Week 33

October 28, 2008

Several months ago, JJ and I decided to join his family on a trip to Cancun. Soon after purchasing the tickets we were surprised to find out we had a baby on the way. After counting the weeks we figured I would be about 32 to 33 weeks into my pregnancy. We assumed we would not be able to travel, seeing that most airlines and doctors will not allow pregnant women in their third trimester to do so. So naturally we informed JJ’s family we would not be able to join them and we started looking for someone to purchase the tickets.

As the tripped neared and the tickets still in our position we got curious. So about a month away from the trip we met with our doctor. We asked what he thought about us taking a four hour plane ride to Mexico, staying in Cancun for a week, and having a six hour plane ride back. He looked down at my hospital chart, looked back up at us and said with a big smile “Sounds like you’ll have a great time!”

I immediately got excited and began thinking of all the things I wanted to pack and imagined myself drinking a virgin daiquiri on the beach when… suddenly my train of thought was interrupted by the doctor saying “but….” (Argh! but what??? I screamed silently in my mind) He went on to explain all the caution and care we should take. For example; drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding the local water, being cautious of what I eat, making sure I walk around every hour or so on the plane for good blood circulation, etc…

So JJ and I went home after the appointment, discovered the airline would also let us travel and decided we wanted to go! But… (argh!) we had no passports to go. So we made an appointment to get our passports. but… (argh! enough already!) we ran into a problem with his birth certificate. We would have to call his mom to get it. Not wanting to get her excited about us maybe joining her in Cancun we called her and asked her to send it so JJ could cross the border to visit my family. (in other words we kinda lied!)

Now two weeks before the trip JJ received his birth certificate and we ordered our passports. We were informed that even with expediting the passports it would still take about two weeks. (Argh! We needed more time!)

After three long days at work JJ and I arrived home and behold our passports arrived! (argh!… I mean… yeepee!!!) Time to go shopping! I purchased some tops, a maternity swimsuit and traveling medical insurance. Got packed, got on the plane, and arrived to Cancun with no problems!

It was beautiful. Most days were spent relaxing next to the sparkling aqua blue beach, were the scent of the ocean was in the air, and though it would occasionally rain the water and weather were warm. When hungry we could choose from one of the many delicious buffets or restaurants which had a variety of foods, fresh juices and desserts. When I was not on the beach or eating I would lay in our room which overlooked the ocean. On the comfy over sized bed I would fall asleep to the sound of the waves and in the morning I would wake up to a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean. I was in Cancun heaven.

Though Cancun, Tulum, the hotel, the food, and all the great culture in Mexico was wonderful, one of the best memories JJ and I hold from the trip was being able to spend it with his family. The surprised looked on Jericho’s Grandma when she saw JJ and I arrived was priceless. We were delighted to be able to be there with her not only on vacation but for her birthday. It was a great family trip.

While in Cancun Jericho weighed about four pounds and could be up to 19 inches long. Space is getting tight for him and movement is limited to tapping and squirming. He has fully developed his digestive system and because he is getting chubby, he no longer has see-through skin. In preparation for that big day, he has developed a sleep cycles of 20 to 40 minutes long.

And may I add that Jericho was a very well behaved boy in Cancun and I did not get sick at all!  I would recommend a relaxing trip like this to any pregnant (or not pregnant) woman. Who knows when you’ll get a chance to relax like this again!

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Week 31

October 16, 2008

I have noticed that pregnant women bring out the kindness in people. Throughout my pregnancy, at least during the times I started showing, strangers have been very friendly towards me.

Last Sunday JJ and I went to Fry’s for some groceries. We collected everything we needed and got in line to check out. As we waited JJ realized we forgot something. So he jetted off to get it as I held our place in line.

While waiting, an older woman lines up behind me. I noticed her smiling at me while looking at my belly. When suddenly she kindly asks, “Are you cold?”

Not exactly what I thought she would ask but I politely replied “Nope, I’m enjoying the weather.”

She continues to look at my belly and finally what I expected her to ask “What are you having?”

I reply with a big smile “A Boy.”

She smiles back and takes the opportunity to tell me a little about her children. Warm-heartedly she wishes me the best on my pregnancy just as JJ returned. We pay for our groceries and I start to push the cart forward when unexpectedly, the older woman stops me. She hands me a piece of paper and says “I think you dropped this.”

A little startled, I took the paper without question, said thanks and began to walk away. As JJ and I walked out of the store, I opened up the piece of paper and cracked-up laughing. JJ looks at me and ask “What is it!?!”

I hesitated a little and said “A coupon.”

JJ replies “‘So it wasn’t yours? What kind of coupon?”

I responded “Definitely not mine… it’s for tampons!”

Although the situation and older woman were a bit comical, it was really a neighborly act. I have been very fortunate to have many good-natured, caring, and affectionate people in my life and I know Jericho will also be as fortunate.

This week Jericho should be measuring about 18 inches and weighs a lil’over 3 1/2 lbs. We can still expect him to gain at least three to five more pounds before December 2nd. (Ahh! Im going to tip over!)

Jericho’s brain is still developing. He can now perceive information from all five senses.  He spends most of his time making faces, hiccupping, swallowing, breathing, pedaling with his little hands and feet and of course a lot of thumb sucking. In fact, some babies suck their thumbs so much while in the womb that they’re born with a callus on their thumb. So cute!!

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Week 30

October 7, 2008

We have 10 Weeks until baby is here!!

This week we had what our doctors call a Development Ultra Sound. In which they check on Jericho’s size and development. Usually the average pregnancy gets only one ultra sound, however since I have been placed in the High Risk Clinic (due to my medical history) we get one about every month. JJ and I love it because we get to see our little boy often and it also calms any worries we may have.

This week we were a little concerned because my belly was measuring small. However as most doctors will tell you, you can’t tell a baby by its cover (especially if the cover is looking like a post that swallowed a basketball). In other words, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Our ultra sound tech was great and she really showed us how Jericho was relaxing in my belly. He is positioned head down and getting ready to come out. He weighs about 3 lb and 10 ounces, right on target. She showed us an amazing view of his profile and I know I’m going to sound crazy, but he really does look like a mini JJ. As we were peeking at him we could see his little hand moving up and down as he sucked his thumb. I did not want the ultra sound to end. Of course it did and we received these photos not only as a reminder of how lucky we are to have the technology to be able to see him move around in there but also as a reminder on how phenomenal his development is.

1. Jericho sucking his thumb.

2. More thumb sucking.

3. Slightly blurred photo of more thumb sucking.

4. Front view of his face. If you look closly you can see his eye and nose. Below that is his hand as he sucks his thumb.