Wednesday, April 2, 2008

24 Weeks = 6 Months = 1/2 Year

It's odd to think of it in terms of being a half a year pregnant! That will be me tomorrow. At the end of this journey I will have spent exactly 2.5 years of my life pregnant. Weird.

I found out that our baby is almost completely formed. She is now between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds and is about a foot long. She will continue to gain weight in muscles, developing organs and the deposit of brown fat.

Yes, as if there wasn't anything worse than fat now we know there's brown fat! Just when you didn't think it got any grosser! The purpose of the brown fat is to retain body heat. Newborns are notoriously bad at regulating body temperature and both Dayton and Ellie were no exception.

We had a frightening day when the docs thought Dayton had been infected with Group B Strep because of his elevated temperature. Grandpa Packer gave him a blessing and we were all blessed as all went well and our baby boy came home. He was a string bean and never really did have any rolls or even any wrinkles about him.

Ellie had a difficult time maintaining her body temperature and blood sugar which was also stressful. She was born just before midnight on a Thursday. Saturday morning I sat in the hospital alone crying because she had to stay in the nursery until she could maintain these things on her own. In the end she pulled through and came home.

Too bad I couldn't share my 'brown fat' with them when they needed it most!

On the B Side: I feel really grateful to have a fairly normal pregnancy and hope that baby remains healthy! Again, you don't have to look very far to see just how luck you are!

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