I can definitely tell that she is getting bigger... If she makes big movements, you can totally feel her body parts from the outside of my belly. A few days ago, she seemed to really want to sit 'upright' and she kept pushing her head up towards my ribs! It was pretty uncomfortable so I would gently push on her until she moved. Another new thing is that she gets the hiccups at least once a day, every day. These feel like faint, soft taps in my abdomen and it usually only lasts for a few minutes at a time.
At my last doctor's appointment, they finally measured my 'fundal height' for the first time. This is simply done on the outside of my belly with a measuring tape. I measured '25 cm'... which was apparently just right. I have heard (from friends and the Internet) that your measurement should be pretty close to your number of weeks. (I measured 25cm at 27 weeks)
My next appointment is July 21st (31 weeks) and then I will start going every two weeks!
Another game was to guess how big my belly was:
The girls also wrote silly comments on disposable diapers... so, when Kevin and I are changing a diaper in the middle of the night, we can have a good laugh! They had birthday cards for Lea, from 1 year old to 10 years old, and wrote birthday wishes for her. And, everyone had to draw a baby... but the catch was that I got to yell out the body part to draw, then you had to pass your paper to the person beside you before I gave the next body part to draw. We got some funny looking babies!!!
Here are a few more pics from the shower:
I received some beautiful clothes for Lea, a gorgeous blanket, burp clothes, a bath toy, baby diaper baggies & dispenser, baby shoes and my car seat! (the car seat actually hasn't been delivered, yet, but it should be any day now!)
It was really a nice afternoon with the girls. I laughed so hard my sides hurt (and, I am now exhausted and ready for bed at 9pm).
Thanks, ladies for a wonderful shower!!!!
Kevin stayed home today from work because a contractor is coming by to measure our first floor. They'll give the measurements to Home Depot and then we'll find out the estimate for Pergo floors. I'm kinda nervous!
We don't have any plans for tomorrow. I've been "nesting" a bit... washing baby clothes & blankets, organizing the closet and finding places to put all the baby things we've accumulated thus far. I am also hoping to finish the bird mobile this weekend. So, maybe I'll have pics of that soon. :)
Lea weighs about 2 pounds now and she's well over 14 inches long. She's beginning to sleep & wake at regular intervals and she can open & close her eyes, too.
Recently, I have been feeling very light, rhythmic "thumps" in my abdomen. Turns out, it's the baby hiccuping! :)
We had a great day today. Bailey and I surprised Kevin with a 'Big Breakfast' from McDonald's. I gave Kevin his own diaper bag with his initials embroidered on it. Then, after a little bit of yard work, we took Bailey to Bass Lake Park where we rented a canoe. We wondered if Bailey would be scared but she loved it! Here are a few pics from the day and our adventure...
It's coming along! I ordered an adorable rug from Rosenberry Rooms. It should be here any day. I guess the last things we need are the crib and changing table. (Since I am getting the Anka Sova crib and changer from work, I don't really have to worry about it... it won't even be here in the States until the end of July!)
On a lighter note, my very first baby shower is coming up (next Sunday) and I couldn't be more excited!!! Two of my favorite people, Lee & Heather, are hosting it. I can not wait to hang out with my girlfriends, eat yummy food, play silly games and get sweet little baby gifts!!!
This weekend we worked in the nursery some more. After getting a rod for the window, we put up the valences. They look fabulous! I also started painting the toy box and it is really looking good. I will post a picture soon. Bailey and I went to the park and I found some nice sticks for the bird mobile I am making. I also got some faux, tiny pink flowers to glue to the sticks. Now, I just need to put it all together! Finally, we went searching for upholstery for the chaise. We found about three that we really like... just need to make that final decision now!
Oh, I forgot to mention... my fabulous (really, he is amazing) husband went to the neighborhood pool with me yesterday! (This is sorta a big deal because he does not enjoy hanging out by the pool.) We went around 5:30pm so it had cooled off a bit. It was so nice. I love getting in the water because it makes me feel 'normal' and light! Kevin even got in with me and pulled me around a bit... I felt like a feather slowly falling through the air. Until I had to get out... then it was back to feeling like my body was made of cement! It was great while it lasted.
The three main questions I get are, "When are you due?", "Is it a boy or girl?" and "Have you chosen a name, yet?" Usually, in that order. Then, the most common comment is usually about how hot is it and the humidity and being 8 months pregnant in August and how will I handle the heat?
I need a shirt that says:
It's a girl.
Her name is Lea.
I love the hot weather."
So, I have started washing clothes and blankets, we're finally getting the orange, velvet chaise (that's in our nursery) re-upholstered and we're finally ordering important items (crib and cradle mattresses, breast pump, furniture, etc.) I have my first shower coming up on the 28th and I am soooooo excited! I can't wait to hang out with friends and be a little selfish for a few hours (I love the attention and am looking forward to the gifts...I won't lie!!!).
Now, the only other big thing we need to tackle SOON is the flooring on our first floor. We finally made a decision on the type... it's some type of Pergo from Home Depot... so, now we have to make ourselves schedule and sign off on the estimate. Wish us luck!
Today marks 25 weeks of my pregnancy. We are getting closer and time does not seem to be getting any slower. Baby girl (whom we are calling Lea these days) is well over 13 inches long and weighs about a pound and a half! She's finally getting some baby fat and her wrinkled skin is smoothing out. She's also growing more hair... and, if she has any on her head, the color is already visible.
I am still feeling great... getting bigger, but that comes with the territory! This past weekend, in Wilmington, I have never had so many belly rubs and comments from strangers in my life. It was kinda fun, actually! :)
Here are some pics from the wedding weekend...
Here's a sneak peak from our shoot today...
My belly continues to grow and apparently my uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball! Whoa! I am feeling good... no sciatic pain and minimal back pain. I guess the only things bothering me these days are that my feet/calves get really tired (and sometimes a bit swollen) after walking for awhile and I can no longer eat a lot at one time! I guess my poor, little stomach is getting squished!
Tomorrow I start my water aerobics class. I am really looking forward to a nice, low-impact workout to keep me active once a week. Kevin and I need to start walking more after work, too!
We had a nice weekend... Saturday afternoon, Heather, Joe and Olivia came over for dinner. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Olivia (18 months old) was adorable! She is just a bundle of energy... into everything! Kevin and I did learn that we need corner protectors by our stairs and those little drawer locks in the kitchen! :P Sunday was my Mom's birthday so they came up for lunch at Peak City Grill in Apex. After that delicious meal, we ran around shopping before we had yummy carrot cake (with a TON of candles, thanks to Dad).
After the exhausting weekend, I am trying to get back into work mode. Happy June 1st!