27 and (bonus!) 28 weeks!

Since I was out of town last week when I would normally post the weekly update, you get both weeks 27 and 28 rolled into one this time.  You’re welcome.

Here we go!

What’s going on this week (27):

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

What’s going on this week (28):

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – as of today, 82 days to go!  (Wow. That sounds…short.)  Also, we’ve now entered the 3rd trimester!

Weight Gain: +15 lbs from pre-preg weight.

Symptoms:  My belly really has made some impressive leaps and bounds in the last few weeks.  It shocks me when I catch a side glimpse of myself in the mirror…but I still love the way I look!  With the bigger size, comes a more noticeable ‘waddle,’ as they call it.  My feet are turning out as I walk and my goodness, it just feels so much better that way!

Cravings/Aversions:  Lisa and Meredith were right – the ice chewing/crunching is seriously addictive.  That’s what I want all the time.  A cold drink with crushed ice for constant chewing.  I know it’s bad for my teeth, and outside of pregnancy I don’t usually do it, so I’m not beating myself up for it for these few months, when it makes me so happy right now!

Sleep:  Not bad…I’m waking up about 2 times a night to pee, on average, which is annoying, but I was expecting it, so it’s bearable.  Plus, I am really lucky to have the ability to fall right back asleep with almost no effort, so it doesn’t seem to disrupt me too much, overall.  However, the maneuvering from one side to the other in bed is getting to be more and more challenging as the belly gets bigger and bigger.  It involves some heavy breathing and usually a pause in the midst of all the shifting to sort of catch my breath, before settling back down.  That part I could do without, if we’re being completely honest.  And, seriously, I would really, really love to sleep on my stomach.  Sometimes in the middle of the night, while I’m doing my flopping around from right to left and back again, I glare at Scott for a minute, when he is peacefully sacked out flat on his stomach.

I am loving:  My last ‘baby-free’ trip to see my parents was great!  Mom and I did lots of shopping, and we all did lots of eating.  And even squeezed in a short beach day.  The flights were nice and easy, and I met another pregnant girl in the Houston airport during my layover and we walked and talked together for a bit.  All in all, a good success.

I miss:  Mom and Dad.  The beach.  Sleeping on my stomach.  I think that about covers it.

Movement:  Excellent!  The trip to Jacksonville seemed to be the trigger time for more constant and active movement.  He seems to go to town with the kicking  the most when I lay down in bed at night, or when Scott and I settle in to watch a movie or TV.

Nursery progress:  No change since the last update, what with me being out of town and all.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I’ll get the nail holes in the walls spackled and covered and we can move on from there.

Exercise: Since I am home now when Scott gets home from work each day, we’ve gone out walking around the neighborhood some of the evenings, which I love…last night we went a bit farther than normal, and I think it might have been too much.  I took a couple of sit-down breaks during the walk when I felt like I needed too, but after we were back home my hips and back were aching, and it felt like a  little sciatica might have been kicking in.  I feel better today, if just a little tired, so I think it’s just a matter of getting used to how this extra weight feels on my body and keeping on exercising so I can build up my strength.

Looking forward to: Oddly enough, my GTT (glucose tolerance test) on Monday morning.  Most OB/GYNs have pregnant ladies come into the office, drink this super sugary glucose drink concoction and then wait for a hour and draw their blood to check for gestational diabetes.  My midwives, however, are the most awesome people ever, and they disagree with this method, as it can tend to give inaccurate results, and feel that a much more realistic testing method is to have me eat a big breakfast of (and she listed all this stuff specifically, so you’d better believe I was taking very careful notes since I am a rule-follower): pancakes (with syrup!), a glass of juice, eggs, potatoes of some sort, toast and a breakfast meat (sausage/bacon, etc).  Um…YES, PLEASE!  Then 2 hours from the time I finish eating, I have my appointment for them to draw my blood to see how my body handles all those sugars.  As you can well imagine, Scott was very put-off by the fact that he would just have to go in late to work that day in order to go out and have a huge breakfast with me.  It’s for my health!  And the baby’s heath!  For science! Pregnancy is hard on the dudes, I tell ya.  🙂

Belly Shot:

OK – two weeks worth of belly, just for you guys!

27 weeks

I don't know why I look so smug.

28 weeks


Sisters! And a whole heap of pictures.

Last week/weekend, Scott and I had a female invasion (until Josh arrived, that is)!  Lisa and Ada arrived on Wednesday and Ali and Grace showed up that same night a little later on.  I am so, so glad that my sisters and I get along so well as adults.  We truly love to hang out together, so an occasion to get together is always something to look forward to.

We hit it off!

This trip included a lot of firsts for Ada, who was only 11 weeks old at the time.   First plane rides, first swim, first wedding, and first bath in a bucket.  She is such a happy, adorable baby and won us all over!

She loved it!

Lisa, Ada, Ali, Grace and I did lots of shopping and even got in a pool trip while Ada slept at home with Scott on duty.  It was SO SO hot here during the visit (as it is every day all summer!) so the pool was such a nice escape.

Ali brought us a bunch of goodies for the baby and I’ll include those pictures on my next nursery update post, but included was a bassinet for us to have for when the baby arrives, and it worked out perfectly since Ada used it the whole time for sleeping and napping.  I think she might have been sad to leave it behind when she left.

Grace and I had the fun adventure of working together to clean up a blowout diaper while we were in a restaurant, and I was so impressed with how adept she is…I think she’s gotten a lot of baby practice with her nephew Tripp.  By the time I got Ada’s outfit unbuttoned, Grace already had the wipes and a fresh diaper out of the bag and ready to hand to me.  I think she’ll make a killing in a  few years bringing in the babysitting cash!

Josh arrived Friday night, and on Saturday morning early Ali and Grace had to leave, so not much overlap time there, but Saturday night we had a wedding to go to, and, you know?  It’s true what they say about everything taking longer with a baby.  Who knew?!  But, we all made it to the wedding, and everyone was dressed well, so it was a success.

Don’t you love how color coordinated Lisa and Josh are?  And Lisa made Ada’s dress!

This was practice for Scott and I.

After all the activity on Saturday, we were able to relax for a bit on Sunday and got in some gaming time in Scott’s recently revamped home arcade.  We had a bunch of games going at once and apparently, while possibly seizure-inducing, the lights and sounds of all those games at once is also a fantastic baby-sleep inducer.  But, before she fell asleep, Ada worked on her high-score on Pac-Man a bit.

Lisa also worked on her scores:

And then…Monday morning Lisa and Josh headed down into Austin to do some visiting and it was back to work, as usual, for Scott and I.  And we were sad.  BUT!  They are all coming back soon!  And even more of them! In September!  That’s only weeks away! I’m counting down.  🙂


26 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 98 days to go!  (Double digits!!)

Weight Gain: +12 lbs (from pre-preg weight).

Symptoms:  I’m having great hair lately…it’s not falling out constantly like normal and is nice and shiny.  It’s been nice to not have to constantly pluck it off my clothes all day long.

Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing…I don’t think I’m going to develop any dramatic aversions or anything this pregnancy.  No change here.

Sleep:  Still good! I just want more and more.

I am loving:  That we get to go pick up the crib and glider and ottoman!  Thankfully they didn’t take long at all to come in, so soon, they will be in the room.  Now, as to when we will actually put them together, I have no idea.

I miss:  All my visitors.  And especially Ada.  It was so nice having such a sweet and cuddly baby in the house.

Movement:  Good!  Even the midwife got her hand kicked during my appt this week!

Nursery progress:  I took some pictures of the piles of stuff that are currently in there, and the bassinet and cradle, but I’ll post those in a different post.

Exercise: I went to yoga this week, and we did a lot of relaxation, which was just what I needed given how hectic and stressful the week had been after dealing with all our visitors leaving and trying to get work as caught up and settled as possible before I started working from home.

Looking forward to: Getting the baby furniture and starting to work from home next week.  Yessssss!

Belly Shot:

Busy Bee

Work has been so, so busy lately, and what with family visiting and my packed social calendar (heh.), I just have not had the extra time to post anything other than the standard weekly update progress reports, and I know that can get kind of old after a while, with nothing else to break it up in between.  SO!  Here I am to announce that today marks the official ‘100 days left’ portion of this pregnancy.  After today, we’ll be in double-digit territory!

We have baby furniture on order, two (2!) baby showers in the works (how lucky are we, I ask you?), and the other day I went through the accumulated clothes that this baby already owns…and let’s just say, he won’t be going around naked, that’s for sure.  Everyone is very excited about this baby’s arrival, and I can’t help but feel so amazed that someone who is not even here yet, can have such a huge impact on so many people.

I mentioned before that my friend Kristi is throwing us a local shower here in Austin, and now also the ladies in Scott’s family have also offered to throw a shower in Houston for all the Houston family/friends!  The Austin shower will be on Sept 24th, and the Houston shower will be on Sept 3rd.   I sort of feel like I should start to see if I know anyone in Dallas and San Antonio that also needs to throw a shower, so that my tour of major cities of Texas will be complete.  🙂  Honestly, though, I am so excited for these get togethers with all my family and friends.  I don’t get to see everyone nearly enough, and if you offer me the chance to get to hang out and visit with them all, AND you serve me cake and punch, it’s pretty much the best thing I can think of.

I’ve got another post brewing for sometime in the next several days…sort of a recap of the visit Scott and I just had with some of my family, and there should be pictures included.  I know everyone loves pictures!  Also, I’ll include my most recent midwife appt update. (Spoiler: it went fine).

But for now…back to work!



25 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.


My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 105 days to go!

Weight Gain: +11 lbs (from pre-preg weight).

Symptoms:  Nothing new this week.  Magnesium supplement has helped the leg cramps, so I’m back to sleeping great!

Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing…I don’t think I’m going to develop any dramatic aversions or anything this pregnancy.

Sleep:  Still good!

I am loving:  Fun visiting with sisters, and nieces!  Lisa, Ada, Ali and Grace are all here and yesterday we shopped and shopped.  Today we’re slated for some pool time!  Josh arrives tonight so the fun continues!

I miss:  Winter?  Less than 100 degree days?

Movement:  The movement continues…it’s starting to be more and more noticeable where the baby is in my belly.  He seems to like hanging out on my right side, so it’s staying a little lopsided depending on where he is at the moment.  It’s neat to be able to push on the belly and actually feel something in there!

Nursery progress:  No real change, except that now there is a bassinet and cradle and in-bed sleeper in there (courtesy of Ali and Meredith) and lots more baby clothes (courtesy of Lisa and Mom.)  The cradle is one that my Dad made back when Meredith was born, and we are passing it through the family as babies are born.  It’s getting some good use.

Exercise: Nothing.  It was a really long busy week at work and I missed both Pilates and Yoga.  Only a couple more weeks till I’m down to part time and working from home, so these last weeks in the office are going go stay really hectic while I’m doing training and trying to clear up any old loose ends.  (This is my exact same update from last week and it still applies, so I’m leaving it here.)

Looking forward to: Swimming today and the wedding on Saturday.  And then my next midwife appointment on Tuesday.  (I think this is the last ‘monthly’ appointment and after this one I start going every 2 weeks.  EEEk!

Belly Shot: (I can really notice some growth in the last couple of weeks.  getting bigger!)

24 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.


My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 112 days to go!

Weight Gain: +11 lbs (from pre-preg weight).

Symptoms:  Nighttime leg cramps have begun.  I could do without those.  Thankfully I had a heads up from Lisa to take a magnesium supplement if I started having them, and so I tried it last night, and taadaa!  No cramps.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing I can think of.  Just food, food, food.

Sleep:  The 2 nights of leg cramps sucked, but we’re back to normal now, I think.  Zzzzzzzzz.

I am loving:  LISA AND ADA GET HERE IN 2 DAYS!  (If you don’t count the weekend or the day they get here.)  So, that would be Wednesday for those of you not well versed in our visit-countdown methods.

I miss:  I just sat here for a bit and tried to think of something, but really, I’ve got nothing.  I’m leading a pretty charmed life and I’ve got no complaints.

Movement:  The trend I notice is that I get some good baby-moving action once I sit down after being up and moving around for a while.  I can pretty much sit down and within a few minutes, the movements start.  Oh, and I have noticed that I have felt him moving around about 3 or 4 times now while I’ve been standing up.

Nursery progress:  About the same this week as last.  The closet is now almost cleared out, though.  It won’t be long now till there are some little clothes hanging up in there!

Exercise: Nothing.  It was a really long busy week at work and I missed both Pilates and Yoga.  Only a couple more weeks till I’m down to part time and working from home, so these last weeks in the office are going go stay really hectic while I’m doing training and trying to clear up any old loose ends.

Diet:  OK.  This is kind of a boring subject so I’m trying to think of something else more interesting to replace it….I’ll keep you posted.

Looking forward to: Baby cheeks to kiss!  Going to the pool!  Shopping with Lisa!

Belly Shot: I know we missed last week’s belly shot, but trust me, it wasn’t that great a picture of me.  So for week 23 I’ve posted instead a picture of the new shirt that Scott got me as a surprise.  (Also, not a great picture of me, but just focus on the cute shirt.)

Here’s week 24!  It was SO hot outside..maybe around 100, or upper nineties for sure.

I feel like I look awfully big for 24 weeks, but whatever. I'm growing an athlete in there!

23 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.


My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 119 days to go!

Weight Gain: +10 lbs (from pre-preg weight).

Symptoms:  Apparently I’m snoring more!

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream always sounds good.  If you ever are in an emergency situation and need to know what the current DQ Blizzard of the Month is, just ask me.  I stay on top of these things.

Sleep:  For me:  fine.  For Scott:  could be better (see above re: snoring).

I am loving:  The increased and stronger movements!

I miss:  Not absolutely having to take a bottle of water with me everywhere I go.  I mean, it’s probably a good habit to form, especially since I’m ALWAYS thirsty, but it’s just one more thing to remember on my way out the door.

Movement: Yes!  Getting stronger and more frequent.  I can regularly see my belly move from the outside now and it cracks me up every time.  So surreal!

Nursery progress:  The room is almost empty!  There are a couple of things still in it that will need to stay in there for a  bit longer, but it’s very close to me being able to start moving stuff into.  (Which I need to do in the next week or so, since I need to clear my piles out of the guest room for our upcoming visitors!)

Exercise: I feel like I’ve done a lot of errand-running lately, and aside from yoga and pilates, that’s about it.  I went to the mall today and 2 hours of forcing myself to walk slowly (so hard!) while shopping were all I could handle.  I had to take a break and sit down before heading out to the car.   (I admittedly was wearing bad shoes..no support..so I’m sure that contributed to the aching back.)

Diet:  Eh.  Could be better; could be worse.

Looking forward to: Getting to start setting stuff up in the baby’s room.  Which means digging through all the bags and piles of stuff I already have accumulated, and oohing and aahing over it all again.

Belly Shot: (tomorrow)

Cute Stuff

So, this weekend was full of projects and progress!  The baby’s room is *almost* all the way empty now.  Just a few more things to clear out and it will be paint touch-up time, and then I can go to town.  My little starter pile of baby stuff that was in a corner of the guest room has been growing and is quickly taking over one whole wall!  Granted, everything is still in bags and packaging, so once it is opened and organized it won’t seem like nearly as much, but for now it is staying as-is for easy transport to its forever home in the yellow room.

Scott was able to check another project off his list when we installed some shelves in his arcade room for display and storage purposes yesterday.   While I didn’t get up on the ladder, or do any drilling, I still say “we” since I was an active participant,  and handed him tools and peeled labels off the shelving pieces like nobody’s business.  Now that the shelves are up, the lingering things out of the baby’s room have their official place to be relocated to, so we’re in the home stretch!

In anticipation of the day when I can start putting the fun stuff in the room, I’ve made a couple of small, decorative (otherwise known as OH MAN BABY STUFF IS SO CUTE I CAN’T RESIST!) purchases. Well, this lamp wasn’t originally intended to go in the baby’s room, and isn’t technically ‘baby stuff’, but I have since decided it will be perfect in there, so just humor me.


We have a floating black shelf on the wall, right inside the door, and this lamp will be perfect sitting on it.  It’s a pretty dim light, so I think it will be great for going into the room at night and needing just a bit of light to see by without waking us, or the baby, up too much with the bright overhead light.  (Plus, it goes along with the trend I seem to have created of leaves, trees, and birds for the room.  Official colors yet to be determined, so the color palette may just end up being whatever we find that we like, we choose.)

And this was an Etsy purchase that was just too good to resist!  It’s an illustration that will need to be framed once it arrives (I think a white frame will be the best.)  Since the middle bird is pretty close (I’m hoping) to matching the color of the walls, it should look darn cute once it’s framed and hung up.

I’m getting closer and closer to the day that I start to work from home, and I’m really looking forward at getting to work on some of the sewing ideas I’ve had knocking around in my head for a while.  I’ll keep you updated on my progress! (unless I really flub something up…in that case I’m not telling anyone.)

Also, in case anyone wanted an update – our new sprinkler system is FAN-tastic and already the grass is looking so green and fluffy!  Several shoots have already started creeping into the barren areas, much faster than I was anticipating, so I think within just a couple more months, it should be well on its way.


22 weeks!

What’s going on this week:

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.


My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 126 days to go!

Weight Gain: +9 lbs (from pre-preg weight).

Symptoms:  Not much this week, I don’t think.  Relatively calm!

Cravings/Aversions: I think I need to start cutting back on my portion sizes.  Food just tastes really good, but it’s hard to breathe when I’m so full!

Sleep:  I’m feeling lucky because so many things about this pregnancy have been really easy, and the fact that my sleep, so far, has remained just as awesome as normal, is right at the top of that list.  I really hope this baby inherits Scott’s math skills and my sleep habits.

I am loving:  The couch.  It’s so comfy.  Although hard to get off of without some rocking back and forth momentum.

I miss:  Still nothing that I can think of.  Well, maybe the only thing is that I need to find a dress to wear to a wedding soon, and all the regular dresses that are in stores right now are so cute, but the maternity selection is pretty limited.  Bummer.

Movement: More frequent and more distinct.  The other night I rolled from my side to lay on my back a few minutes and I felt about 4 good thumps right in the middle of my belly – I could feel them just fine from the outside even – nice and strong!  But no more like that since then…so I’ll keep waiting.

Nursery progress:  About the same…Scott is taking some days off from the crazy ‘cleaning up and out’ schedule, but is already planning on getting back to it.

Exercise: We walked around Babies R Us for about an hour tonight making our registry.  That counts, right?

Diet:  Not bad.  At my midwife appt this week, I told her I was feeling bad since I wasn’t taking in very many of the ‘dark green leafy vegetables’ we all hear touted so much.  She reassured me that I didn’t have to each broccoli everyday, and that the variety of other colored veggies I was eating was excellent.  So I felt redeemed.

Looking forward to: Lisa and Josh and Ada coming to visit very soon!!  We’ve got some pool time planned.

Belly Shot:

A few days late...

This and that….

I had another midwife appointment today and all was good.  Urine checked out fine, baby’s heartbeat was 148 bpm, my fundal height was measuring at 25 cm (I’ll be 22 weeks along on Friday, so baby boy has done some pretty decent growing over the last couple of weeks!), and my weight officially clocked in at 10 lbs up from my starting weight.  My BP was a little high (136/60), but they didn’t seem concerned.  I told them I had still been checking it periodically at home and it was always nice and low, so they were OK with that.

The word is now official that I will begin working part-time hours from home starting at the beginning of August.  This is excellent for so many reasons:

-I’ll still have a bit of money coming in

-I won’t have to make the 25 minute drive to the office 2 times a day (saving me on gas money and eating out lunch money!)

-My workload is going to drop significantly and I’ll be mostly doing behind the scenes, low-stress reports and invoicing, etc.

-I’ll have plenty of time to exercise when want to, take it easy if I need to, nest to my heart’s content and just generally prepare for the upcoming changes.

All in all, I am SO thrilled that my company is making this exception for me – I feel very lucky!  It is not their policy to allow people to work from home, so that they think enough of me as an employee to even want to keep me on part time AND allow me to do it from home means alot.

In other news, Scott and I took advantage of the blazing sun this weekend and went for a nice long walk  at the park (about 4 miles in all).  It was really quite hot, and we largely overestimated the amount of shade that the trail offered, so we both got a bit more sun than intended, but still we had a great time hanging out together.  We had planned to stop at a park along the trail to lay in the sun for a bit, so I wore my new maternity bating suit that is just so darn cute!  I wore the top with some yoga pants for the walking portion, since I thought it would seem really strange for me to just walk the whole trail in just a bathing suit and tennis shoes.

My posture looks bad, but the bathing suit is cute!

We wore ourselves out and were very happy to get back into the truck with some AC blowing full blast.  Once we got home we got cleaned up and went to do the grocery shopping, and by the time were were finishing up with that,  my back was hurting and I was so tired that we headed on home, and once I got the groceries put away, Scott ordered me to the couch, brought me a drink and made dinner, made some tea (my favorite!) and cleaned up the kitchen while I watched some Law & Order.  I know he was exhausted himself and just wanted to sit down, but he handled things without a peep.  He’s pretty awesome like that.






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