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Baby Lump’s First Cousin Is On The Way!

December 5, 2008 4 comments

My oldest sister, Adrienne, is pregnant!!!

Can you tell I’ve been holding this in for a while?  Ever since she told me about about a month ago, I’ve basically been harassing her via phone and Facebook message about when I was allowed to blog about it.  Well, I’ve finally gotten the green light, and I’m ridiculously excited!

the mommy- and daddy-to-be

the mommy- and daddy-to-be

The baby will be Adrienne and my brother-in-law, Mac‘s first.  Their due date is July 11, so it looks as though Baby Lump is going to have a cousin very close in age, which I think is awesome.  While it is a bit of a bummer that Baby Nutter (Mac and Adrienne’s last name is Nutter) will be stationed far away in Michigan, it will still be nice for the two rugrats to have each other’s company at least during family gatherings.  And although Baby Lump will have bragging rights as the first grandchild in our family, I can bet both babies will be spoiled equally by both the grandparents and great-grandparents.

What I can’t bet on, though, is that A’s pregnancy will be anything like mine.  As far as I can tell, she’ll be finding out Baby Nutter’s flavor ASAP.  And the natural childbirth route?  Fuhgetaboudit!  Either way, I’m going to be a mother and an aunt all within less than a year – how exciting!

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Congratulations, Adrienne and Mac!  May your 9 week old tadpole grow into a lovely little Nutter Butter :o)

Nutter Oven Timer: 8 weeks, 6 days

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The Third Trimester and the Ascent of My Belly Button

October 14, 2008 8 comments
This is a turkey - not my belly. Ew.

This is a turkey - not my belly. Ew.

My belly has definitely been getting plumper.  Wanna know how I can tell?  The bigger it gets, the shallower my belly button cavity gets.

It’s kind of funny how much my belly button has been the topic of discussion between James and me lately.  At this point, if I squeeze the sides of it I can make it temporarily pop out.  Was that too much information?  Is this too weird?  We think it’s hilarious.  And my research has proven we’re not the only ones obsessed with the pregnant belly-button phenomenon.

James is truly looking forward to the day when my belly button pokes out from its little lair.  Although, this is probably because he thinks there will be an actual, defining moment when my belly button will suddenly burst free, making an audible “pop”ping sound.  Keep dreaming, James.  My belly button is not a turkey timer.  (Although the similarities between a baked turkey and a near-ready bun in the oven aren’t too far-fetched!)

As for my bun’s development this week, Baby Lump should be about 14  1/2 inches long and weigh 2  1/2 pounds.  What’s even more exciting is, if born today, he/she would have a whopping 85% chance of survival since his/her lungs are now capable of breathing air!

Feel free to also join in on congratulating me on the completion of my second trimester.  It’s all downhill from here … that is, unless you count the whole natural birthing part.

Oven Timer: 27 weeks, 1 day

What’s With My Mini Baby Bump?

September 24, 2008 8 comments
not me

not me

I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately about how small my baby bump is relative to how far along I am.  After last week’s post, my friend, Keith doubted there was any way a $5 footlong from Subway could fit in my belly.  Actually, I ate one the other day, so truth is, my mini belly can actually fit two!  Take that, Keith!

Seemingly, it’s some kind of phenomenon.  I mean, check out the woman on the right compared to me – no wonder people think I’m a freak.  James laughs at me because I’ll look at pictures on Baby Gaga of other women with similar due dates and get what he calls “belly envy” because I’m so much tinier than they are.

What’s funny is that women who have had children keep saying how lucky I am to be so small at this point in my pregnancy.  The only problem is that my paranoid self keeps worrying something is wrong with Baby Lump, even though my doctor seems to think everything is normal.

me

me

I am, however, secretly hoping my lack of bump means my baby will turn out to be one of those five and a half pounders instead of one of those bowling ball-heavy babies like James was.  (He was almost 11 pounds at birth!)  James laughs at me for thinking this, too.  Hey, I can dream …

I’m pretty confident strangers can’t even tell I’m pregnant.  At least, I haven’t had any random people give up their seats for me on the train or pet my belly yet.  Although I’m thinking maybe the latter is a good thing.

In developmental news, Baby Lump won’t really be getting any taller this week – just chubbier.  Keep thinking $5 footlong, just ask the sandwich builder to stuff some more meat in there.  Anyway, hooray for adorable baby fat weight gain!  This week alone, he/she will be gaining half a pound, totaling 1  1/3 lbs.  In addition, rapid bone formation is occuring and Baby Lump’s brain and nervous system continue to grow in complexity.

Another major milestone is that Baby Lump is now at the point of viability, which means if Baby Lump would pop out of the womb today, he/she would actually have a fair chance of survival (30%-70%!).  If born this week, Baby Lump would look something like this.  Can you imagine?  I have to start watching for signs of premature labor.  Yikes!

Let’s just hope Baby Lump decides to bake for a while longer, shall we?

Oven Timer: 24 weeks, 2 days

Sorry Readers – No Internet Until Monday

September 2, 2008 1 comment

Just thought I’d keep you posted: James and I have been moving into our new apartment (we love it!) the past few days, and Comcast won’t be able to install cable and Internet until Monday. This means that, sadly, I’ll be unable to make any real blogging updates until then (thank goodness for my Blackberry though!). If I can’t make it to an Internet cafe in the meantime, you’ll hear from me come Monday.

For a fun, quick, little (big) update, James was able to feel the baby kick a little bit last night! Baby Lump must truly feel at home in our new apartment!

Don’t worry, there are plenty of quirky food-baby analogies to come!

Oven Timer: 21 weeks, 1 day

“OMG! I Felt The Baby!” (Weeks Ago)

August 29, 2008 3 comments

This probably should’ve been a much more exciting post, except the first few times I felt Baby Lump move, I wasn’t exactly sure it was Baby Lump moving.  So yeah, the title of this post probably should’ve JUST been, “OMG! I Felt The Baby!”

I’m not going to lie – I’ve always been under the impression that the first time you feel your baby, it’s some kind of monumental kicking sensation that anyone else who has their hand on your belly can also feel.  This is not the case.  James has yet to feel a thing.  In fact, the first few times I felt movement, I was pretty sure it was indigestion.  It wasn’t until several feelings of “indigestion” later that I realized I was an idiot.

What’s cool is that lately, Baby Lump’s movement has been much more pronounced.  Most women describe the feeling of movement as butterflies fluttering and goldfish swimming around (or, just plain gas).  I can generally agree with this, but honestly, it just feels like there’s a baby moving around in my belly :o)

Oven Timer: 20 weeks, 4 days

20 Down, 20 To Go – I’m Halfway There!

August 27, 2008 1 comment

I hit an important pregnancy milestone on Monday – the halfway point!  It’s hard to believe I only have about four and a half months left before Baby Lump pops out.  I had another appointment Monday, and Dr. Stagg says everything is looking A-okay.  She also whipped out the tape measure and started measuring my belly this week.  Things are right on track!

If any of you are curious since my last post, I did remember to ask her about the hiccuping sitch.  She said hiccups are a result of an irritation of the diaphragm and speculates that the added pressure of the baby is just causing more frequent irritation.  And no, apparently it’s not that common.  I’m just weird.

Also, the beach was great!  The weather was perfect, the water was beautiful, and despite James’ unwillingness to wear sunscreen and his subsequent sunburn, he had a great first time at the Jersey shore.

I’ve also been looking into some childbirth education classes, since apparently it’s about that time.  After some careful thought, I decided I want to give birth naturally.  That’s right – no meds for me.  My mom delivered both my sisters and I naturally, so I decided I wanted to be brave as well.  Plus, I love myself a challenge (as if raising the the pending baby won’t be enough of a challenge).  Anyway, when my mom basically laughed in my face after I told her I was planning on just winging the natural childbirth thing sans instruction, I figured I’d look into some classes.

As of this coming October, Mass General Hospital will be holding all of their family education courses through Isis Maternity, a series of pregnancy wellness centers in Massachusetts, which works out great for us since we can attend classes right in Brookline – much closer than downtown at MGH.  I’m hoping to enroll in the Natural Childbirth class in October, but I’m still banging out the details.

Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Oven Timer: 20 weeks, 2 days

What’s With All These Hiccups?

August 21, 2008 3 comments

So I literally get the hiccups just about every day now – it’s so odd.  Sometimes I get them multiple times a day, though they usually only last for about two or three hiccups at a time.  Obviously my first thought about it was,

“Well, pregnant ladies must just get hiccups more frequently for some strange reason, probably for the same reason pregnant women get weird cravings for things like pickles and ice cream.”

Honestly, though, I can’t find any explanation on the Internet about being preggers and getting hiccups!  Although, funny enough, there are tons and tons of search results addressing the fact that babies are known to get hiccups in utero (how adorable!).  I must be the only crazy pregnant lady who doesn’t really suffer from the common weird pregnancy side effects (i.e. cravings for pickles and ice cream, morning sickness, etc.) and instead makes up her own quirky ones.

I have a dr. appointment on Monday, so maybe she can shed some light on my hiccuping situation.  I’ll keep you posted.  Until then, I’m off to the Jersey shore this weekend to enjoy some fun in the sun and to model my new maternity bathing suit from Target!

Oven Timer: 19 weeks, 3 days

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