Oh, Boy!

Luke and I found out today that we are having a BOY! He is healthy and enjoys moving around in my womb. We are so excited and extremely grateful for this wonderful gift that God has blessed us with. As our friends and family we ask that you keep Luke and I and our little boy in your prayers. The doctors did say that I have an early case of low lying placenta, but there is no need for concern. This is a common issue that many women face and will most likely fix itself as my uterus continues to grow. The doctors are however taking precautions and will monitor the changes in the placement of my placenta and uterus as the baby continues to grow. If you care to learn more about low lying placenta please check out babycenter. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

20 Week Update

How your baby’s growing:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She or He also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby’s head to her bottom — known as the “crown to rump” measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby’s legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)

A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)

Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that’s the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you’ll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).

How your life’s changing:
You’ve made it to the halfway mark — Congratulations! The top of your uterus is at the level of your belly button now, and you’ve likely gained about 10 pounds. Expect to gain an average of about another pound each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron for your developing baby and the placenta, and to keep up with your expanding blood volume. Iron-rich foods include lean red meat, poultry, fish, lentils and other legumes, spinach, and iron-fortified cereals.

Baby Center

Naming Your Baby

For weeks Luke and I have thought about what name would best suite our child, but this task is harder than some may think. You don’t want to give them a name that will scar him/her for life. We all remember the kids in elementary school that would pick on the chubby kids or the ones with names that rhymed with something gross (Deon Pee-on and Doug the Slug). I don’t desire for my child to endure that torture….school/life is hard enough.

Luke and I are still on the hunt for the best name for our child, but we found these great steps to consider before naming a child on babycenter.com. Take a look and hopefully they will help you too if you are in the same boat as we are.

Here are some important factors to consider when you’re deciding on a name:

Sound and compatibility. How your baby’s name sounds when it’s said aloud is one of the most essential things to think about. Is it melodious? Harsh? Does it go well with your last name? One thing to avoid: Choosing a first name that ends in the same sound as the beginning of your last name. Bradley Yardley and Sierra Adams don’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Uniqueness. An unusual name has the advantage of making your child stand out from the crowd. On the other hand, a name no one has heard of and few can pronounce can bring attention your child might rather avoid. Spelling variations can help make a name unique, but choosing a name with numerous spellings can sow confusion in your child’s life for years to come.

Relatives and friends. Many parents choose to name their babies after a grandparent, other relative, or close friend. Don’t want too many Johns in your house? Look way back in your family tree for hidden treasures. And if you’re worried about hurt feelings, consider a first name from one side of the family and a middle name from the other. According to a BabyCenter survey, middle names are a must for most parents; 98 percent give their child a middle name, with 7 percent of those parents giving their child two or more middle names.

Ancestry and heritage. Your child’s heritage is an essential part of who he is, and you may want his name to reflect that. Read history books focusing on your family’s country of origin to find appropriate possibilities.

Meaning. No one is likely to treat your daughter Ingrid differently because her name means “hero’s daughter,” but the derivation of your baby’s name is something you may want to think about. Use BabyCenter’s Baby Name tool to learn the meaning of over 5,000 names.

Initials and nicknames. People, especially kids, can be cruel when it comes to nicknames, so try to anticipate any potentially embarrassing ones. Consider your child’s initials as well, so you don’t inadvertently saddle him with a doozy like Z.I.T. or P.E.E.

19 Week Update

How your baby’s growing:
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and he measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the length of a small zucchini. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine, and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby’s brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. If your baby is a girl, she has an astonishing 6 million eggs in her ovaries. They’ll dwindle to fewer than two million by the time she’s born.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

How your life’s changing:
You’re just a week shy of the halfway mark. You may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen (perhaps extending to your groin) or even an occasional quick, sharp, stabbing pain on one or both sides, especially when you change position or at the end of an active day. This is round ligament pain, and it’s caused by the stretching of the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, but if the pain is persistent and continues even when you’re resting, or is severe or accompanied by cramping, call your practitioner.

Baby Registries, oh my

We’ve begun the process of registering at the various places one sets up a baby registry. We’ve only just begun to add items but feel free to start shopping or to make suggestions or recommendations. It can be a bit overwhelming so anybody with a little experience can probably offer an idea about items we may have missed or problems with the things we’ve selected.

So far we have our Amazon Registry and our Babies”R”Us Registry. We will likely be adding individual items that are not available at either store but you can check out our Baby Registry page.

We have our ultrasound next week (July 26th) so after that, you can expect to find a plethora of rugged-boy or dainty-girl stuff plastered all over the registry (and our sites). And believe me, it’s been hard to resist the urge to add certain items already. Some things are just so darn cute (or cool) that you just got to have them. Even if you can’t use them. It’s bad enough I bought a pair of 12month old shark swim trunks – just in case.