Saturday, December 17, 2011

Shes finally here!!

Born 12/16 at 9:09am.  7lbs 8 oz and 20.5 in long


Monday, December 12, 2011

Due date?!

Well the due date is here and gone....I am now 1 day past it and just a little bummed. I was hoping she'd be here by now but I guess she wants me to work as much as I can since my boss still isn't sure what he's going to do with me. We don't have maternity leave or short term disability here at work since its a small company and i'm the 1st one here who has been pregnant in over 20 years. His options are to let me go so I can get unemployment, keep me here with no pay, or keep me here with pay. We have tried to talk to him multiple times since we found out I've been pregnant with his response being, "I'll think about it." or "We'll discuss it later.". Everything right now is getting me so frustrated and I'm trying to stay calm for Sydney's and my health.

I go to the doctors on Thursday (unless she decides to cooperate and come out before then) so we shall see what he says and anything about inducing me. I really hope she doesn't come 2 weeks after her due date since that is Christmas day. I'm not a big fan of being in the hospital over Christmas.

Well that's all for now...just had to vent some....

Monday, December 5, 2011

Week 39

WEEK 39!
WATERMELON

TheBump: Baby's brain is still developing rapidly, and his skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don't worry; he'll change color again soon after birth.) He's now able to flex his limbs, and his nails might extend past his fingertips.

BabyCenter: Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.


How big is baby: all websites say she's about 7lbs and around 20inches
Total weight gain: 50lbs total so far
Maternity clothes? Yup...wishing i could wear my normal clothes
Sleep: Slim to none
Best moment this week: Nursery is just about finished! Only a few details left!
Movement: Oh yeah!
Belly Button in or out? Outtie
Stretch marks? Yup, not on my stomach though. My butt and thighs look like they got clawed by a tiger.
What I miss: My clothes since most of my maternity clothes aren't fitting either.
What I am looking forward to: Holding Sydney in my arms
Labor Signs: I believe she's dropped more.
Milestones: 6 days to go =)

The nursery is just about finished! All we have left is to put new shelves in a closet, stain and put up the trim, and finish a bookshelf. I finished decorating Saturday morning! I think we're ready for her =)



Monday, November 28, 2011

Week 38

WEEK 38!
Watermelon/Leek

Parents.com: Your baby's hanging out, enjoying her last few weeks of snuggly comfort in your womb. However, if she were born today, she would still be considered a full-term infant. Her brain -- in charge of complicated jobs like regulating breathing, digestion, and circulation -- is functioning better every day. Babies come to term anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks; your 40-week due date simply marks the midpoint of this period.

The Bump: The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby's skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby's head is about the same circumference as her abdomen, and her head could be covered in an inch or so of hair.

Gerber: Your baby's growth: Growth slows down: This is the week that your baby begins to outgrow the watery home where she's been developing these past 9 months. She should weigh almost 7 pounds this week, but at a length of about 21 inches, she hasn't grown much taller. The average full-term newborn weighs from 6 to 9 pounds and is 18 to 21 inches long.Here are a few other developments this week: Slowing growth. Although your baby's growth is slowing, fat will continue to accumulate, providing a thicker blanket of insulation in preparation for her entry into the outside world. Meconium (baby's feces). It will continue to build up in her intestines. Head. By now the circumference of your baby's head and abdomen are about the same.

BabyCenter: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)



Wow..I can't believe it, only 2 weeks left until her due date! I'm starting to freak out just a little since the nursery still isn't done and there's soo much to get done still. Joe just has to finish painting the 2nd coat of paint in the back area by the closet, put the furniture together (since he said "its too heavy for you", and stain/put up the trim in the entire room. I hope he understands that Sydney can come any day now, but I don't think he does =\.

I go to the doctor tomorrow for my weekly appointments and I see a new doctor in the group. Hopefully she's nice since I have to see her next week as well (and that's the last appointment before the actual due date).

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week 37

37 Weeks!
Swiss Chard/Watermelon

Parents.com: The umbilical cord begins passing antibodies to your baby in preparation for delivery. By stockpiling antibodies, your baby will be better prepared for the disease and germs he'll encounter outside the womb. Your baby's senses are also getting more time to hone their burgeoning skills. He can hear and recognize your voice. Once he's born you'll be able to see him turn his head in your direction when he hears you speak. He knows his mom! Along with his hearing, his eyesight is improving each day. His fingers are also becoming more coordinated. He can grasp his face or toes. And after birth he'll be able to grab onto your finger

The Bump: At week 37, your pregnancy is considered full term, meaning baby is likely to thrive after birth. Baby spends these last weeks in preparation for the outside world… meaning careful refinement of the blink, suck, inhale and exhale. Meconium, which you’ll probably find in the first diaper, is accumulating in the intestines. If (okay, as) you worry about giving birth, consider what it’s like for the little one. During the journey out of your womb, baby will produce more stress hormones than any other time in life.

Baby Center: Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.) Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.


The room is almost complete! (Finally!!) Joe just needs to paint the back closet area and put together the furniture and then i get to finish decorating! 20 more days until her due date....


Friday, November 18, 2011

Week 36 update

I went in to see the doctor yesterday for my weekly checkups. I am zero centimeters dilated BUT she is head down which is a good thing. I'm getting more and more anxious to meet her every day.

How big is baby: she is about 18 inches long and weighs about 5.5lbs.
Total weight gain: 46 lbs
Maternity clothes? definitely
Sleep: Off and on. Depends on the night i guess. I could be up every hour or every 2 hours or less
Best moment this week: Getting the nursery almost all of the way painted
Movement: Oh yeah. She's a hyper one.
Belly Button in or out? full outtie.
Stretch marks? on my thighs
What I miss: My wardrobe and heels
What I am looking forward to: her finally being here
Labor Signs: braxton hicks
Milestones: 24 more days!!

We finally got the room measure for carpet which will be installed next week! And the room (well majority of it) is painted green. It turned out a lot brighter than i thought it would be but i still love it. It makes it more bright and joyful. Joe's concern is that he hopes Sydney will sleep at night because its so bright. Here's a pic...my phone makes it look brighter than it actually looks in person. (don't mind all of the stuff in the middle of the room.)




Monday, November 14, 2011

Week 36

WEEK 36:
CRENSHAW MELON

Parents.com: born, baby fat is a very good thing. Your baby is working hard to accumulate all the fat he can at this point -- his body is growing rounder, and those adorable dimples are forming at elbows and knees. This build-up of fat -- about 15 percent of his total weight--will help him maintain his body temperature and give him a store of energy. Because the fat beneath his skin is white in color, it makes his skin appear lighter and less ruddy.

In a first-time mother, the baby often "drops" two to four weeks before delivery, as the baby's head descends into the mother's pelvic cavity. This is called "engagement," or "lightening," and it means it won't be long now before the big day!

The Bump: She's still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up. She's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own. Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid. Her liver and kidneys are in working order. Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.

Baby Center: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. 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. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly


Monday, November 7, 2011

35 Weeks!

WEEK 35
HONEYDEW MELON

Almost to the finish line...only 5 more weeks left (or less)

Parents.com: At this point, your unborn baby should be positioned with her head facing down toward the cervix and vagina. About 97 percent of babies have adopted this position by this point; the rest remain in what's known as breech position -- when the butt or feet are in place to come out first. If your baby's among this minority, it does increase your odds of needing a C-section, but there's a good chance your healthcare provider can correct the problem by turning him around manually with pressure applied on your belly. Called an external version, this process has about a 65 percent success rate.

Baby Center: Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
Joe has finally finished all of the walls & the ceiling. He actually painted the ceiling yesterday which made us late for our own baby shower lol. The room is finally looking more like a room and not like a huge mess. We're still waiting for the carpet guy to get back to us so we can tell them what carpet and see when they'll install it. Joe's new deadline to get this nursery absolutely done is Thanksgiving day! I keep having this nagging feeling Sydney will join us in this world right after Thanksgiving.

We had our baby shower yesterday. It was a lot of fun and very tiring. By the time we got home and reopened everything to see exactly what we got (since it was all a blur during the shower) we were exhausted! We got 3 big ticket items (travel system, convertible car seat, and the exersaucer) and the rest were clothes (only a few pieces of newborn clothes), a lot of hooded bath towels, wipes, blankets and pacifiers. Got a couple bibs, bottles, very few diapers (surprisingly), 2 bottles of baby wash, and a few misc. things. Here's a couple pictures =)






Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Weeks 33 & 34

WEEK 33
HEFT A PINEAPPLE/HONEYDEW

The Bump: Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

Baby Center: This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him 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 his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

WEEK 34
AVERAGE CANTALOUPE/HONEYDEW

Parents.com: Your baby's preparing for his arrival in just a few short weeks! This week, the protective vernix caseosa (that cheeselike, white, waxy coating that's keeping his skin safe) begins to thicken, ensuring his birthday suit stays smooth and well-moisturized during D-day. Your baby will likely arrive covered in the stuff, especially in the folds under his arms, behind his ears, and in the groin area. But it'll all be washed off very shortly after birth -- during his first-ever bath. By now, your baby weighs around 5 pounds and may be as long as 20 inches, head to toe.

Baby Center: Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. 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. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, 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.



On another note: Joe's just about down with all of the walls in the nursery! About time, huh?!


Next step this week is to paint and go look at carpet, & get it installed! I said this all had to get done before the baby shower...which is in 5 more days. Fingers crossed we get it all just about done by then.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Week 32


WEEK 32: SQUASH/JICAMA

The Bump: Still a squash and Still growing, your baby weighs in at about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches. She's getting ready for her descent -- she's likely in the head-down position now. And she's probably feeling a even more cramped. At 32 weeks, baby’s birth still seems kind of far away, but you and baby are physically ready in a lot of ways, just in case there’s an early arrival. Baby may have turned so she’s in the head-down position by now, poised for her trip down the birth canal. And you may have noticed your nipples looking darker. That’s so a preemie can see them for breastfeeding -- isn't your body so amazing? Intensity might be building in the symptoms department, as heartburn and contractions intensify around week 32. But we’re guessing you’re so excited about baby’s impending arrival, they’re not slowing you down much.

Baby Center: By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Joe's got more of the nursery done. He ran into more problems with the HVAC ducting that lead to some of our other rooms that all connected through the baby's room. He finally finished that last night. He also put the drywall back over it and put the frame around one of the windows. He just needs to finish putting up the drywall around the window and one other wall, tear up the rest of the carpet, fix a hole in the floor then we can get new carpet in there and paint the walls! FINALLY!
On another good note....HE GOT A JOB!!!! He's working back at the HVAC company he was at before and hopefully they give him more work this time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weeks 29, 30, & 31

Life has been busy I guess these past couple weeks. I missed writing for weeks 29 & 30. So here's what's been going for this week and the past 2 weeks.

Week 29: SQUASH
The Bump: You’re probably already getting a little preview of baby’s personality, the more your feel him move. You might get some playful kicks and jabs, and start to feel little hiccups, too! At 29 weeks, he’s not just moving a lot, he’s also plumping up. And as he continues to put pressure on your digestive system, you’re going to feel the effects: hemorrhoids, heartburn, pelvic pain and frequent urination are all common at this stage in the game. Week 29 is a good time to start finalizing stuff, like stocking the nursery with baby care essentials and checking out a few potential day cares. You’ll also want to start packing a few things you know you’ll want with you at the hospital at baby’s birth. Leave it by the door, so you can add stuff you think of along the way -- and so you can grab it at a moment’s notice. He's getting a little cramped in there, since he's growing so fast. But you probably already realize that, since you're getting all those jabs and kicks. He's growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his energy is surging because of it. Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccuping.

Baby Center: Your baby now 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 growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.
Week 30: SQUASH/HEAD OF CABBAGE
The Bump: At 30 weeks, your belly’s doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position. It’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about your physical appearance, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt, you’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?) Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart. Like when they tell you you’re glowing, believe them! And take advantage of some of the perks (when someone offers you their seat on the train -- take it!) At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder -- if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be a result of anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it really takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car. His skin is getting smoother. But his brain is getting wrinklier -- to make way for all that essential brain tissue.He's now strong enough to grasp a finger!

Baby Center: 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.)
Week 31: SQUASH/4 NAVEL ORANGES
The Bump: Welcome to week 31. Can you believe all five of baby’s senses are fully developed? He also keeps getting smarter. That’s probably good to know, since you might actually feel a little dumb. You’re not! It’s just that many moms-to-be find themselves acting absentmindedly during the third trimester. Some say that “pregnancy brain” isn’t a proven physical ailment, but can you think of another time in your life when you’ve had more on your mind than now? We’re guessing no. That right there is enough of a reason to be so forgetful. From 31 weeks on, you’re bound to feel a lot of the same symptoms -- some may get worse, some may become bearable. And you might start to have more trouble getting around as you get heavier and feel more and more short of breath. Remember not to push yourself too much. It’s good for you and baby to get some exercise, but definitely take breaks to rest as much as you need. He's going through major brain and nerve development. ye development, too. His irises now react to light! All five of his senses are in working order.

Baby Center: This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
In the past couple of weeks we've done more in the nursery. A couple pieces of drywall have been put up and this past saturday we got the new windows installed! Joe has to finish the duct work and then finish putting up the drywall. Hopefully this gets done this week. My parents bought us Sydney's crib, dresser, mattress, and changing table! I can't wait to put them together! Also this week we had some family friends drop by and give us a baby hat, sleep sack, and a baby blanket. We also got one set of our maternity pictures done but I'm thinking me and Joe will have to go and do a couple ourselves since I didn't get some of the ones I actually wanted done.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weeks 27 & 28

A little about the baby and development...

Week 27: Head of Cauliflower

The Bump: Baby's lungs are going through some major developments these days, which (combined with the opening of previously plugged nostrils) means he's now able to practice inhaling and exhaling. The lack of air in your womb means every "breath" is filled with amniotic fluid, but hey -- it's progress.
Baby Center: This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds 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 to be 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.

WELCOME THIRD TRIMESTER!!
Week 28: Chinese Cabbage
Baby Center: By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
The Bump: Baby's lungs are mature enough that, if born right now, she has a pretty good chance of surviving (with help from medical technology). Her skin is still pretty wrinkly (one byproduct of living in amniotic fluid) but will smoothen as fat continues to deposit.


These last 2 weeks have been absolutely crazy and stressful. Joe started on the Nursery....He was going to fix a buckle in the wall under one of the windows. Well the people who built the house did a crap-ass job on it and jimmy-rigged a bunch of stuff and that was why is was buckling. So he ended up tearing down that whole wall and then another wall. So the nursery is a total construction zone and I just hope he gets the walls up asap since we still have a long way to go in there. We still have to finish tearing out the carpeting, decide if the original hardwood floors are good enough to sand and stain or if we have to get new carpeting, tear off the rest of the crown molding since they only put it in about 1/2 of that room for some odd reason, paint the walls, and then wait for the baby shower to get the room filled. I feel sooo far behind with getting everything ready for Sydney to come..its becoming very overwhelming. The only thing we have so far are some clothes and diapers. Plus 3 bottles from when we registered with Babies R Us & Target.


On the bright side we got more presents lol. In the first picture we got some clothes, diapers, wipes, a travel kit, baby name book, hair clips, and a photo album from my Godmother. In the second pic we got a hooded towel set and a thing where you put fruit in it to let the kid taste the fruit juice without the pulp from another lady on "The Bump".

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week 26!

English Hot House Cucumber


The Bump: Wow! Can you believe baby has eyelashes at 26 weeks? And she’s amping up to start batting them soon. At this point, it probably feels like this baby (who you haven’t even met yet) has taken over your life. She’s interfering with your sleep. She’s messing with your brain. (Forget much?) She might even be giving you a stress headache or two. It’s normal to be experiencing some mild swelling, but around week 26, it’s important to watch out for swelling severe or sudden -- it could be the sign of a dangerous condition called preeclampsia. Notice your belly occasionally feeling really tight? That’s a contraction. Yup, already. Don’t freak out though -- your body is just practicing some tightening in preparation for labor. As long as the contractions aren’t steady or severe, you’re not in labor.

your baby at 26 weeks
  • Her eyes are forming, and his eyes will soon start to open.
  • And her eyelashes are now grown, too.
  • She's getting her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.
  • She's taking breaths, too. They're of amniotic fluid, not air, but it's still good practice.



Baby Center: 

How your baby's growing:


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 about two to three days.
Parents.com: This week, some of his most notable developments are cosmetic: His eyebrows and eyelashes are thick and lush now, and the hair on his head has grown longer and denser. By this time, all the parts of your baby's eyes are in place, and he's getting ready to open them in just a couple of weeks! Your baby's lungs continue to grow stronger, readying him for life outside the womb -- although it's about 10 more weeks until they'll be fully mature. To support his growing body, your baby's spine is becoming stronger and more flexible. It's about the same length as the palm of your hand, but it contains a whopping 150 joints, 33 rings, and some 1,000 ligaments.
(just a general ultrasound pic..not mine)





We are also very lucky...my cousins came over and dropped off a bunch of girls clothing and a couple other things ranging from age 6 months to 24 months and a couple just a little bigger!

My mom also bought Sydney a new snow suit...its adorable but I forgot to take a picture. So that will be coming soon =)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Countdown...

days left!!
Tomorrow...Double Digits!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Week 25 (post 2)

Week 25/6th Month
Baby is an Eggplant or a Rutabaga

TheBump ~ Let your spouse put an ear to your belly -- he might be able to pick up baby's heartbeat (no stethoscope required). Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.
BabyCenter ~ Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

How big is baby: she is about 13.5 inches long and weighs about 1lb 5oz.
Total weight gain: I forgot to weigh myself this morning
Maternity clothes? Yup..but i dont have many which is hard since its hot out still.
Sleep: Could be better. Been getting up every couple hours to use the washroom.
Best moment this week: Getting the nursery cleaned out more!
Movement: Yup..a lot more than now.
Belly Button in or out? its becoming an outtie
Stretch marks? none yet
What I miss: Sleeping through a whole night (but i know that will never happen again lol) and fitting in all of my clothes.
What I am looking forward to: the fall and getting a little cooler outside and my baby shower =)
Labor Signs: i'm having braxton hicks contractions every once in a while..i think.
Milestones: 103 days to go =)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week 25

Today is the 25th week in pregnancy. Look how big my belly got. We got the nursery cleaned out more...thank god. Were getting closer and closer.

Yesterday I went shopping at the JC Penny sale....and I got these adorable things for Sydney for less than $20 :)....(mommy loves me, I love daddy, with pants that have a heart on the butt....and then my heart belongs to daddy)






Monday, August 22, 2011

busy, busy, busy

It was a very busy weekend for us..well at least it was for me. I'm very worn out again.

Saturday...I took my CNA certification test...i hope i did good b/c i don't remember learning more than half of that stuff in class and either did some of my classmates. The roofing guy came over to look at our 2 windows that they are replacing for use due to that bad storm we had.

Sunday...it was my moms birthday! We ended up going over there for lunch and laid around in the pool for a little while. We went back home and worked more on the nursery. Joe and my dad also started moving around the cable/internet cords so they are upstairs instead of the nursery.

Today...our roof is finally getting replaced! =)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Moving Along...

Last night I filled out my Pre-Registration for the hospital and mailed it out today! I'm excited and nervous. A couple weeks ago we also registered for the birthing classes. I hope those will be worth the money since they were expensive. I've been reading mixed emotions on all of these birthing classes so i'm a little hesitant.

Up next:
Registering at Babies R Us and Target for all of the adorable baby things.
AND
Working more on the nursery!! =) I'm super excited for this one lol. Tomorrow we are having one of the windows measured for a new one that we are using our insurance money for (from the huge storm we had). And we are hopefully buying paint this weekend so we can get painting before adding new carpeting.

Sydney is kicking a lot more today than she has, i feel like her personal punching bag lol.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New buy!

So i decided to make my first baby purchase that's not diapers. I went on Etsy.com and bout her this adorable bear hat that we will use when we take her home after she is born =)




Isn't it cute?! Now all i have to do is find a cute going home outfit for her!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Life unexpected...

Well its been a looooooonnnnnnnnnng while once again...hopefully I can keep up on it this time.

Well...I've gone back to school for medical. I take my CNA certification test this coming Saturday (fingers crossed i do well) and then i can go to nursing school.

On another note...we're having a BABY! Due December 11, 2011. It is a girl...we're naming her Sydney Grace. We're excited, nervous, scared, happy, all of the emotions you can think of. We found out in April that i was pregnant. I took an at home test the day i was taking my test to get into nursing school only to find out it said POSITIVE! I took 2 just to double check, then i had to drive all the way to nursing school to take the entrance exam. I ended up calling Joe on his work lunch break to tell him "hey guess what?! I'm prego. lol" His response was, "Umm...oh". It's taken him a while but he's used to it especially seeing my ever growing belly and watching me try to find clothes that actually fit lol. He did want a boy but I told him Sydney is going to have him wrapped around her little finger and she'll more than likely be a daddys girl.

I am now 23 weeks (5 months) and i am subscribed to 2 different baby sites that tell me how big Sydney is growing each week: I love getting these =)

BABY CENTER
How your baby's growing:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

THE BUMP
Your Baby: Month 5
Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop