Monthly Archives: December 2011

25 weeks and counting….

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So far so good.  I’ve been feeling good lately, just growing and growing which makes getting around a little slower these days, but I’m managing.  As usual, Ryan is being so helpful and wonderful.  Tomorrow I am going in for another quick check-up and my glucose screening (test for gestational diabetes) I am sure everything will go smoothly there.  Immediately after that we are hopping a plane for Dallas and will be there through the 26th.  I can’t wait to see my family and friends.  My shower is on Sunday, which should be a wonderful time for seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen since we moved (almost a year now).  We are also looking forward to getting to spend the holidays with both of our families.

Since I’m running a little behind this year, we aren’t mailing Christmas cards but I have put it at the bottom for you to see what it would look like!  Next year we will definitely have one with lots of pictures of Luke!!

Baby’s now the size of an eggplant!
That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby’s learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

How your baby’s growing

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — but he’s beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. He’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.

I’ll be 26 weeks a couple days before Christmas, so I probably won’t be posting.  So for now, Merry Christmas to you all.  We love you and pray you have a blessed new year…

 

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6 Months!! Week 24

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Wow, I can’t believe I’m finally at 6 months!  It’s gone so fast yet so slow…

My sweet husband ordered my recliner for the nursery and it came in yesterday, so I was able to sleep in it last night and it was wonderful, it’s really gonna help me to be more comfortable and sleep better…plus it’s gorgeous, I’m so excited!

Recliner for the nursery!

 

You, Your Baby & The Umbilical Cord

Your baby has now developed his sense of balance, so he can tell which way is up inside your belly. (The inner ears control this skill, and as of this week they’re fully formed.) There’s still enough room in there for him to easily flip around, tethered by the umbilical cord. The cord, by the way, is pretty darn amazing. It contains two arteries and one large vein and is quite long — by birth, up to four feet long! Every 30 seconds, nutrients and oxygen-rich blood travel from the placenta to the fetus through the single large vein. Then the blood returns to the placenta through the two arteries. It’s an ingenious system that ensures the baby gets what he needs while keeping your blood separate from his.

Baby’s skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, his newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow. Your baby’s oil and sweat glands are now functioning.

Although very little hair color can be seen at this time, he has some hair growth on the top of his head!

Your baby is as long as an ear of corn, and he now notices bright lights and may move in response.  And trust me, he’s moving tons!!  He kicks like crazy…

Baby’s Length: 11.81 in.

Baby’s Weight: 1.32 lb.

ear of corn

Week 23

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Well I’ve made some progress this week – I can finally eat cereal for breakfast and not get sick!!  Hopefully this will help keep my weight a little more even since I won’t be eating muffins every morning!  Still can’t eat beef, but this is a big step!

Here’s a picture of me we took the other night, I’ve grown a little bit since the beach picture…

23 Weeks

Luke is still kicking like crazy, that boy must have some really long legs.  He loves when his daddy talks and sings to him – he kicks like crazy.  I also discovered that he seems to like Michael Buble – he kicks along to the music!!

Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
Baby’s little face is fully formed…minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

This is my favorite description!!  It’s so funny to think of him getting all his little human parts – the nipples is funny.

Your Baby’s Amazing Lungs

Your baby’s lungs are in major growth mode this week, with blood vessels expanding and preparing to help him breathe after he’s born. Although he’s making breathing movements in the womb (so cute!), it’s still just practice with amniotic fluid; your baby will get all of his oxygen delivered from the placenta until he’s born. But here’s why this lung development is so fabulous: If your child should happen to arrive early (though only 2 percent of babies in the U.S. are born before 32 weeks) his odds of surviving are significantly better now that his lungs are up and running. Of course, these and other important organs still have a long way to go to become fully developed, but most experts count weeks 23 and 24 as important, reassuring milestones when it comes to long-term healthy outcomes from preterm labor.

We just can’t wait to see and hold this little angel.  I can’t believe in just a few days I’ll finally be 6 months!

Until next time…love to all.