Welcome Home Baby J!

by Jenn

We would like to announce the arrival of our first baby – a son – born Tuesday March 22, 2016!

Mommy, Daddy, and Jordan Jameson McNeil are home and adjusting to a whole new chapter in their lives.

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Our First Ultrasound

by Jeff McNeil

McNeil BabyWe did see our baby last time but this time we heard his heartbeat.  Yes, HIS!!!  (We also found out we are having a boy.)  So thoughts are going around for names – we know it will start with a J like our names do, but it is really hard picking out a boy’s J name.  First, there are a lot already in our families, and we want something new.  Second, there really aren’t too many “normal” sounding ones.  Third, there is no J in the Gaelic alphabet.  Also, we already had a girl’s name picked out and that was super easy but for some reason the boy name is just confusing us.  At any rate, from what we can tell he is healthy and happy and that’s the most important thing.  I had a blood test for risk factors for birth defects – I guess they do this State wide now.  It is a tad nerve wracking to say the least.  But for now I will relax and look forward to telling the family this weekend.

We know it’s going to be a…

by Jeff McNeil

Today’s doctor visit was a big one for us.  We had a ultrasound done to confirm the baby’s due date and if the baby will be a boy or a girl.  The answer is…

It’s a boy!

We are so excited about having a baby boy! We will take him camping and traveling.  Teach him about nature and science.  Read to him and talk with him.  Jenn and I are so excited to know that he is doing well and protected by mommy.  Jenn is doing well and and we are deciding on names at this point.  It is hard because we have a few good choices but are trying to find the combination that just hits us right.  More news on the name later.

Week 9 Progress

by Jeff McNeil

Week 9 Progress:

Mommy and Daddy saw you for the first time on an un-official sonogram at the doctor’s office.  You are the size of a grape.  We were nervous about the first doctor visit but with everything we learned it put us at ease.  We are so excited to meet you in 31 weeks.Week9bump

Our First Doctor Visit

by Jeff McNeil

StehoscopeOur first doctor visit was on July 30th in Westminster.  Thanks to HealthNet our doctor in the network is so far away from our home in Tustin.  It is in Little Saigon section of the city.  As we pulled up the office looked heavily influenced by Asian styled architecture.  We entered the office and did our usual check in with the front desk, filled out some new forms and waited.  We waited a bit longer than we had thought necessary, being that we had arrived early.  A lady behind the desk then told us we could have waited inside the office in a separate waiting section just for our OB.

This half hallway was packed with chairs and boxes of medical supplies.  It seemed like there was a delicate way to walk around to not bump into the boxes of supplies like formula, brochures and sterile gloves.  About 30 minutes into waiting we got our first positive test that Jenn is 100% pregnant.  We were a bit giddy about it.  After a few more tests in a crowded room, Jenn and I were able to sit in an exam room.

The exam room was small but served it’s function.  Amount 8 feet by 8 feet with the exam table and tons of 1980’s health posters on the wall.  They were faded and torn, looks like a medical rep needs to come in and update those for them.  The doctor was polite, caring and nice.  She had a good bedside manner. After a few examinations, she goes “Yup you are about 7-8 weeks along”  “Nothing too out of the ordinary.  Congratulations!  Let’s go see your baby.”  My eyes did a double take.  *Blink * *Blink* See it so soon?

The baby was only the size of a kidney bean at this stage, how can we find that on a sonogram this early?  The doctor took us into a room and had Jenn lay down.  A few quick seconds and she had found our baby.  Tucked away and protected by Jenn in her lower tummy.  The doctor then told us “Ahh there we go, about oh a inch or so.  Yup definitely 8 weeks.  Oh and look, see baby’s heart beat”.  Double take again, my mouth got dry.  A heart beat already?  Woah!  Jenn took a photo with her cell phone.  This old office had some old equipment too.

Jenn and I were kind of shocked we didn’t expect to have it go this far on visit one.  We thought there would be a few tests to confirm the pregnancy, a few words of guidance “Do this, don’t do that” etc. and then be out of there with a appointment to meet every few weeks to check on progress.  I didn’t expect to see the little bean shaped baby.  It was so amazing.

So as Jenn and I left, I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate our first doctor’s visit with a burger from The Habbit.  A great burger, a good hit the spot moment, to celebrate our first photo of what will be many more for the McNeil baby.  I love you Jennifer, and I love you little baby.

Jenn’s view…

We left the house with just enough time to drive across town to our first visit with OBGYN Dr. Hoang in Westminster.  With our new insurance plan, we were not accustomed to this location but the staff was all very friendly.  Jenn took yet another pregnancy test and for the first time, a medical professional confirmed that we are pregnant.  Well just Jenn is, but we are in this together.  It was nice to reconfirm what we already knew.  After some blood was drawn we saw the doctor and she escorted us to an ultrasound machine.  We got to SEE our baby for the very first time and saw the teeny tiny heart beating rapidly.  Currently our little one is measuring a little ahead of gestation, Dr. Hoang said 9 weeks – although by our best calculation it is about 8.5.  Either way that means we are due sometime in March of next year.

After our visit we celebrated with Burgers from The Habbit and a little fabric and pattern shopping at Joanns.  Not sure where all the time to sew is going to come from, but it is fun to watch Jenn turn pieces of fabric into things I can wear.

Important Announcement – We are pregnant!

by Jeff McNeil

Stork_Blue_PCJennifer and I are proud to announce that we are expecting a baby.  This is our first child and we are totally excited about it. Our expected due date is March 8th 2016.

Jenn and I have always had good conversations about when to have kids and how they would fit into our travel lifestyle.  Well we had thought about this long and hard last summer when looking into booking our trip to Tanzania.  We knew that a trip to Africa would not be a place we would want to travel with a newborn, baby, toddler, kid or early teen. The logistics of it just didn’t add up for us.  So we decided to make Tanzania our last trip before our serious discussion about when to have a baby.

Once we returned in December 2014, we had a few long talks about how we were doing financially, emotionally and mentally to get into the right mindset to agree that in April was the right time to make preparations to have a child.  We visited our doctor to get some advice on what good steps there were to take before getting pregnant.

She mentioned the use of DHA in the first few months of development, and a prenatal vitamin and healthy diet were the best things we could do.  So Jenn and I went to Costco to get a giant size bottle of vitamins and decided to have her stop taking her contraceptives.  It was only a few weeks until Jenn had an idea she might be pregnant.  She kept things on the down-low from me and surprised me later on.