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The last belly pics

11 Nov

I hit 39 weeks last Friday.  Yesterday I saw Dr. Gudapati because she wanted to follow up after my Vancouver hospital stay.  Why is it that I always weigh more on the doctor’s scale than at home (180 lbs on her scale, 175 at home)?  It can’t possibly be that my home scale isn’t particularly accurate, right?  Nugget’s heartbeat was a happy 145 bpm and after talking briefly with the doctor, I was on my way to finish running errands.

I felt so great when I got home last night that I got Michael to do some long-delayed belly shots; it’s the first time in a while that I’ve really felt like smiling.  I’m pretty sure these are the last ones because there are signs this morning that Nugget will make his or her entrance later today.  Including that contraction I just had…


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When Michael took it, I said I wouldn’t post the naked belly picture, but that I wanted it for myself and for Nugget.  I told him it was because I didn’t want to traumatize any poor women who’ve never been pregnant; that war zone of stretch marks might cause them to run, screaming, from their computers.  But really it’s because all these months I’ve felt self-conscious about those stretch marks, which have gotten steadily more spectacular week by week.  I’ve never had a bikini-worthy midriff, but with this pregnancy, there really is no hope of that, ever.  Looking at the picture, though, my belly doesn’t look so bad to me.  This is what happens when I carry this kind of precious cargo.  And I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

33 weeks pregnant

26 Sep

Here I am in all my yoga pants glory:

Nugget at 33 weeks

Here’s what BabyCenter.com has to say about Nugget this week:

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.

I saw Heather on Monday and when she palpated my belly she told me that Nugget felt like a really good size for me. She asked me how big Jade was and when I told her she was 6 lbs Heather said, “This one’s a bit bigger.” Yikes!

But: earlier this week I was at our family doctor’s office to get Jade’s latest blood test results. I chatted with the receptionist, who told me she’s had five kids. (Wow!) My favourite part was when she said, “Bigger babies are easier to birth.” Really? I wanted to know why. “I don’t know,” she said. “I guess because they’re bigger, so there’s more pressure from the baby, so it’s not as much work to push them out.”

Given how easy I had it with Jade, who was tiny, this sounds hard to believe. I admit to being a bit nervous about birthing Nugget, just because this whole pregnancy has been a little harder, so I’ll take any good news I can get!

30 weeks pregnant = 75% done

5 Sep

I’m 30 weeks pregnant today, which suddenly makes Nugget’s birthday seem so much closer.  I know that by the end I’ll probably be eager to just have it all over with, but for now it feels like there’s too much to get done!

I wanted to call this post “30 weeks, then and now” and show you belly pics at 30 weeks with Jade compared to belly at 30 weeks with Nugget.  But no one is around today to take belly shots, so I’ll just have to make do with the old pictures.

Here’s what I looked like when I was 30 weeks pregnant with Jade:

 
My belly was so much rounder that time!  I haven’t been taking naked belly shots this time because of unsightly stretch marks, but perhaps I’ll brave it when Michael gets back this weekend.  It would be fun to try to reproduce these poses for comparison.

Here’s what BabyCenter.com has to say about Nugget’s development right now:

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.)

Is it a boy or a girl?

19 Aug

By the end of this week, I’ll be starting my third trimester. Three more months before we get to meet Nugget and finally answer the question we hear more than any other: “Do you know what you’re having?” Well, darlings, we’re having a baby, as the ultrasound pictures showed. But no, we don’t know Nugget’s sex.

It’s interesting how opinionated folks are this time around. With Jade, I heard people make a few guesses, but this time I’ve had people (all women, interestingly enough) tell me positively and knowingly, “You’re having a girl!”. Others are just as sure that I’m “cooking up a boy”. Michael thinks Nugget is a boy, and this pregnancy certainly has been different from Jade’s, but I just can’t seem to decide one way or the other.

So it is time, of course, to turn to the wisdom of the Internet, and the all-knowingness of Google and the random quiz I found at Childbirth.org. Pics of the belly are at the bottom of the post for your judging pleasure.

Congratulations!

You have a 22% chance of having a boy.
And you have a 77% chance of having a girl.

And Here’s Why…

  • You are carrying the extra weight out front, so it’s a boy. (This was a hard call. I can’t honestly say that my back end isn’t also carrying some extra weight. There have definitely been some underwear issues, but that could just be the drag of sagging maternity pants. But no one’s pointing to my butt and saying, “Wow, you’re really growing!”)
  • The hair on your legs is not growing any faster during your preganacy, so it’s a girl. (Whew!)
  • Girls are carried high. You are going to have a girl. (Although it’s hard to say whether I’m carrying high and low with my ridiculously short torso, most people seem to agree that it’s pretty high… You can judge for yourself.)
  • Sleeping in a bed with your pillow to the north indicates that you will be having a boy. (Interesting… do women actually turn their beds around?)
  • Your feet are not colder than they were before pregnancy. You are having a girl. (Of course, it IS summertime.)
  • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread. You are having a girl. (Actually, I don’t refuse. I’ll occasionally do it. C’mon, I’m pregnant, I’ll eat almost anything.)
  • Dad-to-be hasn’t been gaining weight along with Mom-to-be, so it will be a girl. (Dad almost never gains weight, anyway. Jerk.)
  • The maternal grandmother doesn’t have gray hair (dyed or natural), so a girl will be born. (This was a weird question. Did they mean ALL gray, or just SOME gray? Hell, even I’ve had SOME gray hair since I was 19.)
  • You had morning sickness early in pregnancy, so you are expecting a girl. (Well, I guess that makes Jade a boy, then.)
  • You are looking particularly good during pregnancy. Therefore, it must be a boy, because girls steal their mother’s looks. (I don’t think I look particularly good, but I didn’t think I look like the back end of a bus, either. Geez, there’s no in-between here. And I think I was danged cute while I was pregnant with Jade, thank-you-very-much…)
  • Your chest development has not been very dramatic during pregnancy. You should expect a boy. (This one was hard to answer, too. There’s definitely more boob to go around, but I wasn’t tiny to start with. Something I wish I could go back to tell my flat-chested teenage self. “Don’t worry, Miss A-cup. One day you’ll be a busty Double-D…”)
  • Since the sum of the mother’s age at conception and the number of the month of conception is an odd number, it will be a girl. (Um, I don’t have anything to add to that.)
  • You are craving sweets, which means that it is a girl. (I’m a woman. I ALWAYS crave sweets, people.)
  • Your nose hasn’t changed during pregnancy, which indicates a girl. (Yikes! Is that permanent?! My nose is wide enough. If having a boy is supposed to cause it to spread, I never want a boy.)
  • You have been craving fruits, so it is a girl. (The alternative was meats and cheese. I crave those, too. But I’m pretty sure the baby will be either a boy or a girl, not both.)
  • Your baby’s heart rate is 140 or more beats per minute, so it’s a girl. (I think it was lower than 140 once, though.)
  • You must have orange juice every day, so it’s a girl. (I don’t HAVE to have orange juice every day, but the alternative was “Doesn’t like OJ” and that’s even less true.)
  • You are not having headaches, so it’s a girl. (So boys are a headache, are they? Oh, the stereotyping jokes we could make here…)
  • Your belly looks like a watermelon, so it’s a girl. (I dunno folks. Would YOU call it a watermelon or a basketball?)

Isn’t it nice to have such a definitive answer?

Belly at 26 and a half weeks

Belly at 26 and a half weeks

There's definitely some more boobage going on now...

There's definitely some more boobage going on now...

Nugget getting some love from Jade

Nugget getting some love from Jade

23 Weeks Pregnant

18 Jul

Michael headed off to Watson Lake this afternoon for a handgames (a.k.a stick-gambling) competition this weekend, so he couldn’t take the long overdue belly shot.  Every week I think about it, and every 5 weeks or so I remember to actually do it!

Here’s how Nugget’s bump is looking today:

Nugget at 23 weeks
Nugget at 23 weeks
I’m feeling huge and ungainly these days, and I think I’m somewhat bigger than when I was 23 weeks pregnant with Jade, but it’s hard to compare.  Nugget’s sitting in there differently compared to Jade.  S/he (Nugget, that is) seems to be much higher up, making my belly almost pointy, rather than round.  (Does this mean Nugget’s a boy?)  My belly button is also strangely deformed.  It’s like a half outie — only the top half sticks out a bit.  The bottom half of my belly button is just kind of flat.  Very weird.  (I still had an innie at this point with Jade.) 
 
Nugget’s also interfering more with my internal organs, apparently.  Sometimes I think I have to pee when I don’t and I often have to stop eating minutes into a meal because there’s no room left in my stomach.  I’m not sure how Jade managed to stay out of the way, but even at the end of my pregnancy with her I could wolf down an entire restaurant meal with no discomfort.
 
Another thing: this little Nugget of mine is a busy little bee.  I feel him/her kicking away all day long, which is great.  One of the women at my office asked me today, “How’s the baby brewing?” and I told her I was getting kicked a lot, which I like.  She said it was the only part of pregnancy she liked.  It’s not the only thing I like about being pregnant, but it probably is the best part.  I have to admit I felt a lot cuter through my first pregnancy; this time ’round (no pun intended) I just feel big.  One woman in my office, whose remarks I generally try to ignore because she’s always saying stupid things, actually said to me this week, “Hey, you’re starting to look pretty fat, girl!”  I felt like snarling at her that I certainly weigh less than she does… but that wouldn’t have been very professional, would it?
 
I know I should really do something like enroll in a yoga or swim class to get some exercise; I’m sure it would give me more energy and perk up my spirits.  Of course the catch is that I feel too little energy to do anything about it right now!  *sigh* Maybe when Michael gets back…

Here’s what BabyCenter.com has to say about Nugget this week:

“Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.”

18 weeks pregnant

14 Jun

I promised Lindsay that I would do my best to do a belly pic today, so here it is, at 18 weeks + 1 day:

18 weeks pregnant with Nugget

BabyCenter.com has the following fun facts about Nugget at 18 weeks:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Mother’s Day

11 May

The Momosphere is full of touching and eloquent tributes to Mother’s Day today. Mine won’t be nearly so poetic, but I didn’t want to let the day go by without making note of it.  I need a nap and I think I’m coming down with a cold, but it’s been a great day nonetheless. 

We started off by sleeping in until 9:00 (which we were able to do because Jade was awake with achy gums from 5:30 until 6:30 — one hour of being awake is a fair trade for two hours of sleeping in!)  We then walked down to the Airport Chalet for breakfast.  It was the first time we’ve tried it, even though it’s only a 15-minute walk down the hill.  They were busy there and a bit frazzled; they asked Michael, when he was paying the bill, not to base his opinion on their performance today.  That made me chuckle because it wasn’t all that bad.  I enjoyed it, anyway.

After breakfast, it was pretty much lunchtime, so instead of going home we made for the neighbourhood playground.  Jade had a grand time (while I had multiple minor heart attacks) climbing up the short ladder over and over again just so that she could slide down the slide.  Why shy prefers the ladder to the stairs is beyond me, but despite my worry and the occasional slip of her feet she handled it just fine.

Here’s a picture of the munchkin who made me into the blessed woman that I am:

Happy sliding Jade

And the first picture of the one whose going to bless us all over again:

13 Weeks Pregnant

Thanks to Jade and Michael for making this such a great day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in my life!