Tuesday, September 29, 2009

20 Weeks - Almost halfway!

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
McKenna has also now felt the baby...twice on Sunday and once yesterday!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

19 weeks

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
McKenna had her monthly OB appointment yesterday and everything is great. And yes, the Mexican food craving is still going strong!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Baby Registry

Yesterday, McKenna went to Babies R Us and registered her wish list. Why didn't they have these things when I was pregnant? Here are a few pictures from that visit.
After a few hours here, she was very hungry and very pooped!

The major furniture components have been picked out but she is still on the fence regarding a particular 'theme' for BBB (Baby Boy Berg).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

So, have you heard?

My plan all along was to change the look of this blog THE MINUTE, the VERY MINUTE, that McKenna and Dave found out the sex of their little one. Unfortunately, a death in the family, along with travel to the funeral, pushed the grand reveal back until now.
So, if you haven't heard....and haven't guessed with the subtle use of color here, they are having a bouncing baby BOY!!
I know that there are some of you out there, and you know who you are, that perhaps leaned in a different direction. Let's look at it in a new light, however. This means that the Berg Basketball team is now complete. 5 Boys in the family! It means that if the 5 Berg Boys want to start their own Boy Band...5 is a lucky number!
McKenna and Dave are now on the hunt for THE perfect name. As of this writing, they are making lists and arguing with each other on how each other's choices are awful. I think that in order to help them out, we should all leave comments here with our ideas of great names for them to consider. (I've already given them one that they like and I won't post it here) Let's see what YOU come up with.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

18 weeks

"Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound."
McKenna thinks that she may have started feeling movement, the tiny flutters here and there. I told her that those flutters will turn into kicks and I'm loving hearing about it. Why? Because, remember what they say about Payback? Oh, yeah....kick, baby, kick!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New baby bump photo

Between McKenna and Dave going on their first anniversary trip to Hawaii and Bob and I going on a week's vacation there has been a slight delay in posting the four month baby bump picture. So, here goes:
Also? The craving for Mexican food HAS. NOT. LET. UP. There will be a special posting this week....watch for it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

17 Weeks

Your pregnancy: 17 weeks BabyCenter: "Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop"

I promise that as soon as we get back from our vacation I will upload a new tummy photo!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sixteen weeks

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
Kenna and Dave are on a anniversary trip to the islands right now so I don't have a 4 month baby bump photo to share with you...yet. When they return, I will be playing papparazzi with her tummy! As of this writing, she has not felt the baby's movements.