Monthly Archives: May 2009

So Close I Can Feel It

I think it really has hit us in the past week. The little guy is closer by the day.

Right after we found out we were pregnant, it honestly seemed like an eternity before Parker would arrive. Now, we’re only, as my wife says, one academic quarter away from having our son. In the past week, I’ve seen a lot of my close relatives and friends with their children, and in them, I’ve seen myself.

We look forward to family affairs after Parker is born. And hey, he’ll already have a cousin on each side of the family to play with (and I know our extended families enjoy spoiling children as much as possible). I still don’t think we look at all like parents, but when I see my cousins and friends with their children, I realize no one really does, at least in my generation. And I think it’s because I knew these folks before they had children. Now it’s just our turn to join the ranks.

For now, at least, nervousness has been taken over by excitement. We’re excited about the prospect of parenthood. Not that we’re expecting it to be easy or even fun all/most of the time, but we feel, again, at least for now, that we’re ready for this. I know my wife is just ready to feel normal again.

June promises to be a whirlwind for sure, starting this weekend. Sunday we’re visiting the maternity center at the hospital for our tour of the facilities. Next week, my younger brother is graduating from high school, followed by a friend’s wedding on the 6th, and baby showers on consecutive weekends.

But, on the bright side, at least it will make time go faster.

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Week 30

Your baby is getting bigger every day, weighing in at over three pounds now. Also growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he’ll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that’s been keeping him warm up until now.

Last of the Monthly Appointments

Yes, so today was our last day of monthly appointments. From here on out, we’ll be visiting the OB every two weeks (until the last month, where we’ll see him every week). It’s another mark that shows just how close Parker is to arriving.

We also finished up most of our registry shopping this past week. We did encounter some drama over our choice for a diaper bag, however. My wife and I feel like the diaper bag is the one thing that is almost solely “the parents'”. We are the ones that are going to have to lug it around from place to place, so we wanted one that was somewhat plain (and also didn’t look terrible on a guy). In the end, we picked out a plain, black, Jeep-brand diaper bag. We figured black will hide stains, wear, and at least match just about anything we wear, especially for formal occassions such as weddings.

I know black isn’t groundbreaking or awesome, but seriously, it’s a bag we’re going to use for a couple years, and we are the ones who have to wear it, so the cute Sesame Street diaper bag at Wal-Mart? Great for a kid…not so great for the parent that has to carry it.

So far, during this pregnancy, my wife and I have been fairly un-parental. My wife doesn’t like to flaunt her growing belly, she hates sideshot photos, and will not, for any amount of money, take some picture with her shirt pulled up, exposing her bare belly. I imagine a lot of this will carry over to caring for Parker when he arrives. So I think it should be understandable that we don’t want to live our young lives carrying Sesame Street diaper bags and wearing Mickey Mouse t-shirts.

But enough of that. This weekend we are visiting my family in West Virginia/SE Ohio and attending Memorial Day festivities. I hope you and yours have a very safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Week 29

Your baby weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though he’s getting pretty close to his birth length, he still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, he’ll more than double — or even come close to tripling — his weight. And as he grows and room gets tighter, you’ll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee.

Babymoon

I actually hadn’t even heard of a ‘babymoon’ until recently. Married couples go on honeymoons, and apparently expecting couples go on ‘babymoons’.

Now the idea of actually going on a vacation similar to our honeymoon seems a little outlandish…and unnecessarily expensive. But what’s the harm in spending a little quality time outside of our apartment for an evening?

 I have  a free night’s stay at any Sheraton Suites in the US. Simultaneously, my wife is receiving a $100 restaurant gift card for completing a personal health assessment for our medical insurance. The perfect ingredients for a makeshift ‘babymoon’.

So we’ve decided in June to take a night away from our apartment and stay at the Sheraton Suites a few miles away. Since the hotel also allows dogs, it will sort of be one last ‘vacation’ for the three of us until Parker arrives in August. And with the restaurant gift card, we can basically have a free weekend away from everything…even if it’s just a couple miles away.

Week 28/Third Trimester

Your baby is finally settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward. He’s now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. He’s busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccupping, and taking practice breaths. Your baby’s sleep now includes the REM phase–and that means he could be dreaming already. Though his lungs are nearly fully mature (so you might breathe a little easier if he were born now), your baby still has plenty of growing to do.

Two-thirds of the way there.

The Home Stretch

This will be my last post of the second trimester.

Next Monday, we start Week 28 which is considered to be the first week of the third, and final, trimester. It’s hard to believe that, in less than three months now (assuming he’s born around his due date), Parker will be in the world.

It’s weird, because you want to prepare so much for a baby, but you realize there’s not much you can do. Every preparation you make will be broken down once the baby is here. I guess our motto at this point is not to freak out, and just work together. I hate to use the term ‘wing it’, but that’s basically what you have to do, at least until the little guy is here and we can understand his needs a little better.

I put in for my paternity leave from work (three weeks, paid), so it will be nice to be home for those weeks following Parker’s arrival, if for nothing else than to make my wife’s life a little less stressful. Tomorrow, as a final rite of passage into the third trimester, we begin registry shopping. Not to mention we’re still on the hunt for a new apartment.

It would be easy to stress out at this point, but in the end, all I really care about is my family, and making sure my son has a good home and loving parents (and dog, of course). Thanks for making the journey with me so far. Guess I’ll see you on the other side.

Week 27

It’s time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard (that’s 15 inches this week–more than a foot long!). His weight is creeping up the chart, coming in at just over two pounds. More big news: Your baby may recognize you and your significant other’s voice by now, so feel free to serenade away!

Week 27 also marks the unofficial last week of the second trimester, meaning that we’re two-thirds of the way home starting next Monday.

So close..but yet so far.