Week 25

August 27, 2008

If we could see Jericho’s face now, we would be able to recognize him when he is born. That is because he has now developed his facial features. Wondering who the baby will look like? So are we.

We figure he will be a handsome combination of the two of us. JJ’s eyes, head, and ears plus my big mouth, nose and mexican-ity (darker skin and mexican mustache… but not that I have one) Having a hard time imagining it? Look below to get a better idea.

Can you say latin grammy? (Jericho Im sorry I know you will be so much better looking!)


Week 24

August 18, 2008

This week Jericho weighs more than a pound and a half and is about eight and a half inches (standard letter size). A look inside the womb would reveal his distinct facial features. However, his adorable face and body still have very tender skin that is transparent, which means you would see clear through to all the organs, bones, and blood vessels. Fortunately, that see-through look won’t last much longer due to the fat he will be gaining. Surprisingly Jericho will be gaining about six ounces each week.

That’s not the only surprising event! Last Friday, I was invited to a house warming party, which turned out to be a Surprise Shower for Baby and I. My coworkers at BolchalkFrey put together a beautiful shower with balloons, streamers, an elegant diaper cake, delicious food, an amazing monkey cake, adorable party favors and hilarious games. I must say I was totally oblivious and surprised by this memorable event. Words cannot express how I felt that night and the gratitude I’m feeling now. Thank you everyone for your thought and time in planning the surprise and thank you to everyone who came and for your gift. I know Jericho is going to enjoy (and probably drool on) everything.

Week 23

August 11, 2008

This week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain for the baby and I. Lil JJ is approximately eight inches long and slightly over a pound. His weight in the next four weeks should double, and soon I will feel like mine has too!

Despite the occasional jokes I make about turning into a fat cow, I’m actually comfortable with the weight gain coming up in the next 3 months. All my life I have been under weight and have felt that despite what I ate I never gained anything. I’m now eating a lot healthier. I go for the baby carrots instead of Doritos, milk instead of ice tea, an apple instead of a can of spam covered with mayonnaise… OK…. I may have exaggerated that last one. My point being, I’ve been keeping in mind the major food groups and getting the recommended extra calories needed for the baby and I. Hopefully, when the baby is born, I will keep a similar healthy diet and keep some of the healthy weight I need to finally be average weight. 

As for lil’JJ, we hope that by the time he is born, he will be pleasantly plump and filled out — from chubby cheeks to chubby toes.

Week 22

August 5, 2008

Everyone has their own Old Wives Tales or Non-Scientific Prediction Method on how to tell if your expecting a boy or girl. I started thinking of OWTs this week when someone tried to guess what I was having using their own. They looked at my belly and mentioned it was sticking out like a lil’baby girl. I giggled, (like a lil’girl) and said nope its a BOY! I think if not for my ultrasound and Jericho’s moon & doodle shot, I would be convinced I was having a girl from hearing everyones predictions. So for some more giggles… JJ and I decided to print and test some OWTs found online. We conducted 10 tests and these are the results…

Theory – If the mom’s left breast is bigger than the right breast during pregnancy, she’s having a girl; if the right breast is bigger, she’s having a boy.

Results – My left breast is slightly larger than my right. Therefor it would be a girl. We thought the flaw in this method may have been in not examining the fathers breast. So without hesitation I examined JJ’s chest. His left breast was slightly bigger (and hairier) than his right. Also concluding our baby’s sex as female. Boy 0 Girl 1

Theory – Have the mother-to-be pick up a single key. If she picks it up by the round part it will be a boy . If she picks up the long narrow part it will be a girl.

Results – Having no clue what JJ was looking for, I picked up the key by the narrow part. Score: Boy 0 Girl 2

Theory – Ask the mother-to be to pick a number, then match the number to the corresponding alphabet letter, eg: A=1, B=2, C=3 etc, then ask her to pick a name starting with that letter. If the name she picks is a girls name, it will be a girl, boy name, boy.

Results – I picked 24. 24=Y. The only name I could come up with at that moment was Yoda. Boy 1 Girl 2

Theory – The Mayans determined the sex of the baby by taking the mother’s age at conception, and the year of conception. If both are even or odd… its a girl. If one is even and one odd its a boy.

Results – I was 24 when I conceived and the year was 2008. Both are even. Boy 1 Girl 3

Theory – If the mother-to-be’s legs resemble tree trunks, its a boy. If they are trim and fit, it’s a girl.

Results – Well… one leg is trim and somewhat fit and the other we can staple some leaves to it and tada… a tree. We voted for trim and fit… Boy 1 Girl 4

Theory – If you can’t tell you’re pregnant from the back it must be a boy; with a girl you’ll be pregnant all over!

Results – JJ claims I don’t look pregnant from the back… (he’s so sweet) Boy 2 Girl 4

Theory – It’s a boy, if you crave salty foods. A girl if you crave desserts.

Results – I always crave salty and spicy food, in fact, that sounds good right now. Boy 3 Girl 4

Theory – Ancient Chinese Gender Chart Calendar. see chart

Results – Tied up at Boy 4 Girl 4

Theory – If you have terrible acne break outs on your face its a girl. Clear skin its a boy.

Results – I guess the hormones of a lil’girl should cause break outs. So what does the lil’boys testosterone do? Give me a mustache? I have neither… I hope! Boy 5 Girl 4

Theory – If you carry low its a boy. High its a girl.

Results – The final test… my belly hangs low. Boy 6 Girl 4

BOYS WIN! There are many other Old Wives Tales out there. Feel free to share any you know with us. However, just know we may not want to do it, for example I will not be eating a whole clove of garlic, peeing on drain-o, or anything else hazardous or repulsive. But if you got one to share please do, it may make us smile just like this one below, it is my all time fav so far…

From Debbie… After a week camping with my 76 year old grandmother she told me she knew I was going to have a girl for this reason: when a woman is pregnant with a girl she will be crabby (to put it nicely) because all women are crabs and if you have one inside you are twice so. If you are pregnant with a boy you are happy and smiling because you have a little peter inside you for 9 months (her exact words)!