We have arrived at week 19! Not only are we almost to the half-way point, but we also find out this week if we will be having a he or a she!! Wednesday is the big day so stay tuned....;) For now here is what baby schinde is up to in the womb this week....
Baby's now the size of a mango! Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.)
The hair on his/her scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, taking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
So over the past week baby schinde has been having a little dance party in my belly! To feel our precious little miracle moving around is the most amazing feeling in the world!! And to top it all off, in the last few days we are able to feel the movement on the outside of the tummy! So Carl gets to share in all of the excitement also! It seems that baby schinde doesn't like it when mommy moves around too much. He/she moves around so much that it feels like my stomach is in a knot! It usually happens if I start going too fast while working out or if I walk really fast. It's so funny! Baby already knows who is in charge ;)
Last week was wonderful with baby schinde but also a stressful one for mommy and daddy. Ironically both of our moms had surgery on the same day. So needless to say Carl and I were pretty busy. However, both moms are doing great and on the road to healing! We are so thankful for the blessings of healing!!
Despite a stressful week, we still managed to have an enjoyable fall-like weekend. The weather was wonderful!! On Friday both of us went to visit our moms (my mom who is at home now and carl's mom who will hopefully be home in the next day or so) then we came home and snuggled up on the couch together and watched a movie. It was a good night to stay in! On Saturday, I went with my sister, Dad and Ginger to take the boys to the pumpkin patch. It was a fun-filled day, but really crowded. The boys had a good time and were super exhausted by the time we got home. I have posted some fun pics from the day. Today Carl and I started the day off at church and then again we both went to visit our moms. We rounded out the day by enjoying the awesome weather and taking a nice long walk around my mom's neighborhood. It was a picture perfect Sunday ;)
Well we hope everyone had a great weekend and has an awesome week ahead...how could it not be a great week, the long-awaited sex of baby schinde will be revealed!! Thanks for reading our blog this week!! May God continue to bless you all!! And make sure to check our blog on Wednesday ;)
Traci & Baby Schinde