Sunday, October 30, 2011

Baby on the brain...

Now that Baby T has officially made his/ her presence known to the world (via proof in my ever growing tummy bump), I have been thinking constantly about things to get done and things I hope to get done in less than 180 days.  Not that it wasn't all baby all the time from the moment we found out, but it now seems that everything seems to circle around to one important little friend in all that we do.

Thus, I have been thinking about the Baby's nursery...a lot.  It is going to be in the room across from our bedroom, which currently serves as our office and Brad's man cave because it is where his PlayStation is, AND where his clothes are located (yes, I have claimed ownership to every other closet in this was already giving a lot to give up the office space too!).

Anyway, we first have to decide where to move our large desk and his dresser in the office... not to mention, the flat screen, B's PlayStation, the technology setup, and our extensive DVD collection that I refuse to house anywhere else because I believe it to be an "eyesore" (we're rounding out our's probably time to continue hiding them in a still accessible fashion).  Our guest bedroom houses our antique cherry 4-post bed and my Nana's 250+ year old fainting couch (it is truly beautiful...dates back to when Lincoln was in office..ahhh!!!) so there isn't too much breathing room to house extra furniture in there too.  Our bedroom is large, but we have a "sitting" area that is an upstairs living no room there either!  What to do, what to do?!?  There are many decisions to be made here, people!

One thing I do know for certain is: this baby is going to be surrounded by love however his/ her room is set up.  I have been thinking about meaningful things to go in the baby's room and as everyone knows, I do love my pictures.  I know that I definitely do NOT want to flood this poor child's room with pictures galore, so I want to incorporate something that has true roots.  Then, it hit me.  One of my favorite pictures I have ever seen is one of my Daddy and me on my first day home from the hospital.  It is such a beautiful, tender moment shared between a father and his daughter...just looking at it now brings me to tears; my father is the first man to ever love and adore me for being me.  He has always had my best interest at heart and has been my idol and my role-model who taught me how to exist with dignity, strength, honor, confidence, compassion, humility, and humor since the day I was born...why would I NOT want my child to feel the same way about his/her father?  And what a truly magnificent way to display and honor that relationship and strong bond we share!

I went to find that picture and do you know what I found?  I found a picture of Brad and his father in the exact same pose, on the exact same day of age as mine!  Thus, in our child's room, I plan to hang these to pictures with an empty frame in the middle, ready to be filled with a replicated picture of Baby T and Brad...what a symbolic treasure and tradition to uphold with our child!  Love is powerful and our bonds can never be broken.  These pictures speak volumes about the love shared between our two families.  This Baby will undoubtedly be loved!
January 8, 1984
August, 1982
NOW...onto some silly "Baby on the Brain" moments...
On a lighter and MUCH less meaningful note, I am going to fill you in on something I did yesterday.  I am already a bit absent-minded about a lot of things (don't judge, people...and yes, I know several of you are definitely smirking at my admittance of this quality I typically deny right now), but yesterday, I took it to a whole new level.  I slept in and then got up, ready to run my errands of the Saturday morning routine: stores, grocery, blah, blah, blah.  I was there at the grocery for quite a while too, mind you.  As I was checking out, B called and asked me to bring him home some lunch, so I headed to grab him and me something before venturing home.  When I pulled into the garage and got out of the car, B met me at the door.  I thought he was just saying hello since he had to be at the branch for the morning and asked me if I wanted to grab my stuff first.  I looked at him, puzzled, with the bag of food in my hand..."what else should I go ahead and get?" I asked.  "Ummm...the GROCERIES?!?" he replied.  I still had no clue what he was talking about until he went and popped my trunk.  Yes friends, I forgot I went to the GROCERY.  I definitely had Baby Brain yesterday.  Wow.

And finally, B and I went to a Halloween party last night at our friends, Jason and Christie's house.  B. Thomas is not much for costumes and hasn't dressed up since Halloween 2003, so I thought I'd basically have to resort to everything but "drugging" him to get something on that whiny little turdbomber.  Surprisingly though, he didn't require too much convincing on my part (I may or may not have resorted to playing the Baby card on him) and we went dressed as bacon and eggs.  Here are some pictures from our night!  We hope you have a "SPOOKTACULAR" Halloween, everyone!
PS, these are most definitely not the best quality of pictures as they are taken from my phone, so I am terribly sorry!
The "Bun in the Oven" costume was not mine, a friend of Christie's (who is also pregnant), let me borrow it for some fun with pictures! 

The Bun Maker with his bun in the oven!

the bun in the oven with its makers

Guess who has a "bun in the oven"?!?  Time Remaining: 176 days!

Bacon and Egg!

Wakey, wakey...we're eggs and bakey!

it's hard to have eggs without bacon :)

such a scrumptious combo

the egg with "Jessica Rabbit"


Friday, October 28, 2011

14 weeks - officially a second trimester-er!

Okay, yes, I have been incredibly neglectful of my blogger duties and responsibilities and I am terribly sorry, but you must know why; it's been a B-U-S-Y week!  HA!  You've heard that before, right?!?  Well this week, it's true and quite frankly, it's quite an understatement.  Parent-Teacher conferences have taken over at school this week and I have been logging 12 hour days with getting in allllll of my conferences.  We cannot give report cards out without a face-to-face conference with a parent and no, we do not get a day off to get all of the conferences in!  PLUS, we are preparing for an OVERNIGHT field trip with our kiddos...yes, overnight.  I am exhausted just thinking about it!  It will be such a wonderful experience for all of our kids AND, SO. MUCH. FUN!

Anyway...NOW onto news about our precious blessing!!!
Yes, I'm pushing out a bit there and am emphasizing under the bump to round and accentuate, but still...HERE IS BABY!

I am OFFICIALLY in the 2nd trimester...praise the good man upstairs!  Not that I am wishing away my pregnancy, because I am absolutely loving every last minute of it, but I am happy to begin reclaiming my MUCH needed energy and holding onto my dinners...Baby needs those!  Speaking of Baby, have you SEEN my tummy?  I mean, wowza...hellllllloooooo baby!  It's like I all of a sudden just popped out!  People at school and everyone I've seen seem to agree that yup, herrrrrre's BABY!!

How I'm feeling...
I'm feeling GREAT and nowhere near as nauseas as I was!  I'm regaining some energy despite working so, so much over the past couple of weeks too..  I literally saw B for like an hour the other night :(  Boooooo.  I have 2 pregnancy symptoms, though, that I thought were incredibly strange but have come to find out aren't that strange at all...  One, is my sore mouth.  My gums reeeaaally hurt and crunchy foods really aggravate the roof of my mouth.  I've read in almost every pregnancy website I follow or app I have on my phone that that symptom is 100% normal.  Weird.

Second of all, I also am so. so. sooooo stopped up, but cannot really blow my nose and only have drainage when I wake up in the mornings.  Apparently, around this stage of pregnancy, you get what's called, "Pregnancy congestion" your glands and mucous membranes of the nose begin to swell from all of the pregnancy hormones circulating in your body, which are also increasing blow flow there.  Huh, weird again!!!  I'm okay with it, because I am only complaint is that breathing through my mouth for 75% of days is making my lips so chapped.  Blistex is my best friend.

Cravings/ Aversions
E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.  Literally.  Seriously...I hit the 2nd trimester and it's like my nausea lifted instantaneously and now I'm hungry for everything.  I am honestly NEVER full...which is an incredibly bad and dangerous thing.  I do NOT want to blow up more than I have to!  I always still want cereal though, and pizza now seems to be a well as seafood, which is again, dangerous when consuming too much.  The one thing I actually have not been wanting lately that is completely unlike me, is ice cream...and I LOVE ice cream as I am a firm believer that it most definitely constitutes as a meal!  It's also incredibly sad that I haven't been craving it too much because I have a giftcard to the Holy Grail (Orange Leaf), but haven't felt much like going.  Hmmm...come to think of it though... ;)
Delightful!  I have more energy than before and am not always feeling sick at night time!  Now, if it could just be Thanksgiving Break...  tee-hee! 
Baby is one growing little nugget! He/ she is being so much nicer to Mommy's tummy :)  Baby is about 4.5 to 5 inches long which is the size (by different standards) of a lemon or a large naval orange, but only weighs in at a bit over 2 ounces...wowza, tiny little thing!  
This week's big developments: baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his/ her thumb!  Thanks to brain impulses, baby's facial muscles are getting a workout as tiny features form one expression after another.  Also, he/ she can grasp now too, and I might be able to see Baby sucking his/ her precious little thumb on my ultrasound next week!!!
Baby is also holding his/her own daily aerobics classes in there by kicking, curling toes, and moving those little arms and legs.  By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of his/ her head and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face.  No more alien-looking kiddo is what it sounds like to me!

Coming up...
We have our next visit with the doctor on Wednesday, the 2nd and fingers crossed, we are getting an early sneak peek to see if we can see if Baby T will be donning pink or blue!!!  I am not getting my hopes up by that because I know it is incredibly early, BUT I am still so excited to even get to see our precious sweetpea! Also, my mom (Baby's grandmother, "Nanny"), Brad, and Cathryn (Baby's "Aunt" Prissy) are going too so it should be such a special, fun moment for us all.  I am quite saddened, though, that Baby's other grandmother, Mamaw (B's mom and my MIL, Melva) is now not able to go :(  I was so excited that both grandmothers would be there for such a wonderful experience, but at least she'll be able to come down for some other ultrasounds.  We'll sure miss you though, Mamaw!!!

HALLOWEEN IS COMING UP... Hope you have a tremendous time!!  B and I are heading to a Halloween party tomorrow at our friend's house, The Poiles', and I am super pumped to get him into a costume for the first time in SEVERAL years!!  Did you see my pumpkin I painted?!!?

Thanks for reading and keeping up with us!

Monday, October 17, 2011

13 weeks!!!

I am officially finishing the first trimester and heading into the second...YAAAAAY!!!  I am so excited to have more energy...I want my energy to match my mood :)
He's going to be such a great "big" cousin to Baby T!  Shawnee LOVES babies :)

How I'm feeling...
My body, however, apparently wants to ensure that I suffer through every last second of this last bit of the first trimester because I have been feeling pretty lousy.  Monday and Tuesday nights of last week, I went to bed around 6PM.  THAT is NOT how I want to spend the time with my husband that I've waited all day for!  Then, Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday nights, I was very, very sick...and got sick rather forcefully at that.  Yes, yucky! 

After getting sick last night, I started having sharp, shooting pains in my lower abdomen that lasted through the night and into the morning when I got up and was getting ready for school.  Since they were still there and unlike anything I'd had thus far in the pregnancy, I called the doctor's office and the on-call doctor thought it would be wise to come in.  Thus, I had to get a substitute (which I'm trying to avoid as much as possible in order to save days for time with the baby) and had to wait 4 agonizing hours until I could get into the doctor's office (not agonizing pain, but agonizing because I am a worry-wart and was streeeessssssing, to say the least!).  Thankfully, everything was fine and the doctor seems to think it is related to a bladder condition I have where the lining of the walls is deteriorating and Baby's "little nook" is pressing against it, causing the sharp pains. I got to hear Baby's fast heartbeat and it was the sweetest sound I've ever heard!  I am cherishing every single one of these magical moments with my precious little one!

So, now onto the baby!  Out of nowhere, I am showing!  I actually have a baby bump..yay!  I know every woman and every pregnancy is different, but now I'm wondering, am I showing too much?  Ahh!  Baby T is out in full force!  
I feel huge all over...not just in the bump vicinity...and I know I have  A LOT of growing left to do...ahhh!!
Cravings/ Aversions
Nothing, really!  I haven't been wanting to eat too much because I haven't been feeling great, but apparently I've been getting SOMETHING down because I was +3 lbs at the doctor today...the first pounds I've gained in the pregnancy and I feel like they're showing everywhere!  I AM back on a cereal kick...especially "Rice Krispie Treats" cereal...I literally crushed a box in about 2 days!
Sluggish and exhausted :(  BUT...happy as a clam about anything that comes my way!  Let's keep the small potatoes small and work through the bigger issues on deck, here people!  
The 13th week means that Baby is about 3 - 3.5 inches long which is about the size of a peach, but weighs only about as much as an eighth of an ounce. By now, baby's head has been proportionally larger than the rest of the body, but around this time, Baby's body is starting to catch up and grow more proportional to the head.  Baby's motor skills are starting to work and he/she is able to move and flex the arms and legs!  Baby's intestines are also in for some big changes right now.  Up till this point, they've been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord, but now they're moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, which is in his/her abdomen.  

Also developing this week are Baby's vocal chords!  Fingerprints have also formed on its tiny fingertips!  Veins and organs are clearly visible through his or her still-thin skin!

Look who I got to hang out with today after my flu shot...Baby's cousin, Shawnee!
Thanks for reading!
We LOVE you!
Abs, B, and Baby T

Terrifically Thomas times!

My oh my...have WE been busy!!!  I feel like I am so neglectful of this blog that I promised myself I'd maintain, but all too often, I feel overwhelmed at the end of the day and it slips my mind.  Last weekend, we went to Great Wolf Lodge with the Thomas, Morel, and Blank families (as you read in the last post) and then I only had 3 days of school last week because of Fayette County's fall break...yaaaay!!!

I took Thursday as VERY MUCH needed day of rest and caught up on my DVR'd shows in our upstairs living room (yes, that DVR is 100% mine and I am 100% proud of hubs stealin' on my shows and times).

Now this guy right here, has been my friend literally since the day I was born!  His mom and my mom were childhood friends and she brought him to see me at the hospital when he was 7 months old.  We went through every moment of adolescence together and he even sang in my wedding!  Love my Mark Mo!!
Friday, Mom took me to register at Babies-R-US...and I am sooo, sooo, soooooooo glad she did because B and I would have been absolutely clueless!  BUT, I am happy to say that we are almost all registered except for some gender specific items that we'll have to wait another couple of weeks until we know what this little cutie is.  Moms are THE BEST.  Well, MINE is the best.  After registering, Mom and I had lunch at iChing and then did some shopping for maternity clothes.  I know gaining weight is what you do in pregnancy, but I am having a bit of a hard time with how gross I feel.  I just feel like a whale...oh well though, all in the name of a healthy and happy baby which I am already head over heels in love with!

Saturday, we had TWO weddings...yes...TWO, for two of my very dear and longtime friends (since elementary school...yup, we go waaaaay back!).  They were very close in time and I was bound and determined that we could make it to both.  First, was my friend, Aaron's wedding.  Aaron was one of my closest guy friends growing up and was even an usher in my wedding, so there was NO way I'd be missing his!  It was a GORGEOUS fall day (I mean, you saw was BEAUTIFUL) to have a wedding on Andover Country Club's golf course and I especially loved seeing such a dear friend so ecstatic and in love.  Their vows were so genuine and could just see the love between was magnificent.
Aaron and his stunning bride!

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Zamora!
I hated to leave Aaron's wedding so soon, and without getting to visit with the happy couple at the reception, but next was my friend Lucy's wedding and there was absolutely NO way I was going to miss a second of it!  B and I hightailed it from Andover all the way back to First Baptist Church in Winchester and actually made it with enough time to get seated before 4:30..we were so proud!  

Lucy P. is one of those fantastic and genuine people that brightens a room and everyone loves. She exists with poise, grace, and dignity and is the perfect role model to everyone around her.  She has an invigorating sense of humor and an infectious laugh...quite honestly, I could go on for days about how amazing she is... she is truly magnificent!  We have been friends since 3rd grade and have always had the best times together, doing the most random things!  One thing that sticks out to me is us getting fake, press-on nails and then camping out on her trampoline with them for some odd reason.  Not really sure why we thought that was so cool, but we were definitely pleased with ourselves. We also had code names like "sensor" or "radar" for the boys we liked...random, yes...but also completely hysterical.  Times like these make me so happy to be from a small town because I still have relationships with people that have been lifelong friends.  Our bonds are so tight and firmly planted like roots of a huge tree, and my people from Winchester will always have such a special place in my heart.  
The beautiful bride and her fat, preggo friend!
Lucy was an absolutely breathtaking lie, she literally left me speechless, gasping for air.  She is beyond beautiful.  And she exemplifies the meaning of class.  She and Leif are perfect for each other and so in love.  You could feel the magic between them and it felt amazing being in the presence of such true love, respect, and adoration.  It was such a blast at her wedding catching up with all of my old friends and their parents.  B and I sat at a table with Jackie, (who was my partner in crime throughout all of high school) Whitney and her husband, Charlie, (Whitney and I were attached at the hip from the moment she moved to Winny from "Seymour Butts", Indiana in 7th grade) and Kristina...a.k.a. "Krissy Tootle" or "Kriiilllllssss Niiicollle" who has been my friend since middle school as well.  We literally did not stop laughing from the moment we sat down..those girls are SUCH a blast!!!  
Mr. and Mrs. Leif and Lucy Aaron!

Finally, came SUNDAY...the dreaded end to my Fall Break from reality :(  wahhhhh...time flies when you're having fun!  I hadn't gotten to be around my BFF Beth and her hubs, Kody in a while, so we planned a date to Boyd's Orchard and then to see, "Bodies Revealed" in the Lexington Center.  We had so much fun at the orchard going through the corn maze and shopping in the store!  Beth and Kody even had a race atop the hay was so cute!
Next, we went to see "Bodies Revealed" and boy were those bodies was CRAZY!  Well, and CREEPY too!

I'll be back with the 13 week update soon!!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 10, 2011

12 WEEKS!!!

kind of a LOOONNNG post today...
you can really see the bump today...ahhh!
Okay, so I am super sorry about not posting last week at the end of the week...I've been feeling the extreme fatigue to the infinities and it is literally knocking me on booty.  I've had ZERO energy!

Here's gorgeous little JilliBean with Baby T's gift!
Anyway, last week was a quick week and then we had a GREAT weekend with B's family who are AMAZING.  We are all about family time together and this weekend, they took the fam to Great Wolf Lodge.  I couldn't do too much, but still did a lot at the same time, and still had a great time visiting with our sensational niece and nephew (Jillian and Spencer), Christi and Joe (B's sister and brother-in-law), the Blank Family, and Melva and Dan (B's parents)!  It's never a dull moment with any of those folks!  Melva was so thoughtful - she even bought and packed me some O'Doul's in the cooler so I wouldn't miss a beat on the indulgences with everyone else AND packed me my own Lunchable with peanut butter and jelly and fruit instead of the usual deli meat kind...she's the best!

Christi and Joe and their children, Spencer and Jillian, stayed with us on Friday night on their way through from Bowling Green (well, it's not really on the way, but we were so pumped to have them take a bit of a detour!).  With them, they brought our very first baby oh so very, very precious wipe case!  And what do you think is on it?!?  OWLS, of course!!!  I love, love, loooooove it!

Now...onto Baby News...
As I mentioned earlier, I have been feeling pretty blah blah blahhhhhh because I'm just sooo, sooo, sooooooo tired and have  Like, at all.  I have been tired throughout this journey so far, but this week, it has hit me with the hotness!  Maybe it's because it's getting all out now that I'm rounding out my first trimester?!?  Who knows, but I'm so grateful because it means my body is working and baby is growing!  Every symptom of pregnancy is a blessing!

I had my second check-up on Thursday and all went well...B was able to swing over too and boy, was I glad!  When she went to listen to the heartbeat, she could not find it!  Even though she told me beforehand that it might be a bit difficult and take a minute, I still had a bit of a freak out, but B was there to talk me through it.  She came back with the portable ultrasound to get a look and sure enough, there was Baby's heart just beat, beat, beating away!  It was so cool too, because this was B's first time getting to actually see Baby on the screen and he/she really starting showing off for Daddy...Baby was kicking his/her legs back and forth and moving its precious head up and down so we could see the outline of its adorable profile :)  Loved every minute of that little sneak peak!

We go back on November 2nd and get to find out what this little Peanut is!  I am not getting my hopes up though, because it will be a bit early and Baby T may be a little shy still...but I am DYING to know what it is so we can REALLY start planning!

How I'm feeling...
SOOOOOOO TIRED!  I was also sick all day Thursday and all day Friday.  I think about calling a sub and then I think about more time to spend with my precious little one and feeling bad now will be way worth it in the end to stick it out.  My Mom brought over a "Belly Band" for me yesterday while I was napping and it felt delightful wearing it over my pants Thanks Madre!  You're the BEST!!!
Cravings/ Aversions
Red Lobster, Red Lobster, Red Lobster.  Oh, and a good restaurant burger that I could Hasselhoff in two seconds flat.  I looooooooove the coconut shrimp from Red Lobster and could eat it every meal if it wouldn't be dangerous for the baby, so I've also been eating a ton of salads this week.
Feeling great!  Beyond being tired, there is absolutely NOTHING to make me feel down...this is the best blessing in the world!  I am still a bit moody in the mornings and a bit lethargic in the evenings, but am still happy with life!
The 12th week means that Baby is about 2.5 - 3 inches long which is about the size of a large plum, but weighs only about as much as half of an ounce. Most of Baby's body systems are fully formed and now comes the maintenance phase, during which his/her systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work.  It's hard to believe, but Baby has almost doubled in size in the last 3 weeks!  The fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle - literally- as it starts practicing contraction movements, a skill Baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract.  

The most dramatic development this week, however, is reflexes.  Baby's fingers are now beginning to open and close.  His or her mouth will make sucking movements, toes will curl, and eye muscles will clench.  If I push on my abdomen, Baby will squirm in response...even though I cannot feel it yet!  

I'm so excited to see what's going on with Baby next!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

11 Weeks Update

Here we week 11!  I feel like it's been such a long journey getting to this point, but it actually has not! I cannot believe, though, that in just a few weeks, we'll be finding out with this little peanut is!  I can't wait for that moment because as most of you know, suspense KILLS me! The not knowing is already weighing heavy on my heart...of course, this is from the girl that has pretty much found EVERY Christmas gift given to her since like age 8.

Yesterday and today were the first days that most of the kids were telling me that my belly is getting bigger and they can finally tell that there's something in there!  Seeing me get bigger, apparently excites them. They say they cannot wait until I'm huge...whatever that means.  Little Stinkers.  Anyway, my kiddos call it, "peanut"...I know, original, yes? Tee-hee... they make me smile :)  The students really are so sweet and so inquisitive, but it's hard for them to understand that this will be a long process and I'm not just going to get big overnight.  I guess my dress today accented my bump a little better (NOTE: the picture above is from yesterday) and well, I may or may not have enjoyed some good treats this weekend....Hubs and I had Red Lobster on our date night on Friday...yummmmmmm.

How I'm feeling...
I am feeling soooooo much better!  With the exception of my extreme tiredness, I really have been feeling pretty great this week...haven't gotten sick once!  I have felt a bit nauseas at times in the mornings and at night, but that is subsiding as well which is so welcomed!  I can handle getting sick, doesn't bother me too much, but constantly feeling that cramps my style :)  Anyway, all symptoms are getting better and better and I know the next several weeks will continue to be great!  I've conquered any afternoon nausea by simply eating a snack.  So easy.  Duh...why didn't I think of that sooner?

Cravings/ Aversions
Not too much, really!  I still am dying to have lunch meat, but I just cannot eat it heated up...ick.  I'm too nervous to have it otherwise.  Baked potatoes have been my friend lately, and cereal still, as well.  As always, I enjoy a good ol' PB&J too!
Feeling great!  Beyond being tired, there is absolutely NOTHING to make me feel down...this is the best blessing in the world!  I guess you could say I am a bit more easily annoyed than usual (who me?  NEVER! bahaha), but unlike me, I am not venting those annoyances TO those people, I have a great hubs who is there to listen and vent with me in the privacy and comfort of my own home.  I feel like he and I have gotten all that much closer through this journey.  Not that I wanted to before, but all too often, I'd let the stress of my days at work come home with me and affect me through my time at home and I was wrong for that.  You always hear as a teacher that you should not do that, but it's just so hard to "leave it all at the door" when we are involved in so much that does affect us physically and mentally on a daily basis.  Now, however, I am seeing why that is so important to leave that stress at school and not let it get to me at home...I do NOT want to bring any of that back to my family.  As stress free as possible is the way to go!  B and I really are just loving every single minute together!
The 11th week means that baby is officially developed enough to be called a fetus.  Baby is the size of a LIME, is slightly more than 2 inches long, and is weighing about a third of an ounce. Also, all of Baby T's organs are developed and he/she should DOUBLE in size by next week!  On baby's head, the ears are moving to the side of the head, and reproductive organs are becoming more distinguished.  Baby's hands will soon open and close into cute little fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under the gums, and some of the bones are beginning to harden.  On top of Baby's head, hair follicles are forming, fingernail and toenail beds are developing, and by next week, the nails themselves will start to grow.  

Baby's body is straightening out and his or her torso is lengthening (sounds like a yoga pose, doesn't it?!?).  He/she is already busy kicking and stretching, and these movements are so effortless, they look like water ballet.  Other "yoga" poses Baby can assume now are stretches, somersaults, and forward rolls.  I won't feel these acrobatics for another few months though :(  Baby could also be hiccuping because his/her diaphragm is forming.  That is so cool!

I got to the doctor on Thursday and then my next appointment should be finding out if Baby T is a HE or a SHE!  I think B and I both think they same thing on whether it's a boy or a girl.  What do YOU think?!?

I'll post about our doctor's visit on Friday! Thanks for sticking around for this long post!
Have a GREAT rest of your week!

P.S. I'm sorry that I have been tardy for the blogging party...we've had some craziness with our internet-  Some power surge Saturday blew our modem (apparently this happened to several other Lexington residents too?) and the Insight guy could not come until yesterday to fix it.  Yes...random.  Although we have DirecTV, we still get our internet through Insight so it took some time to get our repairs.  I for one, was okay, but B of course, was not loving it so much.  We both have iPhones, but it is amazing how much you rely on the internet from your computer too!