The long awaited return…..(23 Weeks)

Jen at 23 weeks!Finally, after a few off weeks, the blog is back! I apologize for not posting a new blog entry. We have been pretty busy lately and also I have just been lazy with it.

Well Jen is officially 23 weeks today! It has been so exciting to see week after week how the baby is developing and all the cool new things that happen each day. It really has been unlike anything else that we could have imagined. We are so thankful for Peyton and love her dearly and can’t wait until we get to meet her in only 17 weeks! Peyton will be here before we know it! At 23 weeks, Peyton is more than 11 inches long and is just over a pound! She has been growing great and everything looked good at our 22 week appointment last week. She started measuring Jen’s belly at our last appointment but she didn’t tell us what the measurement was. Also our next appointment is December 2nd and then we go back the December 23rd which is 3 weeks from the Dec 2nd appointment and then we start going to our doctor every 2 weeks! To think that we only have 1 more 4 week appointment and then go back after that only 3 weeks last before our 2 week appointments start is so awesome and really makes us realize that Peyton will be here before we know it.

Speaking of, here is a little bit about Peyton this week:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

This week we started to sort out Peyton’s room. We got all the big things out of the room, except the furniture, and started to organize her room. We have been blessed with such family and friends that have given us clothes, swings, and lots of other things. (Peyton is going to be spoiled rotten). Jen put hung her clothes that needed to be hung and put all her other things in the armoire or dresser. Everything has it’s place and Jen has done a great job at organizing her clothes and such. We also are going to try and finalize the position of the armoire and dresser this week because Saturday I am going to be painting Peyton’s room. We are getting things going to try and get in gear for Peyton’s arrival.

One of the most amazing things is to feel and see Peyton move. She has really picked up her movement lately. Not only can we see her kick but we can actually see her move. It is the craziest thing to see her moving. The kicks are getting bigger and they are more like little thumps that you can see. Watching her actually move around and switch positions is different. It’s like looking at a waterbed as in it’s kind of like a wave when she moves. You can see Jen’s stomach move around and everything. We went to the movies this past weekend and watched her kick and move for about ten minutes before the movie started (no one else was in there at that time).

Well that’s all I got for now. I leave you with a couple of pictures of the furniture and bedding:

Dresser

Armoire

Peyton's crib and bedding

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