Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nursery Ideas

Our nursery colors are a dark brown, sage green and a light yellow. The bedding is a Jungle Theme:
The paint we are using is Glidden: Bittersweet Chocolate, Spanish Olive and Lemon Ice check them out at

We are in the process of buying a townhome, and now we need to start thinking about what to paint the nursery. Here aree some ideas I found on (let me know what you think):

Make sure to view all the picures

There are a bunch more but too many to post on here. If you have any ideas I would love to hear/see them. Or if you would like to help ;) let me know!

29, 30 and 31 Weeks

31 Weeks
This week, our 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, I'm starting to have trouble sleeping because he kicks and somersaults keeping me up. All this moving is a sign that baby is active and healthy.

30 Weeks
Our baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in my uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face.

29 Weeks
Parker 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, I need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, I'm needing to drink lots of milk. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in his hardening skeleton each day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

28 Weeks and Hospital Class

We have officially decided on the name Parker Andrew Stant.

By this week, Parker weighs around two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

On Sunday, we went to St. Joe's for a 'Prepared Child Birth' class. It was actually very informative and fun! We learned so many coping techniques and options we have when its time to go to the hospital. I got a lot of back rubs, which was AMAZING! Thanks Gordon! I feel so much better about going into labor. Next up we have what is called the 'Baby Business Tour' where we register for the hospital, social security number and birth certificate. As well as touring the Labor and Delivery unit. This will take place sometime in November.

We went for the 28 week check up on Monday. They measured my uterus and it was 29 inches which would indicate that I might be a week farther along than we originally thought, although it could just be a large baby (go figure). Other than that things are looking great and the Dr. is happy about how we are progressing through this pregnancy.

Next appointment is November 24th, 32 week check up

I hope to post belly pictures soon! Stay posted!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Weeks 26 and 27

26 Weeks-
The network of nerves in the baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both my voice and Gordon's as we 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.

27 Weeks-
This week, our baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, Parker's brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if he were to be born now. Chalking up any tiny rhythmic movements I am 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 him.

My belly is sure growing, I feel like it is twice the size it was the day before. Its getting heavy too! He is finding his way up to my ribs every once in awhile, not too painful yet. I feel him moving all the time but as soon as anyone else trys to feel he stops moving or goes somewhere else. I am still feeling great, getting tired more often, a daily nap is a must and in bed by 9:00. No weird cravings really, except when I want something I must have it, for example a Wendy's Frosty! This weekend we are taking our hospital class at St. Joesph's (where I am delivering). Hope it goes well. I'll let you know how it goes!
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

25 weeks

Head to heels, Parker now probably measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

My tummy is slowly starting to grow but I'm not nearly as large as I thought I would be at this point in the pregnacy.

I feel great. I feel like I may be getting some Braxton Hick contractions every once in a while. Parker is still kicking around a bunch and I can feel him more at night when I am trying to wind down for then night.

We registered for our Hospital class which is October 18th, I don't like classes like that but since Gordon has to suffer through it with me it will be better!

Next appointment is October 24th for the 28 week check up!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

24 Weeks

Our Parker is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound (but probably more is mom's guess). Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Can you believe how fast this is going? I thought this was the long part!? Mr. Parker likes to squirm and poke mom a lot but as soon as mom convinces dad to come over and feel her tummy the little one decides to stop moving. Dad thinks Parker doesn't like him yet. Haha who knows.

Friday, September 18, 2009

23 Weeks

His sense of movement is well developed by now, Parker can feel my every move. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), I sometimes am able to see him squirm underneath my clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that Parker's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as Karma barking (which is rare) or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb

Next Appointment is Sept. 21st for the 6 month check up.

*sorry for not updating sooner!