September 18, 2011

12 Weeks

 How Far Along: 12 Weeks

Size of baby: A plum

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Still haven't gained any weight, weighing in at about 123

Maternity Clothes: Still wearing normal clothes, but I went on a little shopping spree and got some maternity/ loose fitting shirts that can carry me through the next several months (I also threw in a pair of suede ankle boots)

Gender: Our BIG ultrasound is set for October 7th, and our Gender Reveal Party will be on the 8th. I better pick what I think our little Sweet P is soon so I'll know what color to wear! 

Movement: I thought I may have felt some baby bubbles, but not sure yet

Sleep: Sleeping great! Trying to enjoy sleeping on my back and tummy since I won't be able to in a few months. Same as last week.

What I miss: An occasional glass of wine and not having to worry about every little thing I eat.

Cravings:  Yesterday I got a weird hankering for broccoli rice casserole, and I'm already really looking forward to Thanksgiving

Symptoms: Feeling better now that I'm close to my 2nd Tri. Looking forward to the next few weeks!

Best Moment this week: Seeing our Sweet P on the ultrasound and of course hearing that beautiful heartbeat.

Best comment of the week"Are you sure you're going to be able to handle two kids?" 

What I'm looking forward to: Starting to show and getting everything ready for the gender reveal party.

Milestones: The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is almost 2.5 inches and she now weighs between 8 and 14 grams! In just three weeks, fetal size has more than doubled and begins to look a lot more human. Even though you will not be able to feel your baby moving at this time, you can stimulate him/her and s/he will squint, open his/her mouth and move his/her fingers or toes. 

By the end of this week, your uterus is too large to remain completely in your pelvis. You might be able to feel your uterus above your pubic bone. The uterus will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy and will return to its usual size within a few weeks after delivery. Before pregnancy, the uterus is almost solid and holds less than 0.3 ounces. During pregnancy, your uterus will become a thin-walled, muscular container that will hold the fetus, amniotic fluid and placenta. Before pregnancy, the uterus weighs approximately 2.5 ounces and when your baby is born, it will weigh almost 40 ounces! Because most of the structures are already formed at this point, few will be formed after this time. The structures will continue to grow and develop throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. The skeletal system now has centers of bone formation in most of the bones. The digestive system is capable of making contractions that push food through the bowels and is also able to absorb sugar. The pituitary gland is beginning to make hormones. You will probably be able to hear the fetal heartbeatwith a doppler at this time!

This week may be the first week that you begin to feel better!Morning sickness often tends to improve or diminish at this time. You may begin to show slightly, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. You will feel more comfortable in loose clothing, such as maternity clothes. In addition to your tummy getting larger , you may notice an increase of size in your breasts, hips, legs and sides.

Your baby develops reflexes and the skin is very sensitive. 
The brain is fully formed and the child can feel pain. The baby may even suck his thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes and will remain shut until the seventh month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers.

Baby at 12 Weeks:

September 16, 2011

12 Week Ultrasound

I had my 3rd doctor appointment Tuesday and we had our 12 week ultrasound! Baby is growing healthy and big. I love this 12 week ultrasound because they look more like a baby now are actually moving around! I always get nervous between the 8 wk and 12 wk ultrasound because your symptoms are easing up by now but you're not showing or feeling the baby yet. Thankfully, all my fears were put to rest and the baby is most definitely in there and doing well! S/he was actually drinking the amniotic fluid and bouncing up and down! It looked like it may have even had the hiccups! The measurements look great and baby is growing right on track. His/her sweet little heart was beating at a strong 162 bpm, but it took a few times to measure because s/he was moving so much! Busy little baby! We got an extra long ultrasound to get all the measurements so I wasn't complaining :) We scheduled our gender ultrasound for October 7th and our gender reveal party will be on the 8th !!! So exciting!!! Here are the pictures of our sweet baby love! The profile shot is impressive if I do say so myself.

September 15, 2011

Graham Updates

Well, I am blogging today from my iPhone because our computer has something wrong with it :( not sure what the deal is but hopefully it will be up and running again soon!

My poor baby is sick. G woke up yesterday morning with a fever of 100 and it got up to 101 last night so I took him to the pedi this morning. Ears chest and nose look good but he has some puss on his tonsils. The strep test was negative though, so he just needs lots of fluids and rest and Tylenol as needed. He is in a good mood though, for the most part, and still playing like normal.

In other news, Graham is 15 months now and he started throwing tantrums recently. Usually it's during mealtimes or when he's getting strapped into his carseat, or when we have to take something away that he shouldn't be playing with. Right now they are usually short-lived and we can calm him down by distracting him. We're trying not to indulge him though, and let him know that kind of behavior is not acceptable, while still remembering it's a very normal part of development, so we'll just have to deal with it to some degree. I can already tell this kid has a bit of a temper! He weighs 23 lbs now and is eating regular food just cut up. His favorite is fruit (grapes being #1). He's trying to learn to use utensils, and I need to be better about letting him practice, but it just gets so messy! He is all about his paci and his blue bear these days. He wants them with him all the time. I'm trying to get him to just use his paci for naps and bedtime but I need to be more consistent. He loves to ride his toy firetruck and play the music, he dances like no kid I've ever seen it's soo cute! He loves to drag laundry baskets around the house and throw his toys in our bathtub and he loves sitting on the couch and watching mickey mouse. He can climb down off the couch by himself really well and he climbed up by himself once a couple of days ago. He has 1 of his 1 yr molars in, so that is 9 teeth total. Maybe more but he hardly lets me get a good look. Still getting a bottle of milk before bed and sleeping 7:30-7:30.


September 8, 2011

11 Weeks

How Far Along: 11 Weeks

Size of baby: A lime

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I'm weighing in at 122 right now, so still down a few pounds.

Maternity Clothes: I broke out the bella band this week, and wore a pair of maternity jeans but for the most part, I can button my jeans fine, but the band or the rubber band trick is definitely more comfortable.

Gender: I have been thinking girl this whole time, but right now I have no idea. Chad still says girl. I can't wait to find out!

Movement: None so far, I wonder when you can expect to feel the baby the 2nd time around? I heard you feel it sooner than with your first pregnancy.

Sleep: Sleeping great! Trying to enjoy sleeping on my back and tummy since I won't be able to in a few months.

What I miss: Really missing my morning cup of coffee this week! I think I'm going to have to make a run to starbucks later for a decaf pumpkin spice latte

Cravings:  This morning I was dying for some orange juice, and I woke up really early craving ice-cream. I only gave into my o.j. craving, though ;)

Symptoms: Same as they have been. The frequent peeing is subsiding, and I think my morning sickness is getting better. It's more sporadic, but it's still there.

Best Moment this week: Reading in my What to Expect book that the baby is fully formed now!!

Best comment of the week: Still getting the "You look so thin!" comments :) Enjoying it while it lasts!!

What I'm looking forward to: Our doctor's appointment next week, where we get another ultrasound. Can't wait to see our sweet baby!! I feel like the first tri kind of messes with your mind. Especially the end where you start to see some of your sympotms go away, but still no sign of a bump or movement. I always think "Is it still really in there?"

Milestones: Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your babys length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the babys length.

You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. Your uterus has been growing with the fetus inside of it and is now almost big enough to fill your pelvis. Your uterus may be able to be felt in your lower abdomen, above the middle of your pubic bone. You are not able to feel the baby moving inside of you at this time. Some women think that they have felt fetal movements now, but it is either gas or a wrongly dated pregnancy. You might also be noticing changes in your hair, fingernails, or skin around this time. Some women notice an increase in hair growth and nail growth during pregnancy and others lose small amounts of hair. You are burning up calories at a faster rate than you did before you became pregnant! The amount of blood being pumped around your body will increase and you might feel warmer than usual.

This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. As development continues, the fingernails appear this week. External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placentas blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen he needs for continued growth. The ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of his head. Inside of the developing abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two. 
Your baby is now able to swallow. The urinary system functions. The baby swallows and urinates the amniotic fluid and the fluid is continually replaced. The baby is kicking but the mother cannot feel it yet. All vital organs are formed and, for the most part, function normally. From now on, they will grow in size and efficiency.
As a preparation for breastfeeding, your baby now has learned to swallow. Babies swallow amniotic fluid in the uterus. 

Baby at 11 Weeks:

September 3, 2011

10 Weeks

How Far Along: 10 Weeks

Size of baby: A prune

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Lost about 6-7 pounds!

Maternity Clothes: Bought a black maternity skirt which I am loving but not really  needed yet, pants are getting a little snug but still button fine.

Gender: We both still feel like the baby is a girl...Either way we'll be thrilled!

Movement: No movement, but I can't wait to feel our little one saying hello!

Sleep: Sleeping great, except for having to get up to pee.

What I miss: Nothing I'm really missing right now pre-pregnancy wise. I do miss cloudy days, cool weather, and thunderstorms. This drought is torture.

Cravings: Sweets, chocolate, water 
Symptoms: frequent peeing, sore boobs, gagging randomly while grocery shopping or opening the pantry.

Best Moment this week: Bought the baby a rocking chair from Goodwill for $25!!! It's really nice, and we plant to paint it according to the nursery! :)

Best comment of the week: Lots of people have been telling me how great/thin I look, which is so nice!! Guess morning sickness has a few perks ;)

What I'm looking forward to: Starting to show, cooler weather, finding out the gender, decorating the nursery, taking maternity pictures & meeting our sweet baby!!! Pretty much everything! :)

Milestones: This week is somewhat of a landmark for your developing baby. By now, your babys complete body plan is laid down. Your baby will continue to develop and grow for the remainder of the pregnancy. The fingers and toes have separated and the tail has disappeared now. Your baby has taste and tooth buds at this point, which will continue to develop. The brain will continue to grow at an amazing rate and nearly a quarter of a million new neurons are produced every minute! The embryonic heart is completely developed. External genitalia are not apparent until next week, but the testes in baby boys will already be producing testosterone.