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 :)