Yup - I'm Definitely Nesting

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Nov 6, 2008 11:39:29 AM

A lot of people have been asking me lately if I'm ready for Baby Lump's arrival.� I always get a little thrown off by the question - do they mean ready emotionally or ready materialistically?

Materialistically, James and I would definitely be able to get by if Baby Lump were to grace us with his/her presence tomorrow.� For the most part, we have a lot of the essentials thanks to the baby shower in PA - a place for Baby Lump to sleep, a stroller, a carseat, some diapers, some clothes, bathing products, etc.

Answering whether I am emotionally ready is slightly more difficult.� In some ways I think I am, and in others, maybe not so much.� I think I'm teetering on the edge right now.� I'm getting very excited for Baby Lump to finally be here, yet I'd be caught pretty off-guard if he/she were to show up in the next few days. Plus - we still need a boy's name!

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Still, the nesting instinct has definitely been catching up with me.� I have such an urge to start getting the "nursery" ready, but right now it's too busy serving as both James' office and the guest room.� Plus, we're kind of lacking on the furniture front at the moment, so there wouldn't be much I could do anyway.� I was, however, able to convince James to help me set up the pack and play last night, which will serve as Baby Lump's crib/changing area/play pen as long as we're living in this apartment.� It's hanging out in our bedroom for the time being.� I definitely swallowed a big, heaping dose of reality last night when I peered over at the pack and play from my bed and imagined the many times I'll be hearing a baby's cry coming from its general direction.� Baby Lump could be here as early as next month and not be considered premature!� (Crazy!)

I know I'm a little late posting this week, but here is a summary of Baby Lump's 30-week stats:

Measurement/Weight: not much progress here - still about 3-4 lbs. and 15-16 inches

Other Highlights: Most of Baby Lump's developemental energy this past week has been focused on rapid brain cell growth.� Additionally, his/her fingernails and toenails are now fully formed, and he/she is starting to shed the lanugo (a fine layer of hair that has been covering the skin), which means Baby Lump is becoming less and less of a furbaby.

Oven Timer: 30 weeks, 3 days

Topics: Weekly Updates, little baby lump, 30 weeks, nesting

The Third Trimester and the Ascent of My Belly Button

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Oct 14, 2008 2:33:20 PM

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My belly has definitely been getting plumper.� Wanna know how I can tell?� The bigger it gets, the shallower my belly button cavity gets.

It's kind of funny how much my belly button has been the topic of discussion between James and me lately.� At this point, if I squeeze the sides of it I can make it temporarily pop out.� Was that too much information?� Is this too weird?� We think it's hilarious.� And my research has proven we're not the only ones obsessed with the pregnant belly-button phenomenon.

James is truly looking forward to the day when my belly button pokes out from its little lair.� Although, this is probably because he thinks there will be an actual, defining moment when my belly button will suddenly burst free, making an audible "pop"ping sound.� Keep dreaming, James.� My belly button is not a turkey timer.� (Although the similarities between a baked turkey and a near-ready bun in the oven aren't too far-fetched!)

As for my bun's development this week, Baby Lump should be about 14� 1/2 inches long and weigh 2� 1/2 pounds.� What's even more exciting is, if born today, he/she would have a whopping 85% chance of survival since his/her lungs are now capable of breathing air!

Feel free to also join in on congratulating me on the completion of my second trimester.� It's all downhill from here ... that is, unless you count the whole natural birthing part.

Oven Timer: 27 weeks, 1 day

Topics: Weekly Updates, Milestones, pregnancy, little baby lump, turkey timer, belly button

Martha Stewart Food-Baby Costumes: FAIL!

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Oct 7, 2008 12:56:14 PM

Okay - what is with the world's fetish with the babies-as-food thing?� This is even worse than the baby shower Cake Wrecks because now, actual humans are involved.� Seriously, this makes me want to stop sharing those food analogies the sites I read use to describe my baby's growing size.� Baby Lump is getting too big to be compared to single servings of food anyway, unless I'm planning on chowing down on a whole meatloaf or something.� Have a look, and see what I mean ....


My friend, Yianni is right - Martha should go back to jail for this one.� Those poor babies.� These are the cruelest baby costumes ever!� There's no way Baby Lump's first Halloween will be spent as a lemon meringue pie or a boiled and plated lobster.� That apple pie baby looks like she's in a food coma.� No wonder "Caesar salad baby" doesn't want to cooperate ...

In weekly updates, Baby Lump now weighs two full pounds and measures about 14 inches long (as long as he/she isn't gearing up to be a Paul Bunyan-type baby).� He/she has also started working on that birthday hairdo and should be growing some cute little baby fuzz by now.

According to many Web sites, this week marks the last week in my second trimester, so apparently I'm about two-thirds of the way there.� Third trimester, here I come!

Oven Timer: 26 weeks, 1 day


Topics: Weekly Updates, video, Halloween, Internet Fun, Bizarre, Media, little baby lump, food, baby costumes, 26 weeks

Little Baby Lump: The Next Paul Bunyan?

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Oct 1, 2008 3:26:54 PM

First of all, I'm glad to see some of you are really getting into the birth stats betting guessing facebook group.� It's been fun to track all of your (sometimes quirky) guesses.� And while I doubt I'm going to give birth to a manbearpig (I guess this is what I get for the pambearpig nickname), a demigod or Paul Bunyan, I can see where you're all coming from.� Given that James was almost 11 pounds at birth, I suppose it's not that far-fetched

Although it may not take five storks to drop off Baby Lump at my doorstep, he/she has done some growing in the past week.� Little lump should now measure about 13� 1/2 inches in length and weight approximately 1� 1/2 pounds.

What's even more intriguing is that his/her eyelids are no longer fused shut (not that Baby Lump can see anything in the darkness of the womb, anyway), and his/her lungs are now capable of breathing air!� This means that although Baby Lump is taking in tiny breaths of fluid in the womb, he/she could now breathe outside the womb without medical assistance.

You may have noticed from my baby bump photos that I've decided to start taking pictures from a full-body perspective.� Based on the fact that some of you have been questioning whether I'm actually taking photos of my knee and not my belly, I figured it was time for a change.� I think you will all get a better idea of how big Baby Lump is getting from this perspective.

Maybe you'll all also agree that Baby Lump is definitely not Paul Bunyan material.

Oven Timer: 25 weeks, 2 days

Topics: Weekly Updates, baby bump, little baby lump, Facebook, birth stats, Paul Bunyan

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