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Mama’s Plea (Dinner Update)

So far today I have eaten:

– one piece of Starbucks Reduced Fat Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake (8:30 am)
– 20 almonds (9:30 am)
– one 6 oz. serving of raspberry yogurt (10:30 am)

Yet here I sit with powerful indigestion, unable to consume a morsel of the yummy Panera I procured for myself almost two hours ago when I did NOT have said indigestion.

Baby Girl, I love you but could you please make some room for my lunch?! My mind thinks I’m starving but my belly thinks otherwise.

I suppose there’s nothing to do but wait it out!

UPDATE: I finally ate the mac n’ cheese half of my “U pick 2” at 3:00 pm.

I had a banana at 6:30 pm.

Indigestion set back in around 7, but I refused to accept it and I had two mini York Peppermint Patties at 7:30 pm.

I now feel like I want to throw up.

Grrrr! I’m really hoping this indigestion phase is a short one! Shorter than 10 weeks please!


Friday Update: Week 29

I don’t know what the hell kind of object is just over 15 inches long. Google sucks at telling me this. I’ve got things that are 14 inches, 14-1/2 inches, 16 inches, but apparently only last week’s 15″ Macbook Pro is 15 inches. So I’m saving myself the heartache and forgoing an object comparison this week. Sigh.

Anyway, at just over 15 inches, Baby2 only gained a bit less than half and inch in the 29th week, but she did gain another quarter pound!

To accompany Baby2’s crazy growth, Mr. Handsome’s and my schedules have been doing some crazy growing of their own. This week has just been a major juggling act. Mr. Handsome is moving to a new restaurant (same owner/company, just better management personnel and structure) so he’s pretty much working double time because he’s awesome and won’t leave the new place without the two (or I think he gave them three?) weeks notice. He’s working every day for 16 or 17 days straight. Great money, and we could use it going into my 10-week maternity leave of which I’m only paid for six weeks. But it wreaks havoc on our schedules.

Plus this week Kiddo1 was sick again (his ear infection from last week cleared up but now he has a bad cold and swelling in the other ear) so Mr. Handsome stayed home with him Monday (he had the day shift off) and I took over at night. I stayed home with him Tuesday and Mr. Handsome took over at night so I could go to my group midwife appointment. Wednesday he got out of his night shift so I could go to water aerobics. Thursday and Friday he worked a double shift and he will work Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. This weekend we also have a soccer game for Kiddo1, I have an event to go to a big consignment sale with my Moms Group and I need to find time to get to all the projects that I’ve been woefully neglecting. Deep breath.

Speaking of scheduling, one of the things on our vast third trimester to do list is to figure out when our parents and families are coming to visit. My parents have surprisingly been very easy. They’re short on vacation time from their jobs so they’re meeting my requirement of visiting after I’ve had a couple days to recover and not staying too long (I’m going for quality not quantity!). Mr. Handsome’s parents have not been so easy because they’re retired and have all the time in the world. I love my parents and in-laws, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t handle people visiting for more than a week. I get this emotional claustrophobia and I start to become unpleasant to be around. I fear my emotions will be all screwy to begin with, what with just having pushed out a human and all. So we’ll see how that all turns out.

Here are some other events of the week:

  • Total weight gain: 24 pounds. I am still averaging a pound a week, even though there were two weeks of a half pound gain (each week) and then this last week of two pounds gained, it all evens out. I shouldn’t be surprised about the two pounds, and I really am okay with it, but I was a little sad when I stepped on the scale on Monday (I weigh myself Monday through Friday, so Monday usually brings the biggest change).
  • Cravings: Honey Nut Cheerios are the best breakfast cereal ever. Except for maybe regular Cheerios.
  • Coolest symptom: At Tuesday’s check-up it was determined that Baby2’s head is down (I think it has been for several weeks, it was down at our ultrasound), her back/bottom is on my right side with her feet on my left. This makes complete sense because I feel the strongest kicks on my left side, light ones on my lower right (those must be little arms) and an odd rotating session very low, like her head or shoulders are slowly rotating. The latter movement is the weirdest one.
  • Lamest symptom: I only have to look at food to get indigestion.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): 210 exactly, and I feel like I just barely made it. I’m still not doing well at finding time to exercise on the weekends and, as you can read above, the weeks are getting busier so I’m not exercising every night either. My saviors this week were water aerobics (mandatory 60 minutes), soccer practice (another 60 minutes) and my renewed commitment to arm exercises (I did three days, 10 minutes each day). Rounding out the week was 75 minutes of yoga (two sessions of 30 and 45 minutes).

Finally, here’s a baby development update, courtesy

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and your baby’s head is growing bigger to make room for that developing brain. To meet your baby’s increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. And because his or her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Friday Update: Week 28

PhotobucketWeek 28! Baby is almost 15 inches long! I struggled to find an object that is just shy of 15 inches this week, but I ultimately settled on the 15-inch Macbook Pro because it kept coming up in the Google search results when I asked dear Google for assistance. I don’t have this laptop to verify whether or not it is just under 15 inches, I’m still rocking a six-year-old 12″ iBook G4 (aw hells yeah). This sleek picture of the Pro makes me want a new laptop though. Must. Resist.

While baby is almost 15 inches long, week 28 is solid third trimester territory. There’s debate about when the third trimester starts, just like there is for the second. I suppose you could say it starts at 26 weeks 4 days, or 27 weeks to make it even, but I wanted to give myself until week 28 for a few reasons. One, to stretch out the “golden time” of the second trimester that much more. Two, to make the third trimester feel like it just flies by. Three, because this way today could be both a trimester milestone AND Mr. Handsome’s and my anniversary (post coming about that tomorrow).

As you may know, the third trimester, when compared to the second, is not all non-alcoholic wine and roses. There are some things the third trimester is notorious for, and I somewhat fear (although fear may be too strong of a word):

  • More indigestion, which coincidentally has been occurring more frequently this week.
  • More farting (I had it BAD in third tri with Kiddo1. Although this time I’ve figured out that chocolate/sugar really triggers my gas, so I’m closer to being able to control it). I am silent but deadly.
  • More exhaustion. I don’t think I was all that tired in the first tri but I do remember taking lunchtime naps with Kiddo1 when I was in the third tri last time – yes I was that tired.
  • More Braxton Hicks, which I don’t remember having very many of at all with Kiddo1 but now I already have them ALL THE TIME.
  • More nighttime potty breaks (why does this have to correlate with the sleepy times of the first and third trimester?!).
  • More biggering. Most people say the last couple months is when their weight gain got out of control. My control has been great so far, if I do say so myself, so hopefully that will continue.

There are good things though, right?

  • Awesome kicks that make it seem like baby is trying to escape. Kiddo1 liked to stick out an elbow or knee sometimes and I would gently push him back. That sort of interaction is pretty cool.
  • Finishing projects! The feeling of everything coming together!
  • Finalizing names. I think we’ve agreed on a middle name already!
  • Everything starting to feel more real. So we’re really having another kid, eh? No turning back now!
  • Viability, just in case someone decides to join us really early (not too early please!).
  • Being that much closer to a precious cold beer baby snuggle. (Who am I kidding, the beer takes a close second sometimes!)

Here are some more pros and cons, but about the past (this week) rather then the future:

  • Total weight gain: The scale has said it’s been a solid 22 pounds for the past couple days. I can’t begin to say how happy I am with the scale. That means I only gained half a pound each week for the last two weeks – baby put on a half pound herself in that same amount of time!
  • Cravings: Honestly, I don’t really have much in the way of cravings. I have something each week that I seem to like a little more than other things, but I don’t particularly crave anything. That seems to be people’s favorite question to ask lately, though, “What weird foods are you eating?!?!?!” Ugh, I don’t eat weird foods. The strangest thing I’ve eaten through this whole pregnancy is a hamburger (I don’t usually eat ground beef). Vent over.
  • Coolest symptom: Overall, I just feel good. Sure there’s indigestion and I’m a bit more tired but growing a person is pretty dang cool. I like being pregnant. Despite what some of my “lame symptom” updates might say! There’s just a special feeling I have when I’m pregnant, I can’t describe it. Like glowing from within or something. I like it. It almost makes me not miss beer!
  • Lamest symptom: How is it possible to feel full and hungry at the same time? I can be completely stuffed but I want to put food in my mouth. What is that all about? And I don’t know if I’ve posted about it before, but sometimes I think I can feel myself getting bigger – my belly expanding, skin stretching. I don’t know if it is in my head or not but the fact is that I AM getting bigger so it wouldn’t be that weird if I could feel it, right?
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): It was a very cardio-filled week! We rode our bikes to one of Kiddo1’s soccer games (yep, still on my bike with a seven-month belly! Kind of weird but awesome!) and I went to water aerobics again and had an extra evening of swimming with Kiddo1 (he and Mr. Handsome couldn’t come with on my usually water aerobics night because he had cavities filled a couple hours before). I did some elliptical and a whole lot of active soccer practice for 235 minutes of total exercise this week! I only fit in 15 minutes of light yoga, which has been a bit more difficult lately. I hope to post a yoga update soon…

Finally, here’s a baby development update, courtesy

By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of the head to the heels. Your baby can blink his or her eyes, which now sport lashes. With increasingly developed eyesight, your baby may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. Your baby’s also developing billions of neurons in his or her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Friday Update: Week 27

PhotobucketHappy Friday the 13th! It’s the second of three Friday the 13ths this year, the last one being Baby2’s due date. I feel like we’re quickly getting so much closer to it!

Baby is about 14-1/2 inches long this week – the height of my KitchenAid mixer! I love my mixer, even though I don’t use it often enough. Mine was a gift from Mr. Handsome about three years ago, I think for Christmas! I have made some yummy comfort foods with it, if I do say so myself.

This week my poor family could use some comfort – everyone except me has been sick, and that includes our dog!

Last week, Kiddo1 woke up complaining that he couldn’t hear out of one ear. I kind of assumed he slept on it wrong (is that an odd assumption?) so that he was exaggerating a bit… lately it seems like something is always hurting him. But the loss of hearing persisted so I took the day off last Thursday and took him to the doctor’s office.

Turns out, he had his second-ever case of Swimmer’s Ear (you can get it even if you haven’t been swimming!) so we got hooked up with some drops. He has to have drops in his ear four times a day for five days. We wrapped up the drop routine on Tuesday and he reports hearing and comfort restored. Hopefully everything will check out when we go back to the doctor on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Mr. Handsome has had a bit of a cold with a whole lot of cough. Let’s just say neither one of us slept very well earlier this week! It seems like Mr. Handsome has been fighting back colds for the last couple weeks. I feel bad for him but very lucky for myself since I haven’t picked anything up!

Finally, our pup, Max, has been sick too. Last week he stopped eating; he hardly ate anything at all for a few days. So I took him to the vet on Friday, the day after Kiddo1’s doctor visit. Ah, the vet’s office: Max hates it because they poke at him and I hate it because they take all our money! He was a bit dehydrated but otherwise nothing seemed wrong so they wanted to take X-rays. They were very concerned about him not eating. They also pumped him full of some electrolytes and fluids to get him re-hydrated. $600 later the diagnosis was Gastro-something-or-other and he was on a special diet for a few days.

He’s still not feeling 100% better, but at least his appetite has improved. We go back to the vet on Monday, too, so hopefully they’ll have more to tell us about what they think the problem is.

All through this I’ve felt pretty good, no sickness at least, but I had another round of crazy Braxton Hicks on Monday night. I ate a big dinner – I’m thinking the resulting indigestion probably brought them on. I wouldn’t call them painful, really, but the longer they lasted the more annoying they became, for sure. They started around seven. I started to drift in and out of sleep for awhile around then. I woke up on the couch at one and felt much better, so I guess I just had to wait it out. I drank a lot of water and, ahem, my dinner was digested and purged, so I hope that helped.

As annoying as the Braxton Hicks are, I kind of like the practice they offer me. I am super psyched about going for a drug-free labor and delivery, but there’s always that thought in the back of my mind that I won’t be able to do it. I suppose these contractions help me to practice some breathing and talking myself through. They aren’t all bad… I guess.

Other things about this week weren’t all bad either:

  • Total weight gain: I’m calling it 21-1/2 pounds because I don’t think 21 or 22 pounds is entirely fair. A whopping two pounds of that is all baby!
  • Cravings: Asparagus looks very yummy this week, perhaps because I’ve been seeing it front-and-center at all the food stores. It must be in season! I feel like my diet has been pretty good the last couple weeks. I’ve stayed away from ice cream and have made an effort (albeit a small one) to limit my carb intake.
  • Coolest symptom: Bump compliments are nice. I’ve never received so many “you’re so cute” comments in one week from random people before! Everyone I meet has been so sweet – and this whole time I was worried about unsolicited advice! I have such little faith in people…
  • Lamest symptom: The aforementioned Braxton Hicks were a bit lame. There are pros and cons, as noted.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): I just barely made it this week – 210 exactly! I’m proud of myself because this week was crazy, what with the sicknesses and KIddo1 started soccer and a dance class this week, so I didn’t have a lot of free weekends. Also, I started water aerobics this week! I hope to write more about it in a few days, or maybe after I’ve had another couple of classes.

Here’s what’s new with Baby2, courtesy

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with legs extended. He or she is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing those little eyes, and perhaps even sucking on his or her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. The lungs are still immature, but they would be capable of functioning – with a lot of medical help – if your baby were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother your baby, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Friday Update: Week 26

PhotobucketThis groovy fetus is now about 14 inches long or the size of typical lava lamp – this one looks a lot like the one Mr. Handsome got me for Christmas last year!

Speaking of groovy, I’ve been working on getting back into my own groove of a routine this week after having last week off work for Spring Break. I don’t remember it always taking so much effort to get back into routine, but this week has been a struggle. I’ve barely been able to make it out of bed on time let alone focus on work and contribute to the household (and my exercise) when I get home. It’s been a mess of a week!

It’s funny how quickly a routine can collapse if just a few key triggers aren’t followed. I didn’t realize how much my day-to-day life really does revolve around my work schedule. It regulates when I wake up, when I eat, when other stuff (non-work) gets done, when I exercise, all that.

That makes me kind of wonder about how different life will be while I’m out on maternity leave. I’m super excited for a couple months off and for being able to spend time with my TWO kids – and for having a summer break this year! But if I don’t get myself into a solid routine fairly quickly I’m afraid things will just fall apart! Of course, by quickly I don’t mean the minute we return from the hospital, more like within a week or two. As long as I establish something to keep me from going crazy!

Speaking of routines, here’s the routine weekly wrap-up:

  • Total weight gain: 21 pounds. And I’m totally zen about it.
  • Cravings: I’m trying to convince myself that I’m craving healthy things. So I’m craving healthy things. Mostly. I have found an affinity for almonds this week as well as quinoa. I had a salad with quinoa the other day, it was nice.
  • Coolest symptom: It isn’t a symptom, but I have found a way to trick myself into thinking I’m sleeping on my stomach, which is my favorite sleep position. I just stick one knee out like a kick stand. I don’t think this will last forever, but it is nice for now. I remember missing stomach sleeping more than beer toward the end of pregnancy with Kiddo1. And right now I really miss beer so that’s saying a lot!
  • Lamest symptom: I’ve started having a tad bit more trouble using my abdominals to sit up for getting out of bed, off the couch, etc. I’m going to have to start rolling on to my side. Not pretty.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): Well, I wasn’t as bad as last week, but clearly I’m having trouble getting back into routine on the exercise front. I only got in 140 minutes, or 2/3 of the way to goal. Eh, there’s always next week!

Baby2 certainly stuck to her routine; here are some of her new developments, courtesy

The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He or she may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. Your baby is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. These so-called breathing movements are essential for the development of the lungs. These are also good practice for when your baby is born and takes that first gulp of air.  Your baby is continuing to put on fat. He or she now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.

Friday Update: Week 22

PhotobucketWeek 22 is here! If you were to stretch baby out on the long side of an 8-1/2×11 piece of paper, her head and feet would reach both ends! It would be weird if you did that, but still, that’s how big baby is this week: 11 inches long. I will look at paper in a whole new light today at work!

This week things have been fairly normal. I haven’t even thought that much about pregnancy or the baby or any of that. Which may sound odd but is actually kind of a nice break. Between all the time that we were trying and all the time I’ve been pregnant so far, I’ve had babies and baby stuff and pregnancy nonsense on my brain for 15 solid months! I’ll take the break.

With that being said, let’s just jump right into the weekly standards, shall we?

  • Total weight gain: 17 pounds. I’m so glad my weight gain has been manageable the last few weeks. This week I believe it was my huge uptick in cardio that helped the most. I’m doing better with last week’s goal to eat more vegetables and less carbs but it is a daily struggle!
  • Cravings: Again, anything chocolate. Hot chocolate, dark chocolate, Panera’s mint chocolate crinkle cookie, you name it. Also, I’m starting to get into making myself breakfast sandwiches. I cook up a couple eggs in the evening, put them in the fridge and take them to work in the morning along with a slice of ham lunch meat and an english muffin. At work I pop the whole thing in the toaster oven and I have a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. Mmm! It still isn’t enough food in the mornings though. I’ve been so hungry this week! Baby must be growing!
  • Coolest symptom: Mr. Handsome felt her kicks the other night, that was pretty cool! She also seems to love to go crazy with kicking when I’m trying to lead meetings, which is an interesting distraction that I can’t really explain to my audience. I’ve noticed that my hair feels softer and my nails seem thicker this week. My skin is looking a bit better too. Luckily I haven’t faced teenager-like breakouts but there have been a few more blemishes than I would like (which of course is more than zero!). This week though it seems like my skin is getting a hormone break, which is awesome. I can wear v-neck shirts! My chest seems to bear the brunt of it every time. Speaking of skin, I think I see the faintest linea negra starting to come in too. I had such a dark one with Baby1!
  • Lamest symptom: Don’t hate me, but I’m trying hard to think of something lame this week. Oh! I can place my thumb in my belly button. The whole fingerprint part. It’s really stretching out!
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): Drumroll, please! This week I got in 240 minutes! I’m proud of myself. A lot of that came over the weekend so I’m super happy for getting more weekend exercise in like I said I would work on for this week. I counted 90 minutes of walking plus I put in another 50 minutes on the elliptical. I logged 90 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes with arm exercises. This still doesn’t quite make up for last week’s exercise fail, but I’m taking things one week at a time here!

Baby2 has made some great strides herself! Here’s what’s new, courtesy

Your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His or her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and tiny tooth buds are even developing beneath the gums. Your baby’s eyes have formed, but the irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash), your baby weighs almost 1 pound. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers your baby’s body and the deep wrinkles on his or her skin, which will be filled in before birth by a nice padding of fat. Inside your baby’s belly, the pancreas – essential for the production of some important hormones – is developing steadily.

Friday Update: Week 21

PhotobucketShe’s as long as my water bottle this week! 10-1/2 whole inches! This is my water bottle and I love it so much. I carry it with me everywhere and try desperately not to loose it!

Hold on – as long as my water bottle?! Whoa. Super whoa.

Baby’s size may seem to have jumped dramatically since last week’s birthday hat to this week’s water bottle. Apparently the reason for this is that baby is too difficult to measure from head to feet up until week 20, so measurements are always listed as “head to rump” until that point. From now on though, baby is measured from head to foot. Of course, growth rates after the first trimester do vary, so these measurements are really just an average and a way to have fun finding comparably-sized objects!

This we week had two appointments up at the hospital, one for our ultrasound and one regular midwife visit. We’re getting to know the campus a little better but Mr. Handsome is still a bit worried that he’ll get us lost on the way to deliver! We’re delivering at the university hospital and it is huge! By far the most sprawling hospital campus I’ve ever seen before. It’s kind of intimidating but, at the same time, every possible medical situation will be covered if we need it. And we get all the benefits of having the midwives too, like being able to labor freely without monitoring or an IV and the option to have a waterbirth (which I will probably write about in more detail in a couple months).

A few highlights from the 20-week appointment:

  • My uterus is up to belly button level now!
  • Midwife says my diet is pretty good, but if I want to keep my weight manageable I need to ease up on the carbs and replace them with vegetables. More salads, less pasta. I will work on that. (After the appointment we went out for pizza and I had a big spinach salad instead of a slice. So, pat on the back for me, eh?)
  • Baby2’s heartbeat is great! She was moving around SO much that they (midwife + student) didn’t do an official count but they didn’t really need to – no cause for worry there.
  • The ultrasound pictures were reviewed and they said she looks perfect! No problems whatsoever, which was music to our ears of course. They didn’t even have a problem with my slightly short cervical length (3.2 cm, average is 4, danger zone kicks in at 2.5).
  • I told them more about my headaches (which have subsided a bit), stabbing abdomen pain and lower back pain. They agreed with previous assessments about the abs from when I’ve called in 2-3 times previously: as long as I’m not doubled over in pain or having contractions, it’s probably just round ligament or related pain and nothing to worry about. It’s weird but no worries. Stay hydrated is the constant refrain when it comes to prevention (and it really does work because I notice a lot fewer lame symptoms if I’m well hydrated for several days).

Some statistics for the week:

  • Total weight gain: 16 pounds. Only one pound again this week, despite the large amounts of birthday food consumed. I attribute that feat to getting back on the elliptical! Plus I did a fairly good job at holding back on the sweets this week, again despite the birthday.
  • Cravings: Carbs, any carbs. They’re so tasty! And ice cream. Ooooo, ice cream (control, fading. must. resist. the freezer).
  • Coolest symptom: Seeing our beautiful baby girl at the ultrasound was a pretty sweet symptom of pregnancy! Both times that I was on the exam table this week, she started kicking like crazy as soon as I reclined back. The tech and the midwife said she’s a mover and a shaker for sure!
  • Lamest symptom: On Sunday I bought a size 36D bra. It fit fine then. It’s too small now. Bring on the DDs. (I believe Mr. Handsome sees this as a good thing though, of course.)
  • Exercise this week: The goal is 210 minutes per week (that’s an average of 30 minutes per day). This week I was super, super bad. Friday, Monday and Wednesday night we were out late (like, 8 pm!) and once I get home and get Kiddo1 to bed and take care of other things it’s time to go to bed myself. The weekend was totally shot – I just never seem to find the time amongst the errands, projects, cleaning, etc. I need to really work on that if I plan on meeting my goal next week. I almost gave up on exercise completely this week but I did manage to get in a total of 115 minutes, 45 of yoga, 10 of arms and 60 on the elliptical. I should be proud of myself for getting back on the elliptical, so I don’t feel like a total exercise failure this week.

Baby2 did not fail to grow and change this week though! Here’s what’s new with HER, courtesy

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long – the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like he or she is practicing martial arts as initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to your baby’s activity as you get to know him or her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form.