Sunday, August 22, 2010

28 weeks/7 month update

Hello third trimester! It's pretty crazy to think I've been pregnant for 7 months at this point, and looking back, this time has seriously flown by. Henry has just a little bit longer in here, and then we will finally get to meet him. I love being pregnant. I've been very lucky to not have any of the dreaded pregnancy issues thus far and the past 28 weeks has been pretty smooth sailing. I'm curious to see if this continues into this last trimester or if I start to get the typical pregnancy aches and pains. The only thing out of the ordinary I've been physically dealing with is mild swelling of my feet and lower legs at the end of my work day, but it's a good excuse to put my feet up after school and relax a bit, so I can't complain! We begin seeing our doctor/midwife every two weeks for the next month or so, until we begin seeing her every week. Our birthing class start on September 13th, and I'm looking forward to seeing the birthing center for the first time- it's brand new and I've heard great things about it. I'm also in the beginning stages of writing out my birth plan, and it's been pretty interesting to research the entire process and make choices that are best for Hank, Henry and myself. I know for sure that I don't want any pain medication whatsoever, and as little "medical intervention" as possible. With that said, I am also going in with an open mind. Although I am set on natural childbirth, I know that so many things can happen, and I am prepared for my birth plan to be completely put to the side should something happen. My main goal is to deliver my son safely. But again, natural childbirth is really my goal and I know I can achieve it.

With all of the good news about the house (fingers still crossed!), I've been getting into nursery planning mode. Here's our color scheme:

nursery color palette

We'll be having all white furniture from the crib to the changing table to the dresser, and we're planning on doing white bead boarding around the bottom portion of the wall, with gray paint on top, like this photo but just a different color paint obviously.

We'll be going with gray/white as the main colors, with various pops of sage green mixed in. The fabric we're using for the curtains, crib skirt and a couple other accessories has been discontinued, but we luckily found an Etsy seller who still has a bolt. So hopefully that will work out, but if not I will be on a mad search for gray and white striped curtains/fabric. If any of you have seen any I'd absolutely love to be linked!

My stomach has been growing a lot lately (along with my chest, which I really dislike but I know it's for the best), and since I haven't posted photos since week 25 you can see a bit of a difference! I can feel him move constantly and it's a lot more than flutters- he's quite the active little guy and moves around most in the early morning and late night. Hank and I are still so in awe that there is someone in there, and we spend every night just watching my belly move and being incredibly silly and happy...we're still in shock that WE MADE THAT! haha. I also need to take some full body shots soon. I'm not into the typical maternity photo shoot kinda thing but I'll probably utilize my full-length mirror sometime soon.

28 weeks/7 months!

28 weeks front

28 weeks other side

This week Henry is also the size of a Chinese cabbage (whatever that is!). I swear, these fruit and veggie comparisons are getting weirder and weirder!

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to her heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward (toward your body's nearest exit!). Your little work in progress is 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, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Your baby's sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase — and that means he could be dreaming already (what do you suppose he's dreaming about?). Though his lungs are nearly fully mature (so both of you might breathe a little easier if he were born now), your baby still has plenty of growing to do.

I'm also so excited for my baby shower! My sister will be sending out the invites in a week or two, and I can't wait to see what my family and friends put together for this event. I'm just really looking forward to spending a day with all of my loved ones. Next weekend Hank and I are making a trip down to Phoenix for a day to pick out our nursery furniture, courtesy of my wonderful Grandma, and to get a few things at various places while we're down. I seriously can't wait to go into Babies R Us again, that's where we are registered and every time I go in I get beyond excited. The clock is definitely ticking down and Henry will be here before we know it! I have so much to do that I try not to feel overwhelmed with all of it, but I know it will all come together.

So, here's to 7 months of wonderful baby-growing, and a few more of finishing up the job! I can't wait to meet him. Have a great day, and thank you so much (as always!) for stopping by.

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  1. aw!! I can't believe it's already 7 months! That's insane! You are so cute! LOVE the colors you have picked for the nursery <3

  2. Perfect pregnant mommy body! I dont see a single stretch mark on you! As for the grey and white striped fabric, I go to fabric stores a lot so I'll keep an eye out :)

  3. I love your sweet little updates... It's just a great look into pregnancy.:) Also, I bet you're happy that your gypsy girl tattoo hasn't changed! It still looks wonderful.

    Love and Turtledoves,

  4. You are such a cute pregnant lady! And I love your nursery color scheme. What a good idea. Gray is my favorite color (my bridesmaids in my wedding all wore gray dresses).

    Happy Sunday!

  5. Mandy I love that you did gray in your wedding too! Our colors were gray and yellow and my bridesmaids wore gray dresses as well. Great minds think alike! <3

  6. Wow, 3rd trimester here we come! Personally I felt really good until around 34-35 weeks, and by the looks of it you will be great right up until the end (you're still quite tiny and fit, I look at my 28 week shot and look huge compared to you, haha)! Except for trouble sleeping, but that's a given, it's prepping your body for not having any for the next year :) Can't wait to get some peeks of the nursery!

  7. you've known all thse strange veggies before, but you don't know Chinese cabbage? you get it in every supermarket here... I'm really looking forward to see, how your nursery is turning out. I really like the color scheme, but in my case it would be too restricted. It's always getting much more colorful tahn planned, if I do anything like that :)!

  8. Aww yay! You're in the final stretch! I was so excited to make it to the 3rd trimester. I was even more excited last week when I was considered term so no more worries if baby decides to come lol.

    I love the colors you picked out for the nursery! :)

  9. Okay your little tattooed belly is SO CUTE. Can't wait to see more pics of your nursery!

  10. Congrats on 7 months!! You really look great. Like you I have had such an easy pregnancy (I am 37 weeks, so close!). But I have to say these past few weeks the only downfall is that I can't shop all day like I used too. The nursery colors look great. Can't wait to here more about your journey.

  11. You still look so amazing! Beautiful color theme, I love it. Henry is such a lucky little boy!

  12. House + baby = such an exciting time!

  13. you're seriously looking so fabulous. If pregnancy looked as good on me, I would consider having more *kidding!*
    Love your nursery color choices, and I'm sure it's going to look great!

  14. Your the cutest preggy lady ever! You were such a your lil guy will have blond hair! G'job lil Mama!!

  15. I would love to find out where you got that adorable tea pot that's in your last post. It's adorable and I want one!!

  16. i can not believe you are 7 months girl!! you look amazing honey! i LOVE the colors you picked out, so pretty! :)

    Much Love,

  17. those veggie/fruit comparisons make me giggle every month! so cute! and could you be a cuter prego mama?!?

  18. You have the cutest belly bump!!
    And I have one of those lovely little line shaped holes in my tummy too from where my piercing used to be...still, 3 years later! ;)

  19. from a decor standpoint, the white furniture might get lost in the room with that beaded board. and don't forget to have bright pops of color to stimulate your baby's eyes!

  20. Our kids are 3 and 1 and I still have those 'holy crap we made that!' moments. It gets even weirder when they're talking choosing things and having thoughts! I marvel that I've not only created a whole physical being but there's stuff going on in that little head that is just happening all on it's own. It's all an incredible journey! Enjoy every minute :)

  21. Ohhh, look at your cute belly!!! I love it. I hope I look as good as you do when I get to 7 months.
    Also, I know what you mean about your chest growing and not liking it. I hate it. I have nearly doubled in size and can't stand it.
    Good luck these next couple months at work.