Weekly Update – 26 weeks

So, what is baby up to lately?

Air sacks are developing in your baby’s lungs, which means it just might be possible for your baby to take a breath at the end of this week. The air sacks (technically called alveoli) will continue to grow for the next nine years. The membrane that keeps the alveoli separate from the blood vessels is now thin enough to allow for that oxygen–carbon dioxide exchange.  The retina completes the development of its normal layers this week—all the better to see you with, which means that your baby’s eyes are now fully developed.   Brainwaves for the auditory and visual systems are detectable in baby’s noggin this week. That means baby’s brain is registering things like sound and light. She can’t understand what any of it means yet though.   As hearing continues to develop, your baby will start to recognize your voice.  Your bambino will also start to recognize your partner’s voice. He may feel silly talking to your stomach, but assure him that somebody other than you is definitely listening. Research has shown that newborns actually recognize familiar sounds after birth. Proof that your baby has been paying attention all along.
Break out the sparkling apple juice—baby has now completed two-thirds of her stay in Hotel Womb. Your baby is about 1 2/3 pounds and is 14 inches long head-to-heel, or about the length of a burp cloth.

Woah!  2/3s done!  Are you kidding me!  This is all starting to feel much more real.  Really, since my only pregnancy symptom is the ever expanding belly, it is not surprising (well to us) that this has barely registered as real.  So we figured it was time to do something about this and yesterday we bravely ventured into NY to visit Buy Buy Baby.  This place is nirvana!!  We walked in and went over the to stroller section – we figure that is our most pressing need since a car seat is a legal requirement and all.  We walked around and around and we must have looked sufficiently clueless because a saint of an employee (whose name we regretfully cannot remember) saved us!  This guy was fabulous!  He took us through every car seat/stroller option on the planet!  He assembled, disassembled, folded, unfolded etc until we had no more questions.  And, drum roll please!  We managed to narrow our favorites down to 2 – from about 8 million!  Huge accomplishment here!

Then, a baby salesman guru took us through the world of baby furniture!  He was so cool, and so relaxed – no pressure, no sales pitches, no hassles, only information, which is what we needed.  After furniture, we freed him, and wandered a bit, and bought a gift for our neighbors who delivered a baby girl a few days ago!  In line to pay, we saw a woman with a baby boy in the Bugaboo frame – and picked her brain on the Bugaboo – MellyMel, she said everything you said, except her son hated the bassinet, but loves the stroller part.  Then we went to lunch and since it right there, literally, the same parking lot, we hit Babies R Us.  Thank goodness we did our research at BBB first because this place was like a baby Wallmart.  No one to help or teach us or anything 😦  But we did spend about a hour “testing” rockers/ottomans and may have chosen a bedding set…

And this morning we toured the study and decided what to do about the furniture in there.  Wow, talk about accomplishments!  No, we didn’t actually DO or BUY anything (other than the gift) but we feel better knowing what we need to do.  And now we can relax, gather info about our car seat/stroller options, do another test drive of each and make a decision slowly.  And this mean we don’t have to think about the second car seat for months, whew!  But at least BBB is there when we need it 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Update – 26 weeks

  1. Been meaning to comment on this one for a while but haven’t had time. So glad you got a chance to wander the baby stores and get some much needed advice on carseats & strollers! They are definitely an important thing to check off the “todo” list!! It sounds like you had fun, too! We really loved having a travel system, but then we used it a TON walking around the cobblestone streets of charleston and the sturdiness of the Graco combined with four double wheels really paid off. We really abused that thing, filling the cargobay with textbooks, laptops, etc. (Everything BUT ther diaper bag! LOL!) Heck, we need another one now because we actually broke a wheel off our big stroller a few months ago from too much going up and down stairs and sidewalks, often filled with groceries. (But I figure over 2 years isn’t bad!) We got our travel system practically free, too, because I was participating in a medical study at the time, and got a bunch of Walmart gift cards as payment. That was a big help because we were (and are) still pretty poor.
    Those strollers look awesome though– good luck with whatever you choose! I’m with you and find it way hard to believe that anyone goes through 3-4 strollers! We certainly wouldn’t need more than 2 (regular one for the car seat to fit in, and tiny umbrella stroller for later) if it weren’t for the fact that Jeff and I were so hard on the first one. I’m thinking we will go ahead and buy another regular travel system though, just so that the car seat and stroller will match. 😉 I know people who swear by the “snap n go” since you can put almost any car seat in it and it folds so easily, but we never had trouble folding our Graco (and yes, I can do it one handed). I’ll grant you that it IS heavy though. Lots of people do without the stroller at first because you can just put the car carrier into shopping carts, etc. Depends on your lifestyle. 😉
    What don’t you like about the PackNPlay? We have loved ours (which was a hand me down). I am not sure how they think that a kid will sleep “years” in the bugaboo bassinet? It didn’t look large enough to me for more than a year, tops. But then, that’s plenty long enough if you are able to transition to a regular bed by then (We didn’t). Our PnP had a bassinet attachment but I never did figure out how to set that up. (We had a regular bassinet handed down to us as well).
    Oops, sorry I rambled here. I’m excited about baby stuff now myself and scanning craigslist for the things we need since we can’t afford to buy new this time for most of it. Fortunately we have pretty much everything from last time and just need a few little extras–but the window shopping is fun! You’ll have to post links to your bedding choices! (Ever-thrifty Mel got hers on ebay!)

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