Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Name Game

So, I realize we have a long time until we have to have a name picked out, especially since we don't know our baby's gender, but Brian and I have had the hardest time finding any boys names that we like! Every night we brainstorm and only wind up frustrated. Brian doesn't like his name, (he likes it for him, but he doesn't think it is "strong" enough to pass on), so we won't be having a "Junior" anytime soon. We have some ideas, but nothing that really moves us! This must be a trend, since Justin and Amanda are having the same problem and their baby is due in a month!

We always wanted a boy first, but now, I almost don't want one since I can't find the right name! We had a few names picked out originally, even before we got pregnant, but now, they all sound pretty awful. We have a girls name that we are 100% set on and absolutely love, which is funny, because that is what we used to have to the most trouble with! I think it is a girl, so I have been calling my belly by that name, but I am starting to feel pretty awful just in case my intuition is wrong! So, please feel free to leave suggestions on names for us to ponder! I can't wait to know what we are having, we have 41 more days, and to the world's most impatient person, this is a pretty horrible situation! Please leave suggestions! Thanks!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Your pregnancy: 14 weeks
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How your baby's growing:This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

13 weeks pregnant

So my weeks go from Sunday to Saturday, so I will try to post what is happening with the baby each week on Sundays. Since I just started the blog, I am posting it at 13 weeks and 5 days.

Here we go:

Your pregnancy: 13 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.See what your baby looks like this week. Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:This is the last week of your first trimester, and your risk of miscarriage is now much lower than earlier in pregnancy. Next week marks the beginning of your second trimester, a time of relative comfort for many women who see early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue subside. Birth is still months away, but your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

So far in this pregnancy...

Now that I am in the second trimester, life has gotten much easier!! I no longer am sick at night, (whoever came up with the name "morning sickness" must have have been a guy! It can strike at any time!) and I can eat just about anything without the smell making me sick.

We had a first trimester screening on February 13, and the baby looked great! They found a small issue with my uterus which might cause me to have a C-section earlier than the due date and/or the baby might be smaller and weigh less at the end. The one good thing is that I will get to have a bunch more ultrasounds than the normal pregnant mommy so they can monitor the baby's growth and development!

We have the theme for the baby's room picked out, Teddy Bear Picnic, since I had a complete obsession with them growing up, I will finally get to use them all again! Whether or not its a boy or girl, we can adjust it to fit our baby! We find out the gender on April 6th. I can not wait to know, I hate suprises and the suspense is killing me!

I still can not feel the baby, I should be able to start feeling movements in another few weeks.

So far, I love my belly. It is pretty big already, but I love rubbing it and talking to it! I can't wait for it to keep growing with Martini!

That is all for now, I guess I better get back to work! Thanks for reading and we will post again soon.