Gosh, I can't believe it is already week 24. Time is flying by. I also can't believe that I have to get through all the birthdays, anniversaries and holidays before the baby is born. I am determined to get all of my Chri
Jennifer D.

Gosh, I can't believe it is already week 24. Time is flying by. I also can't believe that I have to get through all the birthdays, anniversaries and holidays before the baby is born. I am determined to get all of my Christmas shopping done early so I don't have to shop during my eighth month. I already avoid malls at peak shopping hours. I can't imagine braving them with an extra 30 pounds packed on. I've got my next OB appointment next week and I'm really anxious to see how much weight I've gained since my last one. I am betting I've gained about 20 or 21 pounds in all. Thank goodness for height - I seem to be carrying most of the weight in front. Though there have been noticeable changes in other areas of course!

The nursery is coming right along. Rich is having a lot of fun painting it. It will be one of a kind, definitely. We were determined to have nothing that remotely resembled anyone else's nursery and I think we're going to achieve that goal. I wonder when Dorothy will realize what a cool room she has? By the time she's old enough to realize something like that she'll probably want to redecorate!

Insurance has also been on our minds this week, as Rich's open enrollment period is this month. It's such boring, adult stuff to have to think about. It only makes you realize how the healthcare industry is only out for profit, and how little money we have as a family once insurance coverage is taken into account.

I find it all very confusing. At least we are able to plan for a hospital stay and budget and save accordingly. I shudder to think what an unexpected emergency hospital stay would do to our finances.

I am going to my first baby shower tomorrow. I wonder if we'll play any games? I am especially excited because I haven't seen this friend since before she was pregnant. She is now in her eighth month and has told me she isn't cute anymore. I wonder what she'll look like? Which also makes me wonder how uncute I'll be in my eighth month.



It has just now gotten to the point where people, strangers, remark upon my pregnancy. No belly pats recently, thank goodness. And I have gotten a lot of "you're so cute" remarks, which I hope are truthful and not just flattery.

I've finally started wearing mostly maternity clothes, which are so comfortable. I can still get away with a few nonmaternity items, though that won't last much longer.

Mom and I are going to Babies R Us this weekend at register, finally. I am especially excited about looking at cribs. Once we've got that then the nursery will really be on its way. I have also decided to register at Target, but I'll do most of that online, since the Target closes to me is under construction right now.

We've decided not to register for any clothes that are 0-6 months, as we already have tons. We are in need of every size after that. Rich's mom has been so good about getting us stuff at consignment sales. I wonder if Dorothy will even be able to wear it all...PregnancyAndBaby.com

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