Thursday, May 27, 2010

24 weeks... and 1 day

I meant to post this yesterday..... but I failed.  Oh well!  I'm sure your life has gone one without the 24 week post!!!

But.... if you've been waiting.... here goes!

Yesterday I hit 24 weeks pregnant.  Feels like kinda a big deal because they start to really talk about viability at this point!!!  And it means I'm 6 months pregnant (3.5 or so months to go).  Eek!!!!

24 weeks:
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.
Mmmmmmm.... corn on the cob!!!!
And.... another picture 'cause why not.  Go figure, wearing a green shirt.  I took this yesterday, as my official "6 months" picture..... but with my phone, so not great quality... oh well, you get the point! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

the latest....

Wow!  Time is flying by - and we haven't even been THAT busy yet!

I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, my first appointment since I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GD), and the first time I will have seen my doctor for 12 weeeks for a real appointment (I saw him briefly when I fell).... crazy!  A lot has changed in 12 weeks!  I'll update later about the appointment.

Let's see..... the latest.  Well, "Eggo" now has a permanent name - and we're actually sharing it with the world.  Our son will be named Colby Richard Wells.  Colby was a name Jimmy found in a book that was on our list, and I warmed up to it, Jimmy loved it, and now it works great.  I liked the nickname Cole but wasn't too hot on the name Colton, so if I really want to call him Cole, I still can!  Richard is for my grandfather who passed away exactly one week before we found out we were pregnant.  Even with my higher risk for miscarriage due to PCOS, etc., I almost knew from the start that we would get to meet this baby in September and hold him / her in our arms.  I just knew that Grandpa would watch over the baby, and me.  It's hard every time I say / think about Colby's full name, because it's hard to know that Grandpa won't be able to hold his first great-grandbaby, or any great-grandbabies..... but I know he would've been proud, honored, and would've spoiled the little one rotten! :-)

He also must be getting bigger, 'cause I'm feeling him ALL the time now! :-)  Some days more than others, but on any day I feel him at least 3 times in the day, and usually for a little while.  I tend to consistently catch him between 2:30pm and 4pm EVERY day.... but many other times too.  And last night he was kicking or rolling away in there as I was trying to go to sleep, and each time I woke up in the night.  I'm not complaining though..... I love every kick / roll / punch / knead.... even to my bladder! :-)

Today I even saw my belly move!!!  He's been doing karate in there all day, from the moment I woke up, so I wondered if I'd be able to see any of it.  I laid down on the couch and stared at my pale white bare belly for less than a minute, and sure enough - ka-bam, ka-bam - two kicks or punches or???? - one to the left, one to the right - and it was like my belly moved to the left and then to the right.

Jimmy's been able to feel a bunch of kicks lately.... and a couple nights ago Colby must have been curled up or something, 'cause we could definitely feel him as we were poking away at my belly - and see my belly in kinda a strange shape.  So cool!  I love the little alien in my belly!

My Mom, Dad, Brother, and their exchange daughter came to visit this past weekend.  It was fun to have them up here, and we toured around Seattle on Saturday (exhausting!) - which turned out to be a pretty nice day!  I'll try to share some pictures later....

We've also been working a ton on our garden.  I think we've got everything in that we're going to put in - I got some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini yesterday to add to it.  I'll definitely take pictures soon - it looks awesome!  I can't wait for this summer when we can enjoy it all!

Okay..... I think that's enough for now!  I'll leave you with a picture - okay two.  One was Saturday - Jimmy and I on the ferry - the other is Sunday, me at 23 weeks, 4 days!

On the ferry - LOVE Seattle!

23 weeks, 4 days (Sunday, 5/23/10)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

23 weeks!

Well..... I'm 23 weeks today!!!  Can't believe it..... time is flying by!

I've had to find another website that will compare the baby to food each week, not just by month.... here's what I've got!

23 weeks:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she'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 her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her 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 her when she hears them outside the womb.

So baby's the size of a mango.... but that's just for weight.  Jimmy has pointed out that a football is 11 to 11.25 inches long.... so this week, Eggo is a football!!! :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Well, I hit 22 weeks on Wednesday, and I didn't post!!!  Busy week!

So.... here are some pictures for the last week or so... I swear I wear colors other than green! :-)

21 weeks, 5 days

22 weeks, 2 days

3 preggos - due 10/15, 9/15, and 7/10
22 weeks, 3 days

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Just a warning - this post is going to get long!  It's been a busy week!

Monday I took the 1 hour Glucose tolerance test.  I took it early (20 weeks, 5 days instead of the usual 28 or so weeks) due to the fact we knew I was at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes (GD) because of having PCOS.  The orange stuff they make you drink was pretty nasty.  It kinda burned my throat.  But I endured it, and sat there reading a baby book (and oogling over a 10 day old baby sitting next to me) for an hour.  While Jimmy sometimes says I'm a pessimist... I think I'm just a realist.  I was kinda sure I was going to fail the test.  So what did I do?  I went out and got a Blizzard since it may be my last.

Sure enough, I found out Tuesday I failed the 1 hour test SO badly that I don't even have to take the 3 hour test.  I've been diagnosed with GD.  They have set me up with an appointment with a dietician / nutritionist tomorrow that will help me learn about what I can / cannot eat.... quantitites.... and testing my blood sugar multiple times a day.  They are hopeful we will be able to combat this with the Metformin I'm already on and an adjustment to my diet.  We'll see!  I know it will be difficult at times - but so worth it, for me and baby Eggo.

Friday, I took a half day off of work and drove down to Portland.  My friend Amy was in town from the East Coast, and we wanted to get together for coffee / breakfast (she's pregnant and due July 17th!!!).  So I surprised my family, and showed up at their house on Friday night!!!  We got my mom good - and it was fun to surprise them!  This was the first time I'd done the drive since probably when we moved up to Seattle - Jimmy ALWAYS drives when we go down there!

I got to go to my brother's lacrosse game on Friday night (that's the main reason I took the half day... and I wasn't sure when Amy and I were going to get together).  I was so glad I got this opportunity!  One of the main reasons I wish we lived closer to home is so that I could go to my baby brother's games (okay, I know, he's 17.... he's hardly a baby).  Well..... they WON!  This was their first win in a while.  He played an AWESOME game!  He's the goalie on the varsity team, and he kicks butt!!!  The final score was 7-5.  It was a hard fought game - and so much fun!

Saturday morning I had breakfast / coffee with Amy.  We realized it had been over 3.5 years since we had seen eachother!  WAY too long!  It was fun to talk and catch up.... compare preggo stories... and just be with an old friend.  We agreed we would have to do it again before another 3.5 years passed by.  We're both having boys - so we're pretty sure there will have to be a playdate around December or so when she comes back to Oregon again!

Next, my Mom, Dad, and I went to Home Depot.  Picking out some edging rocks for their yard.  A silly and quick errand.... but I love my mom and dad and any time I get to spend with them is just so much fun!

My mom and I then headed out for our afternoon activities - a Mother / Daughter tea out at the ranch where my sister, Kelsey lives.  We stopped at the fabric store and picked out the perfect fabric that she's going to use to re-cover the glider I got on Craigslist a while back.  THANK YOU mom for your generous gift.  I can't wait to rock my baby boy in that chair!

The tea was awesome.  There were 18 official courses... and I think two extra ones.  Along with courses that included three things in them at times!  We had fun just being girls and silly and enjoying mother and daughters time!  We took pictures of every course - I'll probably post them on facebook.  They were all handmade goodies, and they were DELICIOUS!

Mom and I then got to see the cabin Kelsey lives in (so cute!) and her office.  An hour later, we were back at my parents house.... and I was packing up my stuff.  I headed home to Seattle - leaving 26.5 hours after I had arrived in Portland!!!  The drive home wasn't too bad..... and I made it home around 11pm. 

I think baby Eggo missed his daddy as much as I did, because as we laid down in bed, he started kicking like crazy.  I've been complaning about my anterior placenta and how I haven't really felt kicks..... well I felt these ones!  I was pretty sure I was feeling them from the outside.... so I had Jimmy put his hand on my belly.  Sure enough - he felt at least a couple kicks or jabs!!!  SO COOL.  I think it was Eggo's early mother's day gift to me!

This morning Jimmy made me french toast and bacon for breakfast.  We figure it's the last time I'll get to eat french toast for a while.  Sad.... but I'm looking forward to making omelettes for breakfasts on the weekends!

Jimmy got me a bathrobe and slippers for mother's day!  I had mentioned I'd love to have one - and he picked out a perfect one!!!  So sweet!

I don't know what we'll do today.  It's beautiful and sunny out...... We're headed to dinner at the Melting Pot tonight, then to the Daughtry concert.  We bought the tickets a while back sorta on a whim.... and didn't realize the concert fell on Mother's day!

What a wonderful weekend!!!

I'll post more tomorrow about the meeting with the nutritionist and my new life as a GD mommy.

I hope everyone is having / had a wonderful weekend - and if you made it this far in this LONG post, bravo! :-)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

21 weeks!

21 weeks today!!! 

Baby Eggo is definitely growing!!!  Here's me at 21 weeks:

Starting this week they only change the baby's fruit every month.... but I'll find somewhere else that does it more often!!!!

So this week Eggo is a Papaya:

Your Baby: Month 5

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More nursery pictures...

We've been busy in the nursery!

Here's what it looks like right now! (well, one side of it... the other side is still in progress - the paint needs another coat of paint, etc.)

Still need to put the baseboards back on, and finish the trim.  Also some wall shelves, etc.  Changing pad and other accessories, bedding.... And the glider will be recovered - can't wait to go to the fabric store with my mom!!!

Didn't Jimmy do an awesome job picking out the tree!?!