Saturday, November 19, 2011

Week 16

Week 16-November 19-November 25

Over the past three weeks your magical-gro baby has managed to add on yet another 2 full inches of length (totaling about 4.5 inches) and now weighs a whopping 3.5 ounces!
Guess what? Your little lollipop is not so bobble-headed anymore!
Yep, your baby's head-to-body ratio is starting to even out, as the rest of their body - including their arms and legs (the better to kick you with!) plays catch-up.
One of the most anticipated moments in pregnancy is the "quickening" or the first time you undeniably feel your child move inside of you.
In some cultures a woman is not even considered pregnant until she experiences the quickening!
Women claim to feel it as early as 14 weeks. That said, other women laugh at the thought of that woman cherishing a fart that's rumbling in her small intestines.
In general, it's safe to say that after 18 - 20 weeks, all women will experience the quickening as a definitive non-fart poke or prod from within their womb.
Those sweet little flutters will evolve into pokes, prods, and even outright painful kicking as your break-dancing baby-cakes grow in size and seek ways to straighten out in their increasingly cramped quarters.
If you had that gender ultrasound right now, which most doctors recommend at about this time, you might see your little one sucking their thumb, not to mention the necessary signifiers to let you know whether you've got a wee lad or lassie.
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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Baby thoughts

I'm almost 16 weeks pregnant today. Still can't believe it, seems so surreal to me :)  Even though I've had an ultrasound and have seen the baby and heard it's heartbeat, it's still so hard to believe this little baby is all ours.

I think I may have felt the baby kick this afternoon. I can't be positive if that's what it was, but it sure seemed like it. I was at lunch with my bestie and I was sitting at the table and I felt this tiny little pain just below my naval. I'm going to say it was the baby :)

I bought the cutest little sleeper today at Herberger's. It's a little boyish but it's okay since it's super cute. It's light blue with polar bears and penguins, and the feet look like the face of a polar bear. Aww, I love it <3

Our rent is going up again. :( Another $40. We've been in our apartment for 2 years and our rent has only increased $40 total. So this really upsets me. I'm so thankful for my parents though. We have discussed them purchasing a doublewide mobile home or a modular home for us and we will do a rent to own through them. I know this makes me seem like I'm taking advantage of my parents and that my husband and I can't take care of ourselves, much less ready to be parents. This isn't the case. This is something they brought up and while I feel guilty accepting this gift, it's better for us as a family since we've been in an apartment for nearly 5 years. We've wasted so much money on renting with nothing to show for it. Doing this means that it'll be ours someday, plus we'd stop wasting our money. As an added bonus, I'll get to have my cat back! I miss my kitty so much. He's living at my parents right now and has been there for about 3 years. But he still knows me and J and still loves us. He's a cuddlebug and I love him so much, can't wait to get him back! This probably won't happen until summer though, so we still have some time to think it over and discuss it. Either way, I'm so thankful for my parents and so grateful that they want to do this for us. I love them so much.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My baby's progress: Week 15

MY BABY'S PROGRESS: WEEK 15. November 12-November 18


Only 25 more weeks to go! 

My 4 inch bald gymnast-baby is super-mobile inside my womb as their organ systems are kicking it into high gear, particularly their amazing tiny heart and complex circulation system, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day, and will be pumping up to 200 quarts per day at birth!


How your baby's growing:

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."

Baby, fetus at 15 weeks - BabyCenter

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Second Trimester!

So I made it to my second trimester already! 14 weeks on November 5th.

I had another OPOP appointment on Nov 3 and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat! It was at 158 bpm and sounds like everything is healthy! Yay!  I'm finally letting myself get really excited about this baby too. I mean, I was surprised and happy and everything, but I never let myself get really attached either. My mom had a miscarriage at 10 weeks before she got pregnant with me, so I guess in the back of my mind I thought the same thing would happen to me. But now my risk is pretty much nil and I'm very thankful for that and very happy and blessed that peanut was a sticky baby!

One thing that the nurse was a little concerned about was that I've been loosing weight rather than gaining. Since I first went to the doctor, I've lost about 5 lbs. Right now we're chalking it up to cutting down on sugar intake (I've cut WAY back on the amount of pop that I drink), but it's something to watch.

I was transferred to a different doctor to keep an eye on my blood pressure. Prehypertension and hypertension run in both sides of my family, so it's no surprise that it's a bit on the high side. My previous doctor wasn't an OB/GYN; rather, she was still in medical school and doing her rotations. She transferred me to an OB/GYN for better care. 

My first appointment with Dr. Bedell was on Wednesday Nov 9. She's amazing and so easy to talk to, and she explains exactly what she's doing and why. Got to listen to the heartbeat again today, it's at 155 which is perfectly normal. We have our anatomy and gender scan in December; I'm going to request that it be right before Christmas because we want to announce the gender on Christmas Eve/Day. I have a big plan in store for the announcement. I'm going to ask not to know the gender and rather have the dr or tech write it down on a note card and seal it in an envelope. I'll take the card to The Children's Place or Herberger's, pick out two outfits of each gender (2boy and 2girl), have the cashier look at the card and ring up the correct outfits and place them in gift box without me knowing. On Christmas, I'll give the gifts for to our parents and we'll all find out the gender at the same time! 

I really want a girl. :)