Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baby Update: Week 20

Magnificent Baby Girl Update

How far along: 20 weeks
Best moment of the week: Feeling Baby M kick/stretch so often. Well, often enough that I can actually tell she is moving. Seeing her move during the ultrasound was great. 
Sleep: Well, after Monday being the first day of school and me wanting to go to sleep at 7:30 that night, I slept all night long. But I am still getting up 1-2 times to go to the bathroom. I want to sleep on my stomach sooo bad, but I am dealing with it. 
Movement: She is pretty still during the day other than a few times here and there. At night, when I am watching TV with the hubs, or laying down to go to sleep I feel her more. I think because I am concentrating on it more. I felt her stretch out for the first time this week. 
Craving: I HEART mint chocolate chip ice cream. This week I have really wanted Chili Cheese Fries but usually places like Sonic make me sick. So, I finally thought- MAKE YOUR OWN! I love my chili recipe and I have fries, sooo I will be making some TONIGHT!! YUMMY can't wait!!
What I'm looking forward to: I want to hold my sweet little girl and see who she looks like. See her smile, see her sleep. I can't wait to actually hold my little blessing in my arms!! 
Daddy's Thoughts: When I told him how much she was moving and the fact that she was as long as the bananas sitting on our counter, he said that was cool with a huge smile on his face. Now, Mr. M is not a man of much emotion. When I said something about him actually being interested in it, he admitted to showing "some" emotion. Which I think is very sweet. I know he can't wait for her to arrive so he can spoil her. He had fun picking out cute little outfits when we registered this weekend. It was fun to go with my sister and get her advice on what is really needed. 
But Daddy loves dresses like these. Where as my sister is all about zebra, cheetah, etc. So Daddy picked out the clothes :)

How your baby's growing:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurementsare taken from the top of his head to her bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, she's measured from head to toe.)

She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baby Update: Week 19

Magnificent Baby Girl Update 

How far along: 19 Weeks 1 day

Sleep: Well, last week I was so excited about finding out that my sweet baby was a girl, I didn't sleep very well. Sadly, I am getting big enough that sleeping 1/2 on my stomach isn't comfortable much anymore. 

Best Moment of the Week: Seeing how excited my sweetie got when he talked about wanting a little girl. Seeing how happy he was when we found out it WAS a girl. Getting to see my family get excited about hearing it was a girl. 

Gender: OH MY! I have never been so wrong about something in my life. I just KNEW it was a boy. HAHA God knew better!

Craving: Can't recall any.

Movement: I know for sure that I felt her kick last night after we got home from our Gender Reveal Party. I have felt her today some too! It just makes me smile :)

What I Miss: My dad not being here to experience this with me. Not that he would be too thrilled about being a grandpa but it would be nice to have him to talk about it to. And even be picked on by him. 

What I'm looking forward to: Holding my sweet little girl. Being able to kiss her and tell her how much she was prayed for and how much we love her. 


I thought how odd it was to see this picture for week 19. The baby just looks so uncomfortable but the humor was that our little girl was just as balled up as this during the ultrasound. I decided she likes to snuggle like her momma. 

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces (She was 10 ounces) and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

IT IS A.....


Welcoming Magnificent Baby Girl January 13, 2011 
(Supposedly, but we'll she when she wants to come.)

We couldn't be happier! A longer post on the part and details son to come.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last day to vote!

Ok ladies. I know more than 6 of you have an opinion on my boy/girl poll. Tomorrow we find out so today is the LAST DAY!! Please vote today!

So, as a way to make our little announcement of boy or girl a family event, we decided to have a gender party, also known as an "It's a...." party, or as my sister-in-law said, a sex party. I think we'll stay with the first two.
Mr. M and I will go to the ultrasound appointment Thursday morning. I am going to have the ultrasound tech mark whether the baby is a boy or girl on a paper I make and then have her put the pictures in the envelope as well. That way I can't cheat. This is going to be SO hard. But, we will wait until we have dinner with almost our entire family (both sides). My sweet SIL is going to make pink and blue covered cake balls using this tutorial. Mr. M picked the menu of Buffalo, honey BBQ, and Taquilla Lime hot wings, homemade mac-n-cheese, a veggie and some sort of bread.
Mr. M and I are both very close to our families so we had to do something together rather than calling 50 people to let them know. So how many people will be attending? Well, on my side, I have 2 sisters, one has a fiance, my mom, grandma, aunt and cousin. Then the other side, Mr. M has a sister and a brother who both are married with 2 kids. My in-laws, both great grandma's and another aunt. So that is just a small total of about 22 people. Thank God-really- that my MIL loves to have company and she taught me to enjoy it as well. Our tiny little house just wouldn't hold that many people.
My father passed away two years ago in November and his side of the family which only consists of my Grandpa and a second cousin live in California. Since our Magnificent Baby will only have one grandpa, we thought it fitting to let my father-in-law be the one to tell us the results! I am also requiring everyone to vote whether they think the baby is a boy or a girl.

Here is the ballot.
They can write their name under their choice.

The inside of the card.
For the ultrasound tech to mark. 

So, PLEASE don't forget to vote. It is so fun for me to see what you all think!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baby Update: Week 18

Magnificent Baby Update 

It is late because I forgot to post it last Thursday

How far along: 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: won't know until I go to the doctor

Maternity clothes: a definite at least for the pants/shorts, tshirts are getting snugger

Sleep: A little better than last week as far as dreams are concerned. I usually sleep until around 4:30am or 5am before I absolutely have to go to the bathroom.  

Best moment this week: Sewing my crib bedding with my mom  

Gender: One more week!

Craving:  Still mint chocolate chip ice cream

What I miss: not feeling so full after eating

What I am looking forward to: next Thursday when we find out boy/girl


How your baby's growing:Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Banana Milkshake

This is a recipe that I forgot about for a long time but one I grew up with. My mom used to make this for us. She never measured and I tried to today but it didn't work so well. Anyways, here it goes.

You need the following + a blender or immersion blender (that is how my mom made them-one cut at a time)
I used:
1/2 carton of french vanilla ice cream
3 bananas
maybe a cup of milk

I blended the ingredient in my blender. I added a little more milk that I should have because it was a little thin.
It made a total of 4 1/2 cups of milkshake. So, around four servings. I simply poured what I wanted and put the rest in a freezer ziploc and froze it for next time. I will just take it out and let it get a little softer and pour it in a cup by cutting the corner of the bag off.

Here is the final result....

and oh so yummy!


  • Use vanilla or plain yogurt instead of ice cream and leave out the milk, use frozen bananas (more like a smoothie)
  • Use a different fruit
  • Add in some peanut butter or better yet, Nutella
  • Use chocolate ice cream
  • Your own genius ideas... please share... I am in a milkshake funk lately!

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