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34 Weeks

5 Jan

Recently Eric mentioned how we have to make sure and read to Parker all the time. I was like “Duh! That’s only one of the things I’ve been looking forward to the most!” But I’m glad it will be something we can do as a family. A love of reading runs deep for us both. Both of us were English majors in college, Eric is currently a high school English teacher and I’m about to finish year 3 of being a part of a book club with some seriously awesome gals. So for my 34 wk picture I decided to include one of my favorite childhood stories, “The Giving Tree.” I can remember reading it vividly over and over starting in elementary school. I didn’t even have a copy at home, but anytime I was in a library or saw it at a bookstore or someone else’s house I couldn’t help but pick it up. Which, that’s what books should do to you. They should engulf you. As you can see in the picture, I made sure Parker had his very own copy from the beginning. If this guy is going to be spoiled, it’s going to be in the form of books. I may or may not have already purchased around a dozen of my favorites for the little dude. And you can bet your reading arse that Eric and I have been practicing our storytelling voices!

After all reading a book is the cheapest vacation one can take. Open a page and you’re instantly transported to another place. When I read I really invest my entire self to the storyline and characters. I’ve laughed out loud, cried so hard I couldn’t read the lines anymore, fell in love with imaginary people, gotten really angry with how an author decided to make it end, been extremely depressed the story is over..the list could go on and on.

So when it comes to traits I hope Parker gets from us, a love of reading is definitely at the top of the list. With only 5ish weeks left I’m about to prepare packing my hospital bag (doc told me yesterday from this point forward if i happen to go into labor there will be no trying to stop it!) and you can bet I will definitely make room for a couple of books. Gotta start the kid out on the right foot!

As for some quick baby stats. Everything is going run of the mill! No labor signs that I’m aware of (and I’m pretty sure I would be aware!) Parker has not dropped at all, although he is in the correct position – head down, facing my back. He’s clocking in at probably close to 5lbs. When we had our 20wk ultrasound Parker was in the 70th percentile for length and I’m taking bets this guy will be at least 21 inches long at birth because even though I have a longer torso he is constantly stuffing his little legs and feet up in my ribs -yea, it feels as awesome as it sounds! Plus I was 21.5 inches long as a newborn so I think he is going to be lanky like his mama. I’ve been extremely lucky in that I still sleep pretty good at night. I sometimes wake myself up so I can roll over to my other side, but that’s it. My pregnancy pillow has been a lifesaver and I was never hit with the “frequent urination” that so many pregnant women complain of, so I feel really blessed about that. I’m about to start a 3peat of baby showers, starting with one hosted by my BFF on Saturday, followed by one hosted by my work on Tuesday and then ending with one hosted by my sister-in-law next Saturday. After that we should finally be able to finish the nursery since we’ll officially know what else we need. I’m sure I’ll have pictures to share, I can’t wait!

30 Weeks

7 Dec

To celebrate hitting the big 3-0 Eric and I decided to take Parker for some glamour shots 🙂 I had extra money in my flex account at work and if you don’t use it by the end of the year then you lose it so we decided to spend it on an extra ultrasound so we could check in on the little guy and see how he was developing. This was the first time we experienced an ultrasound in 3D/4D and it was totally not as creepy as I thought it might be. Luckily Parker finally full-on looks like a little chubby infant and not skeletor. We could even see a bit of hair on his head, along with his eyebrows and eyelashes. And yes, he is definitely still a he – although they didn’t show that part in 3D. Boy still gets some privacy!

I’m excited to compare the pics once he is out! They advise you to drink juice before your ultrasound because the sugar will wake up the baby and make them more active. Parker was moving about the whole time, although he kept being shy and hiding his face behind his hands. But it was fun to watch him open and close his mouth, stick out his tongue and suck on his fingers. At one point his foot was almost in his mouth!

Yes, his home is slowly getting smaller and smaller thanks to his growing body – which is why in some pictures his nose and forehead look a bit distorted – like he is leaning his face against a window! It was hard to get a perfect picture, but you definitely get a pretty good idea! Hard to believe that he is still going to double in size or more! Right now it is estimated that he is a little more than 3 pounds and the average baby is born around 7-8 pounds. They also recorded the whole session so we have it on DVD (if anyone wants to watch a private screening just let me know…Bueller?…..Bueller?….) and they recorded his heartbeat and put it in a little stuffed monkey for us to take home.

Then last night Eric and I attended Part I of our two-part Childbirth Prep class. Let’s just say it was kind of comedic because first of all we were rushing to get there since we were both coming from work and then once we arrived we realized we were the only couple who forgot to bring a pillow and blanket for “relaxation” time. So we discretely told the instructor in order to not draw attention to ourselves, but then right when the class started she goes ,”ok so I know one couple forgot their blanket and pillow, anyone else?” and everyone stared at us. It really made us feel like stellar parents right off the bat, haha. I promise we’ll be more prepared for you Parker! But the rest of the class was very informative even though Eric complained about having to sit on the floor with his back not leaning on anything while he gave me a massage. Um, really? Your back hurts!? No pity party from this girl. Lucky for him he gave a pretty good massage which will definitely come in handy once I go into labor! Can’t wait to see what next weeks class will bring!

Past Bump Pics: 8wks, 12wks, 16wks, 18wks, 20wks, 21wks, 24wks, 27wks