28 Weeks

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My baby bump at 28 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained about 2 1/2 lbs this week.  I think I ate too much cake.

Movement:  Cullen is one active little guy. His kicks are super strong and all over the place.

Boy or Girl? Boy!

Food Cravings: Nothing in particular.  I'm just hungry all the time now.

How I'm Feeling: Still good overall.  I have found that my back and hips are hurting more lately.  My afternoon commute is no fun at all...sitting in one spot in bumper to bumper traffic is killer on my hips.  And I am hungry all the time now.  I definitely feel like I am trying to eat for two, or three or four.  I have gotten some looks from Corey this week when I keep going to the fridge and pantry before dinner.  (This new habit probably explains my sudden weight gain.)

And in case you haven't done the math, I only have about 12 weeks left before our little boy gets here.  That is crazy!  Time is flying by.  And we still have a ton to do!

Size of Baby: Head of Cauliflower (16 in, 2.5 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  By now, baby has added blinking to his growing bag of tricks.  Other impressive new talents include coughing, more intense sucking, and perhaps most important, better breathing.

Best Part of this Week: Mom and I went apple picking again this week.  It was fun to get out in the orchard again and pick the few apples left.  And we, of course, got to enjoy some yummy apple cider doughnuts!

What I'm Looking Forward To: My first shower is next Sunday!  I am so excited!

27 Weeks

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My baby bump at 27 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: No change in weight this week.  Still at pre-pregnancy weight.

Movement:  Cullen's little kicks keep getting stronger!  Sometimes he catches me by surprise with a sudden kick to my side or a sudden flurry of movements.

Boy or Girl? Boy!

Food Cravings: I still would like a Bloomin' Onion...maybe this weekend.

How I'm Feeling: I feel great except for the cold I have developed over the last week.  Being sick while pregnant is no fun.  Tylenol, Sudafed, and Halls are just not cutting it.  I'm sure some honey & whiskey or just a shot of rock & rye would clear things right up...no such luck right now though.

Size of Baby: Cucumber (15 in, 2.2 lbs)  Really?  Never in my life have I seen a cucumber that long.  Where are they finding these fruits & veggies?

Baby's Development:  Baby is now being measured from head to toe, which makes him nearly a full 15 inches now.  And at just over 2 pounds, he has doubled in weight from four weeks ago.  Baby's auditory development is progressing as the network of nerves to the ears matures.  Even though the sounds he hears are muffled, he may recognize both his Mommy and Daddy's voices.  Time to start singing and reading to him!  Baby's taste buds are very developed now too, giving him the ability to taste differences in what I eat.

Best Part of this Week: Corey and I went thrift shopping for some things for the nursery this weekend.  We only ended up getting a lamp that we will repaint for the nursery, but we had a blast looking at baby things all over downtown Simpsonville.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Showers, finishing the nursery, and childbirth classes.  I feel like these next three months are going to fly by!

Dear Cullen,

Sunday, October 21, 2012
This afternoon I went apple picking with your Sugar (Mommy's mom).  We had such a good time. We were talking about how next year we will get to take you with us. And hopefully we can convince your Daddy, grandpa, and uncles to go with us.  We love these men, but they aren't usually up for family outings. I think if you are there, we won't have to do much convincing!

You will still be too young to really enjoy picking apples, but there are other fun things like seeing the animals and riding in a wagon! I can't wait to include you in such a fun fall tradition!

On another note, I think your Uncle Travi is upset I haven't written you lately. I will try to do better. (For you and for him!)

Keep growing healthy and strong in there Little One. I love feeling your little kicks and wiggles; I feel like I am already getting to know you.

Love,
Mommy

26 Weeks

Monday, October 15, 2012

My baby bump at 26 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained 2 pounds this week.  Maybe I should cut back on the pasta. :)  At least I'm back up to my pre-pregnancy weight!

Movement:  I didn't think I would, but I still get excited every time I feel Cullen move.  I am going to miss feeling those little kicks and wiggles when I have to share him with the world.

Boy or Girl? Boy!

Food Cravings: I have decided that I have not really been having any cravings; I just want to eat what I hear other people talking about.  And I would really like a Bloomin' Onion.  Somebody needs to convince Corey to take me to Outback soon!

How I'm Feeling: It seems to change every day.  One day I will hardly feel pregnant at all with no limitations.  The next day I can feel like a beached whale and can't get off the couch.  It is amazing how much I miss the little bit of core strength I used to have.  Sometimes I will wake up feeling great after a restful night sleep, and other mornings I wake up feeling like I just finished running a marathon and slept on a concrete floor.  Not that I know what running a marathon feels like, but I can imagine.   

Size of Baby: Eggplant (9 in, 2 lbs)  

Baby's Development:  Baby's eyes are beginning to open.  Unfortunately, he doesn't have much of a view right now.  His brain wave activity is kicking in at this stage too.  Not only can he hear noises, but he can now also respond to them with an increase in pulse rate or activity.

Best Part of this Week: We started painting the nursery on Saturday!  (And by 'we' I mean Corey and my parents.)  

What I'm Looking Forward To: Showers, finishing the nursery, and childbirth classes.  I feel like these next three months are going to fly by!

25 Weeks

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My baby bump at 25 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained about .5 lbs this past week.  That means I'm only 2 lbs less than pre-pregnancy.

Movement:  Cullen is moving all over the place.  Sometimes I feel like he is kicking me in the bladder and the ribs at the same time

Boy or Girl? A sweet little Boy!!!

Food Cravings: Nothing this week.

How I'm Feeling: Very large! Haha...I do feel like I am growing very quickly these days.  I feel pretty much the same as last week.  Great over all with some minor hip and back pain.  I love being pregnant though!

Size of Baby: Eggplant (9 in, 1.7 lbs)  

Baby's Development:  At nine inches and more than a pound and a half in weight, baby is taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other, and almost as heavy as four of those little juice boxes.  At this point, Baby's skin is turning pinker because of capillaries forming under the skin.  Blood vessels are also developing in Baby's lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity.  Baby's nostrils have also started to open, allowing him to begin taking practice breaths.

Best Part of this Week: Both grandma's got to feel Cullen kick for the first time this past week.  I love it!!!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Painting Cullen's nursery and finishing his quilt.  Hopefully we can get those two things done in the next week or so.

24 Weeks

Monday, October 1, 2012

My baby bump at 24 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained about 1.5 lbs this past week.  That means I'm only 2.5 lbs less than pre-pregnancy.

Movement:  Cullen moves all the time...especially when I'm trying to rest.  His kicks are getting stronger every day, too!

Boy or Girl? Boy!!!

Food Cravings: Nothing this week.

How I'm Feeling: Still pretty good.  Just the same ol' hip and and back pain.  Nothing I can't handle.  I think the nesting bug has hit as well.  We have gotten so much done at our house in the past week, and I haven't dreaded it.

Size of Baby: Ear of Corn (8.5 in, 1.5 lbs)  

Baby's Development:  Baby's face (though still tiny) is almost fully formed.  What's still missing is the fat that will be piled under baby's skin.  That very tender skin is still very transparent until those fat deposits are made.  But that won't last much longer.  At this stage, baby is gaining about 6 ounces each week.

Best Part of this Week: Corey and I had a fun mall date this week.  We did some shopping for ourselves and picked out Cullen's going home outfit.

What I'm Looking Forward To: My 24 week appointment this next week.  I always love hearing our little one's heartbeat!

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