Monday, November 22, 2010

Owen Morgan Cook

I don't have a lot of time on my hands to do a full post right now, but here are a couple links to show you some pictures of our beautiful baby boy!

Bella Baby Photography came around the hospital to take pictures of the newborns. They came out BEAUTIFULLY!! Go to the link and click on "VIEW PHOTOS," then type in "1114owencook" (all lowercase) in as the password, and it will take you to a slideshow of pictures of 3-day-old Owen!

This is my facebook album documenting my whole pregnancy, so you've already seen all the baby bump pictures, but I am ALWAYS posting new picture of Owen so check back often! :0)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 38

Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His 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 he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he'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 he'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.)

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 37

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

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.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 36

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his 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 his 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 he's in a head-down position. But if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying he'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating his from the outside of your belly.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 35

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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 34

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his 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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 33

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 32

DOCTORS APPOINTMENT THIS WEEK! Dr. Nance said I am measuring a little big and that the baby has moved into position (meaning head down, feet up.) My appointments are every 2 weeks now so we're getting close! This is what has to say about my baby this week:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 31

This week, your 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, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 30

Wow. Only 10 more weeks to go! I'm so anxious to meet this little man. Anyway, I got the results from the glucose test. The doctor didn't tell me if I have diabetes or not, but from what he said, I think I'm borderline. I don't have to take insulin or go on a really strict diet, but I need to lay off the really sugary stuff. Really sugary stuff= what makes my world go round. This is gonna be really hard for me, but at least its better than pricking my finger and taking shots of insulin everyday. I'd like to say thank you to everyone for your support and concern through all of this. I know it was never a life or death situation, but it was still scary for me nonetheless and I appreciate it. I really am so grateful.

Here is what has to say at week 30:

Your 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 your 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.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 29

I took my glucose test yesterday and, I've gotta say, it was not my favorite experience in the world. They used the same vein in my arm for all 4 times and the glucose drink was even worse than last time! Instead of a semi-tolerable wannabe orange soda drink, it was lemon-lime and AWFUL! 100 grams of glucose. I was surprised it took til the last sip for me to gag. blech! It wasn't all bad, though; my sweet husband was there with me holding my hand for the whole thing and we watched reruns of Fantasy Factory to make the time go faster. He is so supportive and I am so grateful for him in my life. Anyway, I should get the results early this week sometime and I'll let everyone know when I find out. Thanks for all your love and support! Here is what says this week:

Your baby 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, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 28

Personal Update:
Last week, I took the glucose screening test. I went to the doctor this week to find out the results. I failed. :0/ If you score under 140, you don't have diabetes. If its over, you might. My score was 145. So now I get to take another test where they draw my blood 4 times in 3 hours after having fasted for 10-12 hours. Oh joy. This test will determine if I have gestational diabetes and at what level. I could just have to stop having any sugar or I might have to meet with a nutritionist and be put on a very strict diabetic diet. Worse yet, I could have to start monitoring my blood sugar everyday and taking insulin shots= TONS of needles!! :0( Either way, I'm already cut off from any sugar. Turns out you don't miss what you've got til its gone. I'm having hardcore withdrawals! NOT happy. This is not the disease to get when you're a chocoholic. Anyway, the test is Friday and I'll update you all when I know anything. Here's what has to say this week:

By this week, your baby weighs 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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 27

This week, your 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, your baby'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. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be 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, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 26

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you 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. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 25

Head to heels, your baby now 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, his 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.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 24

Doctors appointment today! Marilyn weighed me as usual, compared today to last month, and said, "well, you must be retaining water or something." :0/ I was like, "yeah, I get your point." Apparently, I gained 14 lbs since July 1st! To make things better, when the doctor came in to see me, he mentioned that where the baby weighs about 1.25 lbs right now, next month he will have grown to 2.5 lbs! He said, "the word for this month is 'bigger.' Expect a big growth spurt." I'm SO excited to see Marilyn's face at the end of August. haha Here is what has to say about week 24:

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. 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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 23

Check out the adorable baby booties I made! It was such a fun experience learning to make them. Next, a matching hat!

Here's what has to say about week 23:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 22

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Inspiring words

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations...

...your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world...

...Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."


Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 21

Here is our little man's profile. Isn't he the cutest thing in the world?!?! I'm so excited to meet him in a matter of months.

This weeks information mentions "full-fledged kicks and nudges." I've been feeling hardcore kicks for about 2 weeks now. This guy is definitely gonna be a soccer player. :0)

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like he's practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to his activity as you get to know him better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now.

Take Me With You

I heard this song for the first time about a week after meeting Mitch. We were in his car driving back from California and this song came on. It really struck me and got me thinking. It captured just how I was feeling so perfectly. I just heard it for the first time in a long time this morning and I still find it so sentimental.

Take Me With You
Secondhand Serenade

Forgive me if I seem forward,
But I've never been in front of anything like you,
It's the last place I ever thought I'd be when I woke up this morning,
Is it true that you are always this breathtaking?,
And you're smart and you're willing,
And my god this is killing me,

Tell me all the things you never said,
We can lie here and talk for hours in my bed,
I don't have anything to hide,
I don't have anything everything is not for certain,
I don't have anything to hide,
I don't have anything everything is not for certain,

You started to see right through me,
And I'm loving every minute of it,
Its like I'm born again every time I breath in so,
If you're curious my favorite color's blue,
And I like to sing in the shower,
If you like I'll sing to you,

Tell me all the things you never said,
We can lie here and talk for hours in my bed,
I don't have anything to hide,
I don't have anything everything is not for certain,
I don't have anything to hide,
I don't have anything everything is not for certain,

Tell me all of your hopes,
All of your dreams,
I want you to take me there (take me there),
Tell me all of your hopes,
All of your dreams,
I want to take you there (take you there),
Tell me everything,
Every breath,
I want you to know I'll be there (know I'll be there),
There's just one more thing,
One request,
I want you to take me with you,

Take me with you,
I will never let you down,
I will love you now and forever (now and forever),
[Repeat 5x]

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Our Scorpio Baby

This is (supposedly) what our baby is going to be like! That is, if he doesn't push his birthday back a few days. Scorpio is Oct. 23rd - Nov. 21st and Baby Boy Cook is due Nov. 19th.

About the Scorpio Child:

Private and Mysterious

The saying "Still waters run deep" perfectly describes your Scorpio daughter or son. Calm as she may seem, there's a lot going on beneath the surface. As her parent, you may never learn all about what makes your little Scorpio tick because these children rarely reveal everything.

Scorpio children are strong-willed, passionate, and intense, and the need to feel secure drives them to control themselves and others. A strong, durable emotional connection is one of their primary needs, but, perversely, they may test the durability of that connection, often without realizing they are doing so.

Your Scorpio child may seem by turns affectionate, aloof, devoted, obsessive, loving, and manipulative. Scorpios have such range and depth of feeling that you may sense that your child is expressing only the top layer of her true feelings -- and that you could understand her a lot better if only she'd let you in on the secret.

Scorpio children thrive on the mysteries of life and have a knack for understanding others' motivations. They might love reading suspense stories or watching horror flicks from an early age, and they'll be drawn to complex friendships that really stretch them.

It's all too easy for Scorpio children to be drawn into obsessive, vindictive, and controlling behavior, so be sure to teach your child about the importance of forgiveness as well as forging balanced relationships with other people. If you guide her carefully, you can help your Scorpio child develop interests that will benefit the world at large, as she brings her focus, willpower, and determination to bear.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 20

IT'S A BOY!! We found out on Thursday and we got LOTS of cute little ultrasound pictures. Those will definitely be posted as soon as my husband decides to scan them into the computer. My little boy definitely has the cutest little profile. :0) I'm about halfway done with the pregnancy and I'm SO anxious to meet the little dude! Mitch and I haven't decided on too many details, but we have a middle name. So, for now, we've got ______ Morgan Cook. My parents had a tradition of honoring our grandparents by naming us after them using our middle names so I decided to pass on the tradition and honor the grandparents of my own children the same way (of course I talked it over with Mitch and he agreed. :0) ) My maiden name is Morgan so this name is to honor my dad. He's really an incredible man and I don't know anyone more excited to be a grandparent than he is. We'll be sure to keep you posted!! Here is what has to say about this week of my little boy's life:

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 (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 19

Update: We find out the gender of our baby NEXT WEEK! If you haven't placed your bets yet, hurry up! :0) Here's what has to say this week:

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Here is where I get my pictures every week!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 18

Quick update: Our little guy/girl is definitely moving around a lot! The doctor said I probably won't be able to tell the difference between baby movements and other intestinal movements for another couple weeks, but it is already so obvious to me. This baby is definitely an active one! Here's what had to say about week 18:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 17

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 16

We had another doctors appointment today! I forgot to get my blood work done before this appointment but I'll be getting it done soon. :0/ We heard the heartbeat again. This time, Dr. Nance guessed it was a boy heartbeat. Mitch is SO STOKED! Our next ultrasound is scheduled for July 1st and thats when we find out the gender!!! We're so excited to find out so we can buy cute little outfits and get the decorations ready! :0) Heres what had to say this week.

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Something to think about...

The eastern idea of Happiness is something Westerners often miss. It is called "Equanimity"...

Equanimity comes from the Latin Aequs meaning "Equal" and Animus meaning "Spirit".

So the secret to happiness is simpler that we think. Happiness, in the truest sense, is just feeling "equal-to-things". A profound, sustained sense of happiness floods our body/mind when we feel equal to everything, when all that life offers us feels adequate. Equanimity... a sense of being "up for the challenge" no matter how intense and nothing can shake you off balance, and no one can mess with your mind/body space.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Baby Bump at 15 weeks 3 days!


These pictures will be with weekly progress posts from now on, but I'm sharing this one now since it hadn't been taken in enough time. I'm sorry if these posts are annoying for you. Frankly, they're more for me than anyone else. Its a documentary of the progression of my pregnancy that I will always have. :0)

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 15

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

Our next ultrasound will be around 20 weeks. Hopefully we will find out the gender then! :0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 14

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 13

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

In other news, my baby sister, Kassi, is having her baby today! As of right now, she is 9 cm dilated and feeling VERY ready to push. She decided to have a completely natural delivery which I am so proud of her for. If anyone can handle a natural birth, its my amazingly strong sister. I'm so excited to see beautiful pictures of my baby nephew and meet him in July! Prayers would be appreciated! I'll update all of you as soon as I know anything new! :0)

Friday, May 14, 2010

My 85 year old grandmother went SKYDIVING!!

Seriously, check this out. My grandmother turned 85 this week and decided to go skydiving for her birthday! COOLEST GRANDMA EVER! The news station talks to my aunt, Jan, and my uncle, Kenny, and my cousin, London. You also see one of my favorite people in the world- my cousin, Steph- in the background at times. I especially love how, at the end, they mention she's about to become a great-grandmother any day now. Wish we could have been there, but between school and pregnancy-nausea, there was no way. We'll go in 5 years when she goes again for her 90th birthday! :0)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 12

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.