We've decided on a name for Baby #3. I know, you've all been holding your collective breaths...and I'm sure I've thrown plenty of confusion into the mix by changing my mind every few days. That's why I haven't updated the blog with any discussion of names...because I just could NOT decide!
I was originally thinking about Leah, and I even had both kids saying it for a week or so. But then I googled the meaning of Leah. And although I still think Leah is an incredibly beautiful name, I wasn't exactly thrilled with it's connotation: Weary.
I was also considering Ellie. Such a cute name. But I hesitated to make her first name Ellie, thinking she may want a more mature name in the future.
I started searching again...and I was able to meet 2 of the 3 criteria I was aiming for all along. I was hoping for a name that 1)was in the Bible, 2)was a soft, sweet name...you know, not harsh or flashy, and 3)was 5 letters long. I know, who picks a name by the number of letters? I do.
And so, we have settled on...
Norah- means Light
Elizabeth (middle name)- Consecrated to God
We'll possibly be calling her Ellie, because I think it's just so darn cute. And we'll shorten Elizabeth to Beth when we call her by her first and middle name.
So, from now on, we'll be referring to her as Norah Beth...unless of course "she" turns out to be a boy...
Baby Center says: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more thanan average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.
Praying for: Low Blood Pressure (124/80 today) God's Revelation of a Name for Baby #3 (possible poll to come)
More energetic and less hungry! Let's see how long this lasts...
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
How I'm feeling: Froggy. At least the baby is feeling froggy. I'm feeling her move frequently...typically when I lay down to get some shut eye. In other pregnancy news, I'm way excited about finding a new (to me) maternity swimsuit at the local resale shop. A major score at $6! And I've already used it 4 times in a week! I could get excited about being in the water that much every week! A girl's gotta do something to stay cool when it's over 100 degrees outside.
BabyCenter says: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.
If every person in the world produces boogers, why are there not obvious boogers everywhere?
My house is messier on the days that I forego the contacts or glasses. I guess I just really can't see the mess.
There is so much lint in my lint trap after only 4-5 loads of laundry (I know I'm supposed to empty it after each use). Why do my clothes not just disappear? I'm not saying I want them to, but why don't they?
I have a love-hate relationship with Victoria's Secret. I love the free panty coupons I get from time to time. I love the $10 off any bra purchase that I receive in the mail. I really do love my girly panties and my swimsuit from there. BUT I hate the fact that just about every picture in the mailer catalog is airbrushed. Trust me, the women of America would still envy those tiny little model bodies without the obvious fixes and enhancements. So, stop it!
Tired again. Afternoon naps have made a comeback. Coffee in moderation has become a daily vice. Nesting has become a desire, but I'm waiting to find out if it's a boy or girl!!!
Baby Center says: At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.