Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Week 13

Almost out of the first trimester. Oh joy! I'm really looking forward to the coming weeks...especially those where I will begin to show. Its really kind of nice being able to keep the secret though :) I'm just a tad annoyed that I was told by my boss that he would be attending a work conference in my place b/c of my "condition"? Mmm...I'm pregnant. Not Typhoid Mary. Ugh.

Baby is forming teeth and vocal cords... savor this, their non-functional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only one third the size of the body. Intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy. (Much more convenient.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Week 12: Bring in the Trumpets!

Well, even though I vowed to hold onto my little secret until the fifth month, the ol' belly is saying otherwise! I'm still wearing regular clothing, but I do have to push the waistband down a little further after a meal. I've submitted my post-partum work from home proposal so the hope is that it is approved and I can have a relaxing pregnancy from here on out. I'm not typically a planner, but I want to make sure all my ducks are in a row before our little duckie comes along :)

What baby is doing:

As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of baby's systems are fully formed.

Belly Pic:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

NT Scan Results

Things are looking good. Before the test, a woman in my age group has a 1 in 650 chance of having a neural tube defect. After the test, my individual risk went down to 1 in 8,600 or so. Let's hope everything continues to run as smoothly as they have so far!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Week 11: Being Able to Stay Awake is Heaven

Our little one is the size of a lime. Reminds me of margaritas...

We're chugging right along. Big D has been making me smoothies and all is right with the world. I plan on telling the bossman soon because I'd really like to get my post-partum plan ready. KnowwhatImean?

I've got my NT Scan next week. Its a first trimester Down Syndrome test that many mothers have done. And many don't. Its a controversial test because some parents opt for termination if the test shows a high risk. I know more people who opted out of the test than people who actually took it. I'm in the latter category. I definitely want to know.

What baby is up to...

Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through. But, fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming -- setting up a significantly more attractive future.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Our Second Appointment

...was yesterday and the doctor said everything looked great!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Week 10: Let's Try this Again

For the last week, I've been suffering from dull headaches. These frequently follow naps and a full night's rest. I figured out that these are the same types of headaches that always preceded a high-school dance, a college mid-term, a law school final or a bar exam day. The solution: my trusty upper retainer. So, instead of clenching my teeth, essentially grinding enamel on enamel, its enamel and hard plastic. Works wonders. I really need to stop reading these pregnancy books.

I changed my pre-natal vitamins once my sample pack ran out...who wants to pay $50/month for something the dr. said I could buy OTC? That's exactly what I did. Except, I hurled as soon as that bad boy hit my belly. I'll try again tomorrow.

Tomorrow, we have our second appointment with the OB so we're very excited. Actually, I've got to get going so I can write down my questions for the doc. Big D is so cute. He's reading his daddy-to-be book. Precious.

P.S. The fetus reference photo is creepy this week. Seriously.

What baby is up to: With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, baby is making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks, and arm joints are now working. (Soon, legs will too.)

Belly Pic:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Week 9: Feelin' Fine. Well, not really.

This week, I've made a smoothie for myself and Dan almost everyday. I love bananas, red fruits and green grapes. The green grapes have been my best friend for a few weeks now, actually. Though they make my tummy hurt and sometimes give a combo pucky/heartburny feeling.

And of course I've been having nightmares that something will happen with the baby. Reading the pregnancy books doesn't help. I've decided to back away slowly from the books and think more about what my next meal will be. A crisp romaine and avocado salad is sounding pretty damn delicious right about now.

What Baby is up to: Your little embryo has now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating heart. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, baby is kind of starting to look like... well... a baby!
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