Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Big Sister!

Last night we took Em to the big sibling class our hospital offers. Of the 5 kids there, Emily was the youngest by several years, so I was a little concerned with how she would do, but she did great! They had a baby doll that the kids go to practice holding and changing the diaper on, we got to tour the floor and they learned about how the baby grows in mommy's belly. I'm not sure how much Em learned about baby growing, but she sat front and center and listened to the whole thing...so maybe she absorbed something in there? She loved the baby doll part....she was pretty much a pro at holding and changing diapers :) And made herself quite at home on the tour of the rooms. When we left we talked about how her new baby sister would come from the hospital and she seemed pretty good with it...we will see come May how that actually plays out :)

She also told Martha and I that she will feed the baby cheeseburgers when she comes :)

Here are some pictures from our class....

Monday, March 21, 2011

Boring update :)

Your Baby:

◦Weighs about three pounds and is 17 inches long. Since most full-term babies are between 20 and 22 inches long at 40 weeks’ gestation, your baby will pack on more pounds than inches in the 10 weeks or so.
◦Is starting to get a little crowded in there, but still has room to wiggle and roll and punch and kick.
◦Despite all the movement, it’s still damn near impossible to tell what position your baby is in for sure (head down, breech, transverse, etc.), but it’s also still too early to be worrying about it. MOST babies settle into a head-down position around 36 weeks, and some still manage to flip themselves around after that.

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

How far along? 30weeks 4days
Total weight gain: as of today 22 lbs total... I am very close to surpassing my weight gain with Emily...but am ok with it...hopefully it comes off easily!
Maternity clothes? Yes--and thanks to a wonderful friend I have oodles of spring tops now, so not nearly as much shopping will need to be done!
Sleep: Not too bad...not great...I've started having really weird dreams at night that I'm not really sure what to think about
Best moment this week: Watching Em at the big Sibling class...it almost brought tears to my eyes watching her hold the baby doll and talk about her baby coming home.
Stretch Marks: same ole, same ole
Movement: All the time! I told the midwife that it feels like there has to be at least 3 in there with as quickly as she can poke and prod all over my stomach! I should probably regret posting this last week, cause since then, baby girl has been messing with me and giving me all sorts of lack of movements scares!
Food Cravings/Aversions: cereal--anything sweet...and oddly...chocolate milk...this is odd because I don't usually like milk at all!
Gender: girl
Belly Button in or out? still in--but I'm not sure it's going to stay there
What I miss: being able to move with ease, it's definitely getting more difficult.
Weekly Wisdom: It is going to be over before I know it!
Milestones: single digit week count down has begun :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Almost single digits!

In weeks that is. This Thursday will mark 30 weeks which means after that we have single digit weeks left :)
Right now I am officially 29w 3d. Here is what is happening....

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.

Your Baby:
◦Is big and strong enough to resemble a sinister alien thrashing around your abdomen, as my husband kindly pointed out recently, upon noticing a rouge pointy elbow jabbing up and down around my belly button.
◦Is sucking up every drop of calcium you can provide as his or her bones continue to harden and become more…uh…bone-like.

◦Might start noticing a resurgence of first-trimester-type symptoms like heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues. Things are getting a BIT crowded in there, and the lack of room means slower digestion and more gas and constipation and woe.
◦Are gaining weight. I don’t know or care to look up what the “recommended” amount is at this stage, but most likely you are starting to notice a steady upward movement of that little thingie on your doctor’s scale. If you’ve been using pregnancy as a dietary sweet tooth free-for-all, now might be a good time to start reining it in and focusing on healthy foods and portions instead of “BABY NEEDS CAKE AND A TUB OF FROSTING ON THE SIDE.”
(from alpha-mom and babycenter)

How far along? 29weeks 3days
Total weight gain: at my last drs. appt I was up 20lbs total.
Maternity clothes? For the most part. I still have some tops I can wear, but the pickings are getting slimmer and slimmer. I think it's time to do some spring shopping very soon!
Sleep: Not too bad...not great.
Best moment this week: Spending the weekend with girl friends getting rejuvinated and spiritually filled.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that looks too bad
Movement: All the time! I told the midwife that it feels like there has to be at least 3 in there with as quickly as she can poke and prod all over my stomach!
Food Cravings/Aversions: cereal--if I could eat cereal 3 times a day I would be a happy girl!
Gender: girl
Belly Button in or out? still in--but I'm not sure it's going to stay there
What I miss: sleeping all night long
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy every moment
Milestones: Passed the gestational diabetes test! Failed the iron test. 2 week appts are in full swing...so hopefully that means more updates...but no promises!