Wednesday, March 14, 2012

24 Weeks

Ewww- pic isn't that great this week...sorry!

How Far Along? 24 Weeks as of Sunday 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +13 - always about 1 lb. per week. 
Baby Related Purchases: We got Lucy's quilt in the mail this week! Here are some pics I just snapped with my iphone - these should serve as a color guide for the rest of the room. 


The crib is still in our shed - waiting until we sell this couch on Craigslist to free up space in the office. 
I think we've decided on purchasing this dresser from Ikea to store lots of baby stuff and also be our changing table. 
Stretch marks: Don't think so 
Sleep: I can fall asleep fine, I wake up at least once in the middle of the night, an sometimes my back hurts at night which can cause me to stay up longer. 
Movement: Feeling more and more movement every day! It is getting stronger than it was at first. 
What I miss: My former smallness and flexibility. I was trying to reach for something in the backseat yesterday and realized that I couldn't move very well, stretch very far, move very quickly, etc. 
Cravings: Is it weird that I eat popcorn in the morning at work a lot? Maybe that's a craving. I've also had a fair amount of Chick-fil-a Spicy Chicken Salads. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: My back hurts at night when I'm sitting down - which can be a little annoying - but I won't complain! 
Belly Button In or Out? In - but getting a lot shallower! I think having an "outie" belly button is going to be really weird! 
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Really happy recently that some of my friends have announced pregnancies! YAY!!!!!! :) 
Worries: Not to worried this week, although I was kind of uncomfortable picking up the lawnmower to get it into the car to take to the repair guy. We are having problems with that thing and it needs to get fixed! 
Best moments this week: On Friday night, we hung out with Michael and Angelyn - she made spinach lasagna rolls, salad, and bread - all delicious. We brought over an easy dessert of break and bake cookies, ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce to make sundaes. They were amazing! We looked at some of the houses they are considering buying when they move for residency - we are sad they are leaving! I love looking at houses, so it was lots of fun. On Saturday, we ran a bunch of errands - returned some maternity clothes that I had bought online that didn't work out (i.e. were not as cute in person as online...), and got some other clothes instead. I got some awesome maternity leggings from Target that are really comfy. We also decided to have a garage sale and started going through stuff to get rid of. We took a few boxes of books to 2nd and Charles and got $30 back = sweet! That night, we had another delicious dinner with Mary Beth and James. They made gnocchi with pesto cream sauce and we brought over some spinach strawberry salad. Good times! On Sunday, Jason taught Sunday School, worked on a school project, and I worked on a website for a friend. That evening, because of the time change (which made us exhausted the entire day), we were able to go on a really long bike ride in the glorious warm sunny weather! We talked about the future and all the unknowns facing us right now. Thankfully we have a God who is in control of it all. We are relying on Him to guide us during the next few months to the plan He has for our lives. 
Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm excited to have made it to 24 weeks - which is often called the "Viability" week. It is crazy that between weeks 24 and 27, the baby's chance of survival increases from 40% to 90%. 
Size of Baby: Approx. the size of a grapfruit. 
What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenter)Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. 


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

23 Weeks


How Far Along? 23 Weeks as of Sunday 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +12 
Baby Related Purchases: I tried online shopping for maternity clothes this week. Here's what I got: 


We also got this crib in the mail this week! Yay! Although, we have nowhere to put it, so into the shed it goes for now! 


Stretch marks: Don't think so 
Sleep: Okay - my sickness continued most of the week, so I couldn't sleep on my side. I woke up every night with a coughing attack - but I don't think that was due to pregnancy :(
Movement: Yes - still feeling movement, a little more each week I think. Def. cool! 
What I miss: Still missed my my Nyquil/Dayquil combo this week. Luckily, I got some prescriptions that my doctor said was okay and I'm feeling better now after about 2 weeks of sickness! 
Cravings: French fries, frozen yogurt (this week we have Key Lime Pie flavor from Publix - Yum!), Yogurt, cereal and milk 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! 
Gender: Girl - took awhile for this to really sink in, but I couldn't image anything else now! 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: My back hurts at night when I'm sitting down - which can be a little annoying - but I won't complain! 
Belly Button In or Out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time:  It was a good week, we spent a relaxing weekend at the Lake House with friends - so I think that helped! 
Worries: Not too worried this week - hopefully all those prescriptions were okay for the baby. 
Best moments this week: On Friday night, we drove to the Lake House where we made home made pizza with pizza dough from Publix - they turned out really good! We met our friends, Drew, Lauren, Jamin, and Megan there for the weekend. On Friday, we just spent the night hanging out and catching up. We were all pretty tired from the week. On Saturday we got to sleep in and really took it easy the entire day. We took turns preparing meals, so we got to eat tons of delicious food! On Saturday, Jamin and Megan make chicken tacos and we played The Game of Things - which was really fun. The guys spent some time fishing, smoking cigars, etc., while the girls headed to the outlet malls. That night Drew and Lauren prepared some steak and swordfish, potatoes, and veggies. We also made some s'mores on the outdoor fire pit. We ended the day by watching Cool Runnings. On Sunday, we had breakfast together and enjoyed another lazy day - yay! - just what I needed to get better! We played almost an entire game of Phase 10 before cleaning up and getting ready to go. That night, Jason and I got home, unpacked, went grocery shopping, and watched this move called A Better Life - which was pretty good. 
Looking forward to: Excited about my appt. next week for 24 weeks! I'm excited that as each day passes, there is a better chance for Lucy to get here healthy. 
Size of Baby: Approx. the size of a mango. 
What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenterTurn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see her squirm underneath your 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 that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

22 Weeks



*Note* - This week has been like none other. I've been sick with a cough and cold bug that will NOT go away! I guess I can thank my weakened immune system for that. I'm pretty spoiled in the fact that I don't get sick too often, and when I do, I normally just load up on Dayquil during the day and Nyquil at night (a winning combination). After a few days of that, I'm normally good to go. Well, being pregnant, I know that I can't take very strong medication - if any at all. When I first got sick in Week 21, I thought "I'll just tough it out - how bad could it be?" Well about 5 days into that, I gave up, looked up which non-prescribed medications were okay, and decided to take those. Well, those were so weak they really didn't do anything for me. The entire week has been full of me questioning, "What's worse? To be really sick for a long time while pregnant? Risk my cold developing into an infection while pregnant? Or risking taking medications that aren't 100% verified safe for a developing baby?" Finally, today I called my doctor and they called in some medications to my local pharmacy for me to take. After about 10 days of sickliness I'm ready for a solution! My mom sent me an email from one of her friends about JuicePlus - a fruits and vegetable supplement that anyone can take, but is especially recommended for pregnant women. After reading this article, I was convinced that this might help me avoid getting sick again, and might make me and the baby healthier over the next 4 months of development. I bought one month's supply on Amazon - I'll let you know how that goes! 

Also - during this week of sickliness, I have noticed that I have the BEST husband ever. He has done most of the house chores for me, cooked dinner for me when I'm feeling bad, and prayed for me to get well. I love him :) He's even out grocery shopping while I write this since I didn't feel up to it. 

How Far Along? 22 Weeks as of Sunday 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +10-11 - it's hard to eat when you can't breathe through your nose - *sigh*
Baby Related Purchases: We travelled to Atlanta this past weekend for a flurry of activities. Although we thought we were only going to celebrate L's birthday, we ended up celebrating little S's birthday as well. L got a delicious chocolate cake homemade by his big sister S. Little S got a yummy oreo ice cream cake from Bruster's! While we were there, my parents gave us an adorable fancy little white dress for Lucy, complete with baby shoes and socks. Kristen and Ben also gave us a thank-you gift for the wedding shower we threw them and gave us a travel sleeper for the baby and some cute little pink caps and socks. I also got some much needed advice from my mom and sister about the baby's room. So far, the plan has changed a bit to the following: White Crib (which I finally ordered this week!), mint green wall paint, same quilt, home-made pink window coverings (will need to get some fabric after the quilt arrives), hot pink accents, and a white changing table (preferably a refinished antique one). Also, I got some maternity dresses in anticipation of spring and some fun upcoming wedding events for my sister Kristen (Bridesmaid's Luncheon, Rehearsal Dinner, etc.). I can't wait for them to arrive in the mail! I also got a few maternity button up shirts for work. 
Stretch marks: Not that I can see 
Sleep: Me and the Snoogle have a love-hate relationship. This week, I have decided that breathing is more important than sleeping on my side, so I have been sleeping on my back due to my cold/cough/sickness.  
Movement: I feel little Lucy move just about every day now. It is really fun and one of my favorite parts about being pregnant. I'm trying to figure out when she moves the most, but so far it is different every day. 
What I miss: This week I am missing my strong cough/cold meds. I never realized how liberating it was to take meds with only yourself (not a tiny fetus) in mind! Basically every medicine warns against "Pregnant Women" taking it. UGH! 
Cravings: Haven't had as much of an appetite this week. Although I should mention that I have been eating a LOT of popcorn (great, healthy, salty snack in my opinion), and I made Chex Muddy Buddies this week - YUM! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! 
Gender: GIRL! So happy :) 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Like mentioned above, my weakened immune system is VERY obvious this week. 
Belly Button In or Out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy - had lots of fun in Atlanta with my family this past weekend. 
Worries: That it will take me too long to get better, or that my sickness might turn into an infection. 
Best moments this week: On Friday night, we drove into Atlanta and got to hang out with family. On Saturday, I went on a long walk with my mom (one of my favorite things!), got to see Kristen get her hair done for the wedding (practice run), went to lunch with mom and S, got some last minute presents for the shower and the birthday parties, celebrated the birthday kiddos and got to see my grandparents briefly, then was off to get Fox Brothers BBQ and prep for Kristen and Ben's Coed Shower. The shower went really well and everyone had a great time. I'm so excited about their wedding coming up in just 4 weeks! Here's a pic of the cute couple: 


Looking forward to: This week I started to get really excited about when baby Lucy arrives. I just can't wait! I'm already really excited! July 1 can't get here soon enough! 
Size of Baby: Approx. the size of a spaghetti squash. Side Note - leave it to me to discover a "Fetus Viability Chart" this week. It was really cool to find out that over the next 4 or so weeks, the babies viability will skyrocket to 90% - yay! 
What Baby's Up To: (from BabyCenterAt 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.






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