Sunday, December 30, 2007


I wanted to get a picture up here of Bobbie Jo's wonderous belly. I thought that my brothers would like to see her now, as they might not get to see her for the entire length of her pregnancy (they hope to come in after the kid is born).

Doesn't she look great!!!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to All !!!

It's been an exciting 2007! It was only 6 months ago that we learned that the Reinhardt Household will soon be adding one more to the gang. We fully expect that 2008 will be unlike any year that we have ever experienced; a New Year of many new challenges, adventures, and excitement. While we still aren't completely sure how we are going to handle all of the changes that are coming, we are so thankful for all of our wonderful friends and family who have helped us in ways we can't begin to explain. Your well-wishes and advice have been priceless. We can't thank all of you enough for being there for us, it means the world to us. We couldn't be surrounded by a better group of people.

Hope your 2008 is a good one, we can't wait to see what it brings.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!

-James & Bobbie Jo

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Third Trimester

Today marks the beginning of the third trimester.
Bobbie Jo has been pretty uncomfortable lately as Mort is getting stronger, and beating on her insides pretty good. Her sleep schedule has been rough, and she's only getting about 5 hours of sleep a night. She looks great though, and is in incredibly good spirits.

Things have been pretty slow on the blog lately as we really haven't had a ton to say. I'll start painting the nursery next week, but we're really just waiting for things to get moving.

If we have anything noteworthy, we'll post it here.


Monday, December 10, 2007


We had an appointment with the doctor last Thursday, and everything is still going well. We got some more pictures, and will post them when our scanner is back up and running.
We had carpet installed in the baby's room on Thursday as well, and it forced us to clear out the office which has left most of our house in disarray.
We bought the baby's bed set this weekend, so now we can decide what colors I'll be painting the room over xmas break. We're leaning towards blue.

That's it for now.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

I felt the kid move

Last night, as we were going to bed, Bobbie Jo put my hand on her belly cause Mort was moving around a bunch. After a few minutes I felt a quick "punch", it was immediately obvious that it was the kid. Pretty cool.

I'm home today because the carpet is getting installed in the baby's room. This afternoon we have another doctor's appointment and an ultrasound. We'll post pictures if we get em.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ultrasound Video

We've finally converted the vhs, and have posted the video for all to see. I'll warn you ahead of time, unless you are the excited parents- this video is 7 minutes of boring. There are, however, some incredibly detailed shots in a few places, early on you can very clearly see the face.

We have another appointment next week Thursday (the same day the nursery carpet gets installed), and will have another ultrasound at that time. We'll keep you up to date.


Friday, November 23, 2007


We plan on keeping the name of the kid a secret until he shows his face, but we're down to three or so.
Mortimer didn't make the cut.

Hope everybody had a great Turkey Day!!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Three Hours

I learned a lot yesterday.
1) You can spend 3 hours at "Babies R Us".
2) Babies require lots of stuff I never thought of, never new existed, and never would have though of.
3) Babies are expensive!

If you would have told me yesterday morning that I would spend 3 hours in Babies R Us later in the day, I would have responded that "It was impossible to spend that much time in that place without taking a nap in one of the rockers". I would have been wrong.

Bobbie Jo, I, and Jessica Maddox (a friend of ours) made the trip to register/build our shopping list yesterday afternoon. Jessica gave us her opinion about everything we would need and helped us more than any book ever could. We are so grateful for her help!

Bobbie Jo and I had made a few trips to Babies R Us before, but were always completely overwhelmed. There is so much stuff. Butt cream, bra pads, baby spoons, bottles, socks, sheets, blankets........I can't even begin to list it all here. We aren't familiar with kids. There weren't many around when we were growing up. We haven't done lots of babysitting. When it comes to babies, we're kinda clueless. Having someone to tell us what the stuff was, and when we would need it was worth more than we could have known.

And lastly, Babies R expensive. I knew that kids needed stuff, but I never realized how much stuff, and how expensive that stuff is. We've been very lucky to have the friends around us that we do. We've been offered (and received) tons of awesome stuff from so many people. Thank you so much to all of you. We really appreciate it!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My boy's.....uh....... junk

Got to see my boy's dingus today. It was pretty cool (there's a picture of it below-he's going to kill me when he's old enough to read this).
We had our regularly scheduled ultrasound this morning, everything went well. He was well behaved and didn't move around too much. The ultrasound was not nearly as clear as the last one, though we could see a good deal of the skeleton and, very briefly, some of the detail on his face. Unfortunately he chose to not cooperate, and they were unable to get some of the measurements that they wanted. They are very comfortable that there are no problems, but we will have another ultrasound in a month to see the things they couldn't see today.
Little Mort weighs 13 oz. and is developing exactly as he should be.

We got a video tape of the ultrasound and once we dig up a vcr and are able to get it in a digital format, we'll post it here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's wiggling

Bobbie Jo has been feeling the little guy wiggling around a lot lately. He tends to be more active at night. I can't feel him yet, but am hoping I will be able to soon. We've been working on names and while we have decided to keep all of our naming options secret until he sees the light of day, I am able to put a few names on that Bobbie Jo resoundingly said no to.
Optimus Prime
George W.

We also made a quick trip to Babies R Us to register, and scanned a few items, but will be making a trip there later when we have a bit more time. It's awfully overwhelming looking at all of the brightly colored baby crap that they have, and dealing with the Babies R Us folks who let you know that if you don't buy everything they suggest, you are destined to be a terrible parent.

We have the ultrasound on Thursday, will be getting more pictures and video and will hopefully post those here by Friday.

Talk to you then.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Someone to follow me around

Earlier in the day on Monday (when we found out about "the penis"), I watched a man mowing his lawn, his daughter closely behind pushing her own brightly colored plastic mower. It was incredibly touching, and something I can't wait to happen.

Knowing the sex of the kid is unbelievably exciting, not because it is a boy, but now I can put a "face" with my imaginations of what the next few years will be like. My ideas of the kid following around his biggest hero (me of course), multi-colored lawnmower, fully equipped Fisher Price tool belt, or ragged stuffed friend in tow. I can envision the kid pounding on the floor with a plastic mallet as I'm fixing a clog under the sink. There are so many scenarios that are going through my head.

For the next 5 months, I get to let my imagination run wild.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Big News!!

We had an unscheduled ultrasound yesterday (don't worry-everything is fine and always has been fine). While we weren't expecting an answer to our big question until next Thursday, we now have the info we have been waiting for.

Come March, we will have a son!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The biggest challenge of my life

Last night at the bar Steve Steketee, Steve Durrell and I were talking about all of the toys we had when we were kids. We had matchbox cars, wood blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, cardboard bricks, action figures, big wheels, and of course the wide world outside of our houses. Lots of these were simple toys, requiring us to use our imaginations, and we loved it.

Are toys like that anymore? All of the Lego sets I see come with a "final design". You buy the blocks to make a particular thing. Gone are the sets of miscellaneous geometric Lego bricks (in red, blue, yellow and green) that we would use to build whatever we could imagine. Our finished designs weren't as cool as a replica Millennium Falcon, but we didn't need that.

Do kids even find these toys fun anymore? Those simple toys now need to compete with fancier toys, video games, and 24 hour kid's television. Can a parent keep their kid interested in these simple things, without turning them into a social outcast?

I admit, I'm a tad bit lazy. I've been planning on getting on the excercise bike for the last 4 months. I've used it once. When I come home, I want to sit out the couch. Maybe take a nap. Being a parent is a lot of work. Being a good parent is a ton of work. Am I up for the challenge? Will I be a great parent? Will my kid play with simple toys, have an imagination, want to play outside? None of this will happen unless I (and Bobbie Jo) really work at it.

I know that all of these feelings are things that all other soon-to-be parents think about. I don't think that any of these thoughts are unique. All of my friends are great parents, all in their own ways, but they have all made it work. They are raising their kids to be upstanding members of society. I see it in all of my interactions with them and their kids. I still question how I'm going to do it.

I've been wanting to make this post for quite a while, but had difficulty putting it all into words. I've disabled comments on this post as I know we will immediately get lots of "You are going to be great parents" posts. I'm not fishing for reassurance, I know we'll be a great Mom and Dad, but I'm still terrified.

Thanks for listening, and know that we will be asking you for advice sometime in the near future.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Email Subscription (repost)

We've had lots of people ask why we don't email people when we update the blog. If you want to receive an email when the blog gets updated, enter your email address in the box of the right side of the page. The system will automatically send you the posts as they become available. It works out pretty slick.

Doing well

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the soon to be mommy is feeling much better. She still is tired a lot, but the sickness has almost completely gone away. Her belly is hurting from all of the muscles and skin stretching and tearing (the muscles, not the skin). Her belly is rock hard, it's not like a fat belly that jiggles, it moves as one solid mass when you push on it. The body changes and discomfort mean she's not getting a very good nights sleep though.
As we cuddled in bed before I went to class this morning, the baby fluttered when I rubbed Bobbie Jo's belly (I think it likes me). I couldn't feel anything, but Bobbie Jo assures me that it knew I was there. It's fun to believe even when we both know that isn't the case.

I think it is going to like me when it comes out though.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A "fluttering" feeling

We had our appointment on Monday, and everything went as planned. Bobbie Jo peed on a little stick, we heard the heartbeat, doctor thinks it's a girl, etc.. We scheduled the next appointment for November 8th, and should have an ultrasound and find out the sex then. We hope to have video of that, and I'll hopefully get it posted here. It's going to be difficult waiting for 30 days.

Bobbie Jo is pretty sure she felt the "flutter" of the kid moving yesterday when she got out of the shower. She spent most of the day poking at her belly trying to get it to move again. No luck-the kid does what the kid wants to do. She had been told that she could expect to feel the baby around this time, so she had been waiting for it to happen. I'm amazed to think that it's about the size of an adult hand (in length).

No other news, other than we went out and bought Bobbie Jo some stretchy preggers pants on Saturday. They're comfortable, and she looks great in them (of course).

That's all for now.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Plumbing and the Baby Bump

We have an appointment on Monday, and had hoped we would get to find out what kind of plumbing the kid is going to have. Unfortunately we'll need to wait another 4 weeks to find out, we won't be having an ultrasound this time. The waiting is killing us. We feel like we should be doing something, but aren't really sure where to start. Everybody we've talked to has let us know that this feeling is not uncommon.

Bobbie Jo is looking great, she has a cute little "baby bump". We both think it's getting bigger by the day. She thinks she looks fat, I disagree, but I keep losing the argument. Quite honestly my beer belly is still bigger, but that doesn't console her at all. If you see her, make sure to let her know how good she looks, she really does.

The waiting between appointments is tough, not knowing 100% if everything is going well. We'll be happy to hear the heartbeat on Monday, to keep us going for another month.

Lastly, some jerk at her work ate the half-burrito she had in the fridge. DON'T EVER EAT A PREGNANT LADY'S BURRITO THAT YOU FIND IN THE FRIDGE. IF YOU DO, YOU ARE A JERK!!!

Thanks for readin'.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Friends have arrived!

The mailman brought two new friends for the baby today. I hope they all get along.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

6 months

While I don't expect the kid to be born on exactly March 20th, it is still the "due date" and is a date that is 6 months from today.

I bought the kid a few stuffed animals on Amazon yesterday. Hope it likes 'em. Once the shipment arrives we will have:
1 pacifier (blue) - by accident, I swear
1 hat
1 pajamas
1 Grover
1 Big Bird

We've got a lot of stuff to get done in the next 6 months!

Friday, September 14, 2007

150 BPM

We had our first appointment with our OB this morning. Normal stuff, nothing really exciting. We did get to hear the heartbeat again, and were informed that it was 150 beats per minute.
"Looks like it might be a girl", is what our OB said. This is now the 3rd piece of junk science that has told us we should plan on painting our nursery pink.
The fallacy of the "above 140 bpm=GIRL, below 140 bpm=BOY" can be found here:
Fetal Heart Rate and Gender Prediction
We'll keep this on the blog, unless it is born a boy (we wouldn't want him to think he was meant to be a girl).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

There's always room for JELL-O

Tonight, while watching "30 Rock", Bobbie Jo looked at Alec Baldwin's character (in the hospital eating jello), and exclaims "I hate jello, but I want to take his!".

and off to the store I went.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Introducing Mortimer the Fetus

At 12 weeks and 2 days, we had a brief appointment and got to see some incredible pictures of the baby. It was swinging its arms around, and even "looked" at us a few times. We have decided that "Mortimer" is an acceptable name for this little sexless thing until it escapes the womb (or at least I [James] have, but I do most of the posting so I get to refer to it as I like).

Mortimer is just shy of 3" from head to butt, has five fingers on each hand, a spine, a beating heart, legs, and already is demonstrating signs of hyper-activity.

After seeing the little thing squirming about, this is now completely real. There is no doubt about it anymore. It's not just gas, it's an actual little baby.

A little Mortimer.

The rest of the photos

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Email Subscription

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If you have any issues with the system please let me know, but I think it should work out pretty well.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's a Fetus now!!

"Starting with this week, the [parasite] is now called a fetus (previously an embryo). The most critical part of the baby's development is over. This is a period of rapid growth, and the baby is about an inch or so in length at the beginning of the week and will be about 2 inches by the end of the week."

Pregnancy Week by Week (Week 11)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The next Spiderman?

I'll be honest, the idea of giving birth (or rather Bobbie Jo giving birth) to the next superhero, is really pretty cool. Having our own little Spiderman (or Spiderwoman), running around the house, swinging from the ceiling and tying the cats up in webbing- would be pretty sweet. However our doctors and the hospital that Bobbie Jo works at have assured us we have no better chance than anyone else in the world for this to happen.

We have had a few people ask, as Bobbie Jo is now a full time x-ray technician, whether the radiation that she encounters on a daily basis could give the baby special powers. Apparently the radiation that an x-ray tech receives is one one-thousandth of the radiation that the person getting the x-ray receives. She is now wearing a third radiation badge (with a picture of a tiny baby on it) to monitor her belly's radiation exposure, in addition to the two others that she already wears. Her job couldn't be any safer. People who work in front of a computer monitor all day receive comparable radiation to what she (and the little one) are getting.

So, it looks like we can rule out our own little addition to the X-Men, though rumor has it these little things are a handful, even without additional powers.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Our first appointment

We met with the baby-doctor's assistant's intern on Wednesday. It was mostly a "fill out paperwork" and "what to do / not to do" session. I felt absolutely worthless and was excited with the simple tasks I had given to me. I made notes in my planner and was made fun of. It is becoming apparent (only 9 weeks in) that as far as the doctor's office is concerned, I am unnecessary throughout this whole process. I'm glad that my bride feels otherwise.
Bobbie Jo has been really tired, and while she's not barfing much (should I have phrased that differently?), she has been nauseous from morning to night almost every day. She's also been very tired. I'm trying to understand everything I can about how this parasitic* organism living inside of her affects her, but I still can't wrap my brain around a tiny bit of what she's going through. She's been a trooper. We've been given five or six books by Steve and Becky and have been reading those. I know way to much about way too many things that I'm not going to write about here (and a few things I'm storing away in my brain).

Thanks for reading, we'll post more after the next appointment on September 6th (maybe even a picture!!)


Parasite-[par-uh-sahyt] an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host


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Monday, August 13, 2007

The Timeline so far

As we are starting this blog about a month after finding out about the pending baby, here is what has happened so far:

July 14th- Bobbie Jo decides to take a pregnancy test. Much to both of our bewilderment, the test results come back as " | |" denoting a positive test. I quickly run to D&W to purchase another test, which returns a "+ |" (positive again). We are thrilled, and terrified at the same time. We are extremely lucky, but this happened a lot quicker than we expected.

July 17th-We leave Grand Rapids for my brother Ben's wedding. When we arrive in Minneapolis we tell Ben and Angie that they will soon have a nephew (or niece). We figure it's best to tell them now rather than when they are trying to feed Bobbie Jo shots. Bobbie Jo spends the week of festivities drinking non-alcoholic beverages made to look like "adult drinks". As far as we know, everybody bought our ruse.

Weekend of August 10th-We tell our parents. All of whom are thrilled about becoming grandparents. Camille is trying to figure out what she wants to be called (Busia and Grandma are currently out), and Paul's brain is spinning with plans on what he can build for this new kid. Sharon shed so many tears of happiness, we were scarred she was going to fall down. This kid is going to have five terrific grandparents!!

August 15th (in 2 days) - We have our first "informational" meeting with the baby doctor. We expect this will be a "stop smoking crack"/ "James needs to start pulling his weight around the house" type-meeting. Even this (expected) boring meeting can't come quickly enough.

We'll keep you updated.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Our New Blog

Given the major changes that are about to take place in our rather ordinary lives, I thought that it might be nice to put together this blog. There are too many people we don't get to talk to often enough and I'd like them to be able to see what we are up to, and also to create a record of what we are going through - something we can look back on over the coming months & years.

We plan to put pictures and videos up here whenever we can, and update it frequently with whatever new info we have on ourselves, especially anything we have on the pending baby residing in Bobbie Jo's tummy.

I expect March 20th is going to be here sooner than we know it.