Milestone Monday March 24, 2008- 140 Days to go!

I just found out some sad news about another woman who lost her baby last week. My thoughts are with you and your family. I can’t imagine the pain she is going through and I’m grateful for every “annoying” preggie symptom I’m experiencing that reassures me that Nibbler is still with us.

It’s been an eventful week on the home buying/packing front. The milestones are still happening despite all the other events taking place. Let’s dive in, shall we? 

Milestone 1: I just ate a Nacho Cheese Dorito and my eyes rolled back into my head with the pleasure of it. 

Milestone 2: Holy tired all the time, Batman! I remember having energy during my last pregnancy. Not so much with this one. You might even say I have no energy. Between the stress of the house and the toddler (who I can’t really classify as a toddler anymore) and the packing and the whole Easter thing, I was pooped last week. Everything whiped me out. I slept so much this weekend and I only packed up one room AND I didn’t even finish! My sweet wonderful husband whom I can’t thank enough is, for all intensive purposes, single handedly packing the house himself while I sleep. And he cooked dinner. And wrestled with the toddler/pre-schooler. He is the modern day father. He’s a saint and wonder wonderful man whom I can’t thank enough. As I already stated. Will somebody get him a freaking medal already? For crying out loud; what’s a guy gotta do to get some accolade around here? 

Milestone 3: I already mentioned I hate pooping. It’s true. It’s gotten to the point where I have to question the point of it. Other than the expelling of toxic waste from my system, is the pain really worth it? At least with labor pain there’s a baby at the end. We all know what’s at the end of constipation pain. It ain’t no baby.

~At this point I’d like to pose a question to you readers: Have I crossed the line of Too Much Information? If I have, let me know. I won’t stop with the graphic nature of my milestones, but I’ll at least give you some warning when one is coming. Pregnancy ain’t pretty and I’m not about to paint it as such.~ 

Milestone 4: Baby is kicking and moving around like crazy. I’m going to stop saying, “Oh! He kicked!” because chances are, he’s also moving something besides his foot in there. Last night I swear he did some crazy cheerleader move where he threw one foot out and the opposing arm up in a “Go team!” maneuver. I don’t know who he’s cheering for but I hope it’s Wisconsin as that’s who I got winning the big prize in this NCAA bracket thingie I just learned about and am now paying way more attention to than I ever thought I would. BUT the big milestone here is Matt finally felt the baby moving and was surprised at how strong it was. When he first felt J moving, it was a few weeks earlier and thus pretty gentle. This little stinker had been hiding from his daddy until he was strong enough to really make him proud. The smile on Matt’s face was worth the wait. 

Milestone 5: Found a box of Jaden’s baby-baby clothes (the really little stuff) and Matt and I both had our mushy reminiscing moments. Mine was over the teeniest pair of bowling style booties ever and his was over his favorite nightgown/sleeper sack thing. We’re going to keep both of those even though they’re very pink and not appropriate for a little boy (in our opinion) but we found a few uni-sex onsies and sleeper sacks and I got excited imagining another little bundle kicking around in them. 

Nibbler, we are so excited to have you coming into our lives. Daddy says you’re going to look like me. I think he’s flattering me so I’ll cross over onto his side for your name. OH! 

Milestone 6: We’ve narrowed it down to two names. No, you cannot know what they are. Both are great but personally, I’m not feeling either one is THE name. Matt is 100% behind one of them and we’ve gotten the votes from the god parents for that name as well. I just can’t let go of the other one yet. We’ve got time and I’m sure it’s going to be the first name that three out of four people agree on (which I’m totally ok with; I’m the one that put it on the list in the first place) I’m just not ready to commit to anything yet.  

Milestone 7: I just found out I’m at my halfway point! 140 days along and 140 days to go! Wow. That’s just blowing my mind and I don’t have much to day about it except “wow”. Seeing as it is the half way point, I’m going to include the full babycenter update (I usually exclude the “what’s happening in your life” part)

Your pregnancy: 20 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby’s head to her bottom — known as the “crown to rump” measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby’s legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)

A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)

Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that’s the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you’ll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).

How your life’s changing:

You’ve made it to the halfway mark — Congratulations! The top of your uterus is at the level of your belly button now, and you’ve likely gained about 10 pounds. Expect to gain an average of about another pound each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron for your developing baby and the placenta, and to keep up with your expanding blood volume. Iron-rich foods include lean red meat, poultry, fish, lentils and other legumes, spinach, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven’t already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one. Whether you’re a first-timer or a pro, you can benefit from a structured class that helps prepare you for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, all-day session. Ask your doctor or midwife for a recommendation. At 37 weeks, you’ll be considered full-term, so plan to be done with classes by then.
This Week’s Activity:

Treat yourself to something nice. You’ve made it to the halfway mark in your pregnancy, so celebrate with a little indulgence. Need some ideas?
• For your comfort, try scented soaps or candles, new pajamas, or a prenatal massage.
• For a keepsake, splurge on a piece of jewelry with your baby’s birthstone, professional pictures of your pregnant self, or a frame for your ultrasound pictures.
• To share with your baby, consider a favorite book from your childhood, a calming CD that you can listen to together, or something special for the nursery.
• To feel like a hot momma, buy yourself a piece of clothing that makes you feel really sexy or get a free makeover at a department store.

Does buying a house count as an indulgence? I’m thinking so. Oh, here’s the pics:

 Crazy how non-alien the baby looks now. I wonder if this is the same baby from the very beginning or if they take pictures of different babies?

 Baby Nibbler, Baby Boy, Baby. I’m thankful for you today. Thankful that you make your presence known continuously through out the day. I’ve gotten a little attached to you and couldn’t imagine not having you now. I picture you and your sister playing together or dressed up for the holidays or even fighting with eachother and I invision our family complete. We’re halfway to meeting you. It seems like such a long time to wait but at the same time, I can’t believe we’re almost there. Take care, little Nibbler, and I promise I’ll get you that damn hamburger you’ve been bugging me for all weekend at lunch today.



2 Responses

  1. So many things to say…
    #1) No chance that you are getting to “descriptive” …we DONT have to read it!
    #2) do you guys need BOXES??? I have a BUTTLOAD that i would LOVE to remove from my garage…just let me know!!!
    #3)HA…i saw the funniest episode of American Dad last night….Stan kidnaps a baby that his wife was carrying for their gay news anchor neighbors…as he is driving to Nebraska …because they aparently dont support gay parents…. he calls Francine and at one point says “I think this baby is slow, she just keeps staring at her hamburger”….baby was about 20 hours old!
    #4) Let me know if you need any help!!! Tyson and I could always come over and i could help while him and Jaden keep each other company!!
    #5) Your an awesome mom!

  2. bloop.

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