Friday, May 21, 2010
How your baby's growing:Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
How Mom is Doing:
Think you're big now? You'll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you're resting or becomes severe.
You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it's from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they're called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or "dark line."
These darkened spots will probably fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you're outdoors. And if you're self-conscious about your "mask," a little concealing makeup can work wonders.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
What Baby Is Up To:
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
What's Going On With Mom:
Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.
Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.
From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.
If you haven't already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you'll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby's growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you're working with is accurate, and see how many babies you're carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking his thumb. Bring your partner along, and be sure to ask for a printout for your baby's first photo album!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
How your baby's growing:Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
How Mom is changing:
Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.
You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
After a trip to the ER in the middle of the night on Friday for what felt like AF type cramps to me, we had an ultra sound, saw a super bouncy baby and saw that he was packin heat!
And you cant tell me this isnt cute....He is sucking his thumb!!
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
How Mom's Life Is Changing:
The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.
This website seriously makes my baby look like an alien!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Total weight gain/loss: at last appointment, I was up 6...but Dr H says that's okay, so I feel okay about it...but I've been cutting bak on crap.
Next Appointment: May 11 for a reg appt and May 20 for gender! (less than one month!!)
Maternity clothes? oh yes. I'm starting to find that my pre preg shirts look stupid...by stupid i mean they make me look fat. Maternity shirts will at least let me look knocked up! I went to target and got a super cute dress yesterday and a pair of shorts. Shorts are going back, I hate them.
Stretch marks: had them for awhile, wont be able to blame them on the bean! But no new ones...at least that I can see!
Sleep: Sleep has been rough this past week. My sweet little fetus is laying on my sciatic nerve, and has been for the past 3.5 days. It does feel better when I lay down, but then I just have a hard time getting comfortable. As long as it's for Bean, I'm okay with it.
Best moment this week: I popped. I dont remember when exactly, but I did!
Movement: I hear movement all the time on the doppler, but I don't feel it yet!
Food cravings: I'm about to kill someone for a wet burrito (just the thing to help me watch my eating habits..)
Food aversions: Still nothing!
Gender: No clue. I used to think boy, and now I'm just not sure.
Belly Button in or out: still in...will be for a while!
What I miss: my family, but that has nothing to do with the baby. Since it is getting warmer, I have really wanted an Iced Green Tea Latte from Starbucks...but they dont make them decaf so I will miss them a lot, since I used to drink one a day! i will be limiting myself....
What I am looking forward to: seeing my family soon and in less than a month(barley) we will know if bean is packin heat!
Milestones: I got my first stranger comment! A guy at the golf course said "oh my gosh Megan, You're going to be a mommy!" eep! I sure am!
What Bean Is Up To:
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")
How My Body Is Changing:
You've probably gained about 5 pounds by now (a little more or less is fine, too) and are well into the swing of your pregnancy, but you may still be surprised by an unexpected symptom now and then. If your nose is stuffed up, for instance, you can probably chalk it up to the combined effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your mucous membranes. This condition is so common, there's even a name for it: "rhinitis of pregnancy." Some pregnant women also suffer nosebleeds as a result of increased blood volume and blood vessel expansion in the nose.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Bean is as big as a lemon!!
How your baby's growing:This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
How Your Life Is Changing:
Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).
The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead
Apparently we also have what looks like a karate fetus....
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce.
This is the last week of your first trimester, and your risk of miscarriage is now much lower than earlier in pregnancy. Next week marks the beginning of your second trimester, a time of relative comfort for many women who see early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue subside. More good news: Many couples also notice a distinct libido lift around this time. Birth is still months away, but your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow.
woah, bean looks like a Gremlin..."A very cute gremlin"-B
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Look at Bean growing!! Holy cow! A human being!! He/She is just over 12 weeks old and measuring just over 2 inches long!
We had a scan done today to measure the fluid behind Bean's neck. This can tell that there is a problem like Down Syndrome and Trisomy 13 and 18. They want less than 2.50mm of fluid and Bean measured at 1.00mm! Good to go! I also got some blood work done, but I'm 100% sure that is going to come back fine!
Bean was being a little bit of a stinker and wouldn't move around for the tech to get to the back of the neck, so the tech was pushing and wiggling my stomach to get bean to move. At one point we saw a tiny little hand fly up and bean flipped over onto his/her side and stuck its butt out at us! it was so funny! it's like s/he was saying "I'm not ready to play yet, come back later!" Just like brian does...ooh man, am I in trouble or what?!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Next Appointment: We have our NT scan on Tuesday (april 6) and then I have a reg appointment on April 13
Maternity clothes? only jeans. even my fat pants don't fit.
Stretch marks: had them for awhile, wont be able to blame them on the bean!
Sleep: A lot less naps, none in the past week! I get about 10 hours of sleep a night, getting up one time to pee before the alarm goes off....then one time after the alarm (that is, the pre-alarm alarm) goes off about 40 minutes before I get up.
Best moment this week: hitting 12 weeks. I wasn't sure that I'd ever get this far!
Movement: i'm sure s/he is moving in there, i just cant feel it!
Food cravings: I want a Gyro, but only the kind from the fair...
Food aversions: nothing. at all!
Gender: after the U/S i am not sure....only because the HR was 164, so that has me thinking it might be a girl....but in my gut, i still think Boy!
Belly Button in or out: still in...will be for a while!
What I miss: beer. especially this weekend. Final Four is in town, we've been downtown taking it all in and i feel like i'm the only one without a beer...and i love beer.
What I am looking forward to: the NT scan and getting my Doppler in the mail!
Milestones: 12 weeks -- to some people that means i'm outta the first tri!
Belly pic from 12 weeks....that "bump" is my weight gain.
Friday, April 2, 2010
So, what's happening this week you ask?
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
And for me?
Your uterus has grown to the point where your healthcare provider can now feel the top of it (the fundus) low in your abdomen, just above your pubic bone. You may already be into maternity clothes, especially if this isn't your first pregnancy. If you're still fairly small and not yet ready for maternity clothes, you've no doubt noticed that your waist is thickening and that you're more comfortable in loose, less restrictive clothing.
You may begin to feel heartburn (also called acid indigestion), a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of your breastbone to your lower throat. Many women get heartburn for the first time during pregnancy, and those who've previously had bouts of heartburn may find that it gets worse. During pregnancy, the placenta produces a lot of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach. Particularly when you're lying down, gastric acid can seep back up the pipe, which causes the uncomfortable burning sensation. For many women the problem doesn't begin (or get worse) until later in pregnancy, when your growing uterus starts to push up on your stomach. The discomfort may range from mildly annoying to intense and distracting.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women, as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn’t mean me – then you should probably read this twice.
1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is ‘Congratulations!’ with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.
2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father – not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase ‘my baby’.
3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth, and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it…
4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone’s stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix, or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.
5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight…ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is ‘You look fabulous!’.
6. By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don’t need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes. Nor do we need to know how badly you will feel for us because we will be pregnant during the summer and how glad you are that YOU will not be pregnant this coming summer.
7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL, or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents. You weren’t invited to be there when the baby was created, you probably won’t be invited to be there when it comes out either.
8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital, and the parent’s home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to ‘help out’. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.
9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules, and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.
10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.
All the Pregnant Women in the World
I am not worried about our baby having anything wrong with it, what I am worried about is that if there is a special need (any one, ever)that I won't be prepared. I want to be prepared and have resources in place if Bean needs them.
And it's free. Insurance covers it 100%, no copay either! And I do love an ultra sound!
Anyways, so now that this is all set (Tuesday, April 6 @ 8:30am), I'm worried. What if Bean does have special needs....I know I went to school to be a Special Education teacher, but I never learned about if the child was mine! I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if we have enough money to raise a child with special needs and give him/her everything and more.....I know that there is nothing wrong with Bean....but what if?
okay, I'm done. Right now, I'm just really looking forward to seeing our precious baby on the ultra sound!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Woah, I can't believe I'm FINALLY this far!! Didn't feel like I'd ever get to even 11 weeks!
How your baby's growing:Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long, about the size of a Lime, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.
She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
How My Life Is Changing:
If you're like most women, you're feeling a bit more energetic now and your nausea may be starting to wane. Unfortunately, you may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). Just remember, all this discomfort is for a good cause.
Don't worry if nausea has made it impossible for you to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if you haven't put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). Your appetite will likely return soon, and you'll start to gain about a pound a week.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Woah! Bean is getting big!
How your baby's growing:Though he's just a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Since I am still very early on (9weeks 4 days) I knew that it could be hard to hear the heartbeat on the doplar. When we didn't hear it I cant say that I was okay with it, but I knew everything was probably alright. Dr H is awesome. He told me that he was going to get me in for a quick Ultra Sound because he didnt want me to worry.
After a short wait, I was taken to the Ultra Sound room. They did a normal belly ultrasound and I saw bean right away! The picture was a little blurry since I didn't have a full bladder and bean is so small, but seeing those little arms(or legs)wiggle around and hearing that amazing little heartbeat was awesome. I wish B would have been there to see the baby again, next time!
Here is bean! The picture isn't great, but bean was moving around and the ultrasound was more just to make sure s/he was doing okay in there!
The legs/bum are the higher part of the little body on the left hand side...head is on the lower right! Cute, right?? totally!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Worried about nothing? probably. Irrational Fear? I dono....I wonder if my fear is irrational. B doesn't seem to be scared or worried.
He's going to be the cool headed parent. I'm going to be the one freaking out because of a weird colored booger. That's okay, right? I mean one of us has to be level headed and one of us has to be a worry wart.....right?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Fetal development in pregnancy week 9:
fetus in third month Congratulations! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club, a very exclusive and exiting new stage in their prenatal development. Basically, this means the little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo creature to a recognizable human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids remain fused shut for a while yet. Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid—so your little one is already developing their sense of balance. Your baby's little swimmer legs are still relatively, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they’ve started urinating (this might seem charming now but wait till you have to start buying diapers!).
Friday, March 12, 2010
I guess I'll be getting another pair of mat jeans this weekend....pre preg jeans are about to go into a space bag for the next 8 months!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Baby is about the size of a raspberry.
How Mom's life is changing: You may notice that your bra is getting more snug. Soon you'll likely need a larger size with better support. Rising levels of hormones cause breast growth and other tissue changes, all in preparation for lactation. Your breasts may continue to grow throughout pregnancy. Don't be surprised if you go up a cup size or two, especially if it's your first baby. Keep this in mind, and allow for room to grow when investing in a new bra.
Feeling fatigued? Hormonal changes — in particular, a dramatic rise in progesterone — may be contributing to your sluggishness. Nausea and vomiting can certainly cost you energy, too. And you may be having trouble getting a good night's sleep at this point, especially if you're uncomfortable or find you need to get up to pee.
Here is what bean looks like this week!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Next Appointment: March 16, I hope they can pick up bean's hb on the Doppler!
Maternity clothes? sadly, yes. i haven't pooped in days and i'm super bloated. I got some cute jeans from Kohls that were 60 bucks and we got them for 20....they are way too comfortable! i love them!
Stretch marks: had them for awhile, wont be able to blame them on the bean!
Sleep: Still getting up a couple times a night to pee
Best moment this week: the ultrasound last week was amazing!
Movement: too early for that
Food cravings: today i just wanted a wet burrito, so i got one. it was delish!
Food aversions: not yet, i did gag at raw chicken today...ugh.
Gender: I still think it's a boy.
Belly Button in or out: still in...will be for a while!
What I miss: sex.
What I am looking forward to: hearing bean' heartbeat
Milestones: seeing the flicker of a heartbeat, and hearing it!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Now, for week 7....
Bean is about the size of a blueberry! woot!The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.
If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
B called his three cousins this morning and told them the news. They are all super excited! The main reason he called was to tell them not to put it on Facebook....sad that facebook is my main concern, right?
Friday, February 19, 2010
This is what bean is up to this week:
The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones.
Bean is now the size of a sweet pea!
and this is what he looks like in there
In one week we will have our first pictures of Bean!! We cant wait!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Brockstar sent me a package that had me sobbing!! (and had my little dog a little bit jealous/concerned!)
2 bibs (i love mommy and i love daddy), 3 baby hats, 4 receiving blankets, a baby fleece blanket, candy hearts(the sour kind! mmm!!) 4 bags of smarties (i love smarties more than words can say!) a jar of pickles, 2 liter of ginger ale, chocolates, double bubble, drawer/cupboard latches, outlet covers and raw hides for our dogs!!
Thank you thank you thank you!! You are an amazing friend and I love you so much!!
When we got to the doctors office, he was so happy to see us instead of starting infertility blood work! It was so awesome to have him be as excited as we were (A+ for bedside manor!)
Anyways, we met with the nurse and went over a million questions about both my and B's health history, i peed in a cup and then met with the doctor where we went over a bunch of the same questions, he asked some more questions and we asked him some.
Then came the pelvic, woah, this threw DH off a bit. He knew it was coming, but the look on his face when he saw what the Dr was doing was priceless! it made me laugh.
I got blood drawn....like 8 vials of it! Dang! Didn't they think me and bean needed that?!
Anyway, we have scheduled our first Ultrasound for next week Friday! Feb 26th at 9am! We are both already so excited. Cant wait to see that little heart beating!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
we called and told B's mom and little sisters down in NC and they were ecstatic! They all started yelling so many thing that we couldn't hear them, but it was good, happy yelling!
Woah, so spreading the news that I'm pregnant is totally fun! cant wait til 12 weeks so i can blab to more people!!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Anyways, today bean is 5 weeks old! Bean has grown from the size of a sesame seed to the size of an apple seed! Way to go Bean!
This is what Bean is up to this week:
The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.
His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.
The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.
and for reals, this is what bean looks like -- getting more and more handsome every day!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
New plan:this weekend!!! yes! My sis and her bf can make it down for the night on Saturday, so it will be a short visit but it will be awesome!
How we are going to tell? A slide show of our trip to Cancun 2 weeks ago with quotes about family in between random pics. towards the end we will do the "air fare, $399. "All inclusive resort", $599. "Realizing there are three of us in this picture, priceless!" (and have that be on a pic of just B and me)
I will post the slide show when it's done! My sister is working on it, yet another reason why I love her so so sooo much! I am so excited to tell my parents!! They are going to be sooo excited!
God, please take care of this little bean! I know this is a very critical time in development (well, all of it is, but the next couple weeks especially) We've been waiting so very long and praying so long for this baby.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Total weight gain/loss: same...cause i just found out.
Next Appointment: Feb. 16th, which is also the first appointment. It can't come soon enough!!
Maternity clothes? nono, but i am bloated. Jeans didn't button well at all, good thing its the weekend and i can wear pjs and sweats all weekend!
Stretch marks: had them for awhile, wont be able to blame them on the bean!
Sleep: I'm going to bed early, but waking up but waking up at least 2 times a night. Not too exhausted during the day though, yet!
Best moment this week: Finding out I am pregnant!!!
Movement: too early for that
Food cravings: I don't think I have any legit cravings. I just think of stuff I want and make DH get it for me. This morning? Sauteed onions!! mmmm
Food aversions: not yet!
Gender: I think it's a boy....but i know nothing. and I'd also be happy to be wrong! We'll be happy with a boy or a girl!
Belly Button in or out: still in...will be for a while!
What I miss: sleeping on my belly, I'm too bloated to do that right now. And also, sleeping through the night. I guess i should get used to that.
What I am looking forward to: better question, what am i NOT looking forward to?! I want M/S, aversions, cravings, belly, kicks...i want it all!
Milestones: Getting my BFP!!
I took a digital test the day I got my BFP and the day after, each time it gave me those crappy words "Not Pregnant" so I waited until my real test date and FINALLY got confirmation of what I already knew and what i've been waiting to see!!
I woke up about 3 times in the middle of the night to pee, but wouldn't let myself go (yes, that's not great to do, i know. but i did it for the sake of a positive digital) and finally at about 6am i couldn't hold it anymore. "Pregnant" popped up really fast! I flipped on the lights to the bedroom, jumped on the bed and yelled "B (for future reference, i do really call him B. That's not just for blog sake!) look at this!" I handed him the stick and he rubbed his eyes, sat up looked at it and giggled. He's now fast asleep, but he was happy for the 32 seconds he was awake!
B is no longer requesting further testing and now believes me, it's about time!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Totally cute, right?! Yeah, I'm biased! (i think that my sister would think this too!)
also, bean is the size of a poppy seed and will be all through next week too!
The Bump says this about bean:
In week 3, sperm meets egg, and voila: conception! Your little zygote sets off on a six-day trek through your fallopian tubes, dividing and redividing into identical cells as it travels to your uterus.
In week 4, now safe in your womb, the ball of cells (blastocyst) splits in two, becoming the embryo and the placenta. The amniotic sac and fluid are forming around baby, and will act as a cushion for the next eight months.
Bean, I promise, I will be the best Cushion that any baby could ever ask for!! We love you so much already!!
I tried testing with a digital, but that tells me "not pregnant" which really sucks to see, but I've taken 5 other tests, and they all look like the one's above! I'll try a digital on Saturday morning!
My first doctor's appointment is on Feb 16....forever away! DH insists on going with, even though its only a physical and blood work! Gotta love that!
When I told him last night, right after he walked in the door from work, I told him I had something to show him and showed him the blue dye test. He didn't know what it meant, and then when i told him he said (and I quote) "Are you fucking with me? You're Fucking with me, aren't you!?" I said no sweets, this is not something to fuck with someone about! he gave me a big hug and kiss...then started to look quite nervous.