Sunday, April 29, 2007

Week #22

Here is a belly picture at 22weeks. It was taken last weekend right before we went for our level 2 ultra sound. We had to travel to Pensacola to have it done and were able to see the sections of the baby's brain, the chambers of the heart, direction of blood flow through the heart, straight spine and many other detailed organ shots. Unfortunately I am having trouble scanning the ultra sound pictures so you will have to settle of this picture of me not looking so hot, but it will give you an idea.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Middle Wife

Below is an email I received. I don't normally like getting forwards, but I could just see Alan doing this if he was a bit older.

The "Middle Wife" by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have
two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my
own second-grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always
have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and
usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model
airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never,
ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it
in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright,
very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the
class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my
baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday."

"First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love,
and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He
ate for nine months through an umbrella cord."

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and
I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids
are watching her in amazement.

"Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and
going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans.
"She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' Now this
kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.

"My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but
she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my
Mom to lie down in bed like this." Then Erica lies down with her back
against the wall.

"And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in
there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over
the bed, like psshhheew!" This kid has her legs spread with her little
hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!

"Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and
'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten.
Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky
stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, so there must be
a lot of toys inside there."

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and
returned to her seat.

I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when
it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another
"Middle Wife" comes along.

Monday, April 02, 2007

19 Weeks

Just a side note before you read the internet version of what's happening with the baby. Because of the dibetes the doctors won't let me go past 38 weeks so we ARE half way there!!!

Hello, Amy!

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. If your baby is a girl, she has an astonishing six million eggs in her ovaries.
This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. While you may think your womb is a quiet place, it's far from it and your baby may be able to hear what's going on now. What's he listening to? The main sounds are blood moving through your vessels, digestive noises from your stomach, and your voice. Some women like to talk directly to their babies, but even if you don't, your baby can still hear you as you talk to others. Research shows that he's learning to distinguish your voice from others and he'll soon show a preference for it. Studies have shown that when a pregnant woman speaks, her baby's heart rate will decrease, indicating relaxation. Let Dad get in on the act too — encourage him to talk to your baby.

Good News Day

Today has already had some really good news for us. I had my diabetes check up this morning and my A1C (this shows your control) was 6.5!!! Anything less than a 7 means no additional risks during pregnancy.

Then I had good mail. They accepted some credits that I wasn't sure they would accept and my Iowa teaching license was renewed!!! Now if I can just get 6 college credits by Aug. 2008 to keep my Colorado license current.

Daniel and Eddie get home from their trip to Texas tonight!!!

Sorry no pics. Hope you all have a GREAT week!!