Friday, January 30, 2009

37 weeks! Baby is full term!

How your baby's growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.See what your baby looks like this week.

I go to Doc Wednesday so I'll be anxious to find out baby's station, my cervical effacement and if there's any dialation....I'll be keeping you posted!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

36 weeks! 22 Days to go!

How your baby's growing:Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.See what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

35 Weeks!

How your baby's growing:Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Kitchen remodel

This floor used to be carpet, and there was really old linoleum in the kitchen so now it is all wood laminate and I LOVE it! Dining area needs cleaned up as you can see, but we're still doing a few things like the bar you can see is wood, but today Jon is staining it a white to match the cabinets.
We traded tables with my mom so now we have a smaller table because we really don't get much use out of it as of now. The other table seated 6, but 4 will be plenty for our little family for now!

This is the bar I mentioned before...on the right. We'll put 2 bar stools on the dining room side when all done so that will be nice.

Dinner with Friends

We had a lovely night out Saturday with 5 other couples downtown Omaha. I really enjoyed seeing friends I hadn't spent time with in quite some time.

34 Weeks! 6 to go...

This is Kim and I at my baby shower. She's being induced Friday 1-16 and having a little girl so I'm so excited for her! A little girlfriend for our little man already :)

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How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Friday, January 2, 2009

7 Weeks to go!

We watched the Huskers win thankfully at our friends house who just had a baby boy Dec 8. He is pictured with me above. Poor guy didn't have any Husker gear so he had to wear a hawkeye jersey :) They actually live in Iowa so I guess it's normal...We look forward to our little boys having many play dates together in the future!

I'm so excited about this new year! So much to look forward to with a new child in our lives! I'll be working on my masters degree starting in June. It's all online and takes 19 months. In Nebraska you get paid about 5,000 more per year if you have a masters so as a teacher it's one way to go to make more $$$$ besides holding a part time job! My sister in Texas is getting married in July and I'm a bridesmaid so I'm very excited for that! I'm sure so much more will be happening but those are a few highlights that I am looking forward to!

Weekly update:

Your pregnancy: 33 weeks
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How your baby's growing:This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.See what your baby looks like this week.