Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Baby Made Me Do It

I just bought a cappuccino and peanut m&ms. The baby made me do it. S/he said, "Please, mama."  What was I to do, say no?

EDIT: I am pretty sure this cappuccino is actually hot chocolate. Either way, it's good!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

15W5D Update

I can feel that my uterus has grown and is moving up slowly into my abdominal cavity. It's pushing everything else up and gives me a big bloat that makes it look like I'm a lot further along than I really am. We have our BIG ULTRASOUND scheduled for March 11th!

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces. 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. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

15 Week Stats

I had my 15 week checkup today. I got paperwork to take to Quest Diagnostics next week for the 16 week blood work. The BIG ULTRASOUND is scheduled for 3 weeks from today! We even get to bring a DVD so we can record it!

Mungee's heartbeat was between 145-155. The midwife said it was good that the heartbeat skips around because it means the placenta is doing its job. She said I have been getting headaches because my blood vessels dilate in response to all the pregnancy hormones, but I don't have enough blood volume yet to fill them and most of the blood tends to pool in the lower extremities. Once my blood volume increases, the headaches should cease.

I am up 2 pounds from the last appointment. I think I've gained 7 pounds total so far, though I am not exactly sure what my starting weight was. I asked if I was on track and the midwife said my weight and blood pressure are great.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

14W4D Update

I am over morning sickness for the most part, though strong foul smells still cause me to wretch. I still haven't experienced the dreaded constipation. I think I may have felt some baby movement in the form of bubbles/flutters, but it could have been hunger pangs or gas.

Our baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his/her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his/her facial muscles are getting a workout as his/her tiny features form one expression after another. His/her kidneys are producing urine, which s/he releases into the amniotic fluid around him/her — a process s/he'll keep up until birth.

Our baby is now stretching out and from head to bottom, s/he measures 3 1/2 inches. and weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His/her body's growing faster than his/her head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his/her arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his/her body. (The legs still have some lengthening to do.) S/He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his/her body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his/her spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

12 and 13 week update

I cannot believe I forgot to do a 12 week update! Now I feel like a bad mommy :(

I'm definitely feeling better, when it comes to the morning sickness. I am not sleeping well though and I have been getting headaches. I guess I need to drink more water. I've been spending a lot of time adding "the essential" items to our baby registry - I'm going by what I have seen on friends' registries and using the checklist from Babies R Us. I have a feeling that most experienced moms would say that you don't need EVERYTHING the BRU checklist says that you need. A lot of it does seem redundant.

In the last couple weeks this is how the baby has been developing:

Week 12

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

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.

Week 13

This is the last week of your first trimester and your baby weighs 14 to 20 grams. The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 2.6 to 3.1 inches.

There is a milky membrane that surrounds your baby. It is pierced by the umbilical cord and is made up of two layers, which are fused together. Your placenta provides most of the nutrients and oxygen that your baby needs. By this week, the placenta is well formed and ready to take over hormone manufacture from your ovaries. The placenta will produce progesterone and estriol. These hormones will be crucial in the maintenance of your pregnancy. Tissue that will form your baby's bones is being laid down, especially around the head and limbs. The nose and chin are becoming more prominent. Your baby's eyelids meet and fuse together and they will not open again for nearly four months. The eyes started out on the side of your baby's head and they are now moving closer together on the face. The ears come to lie in their normal position on the sides of the head.

The sockets for all twenty teeth are formed in the gums, and vocal cords are beginning to form.

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