Monday, March 30, 2009

Week 34 Update

Interesting Facts:

Your unborn baby's muscles are maturing along with the rest of his body. He can hold his head up and turn it from side to side. He'll practice his new found muscle tone by stretching out his arms and kicking his legs.

If you're having a boy, the testes have descended into their proper place. Your baby's eyes are now open when awake, and closed when sleeping. Most of the lanugo is gone and replaced with a thick coat of vernix.

How Big Is Baby?
This week your baby is about 12.8 inches (crown to rump) and weighs nearly five pounds.

How We Feel:

I've been dreading this post and dragging my heels about writing it but, it's now the 34 week update and I guess there's no time like the present. We found out some news about baby and I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around it. While Stacy was in the hospital the Doctor noticed that she hadn't had a Fetal Echo cardiogram; apparently it's really important to be getting them if you're diabetic because there is a higher risk of heart defects when the mum is a type one diabetic. The doctor at the Alex referred her for the EC and she went last week. Unfortunately we found out that baby has a Ductus Arteriosus Aneurysm which in my simple brain means one of the tubes coming out of his heart is S-shaped instead of straight. It's rare, and can be serious, (can cause blockages, blood clots and future heart problems) but also can sort itself out after birth. Once baby is born we have to go to the Stollery Children's Hospital for followup, and I guess at that point the doctors there will decide if they will go in and fix it or if nature will run its course and it will work itself out. Even as I'm writing this my eyes have welled up a few times and it makes my heart ache to know there is something wrong with our little guy. We love him so much already and he's our little miracle to begin with so I have great faith that he will be just fine, but to hear your baby has something wrong with his heart sure makes it feel like there is something wrong with mine.

Now, after some deep breaths it's on to more exciting news. We are officially finished the nursery. The decals are up, the hutch is in and assembled and we are ready for baby. My wonderful best friend in the entire world surprised me with the greatest birthday present ever - the diaper bag I wanted from Ju Ju Be. Cindy was bugging me about how deluxe it was because even the change pad has memory foam...what can I say - nothing but the best for my baby's bum! Last night Dustin and I went down to the nursery and packed baby's little bag for the hospital, all I need to do is go to the store to pick up a container for travel wipes because the container we have is enormous and would probably take up the entire diaper bag!

This week we have another ultrasound and an appointment with the OB/Gyn so hopefully I have some pictures to post tomorrow.

Then we wait.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nursery Update

I think we're ready. The hutch finally came in and we got the other decals up on the walls. We have one more decal but can't decide where to put it as the room is fairly small once all the furniture ends up in there.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Nursery Progress

As it gets closer to baby's arrival, I've been getting more and more anxious to get the nursery done. Now that Dustin is home from work for a while - it seems as good a time as any!

We picked out some colours that we thought would match the crib bedding and decided on the one on right. Did I mention how much I love bright colours?

Once we had the paint colour settled it was time time to get to work. Dustin taped up the room like a man on a mission. I'm sure he was really happy that I was taking pictures instead of working!

Now it's time to call in the troops, well, it's only a tiny room so one trooper really...Grandpa to the rescue! He was a little shocked to see the colour we chose, but he just smiled and kept on painting. I assured him the colour will darken as it dries....

Grandpa stuck Dustin in the closet to paint...he said something about no one seeing the closet...

The happy painters deserve lunch, but not before a photo. I'm sensing they might be getting annoyed by my fun idea of capturing the fun on camera?

Back to work Dustin - just cause the painting is done, doesn't mean the nursery is finished!! The furniture assembly made Dustin a little nuts!

Even the pets wanted to help, which made Dustin's job even more fun!

We got it all put together - and with the bedding on it looks fantastic!

Then we put together the hutch - the top piece hasn't arrived yet, but Sears assures me it's coming next week!

All we need to do now is put together the dresser and put the decals on the walls...and of course wait for baby!

UPDATE: We finished the dresser and put one of the decals on the walls. We have to wait for the other decal to come in but it will be a cute giraffe peaking over the top of the crib.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Week 32 Update

Interesting Facts:

Your unborn baby will establish a daily routine. You'll notice at times your baby is active and wiggly, while at other times you can't feel his movements. Once your baby's born, he'll most likely continue with his in-utero pattern. Along with a routine, your baby has favorite positions too. A favorite of many unborn babies is to have their heads down, rumps up towards the ribs (conveniently, the perfect position for labor).

How Big Is Baby?

Baby weighs around four pounds and stretches to over 11 and one-half inches in length (crown to rump).

How We Feel:

Stacy was in the hospital again, this time for just under a week; she had another kidney infection - being diabetic and pregnant, her poor kidneys must be working so hard. Luckily she's out of the hospital now but we did have to re-schedule her next ultrasound for March 31st. She had one done in the hospital though, and the baby has turned and is head down like he should be. Stacy said he looks just like Mat and he's still a nice healthy weight.

We are painting the nursery tomorrow - pear green is the colour we've chosen, it's bright and fresh and closely matches the green in baby's bedding. I'm so excited to get it all done. We also picked up the furniture and crib, the only thing that hasn't come in yet is the hutch and that's due to arrive next week. I also picked up some really cute wall decals of kids and jungle animals that I think will match our theme and add some fun to the walls.

Other than that, we're ready....only 8 weeks to go!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Week 30 Update

Interesting Facts!

Your baby's face looks much like it will when he's born. He still needs to fill out more to get the characteristic chubby infant cheeks, but he's on his way. He can move his head, open his eyes, and make breathing movements through his open nostrils (although no air comes in).

How Big Is Baby?

If your little one were born today, he'd have a good chance for survival at about three pounds and nearly 11 inches long (crown to rump).

How We Feel:

This week has been a bit bitter sweet for us; Stacy has moved out of our house. On the one hand I'm so excited to have the bedroom back, as it will be the baby's nursery and we can finally get started on it; on the other hand Stacy won't be here, cutting off my intimate ties to the pregnancy that I've enjoyed for the past four months. I am going to miss our weekly updates when we take a few moments to read what's going on in her What to Expect When You're Expecting book, her ever expanding belly, and even her pregnancy complaints and cravings. I am sure she won't miss me nagging her to eat more vegetables or to point her butt in the other direction.

We have our birthing class this Saturday so that should be interesting and informative for us both, though we might get some looks as our circumstance is a bit unusual.

Dustin has been gone for ages (five weeks), and I think he will be surprised to see how big Stacy has gotten since he left, and that we'll only have 8 and a half weeks left before the little man enters the world. I don't think it's hit him yet just how quickly we're about to become parents.

Change is in the air.