My oldest sister, Adrienne, is pregnant!!!
Can you tell I’ve been holding this in for a while? Ever since she told me about about a month ago, I’ve basically been harassing her via phone and Facebook message about when I was allowed to blog about it. Well, I’ve finally gotten the green light, and I’m ridiculously excited!
The baby will be Adrienne and my brother-in-law, Mac‘s first. Their due date is July 11, so it looks as though Baby Lump is going to have a cousin very close in age, which I think is awesome. While it is a bit of a bummer that Baby Nutter (Mac and Adrienne’s last name is Nutter) will be stationed far away in Michigan, it will still be nice for the two rugrats to have each other’s company at least during family gatherings. And although Baby Lump will have bragging rights as the first grandchild in our family, I can bet both babies will be spoiled equally by both the grandparents and great-grandparents.
What I can’t bet on, though, is that A’s pregnancy will be anything like mine. As far as I can tell, she’ll be finding out Baby Nutter’s flavor ASAP. And the natural childbirth route? Fuhgetaboudit! Either way, I’m going to be a mother and an aunt all within less than a year – how exciting!
Congratulations, Adrienne and Mac! May your 9 week old tadpole grow into a lovely little Nutter Butter )
Nutter Oven Timer: 8 weeks, 6 days
I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately about how small my baby bump is relative to how far along I am. After last week’s post, my friend, Keith doubted there was any way a $5 footlong from Subway could fit in my belly. Actually, I ate one the other day, so truth is, my mini belly can actually fit two! Take that, Keith!
Seemingly, it’s some kind of phenomenon. I mean, check out the woman on the right compared to me – no wonder people think I’m a freak. James laughs at me because I’ll look at pictures on Baby Gaga of other women with similar due dates and get what he calls “belly envy” because I’m so much tinier than they are.
What’s funny is that women who have had children keep saying how lucky I am to be so small at this point in my pregnancy. The only problem is that my paranoid self keeps worrying something is wrong with Baby Lump, even though my doctor seems to think everything is normal.
I am, however, secretly hoping my lack of bump means my baby will turn out to be one of those five and a half pounders instead of one of those bowling ball-heavy babies like James was. (He was almost 11 pounds at birth!) James laughs at me for thinking this, too. Hey, I can dream …
I’m pretty confident strangers can’t even tell I’m pregnant. At least, I haven’t had any random people give up their seats for me on the train or pet my belly yet. Although I’m thinking maybe the latter is a good thing.
In developmental news, Baby Lump won’t really be getting any taller this week – just chubbier. Keep thinking $5 footlong, just ask the sandwich builder to stuff some more meat in there. Anyway, hooray for adorable baby fat weight gain! This week alone, he/she will be gaining half a pound, totaling 1 1/3 lbs. In addition, rapid bone formation is occuring and Baby Lump’s brain and nervous system continue to grow in complexity.
Another major milestone is that Baby Lump is now at the point of viability, which means if Baby Lump would pop out of the womb today, he/she would actually have a fair chance of survival (30%-70%!). If born this week, Baby Lump would look something like this. Can you imagine? I have to start watching for signs of premature labor. Yikes!
Let’s just hope Baby Lump decides to bake for a while longer, shall we?
Oven Timer: 24 weeks, 2 days
Just thought I’d keep you posted: James and I have been moving into our new apartment (we love it!) the past few days, and Comcast won’t be able to install cable and Internet until Monday. This means that, sadly, I’ll be unable to make any real blogging updates until then (thank goodness for my Blackberry though!). If I can’t make it to an Internet cafe in the meantime, you’ll hear from me come Monday.
For a fun, quick, little (big) update, James was able to feel the baby kick a little bit last night! Baby Lump must truly feel at home in our new apartment!
Don’t worry, there are plenty of quirky food-baby analogies to come!
Oven Timer: 21 weeks, 1 day
This probably should’ve been a much more exciting post, except the first few times I felt Baby Lump move, I wasn’t exactly sure it was Baby Lump moving. So yeah, the title of this post probably should’ve JUST been, “OMG! I Felt The Baby!”
I’m not going to lie – I’ve always been under the impression that the first time you feel your baby, it’s some kind of monumental kicking sensation that anyone else who has their hand on your belly can also feel. This is not the case. James has yet to feel a thing. In fact, the first few times I felt movement, I was pretty sure it was indigestion. It wasn’t until several feelings of “indigestion” later that I realized I was an idiot.
What’s cool is that lately, Baby Lump’s movement has been much more pronounced. Most women describe the feeling of movement as butterflies fluttering and goldfish swimming around (or, just plain gas). I can generally agree with this, but honestly, it just feels like there’s a baby moving around in my belly )
Oven Timer: 20 weeks, 4 days