WOW!! Only 11 weeks left. That seems like no time at all. Yes its still 2 and a half months. But that seems so short. And I feel more and more unprepared everyday. Hopefully he stays in till May and doesnt come too early. These past few weeks I have really LOVED being pregnant. It truly is amazing. Everyday after work I just sit in bed and play with my little guy. He is so playful. A few days ago I played music to my belly. Haha. It sounds silly I know. I bought this set from motherhood and it came with a dopler to listen to the heartbeat and little speakers to play music to or talk to your baby. It came with two classical CD's so I played some of the music to him the other day. And I think he loved it. He would move clear over to the side of my belly where the speaker was. He is very playful all the time. If I put one of my hands to my belly he moves over there and pushes on it. One of my favorite moments was when I was in the car driving with my mom. The sun was on my belly and he moved clear over there to where the sun was. I read that he opens his eyes a lot now so Im sure that he moved over there because it was so much brighter. I absolutely love how active he is. Even at night he is constantly moving and adjusting with me. I dont know when he sleeps. Because it seems like he is always kicking and pushing on me. At work when I lean up against the counter he kicks it back. My belly is very entertaining and most of my nights consist of me laying in bed playing with him. I havent felt him have the hiccups... yet. But im hoping that happens soon. That would really be entertaining.
I have come across a new name that I love. Breckan West Taylor. Im still chewing on it to see how I like it. But I really like it a lot. I do change my mind a lot though, so hopefully I will come to a decision before he gets here.
Life has been absolutely fantastic just in the past week. Things have really started to fall into place and I am not stressed out AT ALL.... I dont remember the last time I wasnt stressed to the max about financial issues or complications with a stupid boy. Its probably been since I was 15 years old. But it feels absolutely amazing. And I owe it all to my mom for all the support and help that she has given me.
I cant wait for two more months till my son gets here. It seems so silly to me to say that I have a son. Its going to take some adjusting to. I wont be the only "mommy" in the household. Life is changing fast and its taking some serious time to adjust to it. And hes not even here yet! But I love my life and the way that things are going. I couldnt be more blessed or ask for anything more.
Fetal development in pregnancy week 29:fetus in seventh month
If you’ve been feeling butterflies moving around in your belly, it’s not just your run-of-the-mill pre-birth performance anxiety. No, it’s your amazing baby with a case of the hiccups: a fairly common occurrence at this point resulting from practicing breathing for their big birthday. In addition, to getting a round of butterfly-like hiccups, your little swimmer has arduously managed to accumulate enough baby fat to account for nearly 3.5% of their overall body weight. Yeah, compared to we adults, it’s not a lot, but when they’re little like that—it’s certainly a healthy (and warming) accomplishment in its way. Another fantastic accomplishment: your baby's spleen is now in charge of hematopoiesis—the 10 dollar name for the process involved in building up certain important blood components. Another fantastic-accomplishment: your little monkey has been peeing into their amniotic sac for a little while now (this is why potty training takes a while) and if you didn’t know, actually swallows it along with the rest of the amniotic fluid. Although the concept is nasty, their urine is sterile and as part of the amniotic fluid base, is replaced several times throughout the day. So if you didn’t know before, now you can tell people, that yes, you drank your own urine—you were still in the womb, but nonetheless, you’ve been there.
And how's mom doing? Here’s another new-parenting-issue that you probably don’t have the time or energy to handle: the decision whether or not to breastfeed. If you thought this was one of the obvious ones (stick out breast, attach child, feeding commences!), think again. Right off the bat, there are women that simply cannot breastfeed for medical reasons—and have no choice in the matter but to opt for formula-feeding. Then there are the women who attempt to breast-feed and run out of milk, or the baby won’t latch on (they even have breast-feeding classes because despite the apparent animal-easiness of the behavior, some babies just don’t take to breastfeeding).
Now, if you are planning or deciding whether or not to breastfeed, here are some of the big reasons why it’s a great thing for you and your little “sucker”: breastfeeding actually releases a hormone that will help you relax (and if you don’t nurse milk production will actually cease: i.e. use it or lose it!). If you choose to breastfeed, your body will produce oxytocin—(no, not Oxycotin, Rush Limbaugh already took care of that), which actually increases uterine contractions to decrease post-birth vaginal bleeding.
And the vain reason to breastfeed: all that charming excess body fat you’ve gained is used for milk production, thus making it MUCH easier for you to return to you pre-pregnancy weight. Also, nursing mothers’ bones re-mineralize faster than those who don’t and are less likely to contract ovarian or uterine cancer before and after menopause. Not to mention the fact that breastfeeding means you’re directly bolstering your baby’s immune system. For even more reasons why your child will benefit from breastfeeding, visit womenshealth.gov.