Zenger Family

Zenger Family

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ammon's First Week

I can't believe it's already been a week since my little man made his grand arrival! Here are a few notes from the past several days...

Sunday, 10/19/14: Ammon's Birthday. Ammon was born at 9:59AM weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz (2 oz smaller than Zariah's birthweight) and 21 inches long. He was 5 days early (Zariah was 5 days late), but we knew he wouldn't be waiting for his due date. After a short but very difficult delivery we spent the rest of the day in our hospital room attempting to recover. Ammon didn't cry at all.

Monday, 10/20/14: another day in the hospital. Ammon was not showing very good blood sugar levels so he had to have blood drawn every 4 hours, but never cried (part of his blood sugar problems required him to take nutritional supplements in the form of formula which made nursing a challenge). He received some vaccines, but still, no crying. He was circumcised, but you guessed it, no crying. We had several visitors.

Tuesday, 10/21/14: We came home from the hospital around noon. That night grandma and grandpa Zenger brought dinner over.

Wednesday, 10/22/14: We heard Ammon cry for the first time. It sounds more like a cat's meow than a baby cry.

Thursday, 10/23/14: Ammon rolled over. Yes, my 4-day old baby is rolling. At first we thought it was a fluke, so we watched again. He did it 4 times before we were finally convinced that he is doing it on purpose. Zariah was rolling over by the time she was 2 weeks old.

Friday, 10/24/14: Ammon is very strong. He always wants to be holding his head up.

Saturday, 10/25/14: Ammon and Zariah had some sibling pictures taken in the morning. Afterwards, Ammon met some of his cousins for the first time. Brooklyn, Isaac, and Jack love him and Zariah and are going to be great roll models for them.

Sunday, 10/26/14: Ammon lost his umbilical cord, graduating him to big-boy-bath status. He absolutely loved his first bath. Zariah was a lot the same way when she was a baby.

Monday, October 20, 2014

He's finally HERE!

Welcome to the world my beautiful baby boy! Here's a little summary of the noteable events of the past couple days...

Friday (10/17) I was having some pretty uncomfortable contractions all day, quite a bit more intense and regular than the typical Braxton Hicks I've been having for the past couple months, so I figured I must be close.

Saturday (10/18) morning I woke up and realized I hadn't felt baby move all night, which is really abnormal. After another few hours of inactivity I decided to play it safe and go to the emergency room. They took me straight to Labor and Delivery to be checked out. An exam and monitors revealed that he wasn't reacting as much as they would like, but his heart rate was normal and I was cleared to go home (I was still dilated to a 3 but had increased in effacement to 80% since my appointment on Wednesday). I went to work and had another day of pretty uncomfortable contractions, but they never got closer than 8 minutes apart so I didn't go back to the hospital.

Sunday (10/19) I woke up around 4am after a very uneasy few hours of sleep. I thought I might be having some progressive contractions, but tried to sleep through it. By 4:30am I realized I wasn't going to sleep and that things were getting real. At 5am I called Cory and told him I thought I was in labor. He was at work and wasn't due to get off until 6am, so I told him to just wait until then and then come pick me up. I took a warm bath in efforts to relax, but my contractions were getting pretty intense.

When Cory arrived to pick me up at 6:15am we spent some time timing my contractions, which after a few series we realized were 4 minutes apart. We decided to go straight to the hospital and not wait any longer. We left Zariah with my parents.

We arrived at the hospital shortly before 7am and were taken to triage. Within minutes they could see I was in active labor and admitted me to a delivery room. I was dilated to 5+ and about 85% effaced (Cory was a fantastic support through each contraction, coaching me in my breathing and letting me squeeze the life out of his hand). I received a fast-acting epidural which made a world of difference. They told me I could expect to deliver in about 4 or 5 hours (from about 8am), but I figured if this was anything like my delivery with Zariah I would be delivering before then.

At about 9am I was dilated to 8+ and 90% effaced. I started feeling quite a bit of pain and was given an addition dose of epidural. The on-call doctor (Dr. Lloyd) told me that my regular Doctor (Dr. Kaelberer) was out of town and he would be delivering my baby. This was really disappointing, even though I knew I'd be in excellent hands with Dr. Lloyd, because of our closeness to Dr. Kaelberer. Fortunately, Dr. Lloyd called to double check and found out Dr. Kaelberer had in fact returned from vacation several hours earlier and insisted on being there to deliver our baby. Hooray!

Soon after my second dose I started feeling an excruciating pain on my left side at my waste and extending up to my arm. It was more than I could bear. It was worse than labor from both Zariah and our new little man combined. Cory held me tight and tried to get me through, but I couldn't handle it. I was sobbing and screaming, but the worst part was when my baby's heart-rate drastically dropped. They hooked me up to oxygen and several medications and a 3rd epidural dose. Something was wrong but they didn't know what, and I was terrified.

I had been told that Dr. Kaelberer would be there to check me at 10am, but fortunately he arrived early. He checked me, said I was "complete", and that we needed to get the baby out immediately, despite the unusual pain I was in. So I was put into position (numb and paralyzed from the waste down) and coached when to push. Cory and the nurse held me up. After just 2 pushes his head was out but had to be pushed back in slightly because the cord was wrapped very tightly around his neck, which is what the doc attributed his failing heart rate to. After working the cord off of his neck I only had to push 1 and 1/2 more times and then he was out! I only pushed for about 5 minutes or less.

The NICU nurses were there because of some fluid issues so they rushed him to the other side of the room to work with him. At first I was scared because he didn't cry... at all. But the nurses assured me all was well and that he just wasn't a cryer (Fast-forward to now, and he still hasn't cried at all all day! He is the most mellow, content baby ever! Very different from his big sister, at least so far). To make a long story short, we welcomed a very healthy, beautiful baby boy into the world at 9:59am on 10/19/14 (7 lbs 5 oz, 21 inches long), and we are absolutely in love with him. 

Besides Cory, Myself, the doc and the nurse, the only other people in the room for the delivery was my mother and Zariah. Zariah had no problem with the blood or the baby coming out, but she started to look a little nervous when they hooked me up to oxygen, etc. and she saw me in so much pain, so they moved her to where she couldn't really see me. She wanted her daddy, but he was busy helping me. As soon as her baby brother was born, though, she was ALL smiles. Cory picked her up and carried her to where the nurses were working with him. She was SO excited to see him for the first time and couldn't wait to hold him. The first thing she said to him was, "Hello baby brother! I'm going to change your diaper, okay?" When we asked her what his name should be, she yelled, "I name him Goofy!" When she held him for the first time she tried to feed him one of her Cheetos. Later when I was holding him she yelled at me, "Give him back to me! He's mine! He's not yours!"

Soon after delivery my dad also came to the hospital. After I had recovered adequately they left and Cory and baby and I were moved up to a room where we will be until Tuesday. So far Cory's son, Enoch, and his wife, Tacy, have visited. Also my grandma Marva came by for a few minutes. Cory's parents came and my parents came back with Zariah for a little bit. Baby bath revealed his full head of hair is a dirty blonde color. He's struggling with nursing, but we'll keep working with it. He was wide awake from the time he was born (10am) until 5:30pm. Since then he's been more sleepy. That evening we tried to make a decision regarding a name, but we still haven't settled on anything yet. We'll have to decide by tomorrow at 10am when we're discharged.

We didn't get a very restful night, then Cory had to go back to work this morning. I tried to nap, but between all the doctors and nurses and educators and tests and poking, etc. I really haven't gotten much shut eye.

This afternoon my mom came back with my grandma and Zariah (who is still incredibly in love with her brother) for a visit. A little later Enoch and Tacy visited again, and this evening Cory's oldest son, Zach, and his girlfriend, Elaina also came and brought some sweet gifts. 

There are no words to describe our love for this little angel. I couldn't have imaged a more beautiful little boy. I am so grateful for him and for God's trusting us with such a perfect little treasure!

Name still to be determined :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

39 Weeks

Baby is ready and waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls). The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath. At my appointment on Wednesday my doctor said I am dilated to a 3 and 50% effaced. He said baby is in the right position, and even though I am only a week away from my due date he'd be surprised if I make it that long.
Any day now!

Friday, October 10, 2014

38 Weeks

Two weeks left til my official due date! But my doc says he wouldn't be surprised if I went at any time.

Baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). He has a firm grasp, which we'll soon be able to test when we hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

We've been wondering what color baby's eyes will be (mine are blue, Cory's and Zariah's are brown). We may not be able to tell right away. If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes).

Friday, October 3, 2014

37 Weeks... FULL TERM

Baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. When Zariah was born she had thick black hair that has since lightened to the color of Cory's. When I was born I was bald and had very light blond hair when it finally came in, so I'm curious to see how this little guy looks when he comes out.

He's definitely resting lower in my abdomen, and according to my doc I am progressing, slowly but surely. The past several weeks we've been conviced that he's going to come quite early because my body has been getting ready much more quickly and with greater evidence than with Zariah, but now I wouldn't be surprised if he held on for another couple weeks. I guess just time will tell!

Technically I could be considered "full-term" by my doc's standards (37 weeks), so if I go into labor they won't stop it, even though I'm not due for another 3 weeks. Whenever I deliver I plan take 10 weeks off of work. I'm hoping to hold out til my due date because if he didn't come until then those 10 weeks would include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve, and New Years day! The earlier he comes the more holidays get knocked off of my leave as I'll be back to work sooner. So crossing my fingers this little guys stays cozy and doesn't get too anxious!

Friday, September 26, 2014

36 Weeks and Fall Colors

Baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce). He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of his first bowel movement. At the end of this week, baby will be considered "early term" (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term). Baby is already head-down and I am dilated to a 1 and 25% effaced.

Wednesday to Friday we were able to go to the cabin for probably the last time this year, and it was BEAUTIFUL! We enjoyed the gorgeous fall colors and a very mild walk at the lake where Zariah had a blast feeding the ducks. I love my 2-day "weekends", but I'm sure excited for my 2-month "weekend" coming up and being able to spend it with my precious kiddos!

Friday, September 19, 2014

35 Weeks

Baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in there, he isn't doing somersaults anymore, but instead makes rolling/stretching movements. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Friday, September 12, 2014

34 Weeks and Getting Zariah Ready for Baby Brother

Baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. There have been some concerns about preterm labor, but fortunately babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Cory and I have been discussing who will be in the delivery room with us when I'm delivering. With Zariah I invited my mother to be there, and she was planning on it, but Zariah came so quickly that my mother didn't make it to the hospital in time, so it was just Cory and me. For this little guy we've toyed with the idea of letting Zariah be there. We've spoken with several professionals to get their opinion and the advice we've received is that there shouldn't be a problem as long as she has her own support person who can hold onto her and take her out if she starts to get nervous, so in addition to inviting my mom again we've also invited Cory's dad (both of whom Zariah is very comfortable with and close to) to be her support people and help take care of her. The professionals have also recommended we start showing Zariah some birthing videos and see how she responds to it. I showed her the first one a few days ago of a woman giving birth after an epidural. She seemed really fascinated by it and it held her attention. I talked her through what was happening and she seemed totally fine by it. It wasn't until the baby started coming out (grey in color like they are at first and kinda squishing as the head is molding to fit through the birth canal) that she got a little nervous and started saying, "oh baby! oh baby! I so sorry baby!" I assured her the baby was fine, that it wasn't hurt or sad, and that it was going to be ok. That calmed her down, and when the baby slipped the rest of the way out Zariah squealed and clapped her hands in excitement. She couldn't stop talking about it. So I asked, "would you like to see baby brother come out of mommy's tummy?" She quite adamantly, and seriously, responded, "Baby brother not come out of mommy's tummy! Baby brother come out of mommy's pee pee!" She then aimed her face right between my legs and started yelling, "Come out baby brother!" I couldn't stop laughing! I explained that baby brother was not coming out for a little while, and asked if she wanted to be there when he comes out, to which she squealed, "yes! I so excited!" The next time she saw Cory she jumped up and down screaming, "I see baby brother come out of mommy's pee pee!" So I guess the plan is to have her there and prepare her the best we can in the meantime, all the while being flexible if she needs to be taken out when the time comes.

Friday, September 5, 2014

33 Weeks

This week baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance). These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood. 

Though I'm the first to proudly proclaim that pregnancy is a miracle and a blessing, it definitely is a lot of hard work and isn't easy. I'd be lying if I said I didn't start my work week out (Fridays are my Mondays) with tears realizing that my weekend has come to an end and therefore I won't have the luxury of lying down with each contraction or take a nap when I feel as though I can't stand (literally) another moment. I'm exhausted and emotional, and the aches and pains are far different/more intense than with my first pregnancy.

 As baby fills out even more of my belly, lots of things have continued to change: Whereas before I was dancing my spare time away, I've now mastered the ever entertaining waddle. Finding an easy position to sit in — let alone sleep — is becoming more of a challenge. And bumping into chairs and counters is par for the course. He also presses his sweet little feet up into my ribs making it extremely difficult to breathe (imagine trying to run a race only breathing through a coffee straw) and increasing heart-burn and, yes, lots of throwing up... far more than I experienced in the first trimester of this pregnancy. I'm also feeling some achiness and even numbness in my fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this "tunnel" can end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache. This tends to be worsened as my work requires repetitive hand movements at the keyboard. Worse than this pain, however, is the intense pain in my lower back as my precious little man tends to settle right on my sciatic nerve, making it very difficult to get comfortable seated or in bed, and out-right agonizing when I try to walk.None of this, however, compares to the overwhelming exhaustion, physically and mentally. None of this is meant to be complaining about pregnancy, because I truly am grateful for this gift, but I certainly can't deny that I am head-over-heals anxious to hold this little man in my arms rather than my uterus :).

Friday, August 29, 2014

32 Weeks

By now, baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space. I'm gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

To accommodate baby's and my growing needs, my blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since I became pregnant. With my uterus pushing up near my diaphragm and crowding my stomach, the consequences have been shortness of breath and heartburn. I've also had quite a bit of lower-back pain as my pregnancy has advanced. This past week there were some concerns regarding the possibility of preterm labor as the worsening back pain has been accompanied by some other changes in my body that suggest this little guy is preparing for eviction. My doctor is keeping a close eye on me however, and so far so good. Consequently, I can probably blame my growing uterus and hormonal changes for my aching back. My expanding uterus shifts my center of gravity and stretches out and weakens my abdominal muscles, changing my posture and putting a strain on my back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things. Story of my life :)

I am grateful beyond words for this miracle, and I'd never dream of complaining about it, but pregnancy is definitely hard work.

Friday, August 22, 2014

31 Weeks

This week, baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3 1/3 pounds (about the size of a coconut) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's moving more and more so sleep is getting less and less. He also gets hiccups regularly, which used to be cute, but now it's like getting one of those obnoxious eye twitches inside my gut.

I started my birthing classes this week, which I'll be attending every Thursday evening for the next 6 weeks. Our instructor asked us what our favorite part about being pregnant has been (everyone else is on their first pregnancy and said "feeling the baby move"), and I said it would probably be my daughter's reaction to my being pregnant. She's always trying to convince me that she has a baby in her tummy too, and sometimes I'll wake up to her pulling my shirt up to kiss my belly and say good morning to baby brother. Yesterday I was going through our supply of bottles and she took one and put the nipple up to my belly button to "feed baby brother". It's pretty adorable :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

30 Weeks and Brighton Cabin

30 weeks down, 10 TO GO!

Baby is about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will shrink as he gets bigger and takes up more room in my tummy. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

This week was Cory's and my 3-year anniversary, technically on the 13th but we usually opt to celebrate it on the 12th (the 12th being the anniversary of our ceremony/reception, the 13th being that of our legal marriage... if you don't know the story feel free to visit my wedding posts from August 2011). Cory's birthday was also the 15th.

On Tuesday the 12th Cory picked me up after work and we drove to the family cabin up the canyon at Brighton. We spent the next couple days enjoying some much-needed R&R, sleeping in, hiking, eating lots of junk food, enjoying the scenery/wildlife, and watching all 10+ hours of the Twilight series. Zariah had a lot of fun, especially on our hikes and walks around the lake, coloring with her new crayons and Hello Kitty coloring book (I'm not the biggest fan of the character, but she LOVES it), and wearing her new "cabin jammies".
We left on Friday morning and made it back just in time to get ready for work and jump back into reality. Zariah then left with my parents to spend the night at my family cabin in Scofield. She certainly is a spoiled little princess :)


Friday, August 8, 2014

29 Weeks and Summer Swimming

Baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, I'm trying to increase my intake of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron (esp since my last doc apt revealed deficiencies in my iron). And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, I'm trying to break myself of my "water only" habit and enjoy some enriched orange juice. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in baby's hardening skeleton each day.

We've been enjoying the sun this summer to its fullest, and every week on one of my days off we make a point of going to 7 peaks. At first Zariah just wanted to sit in the toddler pool, but she's been easing into the more adventurous attractions now. When we get there the first thing she wants to do is take the tubes down the big slides. I thought this one would be too fast for her and that one would be too dark for her, but she giggles the whole way down and as soon as we splash into the landing pool she squeals "Again! Again!" So relieved she's not afraid of everything (she has a tendency to run in fear at the sight of kittens and squirrels... kinda discouraging with her mommy being such an animal lover...) She's so precious!

Friday, August 1, 2014

28 Weeks!

3rd Trimester... HERE WE GO!

By this week, baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes.

With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through my tummy. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Appointments have been going well lately. Test results say I am quite deficient in Iron, which may account for the frequent headaches and excessive exhaustion, so we'll be adding yet another pill to the regimen. Anything for my little guy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

27 Weeks and 24th of July

This week, baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals (with his awake times where he's most active around 6pm and 11pm), opening and closing his eyes, and even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, baby's brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if he were to be born now. Baby hiccups are pretty common now which are just tiny rhythmic movements I feel every now and then. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother him.


In other news, this week we celebrated the 24th of July and it was perfect that it fell on my weekend (Wednesday-Thursday). On Wednesday Zariah and I played and spent the day relaxing until we went with my mom (aka "Maga") to the Days of 47 Rodeo. This is one of my favorite traditions. Zariah really enjoyed watching the horses and the bulls, but her favorite part was the "fast fast horsies!" (aka Barrel Racers). She couldn't take her eyes off of them. Every time another rider would come through the gates she'd yell, "ready... set... GO!" then she'd bounce on my lap in excitement as she watched them round the barrels, and cheer and clap as they my their final stretch back through the gate. It was absolutely adorable...

Thursday morning (July 24th) we watched the Days of 47 Parade. We considered going downtown, but opted to sleep in, stay in our jammies, and watch from the comfort of the couch in the air conditioned family room :)

After the parade we went to 7 Peaks to enjoy a nice, HOT afternoon in the pool. Zariah really likes the water and we spent most of the time in the toddler areas. We tried the lazy river, but she only wanted to walk, so that didn't last more than a lap. We also spent some time in the wave pool and other areas, but she always wanted to go back to the toddler pool (sadly at my stage in pregnancy I was cautioned against going down the slides).

After spending a few hours in the sun we headed home to shower and go to dinner with the fam. My little bird who usually survives off of nothing but chocolate milk really dove into the buffet and loaded that little tummy of hers.

Following dinner we had a movie night with brownies. Perfect way to wrap up a wonderful holiday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

26 weeks

The network of nerves in baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both our voices as we chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (about the size of a scallion) from head to heel. Also, his testicles should soon begin to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three months.

He's moving around more than ever, and thanks to his fast grows his little feet have started reaching my ribs - ouch! Speaking of 'ouch', my lower back has really taken a beating lately. It might be due to my growing uterus, baby's position on my nerves, posture, activity level, or any number of things. No matter what it is, and no matter how much sleep I lose over it, it's a small price to pay for the miracle I'm carrying :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

25 weeks

Head to heels, baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — 1 1/2 pounds — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

24 Weeks and 4th of July!

Baby is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he's almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

In other news, my family spent an awesome 4 days at our family cabin in Scofield over the 4th of July weekend. This is an annual tradition for our family to attend Pleasant Valley Days. This was an EXTRA special year because my siblings haven't all been in the same place for years (we are spread out in Utah, Washington, Michigan, and California). We were only missing a couple spouses. It was wonderful to get together, especially for the little cousins!

On Wednesday we met up at the cabin and played on the new slide that my parents attached off the deck of the cabin. We went 4-wheeling, watched movies, played games, and just relaxed in the sun.

 On Thursday I took the kiddos on some hikes and spent a lot of time outside. We played on the swings and the slides and ate lots of yummy food!

On Friday we went down to the lake with the wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards, etc. and played on the beach. We all had a blast! That evening Brooklyn and Abby entered the Little Miss Scofield Pageant. They both did a FANTASTIC job. They each played a solo on the piano for their talents and answer interview questions in front of a crowd. At the end of the pageant Brooklyn was awarded 2nd Attendant - way to go girlies!

On Saturday we got ready for the parade and headed down into town. The older kids rode on the family float (which was awarded "Best Children's Entry") and the younger kids gathered candy. After the parade we rested at the cabin and had another delicious meal. I took the older kids on a hike to the bear cave, and then we went back to the lake to fish for crawdads. We finished off the day with a camp fire and s'mores and then watched the annual fireworks launched from the island.

Half of us drove home after the fireworks on Saturday night, and the other half drove home on Sunday. My Brother and his family had to go straight home to California. My sister Marinda and her family will be spending a week in Yellowstone,then a couple more days in SLC before they go home to Michigan. My sister Stephanie and her family will be here another week before heading home to Washington. It's been so nice to have them all here!