Nursery

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
About a week before Cullen's due date, we finally finished the nursery!  It's about time!





















I love this room!

39 Weeks

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My baby bump at 39 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I am up a total of 18.5 lbs. (I gained about 1 lb this past week.)

Movement:  Lots!  If I'm not up and moving around, Cullen seems to be having a dance party in there.  He seems to have dropped some in the past couple of days, so hopefully things are moving in the right direction.

Boy or Girl? Boy!!!

Food Cravings: No cravings.

How I'm Feeling: For being 39 weeks pregnant, I feel great!  I could not have asked for a better pregnancy.  Usually, you hear about women who are miserable at this point in their pregnancy and can't wait for it to be over.  I have been incredibly blessed that I have had such a wonderful experience and wouldn't mind being pregnant a little longer (I have a feeling I am going to miss it actually.)  But I am super ready to be able to hold Cullen in my arms!

Size of Baby: Watermelon (19 - 22 in, 7 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  Baby's weight and height have probably increased only a little from last week.  But his brain is still developing rapidly (a pace that continues during the first three years of life), with changes we'll be able to recognize firsthand as baby's skill-packed bag of tricks expands almost daily.  Baby's skin has now finally changed from pink to white.  That's because a thicker fat layer has been deposited over the blood vessels.

Best Part of this WeekFinally feeling like we are ready to welcome a baby into our home!  With help from my parents (I don't know how everything would have gotten done without them) and Corey being the Super Husband that he is, the nursery is finally done and the house is finally clean.  It feels so good to just be waiting now!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Meeting our little one!  I finally feel like things are moving in that direction, and hopefully we will get some good news when we go to the doctor this week.  They are going to do a growth ultrasound (if I have not had him by then...it doesn't seem like he is in too much of a hurry).  I am excited that we will have the opportunity to see him one more time before he makes his entrance into the outside world, but am a little nervous that they are going to tell me he is huge and attempting a traditional delivery would be too risky.  But I know that God has a plan, and as long as Cullen gets here safely that is all that matters.  And Corey should get to go with me this week, so I will have some much needed support as we are faced with some decisions about Cullen's birth.

38 Weeks

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My baby bump at 38 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I am up a total of 17.5 lbs. (I gained about 2 lbs this past week.)

Movement:  Cullen is still a little wiggle worm.  Lots of squirming going on in there!

Boy or Girl? Boy!!!

Food Cravings: No cravings.

How I'm Feeling: I am ready for this little guy to get here already!  I feel huge some days...and for good reason.  At my appointment this morning, Dr. H said I am measuring at 40 weeks.  If I haven't had Cullen by my appointment next week, they are going to do a growth ultrasound to see how big he might actually be.  If he is too big, we will start discussing the risks of a c-section versus a traditional delivery.  Hoping this little guy comes before next Wednesday so that we don't have to make that decision and so that hopefully he is not too big of a baby!

Size of Baby: Watermelon (19 - 22 in, 6.5 lbs) 

Baby's Development:  With only a couple of weeks left, our little one isn't so little anymore.  As we prepare for baby's ETA, he is also getting ready.  Vernix and lanugo continue to shed from baby's body into the amniotic fluid.  Baby's lungs are continuing to mature as more and more surfactant is secreted.  All systems, almost go!

Best Part of this Week: Getting everything ready for this little boy!  Everything has been washed, organized, and put away.  Going though everything made me even more excited about his arrival.  I still can't believe we are so close!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Having this baby!  Corey and I are both super ready for him to get here already.  As much as I want Cullen to come out when he is good and ready, I hope he decides to make an early appearance!

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