Thursday, December 30, 2010

22 Weeks

YOUR BABY IS 22 WEEKS OLD!
Baby will soon be able to grip his own bottle, but he's still not ready to drink from it unsupervised. Falling asleep with milk pooled around his mouth can lead to an ear infection, and he also could choke on the milk. Better safe than sorry, especially when baby is learning a new skill.
Blocks are a great toy for him--they're big enough for him to grab and encourage the thumb-and-forefinger grip that he'll continue to develop over the coming months. He's also learning the fun (for him) game of dropping things. Though it might feel as though he's just trying to torture you, he actually likes hearing the sound objects make when they hit the ground.

WOW....22 weeks old. To think when I was 22 weeks pregnant, he had no name, and we had JUST found out he was a he. :) Hard to believe the time has just flown by. It really is crazy to think of how fast a human baby grows. I mean in one year they go from the womb to walking talking little beings. It's just so crazy....

This week some pretty amazing things have happened. First off...Ben actually enjoyed taking a bath....TWICE! So insane....it was definitely a nice and MUCH appreciated change from the red in the face screaming that usually ensues upon bath time. He is still smiling all the time, and honestly just such a good boy. He goes down for naps great, and he is SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! SO nice...and again...MUCH appreciated. :)

January is just a mere 38 hours away...which brings with it a brand spankin new year. I know I have already said this before...and I'm sure I'll say it again, but this year has just flown by. It's amazing to think that one year ago, we had just found out we were having a baby. I remember the looks on the faces of my family and friends as we told them we were pregnant, I remember each persons response....good and bad....they are forever etched in my brain. I'll never forget the day I got a positive test. :) I'm anxious to know what 2011 will bring...I have friends and family who are expecting babies, some we know what they're having, and others we don't know yet. I just hope whatever the new year brings for my family it includes happiness, healthfulness, and loads of wonderful memories. :)

xoxo

Melanie

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Okay, so clearly I need to get "back in the groove" of writing on my blog. But I swear to goodness, between laundry, dishes, watching baby...and let's not even discuss cleaning of the bottles, I don't know where my day goes! And if that wasn't enough going on, I decided to find something part time to do outside of the house as well! I am currently working two days a week at the new Kosair Children's Medical Center in the east end of Louisville. It is a fabulous facility, and gets me out of the house a little bit, and the benefits are AMAZING...so basically I work for the health insurance. :)


The holiday's have come upon me so quickly I can't even see straight! My sister-in-law and her family got into town yesterday for the Holiday's....so hard to believe. I feel like just yesterday I was hott as heck and HUGELY pregnant. I honest to goodness don't know where the time has gone....


Tomorrow is my beautiful boy's Baptism. :) I am so excited I can hardly see straight. Geoff and I both got new clothes....a rarity here lately, and Ben's "gown" is pressed and looking absolutely fantastic. We are having a "private" Baptism...I put "private" in quotes for a reason, and here it is.....the reason we aren't having the Baptism at a mass is because due to Advent our church doesn't perform them in December. Well, my sister-in-law is the Godmother, so we needed to have it around a time when she would be home....so December it is. So not at a mass....but not very private either. There are...wait for it....8-0 people coming. And no that is not a joke. 80....I still find myself having a hard time wrapping my brain around it. Went grocery shopping today for all of the supplies....I won't even get into how much this is going to cost! LOL!! But in the end it will be a day to celebrate my sweet boy, and who can put a price on that???


Friday, November 19, 2010

Shutterfly's New Holiday Cards

OH MY GOSH! So naturally, I have already started shopping for Holiday Cards. To be perfectly honest, I feel like I'm behind! I am currently obsessed with Shutterfly, I saw their cards on their site and HOLY MOLY! They have really kicked it up a notch this year! They have all these different kinds, and if you, like me, have kiddo's then I'm sure you'll be interested in all of the photo montage options! There were SO many that I loved that I don't know what I'm going to do yet. But I will DEFINITELY be getting my cards from there again this year. The thing I love about Shutterfly is it's not just a place to get prints, or CHRISTmas cards...they seriously have EVERYTHING. You can personalize t-shirts and sweatshirts, mugs, calendars....pretty much anything for anyone for the Holidays. Although, I'm sure their cards are one of their most popular items. I use Shutterfly for my photo books. I made my nephew one for his first birthday that had photos from his entire first year in it. I am currently working on one for my baby and also my niece, and just started one yesterday for my newest nephew arriving in April. So be sure to check them out if you need any holiday shopping ideas! Throughout the blog are some of my favorites photo cards....to find your own simply try their website http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards
xoxo






Thursday, November 4, 2010

November....14 1/2 weeks!

Wow....where has the time gone?!?!?! It is so hard to believe that Summer has come and gone, Fall is almost over, and we're knocking on the door of the Holiday season!! Ben is growing and changing every single day. His smile just absolutely lights up my world. :) He is so into his his fish bouncey chair. He sits there in the mornings sometimes for over an hour. Kicking his feet, talking to his fisheys....but the second I open my mouth and start talking to him he turns to me and gets this HUGE grin on his sweet face. :) I love that I am able to stay home with him. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family....now if only we could win the lottery so Geoffy could stay home too. :) ha! We'd drive each other insane I'm sure. LOL!!

Ben had his first ear infection last week. :( We had to take him to the Pediatric Acute Care center on Friday night. He was up all night Thursday night, and by the time Geoff got home on Friday his eye was really gunky and he was SO fussy. So we called the doctors office and they suggested we head on over. He weighs 14lbs 14oz!! My little peanut has doubled in size since being born! Of course as we're sitting in the waiting room he is grinning and just the happiest little clam. I swear...boys....then we get back into the room, the doctor comes in and checks his chest, sounds all clear, checks his left ear, looks great, touches the right ear and Benny starts SCREAMING. Yup...ear infection. Luckily, she said we had caught it early, so just some antibiotics and we were good to go! He is MUCH better this week....and has started a pretty decent sleep schedule....goes down for bed at 7:30, wakes up for a bottle at 3:30, and then up for the day at 8! Pretty fantastic.


Sunday was Ben's first Halloween. He was The Great Pumpkin charlie brown. :) Had we gone to a Halloween Party we were going to be Linus and Sally with the Great Pumpkin. :) haha! But no parties this year...just passing out candy at home.


Well, I guess that's all of an update I have. I'll end with a photo of my sweet boy in his pumpkin costume. He was such a trooper...wore it almost all day! xoxo

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oh How Time Flies...

Wow...I feel like I haven't blogged in FOREVER. My goal was to blog EVERY Monday while on my maternity leave. Now I suddenly find my leave coming to an end, and can't quite remember the last time I sat down with my computer to type out my thoughts. As I sit here I am watching my almost 11 (yes 11) week old baby boy sleeping in his swing....I am constantly wondering where the time has gone. I have never had 3 months fly by so quickly...where was this speed when I was hot and uncomfortably pregnant???

So many things have happened while on maternity leave. First off...obviously...I'm a mommy now. I always knew I was put on this earth to be a mother....I never knew just how much I would love it. There's nothing better in this world to me than being a mother to my Benjamin. He has his days of being upset and crying more often than not, but for the most part he is an absolute joy. He is such an easy going baby, and I just LOVE being home with him.


Ben is quite the chunker now. :) At his last doctors appointment he weighed 12lbs! Quite a difference from the 7lb 4oz baby I gave birth to on July 25. He is hovering between 50% & 75% in weight, and between 25% and 50% for his height and size of his head. LOL. :)


Well, my sweet angel is starting to wake up. Guess I had better put my mommy hat back on. Hope all is well with you, and hope to talk to you soon!


xoxo

Monday, August 23, 2010

4 Weeks Old!

Are you talking to me? Yes, he is and your baby wants you to talk back!

Those adorable grunts, gurgles, and coos are his way of chatting about what's going on in his world, and the best way to encourage more communication is to keep the conversation going. (Don't be surprised if you hear plenty of sneezes and hiccups as well -- both very common in infants.) At this age, your baby is ready for supervised tummy time, a position that'll allow him to practice important motor skills (like lifting that big noggin, even for a few seconds at a time). He'll also discover his best built-in toys about now -- his fingers and toes, which are not only entertaining but potentially comforting as well (thumbsuckers, rejoice!). Also worth rejoicing over: You're an old pro by now at this baby-care thing -- who knew it would happen to quickly?!?!

WOW....it's so hard to believe my sweet boy is 4 weeks old already! I just feel like this time is flying by. I was definitely glad to read about hiccups being so common....I feel like Ben has them ALL the time. It completely cracks me up. I am definitely staying busy here at home....between caring for baby, laundry, and washing all those darn bottles and pumping supplies...SHOO...I'M POOPED! I will say that I am so incredibly happy with my little family. Watching my husband with my baby boy absolutely makes my heart melt...in the middle of the night when we have a screaming starving poopy baby and I get a hand on the small of my back and a whisper in my ear that he loves me so much, and loves how we're raising our son....it just fills my heart with joy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

3 Weeks!

Wow...my baby boy is 3 weeks old! It's so hard to believe. These last three weeks have been completely crazy. Although I don't have to go back to work until mid-October, I already DREAD it. The thought of having to leave him for 10 hours a day 5 days a week makes me want to vomit. Although I love my home and all of my nice things....so I guess back to work I'll go. :)

We had our first family outing yesterday. We went to Huber's Farm for my hubby's company picnic. Ben did great. Although at only three weeks old I can't say I was expecting him to act out. :) He mostly slept the entire day away. Ah the life of an infant.....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Long Time Gone....

WOW!! It's been SO long since I've posted....and SO much has changed!! First of all, I HAD THE BABY!! He came 3 weeks early!! 7lbs 4oz, and absolute perfect. I'm going to do a longer post later...I just wanted to give an update. ;) But when a newborn sleeps....so should mama! So I'm off to take a nap. Hope all is well with you!!

Talk soon!

Friday, July 16, 2010

WEEK 36!

WEEK 36 OF PREGNANCY
Your baby's bones may be ready to rock and roll, but yours may be aching something awful right now.


Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby, who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of his systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for rime time, though his digestion system - which has done only practice runs so far - will kick into gear as he takes his first suckle at the breast or bottle.


YOWZA! Sounds like baby boy is just about finished cookin. :) Makes me very VERY excited. I have been having TONS AND TONS of contractions this week. Seriously...its crazy. And really annoying. I wouldn't be half as annoyed if the contractions were putting me into labor....but not the case. I go back to the doctor next Wednesday, so hopefully they'll check me and something will be happening. We'll just have to wait and see! That's really all I have for today. Hope you have a great weekend!


xoxo

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thirty-One

SO...I am having my FIRST open house to show off Thirty-One and their FABULOUS products. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, go to my website and browse. I'm sure you'll find something that you LOVE LOVE LOVE.
The open house is tomorrow night, and I know not everyone can make it, BUT, if you'd like to place an order and BE ENTERED TO WIN all the hostess benefits from the party, you can do that from my website too! Thanks and good luck!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

35 WEEKS!!!

WEEK 35 OF PREGNANCY
A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder.

Your baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues his steady weight gain (he's about 5.5 pounds). While he won't get much longer, he will continue to pack on the pounds - including large amounts of baby fat - right up 'til delivery day. Something else that's moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There's a lot going on inside that tiny head, which is, by the way, still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal.

Another fantastic week of being pregnant....NOT! I am really REALLY getting miserable at this point. The heat is KILLING me...and on top of that, I am now having contractions every single day. Tuesday I thought FOR SURE he would be her sooner rather than later. I seriously had contractions all morning. I was so sore by the time I made it to my doctors appointment. I had her check me....NOTHING! Talk about disappointment. Everything else was good news though. Didn't gain too much weight the last two weeks, blood pressure was great, and we're back to measuring a week early. I'm hoping when I go again in two weeks I can convince them to schedule me another ultrasound. :) I'd just like to be able to see his sweet face again before D-DAY. Speaking of D-DAY I have a new game plan if he isn't here by the date of my last currently scheduled appointment....which is Wednesday August 4. I am going to BEG my doctor to induce me Monday August 9th. Which is NOT that early...considering I'm due the 14th...but I would really really like that. Then we'll go to the hospital Sunday night...probably late...and they'll get me all hooked up and started on drugs, tell me to get some sleep, and then break my water at some point I guess.

Even though I"m SUPER excited for him to get here, it makes me a little bit nervous too. We have just about everything set up for him to come home. Pack N Play is in our room and ready to go...bouncy seat is set up in the family room....swing is set up and currently in his room, but I'll probably move it into the family room too. I want to get everything where it's going to be when we bring him home so the dogs have time to get used to all the new stuff. I just keep reading about how it is better for your animals if you get everything positioned how you want it BEFORE baby comes home so they can adjust to the new pieces of furniture, and THEN adjust to the newest member of the family. :)

This weekend my goal is to finish up Ben's laundry, get the house organized, and car seat bases installed in both cars. Quite a lofty list....but I'm hopeful that I can make it all work. :) I hope you have a fantastic weekend, and I'll talk to you soon! xoxo

Friday, July 2, 2010

Week 34!!

Week 34 of Pregnancy
A boy baby's testicles descend this week (whoopee!), but Mom should also look out below - and above - as her vision becomes less sharp.


What's new this week? Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby's skin) is getting thicker. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, it's nothing to worry about - they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now - and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure.


Once again....AMAZED at the progress my Ben will make this week. I can't believe he's five pounds. That just seems insane. AND IT'S JULY!!! COMPLETELY RIDICULOUSLY INSANE!!! I mean my son could be here in 4 weeks. That is craziness. I mean don't get me wrong....I am so past the "isn't pregnancy fun" stage....and now I feel like a big fat cow, I'm uncomfortable, and hott as all get out...therefore ready for him to be here. It just seems surreal. I think I might talk to my doctor next week about her thoughts on inducing....just to see what she thinks. Hubby wants to just "be surprised" as to when Ben will get here....but I dunno....I need a light at the end of my tunnel....one that says if he isn't here by x, he will be by y. We shall see.


Hope everyone has a FANTASTIC 4th of July weekend....we're headed to the Lake for my family festivities. Could go REALLY well, or REALLY not well. LOL...I'll have to let you know which. xoxo

Friday, June 25, 2010

33 Weeks!!

YOUR BABY: MONTH 8
Baby's senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs...time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descent into your pelvis at the end of this month!


WEEK 33 OF PREGNANCY

Your baby's immune system gets a boost, while his sleepless mommy could use a boost of energy!

Your baby is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week), and he could grow up to another full inch this week! With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out, which explains why some of his pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days. (There's less fluid to cushion the blows.) Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as he continues to develop his own fetal immune system, which will come in handy once he's outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs.
WOW! Once again I am completely amazed at all that is going on inside my body! I still say it's completely bizarre and weird. Quite frankly, Ben's movement has gotten so crazy I'm back to feeling like there is a little alien trying to escape my belly! At the doctors this week she felt around and said he is definitely head down! So hopefully he won't flip back around before the BIG DAY. :) Whenever that may be....I keep meaning to ask how my doctor feels about inducing...so that way I can have a "goal date" in mind. Of course hubby wants to "let nature take it's course". If looks could kill he would've dropped dead in that waiting room. ha! Well, I guess that's all I have for now...stats are below!
HOW FAR ALONG: 33 Weeks!
TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN/LOSS: 6lbs....again....
MATERNITY CLOTHES: Yup, still in 'em. I actually got some new ones thank goodness!
STRETCH MARKS: Oh yeah. Not really liking them, but there's little I can do about it at this point. :p
SLEEP: I'm not sleeping well. By the time I get comfortable and fall asleep....I have to get up to pee...and then the whole entire process starts all over.
BEST MOMENTS LAST WEEK: We can now not only feel Ben move, but you can see my stomach moving. It is so incredibly bizarre. So that is really neat.
MOVEMENT: All the time. Well, there were a few days this week when he wasn't AS active as he usually is, but I think he must have just worn himself out because he was still hitting his 10 movements in an hour really easily.
FOOD CRAVINGS: Donuts....and now oreos. Why I can't seem to crave salads or broccoli or something healthy I don't know....
GENDER: BOY OH BOY!!
LABOR SIGNS: I have started having Braxton Hicks contractions. NOT a good time. I have only had two close together once...and by close together I mean within two hours. Other than that I have like one in the morning, and then maybe not another one until the following day in the afternoon.
BELLY BUTTON IN OR OUT: Still in....very flat looking....but in...OH...and where my belly button used to be pierced looks absolutely bizarre. Really regretting that high school decision at this point. LOL!
WHAT I MISS: My regular bathing suits. :p I hate looking like a beached whale in my maternity suit. BLAH!
WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO: Why having this baby of course!! 7 MORE WEEKS!
MILESTONES: Started Braxton Hicks contractions, and am officially in my 8th month!!!
Have a great weekend!! xoxo

Thursday, June 24, 2010

3 Days Only!

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Happy Shopping Bloggy Friends!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

32 Weeks!!!

WEEK 32
Your baby is practicing survival skills like sucking and breathing, while your uterus is practicing some Braxton Hicks contractions!

What's up with your baby? He's starting to get ready for his big debut, tipping the scales at almost four pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. In these past few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as he hones the skills he'll need to thrive outside the womb -- from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck his thumb for a while now. Something else to note: As more and more fat accumulates under your baby's skin, he's becoming less transparent and more opaque.

32 weeks....what a HUGE milestone! I mean seriously...when someone tells you they're 32 weeks it's like OH...well you don't have that much longer. AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Completely insane. This week for the first time I got totally creeped out by Ben moving. He isn't rolling around anymore (not enough room I don't think), but I had a hard spot on my belly, and when I put my hand there it was like a little hand or foot or something just rolled right over where my fingers were. CREEPY! Like some alien or something. But now that I've had a few days to get used to it I really enjoy this almost more than him rolling all around. This week we had a pretty bad storm one night, and so we turned off the TV, hubby whipped out his guitar, and he played some lullabies to Ben. :) It made my heart melt. And also Ben really enjoyed it...he started kicking and moving all about for Mary Had a Little Lamb. :) So awesome.

Well, I guess that's all for now. Doctors visit next Wednesday, so we'll have my monthly doctor update, and also a new month and new fruit!! YIKES! Hope you have a great weekend! xoxo

Friday, June 11, 2010

WEEK 31!!

WEEK 31 OF PREGNANCY
As your baby's senses increase, his mommy's breathing room decreases.

Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length -- though he's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby's brain connections (he's got to make trillions of them!). He's now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He's also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you're probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he's pretty still).
Wow! Once again I am amazed at how much can change in one week! I did go to the doctor this week, but will continue to only post my stats once a month...however...I had 0 pounds lost or gained weight wise. So that was fantastic news. :) I talked to my doctor about my swelling, and she said that my blood pressure was no where near high, and I had no protein in my urine....both of which are triggers for Pre-Eclampsia....which I DO NOT wish to get....and that the swelling was probably due to the heat. We go back to the doctor in two weeks, and then I'll post my stats. It seems very surreal....1. that there's a baby in my belly, and 2. that at some point within 9 weeks said baby will be out here....in the real world....with me. I'll have no one to answer to, no one to ask questions, it's all me and how I prefer to do things. Talk about some major pressure!! Naturally my mother is all about this baby....she said this is the longest pregnancy ever....she cannot wait for Ben to get here. :)
OH MY GOSH....I have the absolute BEST story. SO...my last shower was this past weekend, and we are so blessed. We got a TON of really cute clothes, and it was a book theme, so TONS of amazing books for us to read to Ben. And shockingly, not a single duplicate. My sister-in-law and my brother got us our pack n play which is super exciting....we'll be putting that together this weekend and getting our room baby ready. But aside from that, we didn't really get anything BIG from our registry. So that part was kind of disappointing....not that I'm trying to sound ungrateful, but we are still lacking a travel system at this point. SO....hubby got in from being out of town LATE LATE on Tuesday night, and we had a baby class Wednesday night, and then were heading over to my parents house for a bite to eat afterwards. Well when we got there my brother and sister-in-law were there to pick up my parents car for the weekend (going to the lake and only wanted to take 1 car). So we walked into the house and my dad's like every one's downstairs having a drink. Okay great....so we walk down to the basement, and ALL of my girlfriends are sitting on the sofa. No one said anything...not them....not me....nothing. I don't think I have ever been more confused in all of my life. Then they bring out our travel system. My bestie E and my sister-in-law contacted all of my girlfriends and mom and they all chipped in and bought it for us. I was STUNNED to put it mildly. I honestly had no idea what to even say. I mean thank you doesn't even begin on what I owe these women. What a thoughtful thing for them to do. I was so very excited. :)
So now also this weekend we'll be installing car seat bases, and putting on car seat toys so Ben will be ready to roll. Sometimes I think 9 weeks seems like a lifetime.....but then I think about how busy these next 9 weeks are going to be, and I wonder how on earth we'll get everything completed that we need to. Prayer and a lot of help from your friends.....
Hope you have a great weekend!! xoxo

Friday, June 4, 2010

30 WEEKS!!!

WEEK 30 OF PREGNANCY
Your baby's brain is getting smarter by the minute, but for mom, the only thing that smarts right now may be heartburn pain...

Your belly's increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day, weighing in at over three pounds now (he'll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks). Also growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he'll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that's been keeping him warm up until now.


WOW! 10 more weeks to go. It seems so insane. I go back to the doctor on Monday, and then every other week until July and then EVERY WEEK! And I hope Ben doesn't turn up the body temperature too much....MAMA'S HOTT ALREADY! Aside from being hot all the time, things are still going pretty smoothly. I can definitely feel the heat after I eat though....heartburn man....I haven't ever had it before, but boy oh boy is it uncomfortable! Within an hour after eating there I sit with that burning sensation in my chest. Talk about a pain! But in the end, it's all worth it...I just can't wait to hold my angel boy in my arms. :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

29 WEEKS!!

YOUR BABY: MONTH 7

Baby's energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though -- as you've also probably noticed -- they don't necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and brain and nervous system are going through major developments.




WEEK 29 OF PREGNANCY

Your baby's packing on the pounds, which look so cute on him. If only you could say the same for your varicose veins....


How big is your baby this week? He weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though he's getting pretty close to his birth length, he still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, he'll more than double - or even come close to tripling - his weight. And as he grows and the room in your womb gets tighter, you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks, and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee!



HOLY MOLY! I know I've been tallying how far along I am for weeks, but to hear that there's only 11 more to go is just insane. I feel like there is so much I need to tell from this past week, but at the moment I have nothing to say. Baby is moving as I type. Must know I'm thinking about him. :) Had our doctors visit this week.....gained some more weight. :P On the bright side of things, I passed my glucose test! YAY!! That was super exciting....I sure would've been sad if I had to give up my nightly ice cream routine. Like seriously would have been devastated. LOL. That is so pathetic. Oh well....story of my pregnant life....Here's this week's stats!!




HOW FAR ALONG: 29 weeks


TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN / LOSS: + 6 more....which puts me at like over 20....I'm sick of counting quite frankly. LOL.


MATERNITY CLOTHES: Yup....had a meltdown yesterday morning because I had nothing to wear. I ended up wearing a shirt I had already worn once this week. Time to go to the consignment store again I think...


STRETCH MARKS: Sadly yes. I saw my first one on my belly on Wednesday. Talk about depressing.


SLEEP: Surprisingly doing a little bit better. Although, I do not recommend watching Transformers before going to bed....gives you weird dreams that keep you up all night. Very weird....


BEST MOMENTS LAST WEEK: Hearing my baby boy's heartbeat again. Never ever ever gets old. And also passing my glucose test on the first try! I was super excited. :)


MOVEMENT: All the time. I read that I should be counting his movements about 30 minutes or so after I eat, and he should move 10 times within an hour....I gave that a try, and It didn't take me 30 seconds to count 10 movements. This boy is all over the place!


FOOD CRAVINGS: Yeah...still the donuts. LOL! No wonder I keep gaining 6lbs every time I go to see my doctor. :) And I must have ice cream every night. It's really quite sad....


GENDER: BOY BOY BOY!


LABOR SIGNS: None yet....although I have been having some horrendous lower back pain...but my heating pad helps with that.


BELLY BUTTON IN OR OUT: Still in. Very weird...I thought it was supposed to be out by now. One of my girlfriends told me her belly button never stuck out just got really flat, and I'm wondering if that's how I'm going to be.


WHAT I MISS: Well, I had to buy a maternity bathing suit. So I miss my regular ones. I feel like a beached whale in my new one....


WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO: A nice relaxing weekend this weekend at the lake. Even though I look like a whale, I'm going to enjoy the sun and water and just relax and not stress about anything. I cannot wait. :)


MILESTONES: Passing Glucose...FO SHO!!



It's just so hard to believe I only have 11 weeks left! Makes me very nervous. Last weekend I got all of Ben's clothes washed and put away. His room smells so fresh and clean. :) Hubby got home from his golf trip and opened up one of the drawers and just inhaled that fresh and clean baby smell. I'm just so excited I can hardly stand it. :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Week 28!

Week 28 of Pregnancy
Your baby has started blinking and dreaming while you may be dreaming that the pain in your derriere will disappear!


Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward (toward your body's nearest exit!). Your little work in progress is now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. He's busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Your baby's sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase -- and that means he could be dreaming already (what do you suppose he's dreaming about?). Though his lungs are nearly fully mature (so both of you might breathe a little easier if he were born now), your baby still has plenty of growing to do.
Man alive....I am suffering from some serious back pain! Seriously....I have to use the heating pad every single night, and yesterday, I kept one of those heat patches on my lower back ALL day long. Ben is still moving around all over the place all the time. Last night he even moved so hard that my ice cream mug I had resting on my stomach almost fell off! That was pretty humorous....guess I'll have to hang on to that handle from now on. :) We go to the doctor on Monday, so next week's update will have much more info.....I have my glucose test Monday too....and my Rhogam shot. I have A- blood....so I get a shot! YAY! :P
Hope you have a great weekend and I'll talk to you soon!! xoxo

Friday, May 14, 2010

27 WEEKS!!

WEEK 27 OF PREGNANCY
Your baby moves on to a whole new growth chart this week, while your swollen feet and ankles may need a growth chart of their own!
For a baby, it's time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard. So what are your baby's stats this week (which, coincidentally, is the end of the second trimester)? Fifteen inches - more than a foot long - and triple (or even quadruple) what he was in week 12. His weight is creeping up the charts as well, coming in at just over two pounds. More big news: Your baby may recognize your voice by now, so feel free to serenade your belly (start learning those lullabies!).

Man what a week it has been! Last Sunday was Mother's Day. I was very spoiled considering I don't consider myself to be a true mommy just yet. My husband gave me the absolute sweetest card, which of course made me cry. And then we FINALLY decided on a name for our little man. It will either be Benjamin or Bennett (Bennett is in the lead thus far), but either way, it's Ben for now. I finally heard my hubby call him Ben at dinner the other night, and it made my heart swell. Much like my stupid feet. It's only mid-May, and my feet are already starting to swell.....does not bode well for July....or August.....Lord help me......

We have exactly 3 months from today. I am officially in my third trimester at this point. It is INSANE how fast the time is going by. I feel like we just found out we were pregnant, and now here we are in the home stretch. Our next doctors appt. is not this Monday, but the following, and I have to do my Glucose test. NOT looking forward to that. I also have to go to the hospital to get a shot. I have A- blood, and apparently when you are a negative you have to get a shot during your 28th week, and also either right before or right after you deliver at the hospital. Since we don't know my husband's blood type. If he were negative, then I wouldn't have to get the shot, but he doesn't know what he is. Oh well. :)

Guess that's all for today. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, and I'll talk to you soon!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Whats In A Name....

WE HAVE NAMED OUR SON!!

His name is going to be Ben. We haven't officially decided if we'll go with Benjamin or Bennett, but either way he's Ben for now. :) My heart was singing yesterday....what a most perfect Mother's Day Gift.

Friday, May 7, 2010

26 Weeks!


Major excitement: Your baby opens his eyes! On the flip side, you might wish yours would stay closed so you could get some sleep!

What's up with your baby? He now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches. And this week, his eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open. Of course, there's not much to see in there, but if your baby spots a bright light (or hears a loud noise) near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. ("Hey, I"m in here, Mommy! Where's the party?!") What accounts for that response? His brain is more developed and sophisticated.
WOW! So much is changing again this week! It's so hard to imagine all that is going on in there. I mean I know I read about it all the time, but still...I have a hard time believing I'm pregnant. Which is weird considering I am HUGE, my feet are already beginning to swell, and I'm hot as hell. haha....and it's only May. :(
Hubby and I actually tried the light thing like last week....maybe I'll send him this information and we'll try it again this week. Definitely cool. :) Little man still has no name, and moves ALL the time. He is seriously active. I love every minute of it. :)

Friday, April 30, 2010

25 WEEKS!

YOUR BABY: MONTH 6

Let your spouse put an ear to your belly -- he might be able to pick up baby's heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.


WEEK 25 OF PREGNANCY

As baby prepares to take his first breath, pesky hemorrhoids may make you swear under yours.

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Under his skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end, air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in his lungs, getting them ready for that first breath. Mind you, those lungs aren't ready for prime time just yet - but they are developing surfactant, a substance that will help them expand after birth. And speaking of breathing, your baby's tiny nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open, and his vocal chords are getting ready to roar.


WOW! Once again, I am amazed at how much baby boy is going to grow and change in the next week. We had another doctors visit this week, so got to hear his little heart beat again. :) Such an amazing sound. He has been moving more and more, and because he is getting bigger and bigger hubby can feel him pretty much all the time now. Which I'm so glad about because he was really feeling left out of all the "fun". :) Baby boy still has no name, and is still measuring about 2 weeks early. So the doctor said we'll continue to watch, and if he keeps at this pace, then we'll have another ultrasound to check things out and make sure he's not getting TOO BIG....lord......
Here's my stats! Have a great week!!

HOW FAR ALONG: 25 Weeks

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN / LOSS: 16 lbs GAIN! Having my glucose test next doctors visit....she said my weight was okay, I just need to continue eating lots of fruits and veggies, and try not to eat so much JUNK....but donuts are my weakness.....

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Yup still wearin 'em! I need more....I wear like the same 5 or 6 shirts to work during the week. I'm sure they're starting to get sick of them already!

STRETCH MARKS: None new that I've noticed! WOOHOO!!

SLEEP: Still waking up often in the night....of course there's my nightly potty break, and anytime baby boy decides it's party time I tend to wake up too. Wish he liked to party during the daytime.

BEST MOMENTS LAST WEEK: Hearing my sons heartbeat again. It never gets old. :)

MOVEMENT: ALL THE TIME! I think he must really like green apples, because I've eaten one just about every single day this week, and afterwards he goes CRAZY.

FOOD CRAVINGS: Donuts....same 'ol same 'ol....and McDonald's french fries....but I can live without those....I don't know that I could make it a week without donuts. Isn't that so sad??

GENDER: B-O-Y

LABOR SIGNS: None yet thank goodness!

BELLY BUTTON IN OR OUT: Still technically in! Which is weird...it's getting flatter and flatter though. ;)

WHAT I MISS: Being able to roll over in bed and not ache. It's like every time I move too fast I get pains in my belly because of my little basketball in there not moving as quickly as the rest of me. LOL!

WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO: Hmm...Well, not my baby related, but I'm getting a niece today. :) So that's super exciting. She and baby boy will be best buds I'm sure.

MILESTONES: Over half way there....it's insane to think that my son will be here in less than 15 weeks! Well, more like 15 weeks or less. :) Kinda like a pizza....30 minutes or less or it's free....now if only the labor and delivery were free......


Friday, April 23, 2010

WEEK 24

WOW!!! Talk about craziness! I was looking up information for week 23 and I was like that's weird, all of this looks familiar to me...HA! That's because I'M 24 WEEKS!! I put the month 5 picture back up, because this is the last week OF MONTH 5! NEXT WEEK I'LL BE ON MONTH 6!!!!!


Your baby's facial features are really filling out...and your belly button may be really popping out!

YOUR BABY WEEK 24

Your baby is about eight and a half inches long and weighs one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Those little ears of his are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds, from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Also by now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is your baby a brunette, a blonde, or a redhead? Actually, right now his locks are white since there's no pigment yet.

It is so weird to think that baby boy's little face is almost fully formed! SO EXCITING! As I type he's kicking away in my belly. I just love this little boy so much I could cry. It's hard to believe you can love someone so much that you've never even met...yet here I am. Hubby has started kissing and talking to my belly more. He's been able to feel baby boy moving A LOT more often now. So it's becoming real to him now I think...well more so than it was before he felt him wiggling around in my belly. Still no names decided. We have a new one that we both like, so we'll have to see what happens with that....it has plenty of nickname options that's for sure. :) I go back to the doctor on Monday, so we'll have another of MY updates next Friday....I'm sure the weight is gonna go up up up again. I don't know what my deal is....it's insane. I have cravings for the weirdest things....like stupid Krispy Kreme Donuts....lame. LOL!

SO...last weekend was my first of three showers! It was SO much fun. My bestie did such a wonderful job, and everything was perfect. Great punch, great food, AMAZING CAKE, not to mention all of my fabulous friends in one room. :) I had such a great time. And my goal was to have my stupid thank you notes done by now....yet all I've done is address them. I haven't written a single one! AND I HAVE ANOTHER SHOWER TONIGHT! Guess I'll be doing that tomorrow! Tonight is my Thornton Family Tea Party. I'm excited about that. Should be fun. Well, I guess that's all of an update I have for now. Have a fantastic weekend!! xoxo

Shocked

So yes, I know you are expecting my weekly update, and I'll be posting that a little bit later....but first, I just wanted to say a few things. There are several blogs that I follow...I read all of their updates, no matter how short and sweet or long and lingering. Some of the writers of the blog I know personally, and see out and about town. Others I have never met, but I feel I have become involved in each of these peoples lives. I have gone through one woman's struggle with her husband as he returned from Afghanistan. They had some major troubles, financially, emotionally.....they just went through a divorce a couple of months ago, but were on the way to repairing their relationship so they could always remain friends. Well, I saw on her blog this morning that he has passed away. It's weird to think of myself as being so upset about the death of someone that I have never even met. But like I said, I am emotionally invested in each blog that I read....

It is weird to think that we live in a world where people can connect on so many different levels, yet not be able to pick a person out of a crowd. I wouldn't be able to pick this man out of 3 different men....yet I mourn his loss. I just ask that you all keep her in your prayers today, and tell everyone in your life how much they mean to you. You just never know....

Friday, April 16, 2010

23 WEEKS!!

WOW.....hard to believe another week has gone by. Here is this week's update :)

Baby is getting (a little) plumper, but Mommy may notice something completely different when she glances at her own belly: the linea nigra.


YOUR BABY IN WEEK 23 OF PREGNANCY

Your little doll-sized babe is about to chub up a bit. His saggy skin will start to fit his frame as fat deposits fill things out. Beginning this week, he'll start to pack on the pounds (which means you will too!) and by month's end he'll be double the weight he is now (though you won't be--WHEW!). Right now, your baby's organs and bones are visible through his skin, which has a red hue due to developing veins and arteries beneath. But once those fat deposits settle in, he'll become less transparent.
So not a whole lot that's new to report this week. I am still feeling great, I'm eating like a nut job....so I need to start making healthier choices...I don't want to double my weight this month like baby boy! Yes, I said baby boy. Still no name for my little man. We are actually back to square 1. No names at all. Yes people that's right....we have actually gone backwards. Thought we had it narrowed down to 2, and now we're back at 0. Who knew this would be that hard?!?!
One exciting thing yesterday the girls at my office had a small "shower" for me. So that was fun and exciting. Got some ADORABLE hand made cloth books, and a fantastic gift card to Babies R Us....that will definitely come in handy. :) Tomorrow afternoon is my first "official" baby shower. I'm super excited. It's a New York Chic shower. I still have to find the shoes I want to wear in my closet....but other than that I am good to go. :) SO EXCITED!! :)
Well, I guess that's all for now. Hope you have a great weekend, and I'll talk to you next week!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Week 22

So, apparently one of my pregnancy readers has decided at this point in the pregnancy to go by months instead of weeks. I'm not thrilled with this prospect, but what can I do? Not a lot. LOL. So here we go....

Your Baby Month 5

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop!


Week 22 of Pregnancy

These days, the only things growing more rapidly than your baby's senses may be his mommy's feet!

As if an ever-expanding belly wasn't enough -- now your feet are getting in on the act! That's because the pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens your pelvic ligaments when you're expecting, loosens every other ligament too -- including the ones in your tootsies. In turn, the bones beneath those ligaments spread slightly, which results, for many women, in a half or whole shoe-size increase. So if you haven't already stashed away your stilettos, now's the time to bid farewell -- at least for a while. Besides, you need sensible shoes to help you balance that big belly and your changing center of gravity. This week, your baby weighs in at a whopping pound and measures nearly eight inches, about the size of a small doll. But your doll is a living one who can now perceive light and dark. He can also hear your voice, your heartbeat, your gurgling stomach, and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through your body.


So WOW. What a week I have had. First off, baby boy still doesn't have a name. LOL! Hubby felt the baby kick on Monday night. :) Baby was going CRAZY in my belly, and I told him to just put his hand there and let it rest for a minute and sure enough POP! He was like "OH MY GOSH WAS THAT HIM?!?!" Yes it was. :) It was a very exciting moment. Of course baby boy hasn't been that active since....I don't know what got into him. haha. OH...and this morning I found a chin hair. I thought I was going to die. It was SO LONG! I seriously thought I would die. LOL. Instead I just pulled it and moved on. Got some new maternity clothes this week. I hit up a consignment shop in Middletown...and I tell you what, I got some great deals! I spent $70, got a pair of jeans, khaki shorts, khaki pants that you can cuff, and like 6 or 7 shirts! I didn't pay over $7.50 for any of the shirts, and I think the most expensive thing was the jeans, and they weren't over $15. I was so excited! :) Well, I guess that is all of an update I have at this point. Hope all is well with all of you, and talk to you soon!!


Friday, April 2, 2010

21 Weeks!

WHOA! 21 weeks...I am now on the downhill of this part of life called pregnancy. So hard to believe! Here is what's going on with no name baby this week!!

Your Baby: Week 21
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch!

Week 21 of Pregnancy

Your baby is grazing on whatever you are right now, but those stretch marks are yours alone, Mom.
How big is your baby? About the size of a large banana - and speaking of bananas, if you eat one this week, there's a good chance your baby will get a taste, too. That's because he swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition, hydration, and to practice digesting), so he eats whatever's on your menu. In other (not so welcome) news, you may start to notice some stretch marks as your body expands and your belly and breasts just keep on growing. These pink, red, or purple streaks appear when the supporting tissue under your skin gets torn as skin stretches (and stretches and stretches) during pregnancy. Not every woman gets them, though you're a likely candidate if your mom had stretch marks during her pregnancy or if you've gained weight rapidly.
HOW FAR ALONG: 21 Weeks!!
TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN/LOSS: Oh I'm so embarrassed.....I gained 6lbs this MONTH! Putting my total weight gain to 11lbs. Time to cut out those cupcakes!
MATERNITY CLOTHES: Yes. I am actually going out shopping for more today. It's amazing how much MORE pregnant I look when I am in something that is actually maternity. Like these 2 dresses I got from a friend of mine....tried them on and hubby was like OH wow! LOL!
STRETCH MARKS: I haven't noticed anything new....but after reading my 21 week post I'm thinking perhaps I should take a closer look!
SLEEP: I am sleeping through the night SOMETIMES...but the second I wake up I have to rush to the potty.
BEST MOMENTS LAST WEEK: Watching my son on the ultrasound monitor. I tell you what...there is nothing like it. He was wiggling and moving around like crazy. Hubby said it was as if he had add....but really....(I had a caffeinated iced tea on the way to the appt.) I just wanted to make sure he'd show us his goods. :)
MOVEMENT: LOTS more movement now. In the mornings after I wake up and use the restroom he moves around like CRAZY! And also after I eat.
FOOD CRAVINGS: Nothing really specific. I had a B-A-D one last week for cupcakes. And we didn't have any. So I was going to buy some mix and make some....and then hubby had some delivered to my office! So incredibly sweet. I cried. LOL!
GENDER: B-O-Y!!
LABOR SIGNS: None yet
BELLY BUTTON IN OR OUT: Still in....but it doesn't look the same. It's definitely on it's way out.
WHAT I MISS: I miss my old jeans.....I miss not feeling fat.....but it's all worth it when he moves. :)
WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO: Finally deciding on a name!!
MILESTONES: OVER HALF WAY THERE!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AND IT'S A..............

B-O-Y!!!

Yes people that's right...no name Thornton will be here in August! LOL!! We bought a new name book yesterday at the store (although I haven't even started looking yet), and the new game plan idea (thanks E!) is for me to go through the entire book, write down the ones I really like, and then hubby will go through my list and narrow it down. Which by the way I really think is a good idea, because this way, we'll wind up with a name we both like. :) Below are some pictures of our little bundle of blue joy....he was moving like a maniac, probably because I drank a big 'ol McDonald's iced tea on my way to the appointment! Hubby got upset, but I was like seriously....I want to make sure the baby flaunts what they've got....and sure enough, the second the device was placed in the gel on my stomach the tech goes "well...." and hubby said "THAT IS A BOY!" And it was. :) It was so amazing to see him moving all around, flashing his little thumbs (he looks like my mom when she dances) like Fonzie. We got some great photos of his face, and to be perfectly honest, he is definitely a Miranda. His profile looks very similar to my brother.
When baby boy was measured, he was right at 1lb, and even though I was 20 weeks and 3 days, he was measuring 21 weeks and 6 days! So at this point he's about 1.5 weeks early! So we're going to keep an eye on him, and if I continue to show bigger than I should be then we'll have an ultrasound probably in early July to see if they'll induce me early, or if he leveled off. :)
I am so terribly excited. I just cannot even believe it. I'm gonna have a baby boy. :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

ONE MORE DAY

I AM SO FREAKIN EXCITED!!! 26 hours from now I'll be at the doctors office waiting patiently (HA) to find out about our little Baby T. :) I am still thinking boy....if for the only reason that we do not have a single boy name...and you know kids...they love to spite their parents. That being said, I have been dreaming about a little girl....so we'll see! I am so totally confused at this point.

Also...Baby has decided play time is at 5 in the morning. Which by the way is when I have to get up to potty. And then there I lay...awake...as my child kicks me. Don't get me wrong...I definitely cherish those moments, I just wish baby liked to party in the afternoon instead of in the morning. :)

I am also nervous about tomorrow....I'm afraid to get on the scale! My appetite has DEFINITELY increased since my last visit, and I'm afraid I've put on too much weight! YIKES!! I don't want to put on too much because I don't want it to be too difficult to get off. Oh well....nothing I can do about it at this point I guess. :)

Okay...that's all for now. Back to work I go.

OH...one more thing...please pray for my friend J who lost her mother to cancer this weekend. Her mom was only 59 years old....the entire family is of course devastated. So please keep her in your thoughts and prayers...and J if you happen to read my blog....I Love You!

Friday, March 26, 2010

HALF WAY THERE!!

Yes, that's right people 20 WEEKS!!! I cannot even believe it! 4 more days until we find out about our little bundle of joy. Pink or Blue?!?! I still think blue....hubby still thinks pink. Although, I partially think the reason he is so confident on pink is that we have 0 boy names picked out. Yes, that's right...not a single one. LOL! Here's this week's update!

Your Baby: Week 20

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation...baby's genitals are now fully formed!!


Week 20 of Pregnancy

Boy or girl?? You can find out this week through a routine ultrasound!
Curious about whether that melon-sized belly contains a boy or a girl? Now's your chance to take a peek! Your second trimester ultrasound, scheduled for anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks, gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there. And, wow, are they going! IF you're having a girl, her uterus is now fully formed and her ovaries are holding about seven million primitive eggs. If you're having a boy, his testicles have begun their descent from the abdomen to their ultimate destination: the scrotum. And while your baby is definitely getting bigger (about ten ounces, six and a half inches), there's still plenty of growing room in there, which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!). You might be noticing your nails are strong and your hair (all over your body) is thicker and fuller than usual -- all thanks to pregnancy hormones and increased circulation, which furnish extra nutrients to hair and nail cells. But while the hair on your head may be lovelier than ever, you might not be digging those sprouts on your chin. This situation is indeed temporary, but feel free to tweeze!


OMG! IF I START GROWING CHIN HAIR I'LL DIE!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Who do you Call?!?!

Okay.......

So me being the planner that I am, have started making lists. Lists about what to pack for the hospital, lists about who to call when I go into labor, so on and so forth. And let me tell you....the who to call when I go into labor list is HUGE. And I don't really even have any family on there because I figured my parents and in-laws can help out on that front! I mean...how do you make that decision on who to call versus who to text versus who really cares when you go into labor?? I mean naturally...I know EVERYONE will want to know....but where do you draw that line? Do you just call immediate family and leave it at that? My biggest fear is that I will offend somebody...and that is the LAST thing that I want to do. I mean I'm sure people don't really care if they get a phone call or a text or find out on Facebook....but how do you limit that list?? Quite frankly it's insane. LOL. I'm thinking I will ask my friends what they want...and perhaps will only put on the CALL list those that will want to come to the hospital to visit or see the baby.

And then there's a whole different list for who to call once baby is actually here! I mean my goodness.....AAAHHHH!!! Can you say overwhelm?!?!?! I might just have to tell people that aren't at the hospital to keep an eye out for Facebook....because if you know me and my iPhone...we're attached at the hip, and I'm sure once baby is cleaned up either myself or Hubby will have that shot on the iPhone that will be posted onto Facebook. Probably should make sure grandparents get to see baby first though...I mean can you imagine...sitting in the waiting room anxiously awaiting the arrival of your grandchild only to click on your phone and see a photo of said child on the Internet before you even get a chance to see them?? LOL! I'd be dead! So...that's where we stand on THAT front.

Pregnancy Classes. We are all signed up. We are taking just about every single class that they offer...minus the ones for second time parents, and the looney's who decide to go drug free. haha! We start those classes the first week of April. I'm so excited to get started. I am so anxious to learn all I can...and watch my husband as he learns. :) Since we didn't go to college together, we have never taken a class together before. This could be interesting. :) Fortunately no tests...I hope!

Well, that's all I have for today. 8 more days until we find out about little Baby T! CAN NOT WAIT to find out of we paint the nursery blue or pink!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Week 19

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Your baby's skin now has a protective coating, while you might be hoping for something to protect you from painful leg cramps. One minute you're lying peacefully in bed and the next your calf muscle feels like it's about to explode. Leg cramps during pregnancy are pretty common (though no one knows exactly what causes them) and tend to strike at night. You might also be wondering about tingling and numbness in your fingers and toes about now. It's a weird sensation but totally normal, probably a result of your body's swelling tissues pressing on nerves. And speaking of weird, have you ever seen a mango dipped in cheese?? Well, that's what your baby looks like this week due to a little growth spurt (she's about a half pound in weight and six inches long) and a substance called vernix caseosa. This greasy white stuff covers your baby's skin, protecting it from the surrounding amniotic fluid. (Without it, she'd look totally wrinkled as she entered the world.) The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies still sport a bit of the coating at birth.

Wow what a week! I feel HUGE...my belly is definitely out there now if it wasn't before! There's no hiding it. Even in flowy clothes you can still tell I'm pregnant. We had a pretty big milestone this week....I felt the baby move for the first time. It's weird. I can't always feel it...mostly I have to be sitting down perfectly still, and really concentrating...I know it's only going to get more frequent and easier as time moves on and baby gets bigger...but still...definitely exciting. I also read this week that the baby can now hear "outside" sounds. So sounds other than just my voice. Which I told to hubby...and he immediately yelled HELLO at my stomach. I was like awesome...and now our child will hear no one. LOL! The first movements happened on Sunday night...yes, that's right...during selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament. Apparently we have a little basketball fan in there. :) So exciting. I started thinking this week of all the things we have coming up, and I begin to feel overwhelmed....yet at the same time, I am so terribly excited I feel like I could cry at any given moment. Anxiously awaiting the 30th so we can see our little bundle of amazement...and know if we're to paint the room pink...or blue.....

Friday, March 12, 2010

18 Weeks!!

Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon!


You might start to feel your baby moving around anytime now, which is a great way to take your mind off your bothersome back!

Oh, my aching back! If you've uttered those words more than once this week, here's why: Your uterus, now about the size of a cantaloupe, is causing your body's center of gravity to shift, pulling the lower back forward and pushing the abdomen out. On top of all that, joint-loosening pregnancy hormones are wreaking havoc on your muscles and ligaments, adding up to one big ouch! But while your pregnancy back pain has got you tied up in knots, your baby's getting ready to bust a move. At five and a half inches long and five ounces in weight, he now may be large enough for you to feel him twisting, rolling, kicking and punching his way around the womb. Plus, he's developing yawning and hiccuping skills (you may feel those soon, too!) and his very own unique set of toe and fingerprints.
WOW! So much going on this week. I am anxiously awaiting being able to feel our little one moving about in my tummy. I am really starting to show now. And, in 2.5 weeks we find out if it's a boy or a girl. I am so excited about that I can hardly stand it. In case you can't tell from my prior posts. :) I'm pretty sure I am constantly driving the people in my office crazy! I can't help it. I feel crazy! This week I started not being able to go back to sleep when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. SO...I had to stop getting up so many times. I typically wake up around 2...and I make myself roll over and go back to sleep, and then I wake up sometime between 5 and 6:30 about to bust! LOL!! So I have to hurry out of bed and run into the bathroom. And then once that happens I sit awake and "daydream" about our sweet baby. I can't wait to finally be able to hold him or her in my arms and snuggle them and love on them. We are just so truly blessed.
I guess that's all for now. More updates next week! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!
xoxo