24 Weeks

Madilyn is kicking and moving and squirming and I love it. She’s gained an estimated quarter of a pound since last week, when she was just over a pound. Since she’s almost a foot long, and she’ll soon put on more baby fat. Her baby’s skin is translucent, her brain is growing rapidly, and her taste buds are developing. Her lungs are developing too but they’ve got a ways to go.

The numbers:
There are 108 days until July 14, 2007.
I’m 172 days or 5.6 months pregnant.

Jeff painted the nursery during his spring break and it looks great. When we start to put the rest of the nursery together I’ll post some pictures. I got a great deal on blinds for the window in there. I’ll post about it once I take some pictures.

My Dad and Mom are driving down from Tennessee this Friday and will stay through Easter. They will be surprised at how much I’m showing now, I think. Mom has been gathering a bunch of baby things to bring down.

Speaking of, I finished registering this week at Target, Babies”R”Us and Amazon. Mom and I will register at Dillard’s this weekend. The main stuff is at Target and Babies”R”Us, of course.

Jeff and I went on a tour of Winnie Palmer, the new hospital we’re to deliver at. It was amazing! So nice. I feel really great about having the baby there.

I have my next doctor check-up this Thursday morning!

The Name Game

baby shoesSo we’re toying with a different spelling of Madeline. A friend of ours suggested Madilyn. What I like about it, other than it’s so different, is that you can’t mistake the pronunciation for “mad-uh-line” instead of “mad-uh-lyn.” I always wanted to pick a name that one knew immediately how to spell, but with Madilyn, we would just say, “It’s like Marilyn but with a ‘d.'” If we stuck with Madeline, we would still have to say the spelling since there are so many variations of the name.

Hmmm … Madilyn Davis vs. Madeline Davis. What do you guys think?

BABY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
We’re 22 weeks this weekend. I’m officially five months pregnant. My belly is growing. The baby is kicking up a storm and I got my first calf cramp last night. haha Oh, the joys of pregnancy milestones.

The baby now looks like a miniature newborn, probably measuring 10.9 inches and weighing almost 1 whole pound.

REGISTRIES
playardI’ve been working on my Target and Amazon registries online, but I haven’t been able to pick out a stroller and car seat. I think we need to go in the store to test it out. Consumer Reports most highly recommends the Graco Quattro Tour line. Sounds like a razor.

Consumer Reports also offers a must-have baby gear list, so that has been helpful. Sometimes the stores’ “registry checklist” includes may more stuff than you actually need. I find Target online useful for registering because I can read the customer comments and see the ratings for the individual products. The only drawback is that I only want to register for items that can also be found in the stores and that limits the selection.

We have a name!

Jeff and I decided on a name today. The babe shall be called … (drumroll please) …

Madeline O’Hara Davis

We had a list of names we had been considering, even before we knew if we were having a boy or girl. It came down to Madeline or Marley. I still like Marley (a name John, our brother-in-law mentioned), but Madeline felt like a better fit for a first child. (Perhaps there will be a Marley in our family in the future?)

Madeline has a gentle strength about it that I like. It was #69 in popularity in 2005, so it’s not super popular, like Madison (another name we were considering), which is in the top 10. The popularity of Madeline has been really steady over the decades so I feel it won’t be trendy. People are familiar with it, but it’s not overused. We’ll pronounce it MAD-a-linn.

madeline bookIn Greek, it means “strength.” It’s Hebrew origin means “woman from Magdala,” but I don’t necessarily think that means our child has the name of a biblical prostitute or anything 🙂 And yes, for those story book fans, Madeline is the name of the popular children’s book series written by Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book in the series, Madeline, was published in 1939.

As far as the middle name, O’Hara is Jeff’s mother’s maiden/family name. I like the idea of incorporating a family name, and I think it’s a beautiful. It also shows off those strong Irish roots!

My sister-in-law Alison, who is throwing my baby shower with help of my sister-in-law Pam and Alison’s sister Candice, went to a bunch of different stores and picked out multiple baby shower invitations for me to pick from. It was so sweet! I narrowed it down to two and the group (Jeff, Gordy, Alison and me) settled on a really different, fun and modern gate-fold invitation that’s purple with a green ribbon. It’s perfect since the nursery we’re planning will be lavender and sage.

We’re on week 21 now; we’re officially a little more than halfway to the finish line. We had a really exciting milestone happen Thursday night: Jeff felt the baby kick for the first time!

I’ve caught several end-of-the-season sales and have picked out a handful of outfits for the baby, ranging from newborn to 12 months. Each one has been under $10, and most have been under $5. Two outfits I got from Kohl’s today were $2.80/each. I have been “researching” eBay to see what kind of deals I can get (buying and selling) kids’ clothes when the time comes for that.