Well, I was back at the doctor again this morning. This time for a regular check-up and my glucose tolerance test.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I just got to see one of my best girlfriends who lives in Chicago and has an AMAZING and ADORABLE two-month-old baby boy (who is TOTALLY betrothed to our baby girl).
It was nice to see her for obvious reasons, but I got two added bonuses. First, I got to see how Cleo and MoJo would react to a baby in the house. Cleo came right over and sniffed from a distance, then sat down in front of me, smiling away. Then, whenever the baby cried, she would run over, like "Why aren't you taking care of that baby? Can't you hear him crying?" and look very concerned until the baby stopped crying. She was SO good and polite and didn't try to lick the baby or eat his adorable feet (even though *I* tried to eat his little feet and cheeks). MoJo came over after a little while and also gave the baby a sniff from a safe distance. He gave me a look with big, wide eyes, but then busied himself with sniffing the carseat. But, they both seemed very comfortable with the baby being there, and were definitely not freaked out or scared or territorial (which I knew would not be a problem with Cleo, but you never know with Prince MoJo! He is a little sassy!).
Also, I got to take sweet pictures of Jeremy hanging out with the baby.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
She's also growing more hair, and if we could see it, we'd now be able to discern its color and texture! Her adult tooth buds are also developing up above her baby teeth buds in her gums. The baby’s nostrils (which until now have been plugged) begin to open this week. By today, blood vessels will have developed in the lungs. After birth, these vessels will allow blood to flow through the lungs to intercept oxygen and circulate it to her tissues. The amniotic fluid (all six gallons of it) is also being removed and replaced by my system EVERY THREE HOURS! Yikes!
The baby continues to practice reflex movements, and by now, she has developed the startle reflex, meaning she might jump when she hears loud noises outside the womb. Jeremy said he would be more careful from now on! :)
Jeremy and I did some planning in the nursery today. We had some high hopes that we might not be living in this city or this house when the baby came, but we got some good news the other day that Jeremy got another job at the Henry Ford Museum, so we will be here for a little while longer at least. So, we started the process of changing the room next to ours from the workout/storage room into a nursery and talked about what we will have to do to make it work.
There are a few problems, like PANELING on the walls, which we probably can't paint pink because we are renting, and the fact that there is NO CLOSET. However, there is an entry to a flight of stairs that leads to the attic, so I am going to buy two tension rods today -- one for baby clothes and one to go behind it with a white curtain to make a fake back wall of a closet. Genius, right? And, the room is actually ivory on the top half of the walls and lavender on the bottom half (because the homeowner was going for "neutral" ...?) so if I just do pink bedding and pink accents, I think it can work. Anyway, I know we could have MUCH WORSE options for a room to put the baby in, and like Jeremy said today, it is not like we are putting her in our horrific "Silence of the Lambs" basement. So, parents of the year, right? :)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Today I had a doctor's appointment where I basically just checked in, got my blood pressure checked (108 over 68!), got my belly measured (looks good), and heard the heartbeat (sounds awesome!).
The doctor assured me that the nose bleeds are still normal and aren't a sign of something bad (no worries, mom!) and was glad to hear that I have no swelling my feet or ankles now that I got rid of that pair of shoes. So, all is well.
I also set up an appointment for my glucose tolerance test for a little less than two weeks from today. I am certainly not looking forward to it after all the stories I have heard, but I will be glad when it is over and the results are good!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I was getting a bit sick of the swollen feet and ankles at the end of work days, so I decided to conduct a little experiment. I generally wear the same pair of black shoes to work every day because they are fancy enough to go with my suits AND make a clicky sound, but they have a low baby wedge heel that is really nothing and they are almost flats, so they are comfortable enough to walk around in all day.
This week, I wore a cute pair of flats on Monday that are not QUITE as dressy and don't match most of my work clothes, but are insanely comfortable. When I got home from work at 6:30 -- NO SWELLING.
On Tuesday, I wore another pair of super-comfortable flats that could PROBABLY be worn with most of my work clothes without people raising eyebrows, but they are a little outdated because they have a rounded toe. When I got home from work at 6:30 -- NO SWELLING.
On Wednesday, I wore my go-to cute black shoes. When I checked my feet before my 4:00 class started -- OUTRAGEOUS SWELLING. When I got home -- EVEN WORSE SWELLING.
Now, I am no scientist, but I think I have got myself a little formula here: Don't wear the black shoes that are beautiful and match all my work clothes. Sad. But YAY to maybe less swelling and grossness in the future!
And some people were telling my I wasn't eating healthy enough and that was the reason for my swelling punishment. Take that!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Some people might not count it, but I am counting this as my first Mother's Day. :) AND, some other people agreed!
My mom got me this cute plant:
Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Jeremy has been sad lately that he can't feel the baby kick. I think part of it is he doesn't really know what he is trying to feel, but most of the time I can't even feel her kicks just by touching my belly. I have been pretty down about it too, because he really wants to feel it and I really want him to share it.
Anyway, I have been pretty sure that the kicks were getting stronger, and for the past couple of days she has even been kicking me really early in the morning (she used to sleep in until about noon!) and I even thought I SAW my belly move from big kicks, but it was always out of the corner of my eye. Tonight, however, I FOR SURE saw my belly moving from her kicks!! I put my hand where she was kicking, and sure enough, I could feel it. Of COURSE, Jeremy is gone and won't be home until tomorrow night! :( But hopefully she will practice until he gets home and he can get a show right away.
Today is 24 weeks. The baby is probably a little more than a pound and could be as long as 12 inches from head to toe! The baby probably gained about six ounces in this past week, and will gain six ounces every week for the next three weeks.
Also, oddly enough, my nose bleeds are back. I woke up this morning with blood dripping onto my pillow case! I am not worried, however, since my blood pressure is fantastic and my nose and sinuses have been hurting this entire pregnancy. I assume it is just the same swelling and easily broken blood vessels. Annoying, though!
Today, Jeremy is gone on his annual 3-day baseball adventure with his brothers and cousins, and I am off to my baby sister Victoria's graduation (if you see her or talk to her, be sure to congratulate her on her BFA in Graphic Design!). This is my first public foray in a maternity dress! Yikes! Wish me luck! :)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I am falling a little behind in presents, here.
Way back on my birthday, my wonderful mother-in-law gave me this sweet statue:
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Today is 23 weeks, and that means that the baby is embarking on a weight-gain extravaganza over the next four weeks. Today she is probably a little over 11 inches in length and a little over a pound, but in the next four weeks she will more than double in weight! YAY, but ... she already seems to be taking up a lot of room, so ... we'll see.