With Christmas drawing closer and closer, I haven't had much time to myself. I've started my holiday baking and ended up getting two presents early. Matt knew how badly I needed new cookie sheets, so we went out and bought me a three pack of them last night, in addition to getting me a new mixing bowl. I can't wait to use them. We can't afford to give the kids a great Christmas this year, so we decided to give them a gift they can enjoy from a far, spending less than $10 we bought them four goldfish. It's nice teaching them to care for something else. Campbell tries to help feed them, but of course is still stuggling with giving them the right amount...it's still cute.
This past Sunday we took them to see Santa Claus in the mall...if you don't have to go to the mall on the weekend, don't...that's my advice. Neither Campbell or Taylin cried when they saw him, but the look of shear terror did come over their faces ever now and then. This is the first year we are setting out cookies for Santa too, so this should be interesting, considering they don't like to share their cookies with anyone, for any reason.
On to the pregnancy update for those who take the time to read it:
Your baby is now the size of a large tomato! She is 6 inches long and weighs almost 8 1/2 ounces now! At this stage of pregnancy sebaceous glands is busy producing vernix, a white protective covering that covers your baby's body before birth. (Vernix and amniotic fluid are responsible for that positively intoxicating baby smell.)
This is a very important time in terms of sensory development. Inside of your baby’s brain, certain areas are being specialized for smell, touch, taste, hearing, and vision.
Another big development in the last week, hair may finally be sprouting from his scalp.
By 19 weeks the uterus is developed in the female and the testes and penis are easily identifiable in males. It may also be time for your ultrasound, so if you don't wish to know the sex of your baby, be sure to make it clear to the ultrasound technician, to avoid any unwanted information!
This last sentence pertains to us...we never find out the sex of the baby, and when we get our next ultrasound on the 29th, we won't be finding out this time either. If you want to know what we are having, stay tuned each and every week and come May, we will all know.