Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week (and weighing up to 16.5 ounces), but that’s just the beginning! Within the next five weeks, they’ll really be packin’ it on! For now, we’re pleased to report the addition of rapid eye movement (REM) a key component to any healthy baby’s sleep schedule. While in the dermatology department: their thin soft skin is very red, rather translucent, and a bit wrinkled. Not to worry, it’s not a premature aging disease. It's just their clever little body setting them up with extra space that will smooth out once your little one starts packing on the baby-fat. That won’t be for a few more weeks, though. So for the time being, your munchkin is still a little lean mean growing machine!
I'll be heading to the hospital tonight to take care of the ladies who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families because they're stuck in on our unit. And although I really, really don't want to go to work tonight, at least I get to go home in the morning and spend Thanksgiving with my family. I'll get home at 8:30, take a shower and get dressed again, and we'll head to the in-laws for a yummy Thanksgiving dinner. Can I just tell you that I cannot wait for the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, broccoli, cheese and rice casserole, deviled eggs, and rolls. And lets not forget the pecan pie...Oh my gosh, I can't wait!!!! I am so thankful this year for my wonderful husband, great kids...who drive me crazy every day, a beautiful home, good jobs, and this new baby girl....and a grand baby....that will be joining our family next year! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I have to work tonight, Wednesday, and Friday, and can I just say, I am so not in the mood. The last night I worked was crazy, horrible, chaos, then I went in to help out Friday morning, and I'm just so not ready to go back. We are completely full, so no room at the inn...which is good because that means we can't get any admissions during the middle of the night, but it would be nice to only have like 8 patients...lol! Hopefully tonight will go by quickly, and smoothly, and I won't spend it chasing babies on the monitor all night long!
Woohoo! I'm FINALLY half way through my pregnancy! This week I'm carrying 10.5 inches and 10.5 oz of growing baby-goodness! My perfect little monkey now has their first eyelashes, eyebrows, and their tiny teeth buds are sprouting beneath the gum line.
As you’ve come to expect, there’s no shortage of growth and development this week: your fantastic little bean stalk has added yet another half inch to their overall height-- making them nearly half a foot long! Their little limbs have reached (or are within one week of) their relative proportions, and will continue to grow evenly with the rest of the body after this week. Reactive listening has begun for your baby, even though their ears are not yet structurally complete or fully functional. Meanwhile, different parts of their astonishingly complex brain are developing to process your little one’s hearing and other senses, (you know, sight, smell, taste and touch). Mind boggling factoid of the week: since you’re having a little girl, her ovaries have already produced millions of primordial egg cells, which, within a few weeks, will develop into actual eggs! Phew… just wait till she’s a teenager eh?
It really chaws me when people ask me if we're having a boy or a girl, and I tell them a girl. 98% of the time, we get, "Oh, another girl huh?" And they say it with that certain tone in their voice that says I'm sorry it's another girl. And usually they will follow up with, "Were you hoping for a boy?" No, we weren't hoping for a boy, we were hoping for healthy. Look people, while a boy would have been nice because it would have been a new experience, a girl is just as awesome, because we know what that entails, and I get to dress her in lots of pink and get her a tutu, and this way we don't have to deal with the difficulty of potty training a little boy, and having him pee all over the place! Just a little piece of advice, if we tell you we're having a girl, just say congratulations. The end.
I'm a transplanted Texan, currently living outside of Charlotte, NC, with my husband, Chad, who was brave enough to take on me and my crazy brood. I am mom to 4 beautiful girls, Jordan, Kayla, Kacie, and Gracyn. We are also grandparents to our first grandchild, Tristian. We have 2 dogs, a boxer named Luke, and bullmastiff named Layla, and 3 cats, . I have had the privilage of bringing 3 additional children into the world through gestational surrogacy(their bun, my oven), and am working on journey #4. I am thrilled that I have been able to play a part in something so wonderful. I'm also a nurse in high risk OB Yes, I know it's chaos, but oh well, this is my life, and I wouldn't change it for the world!