Tuesday, July 19, 2016

twenty-four weeks!

bump watch: we're getting to the can't-see-my-toes phase, so that's fun! 
little peanut: weighs one and a half pounds and is eight and a half inches long, the size of an ear of corn! baby's face is fully formed at this point, although those cheeks still have a lot of chubbing up to do. this week marks a milestone in brain development, too -- baby girl can now start to remember sounds or sensations she encounters. pretty crazy. 

Fetal Development Week 25

best moment: getting closer to choosing a name for this little one! we finally agreed on a name that we both like! we'll continue to discuss and see how we feel about it over the next few weeks.

symptoms: more heartburn. and my blood pressure has been a little up (130/80 range). no real cause for concern now, and i'll continue to monitor it at the office once a week in addition to my prenatal checks. 

cravings: i discovered that Target has white cherry ICEEs this week and they are so good and refreshing, especially since the temperatures have been in the 90s. an added bonus? they don't stain your tongue and teeth electric blue or red.

what i miss:  roller coasters! 
looking forward to: our upcoming trip to New York for Nick to play a recital at St. Patrick's Cathedral, followed by a few days in New Orleans visiting friends.  i'm so excited!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

twenty-three weeks!

bump watch: see above! i think it's pretty obvious, but several of Greta's daycare teachers at least acted surprised when i told them we're expecting another one (Greta wore her big sister shirt to daycare yesterday, so they were asking where the other sibling was!). 
little peanut: is the size of a papaya, eight inches long and 1.2 pounds. baby's skin is still translucent and wrinkly, but she's starting to develop more keratin which will help her skin develop its final texture. and i got ridiculously excited upon reading that pneumocytes are developing in baby's lungs! 

Fetal Development Week 25

best moment: seeing baby girl's kicks from the outside for the first time this week! she was having a dance party one night, and i could see kicks and punches all over my belly. of course, as soon as i pulled out my phone to start recording, she decided to play shy. 

symptoms: feeling that relaxin kick in to loosen my joints -- when i bend or stretch, my hips and back will pop. it's not uncomfortable at all, but it is a little disconcerting! 

cravings: not too much this week, at least not with the intensity of having to have something in particular right now. i've been feeling full faster lately, too. 

what i miss: frozen Cosmos at Harris Grill. they just make happy hour so ... well, happy. 
looking forward to: actually getting to hold this little one (not until she is good and ready to come out, though!). many of my friends have had babies recently and Amelia is in labor as i type this, and so the reality that there is a real live baby in there is becoming more apparent! and i'm so curious about her personality and temperament. i credit some of Greta's flexibility and emotional stability to the principles we've applied from our favourite parenting books (and obviously we're still learning lots -- just tonight i started reading The Whole Brain Child and it's fascinating!), but it will be interesting to see how much of that carries over to Little Peanut! at the same time, i don't want to be constantly comparing them (even in my own head, and definitely not verbalizing comparisons out loud to them). we love you already, Peanut, and we are so excited to meet you and learn who you are! 

Friday, July 8, 2016

twenty-two weeks!

bump watch: it is out of control! i feel like baby girl has definitely had a growth spurt over the past few weeks and i'm looking more like i did at 24-25 weeks with Greta. i'm starting to bump into things with my belly because i'm not quite used to it yet. 
little peanut: is the size of a spaghetti squash. eight inches long and weighing a full pound! baby's sense of touch is developing this week, so she can grasp the umbilical cord or touch her face. and eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair are starting to grow too, although none of it has pigment yet.
Fetal Development Week 23

best moment: finally deciding on a double stroller! i was looking for a sit'n'stand style stroller since there will be a three-year gap between Greta and Peanut, but most of the popular and affordable models are not fully compatible with our Chicco Keyfit car seat. after lots of research, i think we're going to go with the Joovy Ultralight Caboose. there's a huge  local consignment sale in August so i'll look for one then. i also started a to-do list on my phone with everything that needs to be done to get ready for Little Peanut's arrival. there are still 18 weeks to go, give or take, but i always feel better with a tangible list! 

symptoms: lots and lots and lots of movement! more than i remember with Greta, but who knows if that memory is accurate. otherwise feeling okay. 

cravings: hot dogs or brats with lots of relish. 

what i miss: my exercise groove! i was on a roll last week, and then over the long weekend for the Fourth of July, i buckled down and potty-trained Greta, so i was watching her like a hawk the whole day and too exhausted to do anything after she went to bed. she's doing great now and so i'm going to get back on the wagon! 
looking forward to: my prenatal appointment next week. hard to believe i'll already be 23 weeks by that point ... baby's almost viable! and even though all this movement is reassuring, there's still nothing like hearing that heartbeat. keep on growing, Little Peanut!