Thursday, December 27, 2007

15 Weeks

Well we had a great Christmas holiday, and baby Beckett got all sorts of gifts! We received books, music, outfits, blanket, and odds and ends for the baby. Thanks to all for the wonderful gifts! It was definitely interesting to hear everyone's reactions to my growing belly. Some people didn't even think I looked pregnant, while others thought I was huge! (That was mostly my family thinking I was big, I guess compared to where I was before.) Some people want/think I am definitely having a boy while others are sold that it is a girl.
As for us- we have no inkling or idea what the baby could be! I can definitely tell that my belly is growing, and see the difference in my waist line. I am still on the medicine. I forgot to take it over the excitement of the holidays, and had a wonderful vomitting morning! So I am totally still taking and thriving on the medicine.
This week with the baby- 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.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

14 Weeks

Welcome to the second trimester! This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.
We went to the doctor yesterday and we got to hear the heartbeat. Everything looks great and doing really well! It was so nice to go in and be reassured that the baby is doing well. We go back to the doctor Jan. 16th for another checkup and then two weeks after that we will find out what the baby is!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Weight

Lots of people have been asking about my weight, and how I have been doing. Here is the progress so far.
mid Oct. 118 pds 4 weeks preg.
beginning of Nov. 105 pds (after vomiting!)
end of Nov. 112 pds (after medication)
mid December 116 pds (still medicated but obviously feeling better!)

So far...-2 pounds since before I was pregnant, but I definitely on the rise!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

13 Weeks!!

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.
This is the last week of the first trimester which is exciting. I thought I may be ready to go off the vomitting medicine (which is what I call it), so last Friday I went two days without, and realized I was not ready for that when I had vomitted 6 times in two hours. All I can say is- thank heaven for this medicine! I will try every so often to go off, but as of now the vomitting is still there.
My body is changing. Some people notice it more than others. My waist is getting thicker, and besides my upper region- that is the only place I have put on weight.
We go to the doctor next week for a check-up, and listen to the heartbeat, and I can't wait! Then our January appointment we should be able to find out what this baby is!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

12 Weeks!

The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
As for me- I am growing- with the bump. I still get sick sometimes in the morning- the days I get sick I take the medicine and the others I don't. But there are days I don't get sick at all! My appetite still hasn't increased much, so I am just eating when I can.

We go to the doctor in a week and a half, and I can't wait to see how things are going.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eleven Weeks

Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, 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.
Yesterday I had a student tell me that she could see my baby sticking out! Meaning she could see my little bump! At first I was taken aback- to actually have someone notice it, because your first reaction is you don't want to look big, but then I was excited that other people were beginning to notice.
Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, and I will be about three months pregnant. Much different than any other birthday, but more important!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Well we are about 10 1/2 weeks, and things are going pretty well. It is definitely easier on my body when it is the weekend or a break, and I don't have to push myself throughout the day or get up so early. To try to help with the tiredness most days I nap during my planning time. And the earlier I can get to bed at night the better. (Which has hindered my tv watching.)
People have been very generous to us. Drew's friend Rick has a baby and gave us some clothes, Brittany brought us some cute burp cloths, Drew's mom had adorable bibs for us, his aunt some wash cloths and my sisters brought over some neutral clothes after shopping the other night. It is exciting and if it is a girl and she is wearing the neutral clothes I will definitely let it be known with bows and skirts!
I am TRYING to gain weight- hasn't really happened all that much yet. I am still throwing up but it is much better it is just a few times a week instead of 12 times a day thanks to the medicine. I'll keep eating!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

10 Weeks!

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — 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.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Doctor's Visit!!!

Well today was our first doctor's visit, and I am at nine and a half weeks. It was amazing!!! I didn't know what all this visit was going to entail, but it was alot! Drew and my mom went with me.
I had a pap smear (ouch), and a vaginal ultrasound (didn't hurt as bad), and blood taken (not very fun.) I am down about ten pounds still from my starting weight.
The ultrasound was awesome though. I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to see anything, or not be able to tell where it was in the picture, but as soon as the picture popped up I could see the baby on it's side. It's hands were moving back and forth, and then the baby started sucking it's thumb!! I also didn't think our baby was old enough/or had big enough fingers to do that!
Drew was funny. Every time the doctor came in and went to remove the sheet he RAN to the top of the bed. He was amazed when the ultrasound picture came up on the screen on how well we could see it. I think he was also relieved to know there was only one baby in there!
This made it seem a lot more real getting to see the baby! We got a bunch of pictures, and actually got a 3-d ultrasound. (It helps knowing the doctor- I was her daughter's teacher last year.)
We also got to hear the baby's heartbeat which was very loud and fast! We go back in four weeks to check the heartbeat and such, and in a few more visits we will be able to find out if it is a girl or a boy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

9 Weeks

The baby 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: 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. 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.
We go to the doctor for our first ultrasound and such on Monday! I cannot wait to see the little grape!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Much Better

So since I have been on the new medicine I have not thrown up ONCE!!! It has been fantastic. It is just very comforting to be able to get through a work day without running out of the room several times to throw up. And then driving home without having to pull over to throw up.
At first I felt guilty for having to go on medication, and figured I just needed to push through the symptoms of pregnancy. Different people also helped me to feel guilty by adding that they would never go on medicine. (Then proceeded to tell me that they also never threw up while pregnant.) So after talking to the doctor and a few friends who DID use the medicine because they also threw up all the time, I am now VERY glad to be vomit free! I feel like I can actually function, and do a good job at work instead of trying to just deal with the students.
My appetite has been up, and I am now hoping to gain weight as opposed to losing it.
Drew has been relieved that the constant vomitting is over, and now tries to get me to eat every chance he can get. :)
Everyone has their predictions on what the sex of the baby is going to be. I actually have no idea, and would be thrilled either way. We will of course find out what it is as soon as we can!! ( I think it will be in January.)
Here is to no more vomitting and actually enjoying eating!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Eight Weeks

Well my nausea and vomitting has been a bit out of control especially today. I got sick TEN times today while at work and decided to talk to the doctor. They prescribed Zophran for me to take. I am starting it in the morning, and am hoping that it will help me get through the day. I am ready for a NEW pregnancy sympton other than vomitting- I will take more peeing, gaining weight- anything to trade in for this!
The baby is now 5/8 of an inch long,
about the size of a kidney bean. 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. His arms have lengthened, too, and his hands are now flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart. His knee joints have formed, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Well I had a great weekend, witrh my nausua very much under control. I was excited to start the week, but as Monday rolled around it all came back. I guess it is the getting up and going very early in the morning. I feel like I have been eating more despite the return of the sickness.
I get really tired after lunch, asnd at times think I could fall asleep standing and teaching the afternoon.
I have found it interesting that if I see someone out and tell them we're having a baby, lots of people already know.
Drew is doing well. He is feeling better that I haven't been AS sick as I was in the beginning. He still can't believe I go to bed now at 8:00 so that has been an adjustment.
We are going to our first doctors appointment in a week and a half and are very excited!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

7 Weeks

Here is the news this week! The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This Week

Well as of tomorrow I will be seven weeks along! How exciting! Only a few more weeks till our doctor's visit. I have been trucking along- still very sick. I have lost 7 pounds, and have trouble eating and keeping anything. I try to stay positive, but work is the hardest when you feel bad. I really appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. I was very touched by the ladies in our Sunday School class who have set up for us to get dinner some nights, because they knew how sick I have been. It means a lot to have people go out of their way for you. I almost feel bad that it is making me THIS sick. I can eat milkshakes, and salads for dinner but I have to be careful with those as well as not to get sick!

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Well this weekend Drew and I rearranged the upstairs for the baby with the help of my dad moving furniture! We made our office a guest bedroom with a bed and dresser (given to us by my grandparents) and it looks really nice! The old guest bedroom is now empty, and ready to be a nursery! I cleaned out the closet, and put the clothes in that we already have. (I got a few outfits and my mom got us one.) We are going to use the crib and changing table that Drew's mom used for him and Audra so I am excited about that. We will just be looking for a glider to put in the room. And of course, in a few months we will be looking to decorate more with pink or blue. :)
We are six and half weeks along, and I am still having quite a bit of nausea and sickness, and actually left work early on Friday. I am just praying that I can get through the days ok.

Friday, October 26, 2007


This is a funny story about the baby bean. My aunt Carole (my mom's sister) lives in Florida and has a four year old little girl named Evin. Every night Evin gives a mommy sandwich (a big hug), a daddy sandwich, and she also has to do a cousin Drew sandwich every night. (I don't know why she chooses Drew!) Anyway, the other night she was going through all of her "sandwich hugs" and she said she had to give a Ashley sandwich because she was having a baby. And then she said she had to give a Max sandwich. Carole asked who Max was, and she said it was Ashley and Drew's baby. Carole said, "Now Evin, they don't know what they are having yet." And Evin said, "I know Mommy but until God sends the baby down from heaven I am calling it Max." I thought that was pretty funny.
So Max is doing pretty well. I can tell what a loved baby this is going to be!

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I knew I wasn't crazy- I went to the doctor today and baby bean and myself have bronchitis. So be praying for us! I am tired so this is a short blog tonight!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Different Person

Being pregnant really makes me feel like a different person. I realized the things I haven't been eating are MEAT! If you know me at all, then you know my love for meat, but every time that is offered in a meal I can't eat it. WEIRD!
My stomach is never at rest. It is either quesy bccause it isn't full, or quesy because it is early in the morning, or quesy because it feels like it. (The vomiting has gotten much better though!) I have been wanting french fries all the time. I was sad today because I wanted some from the cafeteria, and they had run out. (I have never eaten anything from the cafeteria before either!)
It is hard and fun to be pregnant. Still soaking in!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Much Better!

Well today was a MUCH better day than yesterday. I really appreciate all the thoughts, calls and prayers. They helped!!! I've heard you have good days and bad days, and I was just glad to have a good day after yesterday.
My eating habits are still different. I can't eat a lot at one time. I ate my french fries for dinner but I couldn't eat the nuggets. Then twenty minutes later I could eat only half of a thing of applesauce. I get full quick, and and hungry again quick.
This is definitely a change- but I am excited about what to come!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Rough Day

Well today was the first day back and it was ROUGH!! I threw up several times (in a trash can outside my classroom.) My poor students kept asking me what the matter was. My principal actually sent me home today and took over my class so I could home and rest. I am just praying tomorrow is better than today.
Drew is being great- he has bought me soup and plain bagels- and waiting on me to eat for two hours. He is being good!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Morning Sickness

Well Baby Beckett is showing off, the nausea as now been accompianed with getting sick. I have been nauseous around the clock, and as of last night started getting sick. Supposedly if you are prone to motion sickness (which I am) morning sickness is worse. Do not be mistaken by the name- it's not just in the morning!
I also couldn't eat the pepperonis on our pizza last night-which is so not normal! I haven't been craving anything, but smells of random things and certain foods bother me.
I'm a little worried to head back to work and get the schedule going again with this new development. I think I am going to have to train my students to deal with Mrs. Beckett getting sick.
Hopefully this will calm down in a little bit!

And another symptom!

Well the last twenty four hours have been a lot of nausea. No getting sick, thankfully, but the nausea has hit. I've heard that it is common through the first thirteen weeks. I don't think Drew was expecting these symptoms so suddenly, because I definitely don't look pregnant. I really do feel it now though! I hope it gets a little better before then, but again I am glad Baby Beckett is showing himself/herself again!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Fun Weekend

Well we had a fun weekend telling others about the exciting news! Blake and Lauren came into town, and we definitely suprised them with the news. We are excited though to have friends going through the same thing!
We went to Kohls, and I bought some neutral baby clothes. I just couldn't help myself! There are some yellow and green sleepers, some really cute green and white striped pants, and a little halloween outfit for next year. They are stinking cute. My thoughts are that if baby is a girl she can wear any color bows. :) I cleaned out the guest room closet today, and put the new clothes in. Now it is a nursery, and that is crazy!
So we are five weeks along, and our baby is the size of a sesame seed! I haven't gained any weight yet. I am doing pretty well besides some stomach issues and headaches. Drew is being a good husband/daddy. He has been up with me in the night when I can't sleep or I'm not feeling well. I think it is sinking in with him more.
I have had a week off of work, so I will be going back on Monday...I will be excited to tell everyone!

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Fun New Symptom

Well if you don't want to hear about the ugly part of pregnancy, I wouldn't keep reading!
Last night I couldn't sleep because of constipation! Yuck! My stomach was in knots all night long. I have really never had this problem before, so I know it has to do with baby growing in there.
As much as it stinks, it makes me excited to because it shows that the baby is growing and changing!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

We are Pregnant!

Well as of this week, Drew and I discovered that we are going to have a baby! We are very excited!! We have had lots of fun telling our friends and family. Our baby is going to be very blessed to have wonderful grandparents, aunts (uncles will come sooner or later :), and lots of friends. We are very excited to know that baby will have Ella, Ivy, and Caleb so close in age to play with!

We are now five weeks along, and our due date is around the middle of June. :) I will be enormous at our anniversary! I don't feel much different as of yet. I have been a little tired, but haven't had any morning sickness or soreness. I'm ok without that right now!

We have thought about some names: Brayden Andrew for a boy and Ryann Elizabeth for a girl!

Family on Christmas

Family on Christmas
Merry Christmas

Spiky hair

Spiky hair
All dolled up for Christmas in Ohio

My little Santa

My little Santa
Ho Ho Ho!

Happy boy

Happy boy
On the way to church

Mostly about Brayden and Keaton, and the Beckett family! :)