December 28th, 2009

Hello 27 AND 28 weeks!

I didn't get a chance to post the info for 27 and 28 weeks, what with all the Christmas and vacation hullabaloo. So, here it goes...

You're 27 Weeks Pregnant!

Got a sudden pain in your rear? That's just baby, settling into place for his upcoming debut. His head might be pressing on your sciatic nerve, which can cause pain and numbness down the backs of your legs. Don't worry -- it'll ease up soon after labor. For now, your aching back deserves a pat. You've reached trimester three!

Baby is the size of a head of Cauliflower!

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her 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 she were 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 her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle

From me!
I feel Baby hiccuping all the time! Last week Baby had the hiccups for nearly 20 minutes! Baby is also playing with Mommy and Daddy- we love the interaction, knowing that Baby can hear our voices and knows the difference. He can even tell the difference in our hands! Baby will be moving and Micah and I put out hands on to feel, and Baby will kick just for us. But as soon as an unfamiliar hand comes close- all movements stop. But I was able to coax Baby enough to get a few kicks out of him for his eager fans.

You're 28 Weeks Pregnant!

At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. You could also be experiencing restless leg syndrome. Some researchers estimate that up to 20 percent of expectant moms experience an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their legs in the last few months of pregnancy. These feelings will likely go away a few weeks after your baby's born. In the meantime, there are some tips and tricks you could try. Sleep should be proving interesting, too. There's no harm in sleeping on your right side, but lying on your left side or tilted to the left is the best way to ensure proper circulation. It takes all the pressure off of the vena cava — the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. This vein runs along the right side of your spine and may be compressed by your growing uterus when you sleep on your back. Compression of the vena cava can cause decreased blood flow to the placenta and baby. If you end up flat on your back in the night, don't panic: Women who do suffer from a compressed vena cava will likely unconsciously shift positions in their sleep to take the pressure off the vein,

Baby is the size of a Chinese Cabbage!

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 open and close his eyes, which now sport lashes. This movement is more of a reflexive blink than a deliberate opening and closing, but it won't be long before he's batting those beauties at you.

From me!
It was wonderful to see the reactions of my family and friends when they saw me.. or rather, when they saw Baby! By the end of our vacation, Baby had kicked for just about everyone- Emily, Katie, Mom, Dad, Brandon, Tyler, Granny, Aunt Wendy, Aunt Sunny... Let me tell you.. this is one loved Baby! Baby even got two parties thrown in his own- one with all our friends and another with all our family (it was a surprise!). Oh- and we continued the poll while we were down there. Out of our family, 7 for a boy, 2 for a girl, and 3 think it's going to be either one or the other! :P

Well, that's it for now! I have just under 3 months left to go! Only 81 days! Woohoo! We're finishing up the items for Baby, getting the nursery ready, putting money into savings for my maternity leave, and all that jazz. I'll be starting to go to our doc appointments twice a month now, my vacation time should love that.

I can't wait to meet the little one!

Oh yeah- 28 Week photos have been taken and are on their way!

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At least someone was happy to see me...

My plane landed last night at 11:00 on the dot, but my central-time-zone body thought it was 2 am. Add to that an all night drive and three plane rides, and that 2 am was flipped around, spun in circles, turned upside down, and my body had no clue what time it was- all it knew was that it was late and it was tired.

Dragging my tired body through the airport, I went to the Baggage claim to wait for Larry to pick me up. It was then that I realized three very important things: 1) We had not agreed on a meeting place so I didn't know where to go... 2) I did not know what type of car Larry was driving so I couldn't even look for him ... 3) I did not have Larry's phone number, which meant that I couldn't even call to find out where to meet him!

I must admit. I did have a slight panic attack.

During which time I might or might not have called Micah three times.

Even though it was 2 am there.

But the time doesn't matter cause he didn't answer anyway.

Because it was 2 am there.

So maybe the time was important.

Even so, I ended up not needing him anyway as I called Brother Nowling who happened to have an also-panicked Larry on the other line, trying to get ahold of me since he also didn't have my number.

Thank you Brother Nowling!

Once I was safely in the car with my luggage, it was on to home. Blessed home. 15 minutes later and I was standing in my foyer, locking the door after Larry deposited my bags and said goodnight. As soon as the lock clicked, I felt all 24 hours of the past day explode at once and I was tired.

Very, very tired.

It's a good thing I was in my house.

My empty house.

My very empty house, void of all sound or other life.

It's depressing coming home to an empty house.

Lonely, too.

Then I heard one of the most annoying, yet at the moment- welcomed, sounds in the whole world:


"Meow, meow, meow, meow!"

From the back of the house came flying a bundle of fur (I really need to groom him again this week) that wouldn't stop moving for the next 30 minutes. Everywhere I went, Milo went.

The bedroom.

The bathroom.

The kitchen.

The bathroom again. (seriously, cat, do you have to watch me???)

And it wasn't just food he wanted, though that apparently was his most pressing need, even above that of companionship. But once that belly of his was full, he was ready to cuddle. I got ready for bed and laid back in that wonderful bed of mine. 12 inches of memory foam never felt so divine.

Turning off the light, I laid back with a sigh, then snuggled in for the night. And Milo snuggled in with me. And next to me. And on top of me.

If I laid on my right side, he took his paws and kept batting my arm and cheeks, trying to get me to pet him. Opening my eyes, I would look at him and he would look at me, then he'd cock that little head of his and nuzzle my arm with a plaintive, "Meow?"

Cute, but rather distracting after a few minutes. Really distracting after 20 minutes. Let's try sleeping on my back.

Oh yes, Milo loved my sleeping on my back. He actually would get up and begin to knead my pillow, which was all well and good- but not when he was also kneading my head too! What pushed it over the top was when he decided to lay ON TOP of my head... not a good sleeping position for either him or me.

Onto the left side.

I think that was his favorite. You see, when I sleep on my left side, I sleep really close to the edge. Don't ask me why, I just do. That's why Micah is on MY side of the bed if he tries to snuggle during the night. This is also why I roll on top of him when I turn over. "Micah- move over, you're on my side!" Never mind that I kind of forced him there by sleeping so far over in the first place. Anyway. Another rant for another day.

The left side. The edge. It doesn't leave much room for me, or for Milo.

Especially for Milo.

When I turned over to sleep on my left side, Milo actually got off the bed and went around to the side where I was at. Then, with a loud, "Meow!" he jumped onto the bed, onto the 2 inches of space that was there, and right into my face.

Okay, Milo, I love you, but never do I want to be quite that close.

Besides, your fur tickles my nose.

I think you're doing it on purpose.

Bad kitty.

Wait.. I think I have to sneeze...

Picking him up, I deposited him on the far right side of the bed, pet him a few times, then turned back over. Within seconds, he was up by my ear, purring loudly, nudging me. I reached over, and *lovingly* pushed him away. Seconds later, he was back over. And seconds later, I pushed him away again.

This battle of the wills... or was it just an extreme case of I-missed-you's?... continued for the next 10 minutes, until finally, I won. As was right.

A few minutes later, I drifted off into peaceful oblivion.

Until 4:30 when my central-time-zone body decided it was wakey-wakey time. Uh.. no. Get it right, girl, it's Alaska time zone. SLEEP!

But those few moments of wakefulness was enough to stir Milo up and he decided to take up a new residence in the small of my back, forcing me to remain "on edge"... uh.. this won't work. I moved him and he meowed back his displeasure. Hmph. I don't have to take that.

And I didn't.

Next thing he knew, Milo was introduced to the hallway.. and the door. And I went back to sleep for a wonderful two more hours.

Sigh... I can't wait until tonight. I think my bed and I are going to become best friends.

And this time I think I'm going to shut the door.

Sorry, kitty.

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