Monday, March 31, 2008

14 Weeks and Updates

Welcome to the 2nd trimester! We've finally made it, 1 trimester down, 2 more to go.

What's happening with the baby this week:
"At this time, your baby's face is becoming more developed. The cheeks and bridge of it's nose appear and the ears move from the sides of it's neck to much higher on his head. The eyes continue to come closer together. A big development from this week onward is the development of lanugo. Lanugo are the fine hairs that grow over almost all of your baby. The hairs grow in whirled patterns that follow the grain of his skin. These patterns later give way to your baby's fingerprints. The lanugo will be shed before birth and replaced by thicker, coarser hairs. Your baby's thyroid gland has matured and starts to produce hormones. If your baby is a boy, the prostate will appear and the ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis in baby girls. The embryo's soft cartilage is now being replaced with real chalk bones. Your baby has eyebrows, but no eyelashes. Fine, light hair also begins to grow. "

Updates on Miss Lily:
Lily has recently started staring at my belly. I don't know if she's trying to stare the baby down, being like "this is my house, not yours" or if she's like "what the hell is going on in there?"

Here are some added cute pictures of Lily snuggling with her Dad's leg

Busy Weekend:
Also we had a busy weekend, we had Siobhan's wedding shower Saturday and Andy's Confirmation on Sunday. Well, I guess the baby does not like parties at all, because I was the sickest I've been by far this weekend. I couldn't keep a damn thing down. But all and all the weekend was fun and we enjoyed spending time with family.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

13 weeks and 2nd glance

Last Thursday we got to see little baby Gryler again, and it was amazing! I can't believe how much he/she has grown! Last time we saw Gryler it was the size of a raspberry and now it's the size of a peach! Gryler's like a little jumping bean now to, he/she was bouncing all over the place while they were doing the examine. My poor uterus, Gryler thinks it's a trampoline. Also Gryler is very amused with his/her hands, it kept playing with them and putting them on it's face, it was adorable! It looks as though baby Gryler may in fact have a large Polish nose based on this picture!

We'll we've finally made it to 13 weeks, our last week in the first trimester..Yeah! I can't believe we are a 1/3 of the way there.

What's happening with the baby this week:
  • If you could peek in again you may spot your baby as he begins to practice inhaling and exhaling movements
  • Eyes and ears continue to move and develop
  • Baby's neck is getting longer, and the chin no longer is resting on his chest
  • Her hands are becoming more functional - Your baby may find it comforting to start playing with her fist.
  • At this point all nourishment is received from the placenta

What's happening with me:

Well I'm still getting sick all the time, but now it seems to be developing a pattern. I get sick every time I wake up, if I wake up at 5 am, I get sick. If I go back to bed and wake up at 8am, I get sick. It doesn't matter how many time I go to sleep and wake up I'm going to throw up every time. Also I now get sick every night, it's not often that dinner stays down. Well with all the puking I've lost another 2.5 pounds this week, with a total of 8 pounds lost in 2 weeks. Well, I guess that's it for now!

Monday, March 17, 2008

12 Weeks

Well another week has come and gone! We are finally almost done with the first trimester, only a few more weeks. We go back for another ultra sound Thursday, so I'm sure I'll be blogging later in the week about that. As for the countdown, we are finally in the 100's and out of the 200's, only 196 more days until our due date, yeah!

What's happening with the baby this week:

  • Vocal cords begin to form

  • Those precious eyes begin to move closer together

  • Ears shift to their normal place on the side of the head

  • Intestines move farther in to your child's body

  • His or her liver begins to function - Responsible for cleansing the blood, storing nutrients, and providing needed chemicals, this is an important event!

  • The pancreas begins to produce insulin

What's happening with me this week:

Well, every book and website says my morning sickness should go away this week, but so far this week is the worst it's ever been. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed though. The Zofran did work well for me, but unfortunately my insurance will only give me 12 pills a month. Well when you are suppose to take 2 pills every day, 12 pills don't last a long time. Stupid insurance company, how do 12 pills equal a month supply? Do they know how many days are in your average month? Can they simply not add? Well, regardless I had a good week, vomit wise last week, but this week with no Zofran , it's back to Barf City! Warning, I'm now going to be talking about my bowels again! On a positive note, I think it was the Zofran that was making me constipated, because without it now for a few days, I am no longer having constipation problems. Unfortunately for me, I am now on the other end of the spectrum and have diarrhea. I just can't win, no happy medium for me or my bowels. I am down 5.7 pounds since last week,and I officially weigh less now then I did before I got pregnant. Who would have thought that pregnancy would be the one diet that worked for me?

Well I guess that's all for now, I will post after the doctor's Thursday, hopefully with some new pictures of baby Gryler!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Our first baby

Miss Lily is our first baby and I'm sure she'll always be the biggest baby. Lately she has become a momma's girl, she's always with me and is always cuddling. She already loves her new sibling and tries to spend lots of time with it. I can't wait until the day the baby can kick Lily back. Here are some pictures of her cuteness. As a side note none of this shots are posed, this is just her natural cuteness and love for her sibling.

Here she is laying on my belly!
And sleeping with her Momma, don't mind my silly face

Here she is with her paw on my belly

Here are a couple of bonus pictures of what she does all day long. If she's not sleeping on the couch then she's sleeping on the bed.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I'm going to be an Auntie


Yeah, me and Cole are so excited that we are going to be an Auntie and Uncle again. It truly is the best title to have! We are so happy for my sister and Josh, and we can't wait till November to meet the new addition!

The next few months are going to be hormone filled in my family, everyone else might want to stay a way for a while!

Monday, March 10, 2008

11 Weeks

Well another week has come and gone. We are now at 11 weeks, I can't believe we're in the double digits. Time is flying, yet standing still at the same time. It's finally all starting to feel real. Our baby is now the size of a lime, she's getting so big!

What's happening with the baby this week:
"The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your baby's length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the baby's length. This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. Your baby's fingernails appear this week! External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placenta's blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen she needs for continued growth. Your baby's ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of her head. Inside of your baby's abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two. Your baby is now able to swallow. The urinary system functions. The baby swallows and urinates the amniotic fluid and the fluid is continually replaced. All vital organs are formed and, for the most part, function normally. As a preparation for breastfeeding, your baby now has learned to swallow. Babies swallow amniotic fluid in the uterus.Your lil' fetus will be gaining a substantial amount of weight this week. What's more, your little scientist is already starting to explore their body, focusing most intently on touching their head, and especially their face and mouth. Their mouth in particular will provide them with hours of entertainment. This happens not only because your baby is gaining coordination, and is therefore able to move a hand on command, but also because their palms have gained sensation and can actually “feel” what it touches. And lastly, your baby's smelling and other olfactory senses will begin developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds, will provide your baby with their first experiences of taste and smell."

What's happening with me this week:
I'm finally starting to feel a little better, I think the medication is helping. I've been so tired lately and don't ever want to do anything, so I'm just trying to sleep as much as possible. I'm finally able to notice changes in my belly. My regular pants no longer button, but I bought a Bella Band, and it's amazing! I'm hoping I can put off or avoid buying maternity pants, we'll see. My new aliment this week is constipation, and it sucks! Who would have thought it was only a year ago that I was having chronic diarrhea, and now here I am begging to be able to poop, what a crazy world it is! I can no longer eat at night, because the food isn't going anywhere, since I'm not pooping, by night time if I eat it has to instantly come back up because there is no room for it to move. I think I now know what it must be like after gastric bypass surgery. You want to eat, your body tells you you're hungry, but you eat and your stomach tells your brain that everything must come back out because there's no room. I wish the baby, my bowels, and my stomach would all communicate. The baby tells me to eat, my stomach tells me not to eat, my intestines tell me the food is never leaving. Okay, enough talk about my bowels and there lack of movement, for now.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Poor Lily

I was so sad to read this article:

We love Lily and we are so happy we adopted her. Please read it!


I had to post this video. Ever since Cassie reintroduced me to it, I haven't been able to stop watching it. I think it is so cute!

Monday, March 3, 2008

10 Weeks

We are officially 10 weeks now, I can't believe how fast time is going by. We are already 25% done with the pregnancy...that's so crazy!

What's happening with the baby this week:
"This week is somewhat of a landmark for your developing baby. By now, your baby's complete body plan is laid down. Your baby will continue to develop and grow for the remainder of the pregnancy. The fingers and toes have separated and the tail has disappeared now. Your baby has taste and tooth buds at this point, which will continue to develop. The brain will continue to grow at an amazing rate and nearly a quarter of a million new neurons are produced every minute! The embryonic heart is completely developed. External genitalia are not apparent until next week, but a male's testes will already be producing testosterone. "

What's happening with me this week:
Well I still have crazy baby sickness, not morning sickness, because it last all day, just plain I'm having a baby sickness. I am hoping my doctor will put me on a new medication, if I can get her to ever call me back! I have started taking Flintstone vitamins now, because I can not keep regular Prenatals down. Yes, I am so old that I am having a baby, yet I am taking the same vitamins as my 2 year old nephew. I also am starting to feel so bloated and fat. I'm in that awkward is she fat or pregnant stage. Here's a picture of the lovely baby bloat! Please note Lily's butt in the picture, because we take so many pictures of her, she now associates the camera with her, so she always tries to be in the shot.