Aug 19 2008

21 weeks = a carrot

OK, so I’m 21 weeks pregnant and nothing much has changed since last week. I don’t feel like posting a belly pic, because I’m smaller than my last pic and that’s just ridiculous.

Yesterday, I went to the dentist to have her repair a filling that got knocked loose. She didn’t use Novocaine because it was just a small little cavity. I’ve had enough dental work to know that the Novocaine shot hurts! I was glad to skip that and the several hours of numbness. Honestly, it didn’t hurt.

I tried to distract myself by focusing on our honeymoon when we were on a cruise ship and woke up in Juneau, Alaska. So peaceful! Such pure air! The total opposite of dental work.

I consciously relaxed my body and tried to hold as still as possible while thinking about Alaska. Next thing I knew, it was over. Piece of cake.

While in the chair, Baby was moving a LOT. I don’t know if it was because I was sort of reclined and holding still (and more in tune with my body at the time), or if he was dancing to the music on the radio, or if he could tell that I was stressed and was reacting to that. He was a nice distraction.

Shane likes to talk at and sing to my belly. The baby responds to his voice now, and starts wiggling! I don’t know if he can hear sounds or just senses the vibrations, but it does seem to do the trick.

I’m researching childbirth classes, and I’m pretty sure I’d like to take a Bradley Method course. I need to do more research on the class, but it sounds like the best option for what we’re seeking. Bonus: Our insurance will reimburse us 100 percent for this expense! Oh yeah!

We’re trying to get things more organized around here by getting rid of junk, selling stuff on eBay, and getting things in order. I’ve been dabbling in “freezer cooking” and it’s gone well. We added just a few items to a registry at Target, and I’ll need to update that.

Trying to pick out the “best” car seat, crib, and other baby gear is a bit overwhelming, especially considering we have no idea what we’re doing. We have a small car with an even smaller backseat, and we’ll need to find a car seat that is no bigger than 23 to 24 inches from the back of the back seat to the back of the front seat. Good luck to us!

I need to just take one thing at a time so my brain won’t explode. I’ll research car seats for awhile, and pick one, and move on to cribs and research those…and then move on. If I try to get it all done at once, it won’t be pretty.
Here’s what’s up according to

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like he’s practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to his activity as you get to know him better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.

5 Responses to “21 weeks = a carrot”

  1. That does sound kind of overwhelming, trying to figure out birthing classes, car seats, diapers, and then there’s the crib, clothes, etc…it kind of sounds like starting a new business! That’s super cute that he wiggles around though, especially when Shane sings/talks to him. You should play classical music on headphones and put them on your belly — it’s supposed to help with development both during and after the pregnancy. I’m having fun hearing about all the different food shapes your baby is each week — keep it coming :)

    Emilys last blog post..‘Bum deal for bum credit’ notification rule moves forward

  2. It’s so fun to feel the baby respond to daddy isn’t it? When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my husband used to drum lightly on my stomach (he’s a drummer and I have no rhythm) She has great rhythm now!
    That dental work was good practice for labor! focusing on something other than the pain! Good job!
    Have fun researching everything, be glad you don’t have to research cloth diapers on top of that list!

    Jess last blog post..Prayer

  3. When you were describing how you made it through the dental work by consciously relaxing your body, I thought, “She’d be a good candidate for the Bradley method,” so that’s great that you’re thinking of using it!

    Sorry I haven’t responded to your e-mail :-P. I’ve been crazy-busy the past week, but we’re doing well!

    Susans last blog post..Daddy and Son :-)

  4. I promise it will stop being so overwhelming at some point. Oh, and if you shop for the car seat at Babies R Us, they usually will let you take the car seat out to make sure it fits before you actually pay for it. It’s a huge help.

    I can’t remember if I ever mentioned it to you, but there are several local moms who blog who try to get together once per month. We’re doing a bloggers night out (sometimes we do families, sometimes just us girls) this Friday. If you’re able to make it, we’d love to have you join us! Details are over at

  5. When you described yourself relaxing into your dental experience, Bradley is exactly what came to mind. I thought – hey, she’ll do great in birth! :-)

    Emilys last blog post..Chef Graham

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