14 Weeks Along

Today I start my second trimester. Wow! Hard to believe it’s already been 3 months. The blessings with not having to experience morning sickness in the first trimester is that you hardly realize your pregnant at all. Yes, I was tired and sometimes found myself starving at random times of the day, but that’s not really out of the ordinary. The second trimester is when you start gaining weight and feel ligament pain as your hips spread, feel the baby kick and hiccup, experience the BIG ultrasound where you actually see a baby in your tummy (not some alien creature), start thinking of baby names now that you know if it’s a boy or girl (if you asked to find out), and your husband can start bonding too because he can also feel baby kicks. It all becomes more real for sure. I love this stage!


How your baby’s growing:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Happy Birthday Terra

My niece turned 9! Yeah! She is growing up so quickly. Before I know it she’s going to hit puberty and want driving lessons. Ah!

Because of Terra’s hectic soccer schedule her party had to be postponed till the afternoon of the 12th. Her actual birthday is the 7th. She didn’t seem to mind though…I’m sure she celebrated all week with her family and friends at school. The party was full of fun, family, pool time, food, and oh course, presents. She especially loved all the gift cards to Game Stop and cash because she really wants to buy a Nintendo DS. I think she’ll get her wish.

Happy 9th Birthday!!!

21 months

Corbin turned 21 months. He is such a big boy and loves doing big boy things. He’s all about his trains, cars, trucks…anything with wheels. His favorite movie is Cars by Disney. Who would have thought!?! Ha! He also loves taking walks with Luke when he gets home from work. That is their special time together. The Zoo has also come to life for him. He finds all the animals fascinating and wants to run all over. Whenever I mention that we’re going to the “Zoo” he gets all excited and says “Zoo, Zoo, Zoo!” and “Animals!” So fun! On the not so fun side, we are still working on weaning him of his bottle and he’s whiny when he doesn’t get his way and has also been known to throw toys and/or hit. He’s also clingy when we’re out. Last week we went to a friends house to hang out and he was clinging to my leg and refused to move toward to door. Weird kid! It’s not like I leave him frequently. I keep telling myself it will all fade in time and try to be consistent with discipline. It helps.

Playing Pirates

I found a red bandanna and thought it would be fun to put it on Corbin’s head. He took on a whole new character after that. He picked up his sword and started chasing Luke and I around the living room as if he were a scary pirate. What a funny kid!