Tuesday, October 28, 2008

22 weeks, 3 days

Halfway through week 22 and all is well! A few highlights of our last 7 days:
  • Joey's back/hips are MUCH much better now that he's going to the chiropractor. He can already feel a difference in how he sits and stands, so hopefully he'll keep moving down the
    great path he's on.
  • Little-to-no progress has been made on the nursery since I posted those pictures 10 days ago. The hello-yellow closet is ready to be painted, it just needs someone (namely, me!) to throw the paint on the walls. Soon and very soon, I promise.
  • I got to go to the Nebraska game last Saturday! It was awesome. Well we played like we were in Junior High most of the game, but hey at least we won...
  • The fence in our backyard blew down, while Joey was in Minnesota for work, which made this pregnant lady not so excited. The dogs were chomping at the bit to RUN and they couldn't be outside off their leashes... Thankfully Joey's dad is a rockstar fence-fixer and had us back with a vertical fence in no time. Whew!

That's pretty much been our non-exciting week. I wish I had more fascinating things to tell you. :) Next week should be a little more fun-filled: we have another doctor's appointment on Monday, Thursday we start our 3 week "Baby Care" class, and then we'll head home for Renee's wedding! Oh, so exciting for you I'm sure. :)

Last but not least, baby developments for the week:

Your baby is nearly an entire foot long and weighs almost an entire pound! What's more they've started to produce their own hormones as their little pancreas continues to steadily develop.


At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

21 weeks, 3 days

Where is time flying to? I know I say every week how fast it's going, but now I'm over the halfway mark, and things are going to get even busier for a while.

All is well with us for the most part! Joey aggravated his back and hips and has been in pretty bad pain for about a week now. He was able to get to the chiropractor at the end of last week and the news wasn't good - his back is about 6 inches out of alignment, his neck and hips are also out of whack, and his pelvis is an inch higher on one side than the other, which makes walking understandably painful. So, he's undergoing some intensive therapy with the chiropractor in the coming weeks. He's already feeling a million times better, but we have a ways to go. They think it could have been caused at birth, and then just got worse over the years. Thankfully it looks like they'll be able to correct the problems without surgery. Whew! If you could keep him in your prayers, I'm sure he'd appreciate it. :)

Joey and I are waiting welcome our sweet nephew into the world. Mindy thinks he'll continue to bake for a few more weeks before joining us though. Maybe even on Joey's birthday (November 18)?? Mom is convinced he'll be here in December, but we'll see! :)

That should pretty much catch you up for now! I hear it's supposed to SNOW this week! I love snow, but isn't it a bit early? It was just 2 years ago this weekend that we had our wedding reception (outdoors!) on a beautiful, warm, fall Nebraska night.

Here's a few development notes:

Guess what? Your baby has finally broken the one-pound mark. How heavy is that? Hold a one-pound box of sugar in your hand the next time you're in the grocery story (and expect people to ask you why you're grinning from ear to ear). Is the box eight inches long? That's about the length your baby is too!

This week, your sweetie is making more sense of the world as he or she develops the sense of touch. In fact, your little one's grip is quite developed by now — and since there's nothing else to grab in utero, he or she may sometimes hold on tight to that umbilical cord (don't worry — it's tough enough to handle it). The sense of sight is also getting more developed. Your fetus can now perceive light and dark much better than before (even with those fused eyelids). But remember — unless you're shining a flashlight over your belly (which you can do, by the way), it'll be mostly dark for your baby inside that cozy womb of yours.

Moving up from the eyes, the eyelashes and eyebrows are well formed now — and even more hair is sprouting atop that cute little head. You'd be quite surprised, though, if you could see your little one up close and in color. Hair at this stage has no pigment, so it's bright white.

alison and joey

Monday, October 13, 2008

in the books

Cletus is 20 weeks and 2 days "old" and half of this pregnancy is in the books! That seems crazy to both Joey and me. We're filling our days planning for my best friend Renee's wedding on November 8th, Mindy's baby coming sometime around November 16th, and my Grandma Joy and Grandpa Lyle's 50th wedding anniversary the weekend after Thanksgiving! Not to mention spending all of our spare time planning for Cletus' arrival.

Tomorrow, the 14th, is our 2 year anniversary! I'm shocked that it's only been two years, to be completely honest. It's hard to imagine "life pre-Joey". Although I'm sure there's times that Joey wishes he could have some silence like his life probably was "pre-Alison". :o) To celebrate the day, we both took tomorrow off work and are heading to Omaha to do some shopping for all-things-baby. Neither of us are big Omaha fans, Lincoln is about as big-city as we can muster, but we're excited to get out of town for a day. On the agenda: picking out a crib, a car seat, a stroller, etc. etc. etc. And lots of anniversary-food - I've been promised breakfast from Panera Bread and supper at P.F. Chang's. All the food a pregnant girl can handle. :o)

Thank you again for your love and prayers these first 20 weeks, we're hoping the next 20 go as smoothly.

I'll leave you with some last notes on Cletus' 20th week and a few pictures of what we were up to 2 years ago...:
Your baby is now about 10.5 inches long from head to foot and their little limbs and head have finally reached their relative birth proportions, although they've still got loads of growing to do. On average, you should've gained about 10 lbs by now, although that's just an average so, don't be too devastated if you're over or under slightly.


Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system.

Monday, October 6, 2008

19 weeks, 2 days!

I can't believe we're almost to 20 weeks - the first half of this pregnancy is almost in the books! I looked at my calendar today and realized it was OCTOBER! OCTOBER! It seems like it was last week when we were finding out that Cletus had come to be - and that was June! Time flies, and it only seems to get faster! :)

What's new for us:
  • We've wrapped our minds around having a SON! We're feeling very blessed and super excited each day that gets us closer to meeting him. I will say that "growing a baby" is the most surreal thing ever - I mean it's a little shocking to know that I'm growing a person! With toes! And arms! And a heart! I don't even know how that's possible.

  • Baby wiggles! I started to feel Cletus moving around in there about a week ago. The ultrasound confirmed that his feet were directly below where I was feeling. Now the wiggles are moving around, so I'm guessing he's busy in there. Joey's excited to be able to feel these kicks in a few weeks.

  • Heartburn! Yikes. Whoever decided pickle juice shall calm heartburn is a saint.

  • Consuming copius amounts of pickles and their juice. See the point above.

  • A name picked out! As of tonight, Cletus has a really real name. And again for those of you concerned, Cletus isn't going to be a real name for this kid after his born, I promise. It's just Cletus for now - Cletus the Fetus in fact. :o)

    We're still not telling the really official name, you'll have to wait until delivery day for that. But I will say we're very excited about it, he has 2 middle names (just like his dad and uncles), and there's a little bit of alison's family in his name as well. In what combination, you'll just have to wait and see!

  • Nursery colors decided! After much deliberation and my resentment of anything pastel with animals, construction equipment, or cars, we've finally settled on something pretty non-traditional as far as nursery colors/themes go.

    We picked daredevil and jamaica bay colors from Behr for the walls (yes I know it's a dining room, but the nursery has a chair rail and I needed to duplicate it):

    And then we found the DwellStudio Circles collection and fell in love with it!

    So that should keep us busy for the next few months!

That's about all that's new with us for now. Thanks for all your love and prayers, we appreciate them!

alison and joey

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

it's a...


Just kidding......




I was sooooooooo wrong, but most of you were right on! :)

All is well and healthy and measuring right on target, and we're so beyond thrilled. I'll have another update soon. Thanks for all your love!

Here's a few pictures from the ultrasound: