Baby Street

Eliana in 3-D

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

36 weeks, 6 days

We have accomplished a lot here in the past few days. We bought a sewing machine and finished up her sling and nursing cover, which is a HUGE deal. Because none of us could figure out how to logistically put the sling together. We had used Meme's sewing machine since April, stitching it together, and then busting out the seams 8 times. Go figure, I just needed to ask my husband for directions. While he's never sewed before, and still doesn't consider it very manly, he's great at figuring out tough instructions. What an amazing guy I have! He told me what went where, and I did the stitchin'. He wants me to assure everyone he never touched the sewing machine except to bring it home from the store. = )

I have now moved on to cleaning as my favorite pass-time as we wait for her to get here. I am tired, but in the evenings I have the potential for a short burst of energy...which last night I used to disassemble a box fan and vacuum out the motor. (Huh?) I also scrubbed the tub, toilet, sink, floors, ceiling fan, finished up the laundry, organized, and even moved some decor around. Alas, this was just in our bedroom and bathroom and I still have lots to entertain me until she arrives.

We also have the hospital bag packed almost to perfection. It's hard to pick a coming-home outfit for yourself when you have no idea what's going to fit? It may be as extravagant as sweats and a T-shirt. LOL.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eliana's Room!

There were way many more pictures than I could upload on this page alone...Click below to check out her room on Photobucket! Enjoy!

36 weeks - Ready, but sooo not Ready

Baby Eliana should be arriving here soon! We have everything she needs to get her started, we're just trying to absorb the massive change that's about to take place. I am so exhausted, ready to have my baby and ready to have my body back (although i'm still terrified of labor and delivery...) Here's an update on her:

Your baby continues to put on weight at about ½ pound each week. This layer of fat will help your baby regulate his body temperature after leaving your climate-controlled womb. In fact, your baby will be 15 percent fat at birth (and you ... well that's another story). Even in the womb, your baby can listen, feel, touch and see. The only thing separating him from living in the outside world is a little thing called the birth canal. Other highlights this week:

His gums are firm with ridges that look somewhat like teeth, though his actual pearly whites won't start breaking through until he's between three months and a year old.

Your baby has definite patterns of sleep and wakefulness—opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby will become alert and turn his head toward light and sound just as a newborn would—except when you put on that Celine Dion CD. Then the baby puts his hands up, turns away and gurgles, "Oh no you didn't!"

Your baby is now around 18½ inches long and nearly 6 pounds—just about as big as a breadbox!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

33 week - Baby Update

The big news this week is lung development—baby's respiratory system is almost completely mature. That means if your baby was born this week, odds are he'd be a healthy bouncing baby with a just a little help from his friends (aka, the NICU). Some of the specifics are:

Your baby can now detect light and tell the difference between night and day (of course that ability will miraculously disappear once he's born and up all night screaming). His pupils will constrict and dilate in response to light. If you shine a flashlight on your belly, your baby may shy away from the light as if to say, "Cut it out, Ma. You're soooo annoying."

The bones in your baby's skull are soft and are not yet fused together. In other words, now is not the time to teach him how to do a headspin while breakdancing. This pliability allows the bones to overlap; making that trip down the tight birth canal possible (and resulting in that surprising cone head look your baby will sport for the first few days post-birth. Don't worry, it's totally normal and that's what hats are for.)

Your baby will continue to pack on the pounds gaining around ½ pound a week from here on out.

Your baby weighs about 4½ pounds, as much as a grownup duck, and is approximately 17.5 inches long, about the same as a collarbone-length pearl necklace. (Did somebody say push present?)

33 week - Mommy Update

Things I hadn't quite expected from pregnancy...

1. That my toes would turn into ten vienna sausages...and I would not be able to reach them.

2. That my legs would take 45 minutes to shave. A piece.

3. That I would NEED to pee every twelve minutes. And four drops would come out.

4. That she could move so strangely in there that it would gasp me for air. Or make me burst into laughter.

5. That I would be so tired, I could fall asleep on the toilet. No comment as to if I actually have or not.

6. That my husband looks at me so funny when I start to tell a he just heard it ten minutes ago...

7. That my vocabulary would be reduced to "that...that thing. you know that thing!"

8. That sticky notes and alarms would go off everywhere, to make sure I remember to go to work.

9. That I could be so preoccupied with and so terrified of and so excited about something that is going to weigh the same as my chihuahua.

10. That a Starbucks sign could make me wimper.

11. That I would hear every detail of every labor and delivery story that exists within 100 feet of my pregnant belly.

12. That I would have no idea how to answer the "how long we have left" question I hear umpteen times a day.

13. That I would wish more than anything that my friends knew how much I needed them.

14. That my fingers would look like i'm robbing the Sounds stadium of ten ball-park franks.

15. That ball-park franks can't wear wedding rings : (

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31 week update

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin.

As ready as I am for her to be here, and to have my body back, she has been an amazing baby to carry. She never made me vomit (minus our little popcorn endeavor), she generally stays in a comfortable position, and she never minds my new love of spicy foods. Only a couple nights in the second trimester did I have heartburn. We can't wait to meet her! And hold her, and kiss her, and let her know how much she is loved...if we go 38 weeks (which i'm hoping for!) we have 50 days left. C'mon October!

The Nursery...Update!

Here is the nursery as of a few weeks ago. Since then, we have picked out chocolate suede fabric to redo the glider and the bench seat (which now has a cushion). The Noah's ark picture is in the loft, and we have big plans for her wall decor! We still have a few projects to tackle, but for the most part...we're on our way! Will's parents helped build the built-in...but the computer lost the pictures I took of them when it kept needing to revert to default settings and all that. But Eliana will know that her grandparents worked very hard to make her room so nice! I can't wait to post the finished pictures!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"What's a rutabaga?" 25 week update

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

Just now starting to get a little uncomfortable with her growing and stretching me out. I've noticed i'm more tired than I have been in the past few months. We only have 13-15 weeks to go, depending on if she decides to come early or not! We've been trying to walk after dinner each night to help with digestion, and avoid excess weight gain. So far, so good...but I am worn OUT when we get back! From a little bitty walk. Hopefully i'll get some super-mommy energy when she gets here!

William and my Mom painting her room!

We had planned to paint the room soon, but had no idea it would be today! Funny enough, that's how all our painting endeavors have started...just being bored on a Saturday or Sunday. = )

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ana's Crib Bedding

It's a little washed out by the flash...but it's pink and brown = ) This makes me very excited to get busy working on the rest of her room!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Crib Bedding

We finally picked out our daughter's bedding! I hope she likes it as much as we do! 18 1/2 weeks before she can see it, though ; )

Monday, June 21, 2010

Gender Revealing Party!!!

Saturday, June 19th we revealed to all our friends and family the gender of the baby! We had about a ton of people in our living room and kitchen nibbling on hamburgers and hotdogs, fruit, chips and salsa, soda, and veggies while waiting on the CUPCAKES!

So the time came to pass them out...

I counted to 3...and everyone bit in!

Except for Will's sister-in-law, who actually had the we made her tear it apart, and this is what she found!

"It's a GIRL!!!"

We also received 723 diapers and 752 wipes!!! (Including a box of the blue jean diapers I blogged about earlier!) We are very excited!

A HUGE Thank You to everyone who came and enjoyed that afternoon with us! We love you guys!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper. (Momma Jones, this one's all yours!)

Huggies® Jeans Diapers Hit the Streets!

THESE are sooo cute!!! I don't think I can resist!

Monday, June 14, 2010

19 weeks 5 days. 142 days to go!

We are 3 days away from finding out if it's a boy or girl and I am going absolutely crazy! I have been having weird dreams for almost a week now about it! I just know i'm going to go nuts at shops and boutiques! I cannot stand the wait. And I have no clue how i'm going to keep my lips sealed for two whole days until the reveal party?!? I'm going to start making the all-knowing, all-telling, super-secret cupcakes on Thursday or Friday. (Sorry, I get really cheesy when I'm excited!)

I'll move on, now.

I have been feeling the baby move for about a week, now! I think it was last Wednesday that I first recognized it. Sweet Pea's on my left side, still down below my belly button. He/She really enjoys sugar! I just ate a pop-tart and am having fun feeling the party going on inside! I do have to watch how much of that goes on. Sugar is one of my cravings. It's not as common as these cravings though...

French fries with ketchup? OH YEAH. I will make myself sick on V-8 juice. And when we go out to Mexican, forget the meal...just give me the chips and salsa, and nobody gets hurt! As far as food aversions: I'm glad to be eating chicken again. It sure does make life easier!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

19 week belly photos

It's more difficult than I thought to take an almost full-length picture of yourself!

19 week update!!!

Your baby equals a large heirloom tomato in size and weighs 8 1/2 ounces. (length: 6 inches, head to bottom)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Oh sweet pea...

My mom temporarily named the baby sweet pea, just until we find out what we plan to call this kid! "Baby" and "it" just weren't working for her...I agree. I went for a regular check-up today...and got to HEAR the baby's heartbeat via doppler! She didn't think we'd get to hear it, but she tried anyway. There it was! Strong and steady! Will was sad he had to miss it...I was told I was just filling out a ton of paperwork, and he had to work. He's been working so hard to make up for all of my lost hours at the dentist's office. In upwards of 65+ hours a week! We're 9 weeks and 2 days along...approximately 215 days to go!

Friday, March 26, 2010

8-Week Update

We went for an ultrasound this morning, due to some unfamiliar cramps I had been having. Great news! Everything is going perfectly! We got to see the baby wiggling it's little arms and legs...and moving side to side, like a dance! I couldn't believe it! We also could see it's heart chambers beating. The heartbeat was 164. She said anything from 110 to 180 was normal. Will started crying, he was so happy! (I don't know if I was supposed to tell you that...) We still have 10 weeks until we can tell the baby's gender, but we seem to think it's a girl. The ring test says girl, and the chinese birth chart says girl. I know those things can be wrong, but for the most part i've heard they're right.

I'm craving mostly carbs, and anything else pretty much grosses me out. Which is not good, because I lost all my weight eating low-carb...and it's already returning at an astonishingly fast rate. I'm hoping my food aversions will diminish in the second trimester, so that I can eat healthier. And i'll be good to work out again once I feel better! I have to keep my heart rate below 140, which will be tough because I am used to pushing myself really hard when I work i'm not sure I remember what "moderate" feels like.

I think the timing of this pregnancy is great, because I will get to wear plenty of fall clothes when I'm huge, and after the baby's born I can wear winter clothes until I get my shape back in the spring. We're already planning a copy of P90X. No bikinis or little tank tops until well after the baby's born!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

How We Found Out

I hadn't been feeling well. Exhaustion, queasiness, tenderness...but I thought it was from working two jobs, a stomach bug that had been going around, and maybe a period on it's way. I had jokingly told Will that I wanted to take a pregnancy test, because if I felt this way for no reason, I was going to be upset! I really didn't think I could really be pregnant though.

We had invited our friends Jordan and Erica over for dinner on Thursday, March 4. Erica was with us, but Jordan was still on his way home from work. She and I were talking in the car in the parking lot at Publix...I told her I had these weird symptoms, but after 2 years of trying, I had been dismissing them. I really thought we weren't ever going to become pregnant. I mentioned that I might take my last pregancy test, just to get the thought out of the back of my mind. She agreed that it was a good idea.

So after we made it home, and i'm waiting on the test to process, i'm reading the back of the box, just passing the time. I look down, and it had already processed. But it looked...weird. I had never seen two pinks lines before. I looked at the box, looked at the test, looked at the box, looked at the test. Looked at the box. I screamed for Will. (I later found out that Erica told him "she's yelling for you", but since he was cooking dinner for us, he ignored me.) I then ran into the living room, shaking, saying "what does this mean? what does this mean?"

His jaw dropped. Erica squealed "it means PREGNANT!" She started jumping up and down, while Will and I just stared at each other. "I'm gonna go into labor!", she said, from the jumping. "Don't do that!" Will said. "Well, hug each other or something!!!" So we did = )

I still wasn't sure if I should believe it or not, I mean, two years after seeing negatives...was this really a positive? "You have to get the one that says the word!" Erica beamed. So she and I rushed down to Walgreens, and bought a two-pack. I couldn't pee when I got back home, so I chugged water and continued to shake. They were talking, but I couldn't concentrate. I tried atleast twice before I could pee enough for the second test. To my said "Pregnant"! I thought for sure it had been a fluke, but it wasn't!

We tried to wait to tell our parents in a super-creative way, but that lasted maybe 20 seconds. We decided to take a picture of the two positive tests and text it to all our family members at the same time. Ten seconds later, our phones were ringing off the hook! My family cried, his family laughed, both were excited. We confirmed it at the doctor's office the next day!

It took us forever to grasp that we're just didn't seem real! We kept telling each other, "Hey, guess what? We're pregnant!"