| Home | Donate | Blog | Contact | FAQ | Digi-Scrap Boutique | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram |

Friday, February 29, 2008

Week 28 (Month 7)

I had a dream last night about Eric! This is the first baby dream I have had since we found out the sex! In the dream he was a toddler and looked like Hub, he was smiling at me - it was the cutest thing EVER!

Eric now weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through my womb.

Our doula is very big on positive visualization, so each week at birthing class she has us do an art project. This week we did some artwork on the bump, Hub drew our family! It brought me tears of joy! Check it out below...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Week 27

Hub has been very sick this last week. He has had a fever and even stayed home from work - for those of you that know him, you know he NEVER gets sick and NEVER stays home from work (good thing he got that flu shot!) So I slept in the baby's room most of the week so I didn't get whatever he had.

I am super tired all the time and I've noticed my arms and legs fall asleep very easily now. Ninja Boy, on the other hand, is very active and stays awake for longer and longer periods of time practicing his ninja moves. This week he weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14.4 inches long with his legs extended. He can now open and close his eyes, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. He may suck his fingers. I put the below picture on my bulletin board so I can see him every day!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Week 26 (about 98 days to go!)

I had a somewhat coherent day this week! It was so nice to be able to think a little clearly, remember why I walked from one room to the next, and have the energy to vacuum the house AND make dinner! I miss the days of non-pregnancy brain!

I had a Dr appt on Tuesday and he said everything looks good. I officially gained one whole pound! Eric now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches from head to heel, about the size of an English hothouse cucumber. The nerve pathways in his ears are developing, which means his response to sounds is growing more consistent. I haven't noticed him responding to sound, but I have noticed his schedule of wake time vs. rest time. It goes in about hour or hour and a half increments. I will be sitting down to lunch and all of the sudden Ninja Boy is wiggling all over the place (he is most active on the right side of my abdomen)! :)

I've noticed it's getting harder and harder to see. Apparently this is a normal side effect of pregnancy. If I squint my eyes for any amount of time, I see spots when I stop squinting - I guess I better go find my glasses! The Dr said my blood pressure is fine, so the spots I'm seeing are not a sign of preeclampsia. YEA! My back seems a little achy lately, but that's pregnancy hormones too. They are loosening up my joints and ligaments for birth. Walking, standing, and sitting as well as bending, lifting, and laying down are all uncomfortable.

We got to hear some positive birth/labor stories at Child Birthing class this week, and that is always nice. If you have a positive experience to share, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me - I'd LOVE to hear it!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Week 25

Eric now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. His hair is now recognizable in color and texture! He wiggles around a lot now, sometimes I call him Ninja Boy because it feels like he is in there practicing his ninjutsu moves!

More scary movies and ice/water torture in birthing class, but our doula said something that kind stuck with me, she said imagine the worst pain you have ever had and how you dealt with it; now understand that what caused that pain was an outside source or trauma that your body had to heal from. Realize that labor is not an outside trauma, but something a woman's body was made to do, not something that is inflicted upon you and that your body is forced to heal from. I really like this philosophy. :)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Week 24 (Month 6)

Eric is now 1.25 pounds and is almost a foot long (the size of an ear of corn). His taste buds are developing! The top of my uterus is now an inch above my belly button, which means it's about the size of a soccer ball (hey, what happened to the fruit & veggies?)

It's taken until now for people to stop looking at me like they aren't sure if I am pregnant and start saying silly things to me about my pregnancy. I still haven't had any strangers touch my bump, but I hear that is soon to come. The checker guy at the grocery store commented on the cookies I bought, asking if my baby was hungry. The cookies were for Hub's work, but Eric did get a few!

Our birthing class teacher is a Doula (a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, and emotional support to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth), she showed us another scary movie and then had us put our hands (up to the wrists) in a giant bowl of ice and water. We had to leave our hands in the water for 1 minute. After my hand was in the freezing ice water for a few seconds I started to feel pain and it got worse and worse. The point was to simulate the pain of a contraction so that the ladies in the class could practice how to breath and our Husbands could practice how to talk us through it. We did this about 6 times (with different techniques) and our teacher says we will learn new techniques and continue practicing in this manner each class - yikes!!!