One Day To Go: Status Update

October 13, 2011: Less than 24 hours to go.

Due Date: TOMORROW. Seriously, tomorrow?! Seriously – tomorrow!!

Baby Developments: She’s got to be on the verge of about eight pounds right now…she’s ready to enter the world and we are ready to meet her!

Weight Gain: Gained back those two pounds I’d lost, so total weight gain is at like 27 or 28 pounds for the entire pregnancy.

Cravings: Not cravings so much, but I’m still on the cereal, milk, Twizzler, Sprite Zero kick. I accidentally ate an entire box of Frosted Mini Wheats in one day last week and half a bag of Twizzlers. And it pained me, but felt good too. So, the fact that after a showing like that I’m still on board with Mini Wheats and Twizzlers, I feel ok about that.

Aversions: Nothing in particular.

Symptoms: I’m peeing about every 36 seconds or so. Molly and I went to dinner (she treated as a thank you for taking family pics of them earlier this week) and I went before we left her house, then as soon as we got to the bar (a mile from their house) and again when our food came. It’s ridiculous. Molly assures me that that symptom disappears immediately and is exchanged for not being able to tell when you have to pee at all…so, there’s something to look forward to!

I am loving: knowing that we’re meeting our Minnie girl TOMORROW (or pretty quickly thereafter) and that Jon will be there and that I’m going to maximize my time away from work with the baby being here. All good stuff.

Sleep: Jon insisted I sleep last night, which is a good thing since tonight I’m sure I won’t sleep well, with the anticipation, etc., and knowing that we have to be AT the hospital at 5 a.m. So, I did sleep well last night. In bed as soon as the Tigers lost (boo) and up at about 8 a.m. That was as good as I could do today.

I miss: having a beer. It sounded really good last night. Not like I’m a lush, but having the ability to have a drink if I so desire is something that I’m all about. No wonder prohibition never worked out right…as an aside, I’ve been watching Prohibition on PBS and it’s AWESOME. I love that whole era — which is part of the reason I love Boardwalk Empire, too.

I am looking forward to: holding, kissing and loving our Minnie girl. And, revealing her name!

I am spazzing about: a little bit about how to handle the visitors at the hospital. I don’t know what tomorrow will hold and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I don’t want a parade of visitors IMMEDIATELY after she’s born. I really want to make sure that Jon and I and Minnie get some time just the three of us to savor the moments. If I have a c-section for some reason, I don’t want anyone else seeing her/holding her before I get to (other than Jon, of course). I’m just really in need of this being about our newly-formed family of three and I feel like having people at the hospital waiting will add this pressure. I think I’m prepared to handle it, but…I just don’t get a do-over on this, so I really want it to be about the three of us.

Best moment of the week: My Mom and I’s full day of enjoying each other on Saturday and Monday, when Dr. Ahmad offered up the chance to be induced this week.

Milestones: The waddle. It’s here, fo’ sho’.

Movement: Moving still, but it’s less and less as she gets bigger and bigger. This means she is SO ready to come out and play!

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Not much here at the end. The peeing every 36 seconds makes it questionable at best to go too far from facilities.

Diet: Alright.

Boobs & Belly Button: Still have an innie, which is pretty sweet. Boobs have managed to stay the same size. I went to the Motherhood Maternity store and got nursing bras last weekend, so I have that done. Got some nursing tanks too. Hopefully all the right size for these boobs which will inevitably get big as the whole breastfeeding process begins.

Goals for the upcoming week: Deliver a healthy baby, make her happy and bring her home!

38 Weeks: Status Report aka 38 Weeks, 3 Days

October 6, 2011 aka 38 Weeks

Due Date: October 20, 2011. At Monday’s ultrasound appointment, Minnie Mason weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was measuring at exactly 38 weeks. So, technically today could be 38 weeks, 3 days. Let’s do our count in weeks: 2. Let’s do our count in days: 14.

WOW.

Baby Developments: Her brain is in super development mode…as it will be for the next several years. But, she’s mainly done adding weight and growing (thank GOD). She’ll add about a half ounce each day, so she’s probably now about 7 pounds, 6 ½ ounces. Very cool.

Weight Gain: Dropped two pounds at the doctor’s this week. Have been trying to go for walks, but I fear that I MIGHT have developed the preggo waddle. Ugh.

Cravings: Cereal, milk and Twizzlers. And Sprite Zero.

Aversions: Nothing in particular.

Symptoms: Holy back pain, Batman! The nightly course of a hot compress is doing alright, but is working less and less often. I break down every now and then and take a few Tylenol when it gets too bad. Again, I believe I may have developed a pregnant waddle. Again, ugh.

I am loving: feeling pretty/relatively prepared for baby. And enjoying time with Molly and Nolan since I’m in town. And the ability to go for walks at home. And just hanging out without much pressure to do anything.

Sleep: Hard to fall asleep, but once I get there I’m ok. And then, literally lifting myself off the mattress is becoming a matter of some muscle needs. I mean, how can one’s middle section feel SO damn heavy?

I miss: shopping for clothes when I go through a TJ Maxx, popping open a bottle of wine and having the ability to have a glass if I want. I miss not having elastic in the band of my pants, too.

I am looking forward to: meeting Minnie.

I am spazzing about: Not. One. Thing.

Best moment of the week: Getting to spend the day with Jon, seeing our Minnie girl on the ultrasound and just enjoying our time together. It was a great one day that we got to spend just the two of us.

Milestones: The waddle.

Movement: Yup, she’s moving. But it’s like she tries to stretch out and it ends up being a big old arm protruding out of my belly, so I push it back in. Hello, this is my body too, little girl.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Walking some days, but not most.

Diet: Alright.

Boobs & Belly Button: So, went to the Playtex outlet yesterday to get a nursing bra or two. What a joke. First of all, it’s the outlet so the sales clerks are there for the pay check. They are NOT bra experts. I walk in to get a nursing bra and they don’t say anything to me. I ask ‘do you have nursing bras?’.

‘yes.’ Was the response from the oversized one.

I stand there and wonder if that means she’s going to show me where, or what. Ultimately, she points out my four options – really only two options as each comes in a lovely shade of white and beige. Grab two options to try on. They do not fit right at all…it’s like they were made for Madonna circa the early 90s…terribly pointy boob thing going on somehow.

My Mom was with me and she was purchasing some socks, so I was standing near the check out with her. The older sales clerk asked me if the bras had worked.

‘No’ I reply.

‘Well, we don’t recommend purchasing a nursing bra until two weeks after the baby is born, once your milk comes in,”

Oh.

Really?

You’re suggesting to me that I not have any nursing bras on hand for TWO WEEKS while I plan on nursing my baby? What the hell, lady? Who is ‘we’ anyway? And, what is your suggestion for the two weeks…no bra? Regular bra (yeah, let’s ruin the good ones). What?

I was so annoyed with her talking to me that I just stared at her and had my own internal dialogue. It ended with ‘and I will NOT shop in this store anymore’. So, there you have it.

Oh, and my belly button is still technically an innie, but it’s stretched pretty damn thin.

Here’s a pic, for those who care…

The view from the side is MUCH more flattering than the full frontal.

Goals for the upcoming week: Clean up around the house, get some diapers, wipes, essentials organized and feel good about where I stand in the cleaning of the house. Head to the doctor and ‘discuss options’ on Monday. Wrap up the Clio Leadership Academy stuff on Tuesday.

37 Weeks: Status Update

So, 37 weeks in, 3ish to go.

Or, 38 weeks in, 2ish to go.

Or…TOMORROW?! Why not. A girl can dream. And that girl is me.

Yesterday, just to get out of the house, I headed to TJ Maxx. I was looking for nothing in particular, just shopping. I stopped to flit through the little girls clothes and this woman says to me “You’re having a girl?” and I say ‘Yes’ and she says ‘You must be really close to having her, you’re carrying her low.”

Hallelujah.

I told this stranger that I loved her.

And I was serious.

I would love to be carrying her lower…at least for something different to talk about and to think about in my day.

Then, I went to Art Van. As we all know, Art Van is NOT the place to go if you don’t want to be bothered by annoying salespeople. I walked in on the phone with my Mom and sat down in a chair near to the entrance to finish my conversation before I began my enjoyable browsing. Again, for nothing in particular. And all of a sudden, this sales clerk in a cheap suit stood in front of me and talked to me as though she could not fathom what the small, electronic device next to my ear was.

“No, I’m just shopping.” I say to get her to go away.

So, I browse a bit, end the conversation with my Mom and go in search of the clearance center to see if there’s any good deals. There wasn’t. But, there, in the clearance center, the damn sales clerk is RIGHT THERE on top of me again. How did she track me down?! Ah, I was wearing red yesterday. Not a good color to wear in Art Van. Need to wear camoflage I think, to blend in with the surroundings.

She walks up to me and asks if I’m shopping for anything in particular.

NO. I state emphatically. STOP BOTHERING ME. I JUST WANT TO BROWSE IN PEACE.

As I walk out of the Clearance Center and back into the showroom, another woman says ‘How much longer do you have?’ to which I respond “Oh, just a few weeks.” This woman responds, “And you’re having a girl?” and I say ‘Yes” though I must have seemed confused. She says “I’ve had six kids — you’re carrying that baby too high to be having a boy,”.

Ok.

Art Van, we are DONE. Your sales clerk just burst my bubble that I was floating in from TJ Maxx and the other woman’s comment. Even if I am carrying high…and then, all of a sudden, the original cheap suited sales clerk is there again and says “How long did you say you have?” and I say “Two weeks or so.” and she says “What are you even doing out of the house?”

Ok lady – we’re really done. I’m pregnant, not an invalid. I’m pregnant, not in danger of convulsing on your showroom floor. What am I doing out of the house? Trying to entertain myself with things that take my mind off the fact that this baby girl is still very high, that I’m just about done being pregnant, etc. and that I’m working at home all day and then sit home all night as Jon works on the other side of the state.
Needless to say, I’m entering the “I’m DONE being pregnant stage of this journey.” Without further ado, here’s an update!


Due Date:
October 20, 2011. (Keep in mind, 10/13/11 was the last ultrasound due date and 10/27/11 is the last possible day that she will arrive, one way or another).

Baby Developments: She’s just adding more fat. She should weigh between 6-7 pounds and be about 18 inches long. I know that I can feel her parts inside of my body and they are hard and there’s not a lot of room left, seemingly.

Weight Gain: Hovering at 25 pounds total gained for the pregnancy. I had been not doing very well with my eating lately, but have really focused on eating fresh fruits and veggies and limiting the crap. I feel like I’m doing better. Except for Twizzlers. I’m still totally digging Twizzlers. They’re low fat…just not low calorie.

Cravings: Still loving yogurt parfaits with granola, Twizzlers, and cereal. Specifically, Mini Wheats.

Aversions: Nothing in particular.

Symptoms: Not sleeping very well. Which has been a bit of a trend, but last night was the worst thus far. I went to bed at 10:20 p.m. I woke up and hit the button on my iPad to determine the time. Thought for sure it’d be abut 5:45 a.m. It was 12:41 a.m. I proceeded to wake up every hour and a half or two for the next seven hours and have this same thing happen. “Oh, it’s only 3 a.m.? Only 4:45 a.m.? Only 6:21 a.m.?” and still be exhausted.

I am loving: the time I have at home. Despite my pissing and moaning, I really do enjoy being at home. I wish Jon were here. I miss just knowing that he’s here. Not that we do anything revolutionary when he’s home and not that it’s totally different…but I just like the knowledge and security of having him close.

Sleep: As mentioned, sleep is coming…in two hour increments. This is my body preparing for Minnie.

I miss: my full closet of choices and not having to wonder if I am stretching out a non-preggo shirt that will make it so I can’t wear it when I am unpregnant in a few weeks.

I am looking forward to: having a baby!

I am spazzing about: nothing, really. Except getting my house back to a clean feeling this week.

Best moment of the week: The walks I’ve been taking in the early mornings. I’m determined to walk this baby right out of me. And, meeting Nolan, Bob and Molly’s baby. And taking photos of him. He’s so sweet!

Milestones: Getting closer…

Movement: Less and less movement. I wake up every morning and lay there until I feel her move because I get freaked out if I get out of bed without feeling her move. Molly mentioned yesterday how weird it is to not have that feeling in your body anymore of a baby moving around. It will be weird and I’ll miss it in a totally not-really-missing it way. I miss all the movement of about 3-4 weeks ago. This type of movement, I won’t miss.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Have been going for two-mile walks the last few mornings, and that has felt phenomenal. Have added in some bicep workouts on Exercise TV on Demand.

Diet: Pretty darn good.

Boobs & Belly Button: Need to go purchase a few nursing bras in a 40D and my belly button remains an innie, though a big, dark hole in the middle of my shirts. It’s bizarre, but it’s still an innie, just a stretched one.

Goals for the upcoming week: Not dwell so much on being pregnant still, don’t try to plan the entire birthing process like I did on this morning’s walk. I suggested to Minnie that she could begin the labor process for me on Sunday, I’d sleep Sunday night and we’d go in and she could be born on Monday. October 3 seemed like a fine day to be born. Only that I would like to stay pregnant until October 10 so that I can be off work through the first of the year. So, I nixed our October 3 plans. See, I’m trying to plan. Which I laugh at myself about…but, a girl can dream.

35 Weeks: Status Update

I am on my final work trip in Indianapolis ahead of labor, delivery and welcoming our Minnie into the world. Craziness. Have lots to accomplish, but wanted to make sure I didn’t miss this week’s update. I also want to enter into the record that this COULD be 36 weeks status update…but I’m again trusting the doctors who allegedly know more about this than I do.

Due Date: October 20, 2011.

Baby Developments:First of all, I just Google’d “35 weeks” and the top of hte page says “=245 days”. Crazy, right? 120 more days and that’ll be a year. Weird in the whole scheme of things.

Baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in the womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks remains about the same. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

 Weight Gain: As we all know, I don’t weigh myself in between doctor visits. Have a doctor visit coming up on Monday, Sept. 19. Would guess I have added on a few pounds just by the way it’s hard to move from one side to the other in bed at night. Definitely getting awkward-feeling in my own body. Not fun.

Cravings: Nothing much…I still enjoy Twizzlers, though I polished off the one bag and haven’t had another and I had the one root beer float, and that was it. Sweet treats in general are my craving, but I think that’s more just something where I feel like ‘why not’ as the end draws nearer.

Aversions: Still just picky when it comes to what I want to eat.

Symptoms: Back pain – lots of it; sleeplessness/restlessness. Nesting – my house is nearly as clean as it’s ever been in the nearly six months we’ve lived there. Her room is complete. I need to finish labeling the boxes I got for her closet, and then I’m done!

I am loving: knowing that the final shower is this weekend. I’m looking forward to having nothing else planned on Saturday than to enjoy the company of people I love and can’t wait to see. I am also loving knowing that I will know, after this weekend, what I have and what I am still in need of. I am so ready to put the finishing touches on my list of things I will feel better once I own. And then, I’m loving that the baby’s arrival is on the horizon. Just a month or so to go now!

Sleep: I feel like I get good sleep, but the good sleep is interrupted by my peeing incessantly and by waking up to re-position myself. I woke up yesterday morning at 3 a.m., couldn’t get back to sleep, so watched something on the iPad PBS app for an hour before I feel back asleep finally.

I miss: feeling moderately good about my body; not appearing pregnant.

I am looking forward to: the shower and the friends and family that will descend on my house on Saturday!

I am spazzing about: figuring out work stuff in the final weeks of this pregnancy.

Best moment of the week: Spending the day with my brother at the house, him working on homework and helping me do a few things here and there; and me working. It was just nice to be ‘at work’ with someone and I was glad it was my brother; dinner at my mom and dad’s on Tuesday night.

Milestones: Nothing much to report.

Movement: We are busy girls on the 7’s and the 10’s and lots of time in between. There have been some relatively large movements here and there, so I’m anxious to see if she’s still head-down as Dr. Neubeck reported two weeks ago.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Went for a walk with Molly the other night; running around the house cleaning, etc.

Diet: Moderate.

Boobs & Belly Button: Boobs are now a 38D, which I feel is just fine for now. Belly button is still an innie, but I can see the bottom of my belly button, a new development.

Goals for the upcoming week: Clean up AFTER the shower, spend some quality time with Jon on Friday and Sunday, enjoy the gifts that we get on Saturday, get them organized, get thank you notes written and into the mailbox and get work stuff in order for hand off any day.

34 Weeks, Two Days: Status Update & Childbirth Marathon

Well, today is our childbirth class marathon. It starts in two hours. Yikes!

I am planning on packing a few drinks and snacks into my oversized purse (contemplated using my Coach diaper bag, but believe that to be a bit excessive). Anyway, it’s seven hours of pure childbirth. I really, really am not sold on doing this class, but believe it will be invaluable for Jon. I also think that he could have a ‘moment’ of passing out or something like that. That’d really spice things up!

Without delay, here’s an update…

Due Date: October 20, 2011.

Baby Developments:

Besides looking like a newborn at 34 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is acting like a newborn as well. Her eyes open when she’s awake and close when she is sleeping. Her sleeping cycles are the same now as they will be when she is born. She has learned to blink and can see better when a bright light is shined on your stomach. She recognizes voice and sound patterns from the outside world and is most comforted by the sound of your voice.

She weighs about 4 ¾ pounds now and is about 18 inches long. Her fingernails have reached the end of her fingertips at week 34 of pregnancy and she may even scratch her face before she is born. Her fat layers are growing every week to fill up that wrinkly skin and she may have already turned into the head down position for labor.

Your baby’s central nervous system is still maturing, and her lungs are almost fully ready to breathe air. If your baby is born this week, she has a 99% chance of survival outside of the womb, pretty darn good odds.

Weight Gain: I think my weight gain should be negligible the last few weeks, but at last count was at 19 total pounds gained. Molly told me last night that she’d read somewhere that when you deliver, you should lose 12 pounds immediately with baby, placenta, fluid, blood, etc. So, that doesn’t sound so awful. (Btw, Molly’s got just 10 days until her due date!).

Cravings:  Seriously, all of a sudden I feel like I have cravings. Twizzlers (Strawberry), Water, Root Beer Floats and Dill Pickle Spears. Really?

Aversions: I just feel pretty picky about what I’m eating, not specifically averse to anything.

Symptoms: Middle and lower back pain, pelvic/crotch pressure, itchy skin EVERYWHERE, moderate amounts of discharge (the odor is gone, the discharge persists).

I am loving: how my house feels, all cleaned up with the bathroom project complete (or pretty darn near complete). The bathroom project requires its own update. Let’s leave it at this: My Dad Rocks.

Sleep: Have to get up to pee about 3-4 times per night depending on the night and how much I’ve had to drink during the previous few hours before going to bed. I am certainly uncomfortable laying down and I really am most comfortable on my left side, like all the books and websites tell you to lay.

I miss: wearing regular clothes and having a selection of things in my closet. A cocktail when I want one.

I am looking forward to: the shower next weekend, slowly petering out the travel for work to prepare for heading out on maternity leave.

I am spazzing about: mainly, the cord being fatally or brain-injury wrapped around her neck during birth. Who knows why that’s my biggest thing, but it is.

Best moment of the week: Putting finishing touches on the bathroom, spending my day off yesterday shopping for critical last minute stuff, getting fun photo props and birthday presents in the mail!

Milestones: My stomach itches like crazy and I find myself pushing on different baby parts that I can feel in my body to try to figure out what they are.

Movement: As the above mentioned, she’s now got regular sleep/wake patterns established. She really likes 7 a.m. and 10-11 p.m. for being highly active. But, she’s moving a lot still.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Just went for a leisurely stroll around the golf course this morning for about a half hour. Nothing big, but it was nice before the golfers got out there, with the sun coming up.

Diet: Ehhh.

Boobs & Belly Button: Belly button is still an innie. The boobs are now in a size 38D and that seems to be the right size bra to be in. Need to purchase some nursing bras at some point, but am going to wait until about 2 weeks before due date to make that purchase.

Goals for the upcoming week: Thank you notes for a few key gifts I’ve received lately, play with my new birthday presents and get the finishing touches put on the house, as well as final deep cleaning ahead of next weekend’s shower here!!

27 Weeks: Status Update

Ok, in the interest of eliminating guilty conscience from my life, here’s a photo of Week 27. (Ugh, tone your arms lady).

I really should do my hair and makeup before I take and post these shots. Seriously.

A Week 27 status update, for your reading pleasure.

Due Date: October 13, 2011! Or something like that. Again, the doctor has insisted upon October 27 and I thought October 18, and the ultrasounds have revealed a 10/14 and 10/13 due date, respectively.

Baby Developments: In the next week, her eyes will really work. How cool. It feels like there’s got to be a lot of stuff going on, because it FEELS like she’s getting bigger.

Weight Gain: Uh, yeah. I’ve not been doing well on the diet/exercise front but whatev’s. I’m going to guess I’ll have gained about 7 pounds. I hadn’t gained much weight in general and they say about a pound a week – that’d be four – and I am going to guess a few extras are in there. Especially since the baby weighs about two pounds these days. I will say this about weight gain – how do people with large bellies ever feel as though they poop properly (sorry, but I find myself wondering this). With this belly out in front of me, I’m telling you, it’s a different approach to bowel movements in general. Anyway, this would be about 15 pounds of total weight gain thus far with 13 weeks to go. So, a total weight gain of around 28-30 pounds. Not too shabby.

Cravings: Still craving water but also sweet treats. I actually had to have a yell at myself the other night as I considered an ice cream treat after having indulged in an Ikea cinnamon roll. The yelling went something like this:
“YOU DO NOT HAVE A HALL PASS, FATTY! STOP!” I did NOT indulge that evening. I had three cookies yesterday with lunch. Let’s call them small wins.

Symptoms: Definitely beginning to understand the feelings of discomfort that come along with pregnancy. Had to hit the road for a few days this week, and driving was definitely less comfortable than normal. I also feel like when I wear preggo pants with the full coverage tummy band that I feel slowly ‘suffocated’ or something weird. I don’t like the tightness that comes on my mid-section (belly sounds awful now that I’ve written it so many times). I have not in fact noticed the linea nigra (the line that’s supposed to appear up the middle of your belly) yet. I’m sure that’s a matter of time.

I am loving: summer, friends, the sunshine, the sunsets, watering the flowers, our house that feels like a home (sort of, still working at it), learning about photography slowly and surely. Also, all the baby movements going on inside my body. I find myself wondering what it will be like when that DOESN’T happen anymore. I can understand why some women could struggle with the NOT being pregnant, because it’s pretty intimate to have that knowledge that YOUR baby is in YOUR belly and moving and healthy.

Sleep: Am pretty tired actually. Third trimester officialy begins soon. Foresee more of that happening. Mid-day I get more tired. Being busy helps, though. If I don’t keep myself busy enough, my eyelids get heavy.

I miss: Shirts feeling ‘flowy’; a cocktail or two and the headiness that goes with being a little bit drunk; booze cruise on the water in the summer with favorite people; being able to put my left foot on the dashboard while I drive without feeling as though I can’t breathe; not being out of breath while giving a presentation.

I am looking forward to: getting Minnie’s room done now that Jon and I have agreed we’re just going to work on the room and do the insulation later on. Also, this weekend spending time at the pool, dinner tonight with my cousin and my dad’s side of the family and next weekend Higgins Lake.

I am spazzing about: not much. Oh, wait, child care. And maternity leave. My boss and I just talked this morning and it sounds like doing a slowly coming back to work FMLA leave is not something the company will support, so I’m for sure taking all 12 weeks straight. Which is fine by me. But, shortened work weeks are not something the company supports it sounds like, so that’s off the table. So – work in general is something worth spazzing about.

Best moment of the week: Having people I work with see me all pregnant and say ‘you look so cute’ and ‘you look GREAT’ when I would say how far along I was.

Milestones: I purchased “What to Expect the First Year” so I’ll know what the heck to expect. Also, started looking into childbirth classes and think we’ve opted to not worry about it. May order the “Labor 101” DVD though.

Movement: I’m now being able to tell what time she moves around the most…pretty much 10 p.m. it starts and lasts throughout the night on and off. Listen lady, this better not be a sign of things to come. We are not late night party’ers. Well, we are, but…we’d like it if you were a bit more of a traditional sleeper. Like, at night and being awake in the day. (For the record, random websites say the reason for that is that when the mom moves around all day, it lulls the baby to sleep, and when you stop moving, it’s when they wake up. Ok.)

It’s a….: itty bitty baby girl!

Exercise: No. Emphatically.

Diet: No. Emphatically.

Boobs & Belly Button: The boobs are probably a 38D and on their way larger. Belly button is becoming more and more shallow.

Goals for the upcoming week: Evaluate childcare options. Decide on paint colors for the rest of her room and begin painting on Sunday.

Random Note: I just want to capture how great I feel about where Jon and I are right now. I’ve felt as though he’s been a very silent partner thoughout the pregnancy thus far, but lately I definitely feel as though he’s more engaged and supportive and I feel as though he and I are just really in a great place together. I feel like my emotions go up and down a lot these days and I feel lucky that I’m recognizing that it’s hormone-related but I have found myself very, very glad that it’s he and I in this together. And that makes me feel better than anything else, quite honestly.

24 Weeks: Status Update

Turns out we’re still the size of a papaya…in Week 24. I’m adding a section to this post entitled: Boobs & Belly Button because I’m fascinated with the growth and disappearance of each simultaneously. Without delay, Week 24:


Due Date: October 14, 2011/October 27, 2011 (mine/doctor’s).

Baby Developments: Baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at just over a pound. Since she’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she’ll soon start to plump up. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and taste buds are continuing to develop. Lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Weight Gain: Added four pounds to the total weight gain after the last appointment, so does that bring me to about eight pounds gained? I’m sure it’s more now…I’m anticipating a one-pound per week weight gain. And I have NOT been good about being active. Oops.

Cravings: Nothing specific. At all. I haven’t really had a craving symptom at all through the pregnancy. Could that just be something that women use as an excuse while pregnant? I want to be very careful here — because if I’m pregnant ever again and have crazy cravings, I don’t want to have handicapped myself 🙂

Symptoms: Not much, really. Tired, but only at night. I’m sleeping a solid 8-10 hours per night, which is LOVELY, my friends. I know that’s coming to an abrupt end in 16 or so weeks…

I am loving: Drew’s arrival, photographing my friends’ kids and the progress on projects around the house. And, the fact that I finally cleaned the toilets and bathrooms yesterday. It’s the little things, what can I say. Oh, and that I’ve got a looonnng vacation starting Friday!

Sleep: Like I said, 8-10 hours per night. Not even having to get up most nights to potty.

I miss: summer cocktails. Thinking about spending the weekend on the water with my standby preggo drink (Diet Squirt and Fuze Peach Mango) doesn’t sound as exciting as Bacardi and Diet, Bud Light, or any other boat drink.

I am looking forward to: getting the insulation done in the attic so we can progress on Minnie’s room; vacation!

I am spazzing about: Not much. Feel like time is of the essence these days and I really need to get the nursery in some semblance of order. But, not at spaz level yet.

Best moment of the week: Loving on Stella and Millie (Jay’s babies) last week. Millie is just about the best baby and Stella is a handful but TOO cute! As for my Minnie – lots of jabs and pokes coming from inside my baby belly. Finding out Galon and Hol-Leigh are expecting and Clapper gets to be a Grandma.

Milestones: I’ve watched my belly move only a handful of times when she’s kicked, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. Four more months of this stuff.

Movement: All the time…at least once an hour (which they say is what I should feel).

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Not enough. Must. Do. Better.

Boobs & Belly Button: My boobs seem to keep getting bigger. Sports bras are my favorite friend as a result. My initial start-point with the belly button was a very, very deep one. I’m interested to see how far out it’s going to actually make it. It seems like one of the deepest I’ve come across, so…here’s to the watch!

Diet: Turns out Minnie loves ice cream. She loves Mackinaw Island Fudge, but will settle for Moose Tracks (odd, those are my favorites, too ;). I don’t indulge the ice cream fetish on her behalf every day — but more days than I wish I would. Eating’s been pretty decent though….yesterday I feel like I stuffed myself. I had been looking forward to breakfast out all week long, and we enjoyed at the local breakfast spot we hit up most weekends.

Goals for the upcoming week: Work on the latch-hook rug that I”m making for Minnie’s room. Be uber-productive for work so that I can enjoy thoroughly my time away next week. Go for a walk a few days each week. Photograph Drew in all his fresh, baby new-ness.