Tuesday, January 31, 2012
now on to the littlest brzinski...
what's cooking? [new baby things]: babeinski can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. babe is getting covered in thin tiny hair to keep it warm until it fattens up. i also think that its little skeletal system is working in there. babe is 3.5" - 4" long & is about the size of a lemon, clinched fist or flip phone [closed, unless you have a zoolander phone].
gender: only 9 days until we find out. i could ralph i'm so excited! a lot of people have asked if we'll keep the gender or name a secret until the baby comes. we're thinking no for both. i think our 3 month secret and the surprise of the baby being out in the world will be good enough for me!
movement: all the sites say that itty bitty is swimming all over the place and is much more graceful than its former 'jerky' self.
momma developments: feeling fantastic. still a little bit tired. i've been taking naps when i can [as all the literature suggests, and who rebel against that?]. still have nosebleeds but that's about all.
total weight gain: 3.5-5 pounds [depending on when you weigh me]
maternity clothes: still not yet. but i sometimes have to adjust my pants around my belly when i'm sitting. i looked at maternity clothes at target last week [normally inexpensive & cute] but was sorely disappointed. i hope i just went on a bad day.
cravings: still no "got have a _____ or else!" moments. i get hungry more often so i've been trying to keep snacks handy.
understanding how insurance works. i don't know if i'm dumb or if its just really complicated. we're looking forward to having it all straightened out & being able to really anticipate the total costs and how to plan / budget.
ben & i have both been really busy and that's rough. we have lots of-out-town trips coming up & plans all over the calendar. i'm hoping to find a good balance between work, ministry, friends, family, school, planning, learning, resting & playing - and find it soon.
feeling really out of control when it comes to the babe and its development. it's just a really strange feeling that it is impossible to check up on how they are doing in there. i have to wait weeks in between doctor's appointments and months in between ultrasounds so basically its all a mystery from there. i hadn't ever thought about that before being pregnant. if the babe was out of the womb i'd never go 5 weeks without know it's ok, so its just kind of bizarre that that's the reality for now.
never forget: this week i got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. i thought that the nurse was just picking up mine and got scared that she couldn't find the baby's. then after i counted my own pulse, which was about 70 beats/min, i concluded the educated professional did actually know what she was doing when she said that the 179 beats/min weren't mine.
i got to see all kinds of friends at the yl all staff conference [photo above] for the first time since we've been pregnant. friends from all over the country that we rarely see but truly love. that was a blessing & so fun to celebrate with them.
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