Monday, November 29, 2010

30 Weeks - Time to Start the Countdown!

What's funny is the other day I was sitting on the couch looking down at my belly and I thought, "It's not as big as it needs to be - I feel kind of small." Then when I walked passed a mirror I about died laughing! What was I thinking? I'm huge! It's weird how I'm getting used to having such a big belly. I'm out of breath all the time and feel sick when I eat a full sized meal. None of that matters when Isaiah gets to kicking my ribs and hips - he's always reminding me why I'm so squished!

Now that we're 30 weeks, the countdown can begin! Only 10 weeks left! WOO HOO! We can't wait to meet our little man.

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision – which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Darren and I celebrated our last Thanksgiving with no kids (even though we joke that Grady is our first-born). We had a really good time - Darren worked but was home by 3 p.m. and my friend Dana came over to keep me company all day then her husband and his partner (who had to work) stopped by to eat. The food turned out really well and of course, I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted but we had a wonderful time!

Happy Thanksgiving to my 7 months pregnant belly!

Was the turkey hiding in there?

Turkey!!! YUMMY!

Then we geared up for Christmas....

And passed out from too much turkey!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Birthing Class: Night One

We started birthing class last night - it was pretty hysterical. I think I'm going to enjoy it. It's fun sitting in a room of women that are all due around my same due date - I'm small compared to some and big compared to others. That just proves that no two pregnancies are alike!

It was interesting for Darren and I to learn about all the anatomy changes my body is going through and also talk more about the scary preterm labor stuff (one thing I've noticed my doctor's don't go into too much detail about - probably so they don't scare me). At the very end we did relaxation and breathing. We cuddled up on the floor and took deep breaths. I really could've fallen asleep but Darren and I couldn't really keep a straight face because Isaiah would NOT stop moving! I mean crazy, alien movement. I think he liked the music or just wanted to know what the heck was going on. It's so distracting - gosh, I love him!

One thing the instructor reminded us about when we said our baby is active is "active in, active out." I have no doubt that we have an athlete on our hands. Isaiah is destined to throw a football, run some laps, and shoot a few hoops. After all, he practices every day and night in my belly. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

29 Weeks! Time to Get Things in Order!

We are 29 weeks and things are right on schedule! We had our checkup today - I've gained another 5 pounds (yay!) and Isaiah's heartbeat is still nice and strong. I'm also measuring right on schedule (29 cm for 29 weeks from pubic bone to top of the uterus). Maybe we have a due date baby!

We also found our pediatrician and I've got our hospital admission form in the mail. Birthing class starts tomorrow too - I'm really starting to feel prepared. All that's left is to wash Isaiah's clothes, make and freeze dinners, and get his car seat. Let's get this show on the road!

Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.

Monday, November 15, 2010

28 Weeks!

Hello Belly!

We are definitely growing over here! Both me and Isaiah. He's getting much bigger and stronger, especially in the last few days. He's actually been able to wake me up with his wiggles. Saturday night he even kicked so hard and strong he got Darren's attention when it hit his arm. I've also been more tired than usual but when I wake up in the middle of the night these days, I feel like I could stay awake a few hours before falling back asleep. I wonder if my body is preparing me for those sleepless nights...

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 open and close her eyes, which now sport lashes. This movement is more of a reflexive blink than a deliberate opening and closing, but it won't be long before she's batting those beauties at you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Nephews!

I love these little boys so much and miss them so much I could cry. Here are some pictures from my weekend home...

Washington Baby Shower

Here are some pictures from the baby shower in Washington - I really wish I took more! I did not do a good job taking pictures while in Washington. I think I was too distracted with emotions and all my favorite people. :O)
Jordan jersey from the Harris' - we've got a jock in the making!

Darren was very excited for this monkey and I loved the sign from the Franklin's.

Just SOME of the Cougar apparel we received.

Lovin' it!!!

Wyatt testing the books out.

My mom wrote the sweetest letter and read it out loud - I balled, of course!

Wyatt helping me open presents.

Gavin just chillin' out.

Work Baby Shower

A few weeks ago my work threw a baby shower for me (due in February) and Brittney (due this month). It was at Bucca di Beppos and it was a great time! :) Here are some pictures from the day...

Monday, November 8, 2010

27 Weeks! Helloooo 3rd Trimester!

We're 27 weeks and starting off the 3rd trimester and feeling good! More swollen than usual but less sore also. I just came back from Washington last night and I have say, flying while pregnant isn't any fun - only because there's no room to stretch, sleeping isn't really possible, and your circulation gets all funky from sitting and traveling. Then comes swelling! Holy moly! I got home last night with sausages for fingers and toes and my ankles were a little swollen too. I was also exhausted from the busy weekend so decided to stay home today to recover.

I had a great time in Washington - I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to but I spent a lot of time with my sisters and brother and nephews and brother-in-laws and mom and dad. I felt very emotional the whole time and did a lot of crying (of course). I just love and miss them so much! It's very hard being away from them but especially hard since the biggest event of my life is in the process of making his debut. I have to remind myself that living down in San Diego is only temporary and we'll be home to Washington before we know it but I sure have missed out and continue to miss out on all the happenings up there.

Gavin and Wyatt are totally different kids since I last saw them; Riley is practically a grown up; and I wish I could be there for my parents and other siblings with whatever they may be going through. With the holiday season quickly approaching, I'm counting down the days to eat some turkey, then spend Christmas with my parents and Riley in town, and then the arrival Mr. Isaiah Moss. :) THEN we will surely be making our way to home sweet home. I'm praying hard that it all goes well and that God agrees with my plan. :) Please keep us in your prayers. We want to go home!!! :)

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 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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

26 Weeks! Last Week of the 2nd Trimester

Check out that belly button! IT'S HUGE!

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 two to three days.

This week's update: tired and grouchy. I try to be nice but people get on my nerves much faster these days. It doesn't help that I'm tired - actually, that probably makes it worse. I'm starting to feel like I wake up on the wrong side of the bed every day. I also got my results from my first gestational diabetes test back - I failed. That just meant I had to go back and this time I had to fast for 12 hours, get my blood drawn, drink the sugar drink (much worse on an empty stomach), wait an hour, get my blood drawn, wait another hour, get my blood drawn, wait another hour, and get my blood drawn. Luckily I don't have an issue with blood or needles. We're still waiting on those results but I'm hoping I don't have GD. I mean, what pregnant lady wants to be denied pumpkin pie during the holidays?

On a happier note, Isaiah is still moving around a whole bunch and I can literally feel him getting bigger and stronger. He also loves his daddy - he responds to his voice more than anyone else. The other night, I was laying on the couch and Darren would say, "Hi, Isaiah - can you kick for me?" And BOOM he'd kick - he loves his daddy!