Friday, January 23, 2009

Ultrasound Pics!

So the doctor figured out that they were right on target with my due date: Aug 23, which makes me 9 weeks and 5 days along (every Sunday will be another week). We got to see and hear the baby's heart beat and the doctor said everything looks perfect :) The baby was wiggling and "punching" a lot during the ultrasound and had us all laughing, and when I would laugh the baby would wiggle more! There are 6 pictures so enjoy - and I will try to describe them as best I can: (the descriptions are below each picture).

This is from the front, the baby is sort of looking down, you can see to arms poking out the sides, and the legs are folded up in front of the body at the bottom.

Another one from the front (or possilbly the back?), but same idea as the first pic.

This is my favorite, the curly line at the bottom is the amb. cord, and above it to the right are 2 little feet possitioned like they are "praying." Above it is I think a fist and then the top of the baby's head (its like the baby is hiding in the shadow and you can only see what is closest to the "camera")
Another front view, most people say this one looks like an "alien" - ha ha

This one is hard to describe, the bottom curly line that looks like it might be a leg is actually the amb. cord. What you are seeing is a side "cutout" of the torso - so the round part is the belly and the thing sticking out the top is an arm. (I still don't really understand this one)

This is a profile of the baby's face, and the hand is right by the mouth so it looks like the baby is sucking its thumb ;) (the baby is facing to the left)





Sunday, January 18, 2009

9 Weeks

So today I am about 9 weeks along...only about 32 more to go! Some struggles this week: I feel like I have to get to know my body all over again - it seems like my stomach only comunicates by being upset. Like if I get too hungry, it gets upset; if I eat too much, it gets upset; etc. Also, like the nurses warned me about, I get breathless easily - just doing housework or reading out loud a lot. A good change this week - I was able to look through my building collection of food magazines (they've been piling up in the mail) without feeling like I would throw up! My appetite is returning to normal - which helps in so many ways :) I am still taking Unisom every day, which keeps almost all the morning sickness away. I struggle if I don't get enough sleep and I sometimes feel a little queasy late in the evening. Be sure to check back on Friday, Jan 23 - I have my first ultrasound that day and I hope to have the baby's first picture up asap!


The following is my weekly info from babycenter.com:



How your baby's growing:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.





Saturday, January 10, 2009

8 Weeks (about)


So today I am around 8 weeks along and to the left is what the baby is looking like lately. I have read it is around the size of a grape or kidney bean ;) Yesterday I had my first appointment at the clinic. It was really just a meeting going over family history and general pregnancy info. The exciting thing (for me) is that today is the first day that I didn't have any morning sickness since the weekend after Christmas!!! (Hurray for Unisom!) I finally feel like myself again and can just enjoy being pregnant! The nurse I met with said my due date will be around August 23, but we will have a better idea after my first ultrasound on January 23rd (so keep checking back for the baby's first picture!)
The following is from my weekly BabyCenter.com update:
"How your baby's growing:
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 — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it."

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Intro

So I decided to start a blog about my pregnancy for a couple reasons: One - I enjoy reading Steph's so much because I get to hear about all the silly every-day things going on with her. Secondly, most of my family lives too far away to get an everyday feel for my pregnancy, so I thought this would be the best way to keep everyone up to speed :) I hope to write something each week and start including picture when there is actually something to see. I'm also going to try to include some pics/info from BabyCenter.com, but if that doesn't work look for a link. So enjoy - just a warning - some things are NOT pretty ;)