Tuesday, March 20, 2012

23 Weeks

Spaghetti Squash

Your baby is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango). His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth. 
Your baby's brain is now starting to grow rapidly, with billions and billions of brain cells developing in the next couple of weeks. These brain cells will control every aspect of your baby — from breathing to circulation, recognizing sensory stimulation to movement, and everything in between.
He's listening to your voice and your heartbeat -- and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.
His face is fully formed now -- he just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.

Side note: I like how it points out the baby's eye and ear.  You don't say!?  I would never have guessed such complex anatomy.

As for me, I'm doing fine.  Sleeping good.  Sciatic pain has been off and on, more off than on this last week, fortunately.  My back and feet hurt if I'm standing/walking a lot.  Picking Avery up a lot is getting taxing.  I can feel him moving around pretty often.  

We bought our first package of diapers last week and I went outlet shopping with my mom this weekend and bought him several more outfits.  I'm trying to figure out how best to dress a newborn in the middle of summer.  Newborn sized onesies only? Long-sleeved things for inside and sleeping (although he'll also be swaddled)?  We're looking at about 2-2.5 months of really hot weather after he's born, then we'll be into fall.  I can't remember how long Avery wore newborn stuff-maybe a month or so.  I guess I'll just get a variety and hope everything is useable.  

Top row from Carter's
Bottom row from Gap 

Also, I think I figured out why I hate these pictures.  I've noticed when I wake up in the morning I have major sheet marks/indentions all over my body which leads me to believe I'm swollen/retaining water, hence more puffy looking.  Tuesday is the day my weeks change and also one of the days I work out after work so if I wait until I get home, I'll be sweaty and in workout clothes.  Oh, well.  

We couldn't convince Avery to get in the pictures this morning.  She was being stubborn and a bit disagreeable.   And fine, maybe I did say "we took pictures without you" when we were done, sending her to tears.  Rob was like "whyyyyyyyyyyyy did you have to say that?"  What!?  Then of course we had to take one more with her, tears streaming down her face.  All this after we all overslept and were majorly running late.  Ha! Awesome morning.

1 comment:

Erin said...

With the boys they just wore onsies while it was hot inside and outside. I swaddled them in the house and put socks on their feet if they seemed cold.

Also you may not have asked for feedback about the morning photos, but you know me:). It might be the khaki background...try by a window for morning light (if there is any).

Also I do the same thing to the boys about saying fine we will take the pictures without you. Difference between boys and girls I guess is they don't cry about it they just jump in the picture and look irritated by it all. So either way the picture is "ruined."