Monday, November 24, 2008

96 days to go!

Somehow our ticker over there dropped below 100 days to go late last week. I think the reality of the pregnancy is finally starting to sink in!

We've had a pretty productive week and I think that trend will continue until after the first of the year when hopefully we can catch our breath before Cletus makes his big debut. Joey's birthday last Tuesday was great! We ate our fair share of wings and celebrated with a few of his friends. I don't know if it's because his birthday is so late in the year or what, but inevitably we both start calling him a year older than he is about a week after his birthday. Maybe this year he can be 28 for the whole year before we move him to 29. :)

We finished up our last baby care class last week by learning infant CPR for the first hour (yikes, good to know but we pray we never have to use it!) and car seat safety for the last 90 minutes. Lots of fun facts about car seats that I'm sure you won't care about... :o)

Friday morning we were excited to learn that our sweet nephew Barrett all but fell into the world, after a very fast delivery. Can't wait to meet him later this week!

Friday night we were able to finish our Target registry. Thankfully it went much quicker than our wedding registering. Joey thought the wedding registry would be awesome because you get to use the little beeper. Once he realized everything was for the house, he didn't find it so interesting. :) I mean boys can only care so much about whisks and mixing bowls... :) Thankfully I put him in the baby toy aisle and told him to start beeping and away he went!

Saturday we ran to Omaha (ok, truthfully, we drove, we're not athletes...) and picked up our car seat and extra car seat base for the Expedition. It was nice to have that task marked off our list. We took the store demo out to my back seat to make sure it would fit and it BARELY fit in the middle of the backseat (which thankfully is the safest place anyway). It wouldn't fit on the driver or passenger side even if we wanted it there.

Sunday we sucked up leaves with Joey's fancy new leaf blower/vacuum. We made 12 bags of leaves, but that was only the front yard... and there's still over half the leaves left to fall off the tree. If you've never been to our house to see our gigantic 50 year old oak tree, let me humor you:

And all those leaves have to end up somewhere, preferably the lawn:

So that was pretty much the weekend. Exciting as ever, huh? Another busy week on tap this week. And another OB appointment next Monday to check up on our bean. Cletus is a roly poly in there. I can't quite differentiate his head from a foot or his butt or an arm right now, but he and I are going to have a talk about waking me up at 5 in the morning for his early morning exercises. I wouldn't trade it though. :)
And some development notes:

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.

Friday, November 21, 2008

our nephew's big debut

Joey and I are finally an uncle and aunt. Mindy's sweet Barrett was born just about 2 hours ago. 

We're so excited, we'll get to meet him on Tuesday hopefully. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

weekend ketchup

Monday again? I could have handled a few more weekends like this past one. Nice and relaxing! Joey and I slept more than was entirely necessary, but it's safe to say that we aren't yawning today! :)

No nephew yet... he's still hanging out in Mindy's belly. Finding it awfully cozy apparently. Tomorrow is Joey's birthday, maybe he's just waiting to make his debut then.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Joey. We're celebrating Joey's 28 great years tomorrow night with some wings and beer. Well beer for him, wings for me. :)

We did make a bit of nursery progress this weekend, despite our copious amounts of sleep. We managed to get the ceiling painted (white) and the ceiling fan up. Everyone always raises an eyebrow when we talk about painting the ceilings in our house. I can assure you if they were already white, we would not be painting them. Unfortunately, the people who lived in our house before us loved this awful shade of coffee-creamer taupe and painted all the ceilings and all the trim in this shade. Plus we think they smoked in the house, and that probably contributed to it's brownness. Either way, it constantly looked dirty, so white it now is. And the room is much brighter because of it!

The evidence of our progress, Joey with the roller:

And the finished product, though it's incredibly hard to see the ceiling or much of the fan, I can assure you it looks way better:

And lastly, I managed to get a quick "belly shot" of the growing soccer star in my belly. I realize I look like I'm 10 feet tall, but I'll try to take a better one next time around...

Finally, a few development notes for this week:
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

24 weeks, 5 days

Wow I'm wayyy behind with this week's post! :) You can chalk that one up to my need to sleep for 11 hours a night. Although in all fairness, Joey was dragging me to bed at 8:45 last night. 8:45! We're so old and boring now. ;)

We've had a busy week (or 10 days since my last post). We got Renee married and she and Nate are currently basking in the sun in Jamaica while I'm sitting here in cold Nebraska being jealous... A couple pictures for the curious:

Joey and I looking totally confused about the camera:

Renee and I following suit with a fabulous deer in the headlights look:

Last Thursday was our first baby care class at St. Eli.zabeth's (even though we're delivering at Bryan... don't ask, it stresses Joey out :o). It was alright. Joey learned how to swaddle our plastic doll baby and we gave him a sponge bath. Joey learned that babies don't actually breathe anything until they're born (other than practicing with amniotic fluid), and I learned all about what happens in the first 2 hours after baby comes. We also got to see infant massage in practice on a real (adorable!) baby. It was pretty cool, Joey and I talked about taking Cletus after he joins us. Tonight is the second class (of 3) - a pediatrician is coming to answer questions and I don't know what else we're talking about. Should be enthralling.

No nephew for us just yet. My sister is still getting that baby good and cute before he joins us. She does have an appointment today though, so we have our fingers crossed. And it's a full moon, so she says today is the day. Apparently babies fall from the sky on full moons. Or something. I happened to look and see that full moons around my due date are on February 9 or March 11. So it's a good thing babies are born on non-full moon eves. I'll take one of those please. And I feel like rubbing in again that I know the naaaaaaameeeeeee, neener, neener, neener. :)

No nursery progress this week. Still recovering from the wedding. I'd like to go get the new ceiling fan this weekend so I can get it put up before I'm not able to get on a chair anymore. (Yes I, me, Alison is going to put the ceiling fan up, but not without the help of my trusty sidekick Joey. :o) So far we've put up 3 ceiling fans together, and they're all still spinning and hanging from the ceiling...)

Hus.ker game this weekend. Things are looking up, at least we're bowl eligible. Hopefully we'll get a fun one, so I can dream of warmer places while I sit in frigid Nebraska (noticing a trend here?).

And lastly, a few development notes. Have a great week!

At this point, your baby is growing steadily, with about a quarter of a pound of new weight and still approximately a foot long. Sure they're not so chubby yet, but just wait that'll come. Their lungs are also getting more prepared for the outside world. 

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

doctor, doctor

Be sure to check out yesterday's post for an update on the nursery and baby development. This one is all about yesterday's routine doctor visit. Oh, and Joey and I reminding you to GO VOTE!

Short version: all is well, totally, totally well and good.

Longer-albeit-still-short version: They weighed me. I've gained 9 lbs since my first visit. The doctor calls this "excellent" which made me breathe a sigh of relief - I was worried I hadn't gained enough yet, since I'd read that average is 10 lbs by 20 weeks, so I'm a tiny bit behind. But I've gained 4 in the last month alone, so things should only go up from here.

I got a fancy pants "diaper bag" from En.famil and some weird organizer thing from Sim.ilac. Joey has claimed the diaper bag already, which is fine with me because it's kind of ugly. Boys are easy to please I guess.

I got a glass (hello breakable!) bottle of "flat cola" flavored glucose-y stuff for my Glucose Tolerance Test which I'll have at the next appointment. I need to drink it within 10 minutes, 1 hour before my appointment. Must remember this, writing it down.

My blood pressure: 104/62, "perfect".

My regular OB is having a baby very soon, so I'm making appointments with the 3 other OBs in the practice until she returns. So today was new OB #1. She was ok... very fast though, I felt rushed. So far my regular OB is still my favorite.

She measured my belly, measuring right on track at 23 cm. And Cletus was wiggling away from the Doppler as always, but she caught up and found a heartbeat in the 150s, also great.

I have my flu shot within the next week, hopefully next Tuesday so I don't have to do it before THE wedding this weekend, thankfully Joey's company provides free flu shots for employees and their spouses.

Hope you have a great week. And go vote!

Monday, November 3, 2008

23 weeks, 2 days

Well, we're making nursery progress at least. I was able to get the hello-yellow closet painted this weekend, and the closet organizer installed. Check it out:

Post paint, pre-shelves:

After the shelves, looking really boring:

And after some cute Cletus-stuff added in:

Yay for progress! But I'm sure you have more exciting things to do than stare at a closet in my house. :o) Next up: a new ceiling fan and paint on the walls. Not for a few weeks though, we have way to much going on right now! Mindy's still letting that baby of hers bake for a few more days, we'll see if we have a nephew before Thanksgiving. I don't know, I'm thinking he might be coming sooner than we think! Joey has offered to sell his name to anyone who wants to know it, but you'll have to talk to him about that. :o) And no, Cletus' real name isn't on the auction block.

We've had a fairly low-key last week, nothing much to report. Joey's on call this week for work, so he's occupying himself with even more housework during the days. Somehow I managed to find a guy that likes to clean. Lucky me! :)

We have my best friend Renee's wedding this weekend, so I'm just tying up a few last minute things for that. Namely figuring out how to not look like a giant eggplant in my dress. (It's seriously adorable, but me and Cletus both in it aren't exactly "cute" :o).

We have our monthly appointment with the baby doctor today. Hopefully it's another boring appointment!

A few development notes:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

Your baby has now developed the ability to swallow and their little pink taste buds are developed, although they won't really need them till they're born. What's more, you may have noticed that they're really starting to react to sounds from the outside world.