Brads first kick!

This’ll just be a quick post but I had to write it down. For the last couple weeks we have been trying to get Brad to be able to feel a kick, it wasn’t working. She would either stop kicking immediately when he put his hand on the belly or would move farther away from his hand (pretty funny actually). Then Monday night we went out to a movie and she was going nuts the whole time. We got home and laid down for bed and she was still kicking like crazy. So I had Brad slide his hand right under mine and she stopped, boo. I then felt a little kick and asked him if he had felt that, of course he hadn’t, I barely felt it. About the time he got the word no out of his mouth she kicked the crap out of his hand. He jumped back so fast while screaming “Woah!” I immediately started cracking up because it was not the reaction I had pictured happening in my mind and then he follows up with “That is the weirdest thing I have ever felt in my life.” I kept laughing for about 20 more minutes, every time I’d think I was done I cuold just see his hand flying away from my stomach and would proceed to crack up some more. Just had to share.


Paint Swatches

So, our vision for the nursery I think has always been animals. And when it comes to color I would like to do a brighter green then we have on the walls now with pink and chocolate brown accents (it would have been blue and choc brown accents if we were having a boy). So now which colors. I seem to like darker colors then Brad. =) For the main wall color the green, I like the color on the left Brad likes it a shade lighter on the right. I don’t know if it makes it seem minty to me, like it’s too light. I don’t know:

For the pink I like the one on the right and the one on the left, Brad likes the one in the middle so I guess that’s a good easy compromise:
And for the chocolate brown I have no clue, I like all 4 of these colors (mostly subtle differences) any opinions for the brown. I think maybe top right is my fave but is it too dark?:

22 Weeks and Counting

We’re seriously at 22 weeks already?! I know that the older I get the faster time seems to go but throw pregnancy in on top of that and it’s like warp speed. Haha.
So this week I started cleaning out Ellas room and organizing the closet in the office to accomodate all of the excess crap that we have (not really crap, Christmas decorations, camping gear, etc.). I took some before pictures so you could see where we started out. We still need to get the bed out of there so it’s gonna be a couple more weeks before the “clean slate” pictures but here’s where we first started.
Here is the view looking in from the doorway:

The view looking back at the doorway from the back wall:
And the lovely closet:
I can now safely say that the closet is completely emptied and the room has everything out of it except for the above mentioned bed. Hopefully within the next week or so  we can get that out into the storage space in the garage and be able to start painting. Which is another fun topic. I went and picked up some paint swatched that I love and had Brad look at them and he for the most part agrees with the choices. There were 2 colors that I liked that he wanted to go one shade lighter on so we’ll see. I didn’t take any pictures of the swatches but maybe I will tonight and post them tomorrow and see what everyone thinks.
Brad Paisley last Friday was wonderful. He put on a great show and Ella loved it. I can’t really feel her while I’m up and moving around but on the drive home and all day Saturday she was kicking like crazy. It was great. Too bad though on Saturday my body said “Too Much!” and I didn’t feel too great, I called in to Safeway so I wouldn’t have to stand on my feet for 5 hours and went to bed very early and felt much better Sunday morning. Sunday night was the hockey game and I think Ella loved that too. I felt a couple good kicks during the game (which the Avs won! Woo Hoo!) and then again she was kicking up a storm all the way home.
Brad and I have agreed that it’s time to put in my notice at Safeway. It’s just too much for me right now. So I’ll be turning in my notice tomorrow and I have heard that once you give your notice that they pretty much cut you out of the schedule right away which would not break my heart. But knowing my luck they’ll keep me on till the bitter end. Oh well, at least now there is an end in sight. So October 9th will be my last day, yay! It’s going to be so strange to be able to go home EVERY night and just be able to hang out with Brad. I cannot wait!
In other exciting news (for me), tonight is the Season premier of Grey’s Anatomy. Yay!
How far along? 22 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +8lbs
Maternity clothes? Pants definitely and a shirt thrown in here and there.
stretch marks? Ugh
Sleep: I wake up between 3:15-4:45 every morning and just lay there. Great preperation.
Best moment this week: The kicks getting stronger, and Brad is just hillarious sometimes!
Movement: Oh yes, but she is quite shy when it comes to letting her daddy feel her kick. She always stops right before he touches me.
Food cravings: Breakfast! Haha, I want eggs and bacon. And fruit loops are my down fall.
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy.
What I am looking forward to: We get another u/s in 2 1/2 weeks and then I’ll be home for my birthday in 3 weeks!
Weekly Wisdom: Take all advice with a grain of salt. Everyone knows best.
Milestones: Getting started on the nursery! So exciting! I cannot wait to see how it turns out. And I think I might have finished with registering, woo hoo!
And now about her growth this week:
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash), your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her 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 her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
Guess what? At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby has finally broken the one-pound mark. How heavy is that? Hold a one-pound box of sugar in your hand the next time you’re in the grocery story (and expect people to ask you why you’re grinning from ear to ear). Is the box eight inches long? That’s about the length your baby is too!
This week, your sweetie is making more sense of the world as he or she develops the sense of touch. In fact, your little one’s grip is quite developed by now — and since there’s nothing else to grab in utero, he or she may sometimes hold on tight to that umbilical cord (don’t worry — it’s tough enough to handle it). The sense of sight is also getting more developed. Your fetus can now perceive light and dark much better than before (even with those fused eyelids). But remember — unless you’re shining a flashlight over your belly (which you can do, by the way), it’ll be mostly dark for your baby inside that cozy womb of yours.
Moving up from the eyes, the eyelashes and eyebrows are well formed now — and even more hair is sprouting atop that cute little head. You’d be quite surprised, though, if you could see your little one up close and in color. Hair at this stage of fetal development has no pigment, so it’s bright white.
And now for some belly pics. I think that I definitely look pregnant this week. Haha.
The ever popular ever expanding side view:

The full frontal view: =)

And the first ever look down. I really can see more of my feet then this when I look down but I have a crappy camera and it’s hard to position. Haha:
I think that’s about all for this week. I’ll post color swatches tomorrow, be on the lookout. =)

21 Weeks and so much going on!

Well, first I have to share the sight that greeted us coming into work this morning. I made Brad stop so I could take a picture:

Isn’t he or she cute? Haha.
I cannot believe that we’re now more than half way through the pregnancy and that we’re having a little girl. I think it finally sank in yesterday and I could not stop smiling. And I cannot believe how strong she is getting so quickly! I have been feeling movement since about 18 weeks and more defined kicks since right about 20 weeks. Well, on Tuesday I saw my stomach pop out when she kicked me and could feel her little foot down there. It was the most amazing thing ever. I told Brad to look and he’d stare at my stomach for a minute and as soon as he would look away she would do it again. So, he missed it every time but I cannot wait for him to see it and be able to feel her move. So exciting!
On the name front I think we have finally agreed on a middle name and I LOVE that it now kind of includes both of our moms throughout her whole name. =) We have decided she will be Ella Lynn. Gorgeous. Ella meaning Beautiful & Fanciful and Lynn meaning Fresh as Spring Water.  After we had tossed it around for a little bit Brad asked if I thought that together it sounded too much like Ellen, and I said I liked that it sounded a little like Ellen as that is my moms middle name. Then he told me that Lynn IS his moms middle name so it goes for both families. I love it!
On Tuesday night I was looking for something in the closet in our “office” and we decided that this coming weekend is going to be when we start pulling everything out of the nursery and get organized for her. Then comes painting and then filling it with all things Ella. I cannot wait to see what her room looks like when we’re done! I’ll be sure to post more pictures as we go along and show before pictures once we get it all cleaned out and it is a clean slate.
We have an exciting couple days coming up! And it’s all kind of free, we’re using the money that we spent on Dave Matthews Band tickets but the show was canceled so we get it back. Tomorrow we’re leaving work early to go to a Brad Paisley concert, yay! His shows are so much fun, and then on Sunday we’re going to a pre-season Hockey game! I am so psyched for hockey season! So Ella gets to go to her first concert and first Hockey game all in just a couple days time. How fun!
How far along? 21 Weeks! 
Total weight gain/loss: + 8 lbs. total 

Maternity clothes? Pants yes for sure, and I am quickly finding that all of my shirts are getting too short! 
stretch marks? Yup 
Sleep: Pretty good most nights 
Best moment this week: Oh man, finding out we’re having a girl, seeing Brad excited that we’re having a girl, seeing her kick, it’s just been an amazing week! 
Movement: Yes for sure, the most amazing feeling in the world! She’s getting so strong! 
Food cravings: More like anti cravings this week. Nothing sounds good. 
Gender: GIRL! I was so off. 
Labor Signs: None 
Belly Button in or out? Still very much an innie. 
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy! 
What I am looking forward to: Meeting our little girl 
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy every minute of being pregnant!
Milestones: I think every day is a milestone. 
And here is what the websites have to say this week:
Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well. Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).
And now for pictures:
It looks like my shirt is dirty in this one, it’s really just a bunch of cracks & flecks in the mirror I promise. =)

And the view from the front:
And I promise that some morning I will remember to take a “Mom View” picture and look down. =)

Wow!. . . . .that is all.

Wow! That’s still about all I can say. I’m still just amazed that we’re having a little girl! I woke up at about 3:30 this morning and could not go back to bed, my mind is just spinning 100 miles per minute!
So yesterday morning we got up early and started heading over the mountain. JUST as we are getting onto I-70 my phone rings and of course it is the doctors office, the doctor was called into an emergency c-section and they have to push our appointment to that afternoon, sorry. AGH!!! I was so sad, and then we had to call our moms and let them know that it would be WAY later. But we made the most of it, we went ahead down to Denver and ran the errands that we were going to after the appointments so now all we had to do was wait for the appointments and then go register.
We make it up to Evergreen at about 1 and decided to drive around for a little bit as our appointment wasn’t until 1:30. If any of you have ever been to Evergreen you know that there is not much to do AT ALL so at about 1:10 we said screw it and went to the office. Well, we stood outside the office door until 1:25 because they are closed for lunch until 1:30 and the brilliant receptionist (oh yes, her) was talking on the phone the whole time we were standing out there and didn’t notice us. So first was the midwife appointment, pretty uneventful. Uterus is measuring where it should, heart beat was in the 140’s (lowest ever, I SO thought boy!), and she gave us some info to pre-register with the hospital and a packet on the classes they offer (you have to take classes to have a baby?!) =) So by the time we were done with that it was only about 10 till 2 and our appointment with the doctor wasn’t until 2:15. So we prepared to wait, but as we were leaving the room the Nurse (who is wonderful) exclaimed, “Well, he isn’t doing anything, why wait?!” so she ushered us into the u/s room and went to grab him. He was so nice and so much more personable than the other OB in the practice (of course the other one is the one I’ve been seeing for 4 years!)
He introduced himself and we got started, he wanted us to know that he would be looking at the gender and did we want to know, well yes of course we did. He started off doing his measurements and she is so perfect, measuring right on track. They’re keeping our EDD at January 31st so it’s been moved back from the 26th. She has long legs as they measured about 5 days ahead, we’re gonna have a tall one! She was moving all over the place and she is facing my back so he kept apologizing that he could get any face or profile shots for us (more to come on that later) and then he went in to see what we were having. He looked around down there for a while and said “Well, I think it’s a girl. I don’t see anything down there but I’ll look a little more in a minute.” You think?! He goes all over the body again pointing out the diaphram, the 4 chambers of the heart, the brain, her stomach, that we have a 3 starnd cord (Just what they’re looking for), etc. He then went back and got a clear shot of the genitals and there really was nothing there. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I was shocked! SHOCKED! He was positive after that. As we were leaving Brad asked if it was safe to tell people and the Dr. said “Oh yeah, you’ve got a girl.” So we walk out of the room, I can’t stop smiling and the nurse wants to know what we’re having, I was so excited to say it out loud!
As we were laving we had to make an appointment for my 1 hour glucose screen at 24 weeks on October 12th (and the wonderful receptionist gave me horror stories about that!) and set up another u/s. The doctor felt so bad that he couldn’t give us better pictures to take with us that he wants to do a quick u/s after my glucose test so that we can have pictures of her! I really like this doctor.
Here is a picture of her gorgeous long legs!

And the best facial picture he would get (assuming this is why he wants to give us another u/s for better photos)

I think that’s all. Haha, we then went and registered (Brad did an awesome job with the scanner guns) =) had dinner and came home. So, I’ll try the photos again soon and otherwise I’ll update on Thursday!

The verdict is in!

And my mother’s intuition was WAY off. Haha, we’re having a little girl!! I couldn’t be more excited as it was such a huge shock for me! I was convinced we were having a little boy! I’m exhausted right now so I’ll update with details tomorrow but, OMG, WOW! What an exciting day!

Old Wives Tales Revisited & our Gorgeous new High Chair!

So, I thought that since our gender scan is in the morning it would be fun to go back to the Old Wives Tales and see how they add up now that it’s time to find out.
It’s a boy if:
-You didn’t experience morning sickness in early pregnancy
-Your baby’s heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute
You are carrying the extra weight out front
Your belly looks like a basketball
Your areolas have darkened considerably •
You are carrying low •
You are craving salty or sour foods •
You are craving protein — meats and cheese
Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy •
The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy •
Your hands are very dry
Your pillow faces north when you sleep •
Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you •
Pregnancy has you looking better than ever •
Your urine is bright yellow in color•
Your nose is spreading •
You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles • Haven’t done this one.
You are having headaches
You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number

It’s a girl if:•
You had morning sickness early in pregnancy •
Your baby’s heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute
Heart rate is ALWAYS above 150
You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear •
Your left breast is larger than your right breast
Your hair develops red highlights •
You are carrying high
Your belly looks like a watermelon •
You are craving sweets •
You are craving fruit •
You crave orange juice
You don’t look quite as good as normal during pregnancy •
You are moodier than usual during pregnancy
Your face breaks out more than usual •
Baby is always very low, even though it has room above
You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread
Your breasts have really blossomed! •
Your pillow faces south when you sleep •
Your urine is a dull yellow color
You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side to side – haven’t done this one
You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number

So, the results are now – Boy 6 and Girl 13. WOAH!!! I still think it’s a boy. Haha. We’ll see in just a few more hours!
And, when we got back from Utah we had a package from Brads dad waiting for us, a new beautiful High Chai (Thanks Rick!) and now that we’ve had some days off Brad had some time to put it together today and I love it! Here are a few pictures that Brad took.

It’s so great because it grows with the baby. It starts out as a High chair and then you can take the plastic cover off at any time and use it for other things, and then it work as a toddler chair, and then you can take the whole tray off and just use it as a chair when the child is old enough. It’s awesome and I love the color!
So, that’s it for today. It’ll probably be kind of late when we post tomorrow as Brad and I will be down in Denver registering after the appointment. Can’t wait!

20 Weeks

It’s been tough getting a chance to sit down and do the blog this week. At work I’ve been out of my office every day and then when we get home our internet hasn’t been working. It’s been quite frustrating.
I cannot believe that we’re half way through. 20 weeks, that is insane, and we’re now a little less then 48 hours away from ::::fingers crossed:::: finding out the gender of the baby. Everyone think cooperative thoughts on Monday morning. We don’t need the baby to be shy and keep his or her legs crossed.
There isn’t really a whole lot interesting to update on as I have worked EVERY day since we’ve gotten back from Utah. I’ve been on overtime since I clocked in this morning, which is great for the wallet not great with my ever depleteing energy. I did go to my Dr.’s appointment on Tuesday and all I have to say is thank goodness for this rash or you would have had one VERY pissed off pregnant lady on Monday. I got to the appointment (after having to come in for a meeting on my day off) and had to wait for about 40 minutes before I actually got in to see the midwife. I don’t know what the nurse was thinking but she had me get undressed from the waist down ( to look at a rash? ) and so there I sat in all my sheet covered glory waiting for the midwife. When she finally came in she looked at the rash and had NO clue what it was. Well it could be a food allergy, or it could be something I picked up hiking with Sara and then just got worse when we went camping last week. They had no clue, so Cortizone 10 is helping a little bit but it still hasn’t completely gone away.  But then when I was leaving I told the receptionist that I’d see her Monday and she gets this confused look on her face and was like “You’re in on Monday” so I was like “Sure am, it’s my 20 week u/s” so she wanted to look. She looks and when he computer crashed 3 weeks ago and she was putting my appointments in and said “Don’t worry, I’ll re-boot this and put your 2nd appointment right in”, well she didn’t. So she says “Well, I don’t have you in for an ultrasound, all I have you in for is a 9 AM appointment with the midwife, no u/s” so I whipped out my handy dandy “reminder” card that SHE filled out and said “Oh, so when you wrote down that I had 2 appointments, 1 @ 9 and 1 @ 9:30 you were just kidding?” Not very nice I know but I was not a happy camper. So she now has us scheduled for a midwife appointment at 9 and a u/s at 10 which means a full half hour of waiting around in the waiting room looking for Waldo in one of those dumb books, UGH! Rant over. I think god gave me this rash so that we could get our appointment on Monday and I wouldn’t go to jail for murder. =)
Now on to more exciting things. =)

How far along? 20 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: +7 lbs as of Tuesday
Maternity clothes? I have turned to maternity pants, they are still a little loose but not bad.
stretch marks? The same
Sleep: Not bad, weird vivid dreams though.
Best moment this week: honestly watching Brad play with Kasen last night, it was like watching 2 – 1 1/2 year olds not just one, it was adorable.
Movement: Yep, still not very strong, but i think I might have felt my first kicks. Lucy decided to be affectionate the other day and came to lay on my stomach, a couple minutes later I felt this weird movement aimed right where Lucy was laying. Too bad she couldn’t feel it yet.
Food cravings: MEAT! Any kind of meat but chicken, the thought of chicken turns my stomach.
Gender: I’m still thinking Boy, we’ll find out in 47 hours!!! (God willing)
Labor Signs: None yet
Belly Button in or out? Still very in
What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy.
What I am looking forward to: Our ultrasound on Monday morning
Weekly Wisdom: I’m not feeling very wise this week. Haha
Milestones: 20 weeks! Half way done!

All about the baby this week:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. S/he’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, s/he’s measured from head to toe.)

S/he’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for the digestive system. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they’ve already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you’d like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.
S/he’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in the bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
Is it a boy cantaloupe or a girl cantaloupe? You’ll be able to find out your baby’s gender via the ultrasound by this point. If you’re carrying a girl fetus, her uterus is fully formed this week and her vaginal canal is starting its development (which means that in about twenty-five or thirty-some-odd years, she could be just where you’re at, Grandma!). She also has primitive eggs in her tiny little ovaries now, seven million of them — though by the time she’s born, that number will be down to two million (still more than she could ever hope to use). And interestingly, your baby girl will be born with all the eggs she’ll ever have.
Have you got male? If your fetus is a boy, his testicles have begun their descent this week, though they’re still located in the abdomen, waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they’ll have a place to drop into in a few weeks.
And now for pictures:
I seem to have rounded out quite a bit this week, or maybe that’s the maternity pants?

And the view from the front:
So stay tuned until Monday night and I will post the exciting news of a Little Ella or a Little Brayden!

Work. . . . . .

I had to actually leave my office today and do physical labor hence the lack of a 20 week update. Even if I do have to leave the office tomorrow hopefully I will not be out all day and get the chance to update at some point!
In the meantime, only 3 1/2 more days until our u/s!

19 weeks

What an exhausting trip! We got up bright and early on Tuesday morning and headed towards Utah. After a couple stops for food and gas, and 7 1/2 hours of driving, we got to our hotel to check in at just after 3. Brad went in to get us all situated only to learn that the concert had been CANCELED mid-morning as Dave Matthews had lost his voice. I was so sad. Not the thing you expect to hear from the front desk agent at a hotel. So, Tuesday night we just hung around the hotel, everyone but me got drunk and I called it a night at about 11 while the others were out until about midnight or so. The next morning we woke up at the un-godly hour of 7 AM for no reason, headed to Cracker Barrel (YUM!) and then headed south to go caving & camping. We decided to go find a camp site before the caving since it was a 3 hour excursion and we didn’t want to lose a good site in the mean time. So after we got camp set up we found out that there was a charge to get into the cave even though we had paid our park admission fee on the way in. So we decided we’d just do some other sight seeing instead. So of our 2 things that had been the whole reason for the trip we did neither! 1. Dave Matthews Band CANCELED! 2. Caving Too pricey. Haha, what a great trip.
But we did head over to Bridal Veil Falls, gorgeous. And then to cascade springs, also gorgeous and we got to do some camping so we made the most of it. I didn’t get much sleeping while camping (a little over an hour tops, HA!) but it’s my goal to more then make up for it in the next few days.
My rash from a couple weeks ago is still sticking around unfortunately, so I called and made an appointment with my midwife for this coming Tuesday. So hopefully 1 of 2 things will happen, 1. the rash will realize that I have made an appointment to destroy it, get scared and go away on its own. Or 2. The midwife will atleast be able to tell me what it is (hopefully not PUPPPS) and help me to get rid of it. I hate being itchy all the time. In other itchy news, my belly is getting quite itchy which means it is growing, yay for pregnant belly!

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 6 lbs total as of last appointment.
Maternity clothes? Not yet, but I have started keeping my pants unbuttoned and just using a hair tie so as not to flash people. =)
stretch marks? Still the same, 1 on each side of my stomach
Sleep: Depends on the night
Best moment this week: Brads amazement at finding out that “Did you know the baby has to eat, like, every four hours?!” Haha, he was shocked.
Movement: Yep, still just the fluttery feelings but getting to be more often. Cannot wait for defined kicks and punches (I know, I’m a masochist!)
Food cravings: Not really anything odd, I just want what I want, when I want it.
Gender: Now starting to feel girl, so who the heck knows! We will in 10 days!
Labor Signs: Nope, thank you very much.
Belly Button in or out? Still in
What I miss: I love bing pregnant right now, so I don’t really miss much. It’s all for a good cause!
What I am looking forward to: Finding out gender, working on the nursery, getting rid of this rash, Brads every 4 hour feedings, haha, and watching him change a diaper. Cannot wait!
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy every minute!
Milestones: I’m 19 weeks, almost half way through! Crazy!

Baby’s now the size of a mango!
Six inches long this week and about eight ounces in weight, your baby is the size of a large mango.

Your little action figure is able to choreograph Matrix-like moves at 19 weeks pregnant. Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone. All these upgrades combine to give your baby more control over limb movements. Which explains all that kicking, stretching, and bodysurfing (or rather bellysurfing) you’ve possibly started feeling by now.
Something else going on this week: Your baby is getting a cheesy varnish. Say what? Yup — a protective substance called vernix caseosa (vernix is the Latin word for varnish; caseosa is cheese) now covers your baby’s skin. It’s greasy and white and is made up of lanugo (that downy hair), oil from your baby’s glands, and dead skin cells. This waxy “cheese” may not sound too appetizing or attractive, but it’s there for good reason: Vernix protects your baby’s sensitive skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. Without it, your baby would look very wrinkled at birth (sort of what you’d look like if you soaked in a bath for nine months). Some babies — especially those born early — will still be covered with vernix at the delivery, so you might get a look at your baby’s first anti-wrinkle cream.
The hair on his/her 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. Some research suggests that s/he may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, taking to him/her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Here are some photos from the places we went this weekend:

This one above is Bridal Veil Falls, the pictures do not do it justice by any means. It is gorgeous!

Cascade Springs 1

                                                          Cascade springs 2

A view looking up from our camp site.
And now for some belly pictures. =)
The side view:
And a dead on view. Maybe I’ll take a picture next week looking down on the belly. It looks huge to me when I stand up. Haha
I’ll let everyone know how my appointment goes on Tuesday and then it will be less then a week until we find out if jr is an Ella or a Brayden! Woo hoo!