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Ice storm babies

Everyone joked and said there would be a baby boom.

Dear Peanut,

When all your friends have October birthdays, don’t feel left out.
Your a lineman’s ice storm baby.

Love,
Mommy

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38 Weeks

Well, I’m still pregnant! We started the weekend with a doctor appointment Friday morning. My doctor was a bit surprised to see us! She said she figured our little one would have arrived already. No such luck. We’re still waiting. After our appointment, we grabbed some lunch and headed to the Lil Bit’a Christmas Arts & Crafts show to do some walking and shopping. We ordered a Christmas gift for our Peanut! After that we pretty much just walked all weekend – Joe Mac Campbell Park (twice), Wal-Mart, and up and down our road.

How far along? 38 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to know.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? ugh. Do we have to talk about that?

Sleep: Pretty good.

Best moment this week: Putting up the Christmas tree!

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: None this week.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Another lovely round of 2+ hours of contractions that came to an abrupt halt. Good thing we aren’t the type to rush off to the hospital at the first sign of a contraction because our kid apparently has a sense of humor. At our appointment last Friday, we also learned that I’m now dilated to 3 cm and he is “very, very low.”

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: regular clothes

What I am looking forward to: Holding my baby boy!

Weekly Wisdom: Walking miles and miles will cause a few contractions – and really sore legs.

Baby’s Development:

“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.)” – babycenter.com

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Another conversation from Mr. & Mrs.

*last night*

Mr: “Do you have your bags packed?”
Mrs: “Everything except the phone chargers and stuff I use everyday.”
Mr: “What are you wearing to the hospital?”
Mrs: “Heels.”
Mr: Pause. Giving me his exasperated/trying to deal with a ‘redhead moment’ look…
Mrs: “I might even dig out my pearls too…”
Mr: “Have you thought about anything other than shoes?”
Mrs: “Yeah. It just depends on what I have on at the moment and what shoes I feel like wearing.”

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37 Weeks – Full term!

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to know.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Sleep: Not so good the last couple of nights.

Best moment this week: Getting to stand with my best friend on her wedding day.

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: This week it was grapes.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: At my 37 week appointment on Tuesday I was already dilated 2 1/2 cm. We also had one short round of false labor Saturday night. (No, we didn’t go to the hospital!)

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: regular clothes

What I am looking forward to: Holding my baby boy!

Weekly Wisdom: Do not go on a bumpy hay ride at nearly 38 weeks pregnant.

Baby’s Development:

“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. ” –thebump.com

“Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

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.” –babycenter.com

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36 Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no idea.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? Well they aren’t going away that’s for sure.

Sleep: Decent.

Best moment this week: Getting to see our baby boy on the ultrasound again and finding out that he isn’t breach anymore!

Movement: Lots

Food cravings: fruit

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Braxton hicks are occurring more and more

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: nothing at the moment

What I am looking forward to: seeing my best friend this weekend

Baby’s Development:

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.” – babycenter.com

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Just a picture – from week 35

A few weeks ago my sweet husband took a few shots of my belly. This is one of my favorites.

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a good place for a cowboy to bed down for the night

Last week we were able to pick up the last of Lincoln’s bedding. Oh how in love with it we are! I can’t thank Lori and Amy enough for the awesome work they do and the amazing talents they possess. We picked it up Saturday morning before my baby shower, and I could hardly wait to get it home and put in his crib. As soon as the gifts were unloaded from the car, the very excited daddy-to-be made a bee-line for the nursery, bedding in hand. As soon as it was finished we just stood there hugging each other and staring at it. (I might have even had a few tears in my eyes.) Then, of course, Daddy-to-Be insisted on taking some pictures.

This is the comforter.

And the full set…

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Catching up – Pregnancy portraits

A few weeks ago Steven and I were able to meet up with fellow (and rather fabulous) photographer, Kendy for a fun pregnancy portrait session.

Here is some of her awesome work from that day.

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35 Weeks

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure. I’ll find out tomorrow morning and report back. 🙂

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? Not nearly as bad as they could be.

Sleep: Mostly good. Lots of crazy dreams though.

Best moment this week: Getting Lincoln’s bedding and getting lots of hugs and kisses from my sweet nieces, Hanna & Kaeleigh while they were here visiting.

Movement: Lots

Food cravings: today it was apples

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Braxton hicks are occurring more and more

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: nothing at the moment

What I am looking forward to: our next ultrasound on Friday

Weekly Wisdom: Do not tell a pregnant woman she “needs to” or “really should” get an epidural and then state that yours didn’t work.

Baby’s Development:



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.” –babycenter.com

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34 Weeks

Ok, this pregnancy stuff is catching up with me and I’m getting super lazy with my blog posting. Sorry! I’m really trying not to neglect it. The above picture is not the only one from this week, but it’s the only one I like. 🙂

How far along? 34 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 25 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Well yes.

Stretch marks? Let’s not go there.

Sleep: Well I go to sleep, and I don’t wake up all night, but I’m still super tired the next day.

Best moment this week: Getting to see our pregnancy portraits and getting Lincoln’s comforter. I love them!

Movement: Yep

Food cravings: sweet stuff (grrr…not good)

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: nothing at the moment

What I am looking forward to: pants without elastic!

Weekly Wisdom: No wisdom this week.

Baby’s Development:

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.” –babycenter.com

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