32 Weeks

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My baby bump at 32 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I am up a total of 9 lbs. (I gained about 1/2 lb this week.)

Movement:  It definitely feels like Cullen is running out of room.  He is constantly squirming like he is trying to make space and can't get comfortable.  He is now finally letting other people feel him move too...as opposed to the way he used to get still as soon as someone put their hand on my belly.

Boy or Girl? Boy!!!

Food Cravings: Sweets.  Probably not a good thing.

How I'm Feeling: Pregnant.  That pretty much sums it up.  I've had lots of heartburn, hip pain, and am just uncomfortable in general.  Nothing worse that what is to be expected for the third trimester though.  I feel like this pregnancy has been a breeze so far though, so no complaints. :)

Size of Baby: Head of Lettuce (19 in, 3.9 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  This week baby weighs almost four pounds and could be up to 19 inches long from head to toe.  Most likely baby has settled into the head-down, bottoms-up position in preparation for birth.  (Cullen was at our last ultrasound at 29 weeks...based on his movements, I am pretty sure he still is.)  At this point, baby's digestive system is all set and ready to go.  And because he is accumulating more fat, baby's skin is finally turning opaque, looking more and more like a newborn.  

Best Part of this Week: So many fun things this week...I had a shower at work, Thursday was Thanksgiving, and Friday we got our Christmas tree and got it decorated!  I still have a few more Christmas decorations to put up, but I am glad it is starting to look like Christmas in our house.  It is definitely one of my favorite times of the year!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Is it too early to say Christmas?  I love this time of year.  I love decorating, listening to Christmas music, wrapping presents, and spending time with family.  I can't wait until Cullen's first Christmas next year!

31 Weeks

Monday, November 19, 2012

My baby bump at 31 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I am up a total of 8 1/2 lbs. (I gained about 2 lbs this week.)

Movement:  Cullen is still moving all the time!  He pushes on my hip bones, kicks my ribs, and it feels like he is trying to escape through my belly button.  Sometimes his kicks can be a little painful, but I still love it!  I am going to miss all of his wiggles, kicks, and punches.

Boy or Girl? Boy!!!

Food Cravings: Junk food.  Definitely not the things I should be eating.

How I'm Feeling: I still have some days that are really good and some days where I feel really pregnant.  Bending over and getting out of a chair are getting very difficult.  And my belly starts to feel very heavy if I'm up and moving around for a while.  I do a lot more sitting and resting these days.  Only 9 more weeks though...I'm sure I can make it.

Size of Baby: Head of Lettuce (18 in, 3.2 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  Baby's brain is working overtime these days, developing faster than ever.  Connections between individual nerve cells are growing at a frenetic clip, and baby can now perceive information from all five senses.  So what is baby doing all day?  Making faces, hiccupping,  swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet, and even sucking his thumb.

Best Part of this Week: Corey and I went to a 'Caring for Your Baby' class at the hospital this past week.  It was fun to watch Corey practice changing a diaper, burping a baby, and giving a sponge bath.  He is going to be such a great daddy!

Also,  we had a shower on Sunday with some of mom's family.  I loved getting to see everyone and enjoy all the yummy shower food and cake!  And Cullen got lots of really cute things.  His nursery is filling up fast!

What I'm Looking Forward To: This is going to be a good week.  I have a shower at work, Thanksgiving, and we get to decorate for Christmas on Friday.  Yay!!!

30 Weeks

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My baby bump at 30 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I am up a total of 6 1/2 lbs. (I gained about 2 1/2 lbs this week.)

Movement:  Still feeling lots of movement.  And a lot of the kicks and punches these days are a little painful. I feel like his feet are constantly stuck in my ribs...not so much fun.

I also felt his little hiccups for the first time this week!  (I am pretty sure it was hiccups anyway.)  I loved it!

Boy or Girl? Definitely a boy!  Confirmed again by our ultrasound this week.

Food Cravings: No cravings, but I only want sweets.  I definitely have no desire to eat healthy.

How I'm Feeling: Still feeling great, but I am definitely feeling pregnant these days.  I underestimate the amount of space I need to maneuver around furniture. I am constantly hitting my belly on things.  I have also gotten to the point where if I drop something, it usually stays on the floor.  I can still shave my legs and paint my toenails, but doing so has gotten infinitely more difficult.  I just have to laugh at myself sometimes.

Size of Baby: Butternut Squash (17 in, 3.1 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  Baby's height and weight haven't changed much in the past week, but the big news is baby's brain gain.  Until now, the surface of his brain was smooth.  Now, his brain is taking on those characteristic grooves and indentations.  The reason for this change?  Those wrinkles allow for an increase amount of brain tissue - a necessary change as baby prepares for life outside of the womb.  Another big change: Baby's bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells.  This is an important step, because it means he is better able to thrive on his own once born.

Best Part of this Week: The 3D/4D ultrasound.  I love every change I get to see Cullen!

What I'm Looking Forward To: My second shower is Sunday.  I love a chance to hang out with family I don't get to see all that often.  And what better reason to do so than to celebrate the newest family member!

Another Look at Our Little Boy

Saturday, November 10, 2012
This past week, Corey and I got to go in for a 3D/4D ultrasound.  It was so much fun to have another opportunity to see our little guy again! I think this made me fall in love with him even more.  I can't even imagine how I will feel once I can hold him in my arms!

Some people think these pictures are creepy, but I absolutely love them!  It is so amazing that we have the technology that lets us see little babies like this; with so much detail!  It was fun to be able to look at him and try to figure out who he looks like...what do you think?  Me or Corey?

Here are some pictures of Cullen's sweet little face.  I may be a little biased, but I already think he is beautiful!










And look at how much hair he has already!  I wonder what color it will be.  Brown, blonde, red maybe?


























We also got some sweet pictures of his hands and feet.  He looked like he was rubbing his face and sucking on his fingers, especially toward the end.  I think he was getting tired...it was a busy hour for this little guy.


























I cannot get over how amazing these pictures are.  And seeing him look so real made me want him here even more.  I can't believe we only have about 10 more weeks before I get to hold him in my arms.  I just can't wait!  I am so excited and love him so much already!!!

29 Weeks

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My baby bump at 29 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained another 1 1/2 lbs this week.  Finally growing steadily.

Movement:  I think our little boy is starting to run out of room in there.  His movements feel more like stretches instead of kicks and punches.

Boy or Girl? Boy!

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

How I'm Feeling: I am starting to feel a little more uncomfortable lately.  Cullen has made his way up under my ribs and some body part is constantly poking them or trying to push them out of the way...not so much fun for me.  I am also having a more difficult time getting comfortable when it's time to go to sleep.  All of that is to be expected at this point though, so no real complaints.  

Size of Baby: Cabbage (17 in, 2.9 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  Baby's wrinkled skin is smoothing out as more fat is deposited under the skin surface.  This new fat serves as an energy source.  That explains why baby feels so energized!  Space is at a premium, so jabs and pokes are now mostly from elbows and knees. Those kicks will be more vigorous than before (and also less erratic) because baby is stronger and excitedly responding to all sorts of stimuli.  Also this week, the buds for permanent teeth are forming under baby's gums.

Best Part of this Week: We got the nursery painted and the crib assembled!  I also had my 28 week appointment this week.  I had the glucose test this time...not so much fun, but I passed!  It was a great week overall!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Corey and I will get to see our little boy again this week!  We are going Thursday for a 3D/4D ultrasound.

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