Archive for June, 2009

Baby P is an Avacado!

Yesterday was my appointment with the new doctor.  The doctor I switched from did not deliver at the hospital we were looking at.  The new doctor is nice and we think her approach is more intimate than the other doctor.  We heard the baby’s heartbeat on the doppler and she feels it is in the 150’s beats per minute range.  Baby P is still going strong!  We will be finding out if the baby is a boy or girl no more than 3 weeks from now.  We are excited!  I am amazed I can still fit in my pre-pregnancy clothes.  Pretty soon I will be moving to maternity clothes.  We look forward to our next ultrasound.  By then, we should know which nursery theme to go with.  As I move closer to the halfway mark of this pregnancy, Baby P is now the size of an avacado.

Watch what you say… tiny bones forming in baby’s ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you’re interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.

Baby P is an Orange!

I had my follow-up appointment with the doctor.  It was a quick appointment, in and out.  Well, other than the actual time I’ve waited for the doctor.  It was really more of a check-in.  The nurse put me on the scale and took my bloodwork.  We talked for a little bit then waited for the doctor.  Finally, the doctor came and we listened for the heartbeat on the doppler.  I don’t know how fast it was, but it sure sounded rapid!  It was supposedly to be twice that of my heartbeat.  At my first ultrasound, it was 168.  I couldn’t believe how fast the heartbeat was.  At the same time, it’s still surreal to think there’s something growing in my belly. 

We have decided to switch to a doctor who will deliver at the hospital closer to home.  Another bonus with this doctor, they are willing to work with me to have an interpreter provided.  Yes!  I couldn’t be thrilled how this pregnancy is progressing.  The doctor mentioned the new doctor I will see next week may order another ultrasound 3-5 weeks from meeting with her.  He pointed out by then, we should be able to find out what Baby P is, a boy or a girl.  Wow…  This means by then I’ll be at my halfway mark for this pregnancy.  I am really enjoying myself.  Ian is really excited about this and looking forward to December.  If you recall my mention of “possibly” feeling the baby move…  Well, I think those thoughts I had were correct.  Those were maybe two to three weeks back.  I might be in tune with my body more than I thought.  I described it to Ian as being tickled from the inside.  I’m afraid I’ll get to the point where I’ll just crack out laughing. 

Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby’s legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can’t feel the movements.

My blow dryer is on the fritz!

I just HAD to blog about this…  Lately, my blow dryer has been acting weird.  It didn’t blow air as it used to.  Well, after using it this morning and turning it off upon completion of drying my hair, I could smell something was fried.  Yikes!  I think back to when my mom told me her blow dryer caught on fire when it was on the fritz.  This was probably when I was gone to college my freshman year.  I was telling Hubbs that I am needing a new one verrrry soon.  I am afraid of finding myself running out of the bathroom like my mom did with the thing on fire.  I can’t remember how long I have had this thing.  Yup, might be time for a new one…  As long as it has ionic button, I will be good.  My hair will behave with an ionic function.  Otherwise, it’s gonna frizz up!  We wouldn’t want that…  I think I can hear my sister-in-law laughing it up.  Time to make a trip to the store.

Baby P is a Lemon!

It’s been several weeks since we found out, maybe a month since then.  The size grew from a raspberry to the size of a lemon.  Suprisingly, no morning sickness thus far.  I consider myself among the lucky few who would not experience that.  The only thing that still exist for me is fatigue.  Sometimes it gets to me around 8pm, sometimes not.  I am also lucky if I can sleep through the night without getting up to pee.  The joy of the little baby!  I think mostly we are both wondering what the little one is, boy or girl?  We think we may be able to find out within the next month, depending if we are going to have another ultrasound sooon.  From our first ultrasound, our tech thinks we should be able to tell at least 16 weeks.  That is if the baby cooperates.

Oh yes, and there’s the food aversions I have been having.  So far, I seem to be hating olives and mushrooms.  Usually, I like them.  Only this time around, they taste weird.  It was funny that my husband mentioned that I don’t eat like my usual self and that I eat like him.  Must have been the Starbursts I’ve been eating a while back.  I have been having cereals more often as well.  When I think of cereal, I think of Captain Crunch!  Yum yum!

Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.

How far along? 14w
Total weight gain? not sure - no scales at home!
How big is baby? Approximately the size of a lemon, 3.5 inches.
Maternity clothes? Not yet, my clothes still fit, sometimes I need to unbutton my jeans and use my belt to hold it up and it’s comfortable.  This only works if I use one of my loose fitting shirt.
Stretch marks? No, but I’ve been quite a bit itchy though.
Sleep? It was much better than before where I would get up nearly every night at 3am or 4am to pee.  It is only once in a while I would need to get up.
Best moments this week? Thinking I *may* have felt something.  It was too light to tell but I think it may have been some fluttering.  I am not sure.
Movements? See above
Food cravings? Captain Crunch!  Then there’s wanting to add salsa whenever possible.  Baby P seems to really enjoy those two.
Food aversions? Olives and mushrooms.  Bleh.  My husband keeps saying, “The baby is just like me!”  So funny.
Labor signs? Not even close, I’m far from it.
Belly button in or out? Still in.
What I miss? With summer coming up, it means cold beer at the baseball games.  Sometimes my husband and I go to baseball and we would kick back with few beers.  But not this summer.  We would still go to the games though!
What I am looking forward to this week? My next doctor’s appointment so I can hear the baby’s heartbeat.  They have a doppler that can pick up those sounds.  Hopefully the doctor will send me to an ultrasound so I can see the baby again.  If that’s the case, most likely we will find out the baby’s gender.

Cat is out of the bag!

I have not been updating my blog for a while now.  I have good reasons, it was hard not to blog about it since some family and friends have this website.  A week ago, we announced to our families that we are expecting a baby.  That’s right, you read it, we are having a baby!  Right now, I am 13w1day.  I have been keeping some journal entries to myself but overall, too much to post here.  The summary is basically how I felt throughout my cycles, when we realized my next cycle was not coming, finding out the result of the home pregnancy test, and all the way up to telling our families.  We found out we were pregnant on May 7th and had our ultrasound several weeks later.  The main suprise was learning how far along I really was, almost 4 weeks more. 

Part of the reason why we did not find out until much later was due to the lack of morning sickness.  I actually felt great, only tired as heck for most part of April.  I kept going to bed at an early hour.  I felt like I never got enough sleep.  I am in my 2nd trimester and have experienced several food aversions.  Olives, mushrooms, and fish are the first ones I noticed.  I seem to want my food doused with salsa whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Then there is the strawberr fruit bar my husband brought home, those are heaven.  So far, my clothes still fit.  If my shirts are long enough, I would unbutton the top of my jeans and use my belt to keep it up.  The extra room from just unbuttoning it is comfort.

My plan with this blog is to continue documenting the events as they are happening to share with my families and friends.  I look forward in the next several months to prepare for the baby and to meet the baby.  This is only the beginning of the future.  I am getting quite a bit protective, according to my husband.  One morning, he came in to wake me up (by jumping on the bed…) and it took me by suprised and had my defenses up and ready to punch someone.  Whoops.  I know that our dogs would find the baby an interesting and new experience.  I am especially interested in how they would react.  Our families were excited with our news, my husband’s Grandpa having a drink for me when we let him know, and for my Gramma/Grampa having two great-grandchildren in one year.  That’s right, my cousin’s wife is also expecting as well.  In fact, the day we found out was the same day they announced to the family they are expecting a girl.  As for this one, we do not know.  Our ultrasound tech says we should find out when we are at least 16 weeks.  This week, Baby P is the size of a peach at 13 weeks. 

Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords… savor this, their non-functional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only one third the size of the body. Intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby’s tummy. (Much more convenient.)