Wednesday, June 30, 2010

32 Weeks


By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb.


My last doctor’s appointment went very well: blood pressure was 112/70, Bean’s heartrate was 140, and my weight gain was only 2 pounds. And my doctor was very impressed that I have nothing on the “problem list” area of my chart!

Kenny and I also took two prenatal classes at the hospital recently. We probably didn’t learn anything I couldn’t have read in one of the books I have, but I’m still glad we went. One class did include a tour of the labor and delivery suites, but of course we had already seen one of those because of my sudden trip to the hospital back in early May! 

Bean is still moving like he/she should, but I can tell the kicks are getting stronger as the space available continues to decrease. I didn’t feel quite as much movement last week, but luckily things picked back up with gusto this week. Meanwhile, I’ve still been having many of the same symptoms (heartburn, trouble sleeping, a little swelling), but I am also aware that I’m more tired these days. It’s not quite as bad as it was in the first trimester, but I definitely don’t have as much energy as I did in the second. I’m still continuing to walk at least a couple of mornings a week with Ken, though. Everyone keeps telling me to rest, rest, rest since I won’t get much of a chance to do so in 8 weeks! Here’s my 32 week belly pic. :)


Monday, June 28, 2010

Relaxed Productivity

It was a fairly quiet week for Kenny and I (although we did have Reyna, Matt, and Natalya over to our house for dinner on Wednesday night…..great to see you guys - no pics, though!), hence the lack of posting on my part. We also had no set plans this weekend, and I know I’ve said it before, but it was really nice to spend the past few days at home! We did get a number of things done around the house, but it was in a very relaxed manner.

Most of the activity of course had to do with Bean’s room. Ken put together a few of our bigger registry items over the course of a few evenings last week, and this weekend we got a few things hung up on the walls of the nursery. I also came up with a cute project for all of those rubber duckies leftover from my shower, but I can’t start on it until we know which name we’re going to use! One thing’s for sure, the nursery is looking mighty cute!


Kenny also brewed two more batches of beer this weekend, another round of the Fat Tire clone (popular at our crawfish boil) and a new Belgian blonde. The two are currently fermenting and bubbling away in the back bathtub. And Ken also has the ingredients for a breakfast stout that I picked out, which we figure I’ll be able to drink some of this winter. He’ll most likely brew that one once these two are finished and kegged.


And, last but not least, after watching the USA unfortunately lose to Ghana in their final World Cup match, the two of us got out of the house for a fun date night on Saturday. We went to see a late afternoon showing of The Prince of Persia, which we both enjoyed, and then we grabbed a decent Mexican dinner at La Hacienda on the way home. Thanks for the quality time, Baby! We might have to go out for date nights a few more times while we can before Bean arrives. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father’s Day!

A very Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! Kenny and I had a relaxing morning at home before venturing out to see a movie this afternoon. (We saw Toy Story 3 in 3D; very cute.) And I’m making him a yummy Dad’s Day meal for dinner tonight: lamb and olive ragu with pasta. I also gave Ken a little present to mark the occasion of his first FD: a silver moon frame for his office that he’s supposed to fill with his favorite picture of Bean.


Happy Father’s Day, Baby! You are going to be a wonderful dad, just like you are a wonderful husband. I love you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tiny Laundry and New Chair

I washed a couple of loads of baby clothes, blankets, bibs, etc. this week, and Kenny helped me fold a particularly full batch two nights ago. I just had to get a picture of him covered in all of the tiny socks. He looked so cute!


And the nursery got one step closer to being complete today: our glider chair was delivered this afternoon! Kenny put it together when he got home and put it into position in a corner of the room we had reserved for it. Luckily, it fit great, and I think it’s going to work well there!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Houston Visit

Kenny and I traveled to Houston this past weekend to visit some friends of ours. Bridget, Brian, and Madison came, too. We had been trying to coordinate everyone’s schedules for a long time, and this weekend was it! We all had dinner at Jeff and Becky’s house on Friday night (delicious kabobs, you two!), and then we went over to Adam and Erin’s house on Saturday for a crawfish boil (tasty mudbugs, guys!). It was so great to see our Texas friends; let’s do it again sometime!


And, on the way home, we stopped by my parents’ and picked up the kitties! They’re back with us for three weeks! I’m just a little excited. :)

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This was our last road trip for awhile, which is fine with me. It’s getting harder and harder for me to get comfortable in the car, especially for long(ish) rides. And I’m starting to realize that I don’t have quite as much energy as I did in the second trimester. Even if I don’t do much during the days, I still seem to be worn out at the end of them! I’m still walking a few times a week, but it’s getting SO hot out there (even at 6:30am!) and I can’t go as far as I used to. I’m still going to try to keep it up as long as I can, but we’ll see. Only 10 more weeks to go!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Baby Shower! (a.k.a. Rubber Duckies Everywhere)

I cannot say enough about how wonderful my baby shower was this past weekend in New Orleans. Lizzie and Jackie (and Ashley) did such a phenomenal job with all of the planning and preparations, and it really couldn’t have been any more perfect. My mom and I got so many compliments on the food and the decorations, but we were sure to give credit where credit was due…..thank you so much, girlies!

We had about 35 women in attendance, ranging from family to my friends to my mom’s friends. The theme was all about rubber duckies, and they were scattered throughout the house in all different sizes and colors. Of course I got to take them all home, so now I need to come up with a cute project for them to put in the nursery!

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And I have to say that even though I requested there not be any games, my favorite part of the shower was “Baby Bingo.” Each guest was given a bingo sheet, and they marked off items listed in the squares based on what gifts I was given. Some of those women were determined to win that game, at ANY cost! We laughed so much that afternoon.

Needless to say, this was the best and most fun baby shower I’ve ever been to. Lizzie and Jackie, I can’t thank you enough!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Relaxation and Quick Visit

My baby shower was this past Saturday afternoon at my parents’ house in New Orleans, so I decided to make myself scarce while the girls were getting things set up and ready. I scheduled a massage for 9am that morning, followed by a haircut. Both were very relaxing and just what I needed! I was also able to stop by Bridget’s and visit with her and Michelle for a bit before heading back to my parents’ house. Madison and Jackson sure are getting big!


I’ll post a write-up about the shower soon, but fair warning: I’m going to have a hard time deciding which pictures to include. There are so many great ones to choose from!

Monday, June 7, 2010

NORC at Herbsaint

This past Friday night was another fun outing with the New Orleans Restaurant Club. We went to Herbsaint this time, which Kenny and I had never tried before. It’s a small place on St. Charles between Poydras and the interstate. There were about 35 people at this dinner, and, as usual, everyone had a wonderful time. Lizzie sure knows how to organize a great party!


My parents, brother, and Kenny’s parents were able to join us this time, but I think this was our last dinner for awhile. The next meeting is in August, and I’m guessing things will be just a little bit different for us then!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

28 Weeks


By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.


My latest doctor’s appointment was today, and everything went great. My blood pressure was 118/72, the baby’s heartrate was around 140, and I got word that I passed my glucose test with flying colors. No need to go through the three-hour secondary test! And now I start to go for check-ups every two weeks….August will be here before I know it!

I’m still feeling good. I’ve been getting heartburn on and off for a few weeks, but luckily Zantac works well. Sleep is a little harder to come by, what with a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, not being able to find a comfortable position for very long, and the baby deciding to kick just when I’m about to drift off (this kid has been TONS more active lately….lots of kicking a few different times throughout most days). Oh, well; only three more months to go! I can’t believe the third trimester is already here. Here’s my 28 week belly pic. :)


My baby shower is this Saturday in New Orleans…..I can’t wait! Many, many early thanks to Lizzie and Jackie for throwing it; you girls are awesome. I know we’re going to have so much fun!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


When we got back home on Sunday, I discovered that Kenny had been busy here during the week while I was already in New Orleans. I peeked into the baby’s room and saw that he had assembled all of the furniture! It was a wonderful surprise.


We spent a bit of Sunday afternoon trying to arrange everything in a workable configuration, also taking into account our glider that we have yet to order. It was tough, but I think we came up with one or two ways to make it all fit. We’ll see soon enough!

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