Here’s something fun for you to chew on in honor of the upcoming election. After I posted my call for help in naming Baby Lump last week, one of my twitter pals, @petertdavis made me promise I wouldn’t do something like this …
Can you believe that guy? What a nimrod! Let me tell you, if James ever pulled a stunt like that, he’d get a lot more than two weeks in the doghouse. Let’s see, which name would you give your child – Sarah McCain-Palin or Ava Grace?
By the way, I think I’ve come up with a pretty good boy name for Baby Lump – how about Joe Obama-Biden?
In other news, yesterday I hit a pretty big milestone, at least from my point of view. It was the first time a person gave up his seat on the T for me on account of my preggo belly. Hooray, baby bump! It’s definitely becoming more substantial. Have you seen this week’s pic compared to last week’s? There’s definitely a noticeable difference.
So I’m coming up on week 30 – can you believe it? It’s getting so close! Baby Lump should now be using all five of his/her senses, his/her toenails are fully formed, and Lump’s noggin is pretty much in proportion to the rest of his/her body. Baby Lump measures between 15 and 16 inches (think a loaf of bread) and weighs between 3 and 4 pounds (think a Macbook Air).
My Little Lump also seems to be a lot more active lately, as if to say “LET ME OUT!” Apparently, that’s because of all the energizing fat he/she has been developing. In fact, if Lump were born sometime this week, he/she would have a 9 out of 10 chance of survival. Still, I think we’ll keep him/her in there to bake a little while longer …
Oven Timer: 29 weeks, 2 days
Okay everyone – here’s the deal. We’ve embarked on the third trimester of our pregnancy journey and are still at a loss for baby boy names. James and I are pretty certain of a name if Baby Lump is a little lady, but we aren’t quite in love with or agreeing upon any names if Lump is a little gentleman.
This is where you come in. Gurgle.com has a fun little facebook application called “Name My Baby,” and I’ve just added it to my profile. It allows you to suggest a baby name or vote on names that have already been suggested. Unfortunately, the application isn’t without its flaws. It will only allow users to suggest names already loaded into its database. For example, I couldn’t add Atticus (What do you think of that one, btw? I think it’s pretty awesome – “Atticus Vaughan?”). Still, I think it will be interesting to see what you all come up with. Maybe one of you will suggest the perfect name that James and I have overlooked. Or maybe one of you will add a name like “Thygor” and crack us up. Either way, I think it’s a win-win situation. Remember, we’re only looking for boys/unisex names here.
For those of you without facebook (or are too lazy to make the extra trip), feel free to suggest a name in this post’s comments section, and I’ll be sure to add it to the list on facebook. If enough of you get involved with suggesting names, I’ll add another page to the blog that outlines everyone’s suggestions/votes, much like I’ve done with the Birth Stats page. For now, I’ll add the link to the facebook application to the blog’s sidebar.
Thanks in advance for helping us name Baby Lump!
Click here to visit my profile and suggest/vote on a name on facebook. Click on the “view suggested names” or “suggest a name” text in the “Name My Baby” application on the left sidebar of my profile.
Oven Timer: 28 weeks, 4 days
“German Engineering” is not just a great song by Maritime. It’s also the reason James and I are having a baby. Forget Brooke Shields and her “have a baby for love” mantra, James’ and my actual motivation for getting pregnant was Volkswagen’s Routan minivan …
Okay, okay, all kidding aside, time to update you on Baby Lump’s developmental touch points for this week. At this point, he/she should be about 15 inches long, weigh almost 3 pounds and be starting to form some eyelashes and eyebrows. One Web site I refer to describes the baby’s length as similar to an amusement park cinnamon-sugar-coated churro. Mmm …
I had my glucose screening on Monday, which checks for gestational diabetes. Everything I’ve read about it prepared me to drink a nasty “glucose cocktail” before my blood was taken, but it honestly wasn’t bad at all. It basically tasted like a very sweet but flat cup of Pepsi. Anyway, I heard from the doctor today that I passed, although my iron is low (no news here, it always has been), which means I’ll be taking an iron supplement from now on. No biggie.
Well, it seems like we’re in the home stretch now folks. The frequency of my doctor visitations has now been increased to once every two weeks until week 36, at which point I’ll check in once a week until delivery.
Does anyone else think time has gone by at a ridiculously fast pace?
Oven Timer: 28 weeks, 2 days
If you ever need to plan an event in the Detroit area, you should employ the event planning expertise of my sister, Adrienne. Now, I realize I’ve never been to one of these before, but she, my other sister Lauren and my mother threw me an absolutely awesome baby shower this past weekend in Pennsylvania with my family and some close family friends.
Although I did have to suck it up for the “Make-Pamela-Guess-the-Baby-Food-Flavor” game, everyone had a really fun time. (Expectant mothers please note – steer clear of “macaroni and cheese” and “lamb” flavored baby foods. I nearly vomited.)
Other, less torturous games were a hoot. I must say, it was monumentally entertaining to peer across the room and see my grandmother sniffing and tasting the contents of a baby’s diaper during the “Which candy bar is in that diaper?” game. And my sister, Lauren had guests winning oddly appropriate prizes such as baby corn and baby dills by guessing the correct prices of items like breast milk storage bags and butt paste.
I must say, James and I are definitely a lot more prepared for Baby Lump’s arrival after being showered with so many baby gifts. Guests will be delighted to know I will be tossing all the gift receipts and making no returns or exchanges at Babies “R” Us – such tasteful gift-givers they were!
To sum it up, I couldn’t have imagined having a better shower, and I’ll never subject Baby Lump to meat-flavored baby foods.
For more baby shower pictures, check out the Little Baby Lump Flickr page in the Family set.
Oven Timer: 28 weeks