Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Baby brain

I cannot stop thinking about this little bugger in my tummy! I am beyond excited which makes me extremely paranoid and over anxious. I am constantly reading ingredients and thinking about if it's good for the baby. Did you know I can't eat lunch meat, hotdogs, certain types of artificial sweeteners, red dye 40, too much caffeine, or SEAFOOD!!! I knew the seafood thing, that one is common sense. The rest of them just sent my mind for a loop. I am terrified I am going to eat something that is going to either cause a miscarriage, or a birth defect. I swear I am going to go all organic. Is this a normal feeling? Do all mommy to be's have anxiety like this?

In other news, I believe we have baby names!! We already knew that our first boy would have my husbands name so he would be Jonathan Christopher Jr, or JJ for short :-). Our second boy name is Cale Leon. Our problem is girl names. We cannot come up with any we like, until the other night. I think our name for a girl is going to be Bristol Yvonne. Bristol because my husband is in love with Nascar so I thought it was kind of cute to name one of our kids after one of his favorite tracks. I hate generic names so everything sounded too familiar. Lillian, Isabelle, Madison...they are all beautiful names, but I love unique names. Yvonne will be her middle name because my grandma's name is Yvonne. She is one of the most important people in my life and I don't know any better way to show her how much I love her than to name my first girl after her. Besides Yvonne is a gorgeous name.

We will probably change our minds like 5 million times before we find out what we're having and if it's a girl, before she is born. We're very indecisive. Another thing we are debating on is the design and theme of the nursery. We both LOVE Dr. Seuss. We think it would be amazing to have a Dr. Seuss themed nursery. The only problem I see with that is it becoming too overwhelming or bright. Dr. Seuss' imagination is full of bright colors and fun creatures. I would love a wall mural but unless I can get a cozier idea in my head I think that one is on halt. Another idea we have is teddy bears. Since I call my husband papa bear and he calls me mama bear we would obviously have a baby bear. Yes, we're korny, get over it and smile :-) haha. These both are gender neutral themes which is great. Any ideas?

This one is my favorite. It was my favorite book and I think the colors are subtle enough. 

Ok, I've chatted your ear off enough.

I Love You Mr. Sykes<3
I Love You too Little Sykes<3

Semper Fi<3


  1. ahhhhh!!!!!!!
    im SO SO SO SOOOOO excited for you two!
    You are going to have such an amazing next 9 months and I cant wait to hear all about it! congratulations :)
    p.s. i LOVE nascar too, so props to your hubby. i would say a great name idea would be somewhere along the lines of jeff...gordan that is :)

  2. Ahhh I'm so excited for you! I've gone through these things (for babies) so many times and I'm not even preggo! Girl names are always SO hard for me because I'm so picky with them. I also enjoy unique names so I would hate to have generic ones.

    As for gender neutral themes, I was thinking maybe Winnie the Pooh? The colors aren't TOO bright and most kids like WTP when they are small. I also found this website that could give you ideas for a theme if you want. Just scroll down a little and you will see them all! Hope this helps! =)


  3. Oh the Dr. Seuss idea is so cute!! I also love the names!

  4. You need to talk to an OB. You can eat seafood...just in moderation ( I was pregnant twice in Japan and ate a ton of it), you can also eat lunch meat, just in moderation. Your OB will tell you all that. Pregnancy books can be ridiculous and over protective. I LOVE the Dr Sues nursery Idea!! Do you know how far along you are?

  5. HA HA HA Yes, most moms go through that, at least for a first pregnancy. It can be overwhelming!
    If you read up on the reasons for those restrictions, you can make better choices for which 'rules' to follow religiously, and which ones to bend a little to suit your lifestyle. For instance, Listeriosis is extremely rare, but a very serious one if you do get it - for me, this means I only eat the crappy PROCESSED lunchmeat instead of 'fresh' deli-meat.
    I'm still having a hard time with the wine thing - I never missed alcohol at all during my first 3 pregnancies, but this time around it seems like EVERY DAY I find myself really wishing for a glass of wine. People keep telling me that it's ok to have 'a glass' of wine every now and then (I've even heard some people say I can have a glass EVERY DAY - WTF?) but I am super paranoid because I have a friend whose baby has F.A.S. - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I just know I would never forgive myself if something happened to my child because I was selfish.
    The seafood thing has lots of 'exceptions' - when in doubt, talk to your doctor, but I think the best rule of thumb I have heard so far is to avoid shellfish, and if you eat fish that *may* contain mercury, just limit yourself to once a week.
    The best new-mommy advice I ever heard was "Don't be afraid to ASK your doctor questions" - seriously, write them all down between visits if you have to so you wont forget a question at the actual appointment. Most doctors would rather you be that annoying patient that always asks lots of questions thatn the one who doesn't know or care, because guess which patient has more problems and higher risk of complications? yeah, the careless ones.

  6. Thank you so much! You made me feel so much better!! I can't wait to find out who my doctor is so I can start bombarding them with questions! haha.

  7. bristol- thats in tenn/virgina right? my friend and her husband are from there.


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