Friday, September 21, 2012

27 weeks

27 weeks down, 13 (or so) to go.  Pregnancy math is total voodoo, but I'm three months out from my due date (12/21) so I can say I'm now officially 6 months along with one week left to go in the second trimester.  I like the way my belly has gotten large enough that it makes my behind look really small...  I'm rocking the "I should join the circus because I can swallow an entire watermelon" look.

This week the baby is the size of a rutabaga (You have one of those lying around so you know what size they are, right?) - somewhere around 14 inches long and 2lbs.

He is continuing to grow and develop in there.  His lungs are getting closer to being able to work on their own, and he's starting to be able to hear and taste things and his little brain is showing activity.  All's quiet as I type this, but he's been moving around A LOT lately.  The pregnancy sites say to expect to feel hiccoughs any time now, but I'm not sure I could distinguish that from all the other "cat in a washing machine" feelings I get when he becomes active.  

I've noticed a few changes in how I feel as well.  For one, I think it's time to say goodbye to the idea of getting a good night's sleep for the next 18-20 years.  Reliably, I have excruciating heartburn and excellent kidney function from 1-3am each night, and I know it's only going to get worse over the next few months.  And then the baby will be born.  The other change is that I think I've started having Braxton-Hicks contractions.  It actually took me forever to figure out what was going on, but they seem to fit the descriptions I've read online - they tend to happen when I get up from sitting or laying down, everything gets reallytight for a minute or so, and, while they are kind of uncomfortable (especially because they are infrequent enough to catch me by surprise) they aren't painful either.

We're planning to do some organizing/decorating work in the living room this weekend so hopefully I'll be able to get the non-baby items out so I can think about setting up the nursery.  I'm also going to start registering for baby things so if you have any suggestions about different types of wraps/baby carriers/diaper bags/car seats/whatever that worked well for you, leave me a note in the comments.         


  1. Yep, those sound like BH contractions! How exciting! Baby registry suggestion: I've tried several different pacifiers lately because my Nuk brand pacifiers kept holding water in the nipple. I found that Dr. Brown's pacifiers do the best job at keeping water out (getting water in the nipple can make a good environment for yeast and bacteria to grow). Oh, and hiccups are very consistent little bumps in your belly for a few minutes. So much fun! :-)

  2. Cat in a washing machine... Ha! I love it. My only suggestion is not to spend too mich time reading online reviews (Amazon, Babies r Us, etc) because you will eventually go crazy trying to figure out the "best" of everything. And the most expensive item isn't always the best... for example, the swing Isaac used was on the cheaper end (like $30) and there are ones out there that are 5 times that price.