Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Belly Progression

In honor of being in the last month, I thought I should probably show a quick snapshot of how my belly has changed and grown over the course of the pregnancy.  It is really hysterical to look back at the early pictures where I was so proud that I was finally "showing", and to realize now that I had no idea what was to come!  


12 weeks
 
14 weeks

16 weeks

18 weeks

20 weeks

25 weeks

29 weeks      




  
30 weeks

33 weeks - and yes, same dress :)
36, almost 37 weeks

Less than a month to go!

Week 36

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week

How Far Along: 36 weeks


Fruit/Veggie: A crenshaw melon - over 18.5 inches long head to toe and weighs almost 6 pounds.

Baby changes:  She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.  At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.

The layer of fat your baby has rapidly been putting on has now rounded out her face. Her sucking muscles, which are quite powerful, have also finished developing now, and are ready for their first real feeding -- your baby's going to be hungry soon after she arrives.


Best Moment this Week: This was another shower-filled weekend for me, except I was hosting instead!  I spent the weekend at Lake Conroe celebrating my sweet friend Heidi and her upcoming wedding in October.  We had a really fun girls weekend that involved lots of food and pool time.

We went last week and did a quick ultrasound to see how she is positioned.  She's head down and facing backwards, which means she is ready!  No other substantial progress...now we just wait to see when she wants to arrive.


Gender: Clara Jacqueline

Movement: I still feel her a lot, and it's fun now that we know she is head down because I can tell for sure if it's a leg or an arm.

Food Cravings: Still the same, nothing too exciting.  I do feel like I'm getting a lot hungrier again.

What I Miss: Running, wine, being able to keep up when I walk with people, clothes fitting. 

Sleep: About the same, getting more uncomfortable and restless.  It takes a lot more effort to roll over!

What I am looking forward to: We will have weekly appointments from now on, so it will be fun to see each week if there is any progress or not.  And we have a wedding shower for my friend Ashley who is getting married in October.


Symptoms: Still the same, getting really tired and slow and feeling huge :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Week 35

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week

How Far Along: 35 weeks


Fruit/Veggie: A honeydew melon - over 18 inches long head to toe and weighs 5.25 pounds.

Baby changes:  Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Best Moment this Week: We had a weekend of showers.  On Saturday, my highschool friend's moms hosted a ladies shower, and on Sunday our college friends hosted a couples shower.  Both were great and really fun, and I think we are now officially ready for baby Clara!  And in case you were worried, she is going to be the best dressed baby around!

Gender: Clara Jacqueline

Movement: She is still going strong, some days there are just little kicks and some days she seems more spastic.  

Food Cravings: Still the same, nothing too exciting.

What I Miss: Running, wine, being able to keep up when I walk with people, clothes fitting. 

Sleep: About the same, getting more uncomfortable and restless.

What I am looking forward to: Our last big appointment is tomorrow!  I'm really excited to see her again and to find out how everything is looking.  I know that there are no guarantees or true projections with all of this pregnancy stuff, but hopefully we will at least get some kind of an idea about what the next month might bring. 

Symptoms: Still the same, getting really tired and slow and feeling huge :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 34 - And the Name Announcement!

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week

How Far Along: 34 weeks


Fruit/Veggie: A cantaloupe - 18 inches long head to toe and weighs 4.75 pounds.

Baby changes:  Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. You'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Best Moment this Week: Last Sunday our Sunday School/Bible Study group threw us a "storybook" themed shower.  Everyone was asked to bring a book for the little one, and it was really great to see the variety of books we got.  We have a place of honor to display them all in the nursery, and can't wait to read them all.  The shower was really great, and we feel really lucky to have found such a great church family.

We had a little bit of an adventure at last week's appointment.  The baby's heartbeat was going really fast, so they wanted to be sure that everything was okay and strapped me up to the heartbeat monitor, which tracks the heartbeat for a period of time.  Of course then her heartbeat was going really slow, so they gave my belly a little zap to wake her up and see how she responded.  Everything ended up being perfectly normal, but it made for a little excitement.  I guess we learned that there is no such thing as a normal boring appointment!

Gender: Sweet baby girl! We can officially announce the name now...Clara Jacqueline.  Jacqueline was my Dad's mother's name, and I am very excited that we were able to include her name and involve her in this new baby's life. 

Movement: She is still going strong, some days there are just little kicks and some days she seems more spastic.  

Food Cravings: Still the same, nothing too exciting.

What I Miss: Running, wine, being able to keep up when I walk with people, clothes fitting. 

Sleep: About the same, getting more uncomfortable and restless.

What I am looking forward to: We have two showers this weekend - one on Saturday thrown by my highschool friends' moms, and one on Sunday thrown by our college friends.  This little babe is loved!

We also have the next big appointment next Wednesday - we will get to do another ultrasound to see how she is positioned and the doctor will check to see how I'm progressing.  After this I start going every week - it's getting closer!

Symptoms: Still the same, getting really tired and slow and feeling huge :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peter "Cocktail" Shower

On July 23rd, my sister Kathy and sister-in-law Ashley hosted a Peter "Cocktail" shower for me and Clint and our baby girl. 

The dress was cocktail of course, and there were both real cocktails and mocktails...it was really fun to be able to get dressed up and have a night of fancy fun.  We had family that was able to come in for the festivities from all over the state, and it was really good to see everyone and be able to celebrate this exciting time.  And Kathy and Ashley of course outdid themselves with the food and decor. 

We couldn't be more lucky to have this support system around us, and I have a feeling that our little girl is going to be just a little bit spoiled...I mean loved... for the rest of her life!


The fabulous food
Beautiful cake

All of the goodies for Baby Girl Pasche

Hostesses with the mostest on the ends, with Pam in the middle - she brought them the adorable aprons, which made them look very "Mad Men"

Adorable diaper cake, and nail polish guest favors

Mom and Dad to be

Week 33

Pregnancy Highlights for the Week

How Far Along: 33 weeks



Fruit/Veggie: A pineapple - 17 inches long head to toe and weighs 4 pounds.

Baby changes:  She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Your baby continues to develop regular sleep-wake cycles now. So you might notice, for example, that she's very calm during your commute to work but kicks up a storm as you tune in to the nightly news. When your baby slumbers, she'll close her eyes (they're pretty sensitive to light these days) and she may even start to dream in a few weeks' time! But when your baby's up and at 'em, be prepared for some powerful kicks. You might be feeling them in a new place now -- your ribcage (just below your breasts). And wow, can they be sharp sometimes! But on the bright side, these movements are probably a sign that your baby's head-down, perfectly poised for her big birthday entrance. If she's not facing south just yet, don't worry -- your baby still has a few weeks to turn around. If she doesn't, and remains in what's called a breech position (when the baby's buttock or feet are pointed toward the birth canal), your doctor can try to steer her the right way, or else you might need a C-section to make sure she's delivered safe and sound.

Best Moment this Week: We spent last weekend running errands and getting stuff done around the house.  The nursery is really coming along and is looking cute.  My goal was to have everything done by a month out, and I think I might come pretty close. 

Gender: Sweet baby girl! I think we have decided on a name and have just started letting the families know, so maybe we will officially announce it next week.

Movement: She's still pretty active, but I think she's slowing down some.  And I definitely think that she's either big enough now to be in my ribs or has changed positions.  Sometimes when I'm sitting, especially getting in the car, I realize I can't really sit up straight without feeling pinched.  Hopefully that means that she is head down and ready to go!
Food Cravings: Still the same, nothing too exciting.

What I Miss: Running, wine, being able to keep up when I walk with people, clothes fitting. 

Sleep: About the same, getting more uncomfortable and restless.

What I am looking forward to: This weekend we are having a shower after church thrown by our Bible Study group.  We are really fortunate to have this group of friends and it should be fun to celebrate with them.

Symptoms: Still the same, getting really tired and slow and feeling huge :)