…about baby no. 1’s bump watch {33 weeks}.

Here’s what’s going on with Baby Boy developmentally this week (from BabyCenter):

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.

How far along: 33 weeks.

Total weight gain: At the perinatologist appointment, the doctors weighed me, and I believe that I am up a pound or two from last week. So, I’m estimating around 35 lbs. of total weight gain so far! That’s getting near the top end of weight gain for pregnant women, but that’s nothing too worry about as of yet.

Report – Geneticist/Perinatologist Appointment: Jord and I feel SO blessed to share that everything is going well with our little man, and that at this point, there is no reason for us to worry about the baby’s shorter limbs. After meeting with a genetic counselor and undergoing another ultrasound with both a sonographer and the perinatologist himself, we learned that what’s most likely going on is that our little boy’s body will be shaped a lot like his papa’s body – shorter limbs combined with “normal-sized” head, torso, hands and feet. We feel so blessed and so thankful that we don’t have to worry about our baby having any serious complications or disorders. While we would have been able to handle whatever God gave to us with our son, we feel SO blessed to have a healthy, growing boy.

We will have another ultrasound at our hospital in Vermillion in four weeks (when I’m 37 weeks-ish) to make sure that the baby has continued to grow, but assuming that all goes well in that check-up (as the perinatologist expects), the specialist we saw today sees no reason for us to change our birth plan (which is to have the baby in Vermillion). The only reason we would need to give birth in Sioux Falls is if we needed access to the NICU there, but the perinatologist doesn’t foresee any issues with our baby – yay!

Thank you to all of our family members and friends for your extra love, support and prayers this week – we feel so fortunate to have such a loving community pulling for us and for our little man!

A Bump Photo:


{What I’m Wearing: T-shirt (non-maternity; Ann Taylor LOFT); Sweater (non-maternity; Express); jeans (Motherhood Maternity); earrings (vintage)}

Best moments of the week: Teaching my final two classes of ENGL 101 – I’ll greatly miss most of my students this semester, but it is so nice to be one step closer to the end of the semester, and one BIG step closer to being a Mama; learning that everything is looking wonderful with our little man; getting a “thumbs up” from our little boy in our ultrasound this week; finishing off my independent study on short fiction stories this semester; hearing great things about my writing in my thesis workshop this week – I’m planning to defend my thesis in mid-May!; reading what my husband’s looking forward to most about being a daddy.

Strange dreams: I woke up on Tuesday morning crying because of a dream I had, in which my husband picked me up on Christmas Day from my Grandma’s old house in Sioux Falls – in my dream, I was devastated because one of my uncles, who apparently was “in charge” of Christmas that year, wanted us all to eat Christmas dinner at the airport! I distinctly remember my dad chasing me down the street as Jord and I pulled away from the house.

Then, later that morning, after I fell back asleep, I had a dream that I was still 32 weeks pregnant, but that I was in labor! I was 3 centimeters dilated, and the scariest part – the hospital wouldn’t let me call Jord to tell him that I was in labor!! I’ve always had strange, vivid dreams – my entire life, I swear – but my dreams sure have taken a stranger turn during pregnancy!

Nesting report: At the beginning of the week, I washed our little man’s crib sheets, one of his changing pad covers, his little 4th of July jammies – so cute!, a few pairs of athletic-type socks for our boy, and my new aden + anais swaddle blankets (my one expensive request this pregnancy – thanks, Mom and Dad – they are so cozy!). I also sized down and stuffed our little Fuzzibunz pocket diapers – they look so tiny and cute waiting for our little man to fit into them! As a reminder, little newborn babies usually don’t fit into one-size cloth diapers until they are about one month old, so we’ll be using earth-friendly disposable diapers for a few weeks until our little guy can fit into our cloth diapers. We can’t wait!

This past weekend, my family and I also worked on sanding down the baby’s dresser and rocking chair to prepare for primer and paint – I can’t wait to get everything painted so that we can finally put away all of our little man’s clothes and start decorating his “nursery,” which, as you’ll remember, is located in our bedroom until we get the word that we can move into our new two-bedroom apartment. As of mid-week, my parents have already primed the furniture, and they plan to put the first coat of paint on two pieces of the furniture this weekend – we’re so excited! I also ordered the crib from Amazon this week – YAY! The baby’s birth feels so close now, especially with the crib on its way to us :)

What I’m looking forward to: Jord’s Aunt Vicki & Uncle JR are visiting this weekend, and I’m so excited to see them! I’m also looking forward to our maternity photo shoot this weekend – we’re teaming up again with Kara and Aaron of Creative Kindling, and we can’t wait to see how our pictures turn out! I’ll be back next week with a full report, and maybe even a teaser photo or two :)

What I miss: Trying out new (to me) yummy red wine! With Vicki & JR in town, there’s sure to be a fun wine to try, and I miss being able to pair wine with food to see how the taste of the wine changes! Soon enough, though, I’ll be able to sneak more than just a sip every now and then :)

Next appointment: Our next prenatal appointment is on May 4 at 8:45 A.M. Our doctor will be out of town, so we will be seeing one of her colleagues – I’m excited to meet her! If I’m counting correctly, I only have two more appointments that will occur every two weeks (the one on May 4 and the one after that), and then we’ll start seeing the doctor every week – it’s crazy how time flies!

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