Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jocelyn Eliza has arrived!

Sorry about the long departure from the blog. As cliche' as it sounds, it's been a really busy two weeks. I have no idea when she'll wake up, so I'm going to get some pictures up here now and work on the blog as time (and baby) permits!

Here I am at 5:30am on her birthday

Jocelyn Eliza Blake born at 9:03pm on December 26th. She was 6lbs and 13oz, 19 3/4 inches.

The very proud Daddy.

Our little Josie

Look at her little blue eyes!

Jocelyn is all ready to come home from the hospital.

More to come!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Week 37/Doctor Visit

I've decided to combine the two weekly events, since both are so un-interesting. At this point, it's just waiting.

Little One is officially full term! She's probably around 6 1/2 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel. Alex and I are guessing she has long legs because the little bump we think is her bum is pretty far way from the little bumps we thing are her feet.

When I went to the doctor, I had made a lot of progress. She didn't think that the baby would come this week, but was happy about the changes. I guess being on my feet so much has been good.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Week 36

We're creeping to the end. Believe it or not, I am more comfortable now than I was a few weeks ago. I think it is because she's dropped enough that she's not in my lungs anymore but not far enough where I feel much pressure.

Little One is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. At the end of this week, she'll be considered full-term. I need to make it another 2 weeks to get all of my work, gymnastics, Christmas shopping and nursery things done. After that, I think I will be anxiously awaiting her arrival.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

This week's Doctor

I start going to the doctor every week now. Today was my first one to get checked. Everything is as normal as can be. The baby is measuring normally, and Dr. Gibbs thinks she is about 6 or 6 1/2lbs. I'm not in any danger of going into labor anytime soon and based on how everything was the Dr. thinks she should arrive on time.

I've gained 32lbs so far. The nurse said that was fine. My blood pressure is still very low, but my pulse is very high. I can tell that the baby is dropping.

Last night I had a dream I was holding her. She had a lot of dark hair. I changed her diaper and put her in a dress and then held her more. It was an awesome dream.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Week 35

Little One doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales around 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

5 weeks and counting until my due date. That is 35 days, which also roughly equals around 840 more hours.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Week 34

Little One now weighs somewhere between 4 3/4 and 5 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.

I haven't had any signs of preterm labor, but we'll all be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's like the Wave

Everyone who has ever been to an OU game with me knows how much I love "The Wave". (This video is of Missouri Tigers Fans, but I couldn't find one of us)

Now that Little One is getting so big her little movements are starting to span the entire stomach. Sometimes, my stomach "movements" oddly resemble my favorite football game past time: The wave. This morning, I was laying back on the couch watching ESPN with Alex. When I looked down at my stomach, it was completely lopsided. The left side was sticking straiting up and it sloped downward toward the right side. It looked like someone had punched it in. Then, without warning I watched my entire stomach start rolling around, sort of like jello. Waves of something rolled around from the inside. It was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen.

So imagine "the wave" inside of your stomach. That is what it looks (and sort of feels like) Alex doesn't believe me when I tell him. Every time I try to get him to see it she stops moving. Just when he looks away, she gets moving again.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Week 33

It just keeps getting closer and closer! Little One is about the size and weight of a pineapple. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal.

I've been searching for more information about how Little One is developing, but as it turns out, she's just growing bigger, really. I think she's still sideways and kicking in the back side of my stomach.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gymnastics Shower

Last Friday, we had a little baby shower at the gym where I coach. It was very cute. Here is the cupcake cake. Notice the adorable baby in the right corner.

The girls each put their name on a giant calendar trying to guess the day Little One will come. They also could get ribbon off of a spool guessing how big around I was. Some of them were waaaay to big, much to my dismay. Other's were very close.

We opened presents, which I am so grateful for. One thing that they did was very special. Each of the girls brought their favorite childrens book with a little inscription in the front. I ended up with a big basket full of books, each with their own special story.

Here we all are at the end. I love my girls.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Week 32

By now, Little One is around 4lbs and taking up a lot of space in my uterus. When I lay down or sit on the floor, I feel like she is in my throat. Over the next few weeks she'll gain roughly a 1/2 a week. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair. Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Another Dr Appointment

Which was equally as boring as all of the others. I've gained 27 pounds. Little One's heart rate is 156 and sounded very strong. The doctor said she was growing. She's still transverse, but "moving in the right direction".

The doctor made me get a flu shot. I've never gotten one before, and I haven't had the flu since elementary school. But she said that immune systems are much different during pregnancy. Apparently, there can be severe complications when pregnant women get the flu. Dr. Gibbs said she has known two pregnant women who have died from influenza. The shot was free, so I let them stick me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Slow weeks

It's been a slow couple of weeks as far as Little One goes. I haven't had much to blog about really. I just feel very large and slightly uncomfortable. I wish I had more to blog about. I have a doctors appointment on Friday, maybe that will yield more news.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Week 31

It was kind of a boring week, as far as baby goes. Nothing new happened. Here is what it says for this week:

This week, Little One measures between 16 and 17 inches long. She weighs around 3.5 to 4 pounds. She's heading into a growth spurt. Little One can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's moving a lot, too.

She can open and close her eyes and her pupils respond to changes in light from the outside world. She has a great sense of hearing, because she kicked during the whole OU game this weekend :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Week 30

Little one weights 3lbs and is around 16 inches (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.

I thought this was interesting:
You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An open invitation to conversation

Today in the elevator of the DoubleTree hotel, I had a conversation with local TV personality Jack Bunds. (He's standing at the mic on the right). He was the sportscaster for Channel 8, so some of you Tulsans may know him. He told me all about his grand-daugther who was born last year on December 27th. He continued on to tell me that she might not like having that birthday later on in life and how coordinating parties will be difficult.

Earlier today, this other lady pulled out a picture of her first grandson and was thrilled to talk about him. Another guy went into detail about his wife's labor for both their first and second child. He even told me all about how she watched the birth with a mirror. He also told me that they'll be trying in the next few months for number three.

There is something about my round stomach that invites conversation with perfect strangers. They all ask when the baby is due and then to proceed tell me all about their experience with pregnancy. I guess everyone knows someone who has been pregnant. I am actually enjoying talking to perfect strangers about things I would never hear about otherwise. I just find it interesting how me being pregnant has made it an open invitation to conversation with just about everyone.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Week 29

Little One continues to get bigger and is about the size of a butternut squash. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. I'm supposed to keep eating plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, iron and calcium.

She isn't up and down though, she's side to side.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dr. Time

No weight "jump" this time! Just your regular few pounds. My blood pressure remains very good. Litte One's heart rate is 164. She's laying transverse (I was right!). Her little head is in the bottom left and she kicks me squarely in the right rib. I go back in 3 weeks. Just normal!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gestational Diabetes Screening

Verdict: Not so bad. I have only heard horror stories of how bad the orange liquid is and spending hours getting blood drawn.

In reality, the drink just tasted like orange pop that was slightly out of date. I had to wait an hour in the waiting room. I read Parents magazine (which I might subscribe to) and then talked to the nurse about labor and delivery. It went by fast, it was a tiny needles and just a few tubes.

The worst part was not eating breakfast. I really didn't like that.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

kick, Kick, KICK!

Little One kicks a lot. Despite my experience at the gymnastics show, I really love it. People have been asking recently if she keeps me up at night kicking. My response used to be "No, I think she must sleep through the night!" I was starting to believe that she might actually be sleeping through the night and I'd be one of those lucky moms who gets a "good sleeper" (like I was).

Last night, I was very tired and went to bed early. When Alex came to bed, I was completely out. He laid next to me and then noticed that my stomach was moving. He felt Little One kicking while I kept on dozing. So, I guess she doesn't sleep though the night and yes, I guess she does kick at all hours. But, I'm still a good sleeper and it doesn't phase me, yet.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Week 28

Little One is about the size of a bag of flour, but much more active. She's been moving a lot lately. She can also blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world. Her lungs have developed enough to breath air, but they still have a while to go.

Friday, October 10, 2008

World Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Last night I went with all my gymnasts to the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the new BOK center. It was a pretty fun event. In addition to the show, we had an opportunity to sit and watch the gymnasts warm-up. Then our girls got to ask the gymnasts questions. Here I am directing traffic:

The show highlighted the entire Olympic Men's Gymnastics team as well as three of the Women's. The event wasn't so much like a competition by more like a show. In fact, there was a live band. Sometimes they would play by themselves and sometimes they would play while the gymnasts did things. Jordan Pruitt (who I had never heard of previously) also preformed. Here are some shots of the gymnasts:


My whole point in telling you all of this is that Little One went CRAZY! I really like it when she kicks, but last night may have been a little overboard. She started as soon as we got there during the "meet the gymnasts" part. (She must share her father's enthusiasm for things) Then the band came out and from then on it didn't stop. I could feel her kicking in the ribs and punching in the gut. There was loud music the entire time and she was moving for all of it.

I did get a pause during intermission though.

And then, it started again. And so did she.

But it didn't stop when the music stopped. She messed around in there for another hour after we got home. Now, that one might be my fault because I had Sprite AND cotton candy (neither of which I have very often) and she might have been worked up over all of the sugar. Regardless of the reason, I think my insides are sore from all of the activity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Very funny

I read this today and found it quite funny; I do believe some of you might also appreciate it.

Yes, ladies, you’ve finally reached the infamous “live-on-the-toilet” stage. Your feet are bigger, your breasts are bigger, your belly is bigger, even your baby is bigger—and something’s gotta give. Annoyingly, nature didn’t choose your butt and instead opted to compress your bladder, which is now being completely squashed by your-super-sized-baby... all day long. So your best shot is to just accept the fact you’re going to need to urinate every 10 minutes (and if you manage to go longer, thank the good lord).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Week 27

And I'm into trimester number 3!

This week, Little One weighs between 2-2 1/2 pounds and is about 14 1/2-15 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, her brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now.

For the last few weeks, I've noticed occasionally that my belly will "jump". I couldn't figure out what it was. As it turns out they say that any tiny rhythmic movements I may be feeling are a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Week 26

The network of nerves in Little One's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both my voice and Alex's as you chat with each other. Alex talks to her daily, it's pretty cute. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air. And she's continuing to put on baby fat.Her eyes are also almost fully formed. Did you know that all babies have blue eyes in the womb no matter what? I'm just certain she'll keep them though.

I've been dealing with an achy back and achy hips. Apparently this is quite normal. My website says "If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints". Remember my philosophy: normal is good.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Flushable Diapers?

Check this out: The gDiaper. I'm very intrigued. I think I'm going to buy the starter kit.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Your advice PLEASE

What book or website did you find most useful? I'd like to find a good book about infants or infant development. There are a million choices, and I have no idea. Please please comment and help me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Week 25

Head to heels, Little One now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga (they always compare my baby to vegetables), but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Every day someone comments about how I look bigger. I don't like the attention as much as I expected I would. Could I possibly be getting bigger on a
daily basis? I wish that one day no one would comment on the size of my stomach or someone would say "hmm, you look a bit smaller today".

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dr. time

The words "I see your weight jumped" are still resounding in my head. What exactly does that mean? Is that bad? Or normal? The doctor didn't really say. I just don't like the word "jumped" it seems so sudden and drastic.

Otherwise, everything was standard. Little One's heart rate is 158, which is just perfect. My blood pressure is normal too. I'm scheduled for my yucky diabetes test in 4 weeks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Week 24

Little One is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week (I wonder how much she weighs right now?). Since she's almost a foot long (picture a near of corn), she's cuts a pretty skinny at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up.

Her brain is also growing quickly now, and taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. She has little unique fingerprints now too.

My book also said that my uterus is the size of a soccer ball. I realize that might be a little TMI, but I was amazed by this. My question is: Where did the rest of my organs go? A soccer ball seems like it would take up pretty much my entire abdomen area. Did all the other stuff get smashed up by the ribs? It's so bizarre what this baby does to your body.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

So many presents for Little One

This one is from me. I can't resist buying things for her.

Here is her first Sooner shirt from Auntie Jessica.

This came from my Aunt Vickie in Alaska. Thanks!

This little Pooh sleeper is from Great-Grandma Q. Check out the Pooh footies.

AND the present that I'm most excited about from Grandma Judy and Grandpa Jim.

Thank you ALL!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Week 23

She's about a foot long and weighs just over a pound and one time I was able to see her squirm underneath my 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 could begin to become familiar now. Her skin is starting to fill out as a layer of fat is being deposited underneath.

I've slowed down a little on my eating; I'm not not near as hungry as last week. However, my stomach seems to get bigger on a daily basis. I'm not the only one that thinks that, several of the people I work with have commented that it looks bigger every time they see me. Now that it has gotten a bit cooler in Tulsa, I'll try to go buy a long sleeved shirt or two this weekend so I have some clothes that fit.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sooner Born and Sooner Bred!

Little One took her first trip to an OU game this weekend.

She kicked during the half-time band.

She got presents from Auntie Jessica.

And had so much fun eating pizza and hanging out with all her friends (Or maybe that was me).

Go Oklahoma Sooners!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mom or Dad?

Who do you think she'll look like?


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another purchase for Little One

I couldn't resist when I found these light switch covers on eBay the other day. They match perfectly with the bedding I want. And I think they are just adorable. Even Alex thought they were cute.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Week 22

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, Little One is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she's even developing tiny canine molar buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part that will be so beautifully blue) still lack pigment. Her fingernails are also nearly fully grown. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she'll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in (That is where all of the carbs I'm craving come in). Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Interesting pregnancy fact: Blood flows through the umbilical cord at a rate of 4 miles per hour!

For those of you who don't have facebook...here is a picture that Alex took of me on Saturday before the OU game.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Caution: Carb overload in progress

Cheese, milk and yogurt are no longer very appetizing. In the last 4 or so days I've had at least 15 bowls of cereal. I also have had for dinner twice delicious waffles smothered in butter syrup. As always, I'm eating a lot of fruitas well. I've had baked potato and mac and cheese for lunch several times. I'm clearly craving carbohydrates. So much so that I'm worried about slipping into a carb coma.

For all of you overly concerned about weight gain (Mother) I haven't gained any weight this week, so I'm indulging in my carb cravings. Little One needs some quick energy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

This is one of my favorite children's books. I used to read it to the 1 year olds when I worked at Children's World in Norman. It always seemed to hold their attention. I found it for $5 and (just like the little socks) had to buy it for Little One.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Week 21

Little One now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. I've been reading for the last few weeks how she is breathing in and swallowing amniotic fluid and also going to the bathroom in there too. But I read today that the fluid pool is refreshing itself every 3 hours. A little less gross.

In other developments, her eyebrows and lids are present now. Eye lids are sealed, but her little blue (probably) eyes are very active (apparently). Also, taste buds are forming.

She's beginning to respond to sound, at least to Alex's voice. If I drink something very cold or something very hot, she also tends to kick me a little bit.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The quickest visit yet

I had another doctors appointment on Friday. Alex couldn't come because he had to be in class. It was okay though, because the whole thing was quick.

I've gained 5 lbs since my last visit. Little One's heart rate was 164. The doctor measured my stomach (but she didn't say if it was too big or little) and then pushed around on it.

I had no questions and we rescheduled again in 4 weeks. Snappy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How skinny is she?

Little One is 10 inches long. Babies come out around 20 inches. So she's going to double in height over the next 4 1/2 months. Makes sense.

Little One weighs about 11 ounces. Babies come out weighing between 7-8 pounds. So she is going to gain 10 times her weight in the next 4 1/2 months. Isn't that crazy? She's 1/2 her I'm-about-to-be-born height and 1/10 her I'm-about-to-be-born weight.

That seems so bizarre. How skinny is she?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Week 20

Little One weighs about 11 ounces now. She'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.

She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. Her permanent teeth are forming behind her baby teeth. She can move her eyes, but not always together and she has little eyebrows.
Her brain is continually growing.

Now that I'm halfway, it's all downhill....right?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ity bity socks

I bought these tiny socks for Little One yesterday. Have you ever seen anything cuter in your entire life? It made me so happy to buy them.

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Daddy Story

For the last two weeks I've been able to feel Little One moving around. Alex has been a little discouraged because she is still too small for him to feel anything. Last night though, Al was humming into my stomach at Little One. She started to get really active and I could feel her moving all around. I had him push on the spot where her little tiny foot is. She must have liked all the humming (or hated it) because she gave a big kick. It was so big it hurt me, but was fun for Alex because he finally felt it. Then, so excited and with eyes wide exclamed "There really is a baby in there!"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Weighing in

It was bound to happen. I saw it coming from a mile away. But let me tell you that when I stepped on that scale and saw 150 pounds, it was hard to take. Yes, yes, it's normal to gain weight when you're pregnant. But I've never actually seen the scale say 150lbs while I was on it. So I've gained 13lbs. According to what I've read, I guess I'm right on track. It's just so weird to have my belly stick out there so far. It's really growing fast.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Week 19

Little One's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear our voices now. Would you believe me if I told you Alex talks to her more than I do? She already has a preference for using her right or left hand.

Everything I read says that she should weigh between 8 and 8 1/2 ounces. Since she weighed 9 last week I'm guessing she is between 9 1/2-10oz right now, but who knows? Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. I feel her move several times during the day. It's really cool. Hair on her scalp is sprouting (do we have another Baby Kate in our midst?). A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
[Just in case you didn't get the reference: Baby Kate is my niece. She was born with a lot of hair. This picture is at 3 months, but it's been sticking straight up since the day she was born!]

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baby R Us

They get two thumbs up. I had a very pleasant time registering there today. I would highly recommend it. In addition to friendly service, I got a box full of sample products and coupons, personalized shower labels, a book full of reminders and checklists and a free magazine. Much better experience than last year at Target.

I'm very excited about all of the things I saw. If you'd like, check out the registry. Am I missing anything?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Week 18

I know this is a little late, however we were in St. Louis for the weekend and as soon as I got back I got swamped at work. I'm taking a little time away from blood to work on this :)

Head to rump, Little One is about 6 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and in the ultrasound she weighs 9 ounces (which is a little big according to my online sources) I wish I could get a scanner to show you these meaty thighs she already has. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — and I feel it more and more - Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born (she's getting smarter as we speak!). Her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.

I'm hungry, a lot of the time. I've also noticed that my blood pressure is a lot lower. Apparently this is normal: My cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester my blood pressure will probably be lower than usual.

I got a report from both the radiologist and the lab that my ultrasound and quad test came back normal. I'm the epitome of normal. Hooray!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It's a girl!

We had our official ultra-sound today and Little One is clearly a little girl. We are very excited. Everything looked great and we got to watch her move around a little bit. She's already 9 oz and her little foot is 2.65 cm long :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Little One must have grown

When I woke up this morning I felt a lot bigger than I did last night. And, my new maternity pants didn't slide off of me. Here is a picture at 17 weeks and 4 days.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Week 17

I'm getting close to 4 months now. It seems like everything that already developed by week 10 is now just growing bigger and working harder. I did learn that Little One's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone. This is probably why I'm craving big blocks of cheddar cheese, milk and ice cream. The other day while driving home from work I felt like if I didn't eat macaroni and cheese for dinner, that I might die.

Her umbilical cord is also growing stronger and thicker. She weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Interestingly, my heart is pumping 20% more blood than before. I noticed today that my hips seemed really wide. I try to tell myself that it will make labor less painful. I seriously hope they shrink back down to normal size after the baby.