Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wiggle Worm

The older Elisa gets, the harder it is to capture her on film. She just won't STAND STILL long enough to get a good enough shot. Here are a few of my attempts last night, even using the multi shot feature on my camera. She just moves TOO FAST.

I'm trying to squeeze every ounce of one on one time in with her as I can these days. I know that far too quickly, my time will be taken with this new little one. I know kids adapt easily but I worry that she will feel a bit "left behind" with so much attention being shown to the new little one. I want to make sure she feels loved. I'll have to jump that hurdle in December.

She is growing far too quickly. Her vocabulary grows in leaps and bounds daily. She is mimicking almost every word we say. Makes you very careful about the words that you say. You can't even mention "thunder" and she comes running to you crying "no sunder, no sunder, otay!" Just the other day, she bumped her head, so daddy in Homer Simpson style whacked his head with his hand and said "doh!" She proceeded to copy him repeatedly.

Every day I watch her I am just in awe. It's hard to believe that we are approaching two years with her. She has amazed me in so many ways and I love her more than I can even express. Could just be because I'm pregnant and hormonal but I just watch her sometimes and want to cry. I came so close to not seeing these moments. I'm so glad I was blessed with her.

Shrimp #2 is continuing to progress. We are 22 weeks today. I had my 22 week check up yesterday with some nervousness. Seriously, I thought I was going to be sent to L&D because of some of the same sort of pain I'd been having with Elisa the week before I was admitted with her. On top of some contractions (4 over night, still not the 6-10 an hour they want you to call in but 4 compared to the one every once in a while I had been getting.) Some of the contractions I only noticed because I happened to put my hand on my belly during one and felt how hard it was. This did NOT give me comfort because I began to wonder just how many I was actually having and didn't know! So these two things put together, my doc decided to go ahead and do a cervical length check just to make sure nothing was happening. And...nothing was happening. The length had not changed since it was last checked at a little over 18 weeks. AWESOME! I am still waiting for the results of my GD test though. Hoping, really, for good news because this diabetes diet is REALLY HARD.

So. 22 weeks.

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

So good. I go back next for another peri appt and to check the cervical length again and then back to my doctor for my regular check up. Looks like I'm going to every 2 weeks now. I'll take it though.

I'll leave you with this image of my goofy girl and her love of ketchup. Seriously. Give the girl ketchup and she'll eat anything.


Sarah said...

Yay for cervical length staying the same! I am assuming no funneling either? That's what they worried about more with me but that was because of my history of PPROM. Sounds like normal bh kind of contractions and hopefully that's all you get! I know all too well the fear of it all. I also know how difficult it is to have a little one in the NICU with having 1 (and 2 and 3) at home. Praying hard for you and your little shrimp!

Melissa said...

Your feelings of squeezing in as much time with Elisa before baby comes is so normal! I went thru many anxiety thoughts about how Eli would feel, how I would feel, and how I could possibly 'mother' 2 very young kids. It really does take a little getting used to. It took me & Eli nearly a month to adjust. Danny helped A LOT!!!! He took an entire month off work. He applied for paternity leave, that's how he got so much time. He plans to do the exact same for 3rd baby.

Its wonderful your doctor will see you every 2 weeks. That is going to provide great peace of mind. And peace of mind will get you to that wonderful c-section due date! :)