Luca is 2 months old! He weighs 13 pounds, 2 ounces and is 24 inches long!
He celebrated mommy’s 29th birthday, had his Aunt Megan and Uncle Ryan come visit, and enjoyed the last month of having mommy and daddy home with him. He celebrated his first Thanksgiving as well! He’s beginning to smile, doing lots of tummy time, and spending many hours asleep still. He has lots of baby acne (from my milk), and some cradle cap. He also had some breast feeding jaundice. Nothing to worry about and all will pass with time! We’ve started to venture out a little bit more and can definitely do so now that we have our 2 month shots!!!
January 20, 2017 seemed like a typical Friday. Fridays in our house usually consist of Colleen preparing a charcuterie assortment with wine poured waiting for me when I get home from work. She knows what time I am coming home as she texts me and asks when I am coming. This day was very typical. She texted me, and I told her I was on the way. When I walked in the front door, she asked me to come in the kitchen which too is very typical. This time, there wasn’t charcuterie or wine poured, there was a onesie, a “coolest dad ever sign”, a pink cupcake and a blue cupcake, and a positive pregnancy test. Colleen recorded my reaction to the card she handed me which was a combination of awe, excitement, happiness, and joy. I was going to be a dad, and couldn’t have been happier.
The next 9 months really went by fast. Colleen has been a trooper and overall has had an easy pregnancy compared to the horror stories we have heard from others. We made it a point to work out 3-4 times a week together. The looks she gets at the gym are priceless, as people cannot believe a pregnant woman is working out, but I love it, and just goes to show how determined Colleen is, and indicative of what a dedicated mother she will be. We made it a point to maintain our lifestyle; minus Colleen having wine of course 🙂 . We went out often, had dinners with friends, and stayed active. One thing that really surprised me about the over all process is how much your pregnancy is a part of society. People feel compelled to come up to you and ask you if you are “due any day” at 6 months, ask to feel your belly or simply just walk up and start touching, which has actually happened to Colleen! It has been a journey and was exciting to finally start to see the little guy kick, and move, and swim.
Now, we are at September 28, 1 day before his due date, and Colleen went to the Doctor who said “it’s time”. She is getting induced tonight at 7pm and he will likely come tomorrow! Now that the day is here, I can’t wait to meet the little guy and raise him to be a great human. I know I have a fantastic partner to embark on this next chapter of our lives, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. There are many emotions that are taking place right now, but most of all, excitement. Next time you hear from us we will be Lama Table for 3! 4 including Harvey if we go to a dog friendly restaurant but 3 most of the time! 😉
9/15/2017 – 38 Weeks
All systems go! Baby is ready for life on the outside now. His organs are mature, with the lungs having produced “surfactant,” which keeps the air sacks open during exhalation, making breathing effortless for baby like it is for you. Appearance-wise, baby continues to shed the “lanugo,” or body hair, along with some of the vernix on her skin. This shed material goes into the amniotic fluid, which in turn goes into baby, which in turn will go into a diaper sometime soon as meconium, the tarry black poop baby has for the first week or so. On average, the baby could weigh in at almost 7 pounds now, and is 19.5 inches long.
We have been busy trying to do all the things we may not be able to do for a while with this little man on his way. We had a nice dinner Friday night, just the two of us. Sunday, we went to a Bears vs. Buccaneers game. I was excited for the game, but wanted to also plan ahead considering walking long distance and heat are both hard for me. I tried to find a fan that I could take into the game with me, but they had a clear bag rule and I wasn’t sure that they would let me bring it in/ the fan I have didn’t fit in my wristlet. I also made sure to find a parking lot nice and close to the stadium. I called ahead to see what our best options were. They have golf carts that take people from the ADA lots, but I found a lot even closer that wouldn’t require a cart. We got there about an hour before the game and had a nice, close parking spot. They offered to let me use the elevators as well which was nice. However, they had an escalator right at the entrance, sow e just used that. I made sure to drink tons of water while there, too. Luckily, our seats got in the shade within 20 minutes of the game starting, which made sitting there so much nicer. I only had to take a few bathroom breaks which was good because we had some stairs to climb to get to our seats. I made it to the middle of the 4th quarter (my goal was to make it to at least half time!) The bears were terrible and lost the game, but Andre and I had an awesome time. I got so many sympathetic, feel-bad-for-you looks from people which was funny to me. One woman even told me how sorry she felt for me. I laughed and told her that coming to the game was my idea, so there was no reason to “feel bad for me” (other than my team losing!!!)
Here are some pictures from this weekend:
9/8/2017 – 37 Weeks
Years ago, the medical world would have considered baby to be “full term” this week. But “full term” now falls between weeks 39 and 41. Still, if baby were born this week, he would most likely thrive. Plus, you could probably still have a natural delivery at this point! But let’s get back to baby. He is 19 inches long and more than 6.3 pounds on average, and still gaining about an ounce each day. Baby continues to plump up, with fat accumulating in all the right areas to make him perfectly squishy—just in time for his birth day.
We had a very busy week preparing for what was supposed to be a category 4-5 hurricane coming to Tampa. We bought a lot of non-perishable foods, got water, filled up with gas, filled sandbags, etc. We moved around a lot in the house in case of flooding or if any windows were broken from anything flying around in the wind we expected to get. Thankfully, the hurricane was just a 1-2 by the time it got to us, there was no flooding, and our home had no damage!
I had learned the week before that dropping in barometric pressure could cause a woman to go into labor. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck somewhere and to have baby Lama on his way. We heard about women having babies on the bathroom floor at home and in shelters so I am really glad that wasn’t me! We are hoping for a little more of a relaxing week this coming week as we prepare for the arrival of this baby!
One thing that I have learned through this process is that you worry WAY more than ever before!! From the first trimester worrying something will happen to the little guy, to genetic screenings, diagnoses that aren’t that big of a deal, and so on. Even driving makes me more nervous because I have someone else in the car with me! There are so many things that can go wrong in pregnancy, but the good thing is, is that most of them (for us) are no big deal! We learned about what circumvallate placenta is (fetal membranes “double back” on the fetal side around the edge of the placenta), gestational thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), low B12, gestational anemia, and much more. Each time a new topic was brought up or discovered, it appeared scary and a little nerve-racking, but in the end, both the baby and I are healthy. We are so lucky and grateful that things have gone smoothly for us.