Baby Umland


posted May 23, 2014, 6:16 AM by Jennifer Umland   [ updated May 23, 2014, 10:51 AM ]

Half way there! It's crazy that I have been pregnant for 5 months. Time flies!

A few milestones or things to note:
- 20 Week Ultrasound
- I may have felt movement
- There is a baby bump
- Craving cereal and candy

We had the 20-week ultrasound on Monday. She took 100 images of Baby Umland's head, feet, face, heart, cord insertion, etc. Baby Umland is growing like it's suppose to, measuring right at 20 weeks and weighing in at 12 ounces (Robert measured it like a steak). Yes, this was the ultrasound appointment where we could have found out the gender. We stuck to our plans and still don't know if you are male or female. We look forward to the surprise in the delivery room!

We are starting to look into day care plans for after our baby arrives. Wow, what a process and hit to our pocket book. We received a lot of good advice from friends who've already been through the process. Of course, all our research is in a nice spreadsheet! I now know why moms don't go back to work and they open a daycare! Our ultimate goal is to find a quality caretaker that will meet our baby's physical, mental and educational needs as it grows. Advice is always welcomed!

Baby Umland is still making mom feel good. So blessed! I'm beginning to look and feel pregnant. Everything (stomach, pelvis, uterus, ligaments) are expanding! I can feel it especially when I'm on the softball field and calling pitches from the bucket. Speaking of softball, Baby Umland has 11 sisters who are anxious to meet you and eager to know your name! It's all they want to talk about and then I make them run:) I love that they are so intrigued and supportive. I continue to pray for healthy growth and easy symptoms for the the last 20 weeks.

Baby Umland's Growth:
Baby Umland is around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — about the size of a banana. He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery)

Next Up: We will start moving the office into the basement to make the nursery. We have started collecting baby items. Thank you friends and family for the toys, books, clothes, etc. We are so moved by the generosity of those closest to us.


posted May 5, 2014, 8:08 PM by Jennifer Umland   [ updated May 23, 2014, 6:18 AM ]

I really wanted to start this blog like 10-12 weeks ago. Better late than never, I guess! 

Our lives are changing! We are expecting our first child in early October 2014! It's been a journey, but knew God would bless us at the right time. We are excited/nervous/apprehensive for the changes, joys, challenges, sleepless nights, crib building, diapers, and more that will all come in the next 6 months. Luckily we have close friends and family who have been through it all and can offer us advice, share their stories and best of all - give us all the hand-me-downs! Thank you! ! Here are 10 facts about this pregnancy so far: 
1. Superbowl Sunday - Found out our lives were changing
The Broncos were playing the Seattle Seahawks for the Lombardi Trophy. I wanted to know what beverages I would be consuming that day. Robert said it was to early, but I was anxious! A positive pregnancy test = Caffeine Free Coke (minus the rum). Could have used the rum after watching the game. Broncos lost 43-8.

2. Coincidences
We were scheduled to talk with a fertility doctor that next week. Instead of discussing how to get pregnant, we were discussing how to monitor the baby through the first trimester. We had a miscarriage in February 2013, so we wanted to make sure we were doing everything right and healthy for this pregnancy. Dr. Bachus offered ultrasounds every two weeks to watch Baby Umland grow. It was so neat to see Baby Umland turn from a slug to a gummy bear. I think we were spoiled to see baby every two weeks!
3. Best Friend is Pregnant Too!
Heather is expecting her second child like 9 days before ours. What a blessing to be pregnant with my bestie, and someone who has been through it before! We are sharing stories, working out together, experiencing summer pregnancy and maybe be in the hospital at the same time:)

4. How do I feel?
I really can't complain. I have been blessed with minimal pregnancy symptoms, even through the first trimester. I have been tired, felt breast tenderness and have had a few vomiting spells, but nothing really to note. Hopefully this continues for the next 24 weeks!

5. How does Robert feel?
Excited. The reasons he wanted to start a family with me was to stay young and drive home the fact that life has a lot more to do with the people in it rather than yourself.

6. Blue or Pink Cigar
We are hoping for a healthy child and have decided to be surprised in the delivery room.

7. Big Brother Chester
He might know a change is coming, but for right now, he is content as the only child. It will be interesting to see how he adapts in October. We are predicting that Chester will be jealous, curious, eat diapers and be protective once he knows this child is here to stay.

8. "Small Circles"
These are the words your father has been discussing with you every morning. "Small circles," he says referring to smooth and efficient bicycle pedal strokes. A Strider bike is waiting for you.

9. Thank You!
Thank You, Baby Umland, for making your mother feel good. Thank You, husband, for being there through it all and loving me and our child, dealing with my mood swings and buying Gummy bears! And Thank You, friends and family, for the support. Some of you have been there since day 1.

10. 17 Weeks
Baby Umland;s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — its lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Baby Umland weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and  measures around 5 inches long from head to bottom. Baby can move its joints, and sweat glands are starting to develop.

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