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.

Catching Up: 18 Weeks…now

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Ok, so this is a lot of info.  But over Thanksgiving I was informed by my precious nephew, Collin, that he had realized they were not seeing any more pictures of the baby compared to fruit and he had been wondering why and what size the baby was, so this is for those 3 little boys that love to see the size.  (And if you are like me, when you get to week 19 it’a little confusing because I thought a cantaloupe was bigger than the other ones afterwards, oh well.)

For more updates, scroll past all the fruits!!

your baby’s the size of a sweet potato!
She’s about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces now and she keeps on growing rapidly. (That’s why you’re probably feeling so hungry.)
your baby at 18 weeks:
  • Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?
  • And she’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and she’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!

Baby’s now the size of a mango!
Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Baby’s now the size of a cantaloupe!
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they’ve already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you’d like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Baby’s now the size of a banana!
Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

Week 22:

Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
Baby’s settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out when — just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

IT”S A BOY!!

So as you all know, we went to the doctor at the end of October and got to find out that we are having a son!  Ryan and I both really thought it was probably a girl, but as she was doing the sonogram, when she got to the legs, I blurted out “Oh my gosh, it’s a boy!” and the nurse was quick to agree, yes it’s quite obvious, it’s definitely a boy – this was a proud daddy moment for Ryan!!

So while still laying on the sonogram table I called the bakery in Oklahoma City since we would be going there for the weekend for my cousins wedding – and I ordered a cake and cupcakes with blue filling.  My parents, Matt and Summer and the boys, and Gram were all there for the weekend, and Ryan’s dad and Susan and her daughter Hannah, all came up to the city as well, so we got to tell all of them in person – it was awesome!!

For those of you who have trouble reading a sonogram, like me – here’s a description:  He’s head down and you can’t really see his head, but it’s his torso sticking up and then that round portion is his bottom and his legs are going out to the right.  There’s a really bright white spot where his legs meet his waist, I think you can get the idea…

It's a Boy!

A NAME FOR OUR LITTLE MAN:

We have also picked a name for the little guy.  Ryan’s official name is Adrian Ryan, so we wanted to name him after his daddy – we both love the name Luke, we have agreed on it for a long time, so we decided to name him Adrian Luke.  I absolutely love it (if you don’t feel the same, please don’t tell me!).  Luke means “bringer/giver of light” and Adrian actually means someone from the dark sea/Adriatic – so I love the contrast of bringing light into darkness.

KICKING LIKE CRAZY:

Around the first of November I started feeling very obvious kicks and within just a few days they were hard enough that Ryan could feel them as well.  Now he is kicking like crazy all the time!  Over Thanksgiving our niece, Caylee, and my 3 nephews and our parents all got to feel him kick.  One evening I had sweet tea for dinner(first since my pregnancy) and he went crazy kicking for about 2 hours – every time Ryan would say “kick for daddy” he’d kick – it was really more based on timing and his continuous kicks -but it was still funny!  He also got really active during he take-off and landing of our flight.  I love getting to feel him kick around in there – even if it is the middle of the night or at 6 am, it’s so amazing.

I think that’s all for now.  We go to the doctor tomorrow for a regular check-up, so I’ll post if there’s anything worth sharing.  Otherwise, until Thursday, when I’m 23 weeks!!  I’ll also get some pictures posted, I’m sporting quite the basketball under my shirt!

Week 16 & 17

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Sorry I’ve gotten a little behind, just been busy.  We went to the doctor on October 10th and got to hear the heartbeat again – the most beautiful sound in the entire world.  Excuse the video of just my big belly, it was just a doppler so no image, Ryan was just getting the sound.

I’m feeling a lot better these days, finally!  I actually just had my first beef in about 5 or 6 weeks, so we shall see!  I will be 17 weeks tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 20) so I figured I’d put both on here to be caught up!

We go in to the doctor next Thursday, Oct. 27 to find out the sex of the baby – so fingers crossed that baby cooperates and isn’t doing head stands again!

I’ve also done a little shopping, so I’ll post in a day or so some of the goodies I’ve gotten for baby and nursery!

 

Baby’s now the size of an avocado!
Watch what you say…tiny bones forming in baby’s ears mean she can now pick up your voice. A few more minuscule changes: Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.

Baby’s now the size of an onion!
Baby’s skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. His umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes now feature one-of-a-kind prints.

Week 15!

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Good news!  I’m finally feeling almost human again – no more all day nausea (well as long as I don’t eat beef or cereal).  We go to the doctor on Friday for a routine check-up – probably will just hear the heartbeat and find out how much weight I’ve gained in the past few weeks!  Here is a picture we took on Saturday – we went to another USC game – met up with Ryan’s college friend, it was a lot of fun.  You can tell my stomach is growing quite a bit.

I can’t believe how big the baby is getting, I can’t wait for our next sonogram appointment – we should get to find out if it’s a boy or girl if the little one will cooperate – that is on Thursday, October 27, so just a couple of weeks!

Baby’s now the size of a naval orange!
Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby’s legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can’t feel the movements just yet.

Also, the baby shower is scheduled in Texas for Sunday, December 18th probably around 2 or 3, so mark your calendars!

 

Love to All….

 

Week 14!

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Still waiting on the “feel good” trimester to begin!  Not really having headaches still which is good, but the nausea is pretty intense some days, so hopefully that will subside and I can get out of the house like a normal person!  It is exciting to know that in about a month we should be able to find out if it’s a boy or girl.  I have lots of nursery ideas swirling in my head (and hundreds of pictures saved on my computer in case I forget!)  Otherwise, all is well.  Ryan is still being great, such a big help, and loves me even on the days I stay in my pj’s and don’t move from the couch.  I’ll be glad when I can eat something besides chicken though, it’s getting pretty old.  But I know he/she will be worth every bit of the misery right now!  I’ll take a picture later in the week and send it (once I’ve had a shower and styled my hair!)  I feel huge, but I don’t think I’ve grown much more….

Baby’s now the size of a lemon!

At 3.4 inches and 1.5 ounces, he’s almost doubled in weight since last week and keeps on growing.
Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

The roof of your baby’s tiny mouth is fully formed now, and her constant sucking reflexes are helping to create full, cherubic cheeks. If you’re having a boy, the prostate is forming, and if you’re having a girl, her ovaries are moving down into her pelvis.