25 Weeks

We are finally getting to the point where time seems to be flying. It feels like it was just the other day when we got that positive pregnancy test and now here we are, one week away from being SIX MONTHS PREGNANT. That’s half a year people! I can’t believe it and I know J is just as amazed as I am (and ready to be done already!)

Despite being nearly two-thirds of the way through this pregnancy, J still thinks she is superwoman and tries to do all these things that, well, she just shouldn’t be doing. Like lifting the 30 pound box of cat litter…from the bottom of the shopping cart to the check out stand. The cashier at Target was laughing at me yelling at J for doing so, too. Not to mention she spent the evening tonight cleaning our carpets with the carpet cleaner machine we borrowed from her mom and now…she’s ready to drop from exhaustion and her hands are all rubbed raw. Boo.

My back has been threatening to go out for the last three weeks now and I’ve been keeping it at bay by icing it (with frozen peas!) and keeping Lidocaine pain patches on it. So I know that given that fact, I’m not much help around the house, at least not as much as I could be. J takes good care of me and in doing so, tends to do these things for me when she really shouldn’t be doing them herself. At least this time I bleached out the bathtub instead of her doing it so hopefully we avoid more asthma-related problems on that front.

In other news, Jaxson has really had a growth spurt this week. You can feel him all over J’s belly now and he’s getting big! The other morning he was stretched all the way from one side to the other. He gets mad when you press on him though and promptly moved around to the side. It is really amazing though, and I can feel him much more frequently now. He likes when you sing to him and when Bubba lays on J’s stomach in the mornings. And he really likes my favorite singer, Ben Gibbard. He’s definitely my little Mini Indie Rock! We got the crib all put together last weekend and it looks really great. Our cat, Bubba, has been checking it out but he can’t jump in there on his own, but he does enjoy laying underneath it. He really likes the changing table too, so I don’t think we’ll have an issue with him hating all the baby stuff. The vet’s advice was to let him check it all out beforehand to get acclimated to it, so far so good. 🙂

In less than stellar news though, today we got a letter from our OB’s office. Dr. Connors will be going out on a medical leave of absence starting this week and won’t be back until January 28, 2013. Yep, you read that right – she’s out of the office for the rest of our pregnancy! J and I were very upset about this news. My sister has seen Dr. Connors’ partner Dr. Clayton though and said she was really nice, so hopefully we can switch to her and be okay. We are just nervous. Granted, I know that Jax is not due until February 10, but we won’t have Dr. Connors to hold our hands through the remaining 3 months of the pregnancy. It is sad news, but we are just trying to stay calm and take it one step at a time. Next week is the perinatologist follow-up appointment with Dr. Morales to find out about the placenta and if it has moved up enough to avoid bed rest, and then on the 15th we go to Dr. Connors…er Clayton? for our 6 month follow up. J has to get her glucose test done on the 10th (yay….not!) and we get to hear those results on the 15th. I think everything will be okay, but we will just have to see.

I guess that is all I have to say for now. Oh, the baby shower is this upcoming weekend, so we’ve been working diligently on getting ahead on our homework assignments so we can have a worry-free weekend. Everyone is so excited for the shower, it is really cute! I know that I can’t wait to see everyone and see what kind of neat gifts we get. Most of all, I can’t wait for everyone to get together to celebrate the life we have created together and share in the love we have for our little boy. 🙂

Jaxson is really getting big! He’s about 14.5 inches long now and weighing in at around 1.75 pounds. That’s about as much as a head of cauliflower! His brain is beginning to form grooves and crevices this week to make room for nerves to grow. He’s got a regular sleep schedule now and may even get a case of the hiccups now that he is “breathing” amniotic fluid and giving those little lungs a workout. Jax may even be opening his eyes for the first time this week!

Our little man knows up from down now!


24 Weeks

Here we are at 5.5 months and it is really beginning to set in with both of us that there is really a baby on the way, and soon! It seems just yesterday that we were beginning our journey to mommyhood and here we are, a little less than 5 months away from meeting our little man. It has been an “exciting” last two weeks, that’s for sure.

Last Monday, October 8th, J started having some trouble breathing. Luckily she was off of work for Columbus Day so she was home and could do her nebulizer treatment for her asthma. By the time I got home at 5:30 she had had a minor asthma attack. We did some cleaning, thinking maybe it was too dusty in the house and that was giving her trouble, but then when we went to lay down for bed around 11 pm, she had another full-blown asthma attack. She was really dizzy and kind of out of it, under her eyes was really dark like she had a black eye, and she was wheezing. In almost 5 years together I had never heard her wheeze like that, so I told her to get dressed because I was taking her to the hospital. Her rescue inhaler wasn’t helping so I knew that if she wasn’t breathing neither was little Jax. So we loaded up in the car and I took her to the hospital where she was pretty quickly admitted. We were placed in an ER room right in front of the nurse’s station and they gave her a nebulizer treatment and took a chest x-ray. They found that she had the beginnings of bronchitis (which she didn’t know) and gave her steroids and antibiotics and sent us on our way at 2 am with instructions for J to follow up with her regular doctor within the week.

Oh yeah, and while we were at the ER they brought in a woman who had tried to hang herself at home that night! It was so crazy. The nurses and doctors were all in a bustle trying to get her stabilized and admitted and of course the cops had to stay stationed outside of the room. It was like we were in a real-life version of ER or something! The ER staff definitely has their work cut out for them.

J spent the rest of the week resting but she was still really fatigued and having trouble breathing. She went to her regular doctor and they told her to keep up with what she was doing and gave her orders to stay home and keep doing her nebulizer treatments. Her doctor’s office also called the pulmonologist to make an appointment, which she’s been trying to do since our OB Dr. Connors requested at last month’s check-up. The pulmonologist called J back and said they refused to see her because she was pregnant! So after a few more phone calls, J got in to another pulmonologist. Boy, what an experience. The office smelled musty, someone was wearing WAY too much perfume, and this one woman would. not. SHUT. UP. She was going on and on and on about voodoo and African people and how Jesus was always there to protect her, and her poor soft-spoken friend with her was just grinning and nodding because she couldn’t get a word in edge-wise. J was ready to kill her by the time she got called back, and we could still hear her talking from the exam room! The pulmonologist, Dr. P was okay. J wasn’t a huge fan, so maybe once she is not pregnant she will check out another doctor for her asthma management. But for now, Dr. P had her stay home for another week and changed her Advair to Flovent to see if it helps manage her asthma better. J also got a new nebulizer machine since her old one crapped out after so much use these past two weeks, so that was great.

Which brings us to this week…24 weeks already! We have been going back and forth about whether or not we were going to try to move when our lease is up in March, but I think we have finally decided to stay put here for another year. It is just smarter, physically and fiscally, and I think we can make it work and fit here just fine. We have been doing some re-organization around our tiny apartment, moving some stuff around and trying to utilize our storage space to the best of our ability, and we found a dresser for $45 at Target (it was on sale from $155 – yeah!) for our room which really helped! We put our old dresser into the baby’s room and since it is a cherry-ish color it matches the crib well enough. So far it looks really good in there and it is really beginning to give us baby fever. I can’t wait to see what goodies we get at the baby shower and am just so excited to be finally getting the baby’s room together. J even told me we could put together the baby crib since we are staying here, but after our 4 hour dresser assembly session last night, we might be waiting a little bit on that. 😉

Jaxson has been kicking up a storm lately and J can really feel him in there. I have felt him kicking a few more times and it is so wonderful. We had our OB appointment last Thursday and everything is going well so far. J is being sent to check on her iron levels since she has been really fatigued lately and to get her glucose test done, but Dr. Connors really didn’t seem too concerned about either test. We have our perinatologist appointment on November 7th and I can’t wait to see Jax again. My mom keeps asking when we are going to do our next 3D ultrasound – trust me we are ready! We will probably wait until the end of November/beginning of December before we do that, but rest assured we will post pictures if/when we do. 🙂

Jaxson is about 14 inches long this week, about the length of an ear of corn, and weighs in around 1.5 pounds already! His lungs are developing the blood vessels and tiny air sacs which will allow him to breathe outside of the womb. Jax’s skin is less transparent now also, and has a rosy pink glow to it. Considered viable at this stage of pregnancy, in the unfortunate event Jax were to be born early, he would have a chance of survival outside the womb.

Our little man is gaining about 4-6 ounces A WEEK now!

22 Weeks & Kicking It

Twenty-two down, eighteen to go! I can’t believe that we are already at 22 weeks here. Each day we creep closer and closer to meeting our son and I just get excited all over again when I think about it.

Luckily here in the Sunshine State, the hell blazes of summer seem to be coming to an end. Warning: it is probably just a fakeout! However, it will be nice for it not to be so hot outside that you can’t stand yourself. J’s air conditioning went out in her car this week so we are taking it into the shop this morning to get it fixed. Having no air conditioning, in Florida, is never a good thing. Especially when pregnant! 😉

We are also going clothes shopping this weekend, this time for both of us for a change. J needs some more maternity shirts now that she is really popping out with her baby bump now, and definitely needs some jeans for the upcoming “cool” months. Not to mention, my workplace finally decided to go back to wearing business casual instead of jeans starting October 15th, so I need a new wardrobe stat since none of my old business casual clothes fit anymore!

Jaxson is doing well, kicking a little more frequently and harder as each day goes by. J says that she can really feel him moving around in there now, and he tends to elbow her in the most inconvenient places. Last night, she was laying on the bed and had me come put my hand on her stomach, and I finally got to feel him kick!! It was just a tiny little nudge, and it was just one kick, but it was so amazing. I have been waiting for this day and now it finally arrived. YAY! I can’t wait to feel him again. 🙂

Jax is just over a pound this week and measures about a foot long, about the size of a spaghetti squash! There is fine hair, called lanugo, covering his body now to help keep him warm and he is actually starting to look like a miniature newborn complete with lips, eyelids, and eyebrows that are becoming more distinct. His skin is still wrinkly, and the fat is still forming under his skin to fill it out some. The pancreas is also developing this week and the eyes are formed, although the iris (colored part of the eye) is still lacking its coloring.

Jaxson is already establishing sleeping patterns!

Window Color

No, no, no, I’m not talking about curtains. I’m talking about eye color! They say that the eyes are the window to the soul and on that note…A little known fact about myself is that I love genetics. It is just so fascinating how chromosomes and DNA and genetics all come together to make us who we are. I think its amazing. I even read the book about the discovery of the double-helix in the human DNA genome…when I was in middle school. Yeah, I’m a geek!

So how does my love of genetics fit into today’s post? Well, the answer is real simple. When you’re expecting a bun in the oven, whether its me or J carrying him, you can’t help but wonder: Whose nose does he have? Will he have wavy or straight hair? (J is banking on wavy) Will he be tall like our donor or short like J? Unfortunately, no ultrasound will give us these answers so we will just have to wait and see come February. But, in the meantime, I did find a nifty little tool online at Stanford University’s The Tech Museum which will tell us the chances of Jaxson having brown, blue, or green eyes. Very cool! At least, I think so. 🙂

Here’s a little basic genetics tutorial for you – brown eyes are a dominant gene. That means that in any given case, if one parent has brown eyes, there’s a pretty good chance that the kids will have brown eyes too because it takes precedent. However, depending on the recessive genes involved (meaning, the less dominant genes), the kids could end up with a color other than brown. Such is our case – J has green eyes and our donor has brown eyes. J’s dad had green eyes and so did our donor’s dad, and he had one brother with green eyes. Based on this information, there’s a pretty good chance that our little Jax will have green eyes too.

I went to the website mentioned above and input all of J’s family’s information and our donor’s family’s information (gotta love those full disclosure donor profiles!) and here’s what that looks like:

And here’s our results based on this information:

As if my guess wasn’t good enough, here it is in plain English…well color at least. We have a 41.7% chance of having a green-eyed baby! That’s pretty good odds, I think. Now if I haven’t scared you off yet with my geekiness, go try it for yourself. 🙂

21 Weeks

This blog post is a little bit delayed this week. Not only was I not feeling well and studying for midterms this weekend but on Saturday we had an unhappy surprise in our house – our beloved little teddy bear hamster, Hammy, died. We are grieving and so very sad to have lost him. Sometimes I feel silly for being so upset, but he was such a love and very important to us, and we loved him very much. I just hope he knew how much we loved him, and I’m just very happy we got in some good snuggle and play time with him on Saturday morning. We put him in a nice box with bedding and treats and buried him in my parents’ backyard next to their hamster, Hana, and my dad put this pretty rainbow colored rock on top. It was really sweet and nice.

We donated his old cages and leftover food and bedding to the animal shelter – when I looked at their website today they have quite a few little hamsters without proper cages, so I’m glad his cages could go to good use at least. Hammy’s room was also going to be Jax’s room, so after we dismantled everything we rearranged the furniture in there and cleared out the pile of stuff we’ve been meaning to get rid of for quite some time. I feel a little more prepared for the baby’s arrival now and Bubba (our cat) keeps going in there and checking everything out. So far, he really enjoys laying on the changing table! LOL

Jaxson has been lying really low for J this week and causing her backaches, bellyaches, and wicked heartburn. She says he has been kicking and moving a lot more consistently although I have yet to feel his right hook. J has been having trouble breathing and is trying to get in to the pulmonologist for that, but the doctor’s office didn’t fax over her records so we are waiting on them. There isn’t much else to report this week, oh except that we found out J is allergic to okra. My mom fried some for us yesterday and J had one and it immediately made her throat feel funny and “fuzzy” just like when she eats mango (also allergic to that!). Peanut butter gives her trouble occasionally when she’s not pregnant, but she’s been having more trouble with it now that she is pregnant. I read somewhere that this can happen – allergies can get better or worse, seems like hers get worse.

Only a month left until the baby shower, which I am excited for. My mom suggested we go to Target in person and get the scan gun and add stuff to our registry that way, so people can get stuff in store instead of online only. Duh! So we did that Sunday after leaving their house and J went nuts with the gun. Boop! Beep! Boop! Beep! It was really funny and we had a good time. It was like shopping but not having to spend any money! Although we did use our store credit to buy the last onesie which was blue and white stripes with a whale on it that says “I’m Whaley Cute!” C’mon, we just had to! 🙂

Baby is 10.5 inches long now, about the length of a large banana, but weighs about a pound this week!! Jaxson is now kicking and moving with precision in the womb and has some sort of a sleep/wake schedule already. The eyebrows and eyelids are fully formed now although the iris still lacks color behind those lids.

The 3rd trimester is sneaking up fast!