Friday, March 28, 2008

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 his head to his heels. he can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. he's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
I am growing! I have had a total weight gain now of 14 pounds and he KEEPS growing! I love feeling him move all the time. We got his first piece of mail addressed to him yesterday. It was so weird to see Brayden Beckett on the envelope. I had ordered him some books and they came in the mail for him!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shower and Dr. Appointment

Well after school yesterday they had a shower for us. It was great! Brayden received his swing/glider, lots of cute clothes, really cute swim trunks, (for his sunbathing this summer!), diapers, a vaporizer, and more stuff for his nursery. Everyone has been so nice.
We went to the doctor today- and everything is going great. I had the glucose screening and find out in a few days if everything is ok there. His heart rate was 159 and I was measuring 27 1/2 cm with my belly which is perfect- you are supposed to measure how many weeks you are and we will be 28 weeks on Thursday. I gained 6 pounds this month and am now at 132. We now go every two weeks to the doctor and it gets closer and closer!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Weekend Showers

Well we had a very full weekend! Friday night my cheerleading team threw us a shower. It was great! I had most of my girls there and received some adorable stuff. They had 2 diaper cakes (which are going to come in handy), lots of yummy food, and the cutest decorations. It was great to see my girls, and their moms were so generous. Melissa who threw the shower went above and beyond with everything- gifts, decorations, etc. Drew made stayed to open the gifts and was a good sport with all the girls.
Saturday Aunt Geri and Mary threw us a shower for Drew's mom side of the family. She did such a good job decorating with our frog theme, and even had two frogs in the punch. We received some homemade gifts which were very special, and played some fun games. There were some adorable outfits, and some great books that I know he is going to love.
It feels so good to have people care, and go above and beyond for you. We are very blessed.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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?
We had another child birth class last night. We got to see one of the rooms where we could give labor, all the machines, and the recovery rooms. It was fun, and it made it all seem so close!
He is moving all the time now, and I am growing more and more it seems every day. Only 13 weeks left!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Growing and Such

Well Brayden is on the rise. I am 26 1/2 weeks and have now gained 14 pounds and look very pregnant. I had to go buy a new bra and was astounded that I went from a 34 B to a 34 D!! If any of you know me quite personally- this is quite an accomplishment!!
We went to our second child birth class- and got to see a live birth. Drew did pretty well considering!
My mom went ahead and got his bedding and let us have it before the shower so we could go ahead and put it up- it is so stinking cute! The more we prepare for him- the more I want him to hurry and get here.
We are excited to go back to the doctor in a week and a half and we have our first shower next weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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 his ears are developing, which means his response to sounds is growing more consistent. His lungs are developing now, too, as he continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid — good practice for when he's born and takes that first breath of air. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

25 Weeks and Childbirth Class

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.
Last night we started childbirth classes. It was crowded! It was interesting because most people were having girls in there. We learned how to breathe through contractions, how to push (without really pushing), and talked about different medications we could take. Being there really made it all seem real and close- since it was all on what to do when you go into labor. I hadn't really thought about labor that much yet, but now when we have to- it makes it real.
I am feeling pretty good. Definitely growing- and people are funny about it. I have been having some back pain, peeing a ton, peeing when I sneeze :(, and having leg cramps. I am still on the medicine- I go off each weekend but then usually get sick around Sunday.
Drew has been reading to him every few nights, and it is so neat because now when Drew starts reading Brayden starts to kick. The books say that the baby starts to recognize people's voices, and is soothed by those same voices after they are born.

Family on Christmas

Family on Christmas
Merry Christmas

Spiky hair

Spiky hair
All dolled up for Christmas in Ohio

My little Santa

My little Santa
Ho Ho Ho!

Happy boy

Happy boy
On the way to church

Mostly about Brayden and Keaton, and the Beckett family! :)