Friday, October 31, 2008


somehow i cannot sleep at night anymore. once the clock hits 4 am i finally get comfortable, and i fall asleep really good- but then i cannot get out of bed in the morning!

i still have 6.5 weeks to go and i cannot imagine getting any bigger. i am so heavy now it is hard move around and sit up in a chair.

i still think 1st trimester was way worse being sick all the time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

33 wks pg

Week 33: Water Weight

This week your baby may be anywhere between 17 to 19 inches in length and weigh more than four and a half pounds. Your baby could grow a full inch more this week alone — especially if he or she has been on the shorter side. Weight gain can range from a third more growth to a full doubling before the big debut.

The level of amniotic fluid in your uterus has reached its maximum, making it likely that you have more baby than fluid now. That's one reason why you're probably feeling lots of nudges and pushes — there's less liquid to cushion the blows. (Of course that means you're even closer to your baby now!)

If your uterine walls had eyes, here's what you'd see: your fetus acting more and more like a baby, with his or her eyes closing during sleep and opening while awake. And because those uterine walls are becoming thinner, more light penetrates the womb, helping your baby differentiate between day and night (now if only baby can remember that difference on the outside!).

And good news! Your baby has reached an important milestone about now: The development of his or her own immune system that (along with antibodies from you) will be able to provide protection from mild infections.


33 wks from

How your baby's growing:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew

Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

Friday, October 24, 2008

halloween votives

Here is another simple (but messy) Halloween Craft! You need just a few supplies. My Mod Podge has gone bad I think, so we used it along with Elmer’s Glue (My daughter sorta mixed it together—she is 3 so this wasn’t exact science). I think Mod Podge alone would have been fine. We were using items we had so we used orange crepe paper on a roll for the pumpkins and white tissue paper like you use to wrap a gift for the ghosts.

My daughter coated the outside of the baby food jar with glue/Mod Podge.

She then took pieces of crepe paper and put it on the jar. We gave the whole thing another coat of mod podge. It is important to dab gently so you don’t tear and wipe the crepe paper away.

We made faces with scraps of black construction paper and then waited for them to dry.

Once they were dry I thought they probably could have used another coat of Mod Podge, however that could be because mine was old. I didn’t want to get it back out so I just gave them a shot of clear spray paint.


halloween origami

A Bat Jack O' Lantern
A Ghost A Skull
A Witch Dracula(face)
A Witch(face) A Ninja (face)

A Frankenstein(face) A Church

A Witch's hat A Werewolf(face)

my stomach is really stretched now ....

and i am really starting to worry about stretch marks...

Sadly, stretch marks are something that cannot be prevented completely as they are caused by the hormones of pregnancy.. However, there are some steps that can be taken to reduce their severity. Exercise, before, during, and after pregnancy. Use lotions to help skin retain its elasticity. Take vitamins, multi-vitamins, and specially vitamin E. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Drink nothing but water. Water's natural ability to help the body both heal and sustain will aid in avoiding stretch marks.

Who Gets Stretch Marks?

Many women believe that using lotions and creams help prevent stretch marks. Realistically speaking however, the number of stretch marks you get depends on how elastic your skin is. The elasticity of your skin usually relates to your genetic make up. The best thing you can do is find out if your mother got bad stretch marks during pregnancy. If she did, you are probably more prone to stretch marks than other women.

Keep in mind the more weight you gain during pregnancy the more likely you are to have stretch marks. Normally the skin is elastic and capable of stretching quite a bit, however for some women the changes that occur during pregnancy are very drastic. These rapid fluctuations of weight and skin stretching can result in stretch marks.

Women with multiples are more likely to get stretch marks because their bellies usually grow much larger than women with single pregnancies. Other women likely to develop stretch marks include women who gain a lot of weight quickly during their pregnancy and women who carry big babies.

Here are some other factors that may contribute to your susceptibility to stretch marks:

* If you developed stretch marks before (like on your breasts during puberty) you are more likely to get stretch marks while pregnant.

* If you had stretch marks during another pregnancy you will usually get them again.

* If you are overweight or gain more weight than recommended you are more likely to get stretch marks.

* The better hydrated and well nourished you are the less likely you are to develop serious stretch marks.

i dont understand how to count kicks....

there are movements all over the place in my stomach so do i count them all?
this seems like a pointless exercise when there is movement all the time.

i think she is moving PLENTY!!

things to watch on the DVR tonight...

-house episodes
-2 criminal minds episodes
-1 amazing race

sat and sun will be worlds series games and eagles game. vikings have a bye week

Thursday, October 23, 2008

today is a good day :)

after feeling like complete crap all day yesterday, i have new energy and happiness today.

thursdays are always good because the garbage men come :)

i also splurged, and ate 2 DD bagels for breakfast (baby was hungry)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

back from 32 week appt.

dr. said everything looks great. i need to get a flu shot this week.

next appt is fri. nov 7th at 2:30

pretty miserable morning....

i stayed in bed this morning until 12:00 pm. i thought i was getting the flu, but i am feeling some improvement now. i have eaten 2 pears and i really have no feeling of hunger.

my dr. appt is at 4:30 today so i will see what he says.

really nauseous

i have been up since 3:30 am. my stomach is so upset and i feel awful.
i am praying that the next 8 weeks are not like this :(

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

32 weeks from

Your baby is taking up more and more space in your uterus and weighs as much as a large jicama -- about 3 3/4 pounds. (Length: about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel.)
How your baby's growing:By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
How your life's changing:To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

biggest complaints in the last few weeks....

*constant heartburn
*always feel full/stuffed
*going to the bathroom 5 +times during the night
*really tired

some turks and caicos photos