Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh wow, 26 weeks! Less than 100 days to go!

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26w2d, 96 days to go, baby is the size of an eggplant!

By this week, your baby's crown-to-rump length is approximately 9.2 inches. Remember, that is only from the top of his head to his bottom and does not include his leg measurements! Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is beginning to put on weight. Your uterus is about 2.5 inches above your bellybutton and you will continue to grow approximately 1 cm each week. If you have been eating a well-balanced diet, you probably have gained about 16-22 pounds so far. Because your baby has moved further up, you may get occasional pain underneath your ribs.

  • haven't checked my weight lately as the next scale time is on Oct 26 (same as m/w appt). I wonder if I should be doing this more often to keep things in check? enh, i don't feel like obsessing about weight, I just keep telling myself that "it's normal, it's alright, it's for the baby." im predicting a 5-8lb weight gain this month...we'll see if the m/w will give me another mini lecture next Weds haha
  • baby is definitely stronger this last week, I just feel the kicks and nudges all the time and they're quite pronounced and strong. A lot of the movement has been on the my left side and just underneath my navel, I like to think that since this baby is facing my's left handed like me! Woohooo! Definitely no pain though per above statement.
After a month of having his eyelids sealed shut, your baby begins to open his eyes again this week. Your baby's eyes are almost completely developed. Your baby's eyes are blue in the womb and may change colors later in life. This is true for all races because the pupils do not have their final color until a few months after birth. However, some babies are born with darker or lighter shades of blue. Your growing baby will continue to put on layers of fat until he is born. He is still lean at this point of the pregnancy though. By the time your baby is born, he will assume the typical newborn's plumpness. Your baby's skin will still be wrinkled and red, but the fat continues to fill the skin out.
  • I wonder what color my kid's eyes will turn? mind you there is a high ass chance that they'll be brown as brown is very dominant...but i've seen hazel, greenish, and on the rare occasion some sort of blue...wouldn't that me cool!?!?!
  • As for fat babies, i love fat babies! I love chub rolls in their thighs and arms, and I especially love round heads with double chins! Ok, so I won't be at the point of making my kid obese obviously, but it's not really a bad thing if the kid gets fat on breastmilk right?!
Finger and toe nails continue to grow.
Blood vessels start to develop in the lungs to prepare the baby for life outside the uterus. Your baby's blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.  Even though it is still way too soon for your baby to be born yet, the chance of survival without severe abnormalities is now 70% provided it is born in a hospital.

  • above appears to be reassuring! I'm kind of ready to have this kid like right NOW!
  • i continue to have this weird taste aversion to caesar salad dressing...not sure wtf is up with that as I love every single ingredient that goes into it. I gave it another chance a few days ago and it was just so freakin sick tasting. I hope this is not a forever thing...but no major loss to my life if it is...but still, i want to dip tater tots and pizza in caesar dressing! mmm mmm mmm
  • ive been sleeping AMAZING this week...sorry for those who have a problem! from what i've noticed, the baby doesn't even wake me up, or even really wakes up until I wake up and make squirmy movements in bed, and then I feel the kicks and nudges. I think this baby will be a heavy sleeper like me...i probably have to wake him up to feed! hahaha
  • i've been a little bit more winded this week when im doing any uphill I find myself doing a few pursed-lip breathing post activity. i'm quite sure this is normal so i'm not super worried
  • GUESS WHO'S COUGH IS GONE!!?? Thank the Lawd!!
  • TMI! I think my areola's have gotten a little darker and just a little bigger ..eesshh
  • I can definitely feel the weight gain in my legs this week at work and off work. Mind you, my awesome compression stockings and clogs make things GREAT, but i tried not wearing stockings on my night shift and I definitely don't wear stockings out and about- and my legs, well more specifically my knees are feeling tired. I'm doing some daily leg stretches and try to keep my flexibility up
  • it continues to be hard to in squat for somewhat long periods and squat to pick stuff up from the ground. weight + bad knees + tired legs + belly in the way
  • I find that my urgency to go to the bathroom isn't as crazy as it was before...awesome!
  • no cravings but there are some things that I want and if I don't get it..then no big deal, and if I do, then i'm so utterly satiated! The latest this week was: JJ Bean mocha shiver, a coke, and a snickers bar. Seriously, it sounds bad, but really, it doesn't really give an idea of what I actually feed the kid in utero haha
  • no linea negra
  • no new stretchmarks
  • no braxton hicks
  • sometimes I do feel a little pressure in the lower mid abdomen when i'm walking. maybe a gravity and weight thing...doesnt last long
  • i had a couple of baby dreams this week...nothing major or exciting though. Last week, I actually dreamt of my baby, and I felt it was a boy, and I was changing a diaper or figuring out how to change a diaper....yeah totally not exciting! Last nights dream, I was eating at a friend's house, who now lived at my old e.1st apartment, and I ate her chicken wings on the table...and remember thinking "the texture of this is kind of raw, but i'm sure she cooked it." so I ended up eating 3 or so chicken drumettes...and then she comes in, saying something like, "should we cook the chicken now." and I was like, WTF? Ive been eating them and I thought they were cooked? ..and then I proceeded to remember I was pregnant, and puked into the garbage can...and woke up kind in a mild pool of slober (no, i dont normal drool)...i thought i was puking in real life! LOL!! That definitely woke me up
  • i think there definitely is some truth to "baby brain" because Ive found that my mental faculties are definitely not as sharp as they used to be ...but not that i'm distracted by baby thoughts...i just think the bloodflow is not as optimized to the brain as much as before! I think either ive found myself to be tuned out, apathetic, ambivalent, and not really caring about much stuff unless it involves researching and buying baby stuff...then hell, i'm on the computer or my BB so far researching what/where/when so fast! LOL
  • If i do a lot of activities/walking during the day, at night, my back definitely is kind of achey. I'm been doing a lot of those cat stretches I see in the book...nothing really helps except sleeping on my awesome bed for the night!
  • currently Janine is 2 days OVERDUE! i'm still predicting girl for her
how is my life changing according to babycenter?

How your life's changing:

Are you rushing around trying to get to childbirth classes and prepare your baby's room while still taking care of all your other daily tasks? Make sure that you also continue to eat well and get plenty of rest. Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly, although it's probably still lower than it was before you got pregnant. (Typically, blood pressure falls toward the end of the first trimester, and it tends to reach a low at about 22 to 24 weeks.)
Preeclampsia — a serious disorder characterized by high blood pressure and protein in your urine — most often shows up after 37 weeks, but it can happen earlier so it's important to be aware of the warning signs of this condition. Call your caregiver if you have swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, more than slight swelling of your hands, excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, or rapid weight gain (more than 4 pounds in a week). With more severe preeclampsia, you may experience other symptoms. Let your caregiver know immediately if you have a severe or persistent headache, vision changes (including double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light, or temporary loss of vision), intense pain or tenderness in your upper abdomen, or vomiting.
If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why you may feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, as well as bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or hot compress might bring relief. (Some women, though, find cool compresses more comforting.) Try to maintain good posture during the day, avoid activities that require bending and twisting at the same time, take frequent breaks when sitting or standing, and sleep on your side with one or both knees bent with a pillow between your legs, using another pillow (or wedge) to support your abdomen.
  • this last paragraph definitely sounds like something that pertains to me

Baby Haul!

Sears baby days until Oct 30th!

  • thanks to Sears baby days, I managed to get some crib sheets, waterproof change pad, change pad cover, and some no-scratch mittens for 50% off! best prices i've seen from the Kushies and piccolo bambino brand in the last 6 months from the stores ive been watching
  • Gene's mom bought us some stuff from Toys R Us using our re-created baby registry! Thank you!
  • bought a 234pack of Pampers swaddlers from WalMart. I bought size 1's for approx. 16.7cents per diaper...from the online forums i've read, this is the target price per diaper one is to look for
  • my currently obsession is looking for the right breast pump for me.  Electric Vs. Manual. 
  • Electric:  negatives -- pricey, parts that are annoying to clean, motor may die.  positives -- faster, no manual labor
  • Manual:  negatives -- manual labor! who knows how good my let down will be, and how long it'll take to pump out 5oz. positives -- good price, quick set up with easy parts to clean, quiet
I'm definitely torn between the MEDELA Swing (Electric), and Harmony (manual).  I do know that i should probably get it closer to the date the baby is born as it'll be used almost for sure by myself....just a matter of when.  I do know that i should establish a latch and have the baby breastfeed for 3-4weeks before bottlefeeding...but I think I would still need the pump for those times of engorgement and it isn't feeding time yet, even if it's just to relieve the pressure.  The more milk that comes out, the more milk you produce.


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