I Am Officially In Love...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

And it all started with this...

Weekly Update - 17 Weeks!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Brrrr...I don't know about you guys, but it sure is cold here this week! I was able to work from home yesterday and got to watch some of the snow fall, but too bad it turned into ice last night! Wes was really cute this morning (sorry honey if that was embarrassing) but he got up early to go shovel all the ice out of the driveway, sidewalk and steps for me before I had to leave for work. He backed the car out into the street for me and held my hand as I walked down the newly shoveled steps to make sure I didn't fall. He is such a good hubby!

Anyway, today is Baby O's 17th Week Birthday! Wes and I have been Brainstorming baby girl names left and right since Monday and the list is growing! I am feeling much better then I did over the weekend, so that has been a nice break since it was pretty bad. I still have some mild cramping during the mornings and by the evening the sharp pains tend to come back but its much easier to sleep (and stay asleep) for that matter. At least in regards to the cramping...going to the bathroom 50 times a night is a different story ha! Ah...the joys of pregnancy. :) Anyway, on to the weekly update! We are starting to move on to some of the more unattractive food items, like onions and sweet potatoes, so maybe this means Baby O will start craving some more veggies! Ha!

How Is Baby O Growing?

Baby O's skeleton is changing now from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord, her lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker (side note...I can finally call Baby O a "she" yeah!!!). From the ultrasound, the technician said that she weighs about 7 ounces now, and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop. I will try to post some of the ultrasound pictures from the latest appointment soon!

We hope everyone is doing well!!

What A Weekend!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shew! It was quite a weekend for Baby O! I took a vacation day on Friday so I could stay home and help Wes with some more unpacking and we had a good productive morning followed up by a trip to one of my favorite places...COSTCO! Woo hoo! After we got back I was pretty tired so I laid down for an afternoon nap and when I woke up, that's when all the "fun" started. I had some pretty bad cramping for the rest of the day and during the night. When I woke up on Saturday, it was still there and lasted throughout the day despite my attempt at resting and hydrating, etc. So we called the doctors office Saturday night and was told it was most likely Round Ligament Pain, which is basically a strong ligament that is attached to the uterus. As the uterus grows and moves, the ligament thickens and stretches and can be quite painful. So the advice by the doctor was to relax (done), hydrate (done), take some Tylenol (done) and wait it out. Well, Saturday night was again not fun and Sunday was even worse, followed by a very uncomfortable Sunday night.

So off we went Monday morning to my doctor's office just to double check and they were really understanding and ready for us when we came in. The doctor first listened to the heartbeat and said "Well, sounds like Baby is a lot happier then Mommy!" which was a relief! No matter how many times we hear it, that little heartbeat is music to our ears each time. So that was an immediate relief. The doctor also checked to make sure I wasn't dilating and that was also good news, so he sent us off later that afternoon to Harbor Hospital (which will be where I deliver) to have a sonogram. This was Wes's first time being able to see the baby on the sonogram so even though we were there for other reasons, it was amazing to see Wes watch the baby. Baby O once again looked great, weighs about 7 Ozs which is right on target and was bouncing around like a little bean. They did determine that I have a low-lying placenta that they will need to keep an eye on but it will most likely correct itself as the baby and uterus grow. So while we were there, Wes and I couldn't resist asking about the sex of Baby O, although we knew it was still a little early to find out. Well...the technician (who was the older sister of a high school friend haha) said that she had a guess but that we shouldn't go out and buy anything quite yet, until we are sure...but her guess is that its a girl!! So Wes and I have some more name thinking to do haha! And so here we are, still in some pain with no real answer, but at least we know that Baby O is doing well and is happy as a clam in HER little home!!

We also got some good news from my blood test last week that it was negative so we only have a 1 in 10,000 chance that the baby will have Spina Bifida and a 1 in 10,000 chance of Downs Syndrome as well.

So as long as Baby stays happy and healthy, then we can certainly deal with anything else that comes our way...even this super cramping! Yikes! I am heading to a follow up appointment on Monday with the doctor, then it's off to the big ultrasound where we get to check out all of the baby organs and determine the sex for sure on February 23rd!!

Weekly Update - 16 Weeks! Four Months!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hi Everyone! Today is Baby O's weekly Birthday! Time has been flying by, so much that we can't believe that I am four months pregnant already! I guess all this moving across the country stuff will make time fly by ha! I am headed off tomorrow to my next Doctors appointment for some blood work and I can't help but get nervous before every appointment. I think this should be a quick one though, and I believe that we get to schedule our BIG ultrasound for about three weeks, when we will get to find out the sex of Baby O! Then "it" will turn into a "he" or a "she".

I have been feeling pretty good lately, with only a bad day every now and then. I have MUCH more energy then in the first trimester (thank goodness) and Baby O let's me know really fast when I have had my limit for the day. I pretty much hit the wall and have to sleep immediately!

How Is Baby Growing?

Get ready for a growth spurt! In the next few weeks, Baby O will double in weight and add inches to his/her length. Right now, Baby O is about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His/Her legs are much more developed, the head is more erect than it has been. The eyes have moved closer to the front of his/her head (well I should hope so! Ha!). The ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his/her scalp has begun, though the locks aren't recognizable yet. Baby O has even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well! For example, the heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as Baby O continues to develop.

Nursery Ideas

Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a great weekend! Wes and I spent most of the weekend painting in the house before our things get delivered. We did manage to buy a few things that we have been desperate for, like a new kitchen table & chairs, along with two ceiling fans. Let the home renovations begin! We are in the middle of painting all our molding and doors, replacing all our door handles, hopefully installing ceramic tile in the hallway & kitchen and getting some real blinds. We figured we might as well try to do as much as we can before the baby arrives!

So, while we have been in the "home zone" I have been trying to save some ideas for the Nursery! I can not wait to start decorating it! Here are just a few pictures that I have saved so far... now we just need to know what we are having!

Weekly Update - 15 Weeks!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Holy Moly! 15 Weeks! Happy Weekly Birthday Baby O! This time next week, I will officially be 4 months pregnant! Wait a minute...what's with all that citrus Baby O? First a lemon and now this? No wonder I have heartburn! Ha! Here is what is happening this week...

How is Baby O Growing?

Baby O now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces. She/He's busy moving amniotic fluid through his/her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in the lungs begin to develop. His/Her legs are growing longer than his/her arms now, and she/he can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, Baby O can sense light. If we shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, Baby O is likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for the baby to taste at this point, but he/she is forming taste buds.

Thank You!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Just a quick post to tell everyone thank you so much for all of the wonderful emails that Wes and I have received in light of our recent news! We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful family, we hope you all had a great weekend!

Our weekend was pretty low key. Baby O decided to trick Mommy in thinking she was completely over morning sickness...Nope! Surprise! I guess this is just the first lesson in parenting, always be on your toes and get ready for some surprises! We did catch the new Marley and Me flick at the movies; very cute, especially if you are an animal lover. But bring the tissues!

I just stumbled upon this a few weeks ago when going back through my old files and thought you guys might think it was cute too.

Twenty Things That Change when you become a Mother

1. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.

2. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.
3. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid.
4. You're less self-involved and more self-motivated.
5. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.
6. You respect your body ... finally. (Hooray for baby-making!)
7. You have stronger opinions and are stronger willed.
8. You respect your parents and love them in a new way. (Hooray for grandparents!)
9. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.
10. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child. (Hooray for the tooth fairy!)
11. You lose touch with the people in your life that you should have banished years ago.
12. Your heart breaks much more easily.
13. You think of your baby 234,836,178,976 times a day. In fact, you're so busy with this that you forget everything else.
14. Every day is a surprise.
15. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)
16. You think before you speak.
17. You become a morning person. (Hooray for watching the sun rise!)
18. If you have a son, you no longer curse men. (Hooray for all men!)
19. If you have a daughter, you hope she won't endure your same heartaches.
20. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.

Perfect Little Peanut!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Good Morning Everyone!

We just got back from our first sonogram appointment and we are absolutely relieved to have finally been able to see the little peanut, and he/she looks perfect!

Baby O measured exactly to date, 14 weeks and 2 days and had a strong heartbeat of 150 beats per minute (bpm)! The little peanut is right on course for a July 8th Due Date! It was so amazing to get to see the baby and we came out with several great pictures, but unfortunately, they don't scan very well (see below). Baby O was sucking his/her thumb in several of the pictures and we could see the beating heart clear as day! We had a great technician that really made the experience fun.

Unfortunately, Wes wasn't able to make it to the appointment because he is at a job interview in Washington D.C. this morning (good luck honey!!) but my mom came along for moral support and it was great to be able to share the experience with her. I can't wait for Wes to be able to see our peanut moving around right before our eyes at our next sonogram, which will be in about 5 short weeks.

We had our regular doctors appointment yesterday as well, and both Wes and I got to hear the heartbeat for the first time! That was a relief in itself! We met our new doctor for the first time and both really liked him and feel comfortable that he will take good care of us and the baby. He said that everything looked to be right on track and that all the test results were good.

The bloodwork that was done at our first prenatal visit in California showed that I am Rh negative, which means that I will get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent my body from developing antibodies that could attack the baby's blood. If the little peanut is Rh positive, then I'll get another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after giving birth. In doing a little research about it, here is what I found out. Your Rh status is determined whether you have the Rh (Rhesus) factor, a protein that most people have on the surface of their red blood cells. If you do have the Rh factor, as most people do, your status is Rh-positive. If you don't have it, you're considered Rh-negative. If you're Rh-negative, there's a good chance that your blood is incompatible with your baby's blood, which is likely to be Rh-positive. You won't actually know this for sure until the baby is born, but in most cases you have to assume it, just to be safe. Being "Rh-incompatible" isn't likely to harm you or your baby during the first pregnancy, but if your baby's blood leaks into yours, your immune system will start to produce antibodies against this Rh-positive blood. If that happens, you'll become "Rh-sensitized" and the next time you're pregnant with an Rh-positive baby, those antibodies may attack your baby's blood. Fortunately, you can avoid becoming Rh-sensitized by getting the injection that I mentioned above. So basically, no need to worry, just means I'll need a shot or two and we will be all set!

Weekly Update - 14 Weeks!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy 14 Week Birthday Baby O!

I can not believe that we are in week 14 already, and officially in the 2nd Trimester! We are headed off to our next doctors appointment tomorrow afternoon and I still have my fingers crossed that we will get to have our first ultrasound to hear the little heartbeat! We will keep everyone posted!

How is Baby O Growing?

This week's big developments: Baby O can now squint, frown, grimace and possibly suck his/her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, the facial muscles are getting a workout as his/her tiny features form one expression after another. Baby O can grasp, too, and if we get to have an ultrasound now, we may even catch him sucking his/her thumb.

Baby O is stretching out! From head to bottom, he/she measures about 3 1/2 inches and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Baby O's body is growing faster than his/her head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his/her arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of the body. Though I can't feel any tiny punches or kicks yet, Baby O's little hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active!

Happy New Year & Welcome Baby Kaelyn!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!!

It was a pretty relaxing New Year's for Wes and I and Baby O. We spent the night with two of our nieces and one of our nephews and had a blast playing one hot game of Pictionary! Needless to say, the girls whopped the boys something fierce! Then good old "morning" sickness once again set in so Wes and I headed to bed about 20 minutes before the ball dropped ha!

Wes is hard at work prepping the house for us to move back in, and we can't wait!

A big CONGRATULATIONS also to Kristin and Eric and the new addition of their little one Kaelyn Marie! Wes and I are thrilled for them and can't wait to meet her! She arrived just in time to celebrate 2009 by making her grand entrance on December 31st at 8:20pm, weighing 6lbs 8oz and measuring 20 inches long. Sending lots of love their way!!

As for Baby O, we are officially in our Second Trimester!! Holy cow!! I have my next doctors appointment on Thursday where we are hoping to be able to hear the heartbeat and see our little one for the first time!

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!
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