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Emmett’s First Cousin – It’s a Gus!

February 6, 2009 5 comments
Adrienne & her bump

Adrienne & her lovely baby bump

It’s official – as far as the medical people can tell, Adrienne and Mac’s little Nutter butter is apparently blue-flavored.  It looks like Team Gus (as opposed to Team Fiona) is the victor.  Emmett’s very first cousin is going to make a great little playmate at family events.  I’m pretty sure if Em were old enough to understand that there was going to be another little boy his age in the family, he’d be thrilled.

its-a-gus1Congrats, Mac and A!  We can’t wait to meet him!

Age Timer: 3 weeks

What are the (Gender) Odds?

November 20, 2008 5 comments
Boy or Girl?

Boy or Girl?

So James and I have successfully completed our natural childbirth class, and I am happy to report that I still plan on attempting the feat of childbirth sans medication.

Interestingly enough, one of the most memorable things about the class occurred when we were all re-introducing ourselves at the beginning of the second session.  This time our instructor, Sandy asked everyone to also reveal the sex of their babies-to-be.

First of all, James and I might just be the last couple on Earth who wants the sex of their baby to remain a surprise.  Okay, okay – I exaggerate, but it honestly seems like surprise-seekers like us are few and far between when it comes to the baby gender game these days.  Of the six other couples taking the class, we are the only ones who aren’t aware of our baby’s flavor.

Sandy actually ended up commending James and me at the end of class for wanting to keep Baby Lump’s sex unknown.  She verbalized my exact thought process: There are very few true surprises in life, so you might as well take advantage of them when they come along.

The thing is, the lack of gender surprise among the couples isn’t even the most shocking part.  The most shocking part is that of all six couples, not one of them is expecting a boy.  That’s right – all six couples are having girls.  What are the chances?  (Math geeks, break out your calculators).  Now, I’m pretty sure this doesn’t say squat about the odds of me having one gender over the other, but I am extremely interested to see whether Baby Lump conforms to the trend set in my childbirth class.  Interesting, huh?  Does this make anyone second-guess their birth stat projections?

Baby Lump’s Week 32 Development:

Measurement/Weight: Baby Lump weighs about 5 lbs. and measures between 17 and 18 inches in length.

Other Highlights: At about this time, Baby Lump is running out of space and settling into the tucked, head-down fetal position.  He/she is also experiencing alternating periods of deep sleeping and being actively awake, much like a newborn does.

Oven Timer: 32 weeks, 3 days

My Baby is a Baked Potato

August 6, 2008 11 comments
baby lump's head/brain

baby lump's head/brain

On Monday I had my second ultrasound, and I’m happy to report James and I were able to stick to our guns and deny the opportunity to find out baby lump’s sex.  Although I’m not sure how well James would’ve done on his own – he got kind of excited when the technician mistakenly said “And those are his legs … ummm or hers!”

An easy enough slip-up, I’m sure.  It’s much easier to say “his” than “the baby’s” all the time.  Plus, I’m pretty sure they’re not really allowed to address the baby as “it.”  I bet that has some kind of controversial connotation.  You know, the whole “is a fetus really a person yet?” argument.

Anyway, I’m also happy to report that (as far as they can tell via ultrasound) Baby Lump is completely happy and healthy (okay – I added the happy part).  James and I could see all of the bones (fingers, toes, spine, ribs, etc.) as well as the eyes, kidneys, brain, stomach and beating little heart (132 beats/minute – normal!).  It was pretty amazing, to say the least.

I asked the technician how big the baby is at this point, but he said it’s tough to tell since he/she is confined to the womb and can’t exactly stretch out straight.  However, all the week-by-week pregnancy sites I visit tell me the baby is approximately five inches long – “about the size of the baked potato.”  It’s funny how many of these sites use food – often fruit – as a means of measurement.  I swear, a few weeks ago the baby was the size of a peach.

Check out the “Sonograms” page for more baby pictures!

Oven Timer: 17 weeks, 2 days

“What flavor are you having?”

July 30, 2008 3 comments

James and I have been fielding a lot of the same questions lately.  The most frequently asked one? …

“Are you going to find out what flavor you’re having?”

Technically, James and I could find out on Monday (we’re getting another ultrasound – yay!).  Buuuut we’ve decided not to because we want it to be the ultimate surprise.  Even though most people shoot back by saying that finding out the sex is a surprise either way, we honestly don’t think it’d be one of nearly the same caliber as finding out the day our lump is born.

We’re renting our apartment, and it’s not like I’m going to be painting or hard-core decorating the nursery anyway (although we are very thankful we decided to rent the two bedroom, even if the extra bedroom was originally intended to be “the office”) .  Plus, James thinks it’d be extra cool if he were the one to tell me what flavor it is, and I happen to think that’s a pretty darn good idea.

I’m not going to lie though, not knowing Baby Lump’s flavor will make it a little difficult to buy those initial newborn outfits.  Browsing through the infant department of clothing stores, I’ve realized there aren’t too many gender-neutral baby clothes.  Luckily, this has inhibited some premature baby clothes shopping sprees on my part.  My mom and I were able to find a couple pretty neutral sets of Carter’s pajamas at Babies “R” Us the other week (I think bears and ducks and polka dots are pretty gender-neutral), though they are somewhat few and far between.

So for all of you who are itching to buy (I kid, I kid) Baby Lump some cool new duds, you’ll either have to do some digging or wait to find out lump’s flavor in January.

Oven Timer: 16 weeks, 2 days

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