Monday, January 25, 2010

21 Weeks!

We are now in the last week of the 5th month of pregnancy. I can't believe how fast this is going. We got the window in the nursery this weekend and hopefully the bathroom will be painted tonight.

How far along? 21 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 12 lbs

How Big is Baby?: A banana!

Maternity clothes? I think I have to go buy a new pair of jeans soon.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Dependent. My body is not handling this well.

Best moment this week: Definitely our ultrasound.

Movement: Daily! I'm feeling all the kicks and rolls. Can't wait for J to feel it.

Food cravings: Few.

Gender: 19 weeks! This number is officially less than how far along we are.

Labor Signs: No way.

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: Finishing the bathroom and nursery.

Weekly Wisdom: Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

Milestones: Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

20 Weeks 1 Day Ultrasound

Pictures from yesterday's Ultrasound

I have a few more but they're on paper and our scanner is no hooked up so those will have to wait. It was really exciting.

The baby's heartbeat was 149 and I've been feeling the baby kick every day. It's not super strong but it's amazing.

After the ultrasound we went to Babies R Us to pick up our crib and dresser because they were in and we only had 7 days to get them (tuesday was day 6). While we were there we decided to register because it's a 40 minute drive and we weren't sure when we would go back. So now we just have to finish the nursery so we have somewhere to put the furniture!

Monday, January 18, 2010


We are officially halfway today!

How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: =( about 12 lbs

How Big is Baby?: A cantaloupe

Maternity clothes? I think yesterday was the last day of trying to fit in my regular jeans.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: It goes back and forth.

Best moment this week: Hmm...feeling the baby.

Movement: I'm pretty sure I felt the baby Monday night just in time for 19 weeks.

Food cravings: More aversions. But fruit.

Gender: 20 more weeks.

Labor Signs: No way.

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: Our ultrasound tomorrow and picking up our crib!

Weekly Wisdom: Eat.

Milestones: Baby's now the size of a cantaloupe!
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Monday, January 11, 2010

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: =( I've been avoiding the scale.

How Big is Baby?: A mango.

Maternity clothes? The best feeling when you're pregnant is when you're halfway through and you still don't fill out your fat pants.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Not so bad last night.

Best moment this week: Seeing our nursery start to come together.

Movement: Waiting...

Food cravings: Not many. I've wanted ice cream but I can't call it a craving. Eating gluten made me feel horrible and curbed the cravings.

Gender: 21 weeks.

Labor Signs: No way.

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: 20 week ultrasound and nursery progress and a laundry room.

Weekly Wisdom: Eat.

Milestones: Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Monday, January 4, 2010

18 Weeks!

How far along? 18 weeks and unfortunately sick with a stomach virus today.

Total weight gain/loss: I am terrified of the scale. The baby must have had a growth spurt.

How Big is Baby?: A sweet potato.

Maternity clothes? I can still just barely fit in my jeans.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Not so much. I usually sleep 9:30-2:30 and then 6-10 at most.

Best moment this week: Hmm...Not sure we're kind of in between right now.

Movement: Still waiting...I don't think I'm going to feel the baby until I get seriously thumped. I have so many aches and pains, twinges and pinches normally that I have to ignore and tune out that I really don't think I would notice the "flutter" or the sensation of "a goldfish swimming in your uterus" (as others describe) The doctor says it can take up to 20 weeks and I'm just trying to not focus on it.

Food cravings: Gluten. Grr. I caved. I gave myself 1 week to eat the things I crave most and in moderation (I had sweet rolls at Mapleside farms, sugar cookies today and biscuits and apple butter yesterday) As of Weds night NO MORE GLUTEN. Like I said, it's in moderation, pretty much 1 treat a day and only the things I'm really craving to try and get it out of my system. I'm not feeling great, but thanks to the immunosuppression of pregnancy it's nowhere near as bad as it was before. But hopefully this will deter me from gluten for the rest of the pregnancy.

Gender: 22 more weeks...This number is getting very close to 20 at which point we will be halfway! Also it will be when we get our next ultrasound at which point they can tell the gender. I keep praying Cookie has his/her legs crossed because I'm so scared of accidentally finding out.

Labor Signs: No way.

Belly Button in or out? In.

What I am looking forward to: Getting rid of this stomach virus, finishing the bathroom and starting in on the nursery.

Weekly Wisdom: Sleep when you can. This trimester has been much harder than the 1st. I'm going to talk to the doctor about it, it just seems like I have even less energy and am feeling worse. Scared I'm anemic.

Milestones: Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon.