Sunday, September 28, 2008

18 weeks, 1 day

Holy moly, 18 weeks?!? Where is time going? I can't believe we're nearing the halfway point to meeting Cletus!

Things are still going well, I'm feeling fine. I have a bit of pretend-heartburn every now and then, but nothing major. I say pretend because I don't think it's really full-blown heartburn but it is slightly uncomfortable. Nothing that a few pickles won't fix. Ohhh, the pickles. :) I haven't had too many weird cravings or food requests so far, but I'm definitely getting my fair share of pickle spears in. I told Joey that Cletus is going to come out looking like either a pickle or a Runza. He just shook his head at me.

I got Joey this book (which seems totally silly yet full of good info) and they have a place where they send you to their website for a 40 second clip of a crying baby that you can play to desensitize your pet to crying. We played it for Jack and Zoe last week and they were less than impressed. Zoe barely managed to raise an eyebrow while Jack seemed to be checking out the noise, but he wasn't too concerned. We'll see if this is any indicator of what they do with a real screaming baby stealing all of their attention...

We've spent the last few days working on our master list of baby gear we need prior to Cletus' arrival. I think I've officially looked at every crib sold in the U.S. now, and have a short list of those I like. :) We're trying to keep an open mind and stay light-hearted with all the stuff we need. It can certainly be overwhelming if we let it.

3 days until we (hopefully) find out Cletus' sex! We cannot wait. I'm going to get him or her hopped up on sugar prior to the appointment to ensue he or she isn't snoozing or stubborn during the ultrasound. :) I will update as soon as I can after the appointment, so be sure to check in! And don't forget to vote on the poll over on the left!

Lastly, a few notes on development this week:
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

17 weeks, 3 days

We rang in 17 weeks last Saturday with one of my best friends, Moriah's, wedding! It was a beautiful day and I was so lucky to be a part of it! :)

Nothing much new baby-wise this week. My belly is definitely getting rounder by the day it seems. 8 days until we find out if we're buying pink or blue! We have a spreadsheet started with all the baby gear we're going to need, but we're still at the beginning with trying to figure out which one of 50 different choices we want. There's a car seat in every color of the rainbow, I swear. :)

Lots of people have been asking about baby showers before Cletus makes his or her debut. I feel very fortunate that so many people want to help, when showers seem to be the furthest thing from my mind right now. For now I am deferring to my friends Moriah and Molly who want to have one in Lincoln, and my friend Renee and sister Mindy who want to have one at home in Sidney-ish. I'm in no hurry, so we'll probably plan for the end of this year/beginning of 2009. And thanks to everyone who has asked about having one, we feel truly blessed to have the greatest family and friends.

A few notes on Cletus' development:
As your baby is in the middle of an impressive growth spurt it should come as not surprise to hear that they've already added nearly another inch to their length and over an ounce and a half to their weight (they're around 5 ounces and 5 inches). You're definitely feeling the growth as your belly expands enough to make you feel a bit off balance now and again.

I'll try to update at 18 weeks this weekend, have a great day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

quick update

Sorry to leave you hanging for over a week! I tried to start a post earlier this week, but was feeling completely uninspired.

Things are still going well, same old news. :) (Not a bad thing at all!)

Two weeks from today we find out Cletus' gender. Don't forget to vote on the poll on the left sidebar.

This Saturday will mark 17 weeks. Holy moly that seems like a long ways. It's going so fast though. :)

We have the wedding of one of my best friends, Moriah, this weekend - what an exciting way to mark 17 weeks. I'll try to get some pictures, this blog could use a few.

That's all. Boring I know. All is well, I will try to update with something better soon.

Monday, September 8, 2008

15 weeks!

We hit the 15 week milestone on Saturday. That was the highlight of the day since the Huskers didn't look too hot. But another tick in the W column is all that matters at the end of the day, right? :) Otherwise this weekend we checked a few fascinating tasks off our to-do list, such as steam cleaning our cars' upholstery and doing laundry. Needless to say, we took it easy.

Here's a few development notes:

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam.

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Your four-inch wonder-baby is coming along quite nicely and this week, you might-- just might experience a little fluttering here or there as they boogie around in your belly, but don't hold your breath, it can take up to 17 weeks before you get to feel the kicks. As for you, well, watch out for the nosebleeds and stuffy nose.

I think I may have felt an inkling of a baby flutter this morning. It was just a millisecond of movement. It could have just been my tummy gurgling too. I've got my senses on high alert now though. :o)

Speaking of tummies, I'm definitely feeling rounder all of a sudden. Thankfully I've only gained 1-2 lbs so far (I know it's ok to gain weight, I'm well aware. It's just that usually I tend to do things all-out - so it's a miracle I haven't already gained 20 lbs...). I'm still wearing my regular clothes thanks to the use of this modern miracle. It's been a lifesaver!

FAQ of the week: Do you guys have names in mind? What are they?
Yes, we sure do have some names in mind, and no you can't know what they are. You might be one of the lucky ones who we told our initial favorites to, but don't put money on those names, they're bound to change. We're going to hold out this one last secret from everyone until delivery day. We will tell you that he or she will have 2 middle names, so you can wrap your mind around that for now. Joey and his brothers have 2 middle names, and we thought it was a good tradition to continue. We'll definitely tell you if Cletus is a he or a she - only 3 weeks and 2 days until we know that for sure!

Have a great week!

alison and joey

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

14 weeks = Second Trimester

I'm a few days late. Since the doctor moved my due date officially to February 28th, I hit my "new week" on Saturdays instead of Mondays. Better late than never though, right?

First, the development notes this week:
Welcome to the second trimester! This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

I feel like a broken record, but not much else is happening outside my belly. We're going to finish getting the nursery cleared out in the next month or so, then we can think about paint colors and crib options. I'm still feeling fine, though I've been getting a few intermittent headaches. They're annoying more than anything.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!