My Pregnancy Journal

All about my 3rd pregnancy*

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

28 Weeks / 7 Months / Third Trimester!

Here's what Baby Connection has to say about 28 wks:

How your baby's growing:
By this week, your baby weighs a little over 2 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open her eyes -- which now sport lashes -- and she'll turn her head toward a continuous, bright light from the outside. Her fat layers are beginning to form, too, as she gets ready for life outside the womb.

Note: Experts say every baby develops differently -- even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.

How your life's changing:

At this point, you may visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks; then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending upon your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis, plus cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea during your third trimester, to be certain of your status before delivery. (Identifying and treating these infections is crucial for your health and your baby's.) And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll receive an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (You'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth if your baby is Rh positive.)

Yay, my little one is getting bigger :D Its always encouraging, week to week, to know that he's getting stronger and if I'd have him 'now', he's chances of being okay are getting better and better :D Of course, there's no reason for me to think that he'll be premature. His EDD is close to Ursula's... in fact, according to both his and Ursula's ultrasound, he's due Dec. 25th and she was due Dec. 26th. Ursula came (when she was ready, of course), Dec. 22nd. So, if anything, I might expect to give birth a week ahead of time..Which is no big deal :)

I've already informed my CNM that I wasn't getting that stupid prenatal Rhogam shot. I had tried to get out of it last time, but wasn't able to... I don't feel like getting into the reasons right now. But, this time, I guess she's changed her attitude about it... esp. since Ursula is A-, meaning I didn't need the shot in the first place! I could change my mind if there were some sort of trauma to my baby at some time in the future that would risk our bloods mixing; since we don't know his bloodtype yet. But, as for now, I'm not getting that shot. Even after the birth and if he turns out positive, I'll ask to have my blood tested first and then proceed from there.

I'm going to have to get a few birthing supplies together, just in case we do deliver this baby at home (which would be awesome!). I want to get some homeopathic remedies on stand-by. I haven't used them during labor, but, I've heard good things about them helping ; and any help at that time, besides drugs, would be nice! I think I'll prolly need some clamps too; I know, I can use dental floss or a shoe string if need be, but, I don't think those clamps are too expensive anyways, if I remember correctly.

And you know, most people aren't too keen on my idea of giving this baby two middle names..But, I really like the way it all sounds together..Flows better, IMO. Wyatt Elijah Quin. I think I'll name him that. Plus, its cute that each name has a letter that goes below the line... hehehe Also, since this is supposed to be our last baby..Why not? :D Then, he'll have a name, albeit, its in the middle, but at least he'll have one name that matches his sisters' names! And if the ultrasound tech was wrong and we were seeing things wrongly too, and this is another girl, then I'm pretty sure I'll name her Delilah Kennis :D

And speaking about most people... most weren't too keen on me naming Calista her name and some don't like Ursula's name either... at first anyways; not sure what they think now; not that it really matters, huh?

I'm getting more excited to meet this baby :) I am constantly thinking about what he'll be like, who he'll look like... more like Calista or more like Ursula... or somehow, totally different from them??? lol Like, with red hair (hey, it runs on both sides of our families) and green eyes (like his mom :)). And of course, how different my girls are personality-wise... I'm so intrigued to see how he turns out!

Ursula already loves him. She's always hugging my belly, telling him 'good morning baby', kissing my belly, etc. She always tells me how that's 'her' baby! She told me she's going to change his clothes :D hehehe And she is constantly playing and pretending with the baby dolls here... talks to them and all... its adorable! Everyone thinks she'll be jealous of him..But, really they only see a certain side of her. I think she'll just adore him, and maybe even be protective of him. Shucks, she might even go up against me to keep him near her! hehehe I can so see that happening!

Calista's excited too. She hugs my belly. I guess since she has already gone through this before, she's not quite like Ursula... and then again, 2 different personalities as well. She does always ask how much longer until the baby is born. And tells me that no matter what he's like, she's going to love him. Yeah, Calista's the 'huggy' girl :) hehehe She's very lovable and huggable.

I wish that I would have blogged (if it was around then, prolly so) my pregnancy for my girls... esp. for Ursula... because Calista would always say and do cute things. I know I've forgotten way more than I remember :( That's so depressing.

Jeremy is acting differently too... yes, he was different for Ursula too... I guess its just that guys mature so much slower than we do that its taken his this long to be happy about me being pregnant.... well, that and the fact that he knows his long-awaited son is coming! lol But, Jeremy actually touches my belly... without provocationon! He's still acting affectionately towards me... usually by the time I'm showing, that side of him is gone. The other day, he told me how he thinks I'm pretty, and that's why he always wants to 'do it'... lol ... he never tells me that! lol I guess his normal way to let me know that is by groping me...


  • At 6:15 AM, Blogger Jessica said…

    what a great way to end that post...groping you, asking you to flash him, just so HE can see...ha ha ha at least you know he likes what he see's :)
    Vic has been very nice to the belly. She knows there's a baby in there...or says she knows. She knows that the baby car seat and bouncy seat is for "baby". And she'll put the mommy bear in them :)
    I'm sure she'll be okay w/ the baby. Not really worried. I'm very relived that Jared is close to home working now...that is such a load off of me!! Better than 2 hours away, for sure!!


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