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April 12  6:45am

Just talked with Aaron, Christina is at 7 cm and nurse thinks she'll have the baby by noon.  Christina is doing fine.  Please continue to pray!

April 12  6:30am

Christina's dad writting -- No needs yet.  We haven't been called in yet which means they're not close.  Will update once we hear from them.

April 11  8:15pm

Aaron called, Christina's water broke about 2 hours ago and her contractions are about 3 minutes apart now.  So it looks like tonight is the night!

April 11  5:30pm

Christina called, she's not in real active labor yet (though she's been having a lot of contractions) so Kaiser is going to increase the amount of pitocin they are giving her.

April 11  11:55am

Christina called, she has been admitted and Kaiser is just now giving her pitocin to induce her labor.

April 11  7:30am
Kaiser called at 6:45 am this morning and said they were getting full again and please come in as soon as possible.  So we left at 7:30 am. Please pray that they will be able to keep us and for a safe delivery and that we can meet our baby today, finally.
April 11, 2008
Well the manager did actually call back, not long after 5:30 actually.  She told me there was still no room for us, but that I should come in so they could check on the baby.  We ate some quick dinner and went in, and just now got back home.  They did an ultrasound, so we got to see the baby, at one point it was like it was waving at us, teasing us, saying haha, here I am.  Anyway, they did the ultrasound to make sure there is still enough amniotic fluid, which there was.  She felt my tummy, to try and tell how much the baby weighs, and she said probably just under 8lbs.  Then later she checked me to see if I had dilated more since yesterday, and I was a loose 1, close to 2, so that's some progress.  She did a vigorous exam to try and get some of my own hormones going to help me go into labor.  She also checked around and felt my pelvis, and thinks there should be no problem getting the baby out through there.  She put on more of the same gel that they did yesterday, so we had to wait for an hour again after that, but this time we got to watch the office while we waited.  If nothing happens tonight, then we call in tomorrow (Friday) morning between 7 and 8am.
Just called again at 5, as no one had called me.  After waiting on hold for 25 minutes, I was told that the manager still hadn't gotten to talk to a doctor and would have to call me back.  Right, like that will happen.
Well, when I called at 2pm, I was told by the head nurse that she needed to consult with the doctor, and the doctor was in a c-section, so she would call me back soon.  Well at 3:40, I still hadn't heard anything, so I called again.  There was now a new head nurse, and she spoke to the Asst. Manager (who I had spoken with last night).  The manager is still waiting to talk to the doctor (who I guess is in another c-section, and how is there only 1 or 2 doctors anyway?!), and now SHE said she would call me back.  However, they said if I haven't heard anything by 5pm, that I could call back.  aarrrggghhh...
April 10, 2008
Pushed off again.  Now we call in at 2pm today, though they didn't sound optimistic that they'd be able to take us even then.  Aaron decided to go into work, so he doesn't waste another vacation day.  I'm trying to trust in His timing, but feeling very down.
April 10, 2008
Still no empty beds, so they pushed us off again.  Now we call in at 9am, if we haven't heard from them before then.  We're on day 2 of Aaron's precious vacation days, with nothing to show for it.  If only, I'd go into natural labor, then they wouldn't be able to keep turning us away.
April 9, 2008
So much for all the 'lasts'.  All the other babies have decided to come except ours.  Kaiser is too full to admit us tonight.  We're supposed to call at 7am tomorrow (Thursday), and hopefully they'll take us then.  We did go in at 2pm to get the prostin gel put on (to help prepare things), which turned into a 3 1/2 hour ordeal.  We are disappointed, but trying to remain patient.  Now there is more time for the baby to come on its own, though I'm not holding my breath.
April 9, 2008
Today is Induction Day.  It's strange to go in this way, because everything becomes a countdown, or a 'last'.  Last night, Aaron and I went out to dinner for our 'last' time pre-kids.  (Of course, we've done this about 4 times now, thinking each time was the last time).  Then it was the 'last' full, uninterrupted night of sleep for awhile, and the 'last' time to sleep in.  We slept as long as we could, and then Aaron made us breakfast.  Now we're making sure our house is clean and ready for baby and visitors.  I called in at 12:30, and so far, everything is on schedule.  Aaron decided to take the day off, so he could rest up also, and be with me the whole day.  Otherwise, I'd probably go crazy, waiting by myself.  So far, I feel surprisingly calm.  Must be thanks to all the prayers.  Never have I felt so blessed with so many friends and family who are praying for us and baby.  If the baby knew how many people were anticipating its arrival, maybe it would have come sooner! 
April 7, 2008
Tomorrow is 41 weeks.  At my appointment this morning, we decided to induce.  It will happen on Wed.  First, we go in at 2pm, when they'll put a gel in me to hopefully help the cervix get ready.  They're doing this because as of this am, I was still only 1cm dilated.  Then we go home and go back to the hospital at 9pm on Wed. night.  They'll start pitocin sometime then if things still aren't happening on their own.  So hopefully the baby will be born sometime on Thursday, April 10th.  Of course, we still would much rather labor started on its own, and I'm feeling disappointed and bummed out that it's come down to an induction, as we had wanted to try and do everything naturally, but I feel less confident about being able to make it without an epidural once induced.  Among other things, I've walked miles and miles this last week, trying to get something moving, but the contractions never stick. 
April 1, 2008
40 weeks now.  146 lbs.  Today is the due date.  I did not expect to be still doing a pregnancy update today, but I am.  At my appointment yesterday, I was still 1cm dilated and 50% effaced.  Once again, I had tons of contractions Saturday and Sunday, but they never went anywhere.  The baby did finally drop Sunday night.  I felt like something was different, and it was confirmed at my visit.  Visually, I can tell by looking in the mirror that everything is lower now.  Since I quit work, I've spent my time sleeping in, going for walks, doing laundry, running errands, finished my 2007 scrapbook, started on the baby announcements, redid part of my garden with the help of my mom-in-law, put all our home movies on DVDs, and relaxed a lot.  My next appointment is monday April 7, and we'll probably talk about whether or not to induce at that point.  We'd sure like the baby to come before that though.
Here is a description of the baby at 40 weeks.
It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it's a snug fit through the birth canal during labor. This so-called "molding" is the reason your baby's noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it's normal and temporary.
March 25, 2008
39 weeks now.  145 lbs.  At my appointment yesterday, I was still just 1 cm dilated.  We thought I'd be further as on Saturday, I had a lot of contractions, coming every few minutes for several hours, and were as strong as they'd been yet, however not as strong as I figured they were supposed to be.  We went for a walk, and within 15 minutes after the walk, they stopped.  This was after Aaron had moved the suitcase to the trunk, despite me telling him not to get too excited.  Now, we're settling in for a long haul, and reminding ourselves it could still be awhile.  Which is fine, I'm finding plenty of things to keep me busy.  However, we're anxious to see this baby, and find out if it's a boy or girl!  And I"m ready to put the labor and delivery behind me, so I don't have to think or worry about it anymore.  I am hoping this will be the last weekly pregnancy update, but we'll see...
Here is a description of the baby at 39 weeks.
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
March 18, 2008
38 weeks now.  144 lbs.  It's been quite a week.  At my appointment last Wed., I was dilated 1/2 cm and 30% effaced.  Saturday night I was awakened at 2am with contractions.  They continued to come every 5-8 minutes, and at 4am, we called Kaiser, but as they weren't really strong yet, they said to sit tight.  I got up and ate something and drank lots of water, then got back in bed at 5, and they stopped.  Sunday, I had them from 1:30 - until we went to bed at 9, after talking to Kaiser again.  Once again, I fell asleep and they stopped again.  At my appointment on monday, I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced.  Now, I continue to have them off and on, but they still aren't more painful than strong menstrual cramps.  I guess it can go on like this for days/weeks.  So, it could be awhile still, which is fine.  Friday was my last day at work.  It was very strange packing up my office.  Tonight, they're having a party for me at my boss's house.  The first 2 days at home have been odd, but nice.  I'm sleeping in and getting some things done.
Here is a description of the baby at 38 weeks.
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
March 11, 2008
37 weeks now.  143 lbs.  My weight gain has slowed some the last couple weeks, which is good, since I'm at 35 lbs. gained (the recommended is 25-35 lbs.).  I'm full-term now, which is a nice milestone to reach, knowing the baby will not be born premature.  I think I've been having contractions the last week or so.  They're not painful yet, but I definitely feel everything tighten up periodically.  I continue to get funny comments from people, like the stranger who asked how far along I was, then remarked that she thought I was 9 1/2 months.  Aaron is worried because he caught a cold, and doesn't want the baby to be born while he's sick.  I keep telling him not to worry, we're probably still a couple/few weeks away.  This is my last week at work, very strange.  Next week, the big adjustment/change starts...yikes!  The baby remains very active, and has been getting the hiccups daily.
Here is a description of the baby at 37 weeks.
Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.
March 4, 2008
36 weeks now.  Everyone is convinced this baby is going to come early.  This ranges from Aaron and my mom-in-law to perfect strangers who look at me and say there's no way I'm going to go another month.  We'll see.  I'd like to finish out work here (my last full day is march 14), and have at least a few days at home to catch up on things and get ready.  I think the baby has definitely dropped as there is way more pressure on my bladder.  If I'm standing, I have to pee.  Everything is very heavy and tight.  When I'm at the sink, I like to prop my belly on the counter for relief.  I still haven't packed for the hospital, eek, just haven't had time.  Soon hopefully!  However, we did get our travel system in the mail, and Aaron installed the car seat this last weekend.  When putting together the stroller, one of the wheels broke, so we already had to order a replacement part.  :(  We also got our swing put together and setup.  Below are new profile pictures.
Here is a description of the baby at 36 weeks.
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
Ok, I really mean it this time, view the next picture at your own risk...it is frightening!
February 26, 2008
35 weeks now.  142 lbs.  It is really starting to get real how close we're getting.  I feel like I'm on a roller coaster speeding toward the finish that I can't slow down or stop.  It's frightening at times.  I've enjoyed this time with just me and Aaron, and am nervous of the life changes ahead.  Just thinking about little things, like how I'll keep going to my monday night class after the baby is born, brings home how much life is going to change.  Not to mention the whole quitting work thing and being at home 24/7.  Of course I'm also excited to get past the labor and see our baby, and find out if it's a boy or girl already!  On the upside, almost all the baby stuff is put away in the nursery now.  Things are hung on the walls, and the room looks so so cute.  I stop and stare at it almost everytime I walk by.  Little onesies and socks and washcloths and such have been washed and folded and put away.  I'm hoping to take pictures and put them up this weekend sometime.  This week is one of those weeks where I have something keeping me busy every night.  I sure am feeling much more relaxed now that the nursery is put together.  Now the next task is packing for the hospital.  I got to have a prenatal massage on Saturday thanks to a gift certificate from Monica & Oscar.  It was my first ever massage and was a nice hour of relaxation.  I must be getting scarily big because I'm getting less "you're so cute" comments and more "oh, you're almost there, you'll make it" comments.  I'll put up new profile pictures next week.
Here is a description of the baby at 35 weeks.
Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
February 19, 2008
34 weeks now.  And the nursery is done!  This is a huge load off, as I was getting much too stressed about how we weren't at all ready, and what if the baby came early, and so on.  This was especially evidenced sunday at church when I broke down in tears with our friends David & Roseann just talking about how much there was left to do.  Then, Aaron surprised me by finishing while I was gone last night, the furniture is even in place.  Now we can start the fun part of decorating and finding places for all our shower gifts.  I'll put up pictures once some of that is done.  The shower was on Saturday, and turned out great.  We had wonderful warm weather, a great turnout, super cute decorations, creative food, and we were blessed with tons of gifts for our baby.  Thank you to our moms, monica, becky, roseann, stacy & jennifer for all their hard work preparing for it.  Monica put up some pictures here.
Here is a description of the baby at 34 weeks.
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
February 12, 2008
33 weeks now.  140 lbs.  And today is my 27th birthday.  27 somehow feels simultaneously very old and very young (when I think about having a baby anyway).  I don't feel like 27.  Where have all the years since college gone?  We went to an infant CPR class last week.  It was very good.  I had no idea it is supposed to be 30 compressions to 2 breaths.  (That's for infants, children & adults).  I feel much more equipped now.  If I can just remember it all that is.  We were in Half Moon Bay at a Bed and Breakfast over the weekend to celebrate my birthday/valentines day/last weekend away before the baby.  It was very relaxing, and we had beautiful weather.  You can see pictures here.
Here is a description of the baby at 33 weeks.
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
February 5, 2008
32 weeks now.  8 weeks seems like far too short a time.  At my last doctor visit on thursday, she said my blood counts had dropped very little, which is rare for pregnant women, and was probably a sign that I was eating healthy.  That was nice to hear.  Not that I've been perfect, I certainly have my treats, but I have been trying.  I've started using my break time at work to take a walk, since I never seem to be home on weeknights anymore.  I think about the baby a lot and all the changes to come.  On Wed. night, we had our newborn care class.  Once again, I felt overwhelmed with information.  So much to remember.  Our instructor said that a pregnant woman loses 10% of her brain function to the baby.  (Supposedly it evantually comes back).  I can certainly tell a difference (as can Aaron as he likes to remind me).  Things just seem much more complicated than they should be, and I have to think harder about stuff.  I was lamenting to Aaron after the class that it doesn't seem right that at a time when you want to be functioning at  your peak mentally (when  you have a newborn), I will in fact be functioning well below my peak, not to mention the added factor of sleep deprivation.  I consider myself an intelligent and well-educated person, yet am terrified that I won't know what to do, no matter how much I study beforehand.  I seem to retain nothing right now.  The baby is definitely getting bigger.  Most of the trip down to LA last weekend, it had a foot or something lodged up in my ribs, pretty uncomfortable.  It had the hiccups again yesterday and today.  I could see them today, so that was fun.  They were in a different spot, so maybe the baby is still moving.
Here is a description of the baby at 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. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
January 29, 2008
31 weeks now.  136 lbs.  Felt the hiccups again Thursday night, I fell asleep before they stopped.  The description isn't kidding about the kicking.  Last night, as we were going to sleep the baby went crazy.  Aaron commented that it was like he or she suddenly got claustrophobic, as it had turned some and had its arms and legs thrust out and was beating me on both sides simultaneously with its hands and feet.  Aaron couldn't stop laughing.  He hadn't felt anything quite like that yet.  It's reassuring though feeling the baby move lots everyday.  As I projected, I am indeed scared out of my mind after our childbirth class on saturday.  We watched some scary videos.  I've never seen anyone look so miserable and half-alive as these women in labor.  Then to watch the baby actually come out of that little hole is terrifying.  But the neat part is when it suddenly slides out and they just flop the baby right up there on the mom, and after 9 months of waiting and wondering, bam, there's your baby.  I teared up some at that part of the video.  Out of the 12-15 couples in the class, we were the only ones who did not know if we were having a boy or girl.  Our teacher sure liked our names though, especially Memphis.  She was hoping that we would have a boy just so we could use the name.  We learned lots of strategies for getting through labor naturally, and Aaron is convinced we can do it.  I am less convinced, but will give it my best shot.  Actually, most of the women in the class said they were going to try to do it naturally.  However, if I have to be induced for some reason, then all bets are off.
Here is a description of the baby at 31 weeks.
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
January 22, 2008
30 weeks now.  136 lbs.  3/4 of the way there.  Haven't felt any more hiccups.  I do feel lots of stretching where it seems the baby is pressing up against me with what I think is usually a foot.  I most often feel it right below my ribcage on my right side.  Sometimes I can touch right there when it's happening and I think I feel the foot or whatever it is.  Sleeping is getting more uncomfortable.  Aaron is always paranoid that I'm smushing the baby (when I roll over too close to him), so he's always pushing me to the other side.  I've tried to tell him that the baby is more than protected from being smushed in bed.  Backache is pretty constant now, as is pain in my ribs.  The nursery is progressing.  The wainscoating is up and looking very pretty, now it's on to chair rail and baseboards.  I am loving brownies this week.  This Saturday, we have our all day "Prepared for Childbirth" aka 'how to have a baby' class at Kaiser.  I'm sure I'll be scared out of my mind after that.
Here is a description of the baby at 30 weeks.
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
January 15, 2008
29 weeks now.  We felt the baby's hiccups for the first time monday night.  It was a slight, quick, repetitive bump very low on the left.  They went on for over 10 minutes, poor baby.  But it was fun to feel something new.  Aaron could feel them too.  That's about all that's new.  Still just hungry and tired and emotional all the time.
Here is a description of the baby at 29 weeks.
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.
January 8, 2008
28 weeks now.  Into the 3rd trimester already, yikes!  The babies movements get more and more interesting.  They often take me by surprise, and I wonder what in the world is going on in there?  We're starting to be able to see some of the bigger movements.  Still very hungry and have a hard time finding a filling snack that's not too bad for me to eat at 10pm when I'm starving.  The nursery is progressing.  The painting is almost done, and we bought wainscoating, chair rail, and baseboards on sunday.  That will all have to be cut, painted, and put on the walls, so will take a couple few weeks probably.  I am so anxious now to have everything in place, and paranoid about not being ready in time.  (Especially since Grammy and Papa Carr already have their room ready!)  I wonder a lot about what Memphis or Violet will look like when we first see him or her.  Some of mine and Aaron's very newborn pictures are pretty funny looking, so I hope we have a cute baby.  And that he or she doesn't get my elf ears.  But I would love for the baby to get my hazel green eyes.  Either way, he or she should end up with lots of thick hair.  Aaron can't wait for the big drive to the hospital already, while I am nowhere near ready for that!
Here is a description of the baby at 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.
Warning, view the next picture with caution! 
January 1, 2008
27 weeks now.  We got some fun baby stuff for Christmas.  Aaron got a thing where you can listen to the heartbeat, so everyone took a turn while we were visiting my family down in LA for Christmas.  We've finally really started on the nursery, the painting has begun!
Here is a description of the baby at 27 weeks.
This week your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14.4 inches long with his legs extended. He can now open and close his eyes, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. He may suck his fingers, and although his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with assistance — if he were to be born prematurely. Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and isn't bothersome to him, so enjoy the tickle. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. Wonder what he's thinking?
Dec. 25, 2007
Here is a description of the baby at 26 weeks.
Your baby now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber), from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means her response to sounds is growing more consistent. Her lungs are developing now, too, as she continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid — good practice for when she's born and takes that first breath of air.
Dec. 18, 2007
25 weeks now.  126 lbs.  I can't seem to eat enough, I'm always hungry lately.  Which makes me paranoid about gaining too much weight.  It's getting harder to sit all day at work, not to mention the driving too.  My back always aches.  And I do sleep with an extra pillow for support.  Aaron and I have been making a point to have more dates in our last few months of just us.  We went to BJ's on friday night where I got to simultaneously satisfy 2 cravings, with chicken fried steak & gravy for dinner and a pizookie for dessert, (a big, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie with ice cream on top).  Yum!
Here is a description of the baby at 25 weeks.
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now (in color and texture), although both may change after he's born.
Dec. 11, 2007
24 weeks now.  Aaron has got to feel the baby move a few times this week.  He or she is moving right now as I write this.  It's such a funny thing.  I find myself hungry and thinking about food all the time.  On the way home today, I was craving chicken fried steak with gravy and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Aaron is riding his bike to the store as we speak, for exercise and to get some stuff to make cookies.  :) 
I'm adding a postscript now the next day.  I ended up feeling very emotionally unbalanced last night.  Suddenly I was so so hungry, and so desperate for those cookies.  Then, when Aaron didn't give me one quick enough, and it wasn't quite hot enough out of the oven like I'd pictured, I burst into tears.  Then he found another one that was melty and gooey that finally satisfied my craving.  Good grief, I was a wreck.  I couldn't calm myself down and was very short of breath, but finally fell asleep.  The baby was moving a ton last night too, must have wanted those cookies as much as I did!
Here is a description of the baby at 24 weeks.
Your baby's growing steadily, gaining about a quarter of a pound since last week. Since she's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), that makes for a pretty lean figure, but her body's filling out proportionally. Your baby's brain is growing rapidly, and her taste buds may be working now. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily. Your baby can hear more now, and you may even notice her startle at loud, sudden noises. But she's probably getting used to the regular noises she hears around the house, such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner.

Dec. 4, 2007
23 weeks now.  I feel the baby many times a day now.  Usually either after I've eaten, or when I need to eat!  :)  There are little movements, and occasional big ones, that make me go "wow".  As soon as Aaron runs over to feel though, the baby usually stops, so he hasn't felt a whole lot yet.  Plus most of them are too small to be felt on the outside.  I am continuing to grow, (my belly button is already popping out, yikes), and I'll put up a new picture next week.  Aaron dreamt again that the baby was born a boy.  He also dreamt that he missed the whole thing.  All our family was there for the birth, but he was working and no one called him.  Poor guy.  Like I could do this without him.

Here is a description of the baby at 23 weeks.
Your baby is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango). His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth. Loud noises heard often in utero — such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze your baby when he hears them outside the womb.
Nov. 27, 2007
22 weeks now.  And finally feeling the baby, starting yesterday consistently.  Aaron even felt it last night.  And now that I know what it feels like, I've noticed it all day.  Like big bubbles popping.  Very odd.  :)
Here is a description of the baby at 22 weeks.
Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn, checking in at 10.9 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound. Her skin will continue to appear wrinkled until she gains enough weight to fill it out, and the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her head and body is now visible. Her lips are becoming more distinct, and the first signs of teeth are appearing as buds beneath her gum line. Her eyes are developed, though the iris (the colored part of the eye) still lacks pigment. Eyelids and eyebrows are in place, and her pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily.

Nov. 20, 2007

21 weeks now.  119 lbs.  Despite what the description says below, I'm not sure if I'm feeling the baby move yet or not.  There's plenty of weird pains or twinges, but no bubbles popping or butterflies.  Could be that I'm just not observant enough.
Here is a description of the baby at 21 weeks.
Your baby now is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. His eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed. And you can certainly feel him move. He's oblivious to your schedule, though, so don't be surprised if he starts working out just when you're settling down for the night. If you're having a girl, her vagina is formed now, though it will continue to develop until birth.

Nov. 13, 2007

20 Weeks now, the half-way point! - We had our big ultrasound today.  I had to drink 32oz. of water by 9:45 for a 10:45 appt. without going to the bathroom.  I was miserable in the waiting room, and as soon as the tech saw me, she said I could use the bathroom.  I questioned this, because I thought the bladder needed to be full to see the baby, but apparently my bladder was still full even after visiting the bathroom.  Anyway, it enabled me to enjoy the ultrasound more, not having to worry so much about peeing in my pants.  Aaron loved watching the baby.  It was hard for me to connect that what I saw moving around on the little monitor was indeed happening inside me at that very moment.  We could see the heart beating, and see the arms move.  Just by looking at the progression of pictures, you can see how it moves around.  The tech said the baby is 14 oz. now.  See new pictures of momma & baby below.

Here is a description of the baby at 20 weeks.
Your baby is around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom — known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)

A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)

Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that's the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).



Nov. 6, 2007

19 weeks now.  Still waiting to feel something definitive.  Felt a couple weird things, but they were off to the side, so not sure it was the baby.  Aaron is getting antsy.  The big ultrasound is a week from today.  Food-wise, I've been enjoying cream cheese and chocolate lately.  My average daily diet these days is:  bagel with cream cheese for breakfast; banana, yogurt, and pretzels for mid-morning snacks; pb&j and apple for lunch; string cheese, apple sauce, fruit infused v8, & a fun-size candy bar for afternoon snacks; meat, starch & veg for dinner with milk to drink; popcorn or ice cream or smores pop-tart for late-night snack.  I am definitely growing, only a couple pairs of my old pants left that I can squeeze into.

Here is a description of the baby at 19 weeks.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and he measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine, and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. If your baby is a girl, she has an astonishing 6 million eggs in her ovaries. They'll dwindle to fewer than two million by the time she's born.
Oct. 30, 2007

18 weeks now.  116 lbs.  Sleeping is starting to get more interesting, as I'm no longer supposed to be sleeping on my back.  I was woken up with my first pregnancy leg cramp this week, and of course couldn't remember what to do to make the pain stop.  But Aaron was quick to spring into action, and stretch it out.  Still have yet to feel anything in there, so it's like I just have a beer belly, not a baby.

Here is a description of the baby at 18 weeks.
Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Oct. 23, 2007

Aaron dreamt this week that the baby was a boy.  Of course he also dreamt that he delivered the baby himself in the back of his old blue truck.

Here is a description of the baby at 17 weeks.
Your baby weighs about 5 ounces now, and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. He can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden to bone. His sense of hearing is also developing. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker.

Oct. 16, 2007

16 weeks now.  We had our 5 min. doctor's appt. friday.  We did get to hear the heartbeat, 155 beats per minute which sure is quick, but is normal for a baby in the womb.  It sounds like a fast washing machine.


Here is a description of the baby at 16 weeks.
At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.

Oct. 9, 2007

15 weeks today...Friday is our next doctor's appt.  We should get to hear the heartbeat at this one.
Here is a description of the baby at 15 weeks.
At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs. His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but his taste buds are beginning to form.

Oct. 2, 2007

14 weeks today.....Well it appears that as the baby grows, my sanity goes.  On Sunday I had a complete breakdown just because I was so hungry.  Sunday school with the 4 & 5 year olds had been particularly challenging as there were 15 of them in that little room, and that's just too many.  I neglected to bring a snack and by the end it had been 4 hours since I ate.  Once i made it into the car, I broke down and started sobbing.  Aaron thought something awful had happened, and was relieved to find out I was just crying because I was so hungry.  I cried on and off for a good 25 minutes, good grief.

Here is a description of the baby at 14 weeks.
Head to bottom, your baby's 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body's growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body (called lanugo). Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it's already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. She's also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she'll keep up until birth. You still can't feel your baby's movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.
Sept. 18, 2007
12 Weeks today!  A big milestone.  So we took the first tummy profile picture.  Yes, the baby is still very small (around 2 inches) but things start to push out and stretch down there in preparation, so I can definitely tell a difference.
Here is a description of the baby at 12 weeks.
Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head. Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen, though you still won't be able to feel her movement for several weeks.
Sept. 11, 2007
I'm 11 weeks today.  Still feeling good.  Aaron and I have been taking lots of walks, so I get exercise, and we talk a lot about names.  How does one ever decide?!  We also have a crib that was given to us, so the nursery has officially begun.  Here is a description of the baby at 11 weeks.
Your fig-sized baby is now fully formed — measuring 1 1/2 inches long and weighing in at a quarter of an ounce. His skin is still transparent, allowing many of his blood vessels to show through. Some of his bones are beginning to harden, and tiny toothbuds are starting to appear under his gums. His fingers and toes have separated, and he may soon be able to open and close his fists. He's already busy kicking and stretching, and his tiny movements are so fluid they look like water ballet. These movements will increase as his body grows and becomes more developed and functional. As his diaphragm develops, your tiny tenant may also start to get the hiccups. Because he's still so small, though, you won't feel any of his workouts or intrauterine gulps until sometime between weeks 16 and 20.
Sept. 4, 2007
Based on our new due date of April 1, I am 10 weeks along today.  I have been really lucky and not been sick at all so far.  Just tired and always hungry.
Here are some things I read online about Week 10.  Hope the baby gets my hazel/green eyes.  :)
  • The most critical part of your infant's development is complete. Now you are headed into a period of rapid growth.
  • Eyelids fuse shut and irises begin to develop - Eye color is also determined by this point.
  • Placenta begins to function this week or next - The placenta is the organ responsible for both the provision of nutrients along with the removal of waste to keep your baby growing strong!
  • Your baby will be about 1.22 inch long (3.1cm) and weigh 0.14 ounce (4gm) at the end of this week
  • Though the baby is barely the size of a kumquat — just an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, she now has completed the most critical portion of her development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in her body rapidly grow and mature. Her vital organs — the liver, kidney, intestines, brain, and lungs — are now in place and starting to function (although they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy). Her liver continues to make blood cells, and the yolk sac, which previously supplied these cells, is no longer needed and begins to disappear.

  • August 31
    Today was our first sonogram.  They measured the baby and determined my new due date, April 1, 2008.  I apparently have a shorter cycle so we're a week behind what we thought we were.  Instead of being 10 1/2 weeks along, I'm 9 1/2 weeks.

    Here are the pictures.  There's a baby in there somewhere.  It's 2 1/2 cm.  We also got to see the heartbeat.  So far, everything looks good, praise God. 

    Baby's first presents...

    From Aaron's mom & dad


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    6:00 am
    karen alviso (karen)

    Glad you had that vigourous exam and were relieved by the postive AFI (amniotic fluid index) Things sound better.  Thanks for the update.

    9:42 am
    Becky Garrett (becky)
    I swear this is not my fault, but it will an honor to share my Birthday with eather Violet or Memphis!  We are prying for all three of you.  I have been giving David and Stacy updates they can't wait to see the little one.
    10:04 am
    Barbara Bell (barbj)
    praying - yes!
    10:10 am
    Debi Childress (deb55)
    Keeping you in my prayers for a safe delivery.  Great to see your pregnancy progression pictures and ultrasound, thanks for sharing.  God Bless and hope to hear of your speedy delivery today.
    3:47 pm
    Sarah Hinman (sydrew)
    o.k. need more info. it has been almost 4 hrs... anything? This is like waiting on pins and needles! The suspense is killing me.
    6:42 pm
    Sarah Hinman (sydrew)
    well at least something is happening. poor christina! more pitocin? yuck!!!
    9:57 pm
    Barbara Bell (barbj)
    Apr 12, 2008  ( 2 comments )  
    7:28 am
    Sarah Hinman (sydrew)
    I can't belive she is so close! the anticipation is killing me!
    3:16 pm
    Sarah Hinman (sydrew)
    just waiting and praying for new news.
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