This blog started out as "Baby Dunkelberger", a journey through my pregnancy. After our little one finally arrived, I decided to change the name to "The Dunkelberger Family", the adventures of Tyler, Jami, Lyla, Bella, Cash, Marmaduke and anyone else who should stumble into our crazy family :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Random thoughts for the day

Since we haven't done much planning yet, we though it would be a good idea to push back the shower a bit. So it's looking like it will be sometime in mid-september. I don't know the exact date yet but will let everyone know once I do!

I have a baby doctor appointment today. I wish it was another sonogram appointment (those are the best!) but instead its some kind of hour long diabetes test - no sugar for me today. At least I get to leave work early!! Unfortunately Tyler will not be joining me at the appointment today :( :( he is in Houston for work until tomorrow. It is actually the first baby doctor appointment he has missed. He gets a lot of props for being at every one so far. I love it when he gets to share the appointments with me! It'll probably be a pretty boring appointment this time anyways... hopfully next time we get to look at Lyla again! I'm so excited to see what she looks like now... and how much she has grown since the last one.

I guess I should get back to work now :)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 26: Eye see YOU!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 26: fetus in sixth month At long last, your little swimmer can see the womb! Your miracle’s little eyelids have finally separated (they were fused closed previously) and they’re probably having their first moments of sight as you read this (or maybe it already happened while you were brushing your teeth or watching Oprah or something). In addition to seeing their little studio in your belly, they’ve recently acquired the ability to say “yes” and “no” in rudimentary sign language as they can now move their head back and forth. This is also the time where your little super star’s head hair is starting to grow! A cute little cowlick or two may be springing into position right now, getting ready for years of cute-but-stubborn bed-head. Also, their toenails have grown in and you little raisin continues to slowly pile up fat beneath their still-loose skin. Most importantly, brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace, increasing their (genius-level?) brain activity and will continue to function at accelerated levels for the first seven to eight years of childhood!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

At the lake - 23 weeks along!!!

Week 25 Developments

Lyla is definitely growing. It seems like she's getting bigger every day. Her ears must be growing too because she has started noticing loud noises much more easily. When we were at the lake for the 4th of July, the neighbors set off fireworks and she freaked out and started to try and kick her way out of my belly! She also notices when we have the radio too loud in the car and will start tossing and turning. I'm convinced that our voices are soothing to her. When we drove home from the lake, I read Breaking Dawn to Tyler the whole way (my voice was about gone after 15 hours), but she slept the entire way - she loved it :) This baby is pretty amazing.

After weeks of kicking the crap out of me, Tyler FINALLY was able to feel her kick!! He was pretty dang excited. I cant wait until I am spooning him and he can feel her kick him in the back.

Lyla's baby shower is coming August 14! We don't have many details planned yet, but we have decided that it will be for both ladies and guys. We wouldn't want the boys to miss out on all the baby shower fun :) More details to come!!

Week 25: Turn it around... and aroundFetal development in pregnancy week 25: fetus in sixth month Your little grower’s physical proportions are evening out at this point and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and lots and lots of nervous system development. The good news is: if your child is born premature now they’ll be more likely to survive without too much trauma as their lungs began to produce “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day. Yes, now’s a good time for a minor sigh of relief and a quick pat on the back. All that hard work and conscientious living is really getting your child prepared for a healthy delivery. Keep up the fabulous work mama! This week they’ll be scootching slowly out of the old breech position and start rotating (already!) into a better position for exit during their birth. Their head and feet are slowly rotating so that the head is pointed down towards the birth canal. Time is short (or really long, depending on who you ask)—just (still!) 14 weeks left before you can go back to being a single-resident human.

Tour de Stretch-pants

So I guess this is another thing I need to add to the "things to do before Lyla is born list" ... tour the hospital! This to-do list seems to be getting very long... oh well, ready or not, she's coming in 102 days (or less)! I can't wait!

Tour de Stretch-pants
by The Sarcastic Journalist

Going on the hospital tour was always an exciting part of having a baby. On both of my tours, I arrived at the meeting spot, my husband in tow, to find several other pregnant women waiting to go on their tours.

Of course, being a female of the overly hormonal variety, I’d size them up. Who looked like she had one too many ice cream sundaes. Who seemed a little neurotic and who decided to do away with fashion totally once finding out she was pregnant.

Yes, I know we were all pregnant and part of that big Vagina Sisterhood, but I couldn’t help but judge.

At the same time, I was wondering if they were judging me. You see, I didn’t want to go on the hospital tour too early. If I did, I’d look like some crazy woman who wasn’t even pregnant wanting to tour labor and delivery. I didn’t want to schedule it too late because what if I went into labor?

No, the middle of the pregnancy was, as Baby Bear would say, “Just right.”

I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous at the pregnant women who, when asked their due dates, would reply “Tomorrow!”

Tomorrow? I hate you. I have three more months to go and my butt doesn’t fit into my maternity jeans very well anymore.

The tour can seem a little overwhelming. They show you triage. They show you the rooms and, of course, the stirrups. Perhaps they point out the couch for Daddy/Grandma/Friend/Partner.

It all starts to seem a little too real.

On our first hospital tour, the nurse asked me how I felt. “I’m not so sure I want to do this anymore,” I said.

“Oh, I know, it’s all a big adjustment having a baby for the first time.”

“No, I just don’t want to push it out of my crotch.”