Thursday, June 26, 2008


I'm due to post the 17 week post but it's going to have to wait.

Life has been insanely busy. I spent much of last week and weekend working to get one of my projects done. Since Monday I've been splitting my time between work and completing my (huge) to-do lists for each day. Y and I are headed to visit my family in Missouri. As soon as we return we have our BIG ULTRASOUND!!

Things with us are going well. The belly is getting bigger, the movements are becoming more recognizable, and aside from the heartburn and hip pain I've been feeling pretty great.

I promise to update with belly pictures and Baby J's development as soon as I have a moment to sit down for more than 5 minutes!

Friday, June 20, 2008

16 Weeks (and 2 days)! We have toenails!

Some weeks it feels like time is flying by and others I think "I'm only at week 16!?" Life has been good but busy. Work has me swamped but one of these days I'll get ahead!

Baby J is between 4 1/2 and 5 inches long now and about the size of an avocado at 3 1/2 ounces.

This is about what Baby J may look like inside my belly:

Here's what's happening with Baby J this week:
His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. Baby J's ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. Baby J has even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as Baby J continues to develop.

In other developments, WE HAVE MOVEMENT!!! I've been feeling some odd sensations in my belly for a few days now. I've wondered if it was the baby but could never be 100% sure. Last night, I pulled out the doppler before I went to sleep to listen to the heartbeat. While I had the wand pressed on my belly, Baby J started moving! We, of course, could hear it on the doppler but then I started feeling it, too. My thoughts were confirmed...Baby J is squirming around enough for me to feel it! It was the neatest and strangest sensation all rolled into one. When he (or she) wiggles it almost feels like a goldfish is swimming in my belly. Not that I have ANY idea what that feels like but it's the closest way to describe it.

Belly pics will be coming soon. I haven't had a chance to take any for this week but I'll get on that!

Source: BabyCenter

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

So I'm a day late on this, but we had a really busy weekend.

To Y:
Our child will be so lucky to have you as their Dad. Not only are you completely goofy but you have no qualms doing whatever needs to be done for any of your friends or family. This is definitely going to be a new adventure in our lives, one you may not feel completely qualified for, but I know you'll do everything you can to be sure this child is loved and well-cared for. Next year you'll be celebrating your first official Father's Day and I can't wait to see how much things have changed in a year!

To my Dad:
I miss you daily. Each Father's Day, birthday, and holiday celebrated without you is just not the same. I may have grumbled as a child and teenager thinking you were being overprotective, and there were times you definitely were, but there was never any doubt how much you loved me. I miss the days you'd spoil me with McDonald's cheeseburgers when I was under the weather or those summer's you'd take me to the local diner to enjoy a meal together. I couldn't have asked for a more loving father and I'm so sad our child won't ever have the chance to meet their grandpa and you won't get to meet your newest grandchild.

To my Father-in-law:
Thanks for raising such a great son. You obviously set a good example for him growing up and I look forward to seeing him "in action". Thanks for accepting me into your family as one of your own. Not only do you feed us well (baby, included) but you keep us laughing, even when the times are tough. I look forward to watching you interact with you future grandchild and hope that you get many years together.

So, to all the Dads and Dads-to-be in my life and in yours, I wish you a very Happy Father's Day (even if it's a day late!). I hope you all know just how much you're loved.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

BIG Ultrasound Scheduled!!!

I can't believe I forgot to mention this in the 15 week post!!

Our big ultrasound is scheduled for July 7th at 3:30pm with my appointment following at 4:15pm. We were trying to get it scheduled before we take a trip to Missouri but my OB's office was pretty well booked on the days I had available. Hopefully I can wait that long!

Yes, we are finding out what we're having. As Y says, "We have important purchases to make. We need to know if it's softball or baseball equipment we're buying!"

15 Weeks! (and a day)

The second trimester continues! Baby J is now about 4 to 5 inches long and weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He or she is about the size of an apple:

Baby J busy moving amniotic fluid through his or her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in his lungs begin to develop. Baby J's legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all of his joints and limbs. Baby J’s eyes are also continuing to move towards the nose from the sides of his head. Although the eyelids are still fused shut , he can sense light. If we were to shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, Baby J is likely to move away from the beam. (Y is quite anxious to try this!) There's not much for the baby to taste at this point, but he is forming taste buds.

Baby J’s skin is still very thin, and his blood vessels can actually be seen through the skin. The ears are continuing to develop externally and continue to look more like normal ears. The bones are beginning to ossify, which means that if an x-ray was taken the skeleton would be visible.

I continue to feel good. Fatigue has been back a bit more this week than it had been. Of course my current work schedule is likely to blame for part of that! I had a Dr's appointment on Tuesday. Everything is going well. There was some concern I may have placenta previa so I'm back on pelvic rest until our next ultrasound. The placenta should hopefully move up and out of the way by then! Baby J was being quite the little booger at the appointment. Dr. S was trying to get a read on the heartbeat with the doppler. He kept wiggling and kicking and/or punching at my belly...just enough movement to be loud and cause her to lose her reading on the heartbeat. We both laughed that he was definitely an active little thing! The heartbeat is really strong and continues to be right around 170 bpm.

Y's birthday was also on Tuesday. Baby J got him a birthday and early Father's (to-be) Day gift from a site called This Place is a Zoo. Y received a plush (and very realistic looking) jellyfish! I laughed so hard when I opened the box and found a bright, fuchsia pink jellyfish...maybe the kid is trying to tell us something??? If you haven't seen this website yet, check it out...they have some very realistic looking critters!

Last, and certainly not least, this week's belly pic. I took these after we got back from Y's birthday dinner Wednesday night at exactly 15 weeks. They didn't turn out so great so I may be retaking them in a day or two.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

14 Weeks!

Yay! I'm officially out of the first trimester! Baby J is stretching out and is now about 3 1/2 to 4 inches and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. He is about the size of a lemon:

The major developments for this week:
Baby J can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Baby J's body is growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Baby J's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, Baby J's little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

I also took some belly pics today. The bump is slowly coming along. Most people probably still think I'm just really enjoying food and it's all chub. I promise there's a baby in there! Please ignore my make-up free face and pajama bottoms...hey...I was seeking comfort!

Y and I have been enjoying listening to the baby's heartbeat with the rented fetal doppler. I have to say, that's been one of the best investments! I get so relaxed and am so happy listening to that heartbeat!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Baby Bump Envy

I admit it. I have baby bump envy.

While Y & I both know I'm pregnant, I still don't quite have the all-telling bump. There are days I look at my profile in the mirror and wonder if other people can tell I'm pregnant. I'm positive the consensus is a resounding, "No". I currently just appear to be enjoying a few too many meals despite not having gained a single pound so far this pregnancy. I'm sure if you ask me at 36 weeks when I'm large and waddling I'll be wondering why I was in such a hurry for the bump to appear. I think it all comes down to the fact we worked so hard to get here and I want the world to know we finally succeeded!

Here's my bump at 13 weeks, 2 days. It doesn't look like much more than chub, huh?

Maybe there should be a pregnant Mom's code or a new commandment: "Thou shall not envy thy neighbor's baby bump."