Monday, September 29, 2008

Week 26

The network of nerves in Little One's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both my voice and Alex's as you chat with each other. Alex talks to her daily, it's pretty cute. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air. And she's continuing to put on baby fat.Her eyes are also almost fully formed. Did you know that all babies have blue eyes in the womb no matter what? I'm just certain she'll keep them though.

I've been dealing with an achy back and achy hips. Apparently this is quite normal. My website says "If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints". Remember my philosophy: normal is good.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Flushable Diapers?

Check this out: The gDiaper. I'm very intrigued. I think I'm going to buy the starter kit.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Your advice PLEASE

What book or website did you find most useful? I'd like to find a good book about infants or infant development. There are a million choices, and I have no idea. Please please comment and help me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Week 25

Head to heels, Little One now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga (they always compare my baby to vegetables), 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.

Every day someone comments about how I look bigger. I don't like the attention as much as I expected I would. Could I possibly be getting bigger on a
daily basis? I wish that one day no one would comment on the size of my stomach or someone would say "hmm, you look a bit smaller today".

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dr. time

The words "I see your weight jumped" are still resounding in my head. What exactly does that mean? Is that bad? Or normal? The doctor didn't really say. I just don't like the word "jumped" it seems so sudden and drastic.

Otherwise, everything was standard. Little One's heart rate is 158, which is just perfect. My blood pressure is normal too. I'm scheduled for my yucky diabetes test in 4 weeks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Week 24

Little One is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week (I wonder how much she weighs right now?). Since she's almost a foot long (picture a near of corn), she's cuts a pretty skinny at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up.

Her brain is also growing quickly now, and taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. She has little unique fingerprints now too.

My book also said that my uterus is the size of a soccer ball. I realize that might be a little TMI, but I was amazed by this. My question is: Where did the rest of my organs go? A soccer ball seems like it would take up pretty much my entire abdomen area. Did all the other stuff get smashed up by the ribs? It's so bizarre what this baby does to your body.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

So many presents for Little One

This one is from me. I can't resist buying things for her.

Here is her first Sooner shirt from Auntie Jessica.

This came from my Aunt Vickie in Alaska. Thanks!

This little Pooh sleeper is from Great-Grandma Q. Check out the Pooh footies.

AND the present that I'm most excited about from Grandma Judy and Grandpa Jim.

Thank you ALL!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Week 23

She's about a foot long and weighs just over a pound and one time I was able to see her squirm underneath my 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 could begin to become familiar now. Her skin is starting to fill out as a layer of fat is being deposited underneath.

I've slowed down a little on my eating; I'm not not near as hungry as last week. However, my stomach seems to get bigger on a daily basis. I'm not the only one that thinks that, several of the people I work with have commented that it looks bigger every time they see me. Now that it has gotten a bit cooler in Tulsa, I'll try to go buy a long sleeved shirt or two this weekend so I have some clothes that fit.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sooner Born and Sooner Bred!

Little One took her first trip to an OU game this weekend.

She kicked during the half-time band.

She got presents from Auntie Jessica.

And had so much fun eating pizza and hanging out with all her friends (Or maybe that was me).

Go Oklahoma Sooners!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mom or Dad?

Who do you think she'll look like?


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another purchase for Little One

I couldn't resist when I found these light switch covers on eBay the other day. They match perfectly with the bedding I want. And I think they are just adorable. Even Alex thought they were cute.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Week 22

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, Little One is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she's even developing tiny canine molar buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part that will be so beautifully blue) still lack pigment. Her fingernails are also nearly fully grown. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she'll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in (That is where all of the carbs I'm craving come in). Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Interesting pregnancy fact: Blood flows through the umbilical cord at a rate of 4 miles per hour!

For those of you who don't have is a picture that Alex took of me on Saturday before the OU game.