Wednesday, May 13, 2009

how far along am I anyway?

So, I had my monthly doctor's appointment yesterday. Everything went great, but I'm just so confused on how far along I am! My original due date was November 25th, but after the first ultrasound they bumped it back to December 5th. Well, of course my chart still said the 25th and they congratulated me on making it through my first trimester (which I haven't). So, of course I questioned it and he's like "oh, well then, not quite but close." Anyway, he attempted to find the heartbeat with the doppler but didn't have much success. I have to laugh though because he tried for maybe 10 seconds before giving up. "Well, let's just do a quick ultrasound, " he says. Ha! So, we march down to the ultrasound room and I get settled there. Even though I knew everything was fine, I'll admit that I had a moment of paranoia before seeing the little heartbeat on the screen. What if something had happened in the past month? Everything was great though. Heart rate was 151 bpm and the baby measured at 11 weeks, thus confusing my due date even more (I thought I was 10 weeks, 3 days). The doctor said we'll leave it at the 5th though until my big 20 week ultrasound. So, right now I have like a 10-11 day due date window. LOL. I'm just glad everything is okay though.

Monday, May 11, 2009

10 weeks

Saturday I also hit the 10 week mark, and despite the ongoing fatigue and food aversions I'm feeling good. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and I can't wait!

Here's my Baby Center update for this week:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

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.

mommy-to-be pampering

Saturday my friend Jenna (18 weeks) and I had a little mommy-to-be pampering and shopping day. We started off with pedicures at the spa in town, then grabbed a bite to eat at Olive Garden, and finally headed to the Mall of America for some maternity clothes. No, I don't technically need them yet, but I will. And let me just say that I think the price of maternity clothes is ridiculous! You'd think they'd cut us all a break considering we can only wear the stuff for such a short time, but no... We of course spent too much money, but had a great time. Now I just want to start showing and "looking" pregnant. I know, I'll probably regret that statement when I'm 7 or 8 months along, huge and uncomfortable, but for now that's how I feel. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

9 weeks

It's just amazing to read about what is happening each week of this pregnancy. And, I'm hoping to start belly pics this Saturday at 10 weeks, although right now I just feel bloated and fat so I may not post them until there is something worthwhile to show.

Here is the week 9 rundown from Baby Center:
Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

And they say "she," but I have a hunch it's a "he." I guess we'll see, huh? ;)

the secret's out!

My goal was to wait to announce this until the 2nd trimester, but who was I kidding? I can't keep a secret, especially something this big! So the secret's out and we're expecting a Sanford family addition on December 5th. So excited! I had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and got to see the little bean and healthy heartbeat. It was very cool and made everything that much more "real." My next appointment is Tuesday and I can't wait. Overall, I've been feeling great other than the fact I'm exhausted 24/7. No morning sickness though, woohoo!