Monday, October 10, 2011

25 Weeks, Super Baby Haul, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I have a lot to be thankful for, and personally, I don't need/want to itemize each and every one of them online!  I don't mention religion much or talk about my faith at all,  but I know that I am truly blessed in my life! and VERY Thankful!

Your baby's crown-to-rump length is about 8.8 inches. Weight has increased to around 1.5 pounds and fat is still being deposited at a high rate. Babies come in all shapes and sizes, so your baby could vary slightly from these `average` measurements. Your uterus has grown quite a bit bigger this week. The top of your uterus is between your bellybutton and your sternum. Your uterus is about the size of a soccer ball now!

  • feeling pretty big this week and looking rather pregnant (yes, I know pictures are WAY overdue). Yet another week to try on my scrubs, I wonder if they are just a big more snug this week compared to last?
If your baby is delivered at this time, it would have a good chance of surviving. It is best for your baby to remain inside of you for the remainder of the pregnancy, but great advances have been made in the care of a premature baby. Ventilators, monitors and medications all help premature babies develop and grow outside of the womb. If your baby were born this early, he would probably have to spend several months in the hospital and would be more susceptible to infections and other complications.
You can hear your baby's heartbeat with both a Doppler and a stethoscope at this time, and your partner may even be able to hear the heartbeat unaided if he puts his ear in the right position.

  • really? need to try this out!
Sex differentiation is being completed now. If you are expecting a baby boy, the testes start to descend into the scrotum. In baby girls, the vagina is hollowing out. Your baby is able to do more with their fingers now and can move his fingers to make a complete fist. As your baby becomes more dexterous, he will be able to touch and hold his feet. Babies also begin to prefer their left hand or right hand at this time. Because babies settle into routines of sleep and activity, you might begin to notice these patterns as well. Some women experience the most fetal movements while they are trying to rest.

  • Gene is right handed, i'm left handed. it'd be interesting to see what this baby chooses!
  • heard about this book called "Part Asian, 100% Hapa." It's about these jap people that are half asian, and there is a photo of them and a handwritten blurb about who they are, what they feel they are, whatever they want to say about themselves. Kind of cool, too bad it' was just limited to japanese inputs. Would be nice to see a multitude of people as a result of part asian mixes
  • baby is definitely moving, but I wouldn't say it is "a lot." I think it's definitely stronger as some kicks/punches/nudges shake my entire torso. i'm definitely not woken up in the middle of the night by baby movements. when i'm awake, then baby is also awake. i don't really see a steady pattern as even when i'm in the middle of doing things, baby is moving. when i'm resting, baby is also moving
  • i'm kind of BOTHERED by my parents telling the whole world the baby's name, i'm not sure why?! i'm also bothered by my dad's/parents' attachment to the fact that this kid is a boy. like it's the best thing in the whole frickin world that it is male. There's been phrases such as, "you better take care of yourself, especially as it's a boy." From the beginning they wanted a boy. "if something happened to the baby, i'll be very disappointed."  WTF!!?? I'm trying not to take the statements in a wrong way, just telling myself it is innocent vocabulary...ugh! HELLO! you wouldn't be here if it weren't for a WOMAN, who was once a GIRL
  • Guess who still has a cough? ME! It's been 3 weeks and counting! of course, i haven't seen a doctor. like what can they really do? my sputum is clear, my throat doesn't hurt, i just have a cough with some major coughing spells at night. crazy ass cold! I wonder if this is a pregnancy thing related to the nasal congestion (which I don't have) but have lung congestion instead? Too lazy to search on this topic!
  • my back hurts today, I wonder if this is pregnancy related or just poor sleeping position related? hmmm...monitoring! I also find that my right ankle is a little sore in the morning. hmmm. on a positive note, im trying to maintain my flexibility so i've been doing some morning stretches to prevent any future tightness
  • Glucose Screening test tomorrow!
  • otherwise...ummm...what an uneventful week! Sorry people!

How is my life changing according to Babycenter?

How your life's changing

Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes, the hair that you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. Enjoy the fullness while you can — the extra hair will fall out after you give birth.
You may also notice that you can't move around as gracefully as before. Unless your caregiver has advised you otherwise, it's fine to continue to exercise, but follow a few safety rules: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired and stop if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Don't lie flat on your back and avoid contact sports as well as any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.
When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, a second tube of blood may be taken at the same time to check for anemia. If blood tests show that you have iron-deficiency anemia (the most common type of anemia), your caregiver will probably recommend that you take an iron supplement.
Have you started thinking about baby names yet? Choosing a name is an important decision, but it should be a fun one, too. You may want to consider family history (Great Grandpa Zeb), favorite locations (Venice, where you honeymooned), or cherished literary or film characters (Greta, Meg, or Atticus, for example). Check out a couple of baby-name books to help you brainstorm, too.

                                                   Baby Haul Alert!
  • my craigslist buys this week were awesome! I bought a "my brest friend" (awesome name hey?) nursing pillow for $10. Ok, so the removeable soft as heck terry cloth cover is pink, but whatever. it's $10, it's washable, it's in excellent shape, and i'm sure it'll do its job. check out more info on this product here My Brest Friend

  • my second craigslist buy this week was an Ergo heart 2 heart infant insert. Read about Ergo baby carriers here ERGO.  I found an organic grey infant insert for $10, such a freakin good price! The insert swaddles the baby while in the carrier, the "heart to heart" name of the product comes from the fact that your heart is right against their heart, and there's been multitudes of studies re: babywearing and the benefits of that practice.

this is the awesome carrier and design Sarah gave me

this is what the baby will look like in the insert

  • Sarah came over today with a SUPER baby haul. I'm essentially set for what I need except for some linen, but really, i'm not sure what else I would need besides the baby! hahaha. I'm not going to list everything, but my extra room is definitely f-u-l-l!  Some stuff I really dig are of course the stroller, the baby feeding book, the ergo carrier, the playard, the space-saver high chair, and just some excellent crib and play related items.  There's just so much! Thank you Sarah! The pictures below are of the jam-packed room!

  • Last but not least, I picked up a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover from ebay in this "Yoko" pattern.  I honestly don't know/don't care about the difference between a "bebe au lait" and a "hooter hider," they appear to be the same thing. Read more about this product here Bebe Aul Lait/Hooter Hider.  Basically, I was told this was essential if you wanted to breastfeed in public without exposing your breast(s) while still able to keep an eye on your baby and the latch. Count me in!


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