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Saturday, March 21, 2009

HI HO, HI HO... it's off to work we go!

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!! That's how I can sum up how the time has been since our last post. Both Rhonda and I have been very busy at each of our respective jobs. Rhonda, being the Director of Nursing, has been spending countless hours getting everything in order for the annual state survey at her Skilled Nursing Facility. I have been studying, taking written tests and completing practical evaluations for my Driver Engineer certifications for all of the numerous pieces of firefighting apparatus. And on top of this, on many of my days off, I have also been working extra hours at another firehouse with intentions of using the extra money to purchase things for our baby (with that as the goal it helps to keep me going when I am exhausted) So overall, with both of us being so busy, this week has really flown by. We are now at 15 weeks.

Your Baby at 15 weeks:

Although many women don't start feeling the baby move until the 17th week (or later), your baby has been having his own party in the amniotic sac he calls home. If KT feels a little flutter in your belly this week, don't discount it as gas or hunger. It could be your babe banging around.

Here's more to look forward to:

Baby's head is now resting on his well-formed neck instead of directly on his shoulders like Igor. He's beginning to grow eyebrows and eyelashes this week. (All the better to give you that "Mom, you're crazy" look when he's a teenager.)

The hair on the head also begins to grow and, with some creative styling, you'll be able to turn those locks into a Maddox Jolie-Pitt faux-hawk some day.

Although baby's eyes are sealed shut, he's now able to sense light. His eyes and ears finally look like real baby features now. As your baby practices sucking and swallowing actions, he may actually hiccup. You'll know he's had one too many shots of amniotic fluid by the steady thump-thump you feel.

Over the next month, baby will grow faster than ever. Your baby now measures nearly 4 inches, about the size of a Kit Kat "finger" (regular-size, not the Big one you get at the movies), and weighs almost 2 ounces.

This past week we received the results of our Triple Marker test and it showed that our baby was at low risk, which was another hurdle that we have overcome in our journey.

One of the things in life that brings me happiness is being able to surprise someone that I care about with an unexpected gift or gesture. Rhonda and I have been thinking for sometime about getting something for our friends S & J that will be traveling to Mumbai in early April for the birth of their baby. We met through our blog and found out that we live very close to each other. We have been able to meet several times to talk and have fun and to share our experiences as well as help to answer each others questions. Well I was able to find a couple of very important items that they still need for their baby and can't wait to surprise them. We plan on meeting them at our house tomorrow to spend the day around the pool, enjoying the gorgeous Arizona weather we have been having (Mike's, today it was 91 degrees, sorry!), and I can't mention what we got them since we know that they check the blog several times a day.

Rhonda and her Mom have been working almost all day sewing blankets, crib sheets and curtains for the baby's room. It is so great for her to be able to spend time with her Mom, especially working together making things for the baby, they are so very excited for us.

We are making plans for a short trip to Mumbai next month to spend some time with our surrogate KT (and our baby) and her family and are hoping for a quick getaway with our wonderful doctors. Dr Sudhir just got a brand new car and can't wait to take us all for a drive.

Well it's soon off to bed, Rhonda is very tired from a day of sewing, a busy day comes to an end.