Friday, March 26, 2010

11 Weeks!

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

10 weeks!

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

Dr Appointment!

Today I had my second routine checkup with Dr H. Got to pee in a cup, got weighed, blood pressure taken: everything is good to go! I asked a few questions about cramps, (which I found out is round ligament pain), being light headed and a few other random things and then it was time to listen to Bean's heartbeat!

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

Nervous Pervus.

Seriously, I wonder if I will always get this nervous before doctors appointments. We have our regular checkup for the month tomorrow and I think that they will try to hear the heartbeat on the Doppler, but I am worried that it will be too soon and I'll be freaked out for a while until they make me come back.

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

9 Weeks....a Fetus!!

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

Dear Jeans,

I hate you. You make me so damn uncomfertable. I am lucky that I even get to wear you to work and the sad thing is, I DONT WANT TO! you squeeze my bloat and bean and make me want to barf and i hate you for it.


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

New Job...

Yeah, I start a new job today. Orientation starts at 1pm. Why did I think that was a good idea?! I had my choice between 8am or 1pm and because i didn't want to deal with traffic, i said 1pm.....too bad that's the time my m/s kicks in. Sue, the HR lady, is going to think I'm a pig because if I don't eat my way through these 4 hours of dumb movies, quizzes and paper work, I'll barf on her. and that can't be good for first impressions.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bean: 8 weeks

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

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

8 Week Survey

Total weight gain/loss: I am guessing up a little bit, I haven't been working out much and I feel heavier.

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

Contractions: none.

Milestones: seeing the flicker of a heartbeat, and hearing it!