Another catch-up post, because the weeks are FLYING by, y’all! In all honesty, in the last two weeks, not much has changed pregnancy-wise. Still doing and feeling great, just getting
big as a bus larger by the day. ;)
We did have a couple of exciting baby-related events last weekend, including a 3D/4D ultrasound and also a “sprinkle” (I have been asked what this means, so I guess it is just a southern term for a smaller-scale shower for your 2nd kid) hosted by Jon’s mom for both sides of his family. Last Saturday morning, we headed over to Sweet Pea 3D in Concord, the same place where we did the 3D/4D ultrasound of Hadley, along with both sets of our parents, Bekah & Kyle, and Heather. We did the ultrasound much earlier with Hadley (26 weeks vs. 34 this time), so with H, while we got to see a lot MORE of her (her whole body at one time), I knew with Stephen we would not be able to see nearly as much since he is running out of room and is pretty smushed in there!
Anyway, I had a bad feeling when we went that he may not cooperate, since our appointment was at 10:00 a.m. and he is usually pretty quiet and still during that time of day. However, I didn’t anticipate JUST how stubborn he would be. Sigh. He was facing away from my stomach, looking at my back pretty much the entire time. The poor girl working the ultrasound nudged, poked, and prodded him, all to no avail. I drank an entire Cherry Lemon Sun Drop while we were there (best. drink. ever. btw) and Jon even went to the car to get my stash of Hershey’s cookies ‘n creme kisses, and I ate
57 quite a few of those, too, in hopes of waking him up and getting him moving, at least enough to turn his face!
Literally with about 10 minutes left of the ultrasound (it lasted an hour), he turned his face once for about 5 seconds, and then he did it one more time with about 5 minutes left, but that was about it. The photos we got are not very good, and I guess the girl working there felt bad because she offered to do it again for free any time we could come back. Luckily, we are going to be in Concord again next week for the circus (Jon’s mom got us tickets in her company suite again, and I can’t WAIT to see what H thinks of it! Updates/photos to come!), so we are going to squeeze in another appointment next Friday afternoon and pray that he cooperates a little more. Anyway, here are a couple of photos of our sweet boy, he is very, VERY smushed in there and per the ultrasound girl, his face was pushed right up against me, hence the reason it looks like he got in a fight…ha!
First…this is an example of what the first 15 or so photos looked like. That is an arm at the bottom and a side profile of his face (kinda), but he is mostly turned toward my back with his cheek pressed up really hard against me.
This is the only pic we got when he turned his face for a brief second with about 10 minutes to go during the ultrasound. That’s his arm/hand kind of wrapped around himself right under his chin. Still really can’t tell what he looks like but you can mostly make out his facial features. ;)
The next couple are from when he turned his head for another few seconds at the very end. You can tell his lips are smushed up against my side but at least we KIND OF got a look at his face!
Overall, we had another great experience at Sweet Pea 3D and the girl working kept apologizing, even though of course it was not her fault that he didn’t cooperate. One funny thing to note is that Hadley didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to what was on the screen during it all, but when we were finished, she said “all better Mommy!”. I don’t know if she thought I was having something done or what but I guess from being at a couple of my doctor appointments with me, she kind of had a little clue as to what was going on.
Anyway, Sweet Stephen, if you are listening, PLEASE cooperate better next week, because we would love to get a better glimpse of that face before you arrive! ;)
After the ultrasound, we had lunch (Mexican, yum) with our families and then headed back to Jon’s parents’ house. His family started arriving shortly thereafter and they were all so sweet to come and sprinkle us with BOY things! Special thanks to Bekah for always being my go-to photographer for these events. :)
The goodies…it is STILL crazy to me to see the baby blue!
Yummy cupcakes made by cousin Alicia
I must mention that State was playing Duke in basketball during the shower (if you can even call it that… State got WHOOPED), and surprisingly Jon did a good job paying attention and helping to open the gifts. My Dad, on the other hand, probably could not tell you a single gift we got. ;)
Surprisingly, Hadley was VERY into helping us open gifts. Go figure, since they weren’t for her… ;)
Pretty sure Stephen may never actually get to play with this monkey…..
My Mom made a hat and blanket to match Stephen’s going home outfit. Red and white, of course! ;)
"Hadley’s head too big!"
We got so many cute clothes, blankets, bibs and boy goodies—I’ve said it plenty of times before, but I’ll say it again…we are SO blessed to have such an awesome family. It makes me tear up to think about it. Thank you so much to everyone who came and for all the sweet gifts for baby boy!
Ok, I think that catches me up on baby-related things. The only other thing to note that I can think of is that we officially moved H out of the nursery and into her big girl room last week (yay!), so hopefully we can start some nursery progress soon. Time is running out, so I know we need to at least get started soon!!
Onto the weekly update…
Size of Baby A: A “normal sized” canteloupe. Getting so big!
He is about 17.75-18 inches long and weighs around 4.75-5 lbs. At my doctor appointment last week, Dr. B said that he was right around 4.5 lbs so he is pretty much right on track! Dr. B also said that his head is on the smaller side, which is a-ok with me (and is similar to H’s, I think hers was somewhere around the 10th percentile at birth and is still on the small side now). Anyway, looks like we are on track for another 7ish lb baby as long as he comes around his due date!
Developments This Week: His skeleton is hardening, although the bones in his skull will not fuse together completely, which allows them to move and slightly overlap. This makes it easier for him to fit through the birth canal (thank the Lord!). The waxy protective coating, called vernix, is becoming much thicker this week as the lanugo (fine, downy-like hair, kind of like peach fuzz) continues to shed, and may be almost completely gone by now. Fat layers are filling him out, making him rounder. Inside, his lungs are continuing to mature in preparation for breathing in the outside world. The good news is, babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do just fine—they may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery but for the most part they do just as well as full-term babies. With Hadley, I felt like I was “ready” (as ready as I could be, anyway) at this point…but this time around, I am hoping that he stays put at least for a few more weeks! ;)
Weight Gain So Far: Per my doctor’s appointment last week, 21.5 lbs. I was at +20.5 at this point with H!
Cravings: Well, our girl scout cookies were delivered this week, and I
inhaled ate a whole box in the first day. Whoopsie. Still craving those pecan spinwheels and chocolate milk, those are usually my snack each night after H goes to bed. :)
Symptoms: Still having some sciatic pain. I got a lot of good advice from friends on stretches to do to help relieve it, and they have definitely helped some. It is a crippling pain that takes my breath away and makes me have to stop what I’m doing when it hits—it is less than pleasant. Other than that, more of the same… peeing all the time, and just generally feeling like he is running out of room. And feet in my ribs ALL the time. Overall I still really feel great, I just get tired a little faster than usual.
Movement: Still tons, and often times, it makes me very uncomfortable. Like I said, I just feel like he’s running out of room (as evidenced by the smushed-face 3D ultrasound pics), so his kicks and jabs feel especially pronounced now.
What I Miss: Comfortable sleep, and wine. Luckily, even though I know one of those is not going to be occurring again any time soon, the other one I will be allowed to have before too long, hooray!!!
Things I am Thankful For: Our awesome family for throwing us such a sweet sprinkle for baby boy. It seems like everyone is just excited for baby #2 as we are, and that is so special to me!
What I’m Looking Forward To: A weekend at home and hopefully getting some baby-related things done! And Lilly’s 2nd birthday party tomorrow. :)
Bump Growth: Still growing by the day. Another selfie comparison this time because Jon isn’t home yet to take a pic for me! ;)
Left is now, right is the same point with H. I think in these pics it looks like I’m smaller this time, but I think it’s just an illusion. :)
And because I find it hilarious that my stomach actually really looks like a basketball, here is one from earlier this week, straight on (and also a belly button update—still half in/half out, ew):
You know you love my snowman socks. ;)
Next Doctor Appointment: January 30th.
All for now—Jon just got home and it’s time for dinner and play time with our girl. Hope everyone has a great weekend!