Tuesday, October 26, 2010

12 Weeks

12 weeks!  My sickness has now settled into an evening event.  Better than all day I suppose.

I am already looking forward to my next appointment!  But it won't be for another 3 weeks.

I ordered a fetal doppler and it came on Saturday.  I tried for a while on Saturday and Sunday, but couldn't find the heartbeat at home.  But I really didn't stress.  Very early yesterday morning I got woke up by a bad storm, and my bladder was very full so I got up and tried at that point.  And I found it! Just beating away like crazy! 
I am only going to let myself check it once a week though, IF I am super worried.  I just like having the ability to check it if I want to.
Here's some more info about week 12: the week of the plum!

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long and weighs half an ounce.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby Update

Well....this little one is growing!!!!
I had my second appointment today.  I still love this practice.  I was in and out in less than half an hour!
The doctor came in, and said we'll try to find the heartbeat, but sometimes it's difficult at just 11 weeks.
She searched around a little bit and we kept hearing my own heartbeat.
Then, all of a sudden, there it was!
Loud and clear!
Strong, beautiful, rapid baby heart beating away!
The doctor said, "I can see the change on your face" and she laughed.
Words cannot explain the relief I felt at that moment.  She listened for a bit and said it was in the 150s she would guess.  Nothing scientific, ha ha.

I think I will be allowing myself to really get excited now.  I just can't believe it!!!!
I've never been so excited to NOT get an ultrasound at an OB appointment!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Reprieve (11 weeks)

I have felt pretty "okay" the past few days.  On Sunday I felt well enough to drive us out to Rome for lunch at The Olive Garden.  The soup, salad, and breadsticks were soooooooo delicious! Then, we went to Toys R Us to pick up some of Katie's birthday party supplies, then came home and I cleaned up a good bit around the house.
Yesterday I felt pretty well too, but not quite as good as Sunday.  I was back to the cheese grits, but no throwing up and no medication!
The only thing I have been doing differently is sticking to taking the B6 and Unisom at night.  And I've kept a banana by the bed at night and take a bite when I wake up any during the night.
It's good to not feel awful ALL the time!
I go back to the doctor tomorrow and I am very anxious to get in there and see that everything is still good.  I have every confidence that with everything still going well at 11 weeks, I will be able to relax.

11 weeks!  Only 2 weeks away from the second trimester... I can hardly believe it!  The size of a lime now...here's the rest:

Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.

She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

Friday, October 15, 2010

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

Remembering all my friends and people I know who've experienced the loss of a pregnancy or newborn.
May God bless you today!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Out of necessity, the kids have become a lot more independent lately.  Especially in the area of getting their own food prepared.  Katie is great at making toast with butter and toppings for herself.  They can operate the microwave with supervision from the other room. :)
Now, if I could only figure out a way that they could pour their own milk, then breakfast would be a breeze!  Milk is something that is very tricky though, unless the jug is almost empty.   Hmmmm.....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

10 weeks!

I am 10 weeks along as of yesterday!  I feel.....AWFUL! ha ha.  I thought I felt bad before, but let me tell you, 10 weeks has hit me HARD!  Yesterday was the worst day yet.  Threw up after every meal until I took Zofran.  I was able to keep dinner down after that but still felt completely sick.

I am trying to make my medicine last until I go to the doctor one week from today.  I cannot explain how excited/anxious/nervous/relieved I will be to go to the doctor again.  We will either 1. hear the heartbeat on their doppler OR 2. see the baby/heartbeat on an ultrasound.

Very much looking forward to it.  And looking forward to this week being OVER!
Corey is still being completely the BEST husband ever.  Keeping up with everything, cooking, cleaning up.  I help when I can, like last Sunday I felt okay after taking some medicine so I helped straighten and clean before company came over.

10 weeks means we are 1/4 way through.  Hard to believe!  The baby is now the size of a prune. Just over an inch head to rump, and all the vital organs are present!  Here is the summary from babycenter.com:

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size— to nearly 3 inches.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


That would be a negative on the previous post titled: "Better?"

It's back. And with a vengeance. ha ha.
Warning: TMI ahead!!!!!

I've officially found the MOST disgusting thing that a person can throw up:  salad.


I have felt a LOT better the past two days.  I didn't even need to take any medicine yesterday, and was able to have a fun evening out with the family on top of it!
Of course, this has me worried to death!  But, I am going to try and enjoy it, and be productive because either way sitting around worrying won't help anyone around here!
Maybe the sickness has run its course.  That would be great and welcome! Just in time for fall, holidays, and yummy food!
I am very much looking forward to going into the doctor on the 20th.  I really feel that after seeing confirmation again I will be able to relax...a LOT!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bragging Rights

I have to brag on my awesome husband right now.
He got up this morning and put a roast in the slow cooker, after getting the kitchen tidied up.
He has been cooking dinner every night and taking care of the kitchen chores.  Also, he's been doing laundry, folding, putting away, and cleaning the bathrooms on the weekends.
It is such a relief to have all the basics taken care of these days! I am so appreciative and I don't know how I am going to survive when he has to go out of town for work next time.  He has said he would get some food ready for us before he goes.
Anyway..... I just love my husband. He's a great guy and I am so very thankful that he doesn't mind taking care of things while I am feeling so horribly.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sick Sick Sick

I haven't been as bad as my first pregnancy.  But, it's definitely getting worse as the weeks go by.  I will be 9 weeks tomorrow! 
I finally got some medication (Zofran) on Friday.  But they only gave me 12 pills, so I am trying my best to use them sparingly though I'm not sure how much longer I will be able to do that.
I used two on Saturday so we could enjoy a day out together as a family.
Then yesterday, I felt great most of the day.  I didn't even take one all morning before church and felt great, went out to lunch, but it started getting worse in the afternoon and by last night I was feeling really awful again.
This morning, breakfast was um.... not successful I guess is a nice way of putting it.
I have Bible study tonight so I will take another pill this evening so that I can make it through that without running out. ha ha.
Ah, the joy of morning/all day/night sickness!