Thursday, June 30, 2011

13 weeks!

Baby's now the size of a peach!
Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient.

Our very bold choice....

We have now decided that we will for sure be doing cloth diapers right from birth.

I must admit I'm slightly overwhelmed because there are A LOT of cloth diapers to choose from, but I'm ready to embark on this journey! One of the main reasons is cost. It can be pretty expensive to cloth diaper at first, but then it pays for itself because you can reuse them for years and years!

Another reason that I found really important to do cloth diapers is how hot disposables can get inside all of that plastic. And lots of studies have shown infertility in males linked to disposable diapers. We also don't know the long term effects of the chemicals used to make disposable diapers.

I realize these aren't factors to worry about with other parents, but I believe this is the right choice for US!

I'm a hippie...using a midwife, cloth diapers....what's next?!

If anyone has any experience with cloth diapers, I would definitely love any advice! It's a large task to embark on, but since Stephen has been so supportive of it, I know we can do it!

Monday, June 27, 2011

12 Weeks!!

Baby's now the size of a plum!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 her systems are fully formed.

I'm starting to feel much better!! I'm super excited for my 2nd trimester!! 
I really haven't had any symptoms this week, just having to battle the flu. We have an ultrasound on thursday!!! 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

11 weeks!!

Baby's now the size of a lime!Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through it. 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. 

So at the check-up on Wednesday June 15, 2011 we were finally able to hear the heartbeat! It put a lot of my worry at ease and we can hopefully now just enjoy this ride! We're almost completely out of the "scary" part where there's still a pretty high risk of miscarriage but when we heard that heartbeat, not only did we realize it was strong, the midwife said it was strong and it got stronger the longer we listened! 

As for my health, they're monitoring my thyroid and my iron. My thyroid levels were just a teeny bit higher than they should be and my iron levels are borderline right now. My blood pressure has been great so far (except once but we did it again when I wasn't so nervous about the heartbeat). I am trying to eat a lot of things high in folic acid and iron plus take my prenatal! I stopped taking the one with iron in it because it made me sick and the midwife told me that's fine to switch as long as I get it in my foods!

Morning sickness has pretty much gone away in the last week and the cramping hasn't been as bad this week. We found out I have a tilted uterus and that's the reason I've been cramping so much!! What a relief!! 

Almost done with the first trimester, and it's flown by!! 

We will have our first ultrasound on June 30 when I'm 13 weeks. We're participating in a study at the University Hospital and we get free ultrasounds and get to keep the pictures :) Thankfully it's just observational or I would NOT be participating. And we have a different midwife now, but unfortunately I can't remember her name. I will by the end of the pregnancy I'm sure! 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

10 Weeks

Baby's now the size of a prune!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 start working too.)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Belly Update!!!

Here are some belly pictures...It's not huge, but I do have a little pudge going on! 

8 weeks

9 weeks

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

9 weeks!!

Baby's now the size of a green olive!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!

This week hasn't been too bad...I've noticed that I don't have to crawl into bed every night at 9 just to survive the next day and I really haven't had to take many naps either. I'm still getting sick in the mornings but now that my job schedule has changed to me coming in later, it's easier to take it slow and eat more before heading off to work. I've had a lot of "growing pains" as my uterus has been expanding and I wish someone had've told me just because you don't get a period for a few months doesn't mean you forget about the cramps! I talked to the midwife about it, and she said it's completely normal the baby is just a growin' in there! 

I also tried a workout dvd called Yoga Momma and I learned that while pregnant, it's probably best for me to stick with things that are not clutz inducing. I don't have the same balance or flexibility that I had before and I can only imagine that it's going to get much worse! I'll stick with the elliptical machine and treadmill :) Also, the latest cravings have been pizza and Panda Express noodles. I thought pizza was going to get old, but it most certainly has not! Mmmmm! 

Oh, and we had the first appointment back last wednesday and everything turned out normal (except some heightened thyroid levels that will be getting more exams next time) and I'm measuring right where I thought I would be. My midwife is Peggy at the University and I like her very much! She listened to me and took into consideration things like cost when offering things to us. We weren't able to hear the heartbeat just yet, but she said that's normal since it was a little early for that but we will be able to hear it next visit. If not, we'll definitely have an ultra sound and be asking for prayers! 

I know that several people thought that Stephen and I were very....umm...courageous for telling everyone so soon that we're expecting. I wouldn't have had it any other way! If something happens to this darling child, I know that I can openly tell everyone that loves me that I need a little support through this. I don't want to keep it a secret, especially with as hormonal and sick as I've been. People would think I've lost my mind!