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.

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

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