On Saturday Jason and I finished installing our clothes line. Now some of you might be thinking "clothes line?? hello this is the 21st century," BUT when you think of how fast your clothes can dry for FREE outside in the sun and then toss them into the dryer for 5 minutes to get the crunch and wrinkles out you will see that this is very economical! We have to hang dry all the cloth diapers so why stop there? I had a successful weekend doing laundry WITH hanging the clothes on the clothes line. As Jason says "we no longer have a dryer, we have a fluffer."
Saturday evening we went to Julie and Brenna (running group leaders) birthday party. It was a lot of fun. I did not plan to show off my ever growing baby belly, but needless to say, they were having a survivors challenge and I just couldn't resist participating. So at 8 months pregnant I completed the following obstacle course:
1) doggie paddle to one end of the pool
2) place a noodle in between your legs and swim back to the other side
3) lift yourself out of the pool (this was a challenge, I still haven’t programmed myself to remember that I have a watermelon where my stomach used to be so as I was pulling myself out of pool I scrapped my belly, then realized I had an extra 16 pounds to pull out of the pool, WOW that was a challenge, BUT I did it on my own and yes my arms were shacking.
4) 5 frog jumps
6) next was forward crab walk to the diving pool
7) jump/dive into the 15 foot pool and come back up with a diving ring
8) with diving ring in mouth bear crawl across the sand volleyball court forward and then backward
9) 5 burpees (or up downs if you know them as that)
10) crab walk backwards up the hill
11) blow up a balloon and then pop it
***Did I mention that I was in a bikini while doing this?? No pictures have been recovered yet, but I saw lots of cameras so I am sure there are a few hilarious pictures of this incident that I will post for everyone to laugh at
The exciting part of the survivors challenge was that I was the 3rd girl overall and 8th overall out of about 25 people, keep in mind that this is my running group (you know those crazy people that run marathons) and I was still somewhat competitive at 8 months pregnant. The real congrats goes to Jason, yes Jason Wilkes, who got first place!
Sunday morning we went to church and then I went to a shower. One of the faculty members from the ELI was recently blessed with the adoption of a 9 year old girl so we were showering her and her daughter.
Sunday evening we had the married couples group dinner which is always a blast! Now it’s Monday..DARN, but I just keep reminding myself that every Monday leads to a Friday which leads to one week closer to Baby W!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 35:fetus in eighth month Congratulations! You’re now carrying nearly 6 lbs of baby not counting their amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord, or the placenta itself. We’re impressed because that’s a LOT of work non-stop. Are you feeling proud of yourself yet? Well, get to it—you’ve done an amazing job! At this point, your little grower is almost busting out of the womb size-wise, which make their restricted attempts to move much challenging. Of course, your stubborn little sucker is still trying to move around as if they weren’t in a cramped space. And the accumulationg baby fat deposits are starting to level off so your little butter ball will be padded and warm when they head out of their super snug little home.
Fetal development in pregnancy week 34:fetus in eighth month Your amazing baby is on the move! They’ve been riding fairly high in your stretched-out womb till now (while kindly compressing your poor internal organs), but now they’re planning on making the big move to your pelvis this week. If you haven’t noticed it already, you’ll be feeling the weight shift that signals that your baby is most likely out of breech position, with their head now resting on your pubic bone. In liver news: although not quite fully formed, your little miracle’s liver is now capable of processing a certain amount of waste. In general, most of your child’s prenatal physical development is pretty much up to snuff and ready for the outside world. Naturally, further weight gain is expected—so you’re still not at maximum capacity despite probably feeling like you definitely are maxed out.
My Montage 7/16/08
I did not know that Jason's was recording, I thought he was taking a picture.
Jason: Mommy who screwed up the crib?
Monica: You screwed up the crib
Jason: I didn't screw up the crib, I screwed up the bumper pad, what did you screw up?
Monica: I didn't screw up anything
Jason: Who helped you fix that?
Monica: I fixed it, you just brought the tools
****Note: NO damage was done to the crib, Jason cut the tag off the bumper pad a little close, but no harm done, everything is assembled to perfection!
We are still waiting to hear that the crib has arrived so we can go collect the furniture and put the finishing touches on the nursery. I have all the laundry sorted and ready to be washed as soon as the furniture arrives. Jason and I had a great time at the shower the running group held yesterday and we are looking forward to our final shower on Saturday.
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Fetal development in pregnancy week 33:fetus in eighth month For all the weight and bulk you’re lugging around these days, you’d think your little champ should weigh much more than a mere 5 lbs and measly 17 inches in height, but nope, that’s about the average size for a baby in its thirty-third week. In terms of appearances, they’re getting cuter and pudgier every minute as they pile on the baby fat for those adorable little wrist rolls and chubby toes. And as we’re sure you’ve already noticed they’re getting stronger with every passing day. Nowadays, it’s possible to observe a well-placed kick just by watching your belly—but you already knew that didn’t you? Although they’re getting stronger, your bigger-by-the-day baby is losing space to move around, so the actual rate of movement will drop off in the last few weeks, despite that powerful drop-kick they’ve been working on. Hey, did you know you’ll continue feeling their movements even during labor?
The clock is ticking faster and faster! Our friends who are 8 weeks ahead of us hit their due date today which means we have 8 weeks to go! Jason's mom was in town the past couple of days and they got a lot done! The nursery is painted and the glider and ottoman (graciously handed down from Julie) has been recovered! I will post pics soon.
One dresser is in Houston waiting for us, but we are waiting for word on the 2nd dresser and crib! The Cocktail party was a lot of fun and Jason, Baby W, and I are feeling really spoiled from all the wonderful gifts. I am ready to start washing and organizing everything. I wasn't very antsy about the sex of the baby or even that curious, but I guess after hearing and seeing everyone's guesses it has made me more antsy to know the gender. We will soon find out!
Fetal development in pregnancy week 32:fetus in eighth month In the latest womb reports, your amazing baby has now developed sensitivity to temperature! This means you’ll probably get a swift kick if you put a hot pad on your ginormous belly. For the Elton John lovers out there-- yes, baby’s got blue eyes. At this point, all babies do, although depending on their chromosomal disposition, this could easily change after birth (or even between now and labor), but for the time being, blue it is. Thanks to their recently matured lungs and a remarkably strong immune system, over 90% of babies born in their 32nd week, survive premature births. So it’s pretty much a done deal. Even if your little monkey’s planning on heading out early, their survival odds are in everyone’s favor. Time to celebrate (no, no, wait until after the birth to crack open the champagne!) We’re talking baby-showers and alcohol-free punch!