Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the letter b

Another week has passed... 30 weeks 3 days today, which means only 67 days to go! Yikes. Being pregnant over the holidays means that time flies twice as fast I think.

We had Christmas with Joey's family on Sunday, and we'll head west to Sidney to see my family later this week. I'm having a hard time remembering all that's happened in the last 7 days... apparently nothing much exciting! It's just been cooooooold! I think we're finally going to have a high in the 20s today! Hooray!

Zoe and Jack aren't loving the cold cold weather, and seem to be a little sick. We finally felt sorry for them last night after they looked so cold and miserable on the floor, and brought them out each an old blanket, and they burrowed in and were sound asleep. Yes, we are pathetic, but they both have such sad dog eyes sometimes...


I had my 30 week (gasp!) doctor visit yesterday and all is well. Here's the longer version for those who care.
I saw the PA this time (my OB is still on maternity leave, so I'm rotating through the other dr.'s/PAs). She asked if we were traveling over the holidays and because we are, and because I'm 30 (gulp) weeks along, she copied the first two pages of my chart so I have something to take with me, just in case. This is nice because I love numbers and I can see my progress over these last 30 weeks. And I can see that my OB has HORRIBLE handwriting. :)

My blood pressure was normal, but higher for me - 124/78, it's usually about 110/65. I measured at 30 cm, right on track. No edema, she said I must be doing a good job staying away from holiday treats - HA! Apparently I just process salt well, because it's certainly still being consumed! I'm up about 14 lbs so far, so hopefully it's all baby! :) This 14 lb weight gain is pretty impressive to me, I figured I'd be at like 34 by now! :)
Next visit is Jan 7th. They're coming fast now! Eeee!


We neglected to send Christmas cards this year due to all the extra busy-ness, but we do want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Stay warm and safe.

Monday, December 15, 2008

29 weeks, 2 days

That pesky Father Time is still hard at it, it seems, and we're another week closer to delivery day. All is still well with us! We had a productive weekend and got the nursery painted (*finally*), and the crib put together (pics posted below). Everything is falling into place it seems. Just a few odds and ends are needed to tie everything together, but I'll wait until it's finally finished to post more pictures.

Baby boy doesn't seem to kick as much anymore - he's turned those into full body movements. He's a roly poly in there and likes to freak out at about 3 am. He of course stops immediately when Joey tries to feel his movement, and then Joey looks at me like it's all in my head. :)

Not much else is new. Winter arrived yesterday - after a high of 58 on Saturday, we were at 4 most of the day yesterday, with a windchill of -15ish below zero. Today I think we're supposed to hit 9, but we're currently at -1 with a windchill of -25. Brrr. I love winter, but can't I have a bit of snow?? Tomorrow I think, maybe.

Hope all is well with you. Here are a few development notes:

Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.

Friday, December 12, 2008

sneak peek #2

Making progress. The red paint is quickly becoming the bane of my existence... 2 coats down, at least 2 to go I'd say. We'll get there...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

nursery sneak peek

We have one color up... what do you think? :o)

Monday, December 8, 2008

hello third trimester

Time is flying by as always, and we're now a few days into the third trimester. Officially 28 weeks and 2 days are in the books, and only 11 weeks 5 days to go... It doesn't help our cause that right now is the Most Wonderful Busy Time of the Year. That's not entirely accurate, it is my favorite time of the year, but wowza it flys by! I decided over the weekend that part of my not-really-feeling-full-of-Christmas-cheer is because I need it to snow. We have yet to have a really real snowstorm yet (I consider this to be at least 3 inches that sticks for at least 24 hours). So it just feels like we're perpetually stuck in Autumn (which we are still), but Christmas isn't in Autumn, thus my issue. I have issues with weather, apparently. I think I should have been a meteorologist, you know, to study meteors and stuff...


Twenty-eight weeks and all is well. Cletus is a virtual soccer star. I can now feel random parts of him as he dances across my belly. It's usually his little melon head or his butt. And if I push (gently) on his head, I can feel his feet on the opposite side. He doesn't so much like this apparently, because he kicks me. But it makes me laugh.

Two more weeks until our next appointment: December 22nd. That one will probably be just me again - Joey gets some teeth pulled that morning (I think his wisdom teeth but who knows...) so he'll probably be a little laid up for that one. Speaking of Joey, everyone is always asking he or I how his back is after the giant back pain incident of 2008. He's doing MUCH much better, thanks for asking. He's still going to the chiropractor 3-4 times per week, but we think he should have those visits wrapped up very soon.

Everything else is fine with us. Jack and Zoe would like you to know that they're still very ornery and not so excited about their new little brother. They like to sniff the stroller and then stare at us with giant puppy-dog eyes until we reassure them that they don't have to leave, but they're going to have to make room for new stuff.

We had a pretty productive weekend, even managing to resume work on the nursery a bit. If all goes well, we'll HOPEFULLY have some updated pictures for you by the end of the week. Keep your fingers crossed.

And a few development notes:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open and close her eyes, which now sport lashes. This movement is more of a reflexive blink than a deliberate opening and closing, but it won't be long before she's batting those beauties at you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Oh, Christmas Tree...

We finally found a little energy, paired it with a little holiday cheer, and managed to get our Christmas tree decorated last night! We didn't put ALL the crazy Christmas tree balls on, nor the tinsel in an attempt to make things easier when putting it all away in a month. Plus then I don't have to go scouring for tinsel in Zoe's mouth either (nice visual, eh?). Next step: wrapping the presents to put below it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

27 weeks, 3 days

We're on the downhill slide now! Just a little over 12 weeks to go, and a LOT to be done in that amount of time! :) No nursery progress lately, we've been busy with life it seems. Thanksgiving was fantastic. We got some serious nephew-lovin' in as can been seen here:

Sweet Barrett was as cute as can be and I for one just wanted to gobble him up and smother him with kisses. Thankfully Mindy restrained me. :) We had a great time with the rest of my family as well! Joey got to catch up on some football and we ate our weight in turkey I'm quite sure. We helped Grandma Joy and Grandpa Lyle celebrate 50 great years of wedded bliss as well!

And now it's back to the grind for a few more weeks until Christmas break rolls around. I'm having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year for some reason. Usually you can find me listening to Christmas music by November 15th, and this year I feel more like the Grinch. I think getting ready for the baby is overwhelming me and I really need to take a step back and relax! Christmas is my favorite and it will be gone before I know it! Now if we can only get to the store to find the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas tree... Oh and it's supposed to be 56 here today so I think some serious light-laying-on-the-front-bushes (it's easier than hanging them :o) is in order.

I had a regular OB appointment yesterday. Unfortunately Joey was sick with an icky stomach bug and wasn't able to join me. I was the one who gave him the bug so I knew how he was feeling. Thankfully it was a quick and easy appointment. I passed my Glucose Tolerance Test (which checks me for Gestational Diabetes) but found out I'm anemic (the low end for hemoglobin should is 12 and I'm at 10.2). But the good news is, it's an easy fix with an iron supplement. I've been told I'm anemic before so this wasn't anything to shocking. Otherwise, baby boy had a heartbeat in the 140s and was squirming all over the place. And I've graduated to bi-weekly appointments (gasp!), so the end is nearing. My next one is December 22nd, and then every other week after that until the last month when I go every week.

So all is well and happy in baby-land. I'm going to roll myself around in magic Christmas dust and get myself in the holiday mood today. :)

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.