Monday, October 27, 2008

Week 30

Little one weights 3lbs and is around 16 inches (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.

I thought this was interesting:
You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An open invitation to conversation

Today in the elevator of the DoubleTree hotel, I had a conversation with local TV personality Jack Bunds. (He's standing at the mic on the right). He was the sportscaster for Channel 8, so some of you Tulsans may know him. He told me all about his grand-daugther who was born last year on December 27th. He continued on to tell me that she might not like having that birthday later on in life and how coordinating parties will be difficult.

Earlier today, this other lady pulled out a picture of her first grandson and was thrilled to talk about him. Another guy went into detail about his wife's labor for both their first and second child. He even told me all about how she watched the birth with a mirror. He also told me that they'll be trying in the next few months for number three.

There is something about my round stomach that invites conversation with perfect strangers. They all ask when the baby is due and then to proceed tell me all about their experience with pregnancy. I guess everyone knows someone who has been pregnant. I am actually enjoying talking to perfect strangers about things I would never hear about otherwise. I just find it interesting how me being pregnant has made it an open invitation to conversation with just about everyone.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Week 29

Little One continues to get bigger and is about the size of a butternut squash. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. I'm supposed to keep eating plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, iron and calcium.

She isn't up and down though, she's side to side.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dr. Time

No weight "jump" this time! Just your regular few pounds. My blood pressure remains very good. Litte One's heart rate is 164. She's laying transverse (I was right!). Her little head is in the bottom left and she kicks me squarely in the right rib. I go back in 3 weeks. Just normal!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gestational Diabetes Screening

Verdict: Not so bad. I have only heard horror stories of how bad the orange liquid is and spending hours getting blood drawn.

In reality, the drink just tasted like orange pop that was slightly out of date. I had to wait an hour in the waiting room. I read Parents magazine (which I might subscribe to) and then talked to the nurse about labor and delivery. It went by fast, it was a tiny needles and just a few tubes.

The worst part was not eating breakfast. I really didn't like that.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

kick, Kick, KICK!

Little One kicks a lot. Despite my experience at the gymnastics show, I really love it. People have been asking recently if she keeps me up at night kicking. My response used to be "No, I think she must sleep through the night!" I was starting to believe that she might actually be sleeping through the night and I'd be one of those lucky moms who gets a "good sleeper" (like I was).

Last night, I was very tired and went to bed early. When Alex came to bed, I was completely out. He laid next to me and then noticed that my stomach was moving. He felt Little One kicking while I kept on dozing. So, I guess she doesn't sleep though the night and yes, I guess she does kick at all hours. But, I'm still a good sleeper and it doesn't phase me, yet.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Week 28

Little One is about the size of a bag of flour, but much more active. She's been moving a lot lately. She can also blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world. Her lungs have developed enough to breath air, but they still have a while to go.

Friday, October 10, 2008

World Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Last night I went with all my gymnasts to the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the new BOK center. It was a pretty fun event. In addition to the show, we had an opportunity to sit and watch the gymnasts warm-up. Then our girls got to ask the gymnasts questions. Here I am directing traffic:

The show highlighted the entire Olympic Men's Gymnastics team as well as three of the Women's. The event wasn't so much like a competition by more like a show. In fact, there was a live band. Sometimes they would play by themselves and sometimes they would play while the gymnasts did things. Jordan Pruitt (who I had never heard of previously) also preformed. Here are some shots of the gymnasts:

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My whole point in telling you all of this is that Little One went CRAZY! I really like it when she kicks, but last night may have been a little overboard. She started as soon as we got there during the "meet the gymnasts" part. (She must share her father's enthusiasm for things) Then the band came out and from then on it didn't stop. I could feel her kicking in the ribs and punching in the gut. There was loud music the entire time and she was moving for all of it.

I did get a pause during intermission though.

And then, it started again. And so did she.

But it didn't stop when the music stopped. She messed around in there for another hour after we got home. Now, that one might be my fault because I had Sprite AND cotton candy (neither of which I have very often) and she might have been worked up over all of the sugar. Regardless of the reason, I think my insides are sore from all of the activity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Very funny

I read this today and found it quite funny; I do believe some of you might also appreciate it.

Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous “live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Week 27

And I'm into trimester number 3!

This week, Little One weighs between 2-2 1/2 pounds and is about 14 1/2-15 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, her 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 to be born now.

For the last few weeks, I've noticed occasionally that my belly will "jump". I couldn't figure out what it was. As it turns out they say that any tiny rhythmic movements I may be feeling are a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments.