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26 weeks, 6 days

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Baby Stuff

Well, we registered this weekend! (at Target and Babies R Us) I must admit, I’ve been excited about registering for a while now.  I’ve been busy reading baby registry advice, looking up product reviews, and asking moms I know what they thought I would need.  I had my list all ready of items I’d decided were well reviewed necessities or luxuries, but I’m sure I forgot a few things in my eagerness to get to the business of imaginary shopping.  Feel free to let me know, if you have any advice for me! 🙂

Registering meant that we had to make the decision about colors/themes of the baby’s room.  A decision I have been putting off for a while because I keep changing my mind about what I want.  I went back and forth for a while on whether I wanted red and black for my little ladybug or some variation of green and yellow or maybe something decidedly girly.  But now I’ve decided: I’ve chosen green and brown with yellow accents for the Little Miss’ room.  And there is no theme other than the color.  I do have a tree mural planned for her room, but I want her room to be eclectic, not centered around a particular theme.  It’ll be a while before her room is ready since we’re starting to remodel upstairs now, but I’m looking forward to it.

Some items that I am particularly excited about are the items that align with the ideals of parenting in which I am interested, including babywearing and co-sleeping.  I registered at Target for a hotsling, which is a comfortable and stylish way to wear a baby (newborn through toddler).  At Babies R Us, we registered for the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper.  I like the idea of having the baby close at night, especially when we’re nursing, and the co-sleeper style bassinet seems like the perfect option for our family. 

We still have decisions to make about nursery furtniture, but we have plenty of time for that…

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Week 26

At 26 weeks, I’m really feeling pregnant.  I’m walking slower.  Having a hard time sleeping.  And fitting into those maternity clothes that seemed enormous when I bought them a month or two ago.  It really felt like I grew overnight into a huge pregnant woman–though being as I have three months to go I’m sure this will seem small compared to what I will be.

Plus, I feel my little miss moving around quite often now, which is fun.   She’s obviously getting stronger.  Sometimes I’m startled by her how strong her movements are. 

The baby is in an intense stage of brain development, at least according the Babycenter.com. And several web sites say that starting around week 26, the baby will be more sensitive to sound, even seeming to “jump” at a particularly loud or sudden noise.  Strange to think that she can hear what’s happening outside my body.

The countdown on my Google desktop is now below 100 days, which makes my due date seem so imminent.  98 days is long enough to get ready for a baby, right?

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Baby TV

We got another peek at our little girl today!  The ultrasound revealed a squirmy 2 lb. 1 oz. little girl with long limbs.  She’s right on schedule, and this time we got all the pictures that the doctor needs to see to make sure she’s doing okay.  It was fun to watch her move all around.  She grabbed her toes and waved while we watched.  It’s rather surreal to think that that’s all going on inside of me.  And exciting too!

Another interesting fact that the ultrasound tech brought up was the anterior position of the placenta, which means that the placenta is located in front side of my uterus (nearest to my abdomen) and the baby is behind it.  This doesn’t really mean anything except that I probably feel her moving less than I might be able to if the baby were closer to my abdomen.  I actually feel her moving quite a bit, but I wonder how much more I could feel… 

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This is me yesterday at 25 weeks exactly.  Click the image to view it full size.

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25 Weeks

At 25 weeks, the baby would have a fairly good chance of surviving if she were born now.  Her lungs have started producing the “surfactant” that they need to mature.  She’s on her way!

And speaking of being born, she’s getting ready for that now.  According to BabyGaga.com, this is the week when the baby starts her way of scootching into a better position for birth.  My countdown says that she has 105 days left to get into position, which isn’t really that long when you think about it.  I can’t believe how fast it’s going.  The first few months, when we weren’t telling anyone yet, dragged by so torturously slow.  But ever since we spilled the beans, time has been flying.

In other news, I suffered from my first major “mommybrain” moment last Friday.  Turns out that I had the date for my doctor’s appointment wrong, and I’d missed it earlier in the week.  I felt pretty stupid, but I rescheduled for this Friday.  Hopefully, I’m not forgetting about and missing all sorts of other appointments in my pregnancy fog…

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Active Mornings

According to Wikipedia:

Fetuses aged 14 to 18 weeks show a pronounced circadian rhythm in their activity level, which can be detected both by fetal electrocardiogram and by measuring locomotor activity. Active and quiet periods for the fetus do not correspond to those of the mother; fetuses are most active from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. During the last four to six weeks before birth, most of the fetuses’ kicking and jabbing movements occur while it is sleeping lightly.

My little one is certainly active, but I’ve definitely noticed that she’s more active in the mornings just after I get to work than at other times.

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