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Monday, December 28, 2009

Fourteen Weeks 12.26.2009

I loved when my account on switched to a 2nd trimester title this week!!! (it tracks my progress by due date). Aahhh!

Baby is cooking quite nicely!!! The nausea is lessening in tiny increments day by day. Peeing has gone from 6 times to between 2-3 times per night! Energy level is doing a little better (and, man, it sucked to realize that my coma has yielded a scarily, crummy house). Neglect. As it is the week of Christmas, things were worsened by scraps of wrapping paper dragged around the house by our dogs and dishes in the sink from cooking things to take to the many Christmas festivities. All to be remedied tomorrow!!

For Christmas, I mostly got non-baby items but I did get a few I must share. My mother-in-law bought us the crib bedding set I love so much and guess what... It is totally cuter in person!! There is actually quite a bit of yellow and multiple shades of blue in it that I couldn't see from the picture online!! Adorable!! I also got the video camera I was hoping for and 2/3rds of the money I will need to buy the awesome camera I have been dreaming about. Theory is, I'd like to be a pro with it by the time the baby comes!

Here is a tiny tidbit you may find interesting! I swear I felt the baby moving. Tiny little kicks that I could only describe as flutters. That is the perfect word for it. I wondered what a flutter would feel like until I felt it....then the word matched perfectly!! I was sitting and wrapping the present for Greg from baby for Christmas (cartoons for them to watch together {Greg's favs from his childhood}) when I felt a sensation like a butterfly's wings tapping lightly and sporadically just above and to the right of my pubic bone. Only lasted for about 30 seconds from first bump to last but it was real. It drew an emotional response in me but I didn't want to get excited over something that may have been intestinal. I, of course, have the pregnancy constipation thing going on so I doubted the sensation. Then, 15 minutes after eating a handful of cotton candy (craving) around midnight in bed with Greg--reading "Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCarthy--there it was again. Same feeling as last time, lasting same length of time and same intensity. I had just been relieved of the week long constipation spell the day before so I knew it wasn't related to that and I've been lucky not to have gas so I didn't doubt it this time! It was magical and wonderful!! I know 14 weeks is early but my mom swears she felt us all by 14 weeks. Some of us she felt earlier. Most women say they feel it between 15 and 17 weeks but I am finding tons of women describing the exact same sensation as I have that have had multiples and know what to expect more. So, I love that my baby is active and mobile!

Development front: Baby has begun thumb sucking, toe wiggling and peeing this week. Go figure! Baby grew .7 oz in the last week alone. Seeing as how it is only 1.5 oz at 14 weeks, that is a ton of growing in a tiny amount of time. It's also pushing 3.5 inches!! So cute!

P.S. I know a lemon is smaller than a peach but they are only using a lemon because of length. It has not, in fact, shrunk! I promise!

Thirteen Weeks 12.22.09

This week the baby is a Peach!! Yumm! I have been counting down the days to when I can say I'm in my second trimester. I'm there, baby!!! Woo hoo!! Things are supposed to start looking up from here!

Belly is definitely firming and bulging a bit. Not enough for anyone to notice much except for hubbie and myself. I have a few pairs of pants that are uncomfortable to zip; which is impressive as I have lost quite a bit of weight and everything is running big on me in every way but my belly.

Baby's progress front: forming teeth and vocal cords, baby is approaching the non-alien look by being a bit more proportional. The head only makes up 1/3 of the total size now which is appx 2.9 inches or .81 oz!! No more alien baby with the equal head to body ratio!! Also, the intestines have started moving into the body now that there is room and out of the umbilical cord!! Normality!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Twelve Weeks 12.17.2009

I am now halfway through my twelfth week of pregnancy. Insane! I can already feel some of the morning sickness ebbing away slowly and a little more appetite kicking in. Now is the part where I must not indulge anything I want. I refuse to be one of those puffy, pregnant women.

We had our twelve week appointment yesterday and the doctor was able to pick up the heartbeat on the Doppler ultrasound. I didn't get to see Greg's reaction but I could feel it. I was beaming myself so my eyes were reduced to slits (I was smiling that big) but he grabbed onto my foot and made a few wow-like comments. Our doctor is so fabulous and fun! Greg made a joke about all of the monster energy drinks he drank around conception and cracked us all up. He just couldn't believe how fast the heart was beating. My reading had prepared me for the fast heartbeat but nothing could have prepared me for the joy. It was so stinkin cute!

Greg is graduating to reality now. He made his first comment today about how it will be fun to start on the nursery. That both surprised and elated me. I've had the furniture and bedding picked out since the day I found out I was pregnant (I used it to get my head wrapped around this and to calm myself down). I've been ready to start painting for weeks now! We also picked out the ceiling fan. Now I'm just immersing my unemployed self in research for those special touches that make a nursery amazing.

I also did some research today on ..... prepare yourself.... birthing photography. I know it sounds gross and totally weird but give it a minute. I personally would have the person (I have someone in mind) take some pictures during some of the more special moments during the labor and pop out for the 5-10 minutes of grossness. Someone would grab them as soon as the baby is out and then they could take artistic photos of all of the baby's firsts. I'd like good shots of the measuring, the cleaning, cutting the umbilical cord (maybe), cleaning, Greg's first hold, my first hold, the foot stamp thing, etc. I've found a couple of sites that sold me on the idea. I first read about it on a friend's blog earlier and thought gross but dutifully followed the links she provided and was sold. Check this out birthing photography My main reason for hesitating on this is that Greg and I both really wanted those moments to ourselves but we also want memories of those moments so we're torn. I think if the person was someone we were comfortable with, it would be perfect. The female and close friend I have in mind would be perfect if she would consent. Then there is the issue of whether or not others will be angry that we had a friend in the room with us but no grandparents, aunts, etc. I think everyone would be ok because they would benefit from the photos as well. Greg would be completely capable to take the photos but I don't want him experiencing all of that through a lens and I really want him with me...I'm gonna NEED him. I just have to be clear that I don't want any gory shots. No privates or grossness.

Anyway, back to the current status. I'm starting to get a firm and defined bulge between my hip bones or just above my pubic bone. It's going to be time to start taking weekly pictures of my progress soon. I'll post them with the appropriate week when we get to that point.

Until then....TTFN

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I'm a new wife and an even newer mom. I have a secret dream to be super-mom. I love to craft, cook, dance and fill my life with as many adventures as possible. I'm slightly crunchy granola but enjoy a good steak. I'm right brained and type B (with some type A tendencies). I thrive best when I get to use my creative juices. I dabble in photography and party planning. I play piano and have a dream to learn the cello. I want to make the most of this one, short life I find myself living.

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This blog was originally intended to be a personal journal of my pregnancy journey and all that that entails--shared with only a few close family members. It was a way for me to keep them posted on all things baby and occasionally post a picture of my growing torso so they could see the progress. After several posts, I started to get hooked on other blogs and became motivated to attempt to do more with mine. We'll see how it goes....

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