Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Week 26

Written by Shannon Leigh

Last week was week 26. Peanut was 14 inches long and at this point all four of her senses are developed. Not only can she hear me talking but she can hear what's going on around me. Maybe I should start playing classical music or something.

This was the first week that I felt the baby have hiccups. It was super cute at first but then the repetitiveness of it started to kind of annoy me. I 'm pretty sure that she doesn't enjoy them either. She seems to get extra squirmy when they start up.

It seems to be flying now (not sure if I should be excited or scared). I'm looking forward to the rest of the week off with the Thanksgiving holiday. I've decided that sitting up at my desk is pretty uncomfortable and it's only going to get worse. I still can't complain too much, I'm feeling great! Let's hope week 27 is just as good!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chambana Moms Interview

Written by Shannon Leigh

Amy from interviewed little ole me. You should totally read it!

Check out the article here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Week 25

Written by Shannon Leigh

Last week Peanut and I were 25 weeks.
She was 13 1/2 inches long (the size of a very large cucumber) and she weighed about 1 1/2 pounds. I chose NOT to photograph myself with a very large cucumber... it just looked... awkward.
Anyway, she is fully formed at this point and gaining some baby fat. If she has hair, it is continuing to grow and you would be able to see the color and texture.
Moving around is getting a little more difficult, especially bending over and getting out of bed. I can't complain too much because I still feel great.
She has officially found my bottom ribs and I feel pretty good jabs when I lay down.
Still feeling great and getting super excited about meeting this little cucumber, only 14 weeks to go:)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Movie about Love (& London)

Written by Shannon Leigh

We are very thankful to Matt's parents for letting us borrow their video camera for our trip.
Try not to pay attention to the shaky camera and Matt's constant zooming. Cut us some slack, we aren't professional videographers:)
See for yourself,

Love (& London) from Shannon Anderson on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Week 24

Written by Shannon Leigh

Last week was week 24 and boy are things-a-changing. Peanut was a full 12 inches long, the length of a piece of Indian corn. It was the first week that she'd be able to survive outside of the womb, which is pretty darn amazing. I am pretty proud of how far Peanut has come...
They say there is a distinct sleep pattern now but I am under the impression that Peanut doesn't sleep. She is constantly moving. Her new trick is pushing her bum/back/head out on one side of my belly, making it totally lopsided. I can feel bits and pieces of her rolling around all day long and so can Matt. We can even see her jumping around under my clothes.

I had my 24 week appointment and everything looks great! I have gained 8 pounds so far and Peanut is right on schedule as far as growth. I was hoping to get another sono at some point, but they'll only do it if it's medically necessary, which we don't want to happen. So I guess we won't "see" her until she's here.

Dylan D.

Written by Shannon Leigh
I dare you to check out Dylan D. on my photo blog.


Monday, November 9, 2009


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With this commercial for Amazon Kindle.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

We Smell Like Burnt Leaves

Written by Shannon Leigh

If you look towards our little town on any given fall evening, you will see a gray haze of smoke floating towards the sky. Last year as I gazed towards our town on my way home from work one night, I honestly thought the whole town was on fire and I was convinced I'd soon hear the sirens of a fire truck. But as soon as I made my way through town, I realized it was leaf burning at it's finest. It was a sight to behold; neighbors standing with rakes in their front yards watching the orange piles burn to ash and chatting over the slow sizzle.

This has become something I LOVE about fall in Tolono. Growing up in the country we didn't burn our leaves and during my many years of apartment living leaf burning wasn't part of my Autumn life. So I welcome the month of leaf-burning in Tolono and truly look forward to it. Matt, on the the other hand, finds it quite upsetting. The idea that the village of Tolono doesn't have designated days to burn leaves truly disturbs him.
Our yard has a total of 3 leaves in it and two of them floated in from the old victorian house that sits to the South. Needless to say we won't need to be raking our leaves anytime soon. This afternoon, I convinced Matt to take a walk with me through the smokey streets by reminding him that we won't have many fall days left. The warm sun felt good on my face and I think we both enjoyed ourselves.
As I sit here on this lovely fall evening I can smell the smoke in my hair and I'm savoring it. Before long there won't be any more leaves to burn and that means the long winter will be settling in. Next year I'll have a precious little girl to share the fall with and instead of smelling the smoke in my own hair, maybe I'll smell it in hers.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lindsay and Nathan

Written by Shannon Leigh
check them out here.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Week 23

Written by Shannon Leigh

This week, Peanut is a squash!
She is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound! I can't believe she is getting that big, although my belly is really starting to show it. I feel like I really "popped" this week.

I have noticed that eating full meals is getting a little tough, there's just not enough room. I can't imagine what it's going to be like a couple of months down the road.

In other news, Peanut can HEAR now. According to loud noises, such as Izzy barking or the sound of the vacuum cleaner (which I don't use very often), won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb. This is a good thing... because Izzy tends to bark a lot! I want to start reading to her so she can familiarize herself with my voice but we don't really have any Children's books. I guess I could read the Bible to her...maybe she'll find it fascinating.
I guess I talk too much in general so I'm sure she already knows who I am. She's probably thinking can someone please shut that girl up!

At least baby girl is getting used to the sound of the shutter on my camera because she'll be hearing that A LOT once she's out of there.
I have my 24 week appointment on Monday so I'll be updating soon. Hopefully I'll have some new information to share.