As of lately.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I love being pregnant! I love feeling the little bean's kicks, and yesterday I a felt hiccups for like an hour straight! I cannot wait to meet her.
Scratch that. I can.
I've been having a rough time working. Being on my feet for 8-9 hours 5-6 days straight is not going well with this little girl. I've been experiencing excruciating round ligament pain. I try to walk around the house, or at work, and get the pain to go away. The walking helps me to cope with the pain, but it really just takes time to go away. I had it bad this weekend, and after pacing up and down the hall for 20 minutes, I laid on my bed with a heating pad while Lee rubbed my back, and that seemed to help.
I'm just so tired of this pain, and it's making me really anxious that she's going to come early. Which I've decided is NOT going to happen. I could never forgive myself. A woman at work told me that she was born when her mom was 6 months pregnant with her, at 2 pounds 13 ounces. NOT acceptable, especially seeing that I'll be hitting the 6 month mark on Sunday.
Scary. Very scary.
On a lighter note, I've been eating SOOOO much food! Thank God I've only gained 14 lbs thus far, especially considering my junk food cravings. There really are no cravings to speak of at the moment. Mostly, I drink a lot. That didn't come out right. I've been very thirsty for non-alcoholic beverages. I've been going at the chocolate milk and orange juice pretty hard.

Food craving break-down:
Weeks 0-5: No idea I was pregnant, so I didn't pay attention.
Weeks 5-10: In Hawaii... fresh fruit, cereal, milk, toast, vegetable sushi.
Weeks 10-15: Back home... CANDY! -mostly sour, fast food, french fries with a TON of vinegar.
Weeks 15-20: Pizza, chili cheese freetos, chinese food, bagels and cream cheese.
Weeks 20-present: goat cheese! mmmmmm! grilled cheese sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, cereal, orange juice, chocolate milk.

There's a trend here.... I haven't been a big fan of meat. ALL throughout my pregnancy. I just don't want it.

I've started to get some little pink things around. Addie Hayes gave me a whole tote of the cutest baby clothes, and some of her sons' toys that they don't play with anymore. THANKS ADDIE! Auntie Rachel has gotten the little one a little puppy stuffed animal that is adorable. My mom got her 5 little pink outfits that are adorable! As well as little socks that say I love mommy and I love daddy :) and a pink blanket.
I'm already getting sick of pink!
Oh well, I had better get used to it!

23 weeks.

Monday, November 29, 2010

How your baby's growing:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

How your life's changing:
You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you'll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes.

22 weeks.

Monday, November 22, 2010

How your baby's growing:
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

How your life's changing:
At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track.

You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

Surprising Facts: Body changes beyond your belly
You expected your belly to grow — and perhaps your breasts, too — but the following physical changes may take you by surprise. As with many pregnancy changes, hormones play a role in most of these alterations in your looks.

• Thicker, more lustrous hair You're not actually growing more hair, just losing less than normal. During pregnancy, your body sheds hair much more slowly than it did before. What to do: If thicker hair is a boon for you, enjoy it. If it's making your mane more unruly than ever, ask your stylist to do some thinning at your next cut. These changes won't last forever. After your baby's born, you'll start to lose this excess hair, sometimes in clumps.

• Increased body hair Sex hormones known as androgens can cause new hair to sprout on your chin, upper lip, jaw, and cheeks. Stray hairs can also pop up on your belly, arms, legs, and back. What to do: Tweezing, waxing, and shaving are all safe ways to manage these temporary changes.

• Faster-growing fingernails Your fingernails may grow more quickly than usual, and you may notice changes in texture. Some women's nails get harder, while others' get softer or more brittle. What to do: Protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves when you're cleaning, and using moisturizer on them if they're brittle.

• Skin changes Some pregnant women report that their skin has never looked better. If that's you, enjoy the proverbial "glow." Others find the hormones of pregnancy aggravate skin conditions such as acne. What to do: Wash twice a day with a gentle soap or cleanser, and make sure that any moisturizer or makeup you use is oil-free.

• Stretch marks As your belly expands to accommodate your growing baby, you may get tiny tears in the supportive tissue that lies just beneath your skin, resulting in striations of varying color. These marks will begin to fade and become considerably less noticeable about six to 12 months after you give birth. There's not much you can do besides trying not to gain more than the recommended amount of weight. Heredity is responsible for the natural elasticity of your skin and plays a role in determining who will end up with stretch marks.

• Skin discolorations Increased melanin can cause splotchy patches of darkened skin on your face. These pigment changes may become intensified if you spend time in the sun. What to do: Protect your face by using a sunblock that offers both UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing a hat with a brim, and avoiding the sun during peak hours of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

• Larger and darker nipples and areolas You may find that your nipples and the pigmented area around them (the areolas) are getting bigger and darker. The little bumps on your areolas, known as Montgomery's tubercles, may also be more pronounced. These bumps are oil-producing glands that help fight off bacteria and lubricate the skin. Some women also notice more pronounced veins in their breasts. What to do: Nothing!

• Larger feet Your feet may go up half a shoe size or more. Lax ligaments may make your feet spread a bit — permanently. Swelling can make your shoes feel tight as well, although it will go away after delivery. What to do: Buy comfortable shoes to accommodate your growing feet.

Hello Baby Girl.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Your daddy and I got you your first book yesterday. It's called "I'll love you forever."

"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be."

We spent such a long time browsing all of the books in the children's section, but we couldn't find one special enough until I remembered this one. Your daddy couldn't remember if he had read it or not, so I told him to sit down and look at it, and see what he thought. He didn't even get through the first page before he started crying. :) He and I both love you so much, and we can't wait until we get to meet you. Daddy is already being overprotective, so I'm going to apologize for that ahead of time.

Love you forever.


20 weeks.

How your baby's growing:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How your life's changing:

Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you're a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations.

Surprising facts: Sleeping during pregnancy

It may become more difficult to sleep through the night as your pregnancy progresses, thanks to some obvious and not-so-obvious changes taking place in your body. You may be surprised to find that:

• You start snoring for the first time in your life, thanks in part to more estrogen, which contributes to swelling of the mucous membranes that line the nose and may even cause you to make more mucus. What to do: Sleep on your side and elevate your head slightly.

• Heartburn and indigestion can make it extra uncomfortable to lie down in bed. What to do: Avoid foods that trigger your heartburn, give yourself two to three hours to digest a meal before going to bed, and try sleeping semi-upright in a comfy recliner or propped up with extra pillows under your upper body.

• Leg cramps jar you out of a deep sleep. What to do: Ease the cramp by straightening your leg, heel first and gently flexing your toes back toward your shins, or walk around for a few minutes.

• You toss and turn all night trying to find a comfortable sleeping position. What to do: Lie on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs. For extra comfort and support, arrange other pillows under your belly and behind your back. Or try using a contoured maternity body pillow.

• You become hot and sweaty in the middle of the night. It's common for pregnant women to feel a little warmer than usual thanks to shifts in your metabolism, hormones, and weight. What to do: Keep your bedroom cool and strip down to the bare essentials. Keep slippers and a snuggly bathrobe handy for those nighttime trips to the bathroom.

• Getting out of bed is harder than ever! What to do: Roll over onto your side so you're facing the edge of the bed. Dangle your legs over the side and use your arms to push yourself into a sitting position. Plant your feet squarely on the floor and then stand up.
Wear sleepwear made of a natural, breathable fiber like cotton. Avoid synthetics, which trap moisture next to your skin and can leave you damp and chilled.

• Sometimes even when you're exhausted, you just can't sleep. So do you toss and turn waiting for sleep to catch up with you — or do something else in the meantime?

19 week ultrasound pictures!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010



It's a GIRL!

We were so excited today! I kept telling Lee last night, "tomorrow we'll know!". I tried sooo hard to remember exactly how I felt, still unaware of the sex of our baby. But I was just so darn excited!
I had to drink 32 oz. of water an hour before my ultrasound (which ended up being like 30 minutes before my ultrasound), and I had to pee SOOO bad the entire time. We brought my mom with us, and she waited in the lobby for the majority of the exam. They had a flat panel monitor in front of me, so I could see the ultrasound while laying on the exam table. It is so amazing every time we get an ultrasound, and catch a glimpse of our little bean.
The ultrasound tech did the best she could to get measurements, but our little girl is a stubborn one! She was facing head down and facing my back... so many of the measurements and pictures were difficult to get. She asked us if we had any preferences as to the sex of the baby. I said that Lee definitely wanted a boy, and that I didn't care either way, but have been pretty sure since the beginning that the baby was a girl. She said that the moms are usually right. (It's an instinct thing). About 10 minutes later, she said, "well, one of you is going to be really happy." And I said, "it's a boy, isn't it?". NOPE. Sure enough, there was no lil thing sticking between the legs. We have ourselves a little baby girl.
Lee looked pretty excited... and a little overwhelmed. But he was grinning from ear to ear for the rest of our appointment. I didn't think I cared either way, but when she told us it was a girl, I started crying. :) I couldn't help it. I'm hormonal.
The tech had me empty half of my bladder (which is much more difficult to do than it sounds), and I tried to move around a bit. I kinda did mini jumping jacks in the bathroom to get her to turn. The tech had me lay on my back, my left side, and my right, and she still wouldn't budge!
We then called in my mom so that she could see the ultrasound. She also tried to coax the baby out of her comfy position (which included her arms, and sometimes feet, curled up by her head). But my mom said that if she's stubborn like me, she's not gonna move. And she didn't.
Her kidney function, digestive system, and size all seemed normal. I'm definitely breathing a sigh of relief that all is well (and apparently comfy) inside my uterus.

Now I'm just excited to meet our baby girl!
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