Thursday, January 27, 2011

Week Twenty-Five

Week twenty-five has been pretty uneventful. I suppose most of my feeling that way comes from the fact that it is January in West Michigan, that means lots of snow, cold weather and dreary days. The perfect reason to stay inside. I did start up scanning pictures again and with a new scanner that I recently got, I am flying through them. I had hoped to be done with this project sometime last year, but better late that never. It has actually been a great project to work on while pregnant, as it keeps me from trying to work on the house. Speaking of house projects, we finally settled on a paint color for Lilly's room - Behr Soft Breeze. It seems to be a great white/barely pink color. I think that Matt will be able to get it up on the walls this weekend, which means that I will be able to start nesting with decorations and odds and ends. With 15 weeks left to go, I know we have plenty of time to get the room done, but for some reason I have the energy and the stubbornness to want it done now! I will have to wait a little while until it is totally complete, as we had to order the crib and it is on a 4-6 week wait. I really had no idea that baby furniture took so long to ship, good thing we started looking early.

25 weeks: Baby is the size of a rutabaga
Your baby rivals the average rutabaga in weight -- about 1 1/2 pounds. (Length: 13 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week Twenty-Four

Week twenty-four included another successful trip to the Dr., Lilly is doing a great job growing right on schedule and she has been filling our home with joy. It has become a nightly ritual to spend some time talking, reading and playing with her and she responds by entertaining us for hours. Some days she gives us mellow kicks other days she kicks so hard it appears that she wants out to join in the fun. Erin finally got a chance to experience her antics this past week and Lilly didn't disappoint by kicking her in response to every thing Erin said. On Sunday we had the chance to have my family up to celebrate my Dad's birthday and it was such a nice afternoon, the new house has a great flow for entertaining and it makes the "Martha" in me want to have a get-together every weekend. We also have started to work on Lilly's room and Erin and Matt did a fantastic job painting the ceiling and trim ... now we have to settle on a wall color ... oh the decisions. Hopefully, we can narrow it down so Matt can work on the walls this weekend, like usual it is supposed to be cold and snowy, so a perfect time to stay in a work on the house. It has been a bit of adjustment for me to let other people do the painting, since that is always my thing, but it has been refreshing and I am sure Lilly appreciates the fresh air. Along with the paint progress in Lilly's room we have also been looking for the perfect rocking chair ... who knew it would be so hard. So far we have found that most standard gliders have a back that is too short for Matt to really be comfortable and I dislike most of the fabric choices. So now we are looking at having my Mom's old rocker re-upholstered .. I have contacted several places to see how long it will take and the prices and I am excited to get their quotes back.

24 weeks: Baby is the size of an ear of corn
Your baby has caught up with an ear of corn in size and gained about 1/4 pound since last week. (Length: almost a foot.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week Twenty-Three

Week twenty-three was the relaxing week that we had been waiting for. For the entire week I wore yoga pants and lounged around the house, it was delightful. Lilly spent plenty of time entertaining us by showing off her strong kicking and swimming skills. She will now respond to our touch and often will kick so hard you can see my skin move. And she does a pretty nice open turn to quickly zoom across the length of her personal lap pool. Of course there was some activity that accompanied all the relaxing. First, we went to our first childbirth class which will last about 6 weeks. We have a great instructor and the supporting materials are very informative and helpful. We both learned a lot already and we are curious to see what more there is to learn in the upcoming weeks. We also found time to pick up the stroller my parents bought us for Christmas from BRU and put it together. Mrs. Whiskers seemed to really enjoy the comfortable features, but didn't approve of the 5 point harness - she obviously prefers her Burley. Matt put in several long nights to set up our new washer and dryer so I could do a months worth of laundry, maybe not the most fun activity of the week, but probably the most important. And finally, I found plenty of time to have the stomach flu for a night and a day - don't let anyway tell you differently, the stomach flu is much more fun when you have a little girl using your intestines as a bounce house.

23 weeks: Baby is the size of a large mango
Your baby weighs about as much as a large mango -- just over a pound. (Length: more than 11 inches.)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week Twenty-Two

Week twenty-two was going to be a relaxing week, but that was not the case. In fact my delay in posting is directly related to the lack of time we have had this week. The major task on our list was helping my sister and Jake move. It was not an impossible task, but after having a fantastic feeling week over Christmas I now feel back to normal and have been of little help in the moving process. I did put in the effort to hang some drapes, hook up the TV and offer moral support. In an attempt to compensate for my lack of helpfulness my mom was able to come up and spend several days helping. We even found a little time to shop at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby and Target. I am still not a fan of BRU .. they really don't want you to buy anything there .. they never have things in stock, they never are friendly and their return policy is horrible. But it is convenient, so I guess I will limit my complaints about them. I do hope the next time my mom is in town we can visit some of the smaller mom and pop shops, I miss the Toy House. The main goal of the visits was to look at baby bedding options, I am having such a hard time picking something out. Everything we look at is too pink or too itchy or too mass produced. We have some great fabric stores up here and I hope to visit them to see if I can find a fabric collection that I can use to make the bedding. I think Matt likes this idea as it will give me something to combat my need to work on projects over the snowy winter months.

22 weeks: Baby is as long as a spaghetti squash
Your baby has stretched to the size of a spaghetti squash and weighs almost a pound. (Length: nearly 11 inches.)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Week Twenty-One

Week twenty-one has been so full of activities I don't even know where to start. Matt and I both had the week off to celebrate Christmas and we made the most of it - shopping, baking, cleaning, watching movies and eating out. Lilly has been a very good girl all week and has made this pregnancy thing seem easy. No pains, no heartburn, no exhaustion .. I know it is only temporary, but it is a great feeling. We spent almost 5 days of this week in Concord helping out with my grandma, baking Christmas cookies, cooking for Christmas dinner and just enjoying being around family. It is an annual tradition that my mom and I shop for all the groceries for the holiday week and we have it down to a science of what stores to visit first, what part of the store things are located in, etc.. this year Matt was brave enough to join us, making this the first year my mom and I didn't have to do the cart pushing and loading and unloading into the car, I do hope he joins us again in the future. Christmas was wonderful and we enjoyed a beautiful candlelight service at church followed by a lazy Christmas morning with family, I think we all enjoyed the relaxed morning knowing it is not about to last long as soon as Lilly enters the picture. Just like when we were in MN Lilly was given some wonderful gifts and Matt and I were spoiled as well. I seem to say this all the time, but the week of Christmas with family is probably my most favorite time of year.

21 weeks: Baby is as long as a carrot
Your baby -- currently the length of a carrot -- weighs about 3/4 of a pound. (Length: 10 1/2 inches, head to heel.)