Friday, February 27, 2009

32 Weeks

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Not much going on now. My rings are getting tight due to swelling in my fingers. Hopefully I don't have to give them up entirely, but I have started taking them off at night. The sciatic nerve/pelvic girdle pain has subsided for now, thank god! I am actually moving around like a normal person again! It could/will very likely come back, but for now I am enjoying it. Back to the doctor next week.
By the way, what exactly is a jicama?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I ordered this tree decal to go in Avery's room. Cute, no? I'm hoping it makes up for the fact that we're not painting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Lynn and Stephen threw me an awesome shower last weekend! It was so nice to get together with everyone. Lots of friends came from 2-5 hours away. I am very lucky to have such great friends and family!
The cake
We decided for sure on the name last week, and they were able to have it put on the cake.
The chair
Stephen made this cute chair and pillow with colors coordinating with her room.

The food
Everything was delicious!

The ladies
The wonderful hosts!

The great-grandmothers-to-be!
HeHe...I don't know why but I think this is funny.

We received so many gifts for Avery-everything from necessities to cute extras! And my diaper bag problem is solved. I received a very cute Kate Spade bag from Stephen and Lynn that Stephen found a good deal on at a KS outlet in Washington, DC. Woo hoo!
Rob and I appreciate Stephen and Lynn putting it together and everyone who came!

Friday, February 20, 2009

31 Weeks

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Nothing new to report from the doctor appointment this morning. Another blood draw for hemo-something-or-other levels (I was really paying attention). The phlebotomist said I have to keep the bloody cotton ball and gauze wrap for my baby book. Right. Can't wait for my shower tomorrow! YAY!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Says it all...

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, February 13, 2009

30 Weeks

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (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. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

30 weeks! Whew! I have been eager to get to 30 weeks because it seems like such a nice, round number! Three-fourths of the way done, 10 weeks to go. So in honor of this little milestone I thought we'd take a trip down memory lane and look back on the the de-evolution of my waistline.
15 Weeks

20 Weeks

25 Weeks

30 Weeks

I think my arms are pregnant too. Ok, moving on! I am feeling fine and good except for this annoying (excruciating) pelvic girdle/sciatic pain. Let me tell you, it is not fun. I have been reading about ways to alleviate the pain, but so far nothing is providing much relief. has some oh-so-helpful tips:

Avoid pushing through any pain. If something hurts, if possible don't do it. Ok, I won't walk. Or stand up. Or roll over in bed. Problem solved!

When you are walking, arch your back (by sticking your chest and bottom out) and swing your arms as though you are marching. This locks your pelvis in a stable position and activates the muscles responsible for stiffening your pelvic joints. Riiiiiiight. Because I can walk around the office like this and be considered normal! I prefer not to be known as "crazy pregnant lady who walks like a chicken" but thanks.

In all seriousness there are some stretches that are recommended and I have been doing them, not sure how much they're helping.

Yesterday Lauren and Buster welcomed their new son, Davis, into the world. Congrats to them!! Isn't he adorable?
7 lbs 15 oz, 20 inches

Rob brought me breakfast and yellow roses to my work this morning. Yay. They smell so good. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ever seen a 7-month-pregnant lady

jump a fence? No?

Well you should have been at my house last night!

Long story short, I locked myself and Arthur in the garage and out of the house. Rob was working out of town and wasn't going to be home for another 1.5 hours. So I had to go around to the back of our house, climb the fence, and go in the back door. And for those of you who haven't been to our house, going around back means walking around and out of the neighborhood in the front, going through a gate and walking around a pond to get to our back fence. The front fences are privacy, and I sure as hell can't scale that. So that's what I did, sciatic nerve screaming with every step, in my work clothes and shoes (which are now too small for my apparently swollen feet). Fun times really!

Friday, February 6, 2009

29 Weeks

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Month 7:
Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though -- as you’ve also probably noticed -- they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

Had a doctor appointment this morning. Starting now they are increasing in frequency: one every two weeks for the next 6 weeks, then once a week for the last 4 weeks. This morning the doctor told us she scheduled vacation for April 17-21st. She said she tried her best to schedule it around patients due dates, and I guess she has lots of patients due in May and June. In the event that I were to go into labor early, she has two physicians covering for her (formerly with the OU Medical Center, now in private practice). I'm not too worried about going into labor early, and if I do then so be it (she's going to Jamaica, who can blame her?).

Everything is looking good with the baby. This morning we could see her opening and closing her mouth (swallowing and/or yawning). It was so cute. Everything was fine with the ultrasounds, and I passed my glucose test with flying colors (thank god, I really don't know how I would live without candy for the next couple months).

Rob and I enrolled in some classes this week. Throughout the month of March we are taking:
3 Week Prepared Childbirth Education Series
Breastfeeding basics
Baby Care basics
Infant/Child CPR

That's about all that's going on here! TGIF!!