Well, today marks my 33rd week (if you want to get technical, my docs are off by a week) So far – my pregnancy has gone alright, other than some minor hiccups.. We also finally have a name for our little girl! We chose 3 names and had Jeff choose… Katelyn Marie (Spelling is tentative right now) was his selection…
Sorry I’ve been MIA. I haven’t had too much oomph to post anything….
I have successfully surpassed my previous track record for being pregnant. My son was born in the wee early morning hours of the 1st day of my 27th week. My daughter – thankfully is going strong and no problems as of late. I’m having more issues with the gestational diabetes. It’s not all that often that I crave chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies – but man! Let me tell ya, not so fun when you have a craving you can’t cure. It rather pisses me off. But then again, I don’t want a 20 lbs baby
and list us in the Guiness Book of World Records or anything. It makes it especially hard when we have two different types of diets going on in the house – of which my husband’s mainly consists of carbs, while all my crap is high in protein. I’ve seen so many vegetables in the last 2 weeks to make my head spin. Anyway… Enough about me and my woes.
How your baby’s growing:
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
At Jeffrey’s end of the year review, his occupational therapist recommended that we participate in this amazing opportunity to earn an iPad. We all know that iPad’s are spendy and frankly – I am a little skeptical that it will work for my child. Yet no amount of sign language, hand over hand, or imitation seems to be working in our favor. My son could care less if he communicates with us verbally. Why should he? We are around him 24/7, we instinctively know what he wants or needs (for the most part). There are times when he truly wants something that he will physically pull you or take to you what it is that he desires, but that is not as often as one would think. It can get frustrating at times, especially when he gets upset and I have no clue as to why. He comes running to me, huge tears rolling down his eyes and I have no way of understanding what is wrong and why he’s crying.
I love my boy with my whole heart and I definitely do not like seeing him upset, especially if there is nothing to be upset about. So I figured that if this challenge raises awareness of Autism and help others who are in the same boat as Jeff get that help, I am all for it. Not participating in something like this is nothing more than denial to myself that my son is “not one of those kids”. Frankly he is, and we love him nothing less. Rather, it makes his personality and who he is – which I wouldn’t change for the world. He’s Awesome! 😀
So if you’re interested in helping with my son’s cause, along with many others, there are 9 different pieces that are available that qualifies for the challenge.
By inserting my name for the challenger (Jacqueline Toy), we will receive credit for your purchase. Every little purchase counts!
For more information on this challenge: http://thepuzzlingpiece.com/products_ic.html
And because there’s no way I won’t participate, I also bought a piece. A keychain, and I love it!
Yesterday was my 20 week check up. The progesterone shots that I’m required to take weekly is doing its job and there is no concern that they’ll need to “sew” me shut anytime soon (or the dreaded bed rest). Although the surge of hormones sure makes me sick to my stomach 😦
Along with this new milestone, the hubs and I have decided that we plan to pick 3 favorite names, placing them in unmarked envelopes, and having Jeffrey pick an envelope when our baby girl is born. What better way to include him than to let him have a “say” in her name. I l♥ve the idea…
Here’s her profile pic (the sonographer gave me 8 pics!):