27 weeks

Monday, February 2, 2009

Baby bless now weighs more than 2 lbs (!), measures 9.6 inches from crown to rump and his total length is about 15.3 inches. If Baby bless were born now, he would have about an 85% chance of surviving with the help of my great friend Nancy at Children's NICU. She provides care, successfully, to preemies everyday who are growing earlier and earlier in comparison to where our little guy is at developmentally. Nonetheless, he still needs another 13 weeks of in utero development to be considered full term, which I'm completely okay with!

His beautiful eyes, no longer fused shut, are now open . . . here's hoping they're blue like mine! His skin still has a very wrinkled appearance, but it is protected and nourished by the covering of vernix, a waxy coating that keeps the skin supple. He looks almost like a full term baby, but is still much thinner and smaller than he will be at birth. For comparison sake, I googled 26-27 week preemies. It's shocking to think that such a developed little being is in my body right now. You'd think I'd be over it by now, but no, not really.

Apparently my cholesterol levels may be elevated, though this is usually normal in late pregnancy as cholesterol helps build up the pregnancy hormones that are being produced by the placenta. Of those hormones, progesterone is particularly important right now as it aids breast development {joy!} and the muscles of the uterus.

My boobs now touch my stomach when I bend over. Very disconcerting. I also have a very odd pain in my pelvic area. If I think too much about it I'm convinced it's a blood clot, but it feels more like an enlarged gland? I'm not a doctor, I shouldn't play like one.

So long as Baby bless isn't born before April 26th, I'll qualify for short-term disability! Unfortunately, I'm not covered by FMLA, so my leave will hopefully be a short 6 weeker if I have a normal delivery.

I had my glucose test on Friday. Thankfully I had the choice between the trash talked orange flavor and the better reviewed lemon lime flavor. It was well chilled and went down pretty easily. The good news is that I passed! No gestastional diabetes for us . . . but the cut off was 140, and I barely scraped by at 136. Also disappointing, big gulp here, I'm up 21 lbs. I was really hoping for 25, but to be starting the 3rd trimester 4 lbs away from my goal, knowing that most of my weight gain in the 3rd is supposed to be all baby, I don't have much hope.

For a better topic, I'd like to switch to the baby bedding! I |think| this is what we're going to go with for design and layers. On the backside there will be a navy blue quilted material. What do you guys think?

46 comments:

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

i love it!!! You're adorable! here's to healthy baby boys in 2009!

kari said...

I can't believe how cute you are! I love your updates, I really look forward to them. I love the quilt fabric. I can't wait to see the baby's room all put together.

Meredith said...

Love the bedding! And you look wonderful Leah.

Kristal said...

I've been waiting for an updated belly pic!

You're finally looking pregnant - so cute!! And I love the bedding. Love all the patterns together. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Marge said...

Leah it has been so wonderful watching your pregnancy progress! While my husband and I are not at that place yet it also makes me feel better to know that other women are so astounded at the fact that, yes, that is a person inside of you! :) One of God's many miracles.

I love the bedding-- can't wait to see how it turns out!

Chelsie said...

Love the bedding and the colors have chosen. Like others said, you are looking pregnant now. So cute!

Lindsey said...

I adore the bedding, so pretty!!

d.a.r. said...

I adore the bedding, it is so precious!! And you look fabulous!

Beth Ann said...

I enjoy your baby bless updates! You are so cute pregnant!! I also like the bedding alot. I can't wait to see it all put together!

Emily said...

I've decided that baby bless is going to be the cutest baby ever based on how cute his mama is during pregnancy.

And I love the fabrics you've picked for the bedding.

abby said...

LOVE the bedding picks - it will be so cute! It is amazing to think that you have a baby that actually looks like a baby inside that little belly of yours :)

hopeful #1 said...

For some reason today when you posted this, I had this thought, "OMG she's already 27 weeks!" I know that you are but for some reason it just seemed to be moving faster than I remembered.

Anyway, you look great as always. My close friend is 28 weeks right now and she's been having the same problem with pelvic pain. She's got a small frame like you and she says that can be so miserable. She's also struggling with headachs but she likes to blame that on her baby girl that she's growing. It's just pay backs for what's to come... :)

Anyway, I hope that everything keeps going smoothly for you! I can't wait to see what this little peanut looks like!

Jen said...

I love the fabric for the bedding. It will be so cute!

Jeannie said...

Ahhh, you look so cute! I love the bedding! It's going to look great in your future nursery and YAY for qualifing for short term!

fallgirly said...

How exciting!! I love when you post belly pics!

Megan said...

#1 - I love the fabrics. Perfect!

#2 - The pain in your pelvic area... don't know what it is, but I have it too... all the freakin' time! It's like a sharp, but dull pain, right? I don't know what it is either, but hopefully it's not a blood clot, for both of our sake. ;)

#3 - You are flippin beautiful and adorable all at the same time. :)

Sarah said...

Leah,
You and your belly are adorable!!

How is your new job going? Great, I am hoping! Take Care!

Leah said...

You look great! And I love the bedding choice.

Leslie G said...

Leah, I gained 42 lbs, and have lost all but a stubborn 5. All of that weight came off and I haven't set foot in a gym yet. You'll be just fine!! =)

Sarah said...

The bedding is adorable!

Cooter Shooter said...

Just a quick question for you. I am a follower of your blog and expecting (16 weeks along), is the Short Term Disability you will be getting from your new employer? I am in the market for a new job, but scared to move because someone said I wouldn't qualify for STD because pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. Any information you have would be helpful.

Cooter Shooter said...

Just a quick question for you. I am a follower of your blog and expecting (16 weeks along), is the Short Term Disability you will be getting from your new employer? I am in the market for a new job, but scared to move because someone said I wouldn't qualify for STD because pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. Any information you have would be helpful.

Mrs. McB said...

I love the updated belly picture!!!! I also love the bedding! It is fabulous!!!!

High Heels & Mascara said...

You are glowing Leah!

Love the belly. Love the bedding. Love the Leah.

Raquel said...

I love your update. Your baby is definatley growing !
And it looks like there is progress with the bedding !
Super Cute !

Joi said...

Leah! I love it all...your super cute pregnant pic and the possible bedding! : )

Megs said...

Aww! You look beautiful!!

beth said...

That is amazing, and you look gorgeous! You are glowing ;)

Ps. I have something on my blog for you!

Julia said...

Damn girl, you are looking like a hot preggo mom-to-be!

Love it.

Kristy said...

You are the cutest pregger-mama ever! I hope random strangers aren't coming up and rubbing all up on that cute belly... I would seriously have to resist the urge if I saw you :)

The Branches said...

You look adorable and the bedding is JUST as adorable as you are! :)

M and G said...

Oh my gosh, you are sooooo adorable! and you FINALLY look pregnant! yeah!!!! You look great!

Jennifer said...

I love the bedding colors absoulutely beautiful!! Your look amazing pregnant!!

AJ said...

You are sooo cute! I love the bedding colors. I can't wait to see the finished product. It's going to be awesome.

Mary said...

I love the bedding you chose, especially the brown polka dots. It will all look perfect against navy blue. And you are completely adorable, as always.

C said...

So exciting!! I love that you're still not over it- I don't believe I will be either when that day comes! The bedding is so cute! Didn't I see someone post on D&R about it yesterday? Or was that you..? :)

Kaitlyn said...

Leah, you look just wonderful! I'm already getting so excited for the arrival of Baby Bless :). I adore the new bedding choice, it's great!

HBee said...

1. You look ADORABLE! You're such a cute preggy!

2. I love what you done with the blog. Everything is cute, cute, cute! (I've been absent for a while, but I always come back!)

Mrs. A said...

3 things:

1. you are adorable!!!

2. I love the bedding you chose.

3. I love the new blog design.

Ashley said...

I can't believe you're 27 weeks! It's gone so fast (at least to me). You look wonderful. I was so much bigger at that point. Granted, I think I've looked huge my entire pregnancy, but oh well. I am so excited that things are going well...that nursery is going to be so cute!

ezza said...

love love love the bedding! It is going to look great. perhaps the pelvic pain is ligaments stretching and for sure not a blood clot? :)

Stephanie said...

Your baby belly is so darn cute! I hope mine's that cute when J & I are ready to have a baby. I love that bedding and I think the layering is just right. So sweet!

*Kimmie* said...

You're so big in such a cute way! Love it! And love the baby bedding choices!

Madeline said...

Look at how cute you look!
Hope all the tests went well! And I love the colors for the bedding!

PS might be late on this...love your new blog layout

Crystal said...

You make such a cute pregnant lady! I love the bedding that baby bless will have :)

Rachel L said...

Ok, been following your blog for awhile and I'm coming outta the wood-work! you are adorable pregnant and I just love your blog! Can't wait to meet Baby Bless!

 

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