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).