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    Guess who likes registering for baby stuff?

    July 5th, 2010

    That would be G.

    S and I have started planning out G’s room, and with all the things he’ll be taking with him (from the nursery), we’re putting together a list of things we’ll need for S2. At first our list only had 2-3 items on it (hey, having a same-gender sibling is really helping out here), but the more we thought of things, the more we realized we’ll need some duplicates (2 white-noise machines, 2 humidifiers, 2 small space heaters). So we’re trying to “save” some money and take advantage of registry completion coupons.

    So G and I went yesterday afternoon and created a registry for his baby brother. I genuinely think he enjoyed it more. He took the scanner and wouldn’t let go.

    Actually it was kind of fun. I held onto items, and he had to point, keep the laser steady and hold down the scanner button. Yes, it took maybe 3x longer than if I did it on my own, but he was happy, and S got some stuff done at home.

    My only concern? G was pointing at things all over the place and clicking on that yellow button all the time. I only wondered what was going to end up on the registry when we got home. Luckily, he didn’t manage to scan anything other than what we did together. Of course, he did try to scan himself a few times too. Maybe when S and I told him we were going to shop for babies he took it seriously…

    PS. If you want a good week-end past-time, when a local store has a baby sale, go in and ask a sales-person for a baby. Preferably one that looks like you. It’s most effective when you keep a straight face. You get some really great looks. S and I really enjoyed this one.

    20 weeks

    July 4th, 2010

    How far along: 20 weeks
    Weight: 131.8lb. I guess S2 hit a little growth spurt the last two weeks. I’m really being hard(er) on myself this pregnancy because I know it will be our last. I’ll be honest, while I lost all the weight I gained with G, I was never comfortable with how I looked afterward. I’m not interested in looking like a super model. I just want to look “healthy”. Granted, I could’ve eaten better, and I did barely any exercise to speak of, neither of which helped. But I want to do better this time around.
    Sleep: Still good.
    Gender: BOY! It’s officially official, and I’ve got photos of the baby goods to prove it. Thankfully, S2 was not shy.
    Movement: Yes. Last Sunday I was starting to feel some nudges that at least were in the area where S2 is currently residing. I just needed to be sure that it was him and not… well… gas. But now, it’s clear. It’s him shifting in there. So far he’s pretty mellow, but there’s always a chance he’ll pick up the pace of kicks in the next few weeks.
    Feeling: Good.
    What I miss: Nothing. I’m feeling good and happy.
    What I am looking forward to: S and G being able to feel the kiddo too. He gave us a nice butt-poke this afternoon (well, butt/head… who can tell right now), but it will be neat to be able to feel him from the outside.
    Weekly Wisdom: I’ve got nothing right now.
    Milestones: Officially halfway baked.
    Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I’m hungry about ever 2.5-3 hours and about as soon as I’m done w/ my “current” meal, I’m already thinking about the next. This bodes not well for aforementioned weight goal 🙂
    Fetal development:
    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.

    Here are some S2 photos from Friday’s u/s. Based on the 3D photo he’ll either like hugs, or will be doing 80’s rapper poses a lot. I hope it’s the former.