Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Baby Names!

Merry belated Christmas!

The Ziniels had a wonderful Christmas, but we could have done without all of the snow. We had to cancel our early Christmas plans to Mandan, as the storm started approaching. Then, we got stuck for a short time in Fargo. When we returned home, we were unable to get up the road to our home as the road was unplowed, so 4 men pushed the car back to the neighbor's house where we parked and walked over to our own home. We were finally able to park in our own driveway after the snow plow came yesterday, but still have much shoveling to do (we got about 20 inches during 3 days). The driveway has huge snow drifts that Dennis has been slowly working away at.

Our big news for this week is we have decided on the names for the baby! After much discussion of possibilities, our choices are:

Girl: Trinity Elfreda (because she would be the third child, and Elfreda was Dennis's grandmother's name)
Boy: Rand Edward (After Dennis's 2 uncles, Randy and Edward)

We will be having the 3D imaging ultrasound in a couple of weeks, so more pics to come. We are not finding out the gender though, so you will need to be surprised with us in June!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
Jonna and Dennis

Monday, December 21, 2009

Baby Update

Today was our 16 week visit. Nothing too exciting. The doctor is hoping to have me off of the drug I am currently on by the end of this week, fingers crossed :-)

We got to hear the baby's heart beat, which was a fast 151. Old wive's tales say a heart beat over 140 is a girl.

The baby sounded healthy, and it was hard to hear the heart beat at times because he/ she moves A LOT. I have felt much kicking, and at night the baby gets upset if I lay on my right side and tries to maneuver right under my ribs! OUCH! Dennis has not gotten a chance to feel the kicks yet, but the doctor said he should be able to VERY SOON. He was surprised I could feel the movement, until he put the heart monitor on, and then everything became clear. He said the baby was a little "mover", which we saw even in the ultrasound last month.

Dennis and I have chosen a girl's name, but are still up in the air about a boy's name. We would be able to find out the gender at our next visit (our 20 week visit), but have decided to wait.

Things are slowly winding down for the semester, and we hope the next few weeks will allow me to rest, relax, and WRITE :-)

Have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baby Names

We think we have decided on a girl's name for the baby. We are checking with Father Michael to see if it is an "ok" name with the church. We are still arguing over the boy's name . . . Dennis is stuck on Rand. I told him he could have Rand if I could have Isabella and it ended the conversation. We are not finding out the gender . . . so it will be a surprise all around. We are hoping to "announce" the baby names chosen SOON.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New pics!

Sorry for such a late update! With the holidays and finals fast approaching, it has been a very busy time for our family.

On the 24th, we had our OB appointment. It was very exciting! I was not expecting much, but the baby sure put on a show for the ultrasound. At first, all I could see was the feet kicking around, but the doctor moved the baby a little, and the baby was kicking and waving to us! It was an incredible experience. Sorry the pics are not the greatest. My scanner is not hooked up, so I took pictures of the ultrasound pics.

Other exciting developments . . . well, I have been very ill this week and was switched to a medication with a sedative. This is what occurred with Aurora as well, and we were expecting the switch if I was not better for my next appointment (in about 2 weeks). However, my body started to show signs that I have a growing lesion/ hole in my esophagus, and so the switch was made sooner. They are hoping this new medication will curtail all illness, and that it is just a matter of a couple of weeks before I start to feel better.

We have a big week ahead with Aurora's dance show as well as her program for school. She already had her testing for Tae Kwon Do and now is a yellow stripe belt.

My Christmas cards should be arriving soon! I hope everyone enjoys a festive holiday!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Baby Update . . .

Hello everyone. As promised, I am updating the blog, but there is nothing really exciting to report.

I was finally able to get a swine flu shot, as well as the mist for the kids (they will have their boosters in 2 weeks). It takes 2 weeks for the shot to be at 100%. Unfortunately there have been several students, faculty, and staff members ill with flu like symptoms. Because of the threat this causes to both the health and life of me and the baby, my work was wonderful to allow me to work from home for 2 weeks. It has been overwhelming to transfer everything online, but my students have been kind and patient throughout the entire ordeal.

I have also been very ill for the past 2 weeks . . . and have a hard time eating. The doctor put me on an anti-nausea medication which helps somewhat. Today I had more energy than I have had in weeks, so I am hoping everything will calm down soon!

I am looking forward to travelling to NCA on the 13th of November . . . I just hope the weather is not too bitterly cold! I am planning on going out to fabulous restaurants, maybe even catch a show. I am lucky enough to stay the the Chicago Hilton . . . which has to be one of my favorite hotels in the world!

Still no names chosen . . .

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baby #3!

Hello all!

Well, I think the happy news has spread, so hopefully no one is caught off guard! :-) Dennis, Aurora, Kyle and I are thrilled to be expecting baby #3 in June of next year. We were being told a due date of June 2nd, but had a huge surprise with the ultrasound tech telling us his guess is about June 11th, which is Curt's (Dennis's brother's) birthday! It is also just 3 days before Aurora's 7th birthday.

Today was our first ultrasound, and it was thrilled to be able to see the baby's heartbeat. It is currently at 125 beats per minute. If you follow the old wive's tale about heart rate and gender, that would mean we are having a baby girl. We are also having a girl according to the Chinese calendar, but we are planning to wait to June to find out!

I have been very exhausted, but otherwise feeling really great. I have nausea almost around the clock at this point, so when I feel hungry, I just make sure I eat. It seems I am developing an aversion to pasta, of all things, and have a craving for red meat . . . which has been a difficult adjustment, as we try to NOT eat too much red meat as a family.

This week has been very busy, as catalog changes are due for my department, and as department chair, it is my responsibility to have ours in. Aurora has also been very ill, and I have been home trying to take care of her while trying to make sure I do not catch the bug she has. Catching the flu at this stage could be very dangerous, both for myself and for the baby. I have tried to avoid public places as much as possible, and have been washing hands frequently. We are being told, at this point, that the swine flu vaccine will be here at the beginning of November. I DID get my flu shot for the very first time this year, as did Brittani and Dennis. Aurora does get a flu shot because of an egg allergy, and they ran out of the shot that Kyle needs.

I ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for the health of our entire family.
I am going to post pics of our first ultrasound, but since it is so early they are somewhat hard to see. The "dot" in the lower right hand corner is the baby. The OB doctor guesstimates me at about 7-8 weeks, and the ultrasound tech guesstimates me at 6 weeks, 2 days.

I will try to update every other week to let everyone know how things are going!