Saturday, May 29, 2010
We had a productive week. The crib was delivered, Cash’s closet was organized, we had the carseat bases inspected at the APD, and we successfully completed an infant CPR class (which I would highly recommend). I am psyched for the 3-day weekend so we can make some more progress…and maybe see SATC 2.
I look as if I am going to give birth to a basketball or a round watermelon. I just couldn’t resist the beautiful watermelon display at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago knowing that I would have my very own under my shirt soon. I am sure other shoppers were looking at me like I had 2 heads as I snapped the photo but I’m pregnant so I have an excuse.
This week, Cashina will be busy practicing for life on the outside; working on her breathing, sucking, sleeping, gazing and peeing abilities. Oh my!!
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Over the past 6 weeks her heart rate has been cruising in the high 140s but today it was only in the 120s/130s. I was concerned at first but my midwife and mom both said that we probably caught her during one of her sleep periods. She'd had the hiccups prior to my appointment so maybe they tired her out :-)
Another gain of 1 1/4lbs since my last appointment putting me up 24 1/2lbs total which isn't too bad. Tomorrow Chris and I get to have a visit with Cashina since I continue to measure behind. My midwife thinks that Cash is growing just fine and that most likely measuring behind is related to genetics or my longer torso. BUT, just be to be sure that Bambina Ciano is growing an ultrasound is required. I am certainly not complaining since we didn't think we would get to "see" her again until we actually saw her in person. It will be fun to see how much she has grown since week 19. Keeping my fingers crossed that all looks good...and she's still a girl!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Most people keep on assuming that I just want to be done with this pregnancy, that I am uncomfortable, exhausted, sick of pregnancy symptoms, etc. But in reality, I am not ready to be “done” just yet. Yes, of course we want to meet our little one BUT until the nursery makes a little more progress and the baby equipment still in boxes in the basement gets put together (yup, we actually need a functional car seat, stroller, and pack and play for the living room), I would like her to continue to bake. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I have kind of grown attached to my EDD.
As far a Cashina is concerned, this week she weighs approximately 6lbs (I am guessing a little less though) and is about 18 1/2” in total length (+ or -). In addition to her brain continuing to develop, her biggest job over the remaining weeks will be to store fat.
On tap for this week, an infant CPR course and installing the car seat. It will be totally strange to drive around with it I think. I consider it one more step into making this entire experience feel more real and that we are actually going to have a baby!!
Keep a look out for my 36 week belly shot. I wonder how it will compare to 32 weeks?
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
About 2/3 of babies are born within 10 days of their EDD with approximately 80% of babies born sometimes between week 38 and 42. Here is a graph that illustrates the range of dates at which babies are born.
So June 19th is a goal but it is by no means when we will actually meet our little girl. Although, I have kind of grown fond of the date and really wouldn’t mind if it was her actual birth date.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We are by no means "ready" for Bambina Ciano to arrive but we are getting closer. I truly believe that 40 weeks/9 months gestation is most likely nature's way of making sure that we are really ready for the life changing and momentous birth that will take place in, at the most, 6 weeks time. And if we aren't "ready" by that point then we won't have any other choice but to make ourselves ready!! Let the final countdown BEGIN!!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This week, Cashina weighs approximately 5lbs and is about 18” in total length…or more. Her kidneys are fully developed and her liver is now able to process some waste products. Most of her development is now complete and she’ll spend the remaining weeks putting on weight and laying down fat, which will help her stay warm once she’s out of the womb. As she continues to grow, my uterus will be stretched and stretched, letting in more light. She’ll notice this and may even develop a new daily activity routine.
At my pre-natal appointment yesterday, Cashina’s heartbeat was beating strong in the mid to high 140s and she was still head down with her butt above my belly button (THAT'S what I've been feeling!!). I only gained a whopping 2 3/4lbs since my last appointment 2 weeks ago which puts me up 23 1/4lbs. I have to admit, I've definitely been eating a heck of a lot more...man have I been hungry!! I wouldn't be surprised if the left over shower cake had something to do with it too.
Other then getting organized, this week we are also taking a newborn essentials class which should be fun. I am hoping that we come out of it with an increased comfort level when it comes to basic infant care. The more confidence we have at the onset, the more comfortable I think we will be taking care of our little girl during the first days and weeks.
Oh and did I mention only 35 days until my estimated due date? That is just crazy talk right there!!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I don’t think there are many situations in life that are completely unexpected. For the most part, most “big” life events are planned (with the exception of illness or death, but I am referring more to positive events here). Now, we all know that I was born with the "planner-gene" so not actually KNOWING when the first stage of labor is set to begin is one of those unexpected situations that I just won’t be able to avoid. I just need to relax and let nature takes it course. This isn’t going to be easy for a control-freak like me but I really feel that my entire pregnancy journey has been such a learning experience and a test of patience that having to wait for labor to begin is the icing on the cake. Which means meeting Cashina will be the equivalent of getting a nice big slice with a yummy sweet rose on top!!! Can't wait!!!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
We had our session on Saturday and decided it would be nice to have her come to our house. I was awoken at 5:30am by thunderstorms and downpours and at that moment threw my visions of straight hair and outdoor photos out the window. When Heidi arrived we explained our fear of camera issues but she was so great that after a few shots, we felt a lot more comfortable. She took a variety of shots in different rooms of the house and also set-up a backdrop for more studio-like photos. I’m just thankful that our house gets lots of light which definitely helped the shoot to be more successful considering the ominous skies.
She posted a preview of some of her favorite images to her blog. The complete gallery will be available in a couple of weeks.
Now I can’t wait for her to capture Bambina Ciano in her first weeks!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
This week, Cashina weighs approximately 4.7lbs and is about 17.7” in total length. Her digestive and intestinal systems are fully functioning now, although they will continue to mature until she is about 2 years old. Her lungs are nearly fully developed as well and if she were born now, she’d have a 95% chance of surviving without medical intervention. In other news, her fingernails now reach the end of her fingertips and will need to good filing once she is born. We wouldn’t want her little daggers to scratch her baby face or ours would we? The placenta reaches maturity this week and will start to age. But no worries, it will still continue to provide her with nutrients and oxygen until birth.
Painting the nursery has been a royal pain in the arse and Chris and I are kicking ourselves for not hiring someone to do it like we had originally planned. We thought the expense would have been too much but when you factor in supplies and all of Chris’s time, it would have been worth it. Next room we paint will be done by professionals. Anyway, the painting should be finished up this weekend (finally!!) and we can put some of the furniture that has been delivered in place. We are still waiting for the crib so I need to call baby furniture warehouse and hassle them since I’m getting antsy. I am excited about starting to wash some clothes and organizing this week!! Oh, and I can’t forget about shower thank you cards…definitely not as fun as organizing.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I already drink what seems like 3 gallons of water a day (since water is supposed to reduce swelling in pregnancy….seems like it would have the opposite effect but I am no expert) so I can’t really improve on that, but I have told myself I need to go on more walks, elevate me feet more often, and that Chris needs to give me more foot massages in the evenings. I think all of these things should help get me through the next 7 or so weeks.
Luckily, this swelling is all caused in part by lovely pregnancy hormones which encourage my body to hang on to water to fuel a variety of Cashina’s needs. So with that I will try to keep the complaining to a minimum.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
- Seeing my sis and dad since I hadn’t seen them since I was about 15 weeks pregnant and barely showing
- Opening one of the most beautiful presents from my mom, a gorgeous quilt she made with so much love
- Skyping with one of my besties, Kate, all the way from Texas and knowing how much she wanted to be with us in person
- Revealing beautiful crocheted and knitted blankets from wonderful friends who are so talented they make me feel inadequate for buying baby gifts off of registries
- Having Bambina Ciano hear her family and my friend’s voices and hoping she remembers them when she enters the world
- Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the cake!! Yum!!
We received so many beautiful and functional gifts that I can’t thank everyone enough. I am sure with each outfit I put Cash in, each time I cover her with one of the beautiful blankets, or every time she is swinging or bouncing, I will be thinking of the person who was so generous….that is unless she is screaming and my mind is focused on quiet.
Thanks again Auntie K and Mimsy for planning such a special day…you are both the best.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This week, Cashina weighs approximately 4.2lbs and is about 17.2” in total length…or more. She will continue to pack on the pounds from here on out and has transitioned from a squash to a honey dew melon. Only one more fruit/veggie to go. Her skin has changed from reddish color to pink and will continue to smooth out as more fat gets deposited on her body. Also, her lung development is almost completely mature. If she were born this week (which we don’t want her to be...we want to meet her, but not yet!!), odds are she would just need a little help from the NICU.
The bones in her skull are soft and are not yet fused together. This pliability allows the bones to overlap; making the trip down the tight birth canal possible (and resulting in that surprising cone head look babies will sport for the first few days post-birth). I find it amazing how babies are formed in certain ways that allows them to be “pushed” out. Who knew that this was one reason the skull was soft?
At my pre-natal appointment yesterday, Cashina’s heartbeat was beating strong in the high 140s and she was still head down facing right (phew!!). I only gained another 1lb since my last appointment 2 weeks ago which puts me up 20 ½ pounds.
On tap for this week, meeting with a potential pediatrician, organizing shower gifts and having some of the furniture delivered…YIPPEE!!