Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sixteen Weeks



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Yum...now I want guacamole! Actually, I had a BLTA on a Croissant for lunch and it was delish!


Whoa! Where does the time go? I am now approximately four months pregnant. And I am defnitely starting to look pregnant. I promise to post a bump pic soon since I have now, finally, located the USB cord for my camera! Now I just have to recharge the batteries!

Let's see, where am I with all of this "preparing for baby" business?

I have started our registry at Amazon.com after pouring through the Baby Bargains book and dozens of review web sites. We've decided upon the major things that we need before baby comes...a bassinet (Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper in Cherry), car seat (Graco32 in Zurich with two bases, one for each car and the stroller frame), bath (Spa Baby European Style Tub aka Tummy Tub), baby carrier (Moby Wrap in Sienna), and swing/infant seat (Fisher Prices Zen Collection Cradle Swing).

I have researched cloth diapering and am pretty sure I am going to go with unbleached Indian cotton prefolds, snappis and thirsties diaper covers. I am looking into wool options for nighttime.
Clothing we've picked up on sale from consignment shops and off-price retailers like Ross and Marshalls. We'll get more things once we know whether it's a girl or a boy.

We will visit the preschool we have in mind for the Little Being on Friday. I hope we like it in person. It comes very highly reviewed, is conveniently located between our home and my work as well as Mr. Divasaur's school and work and they offer part-time care, which we want. We only need 1-2 days/week, at least to start. And their prices are right....$186/month for two days a week starting at three months old. So I am praying this is the place for us!

We've nixed the doula idea since the dozen I've contacted are all unavailable for my due date. We've decided to go with the Bradley Method, i.e. "husband coached childbirth" and have hired a private instructor to come to our home for classes in November since Mr. Divasaur and I have a wacky schedule that never permits us to be able to attend the regularly scheduled classes in our area. Mr. Divasaur is actually excited about this and feels confident in his ability to work with my mom in coaching me through labor. My main concern is not heading to the hospital too early because we're panicking. So hopefully in the coming months we will feel more prepared on how to handle laboring at home. I am also reading Ina May Gaskin's "Guide to Childbirth" and it really makes me want a home birth. Maybe next time? By then Mr. Divasaur will be an R.N. so maybe it will something we feel more comfortable with doing.

Oh, and I have found a local photographer who has offered us a fantastic deal on a maternity shoot as well as newborn, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month sessions.

Whew! It's been a busy couple of weeks. It's like, all of the sudden, I've realized that we're going to be parents in 6 short months. So I have flown into major planning mode. And nesting mode! Sunday morning I scrubbed the kitchen floors until they sparkled, same with the stove and washed down all of the cabinets and appliances. This weekend, I'll tackle the bathroom. I guess my second trimester energy is kicking in. I still get tired, but am not exhausted like I was in the first tri. And my nausea has all but gone away at night (I sometimes get a little queasy if I've stayed up too late).




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According to BabyCenter, here's what's happening with the Little Being this week:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

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