Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2011

How far along?  29 weeks

Total weight gain: still about 10 lbs.

How big is baby?  Our "Little Pea" is now the size of a butternut squash.
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.
From www.babycenter.com

Maternity clothes:  Since its gotten much cooler outside, I've had to go back to some of my non-maternity, but far warmer, sweaters.  The good ones are cardigans.  My non-maternity tops are hitting now about mid-bellybutton.

Sleep:  Eh,not the most desirable.  I'm still having leg cramps.  I also have trouble falling back to sleep after my 2 am bathroom trip.  Plus, I have a miserable head cold, and haven't been able to breathe the past few nights.

Best moment this week?:  Well, since this post is actually two weeks worth, the best was getting a 3D picture of Erbse's face at the doctor last Monday night.  It was the first time that he was sleeping at the doctor, so she could get a good shot of his face.  This past week, the best thing was seeing Erbse's room painted a perfect shade of "Little Boy Blue." You can see me in Erbse's room in this week's picture.

Movement?:  Erbse has been moving so much that two weeks ago, I was worried that I hadn't felt him move in about 20 hours.  I called the doctor and she had me come in right away and they hooked me up to a fetal heart monitor.  Of course, as soon as the nurse strapped me up and drew the curtain, I got a little karate chop to the stomach.  I was slightly embarassed, but the doctors and nurses agreed that it was best that I come in.  We've decided he is going to be a soccer player or a ninja.  Erbse's kicks are getting much stronger, which has really surprised Joern, and are getting a little painful to me.

Food cravings?:  Nothing really intense.

Labor signs?:  None yet, crossing my fingers that we don't see any for a while. 

Belly button in or out?:  A shallowie.

What I miss?:  Coffee.  I miss coffee so much!  I know I can have some, but don't want to get back to my 2 cup a day habit, so its safer to avoid.  Boo hoo!

What I'm looking forward to?: Next week is 30 weeks! 

Milestone?:  We're well into the third trimester now.  Because so many websites and books disagree as to the beginning of the third trimester, I've definitely been in the third trimester for over a week now!

Other Erbse related news: 
As of last Monday, Erbse weighs approximately 1200 grams (about 2.5 lbs.).  According to the doctor, this is perfect, according to a website, he is measuring about a week ahead.

We finally went into a baby store to look for a stroller and car seat.  I am trying to decide between the Britax/ Roemer sleeper, which allows the baby to lay down in the car and is supposed to be much more ergonomically correct; or the Maxi Cosi Pebble, which is more of a traditional car seat, but has the bonus of being more in a laying position than the average car seat.  One of the parents at school gave me a beautiful convertible stroller, that looks barely used.  The only problem is that it doesn't fold down very small, so I would like another stroller for when we travel, or when we want to put something more than the stroller in the trunk of the car. 
The parents at school are so generous, and have given me quite a few baby clothes.  I can't believe how many clothes we have now! 
The room is all painted, and the shipping company is headed to my stepmother's house next week Wednesday. All of the furniture has now been shipped.   I  even made a few last minute orders, including the wooden letters for Erbse's name on the nursery wall, and the Fisher Price My Little Lamb swing, that will hopefully get in before the shipment leaves.  I can't wait to get all of Erbse's furniture set up in the nursery!

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