Laken will be so lucky to have Aunt Dusty! She is amazing with children and is a great mother to my niece and nephew Cher and Zack! Thank you sissy!
"I always pick up women at Babies R Us because at least then I know they put out!"
(Next door there was a prom going on in the venue as we entered), "Hey, when I walked in to the club I saw a group of girls in their prom dresses and beside them a group of pregnant ladies. I call it before and after!"
"Every time I see a little red head in the school, I look a little closer and try to visualize Laken but my heart still goes to that little girl in Kindergarten with that blond scraggly hair and the grungy clothes and the great big smile. Hummmm. It’s such a sweet misery to try to picture that wee little soul you are carrying in that tummy of yours. Who will she be, what will she look like, will she be a mover and shaker, or a candle stick maker? Ahhhh, we can only imagine and dream and long to hold her. So close.
I miss you
On Monday I read a few stories to Laken while rocking in the recliner. She was very active and seems to enjoy story time already. When I massaged my tummy while reading, she would nudge right back. It is fun to see and feel her. She seems to prefer hanging out just to the right of my belly button. And sometimes there is a little bulge there, that we can see and feel, and Chase and I are pretty sure it is her back and bottom. Today I went out to lunch with another midwestern wife named Christine and her almost 3 year old son Jay. Christine's husband Dave is in the program with Chase. Christine was explaining to Jay that I am going to have a baby girl. He said he wants to take her down the slide at the park! So cute!
Tomorrow evening we start our prepared child birth and parenting classes at our hospital. We are excited that our hospital is less than a mile away and are anxious to start classes! More pics to come.
There is just something about blogging that is very cathartic! Or maybe it's pregnancy brain as Laken is all I seem to think and talk about anymore. Somewhere I read that your brain actually changes in pregnancy and many of the prior connections you had in your brain actually die in order to make room for new pathways related to parenthood. I'm buying this theory! Anyhow this has been a week full of events related to the expanding belly. It started with the beginning of the week when Chase double took my tummy and said, "DDDDDDAAAAAMMMNNN!" I was actually excited because I am so tired of hearing, "You hardly look pregnant, are you eating enough, and you can't be that far along," from random strangers. Just in case anyone does not understand, to a women who is planning every meal and action around her growing baby these are very critical statements! As the belly grows my jeans are starting to irritate the sensitive stretched out skin. So I went out and bought a few maternity items, and they are truly like heaven. In the dressing room, I literally did a little dance because I was so comfortable and my belly was out and free from denim constraints. Unfortunately the gloriousness of maternity wear was short lived. That night I wore a maternity summer dress out to dinner with friends. WARNING: There is something about maternity clothing that makes people want to touch your belly!!!!! Now I do not mind friends touching my stomach, or even people who ask. But it was literally like the flood gates were open and people (who maybe had a few drinks prior) began rubbing and caressing my belly. Now don't get me wrong, they were very sweet. But Laken is not a magic genie, and my stomach is currently the most sensitive "bottle" in the world! Today Chase and I were at the pool, and a women asked me how far along I was! Yeah someone was so sure that I was pregnant that they were willing to ask me about it, instead of just staring with an inquisitive look in their eyes! I think I can get used to this. In a strange way I feel like a historical site on the side of a scenic highway. However, I'm seriously considering a blinging necklace that spells out, "Please do not touch."
I have been extremely lucky in the pregnancy so far and Laken is doing so well that I feel bad complaining. However, a few not-so-pleasant pregnancy symptoms are beginning to emerge. I am starting to get really hot in Phoenix! Today was close to 90 degrees and I am beginning to wonder how I am going to survive through the summer packing extra heat! Bring on the 80's sweat band and personal battery operated fans;) The other night I thought I was that awkward brace faced tween in Jr. High on a growth spurt. I woke up to cramps in my calves and feet. To alleviate the muscle spasms I marched right into the kitchen and downed a banana and a glass of milk. Unfortunately this gave me heart burn, like all foods do now, and I could not go back to sleep! And let's not even go into how hard it is to sleep on your left side all of the time. I often wake up flat on my back and panic that Laken's blood supply is cut off. Luckily she is most active when I am in bed and if I wait a while, she either nudges or rolls, and that reassures me! I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I have another meetup with other mommy's 2 be. Pregnant women are hilarious when they get together....and they make me feel at ease about all of the latest quirks. We are going to Fuddruckers because one of the mom's craves their burgers. She is so cute I have to quote her, " I love the cheese sauce, I put it on the top bun, the bottom bun, and dip it in extra sauce the whole way through!"
Breaking news: This week Laken is the length of a banana! Mommy and Daddy begin Prepared Childbirth and Parenting classes in mid April.
Once again Laken is camera shy. She bury's her face into the bottom of the uterus. The ultrasound tech. had to shake my tummy to get her to turn around, and then she covered her face with her tiny hands!
The Dr. says that Laken's anatomy is in perfect working order! She has a full bladder, which means a lot of things: her brain stem is intact because she is able to swallow amniotic fluid, her intestines, liver, and kidneys are working because she is eliminating the fluid. Her heart has four healthy chambers, her spinal chord is intact, and her lungs are practicing breathing fluid already. All of her measurements were right on track for her mid August arrival (including her head for those of you who were skeptical)!!! With the Dr. we have decided not to have the triple screen blood test as both Laken and I are in perfect health. The test would look for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's syndrome and neural tube defects. Our Dr. is confident that with the clear ultrasound photos that neither one of these disorders will be an issue. And we are confident that we would love her all the same, and do not care to know in advance. We love looking at these new photos. The tech even let us see her in 3D! Unfortunately we have to wait until 28 weeks for the 1/2 an hour 3D video and photos. But we can't wait because the 3D images were so clear, and she looked just like the little baby that she is! Happy growing Laken!