Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Week 30--Changes and Developments

Welcome to week 30 of our baby's development. Yesterday was a pretty crazy day with the ultrasound surprise, and this morning I got a call from my Dr. office that said that the due date interpreted from the ultrasound was February 21!! Despite all of that, I'm going to stick with my original due date, and if he/she comes earlier, then great!! I guess though that this means I'm back to having to use he/she and the baby to explain things since we really don't know what to expect! Now that I've got that out there, on with the show!! This week there are a few developments still being made:
  • The baby's head is getting larger.
  • The early lanugo is disappearing. There are still patches on the back and shoulders.
  • The eyelids open and close. But usually the baby should have its eyes open and looking around.
  • The bone marrow is now responsible for making red blood cells.
So that's what's new this week. Sorry it's short today, but I'm still pretty freaked out after yesterday!! Who knew that we would become less sure of what we were having and even WHEN we were going to have it as the time got closer. Ugh!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Ultrasound #3---Utter confusion

So today has been a SUPER crazy day for us. We went in for our 3rd ultrasound and my were we surprised. We went in expected only to see some growth in our baby girl...but found one that we definitely were NOT expecting....a potential penis! That's right, my daughter may be my son. We're REALLY confused and not sure what to expect now, so we're back to not really knowing what the sex of the baby is for sure. Damn the confusion. I'm very glad that most of what I have got so far is pretty neutral, and it looks like it will stay that way until our little one arrives. My cousin is also planning a baby shower for the end of January, but I'll post more on that when I know anything else. I'm ready for bed now because it's been a CRAZY day.

Ahh the confusion

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Week 29--Developments and Changes

Wow..29 weeks!! It seems like only yesterday I was peeing on a stick for the third time in utter disbelief. And now Christmas is literally days away. It's amazing how time flies sometimes. I got myself graduated, so that's one more thing off my list. We're in the homeward stretch!! Now for the important stuff. This week there is still growing and developing happening:
  • The baby will be able to turn her head to find the source of a bright light and is continuing to become more sensitive to sounds, tastes, and smells.
  • The fat layers will continue to form.
  • The head is in proportion to the rest of the body.
  • The eyes can move in the sockets.
  • The bones are fully developed, but they are still soft and pliable.
  • She will also begin to store iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Tomorrow we head back west to see the family, and then on Monday we have our "final" ultrasound so we can check where the baby is and make sure everything looks good. I'm super excited. So I'll have another update for you on Monday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Week 28 -- Developments and Changes

Week 28. Oh how fast time goes. Finals week is almost over and graduation is approaching, which gives me little time to think about all the great things that the baby is accomplishing this week. While I am putting on my cap and gown, she will continue growing and stretching, not to mention:
  • Brain tissue continuing to develop
  • The folds and grooves of her brain will continue to develop and expand
  • Her very first dreams can begin
  • She'll be blinking and batting those newly present eyelashes.
  • Eyebrows are present...unless she looks like me..then they'll be nearly invisible forever.
  • gaining more and more body fat, while increasing her muscle tone
She's working out in there in order to be a healthy baby once she comes out of there. Let's just hope she behaves well while I finish up my finals, graduate, and finish (err...maybe start) my Christmas shopping! Our next Dr. appointment is December 23rd and then we will schedule the next ultrasound. That's what's happening in our neck of the woods. Let us know how you are all doing!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Week 27--Developments and Changes

Welcome to the 3rd and final trimester of this thing we call pregnancy! So far I have loved nearly every moment of this trip, and can't believe we're getting so very close to the end already. The baby is moving more and more, and is definitely getting stronger. The muscles should be developed enough now to allow her to suck her thumb, and do other small refined movements. Other developments this week:
  • The network of nerves to the ear is completed
  • The baby takes some practice breaths to strengthen the lungs
  • Eyelids begin to open, and the retinas begin to form
  • She may be also able to recognize me and Seth's voices. How cool is that??
So that's about all I have this week. Sorry to cut things short, but it's finals week so I have a TON of stuff on my plate. Have a great week!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 3 Dr. Appointment

So this morning I went to the Dr. Poor Seth is at home sick, so I drug Ashley out of bed and made her go with me. It was nothing too exciting as usual. They weighed me and I lost 2 pounds (booyah Thanksgiving!!), took my blood pressure (good), measured my belly (which was perfect), took my blood sugar (good), and then let Ashley listen to the heart beat. The next appointment will be 12/23/08 so we'll check in on her again right before Christmas. They said that at the next one they will probably schedule one last ultrasound to check in on her size and development for the last time. I can't believe how close we are getting to the end already!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Week 26--Developments and Changes

Wow. We're already at week 26, meaning next week will be the beginning of the 3rd and final trimester!! I can't believe we've made it this far this quickly. During week 26 there are not too many developments, which seems to be the pattern from this point on. Our little one will continue to put on weight and look more like a "normal" baby. Her retinas will also continue to develop, so she's in there looking around and blinking, between her naps of course. Speaking of naps, I could really use one for sure!! I'm really tired, but school will be finished in just over 2 weeks so hopefully I'll have a little time to relax after that (haha, yeah right). Other changes that should be happening in there:
  • The baby will begin to make breathing movements
  • She will be able to respond to touch
That means that even though Seth is constantly telling me I'm going to dent our poor baby from poking her, she may actually start to poke back! How exciting. Also, now that she can see, people say that if you put a flash light to your belly, she may respond. I may have to try that one out tonight after we get home. Tomorrow we have another Dr. appointment as well, so I will try to update you on everything then.