19 Week Mark! Photo to be posted later!

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’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 your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom —
about the size of a large heirloom tomato.

Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

19 weeks

Yeah – that looks comfortable!

To answer a big question I’ve received from people:
YES, I am keeping all four of my cats!  I feel that Jeff & I are responsible enough to keep their claws trimmed and to keep them from sleeping with the baby.  I understand from quite a few people who have had a child that my cats will no longer be the “children” that they are now, but they are still four excellent loving creatures that we have raised and love and they aren’t going anywhere!
Strangely enough, no one asks if I’m getting rid of my dog.  I guess dogs are more acceptable as pets when one has a baby?


Quick update

1. Have you noticed that the picture of the 17-week baby looks a lot like an alien?  Seriously, I know my kid’s head is out of proportion with the rest of its body right now (and will be at birth, looking at some baby pictures), but can’t we make it a little less odd looking?

2. I posted that I’d felt the baby, but didn’t describe what it felt like.  It does feel a little similar to gas, so I can see how people mistake the first movements as such.  I’ve heard the description of this first feeling as “butterflies” or “popcorn”…well, folks, mine felt like someone had rolled up some bubblewrap and twisted it so it popped all at one time.  It really was like a crackling sensation near my right ribcage area.  So weird!

3. I’m very quickly becoming a vegetarian (who eats seafood).  First meat to go was chicken, then pork chops, then bbq, and now it appears as though steak is leaving my list of acceptable and desireable foods.  I want rice, beans, veggies, and fruit more than anything.  So this little one is getting its protein from black beans & eggs at this point in time.  Now, the three times I’ve attempted steak in the last two weeks have all been seasoned steak.  Sometime this week (or next weekend) I’m making the trip to my local Golden Corral for some plain old steak and some A-1 sauce and see how I do.
Please keep my poor husband in your thoughts.  I isn’t just that I don’t want to eat any of the above mentioned meats – I don’t want to prepare them either!  I did cook chicken and split a dinner I made last week so that his half had chicken in it, but man was that disgusting!!

4. I’m tired & HOT (we’re setting records here in RVA).  I never planned on being pregnant during the summer and now I realize why.  God bless my mother for having my brother in AUGUST!  Warren, I hope you are extra good to mom on all future mother’s days because I can’t imagine going through this weather at 7 – 9 months!

Love you all!  Thanks for checking in!!

Your pregnancy: 17 weeks

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How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby 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.

17-week picture from Baby Center (looks a little like an alien, doesn’t it?)

17 weeks


So…no 16 week picture

I promise to take a 17 week picture tomorrow, but will post it in the blog because I love my current profile picture.

THE DATE IS SET – We will (cooperative baby willing) find out if we’re having a boy or girl on Monday, June 30 @ 9:00 a.m. ~ well, shortly there after.
I’m actually getting excited to know & I’m counting down the days!!!  After telling family & close friends, I will post the news online – on all three sites (here, facebook, & MySpace).

Life is going well and tomorrow you’ll get the 17 week update.  Keep me in your prayers, though.  I’m also getting the worries about things going wrong.  A girl I used to attend church with lost her baby at 20 weeks due to the lack of amniotic fluid.  So far, I’m looking great in that area, but it is still scary.  Another woman who was at RBC during my year there is having quite a lot of difficulties (including lack of amniotic fluid), but they seem to be handling her situation well and the baby should be viable even if it is early.  A friend from church had her baby this past weekend at 35 weeks due to toxemia.  Being surrounded by so many crazy pregnancies, I can’t help but to worry.

Grete – great call on the baby in my last post looking like it is praying.  So funny! 

So, here I am working crazily at work, but taking time to sit quietly when I can and try to feel the “butterflies” or “popcorn” sensations that describe the first movements the mom feels.  I think I’ll have less worries after I can feel the baby moving around in there.
Funny story from my mom:  Mom was teaching fourth graders one day while preggers with me.  Apparently as she is standing in front of the class, my foot stuck out enough to show through her clothes and I moved it across her belly.  The whole class saw it and reacted!  Talk about teaching a lesson to 10-year-olds that you aren’t planning on teaching!!

Hope you’re well!  I’ll post again tomorrow!!!

My Pregnancy – 16 Weeks!

We do not yet know the sex of the baby.  We will find out in about 4 weeks (I schedule the appointment today and will update later with a current belly shot).  The “she” or “he” in these sections are just what Baby Center chooses to use this week.

How your baby’s growing:

At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she’ll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby’s ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn’t recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she’s even started growing toenails.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.
16 weeks

How your life’s changing:
Have people been telling you how wonderful you look? The “glow of pregnancy” is real, thanks to increased blood flow to the skin. You may be enjoying yourself more, too, now that your hormones have stabilized and nausea has eased up. You’re also probably less anxious about something happening to your baby (the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically after the 14th week) which likely adds to your overall sense of well-being.

Soon you’ll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy —
feeling your baby move. While some women notice “quickening” as early as 16 weeks, most don’t until about 18 weeks or more. If this is your first baby, don’t be too anxious — you may not be aware of your baby’s movements until 20 weeks or so. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they’ll start to feel unmistakably like kicks.

Week 15 – Lots going on!!!

 So, I’m at the end of week #15!!

I’m excited by all that is going on inside of me, but no, I can’t feel anything yet.  We also will not know if we are having a boy or girl until my 20 week ultrasound, so five more weeks before that!  Patience is a virtue…Patience is a virtue…
I’m feeling good, though still tired.  I have gas which is something I’m not all that used to.  I don’t like burping or breaking wind so the fact that this happens on occasion and it is beyond my control is annoying.  Some of my friends, however, find it funny.

Let’s see…what else is happening…Charlotte Rich asks me everytime she sees me if I can feel the baby yet.  So far the answer is “no”.  I should start feeling the baby in another week or so.  Of course BabyCenter.com says that sometimes first time moms mistake the first baby feelings as gas.  Like I said, I have a lot of that.  I’m wondering now if when the upper part of the sides of my belly aches if it isn’t baby movement instead of gas.  Like right now, I’m getting a slight jab (that feels gas-ish) below my left ribs.  Maybe I am feeling the baby move.  Even if it is, I can’t put my hand on my tummy and feel anything.  That doesn’t happen until closer to 20 weeks (or after).

Melissa’s big thing has been talking to my stomach – often in public places.  She just sticks her lips on my tummy and talks away.  I can’t wait until I can feel the baby move in response.  Jeff does the same thing, but he does so at home.  This whole thing is getting more real since my belly has become nice and round and very noticeable.

Info below is from BabyCenter.com and says that my kid is not the size of an apple.  I’ll put that picture below, too, so you can get an idea of how big that is.  Crazy thought, huh?  P.S.  if anyone can give me some sports analogies in place of the fruit comparison, I’d love to hear them.  Jerry has requested I use items other than fruit!  *I use fruit because that is what the website uses.

Thanks for keeping up with me!!  I’ll have another belly shot next week!

How your baby’s growing (from www.babycenter.com):

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

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On a side note, please pray for the family of Steven Curtis Chapman.  His five-year-old daughter, Maria, was run over in the family’s driveway yesterday by their teenage son.  She did pass away.  I cannot imagine the pain that their son and the rest of the family is in.  Please pray for the two other young children – this will be far bigger for them to grasp.  Be with the brother that ran over her, his guilt is probably beyond what I can imagine.


14 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant

How your baby’s growing:

This week’s big developments: Your baby 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 (I’ll add an ultrasound photo of this later today)

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s 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. Your baby’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 you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

14 weeks