Monday, January 28, 2008

Week 17! Almost Halfway There!!!

Well, it's official, there is no more hiding the fact that I am pregnant! I finally outgrew all of my pre-pregnancy jeans! Yep, I had to buy my first maternity outfit last week, and I must say, that it's not as bad as I thought it would be! In fact, I believe I look pretty darn cute! Maybe I should be pregnant more often! Just Kidding! We're definitely going to wait at least a year or two before we even think about having another baby after this one! I can't believe how fast time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was going crazy waiting for Rob to get home from Rwanda so I could tell him the wonderful news! Man, that two weeks of waiting for him to come home was probably the most difficult two weeks of my life because as much as I wanted to tell my mom, I wanted to tell Rob first! Now I feel like the whole world knows! Everywhere I go, there's always someone looking at my belly. It doesn't really bother me, until one of them tries to give me advice. It drives me nuts when I'm walking through the bx, minding my own business, and some nosey lady comes up to me and starts talking to me about breast pumps! Seriously, I've been wanting to have a baby for almost two years already, I'm pretty sure I know almost everything there is to know about pregnancy and then some! During my long long wait of praying for a child of my own, I spent a lot of time on the internet doing lots of reading for many hours while Rob was at work! All of my pregnant friends come to me with questions all of the time. If I don't know the answer, I certainly know where to find it. Okay so I guess this is turning into a little more of a rant than an update, sorry about that!

The baby and I are doing great! I'm beginning to feel a lot more movements lately. Yesterday when Rob and I were watching tv, it felt like the baby was dancing! It went on for about 10 minutes which is the most I've felt the baby move so far. I'm really looking forward to feeling those first kicks, and I'm getting really anxious for when those kicks are strong enough for Rob to feel! I think he's getting a little anxious to feel them too. The baby is about five inches long this week and more than three and a half ounces. Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of the pregnancy. By the time our baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight and will make all those chubby parts especially yummy. The baby can also hear now, and loud noises such as Zeus barking may actually startle the baby and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts. Our baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, our baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) feeding. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that our baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now. Within the next week or so, the pads on baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

Well, I guess this is getting a bit long so I'll let you all get back to your day! If you want to recieve notifications any time our blog is updated just click on subscribe at the very bottom of the page (under the very first blog) and type in your e-mail address. I will still try to send an e-mail out to everyone!

Here are some new pictures of me in my new maternity clothes and a picture of the comforter from the bedding set we bought. Enjoy, and don't forget to leave a comment! We love and miss you all very much!


Samantha said...

how cute... I cant wait to see the pictures when you ready to POP! LOL keep us updated!

Nicole said...

Just wait 'til random people start coming up and rubbing your tummy (without asking!!) Ooh, that made me SO mad!!! lol

Anyhoo, this is just a random comment from me, so you know that i keep up with your blog. =)

Anonymous said...

I never minded the talking but the touching can get a bit intrusive. I love your bump. I miss my bump...what am I saying I still have remnants of mine...LOL. I was in maternity clothes at 4 weeks so I was really use to them by 17weeks. I love maternity clothes though. I love the way they fit and look. You look adorable. I can't wait to meet you. Nicole M.

Anonymous said...

Your belly looks awesome. And you are right, you do look cute in maternity clothing. On the whole advise thing...don't be rude to people, just listen like they have something important to say, then absorb what you need and let the rest go. People are just trying to be helpful. I must be odd, I didn't mind people touching my belly either. I wanted the whole world to feel my miracle! I'm weird that way though!! Kayla can attest to that!!! Just want to tell you again how happy I am for you and Rob and you look like a million bucks!!!!!!!!!! Sending my love and hugs, I miss you tons. Love always, Auntie Rhonda