Thursday, February 28, 2008

Soon to be - Mrs. Shannon Faulkinbury!

So I've been dying to say something! Shannon FINALLY posted about it so I am free to do so. :)

A big congratulations to little miss Shannon and her fiance Ralph!

She's engaged! And it is so like our spontanious chickadee to give everyone a months notice. *lol*

We wish you both all the luck in the world, but Ralph, I hope you know what you're getting into. Aside from the amazing "I can do everything" Shannon... you haven't even experienced THE FAMILY!! *muah-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa* You will probably only meet a quarter of us at the wedding. We will see if you survive the summer. So far we haven't quite chased away any of the most recent additions to the family. Take've been warned. ;)
...although, if you can handle Shannon... I think you will do just fine.

Inchworm: 31 wks Updates:

  • This week, Inchworm measures over 16 inches long.
  • He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.
  • He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin.

My Updates:

Dominic has taken to rolling, pushing, hiccuping, kicking, wiggling toes, pinching with his toes, tugging on my belly-button... you name it for the majority of my normal 10-hour workday. He calms down a lot in the evening with only a little bit of movement and generally sleeps all night.... unless I disrupt his comfortable position by turning over, he'll give me one big kick or flop before settling back down to sleep again.

We have just started reading the trilogy, His Dark Materials, better known by the recent movie The Golden Compass, which is the first book of three (the other two: The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass). It's created such a ruckus amongst the "christian" world because the author, Philip Pullman, is Atheiest and "he's trying to push it onto your children as they read this book". OK, Hogwash! Same people that complained about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Anyway, we're only a few chapters into book one and it's pretty good. We did see the movie, which was creative, but choppy on the storyline. We were looking for another book to read together and a friend suggested reading these about 8-months ago.

Let's see, in other news...I've changed my "baby shower" / Open House date to April 5th because little miss Shannon decided to get married that weekend. I still have to send out invites (luckily).

We have Lamaze classes all day Saturday and Sunday (9am - 4pm) this weekend. Yay! Following Saturday's session, we're going to shop around for a few baby accessories. Mainly larger items like the car seat, stroller and carrier. John is in charge of the car seat research. :D

Lastly, John's been working hard on "Man Project #2" which we will try to post about this weekend. This was an unbelievable project and I don't envy him. He's been taking pictures of it's progress and it should be complete by Saturday or Sunday evening.

Anyhow... that's the latest.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Inchworm: 30 weeks

  • Dominic is about 15.7 inches long now
  • He weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage).
  • A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in my uterus.
  • His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Everything is going really well for me. Yes Fiona, it is quite cute when Dominic gets the hiccups. His constant squirming is my favorite though. Getting a foot to stick out is funny and very entertaining, I couldn't imagine having two of him in there. John's grandma is still convinced we are having twins. haha! She was at the last ultrasound too. She wants twins so bad.

I have my last monthly Dr. Appointment tomorrow. Then it's on to every two weeks. What a hassle. haha. We are signed up for Lamaze classes the first weekend of March. We are doing it like a Marathon. The class is a Sat/Sun 9am-4pm both days... and that's it! I was not looking forward to 7wks of this, so we're both pretty stoked. Hope I remember everything by the time we pop. haha.

I thought this shot was really cute! It was on where I get my weekly updates.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


To appease everyone, I am posting this... although I must say it is a little embarassing. I have like hag-hair or something going on here. It was a lazy Sunday! *lol*

So I look quite a bit shorter than Robyn I guess. Her torso and legs are taller/longer. I didn't realize we were THAT different in our height/stature. It's funny to compare.
So who's button looks more like a cinnamon roll? haha!

(I know this looks like an awkward pair of boobies, but it is really our tummies.)

"His Heed is like Sputnik!"

It's probably a little early if people actually wanted to guess the movie, but I had to get this up before time got away again. This post is dedicated to Fiona, because you couldn't guess the movie... *lol* ... let me know if this helps...

Short version, if you're impatient:

Long version, if you want more laughs:

...can you guess the movie now?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Inchworm: 27, 28 & 29 wks

29 Weeks
  • Weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash)
  • Measures a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.
  • His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature
  • His head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain ("...his 'heed is like sputnik!" guess that movie).
  • This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in his hardening skeleton each day.
28 Weeks
  • Weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage)
  • Measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels.
  • He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes.
  • With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb.
  • He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
27 Weeks
  • Weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower)
  • Measures about 14.4 inches long with his legs extended.
  • He can now open and close his eyes, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals.
  • He may suck his fingers
  • Although his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with assistance — if he were to be born prematurely.
  • Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on.
  • With more brain tissue developing, his brain is very active now. Wonder what he's thinking?
My Updates:
So we've had a lot of progress. I've got feet and little fits coming out at me from all angles. It is such an amazing thing! He still likes to sit on my right side about 99% of the time.

Sorry for such short and delayed updates! Gotta Jet! We also have new belly shots I'll post soon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Whole New World

This was just so entertaining I couldn't pass up posting about it. Not sure if anyone watches American Idol. We don't really watch it, but happen to catch episodes now and then.

This is Nick Pitera singing both male and female parts to Aladdin's "A Whole New World." I didn't actually see this on the show but heard about it on the radio (that this guy was supposedly on American Idol). Ben and I have failed to find an actual American Idol version/trial of this song... but he's big on YouTube. Enjoy!