Saturday, September 25, 2010

21 weeks!

At 21 weeks, Collin's tongue is fully formed, and apparently capable of blowing raspberries. :) His skin is now opaque red rather than transparent. He's got extra skin at this point, which will accommodate his rapid weight gain in the coming weeks. I'm currently transferring my immunities to Collin, which will protect him for about 6 months after birth. Hopefully he benefits from the strong immune system I've developed working with kids for the last 6 years! He is developing a consistent schedule of sleep and wake periods based on levels of light and sound, plus my eating and sleeping schedule, and he is now getting REM sleep.

I feel Collin moving quite often, but mostly just squirming. In the last week, I've started to feel some kicks too. They've all been near my belly button, mostly on the left side. I've only felt about 20 kicks so far and Ryan hasn't felt any, but hopefully he'll get to feel it soon!

Collin's crib and mattress were delivered yesterday, so we assembled it last night. It's beautiful, and such cool, tangible proof that Collin will be here soon. :)

I continue to feel great, though I was a little more tired this week than I've been. Ryan's at a "dude baby shower" tonight so I'm going to bed early!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Holy Bump!

We took a picture of my baby bump at 5 months. To remind you what I used to look like, click this post.

Anyways, without further ado:

What a difference 5 months makes, eh? :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

20 Weeks -- It's a boy!

We're having a boy!!!

We had our big ultrasound on Tuesday and it was so fun! Collin has plenty of room to move right now, so we got to watch him stretch his legs, dance, and flip over during the ultrasound. Since Ryan hasn't felt movement yet, he was pretty surprised at how much Collin actually moves! He's growing well - measuring in the 94th percentile overall. Check out his chubby belly! :) He weighs 13 ounces and is about the size of a canteloupe.

We're absolutely thrilled with the news and so excited to meet our baby boy!!!

Here's some more pictures:

Friday, September 10, 2010

19 weeks!

They say that the older we get the faster time goes, and that has never seemed more true than now, when we're measuring time by weeks. :) Really, another week has already passed?

At less than a pound still, baby will increase in weight by about 15 times before delivery! They say 19 weeks is an important time for baby's sensory development, as the brain is fine-tuning the specialized areas for taste, sight, touch, sound, and smell. Baby's body is now all in proportion, and he or she can swallow and digest amniotic fluid. Hair on the scalp is sprouting, milk teeth buds are already in place, and permanent teeth will begin developing this week!

Baby has the same sleep-awake patterns as a newborn, recognizable active and rest periods, and a favorite sleeping position. I feel quite a bit of movement, but Ryan can't feel it yet. It's pretty comforting to feel the little one kicking in there, and I'm so excited for Ryan to feel it too! :)

We're 4 days away from knowing the gender of Baby Fremont!!! Speaking of making this process seem real... :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

18 Weeks and Purchase #1 for Baby's Room

At 18 weeks, baby continues to be busy, spending the majority of time yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. :) I feel much of that movement, and especially when I'm very active. When I was mopping the floors, Baby was moving like crazy! Feeling movement all day long definitely makes this whole process seem more real. :)

Baby now hears what's going on outside the womb! The ears are in their final position, though still sticking out from the head a bit farther than they will. It seems strange to talk to my belly, but I think I better start! Ryan and I listen to music all the time, so he or she gets to hear all our favorites. I better throw in some Mozart too, right?

This is a big week for baby's skin. There are now two distinct layers: the epidermis and dermis. A greasy substance known as vernix caseosa covers the skin now. It sounds gross, but it protects baby from bruising from moving and shriveling like a prune from swimming in amniotic fluid. An added bonus, this comes straight from a website: "Still don’t like the fact your little darling is currently slathered in fatty cream like a greased pig? Well, you know the birthing process? Where you have to push something the size of a watermelon out a hole the size of a grape? That adorable little greased piglet would have a lot harder time getting through the birth canal without the vernix caseosa." Ok, thanks vernix caseosa! I think I'll let you stay.

Yesterday Ryan and I were big spenders on our first purchase for baby's bedroom. We spent a whopping $20 on the coolest vintage rocking chair which I found on craigslist:

True, it has no seat. Luckily I have a handy hubby who will cut a seat, and I'm going to paint the chair white and upholster the seat. Purchase number one: check! :)

I continue to feel great, and I've still gained a total of 4 pounds. I feel short of breath sometimes, which I'm told is caused by my belly squishing my internal organs upward. Other than that, all is well! The best part, in my opinion, is that I'm still sleeping well and sleeping through the night. Hopefully our baby is as good of a sleeper as I am!!! :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Baby at 17 Weeks

Despite being on his or her first trip out of town, Baby was busy during the 17th week! Baby is about the size of my outstretched hand, and cartilage is turning into bone this week. For the first time, baby fat is being deposited. Did you know that the average newborn baby weighs 7 3/4 pounds, and 5 1/4 of those pounds are fat? Fingerprints developed this week, and sweat glands are forming as well. Limbs are finally in proportion and will continue to grow evenly with the rest of baby's body. Perhaps most exciting, baby's reactive listening skills are developing. Even though the senses aren't fully functioning yet, the brain is beginning to process sensory input!

I continue to feel great, with no real symptoms except for being tired still. Baby is movin' and groovin', and we're so excited for Ryan to be able to feel the movement! Also exciting is that we're less than two weeks away from the gender-revealing ultrasound!

Jeeping in Moab at 17 weeks

We spent almost the entire 17th week out of town in Moab, Utah! It was an amazing vacation, and we loved every moment of our 5 days there. :) At 17 weeks pregnant, I wasn't sure how I'd feel. I'm glad to say I didn't have any trouble at all! We spent at least 40 hours in the Wrangler over the course of the 5 days, but it turned out to be a perfect trip!!!

I took almost 1000 photos, so I'll definitely have to find a different place online to post them, but here are some favorites:

16 weeks, part two

Jay and Lacey were here from Montana two weekends ago, which was awesome. :) We saw an improv show, they met some of our friends, we ate at some great restaurants, they saw one of Ryan's soccer games, and we took them up Eagle Rock in the Wrangler. It was their first Jeeping excursion, and I think they had a good time! We had a pretty relaxing weekend with them, and it was so nice to have time to hang out together! :)

Here we are at our lunch spot in the woods:

Here's us at 16 weeks:

Perhaps the biggest news of the week is that I can feel baby move!!! It feels mostly like tapping (similar to what it would feel like if I tapped my fingers on my stomach), with the occasional full twist thrown in. HOW FUN!!!