Tuesday, August 25, 2009

24 weeks

We just finished our 24th week over the weekend! YEAH!

The baby is officially viable if something (God forbid) made him come early.

In the last week, I have increased in size by an additional .5" around my belly - equaling a total of 1" over the last two weeks! I am growing by the second and noticing it mostly in the dwindling amount of clothes that actually fit me!

We had a great week! Jonathan finished painting the baby's nursery and tore out all of the carpet to reveal a lovely white vinyl tile.....ugh!!! The hardwood floors will go down this coming up weekend!

Tearing out the nasty carpet

OMG! Who would have EVER put this in a bedroom!!!!

The look of ... "YEAH! It's done!"

We also went to Raleigh over the weekend to visit my goddaughter Quinn, Melissa, Mike and baby Catie. We had a GREAT time ~ but boy I got tired quickly! Here are some fun pictures from our trip:

Playing Play Doh

On the Carousel

At Pullen Park

Here is a 24 week belly shot - Total circumference = 36"

Here is what is happening with baby:

* He has gained about 4 oz. since last week - measuring a little over a pound now.

* He is a little over a foot long now ... about the size of a:


or an....

Ear of Corn

* His lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree as well as cells that produce surfactant (a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he is born).

* His skin is still thin and translucent, but will change quickly in the coming weeks. This skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix.

* He has now developed a sense of balance, which means that he can tell when he is upside down!

* He is sporting a fine, downy hair called lanugo.

* He is still practicing breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into his developing lungs.

What is the most surprising to me, is that this is what he looks like right now..... still a little surreal!!!

Its also getting exciting, because the showers are quickly approaching! YEAH!

Well....that's it for the moment!

Have a great week!

Melanie & Jonathan