had to get pregnant and round to jump start my modeling career!

Of course, that means I'm in for an exhausting day of roundtrip air travel, but hopefully it'll be worth it!