Monday, July 13, 2009

21 weeks!

Now, I'm definitely past the halfway point since most first time mamas go past 40 weeks. Woo-hoo! Of course, I'm hoping that is not the case, but I figure I should start preparing mentally for that now- just in case.

Yesterday was almost as exciting as Saturday was! I woke up to see J putting the crib together and, after about 30 minutes, it is all set up and pretty in Jeffrey's nursery! He even attached the hutch to the dresser/combo last night and put it in it's final place. The rest of the furniture might move around a teensy bit depending on how the glider fits in (which we need to order sometime this week...) It's so exciting to actually have a room that looks like we're having a baby! We discussed details for decorating last night and have basically decided what we're going to do, so now I'm ready to do it!

We had our first Bradley class yesterday afternoon, and we were very pleased. It should be a fun, casual, comfortable atmosphere. There are only 3 other couples, so it's nice. J's excited because it looks like one of the other dads is a cyclist, as well, and he's been looking for someone to ride with. Let's see if he actually talks to him- he can be quite anti-social. We got our workbook, Dr. Bradley's book, and even 2 little newborn onesies from The Children's Place! We started on our homework last night, and I've been starting my daily exercises. I also have to monitor my food intake to make sure I'm heating healthy enough. I love the feeling that I'm actually being pro-active about having a healthy pregnancy!

My Baby

Your Mini's hands have grown bigger and stronger and the nerve endings in his fingers have developed his sense of touch. He's in there testing out his newfound abilities by touching his face and grabbing the umbilical cord. Other cool developments:

You're already raising a little Einstein. Your baby's brain is developing at a clip this week and will continue to do so until he's five years old (so load up on the Omega 3)!

Baby's hair is now a short, bright white crop (Billy Idol, eat your heart out!). No matter what color it will end up—red, blonde, black—all babies' hair lacks pigment at this point.

Your baby has started growing taste buds and may be able to detect strong flavors in the amniotic fluid. If you could see inside, you might catch her sticking out her tongue for a taste and then grimacing, a sign that perhaps you should chill on the chili powder.

Your baby now weighs almost a pound and measures almost 11 inches from his head to his heel, which is how the Stretch Armstrong in your uterus will be measured from here on out. Up 'til now your baby's legs were curled tight up against his torso, so he was measured from his head to his bottom (or crown to rump) and not head to toe. This week your mini is about as long as a package of Oreos and as heavy as a large bag of tortilla chips. Who's hungry?

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