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27 Week Update

6/30/2017 – 27 Weeks

This week, baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, baby’s brain is very active now. Tiny rhythmic movements are probably the baby’s hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments.

We got to see baby again this week! Unfortunately, he wasn’t cooperative so the 4D was unable to get his face. Everything is looking good though and he continues to grow. He is currently in the 70th percentile. 

He got to hear fireworks this week for the Fourth of July! The auditory development for the sense of hearing still continues to progress as more network of nerves in the ears mature. He can hear sounds but these sounds are muffled by the creamy coating that is covering the ears. But he is still able to recognize voices and sounds. He woke up a little bit towards the end of the firework show after hearing the loud, muffled booming sounds.

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26 Week Update

6/23/2017 – 26 Weeks

Baby is almost 2 pounds now, which is to say, he weighs about as much as a pineapple. And at 14 inches from crown to foot, he’s just about as tall as a pineapple too (including the leaves at the top). The big news this week is that baby is “breathing” now—inhaling and exhaling your amniotic fluid—which is great practice for that first miraculous gulp of actual air. Another cool piece of news is that if baby were born right now, he’d have a very good chance of surviving with plenty of neonatal care. But we’re not going to dwell on any outcome like that. Full term, baby! Full term. Baby probably recognizes my voice by now and can be comforted or excited by it (which can be detected by baby’s heart rate).

With all the fun things going on (baby showers, weddings, maternity photos) during pregnancy, where is a gal to get these clothes. For work clothes, I found a lot of options at Motherhood Maternity. They have frequent sales, so try not to ever buy anything full priced! I’ve done a lot of online stuff as well as in store. They also had some bathing suit options and a great white dress for our maternity photos in a month. Also, I found that the outlet store carried the exact same clothing as the regular store and that they have the same promos. So don’t go out of your way to find an outlet if you have a regular store by you!

For dresses, I love Pink Blush! Again they have a ton of sales (20% off frequently and a whole sale section), so try to wait it out before buying full priced items. They have free shipping which says 6-11 business days, but usually it comes a lot faster. Returns are not free which stinks (you pay for shipping, unless its an exchange for size).

There are always your basic options like Old Navy and Target, but I find it harder to find sale items there. Old Navy also had limited sizing online. There hardest things to find have been activewear as they seem a little pricey for me. I bought some bottoms a size up, but they are baggy in the wrong places or don’t sit well. There are some great things that you can obviously still buy that aren’t “maternity”. The skirt in this week’s picture is from TJ Maxx and the shirt is from Old Navy.

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25 Week Update

6/16/2017 – 25 Weeks

Baby’s skin is getting a bit of color this week—not because of pigmentation, but because capillaries are forming and filling with blood. The little guy is plumping up a bit as well. He’s developing that adorable and squishy baby fat, and as a result, his skin is looking smoother and less wrinkly. His hair is even developing color now! Will it be blonde or brown?!! Also, my uterus is now the size of a volleyball! And it feels like a volleyball at times, as the little thumper inside me practices his serves, spikes, and dives.

At 24 weeks, we were supposed to have our 6 month appointment and glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. Since we were busy having fun in Indiana, the appointment was moved to today. I had to drink a “sugary” water drink and then have my blood drawn an hour after….stay tuned for the results! And the results were good…. no further testing needed 🙂

I made some headway on the nursery this week since we have gotten most of his bedding and decorative gifts now. It’s really fun to transform our boring guest room into this place that will become his. I know a lot of parents say the baby never actually sleeps in his room, but my plan is to have him not only sleeping in there, but hopefully sleeping through the night by 3 months. I’m sure you’re thinking “yeah, right… good luck with that”, and, of course, things never go as planned, but one can only hope.

I’ve been reading up before bed each night. It’s taking some time to get though the book because after a page or two, my eyes close on me. The book I chose is called: On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep. Mostly I am learning to establish a schedule to help with getting him to sleep (eat/wake/sleep routine). There is a lot of great information and advice in there. I tried to highlight some areas because I know that I will forget what exactly it says to do by the time the baby comes. There’s also a lot that I won’t use too, but it’s a good resource.

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24 week update

6/14/2017- 24 Weeks

If we could peek in on baby right now, we’d see that he is lean and wrinkly—with saggy skin that’s waiting to be filled out with a layer of fat. But even though your babe may be on the slim side, his face is formed enough for you to tell who he resembles. Baby has eyebrows, eyelashes, plus hair on his head, but there’s no telling yet whether he’ll be a blond, brunette, or something in-between, as he still doesn’t have any pigment to color those curls. Baby’s lungs are growing in sophistication as the “bronchial tree” develops, all in preparation for his first breath of air (or cry) on the big day.

We had a busy weekend… we flew into Chicago early on Thursday. After settling in with our bags and meeting up with Dad, we went to the lake. We got to float around on the boat., relax in the sun, and made ‘smores (baby asked for them). It was a nice and relaxing time. Friday, we headed back to Valpo and on Saturday, Andre and I went to Chicago for a good friend’s wedding. I was even able to dance around in heels! We had a great time.

We then had everyone at my mom’s on Sunday for our baby shower. Grandma, aunts, cousins, and good family friends all came over to celebrate with us. Baby was beyond spoiled by the gifts that we were given. We packed all these gifts to head back home to Tampa. I had two suitcases that were checked and the largest was 49.5 pounds (of the 50 pound max), but we made it with everything!! As soon as we got home, I couldn’t wait to wash his new clothes and start prepping his room. We still have a lot of time, but I just can’t wait to put him in these teeny tiny clothes! Here are some highlights from the weekend:

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At the lake

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Anna’s Wedding

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Missing Megan!

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Harvey checking out the new baby stuff.

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23 Week Update

6/3/2017- 23 Weeks

Baby is over one pound now! But he won’t be content weighing just 1 pound for long. He will double in weight over the next month. And then double again. And most likely will double his weight again in the months following. This week, baby’s sense of hearing is getting sharper. He’s rocking out to the soundtrack of your heart, and getting used to loud external sounds like a barking dog or police siren. Also, blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing.

Average weight gain at 23 weeks is 12-15 pounds. Every person is different though! At 23 weeks I am about 10 pounds heavier. Healthy eating and daily exercise is super important.

Here are the best types of exercise during pregnancy:

  • Swimming
  • Brisk walking
  • Indoor cycling
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Weight lifting

The doctor told me that if I did it before becoming pregnant, that I could continue to do it during pregnancy, but to not start anything new (such as cross fit). I have continued my workouts (stationary bike for cardio followed by weights), but decreased the amount of weight some. Fatigue was really present for me during the first trimester, so I just had to remind myself to keep moving.

Here are some of the best foods to consume during pregnancy:

  • Dairy products
  • Legumes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli and dark, leafy greens
  • Lean meat
  • Fish liver oil
  • Berries
  • Whole grains
  • Avocados
  • Dried fruit
  • Water, lots and lots of water!

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Week 22 update

May 28, 2017 – 22 Weeks

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 still lack pigment. If we could see inside my womb, we would be able to spot the fine hair that covers his body and the the 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.

The baby bump continues to grow and my clients and parents continue to talk about this growing belly. I saw a client the other day for another therapist who told me very seriously, “You like like your pregnant.” I thought kids were honest before, but now they really crack me up. I had another kiddo around 5 who asked me if I was pregnant. When I asked him why he thought that he stared at my tummy and got nervous to tell me the truth (haha). The rest of the people/kids just stare at me without comment.

We took a nice break at the beach this weekend. It was nice to take naps in the sand and swim in the water to cool off. I even got a maternity swim suit to cover this “bump”. I’ve been feeling well and still able to do most things like bending over, carrying laundry baskets up the stairs, etc, but I do notice it getting more difficult. Baby is busy kicking still which is nice reassurance that all is still going well in there. We won’t see the doctor again for a few more weeks.

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dress from Pink Blush

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21 Week Update

May 21, 2107 – 21 weeks

Baby is as long as a banana from crown to rump this week. And speaking of bananas, when I eat one baby may be tasting it as well. My amniotic fluid changes based on what I eat, and baby’s been gulping that fluid down! Full-term babies have been shown to swallow over a pint of amniotic fluid per day. Thirsty little guy! This fluid provides him with calories and nutrients. It also helps him practice swallowing and digesting.

Let’s talk about these eyes of mine. I’ve always had pretty good vision with the exception of the time I lied on the eye exam in 5th grade to get glasses because I thought they were cool. I eventually got glasses (For real) in college to help me see the board in class and driving at night. Recently though, I strain while watching TV and have noticed my glasses not seeming as strong anymore. I was about to go in for an eye exam and some new lenses but was glad I looked up information on pregnancy and vision. Apparently, your eye sight can change due to changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation. The minor vision changes appear to be temporary and now is not the best time to invest in new glasses or contacts. So for now, I will just have to wear my glasses a bite more often!

Funny that this week the baby is the size of a carrot (or banana depending where you read) and carrots are meant to help our vision, right? Here is this weeks bump update:

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