Mar 28, 2011

6 months baby!

I know I've been slacking with my updates, sorry! Wednesday, March 23rd marked the beginning of our six month! The time sure has flown by, but July still seems light years away.

Here is the 24 weeks update:
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

I have lots to say this time. Zach and I made a long road trip back to PA to spend time with my family and celebrate my mom and aunt Bonnie's 60th birthday. The party was a huge success and everyone had a lot of fun. It was so great to be home and let everyone rub my belly :-) Baby Swanson responded best to my mom and my aunt Bonnie, who both felt a nice strong kick. My sister was able to feel a few little ones, but unfortunately he didn't say hello to Pappy this time. Next time for sure :-) When we are here, Zach always rubs and kisses my belly. Over this trip home, while I was getting lots of attention from everyone else, he seemed to really be proud to be the expectant father of the little one I'm carrying. It made me love him even more :-)

When we got back to Iowa, I registered us for all of the prenatal classes at the hospital that we want to take. We are going to a 5 week prenatal class, a birthing center tour, a breastfeeding class, baby basics, and Zach is going to a Daddy boot camp class also. It seems like a lot, but we're new at this, and the classes are spread out over a few months. Might as well be as best prepared as we can, right?

As for me, I'm feeling great. I'm loving every minute of being pregnant and feeling all the little (and HUGE) baby kicks. Some of them are getting strong and catching me off guard and a little uncomfortable, but that just means that he's growing strong! I am, however, experiencing some pretty bad back pain. There are a few stretches that I do that temporarily relieve some of the pressure and pain. There really is no comfortable sitting position for me these days. All this makes it sound like I'm not feeling great like I said, but really, I am! The back pain is just a little bump in the road, and an excuse for Zach to give me a back rub ;-)

I'm so excited for my baby shower thrown by my sister in May. I had the best bridal shower anyone could ever have, so I have no doubts the baby shower will be just as fantastic. Zach will be coming back to PA with me and will be at his parent's cabin for "warrior weekend" with the guys. I think a baby shower sounds like way more fun :-)

Last thing, Zach read Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham to the baby. We felt a little like dorks reading a kiddy book out loud, but it was really fun all the same. We had some good laughs too. We hope baby Swanson was listening! I forgot to mention that we went through some of my boxes from when I was a kid and brought back some things. Mostly books, but also a wooden cradle my grandfather had made for me when I was a baby, and a handmade stuffed rocking horse made by my aunt Bonnie for me when I was a baby. Mom said that she put me under the Christmas tree in the cradle. It means a lot to be able to have these things from my childhood to share with my own baby.

I think that is all the news for now!

Mar 9, 2011

22 weeks!

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Still feeling pretty good, just a few aches and pains here or there, but other than that I'm a happy camper! Zach and I have picked out most of the things for our nursery and registry. That proved to be a rather stressful process (for me, Zach on the other hand doesn't over think everything like I do).

We visited our friends Carlie and Joey on Sunday and their new baby girl Emma Jo. She is absolutely gorgeous and we both got to hold the littlest baby we've ever seen! She was only 11 days old, and a bundle of joy :-) I think it got both of us pretty excited to have our own little one soon.

Not really any progress on the name. I joked on my facebook page the other day that we've decided to go with Joseph Paterno Swanson since we can't agree on anything else..but that was a total JOKE. My mom called me worried that we were serious, haha! So sorry if that worried anyone else as well.

Next week we are driving home to Pennsylvania for a birthday party for my mom and my aunt. I cannot wait! All I want is to be home with our families :-) We'll see how the drive goes, hopefully we don't have to stop all the time for me to pee!

No other news for now!

Mar 2, 2011

3D Ultrasound pictures

These are a little creepy, but interesting nonetheless.

He looks kind of happy here with his hand up to his face :-)

He looks a little unhappy here..

More ultraound pictures

I love that I can call the baby "he" now!

This is an awesome shot of his leg. Foot and ankle on the left, to the knee, to the hip.

Nice profile shot :-)
Arm held up to his face, maybe sucking his thumb?

Another arm/fist shot.


Feet!!! So cute!

It's a BOY!!!!

Oh my, I am so unbelieveably excited now that we know that we are going to have a baby boy!! :-) I thought I wanted a girl more than anything, but now that I know it's a boy, I am super happy. I can't stop smiling today :-)

The ultrasound was yet again, amazing. There is nothing cooler than what you can see on the screen during it.

This whole time I've thought it was a girl, and then last night, I dreamt all night about baby boys. So by the time we started the ultrasound, I was convinced it was a boy. The ultrasound tech did all of the routine measurements and such, and then said "well, it's not a Brooke or Tenley," which are the two girls names that I liked the best :-) I saw Baby Swanson's "goods" before she even said anything. Zach was all smiles also. Maybe I can actually sleep tonight! I'm going to take a nice warm bubble bath and put on some pj's and make it an early night tonight. I am emotionally exhausted I think.

Enjoy the ultrasound pictures! Also, send any boy names our way if you have any!

For those of you who may not know what you're looking at here.. you are looking at the baby from under his bottom, as if he were sitting on the camera lens. He would be facing the left, the large horizontal part at the top is his left thigh, and right there in the middle where the arrow is pointing is his little "manhood." Isn't it cute?? :-)