Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Here are a few fun facts about the baby's development this week:
-- He weighs in at over 4 pounds and measures roughly 18-19 inches in length or more!
-- The baby is steadily gaining weight during pregnancy at 33 weeks. For the remainder of the pregnancy he will continue to put on weight.
-- The amniotic fluid surrounding the baby will reach its highest level during pregnancy week 33, then decline somewhat as he continues to grow larger.
-- During pregnancy week 33 and beyond a baby's brain is working hard at maturing. This week the baby's head will increase in size by as much as 2/8 of an inch due to rapid brain growth and maturity.
--His skin will also start transforming into a more pink color as he starts to add fat to his body.
On the mommy front, it's very common to have difficulty sleeping, begin waddling at this stage and also bump into things, so sounds like I'm right on track as well.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here's a brief snippet of the gazillion thoughts that ran through my head: What if the baby comes early? Our crib mattress still has plastic wrap on it! But if I wash the sheets and set up the bed now and he comes on time, everything will be dusty come September. Should I go ahead and set it up, then rewash everything if I need to.....and on and on and on.
Yes, I realize I've lost it. But luckily my mom came over Sunday and helped me regain a little bit of sanity. We unpacked all the gift bags and sorted everything, washed loads of adorable miniature clothes, and began organizing the room.
There are still plenty of finishing touches to be done, but at least the room could function as an acceptable nursery should the baby come early. What is it about moms that make them know just what you need right when you need it?
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
We were sitting in the class all of 25 seconds when Michael asked, "Is it okay to be the class clown?" Luckily we were seated next to what would become the other ornery couple in the class so it was good company.
The room was full of about 26 people which consisted of first-time parents/couples like us, one knocked up teenager with her mom and another married couple that also brought along the maternal grandmother-to-be.
We kicked things off in style by watching a video depicting the stages of labor. For some reason this video featured labor and delivery of women who were completely naked. Our instructor was quick to point out that our hospital's policy includes gowns, but the damage was done.
Michael's take-away from the video was the surprising cottage cheese-like substance that the baby is coated in at birth. After the video we went through several other exercises which seemed cheesy in nature (luckily not the cottage cheese type). Suffice it to say, we quickly learned which participants were the avid pregnancy researchers and question askers. (Note to self: I doubt they would appreciate our video commentary so choose seats accordingly in future sessions)
The class concluded with some breathing and relaxation techniques. The instructor turned down the lights, played a soft CD of nature sounds and talked us through random visuals to help us relax. The couple next to us was having an extremely difficult time suppressing their laughter which was a bit contagious, but we held it together. Part of the teacher's script actually included one of my favorite lines from the movie Office Space..."deeper and deeper, way down..." when the shrink is trying to hypnotize the main character. But I digress...
We survived week one without getting kicked out or scolded so I consider that a success. I was also able to size up (pardon the pun) the other pregnant women who are due within days of me and I have to say it was a psychological boost to see their swelling and weight gain compared to mine. Fingers crossed this continues at next week's session.