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Bump Report: 33 Weeks

Another week has gone by and it’s pretty much status quo on my end – I’m getting bigger and more awkward by the hour but for the most part, not much has changed since the 32nd week began. But you know that baby is just growing and changing all the time, so let’s check in with

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

If all goes as planned (i.e. planned c-section), Baby Blueberry will be blessed enough to skip that whole conehead phase. MM had the world’s most ridiculous conehead after a full day of unsuccessful induced labor, robbing him of the joy of the perfectly round head that most cesarean babies get. I guess he just wanted to try a little bit of everything. Again, fingers crossed that things go mostly to plan this time!

We filled out the paperwork for our health insurance and we are technically covered but we don’t actually have like health insurance cards and numbers and stuff yet – I’m hoping they send that soon. I’m still planning to call the clinic I’m hoping to use and get an appointment set up with an OB or at least get an idea of when I should do that – at this point, I really don’t want to wait much longer because ack – I’m 33 weeks pregnant! So just as soon as that last batch of cookies comes out of the oven, I’m planning to call the OB about that bun in the other oven. 😉

– update –

The cookies are done and so is the phone call! The baby was kicking like crazy during the whole call, probably feeling every ounce of her lame mommy’s nerves – have I mentioned I hate talking on the phone? Like I hate it – small talk or business calls, doesn’t matter, I don’t like doing it. But it had to be done and the office receptionist people were VERY friendly and said, ‘Heck yes – let’s make you an appointment!‘ Or you know, some totally professional variation of that. Apparently I’m not the first crazy woman to move to a new state this pregnant because they were just like, “Oh, okay, here’s what we need to do…” Then they took my name and address and all that jazz and I was feeling so proud of being able to say, “I’m 33 weeks pregnant,” with confidence even though that’s only because I called JUST AFTER writing this post so I wouldn’t forget. 😛 I have my first appointment with my new doctor this coming Tuesday afternoon.

So now I’m mildly nervous because I have really no choice but to take my three year old with me and I’m totally at that point in my pregnancy where they’ll probably want to check down under to make sure I’m all dilated at the proper points, etc. (Sorry, I’m trying to keep this as non-gross as possible) and I know MM is gonna be all like, “What’re you doing mommy?” And ohhh yeah it’s not gonna be fun. But that’s okay, I really have no other choice. Also – this doctor is totally a man – I decided not to be picky what with my last minute, “Hey any of you wanna deliver my baby next month?” deal. But yeah – there’s that. I think part of me decided not to be picky because, I mean, a week ago I was pretty sure I didn’t like French Toast and now I do. And suddenly I love lemon meringue pie like there’s no tomorrow even though not long ago it was totally a take it or leave it dessert. Who knows? Maybe I won’t even mind a male doctor – maybe it’ll be awesome. I won’t know unless I try, right?

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love thursday: mementos, memories and marriage

the “love mug” – a favorite memento from my wedding: August 5, 2006

The centerpieces at our wedding were one of many examples of slightly non-traditional but totally us things from our wedding. We filled each mug with a bag of chocolate cake in a mug dry ingredients, a bookmark with the details of our wedding and a quote from Corinthians 1:13, and a small red (fake) rose. We wanted to combine some of our favorite things as a couple into a memorable keepsake: things like coffee, books and baking. I think most of our friends and family liked the idea but we got some strange looks and still get teased about it. Whatever, I still love the idea just like I still love him – our relationship leading up to our marriage was equally non-traditional and also made us prone to funny looks and teasing – but I still love it and him. We just work.

You can spend a lot of time trying to find The One. You may date guys who really don’t treat you that great, waste a lot of time sitting by the phone wondering when / if they will call, continue to wonder during the course of your relationships if maybe he is the one you are destined to be with. We put up with a lot of drama, and create drama where there isn’t, all in the pursuit of love. But at the end of my search, I found that love didn’t need the drama – life has drama enough – love worth sticking around for just works, no matter how cranky you get, if you gain weight, whatever – it still works. They are the other half of you – your rock – and the two of you combined is what makes it work.

I talked about this and a few other things in a post recently, The Things I Want To Teach Her, if anyone hasn’t read it but might be interested. Good stuff. For more stories, picture and expressions of love, head over to Chookooloonks, read her post and then check out other posts in her comments section.

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52 Weeks (9 of 52): Vilas Zoo Continued

52 Weeks is a year long challenge for YOU, hosted by Forever in Blue Jeans, to be in a picture once a week for 52 weeks. We are always the ones behind the camera, this is YOUR chance to get out in front and be in the pictures with our family. We are glad you are joining this challenge. More importantly your family will really enjoy having you in the picture. Thanks for playing along! Oh, you can just jump in now with 1 of 52, you’re not getting off that easy! Now go take a picture!

Yesterday I posted pictures of Dan and MM at one of the zoos in Wisconsin. It’s called the Henry Vilas Zoo and it’s free admission and open year round! Parking was a bit of a bear (hehe, get it?) but MM had a blast – this was probably our best zoo trip to date as he is finally at that age where he’s like, “Holy cow – it’s animals!” and he had preferences about what he wanted to see, etc. His favorites from this trip were the bears (obviously), monkeys, penguins and the giraffe but there were lots more animals than that, although it is a rather small zoo, I was very impressed over all. I definitely recommend it if you are ever traveling in the area.

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BTT: Books That Stick With You

bookingthroughthurs-1This week’s question (courtesy of Shelley) asks:

“This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”

Let’s see…

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  3. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  4. Baby Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
  5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  6. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. Lamb by Christopher Moore
  8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  9. From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg
  10. The Berenstain Bears series by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  14. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  15. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Your turn.