WOW! Just wow! 10 weeks to go! 10 weeks? But I feel like I have only been pregnant a few months tops. I guess this means we have a ton to do!
So let’s start with what baby is up to – besides a LOT of moving and shaking. I am pretty sure she has had a couple of friends over and seems to have toys with her or something…
Big news for baby’s brain this week: It’s starting to wrinkle and fold and looks like something that grew in the back of your fridge. This is due to the rapid growth of your little genius’s brain cells. Fingernails and toenails are finally finished and the bone marrow is completely in charge of red-blood-cell production now. Baby is starting to shed his lanugo—the downy hair that was covering his skin, so now he is chubbier and better able to regulate his body temp. When your baby is awake, his eyes are now wide open and he’s whittling away the hours looking around, checking out his rather dark, limited environs. Your baby hasn’t gained much weight or height this week, as most of his energy’s been channeled to the brain. He weighs about 3 pounds and is approximately 15.5 inches long.
We are starting to seriously get ready for baby, although we are still struggling with a name – talk to D about this one… Baby’s furniture has been ordered (see a few posts ago, we are still in love with it!), and yesterday we ordered her car seat. That was another headache. Once we picked a brand and style, most of the patterns (except 2) were really ugly and frankly, every time we saw them live, looked dirty. I like the solid colors on this one and even though I gave D another choice besides this one, in neutral colors, we both preferred this one. And come on, it is pink! On February 8th, we have an appointment with Darien Police to install it, so this gives us lots of time for shipping delays and problems 🙂
All we really need now before baby comes home, is to get the mini pack and play that she will sleep in for the first few months. Yes, we caved and decided to get a pack and play, but only because of 2 reasons. First, I FINALLY found one that was not hideous (why are baby patterns all so ugly anyway? And if you want to see something really bad, check out Fisher Prices new line – warning put on sunglasses before clicking on link!). Also, I found a smaller size pack and play with good ratings that will work well for us. We don’t ever envision needing a full size one – enough people have one that we can use if we need, and this one will travel easily, so I gave in. Besides, all the bassinets that we like got terrible reviews, so there you go… We should probably also get something for her to wear. Oh and a diaper or 2 couldn’t hurt I suppose.
Speaking of things for baby to wear, D has that covered. He got her a little set of pajamas for Hanukkah! SO cute! they are absolutely adorable – teal with penguins and cups of cocoa on them and little grippy stars on the bottom.
childbirth class registration
CPR class registration
register at the hospital
look into day care
find a pediatrician
make a decision on cord blood baking