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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Baby's Heartbeat!

Last night was very exciting...we were able to hear baby's heartbeat loud and clear at 10 weeks 2 days on my Sonoline fetal doppler. I won't get to hear the heartbeat for another couple weeks at the doctor's office, so it was a huge relief to hear it this early. Here's the video (sorry the right side got cut off!):

Saturday, November 20, 2010

9 Weeks

How far along? 9 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 1 inch

Baby’s Weight: .07 ounces or 2 grams

Development: Baby will start to develop male or female genitalia this week...I can't wait to find out what we're having! Baby is now officially a fetus and no longer an embryo.

Weight gain/loss: I gained almost 2 pounds this week.

Maternity clothes? Yesterday I didn't even bother trying to button my jeans. I wore my Bella Band all day and it was FABULOUS.

Best moment this week? The queasiness and bloating today actually had me feeling pregnant for the first time.

Symptoms: Fatigue, frequent urination, sore boobs, stuffy nose, and sore throat. I feel like I'm coming down with a cold again for the second time since I've been pregnant. I've also had a few days of mild queasiness in the morning about a half hour after breakfast. It usually goes away if I eat something else (usually toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk). I'm also burping a lot, and my new toothbrush is making me gag easily.

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing sounds too exciting, except for maybe cookies.

What I'm looking forward to: It will be another 3 weeks until I hear the heartbeat, so I went ahead and ordered a home doppler! The Sonoline Fetal Heart Prenatal Doppler is sensitive enough to detect a heartbeat from 8-10 weeks! Several ladies on The Bump have said that they heard the heartbeat clearly at 9 weeks, so I caved and bought it. It should get here around Thanksgiving.

Milestones: We told our parents last weekend. The news on my husband's side of the family is spreading like wildfire, so most people will know by Thanksgiving (when we were originally planning on announcing). It's sort of a relief, since there will be tons of people at Thanksgiving, and I don't really want all that attention on me.

What my baby and I look like this week:

Friday, November 19, 2010

10 weeks

How far along? 10 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 1 1/2 inches (the size of a kumquat or prune)

Baby’s Weight: 4 grams

Development: Baby's skeleton is starting to grow and harden and the "tail" has become the spinal column. Fingers and toes are visible, and baby's brain is developing 25,000 new neurons every minute this week.

Weight gain/loss: No change this week

Maternity clothes? Not yet, but I picked up some cheap maternity jeans yesterday at Black Friday. I won't be able to wear them for a while though.

Best moment this week? I told my grandparents I was extra hungry on Thanksgiving b/c I was eating for two. They were very excited. I'm sure they've told their siblings by now, so everyone on both sides of our families know at this point. It's kind of a relief to have people know...we were very nervous to tell our families.

Symptoms: Fatigue, frequent urination, sore boobs, stuffy nose, and sore throat. I feel as if I'm constantly on the verge of getting sick. I've also had several shooting pains from my tailbone to my pelvis. I think it's called sciatic nerve pain.

Food cravings/aversions: On the way to visit family on Thanksgiving I was STARVING. We were close to a Taco Bell, so my husband suggested that. I wanted a Crunchwrap (w/ beans instead of meat) SO bad. Turns out Taco Bell is closed on Thanksgiving. I almost cried.

What I'm looking forward to: We're having dinner with some close friends tonight, and I think we're going to tell them.

Milestones: We heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time on my new Sonoline Fetal Heart Prenatal Doppler. At this point, it is very fleeting when we hear it, but I will post a video when we can hear it consistently.

What my baby and I look like this week:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

How I Told My Parents I'm Pregnant

We just announced our pregnancy to my parents! They live out of state, so I called my mom and told her to check her email. We are new homeowners, so we often send them pictures of our latest home improvement projects. My husband was on the other line holding a tape recorder up to the phone. They both screamed when they got to picture #3. The document we sent them was titled "Home Upgrades." Here is what the email said:

Here are some pictures of the kitchen shelf we built above the kitchen sink, along with some other new additions.

You're Going to be Grandparents!

Their reactions were perfect. Screaming, laughing, crying, etc. Tomorrow we will tell my husband's parents in person.

Friday, November 12, 2010

We have a heartbeat!

Yesterday we got to see the baby's heartbeat for the first time. It was amazing! It was this perfectly round little flashing light and the baby has grown so much in the last 2 weeks!

My doctor told me that now that we've seen the heartbeat, the chance of miscarriage is only about 3%, compared to the 20% or so before the heartbeat. We feel like it's safe to start telling people, so we'll tell our parents this weekend. Our next appointment is in 4 weeks and we will hear the heartbeat then.

Here's the ultrasound from yesterday at 7 weeks 5 days. The baby's head is on the left, and I think the umbilical cord is on the bottom right. The yolk sac is behind the baby, so you can't see it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

7 Weeks

How far along? 7 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 1/3 - 1/4 inch (the size of a Tic Tac)

Baby’s Weight: Less than 1 gram (right now it's about the weight of an eyelash)

Development: Baby is 10,000 times bigger than he/she was at conception! The umbilical cord is now visible, and so are the mouth hole, tongue, nostrils, and ear indentations. Hands and feet are emerging, but they look like ping pong paddles!

Weight gain/loss: Down 1 pound from last week. Overall, I'm down 4 pounds since conception (but I was dieting then).

Maternity clothes? Not this week, but yesterday after lunch I resorted to fastening my jeans with a rubber band and I wore it like that for the rest of the school day. I need to remember to always carry a Belly Belt with my when I'm wearing jeans.

Best moment this week? I made it through my first week of parent conferences without puking on anyone! Morning sickness hasn't kicked in yet. One of the parents asked if I had kids and I said "not yet." Then he said, "But I can see you're married, so you're probably working on that!" Lol, it was funny but so inappropriate and uncomfortable. I'm finding it harder and harder to keep my news to myself.

Symptoms: Fatigue, frequent urination, sore & swollen boobs, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, backache, and head rushes (like when I bend over and then stand up too quickly--I feel like I'm going to fall over). I have also noticed a few new veins showing on my boobs and I'm constantly bloated and feeling like I'm bursting out of my pants. Hawt!

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing in particular, but everything looks and sounds good. I got an ad for El Torito in the mail and I wanted everything on the page. Then someone on The Bump message board mentioned ice cream and now it's all I can think about.

What I'm looking forward to: Taking my baby to a pumpkin patch next year! I'm loving all the adorable pumpkin patch pics on Facebook.

Milestones: I had my first spotting scare this week...does that count? It was on Tuesday and I haven't had any since, so hopefully everything is fine. Our next ultrasound is Thursday and we should hear a heartbeat then.

What my baby and I look like this week: (I had a hard time sucking in the bloat on this one.)

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