Monday, September 1, 2008


What Baby Center says about this weeks developments:

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:
Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).

The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.


This weekend we have been re-organizing - and cleaning out the second bedroom to get ready to make it into the baby room.

So far we have accomplished a lot in a small amount of time.

We have before pictures and plan to take a few more through out the process.

We are doing a major Goodwill run to let go of much of the stuff that is taking up space. LOTS of books and other random stuff.

Not sure what color to paint that room. Not really into painting it "baby" colors. I still want it to match the rest of the house - but I think the color in there right now is a bit drab for a baby room. It looks a little like watered down squash baby food or something. Blech.

But that won't happen for a little bit. We are having friends from Portland Oregon come to visit over the Sept 12th weekend so that room is going to become a guest room first. Baby room after that. But the only thing we are really doing for the guest room is buying a fold up bed on wheels. That way when it does become the baby room and someone visits us we can roll the bed out into the living room area and our friends can have the entire front of the house.

Hopefully at some point in the future we will be able to get the metroshed we want to have outback as a little bungalow that people can stay in. But that is further down the line at this point.

Today we are watching CNN on Labor Day. Jerry has the day off and we are getting ready to make eggs with our gluten free waffles from trader joes. YUMMY. I am out of agave nectar but our earth balance butter spread will be just fine instead of syrup.

I'm still feeling very low energy - I never left the house yesterday and Jerry did all the grocery shopping.

Today we are going to work on the room for a couple hours, and watch CNN and track the hurricane Gustav.

Pretty girl is outside having a conversation with a squirrel over who owns that tree. I think the squirrel has some good points but pretty is pissed.

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