Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dr Appointment

So we had our monthly Doc appointment yesterday, and all is well with the baby! Her heartbeat is in the 130s and she is moving up a storm! I had to do the Gestational Diabetes test yesterday, which required me to drink some orange sugar water drink, which didn't taste that bad, but made my tummy upset for the rest of the night. I should get the results of that in the next day or two. I also have to get my rhogam shot on Monday...BOOOO...I hear it is a pretty big needle, and I am not looking forward to that at all.

The doc said I am measuring a week ahead in terms of where my uterus is sitting, so that is awesome, the sooner in August, the better!

I didn't see my OB this time, I saw a different doc who I have seen before in the past, and she said that I have gained a healthy amount of weight and that I can try to maintain if I want, or I can keep gaining...either way she is not worried. The funny thing is, I don't even feel like I eat that much or that unhealthy, especially compared to the beginning of the pregnancy when I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted... the weight just keeps coming on! I no longer eat fried food, and only occasionally have dessert, like once a week or so.... The funny thing is, I really don't even care that much! I always thought I would struggle with the weight gain, knowing my past, but I just avoid looking at certain parts in the mirror, ha, and I keep telling myself, it is what my body needs to do and I can lose it afterwards with the awesome jogging stroller my California family got me! All in all, the baby is doing great, and that is all I care about!

OK, so movement wise, things have started to get crazy!! Yesterday at work, I was just watching my belly roll around, and I put my hand where here head is and all the sudden, I feel a huge turning roll sensation, like if you sit on one of those massage chairs that have the roller balls that move up and down your back, just in my belly! I have felt that before, but never on this scale! I swear she must have done a complete 360 degree turn! I was just shocked! And then she started stretching and my belly had parts poking out like a 5 point star! It is so crazy! It is almost on the verge of being weird and alienlike, but I still love it!
She is also more fun to "play" with now, as I call it. I can poke an area, and she pokes back! or nudges me away. It is so much fun! Who would have thought you could spend so much time just staring and poking at your own skin?!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

27 weeks!

We are in the third and FINAL trimester!! Wohoo!!! 13 weeks left to go, and the end can not come soon enough!! We have our monthly Doctors appointment tomorrow and then an ultrasound on Monday!! So exciting!

Here is what is going on with Isabella this week:

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

I will be getting tested for Gestational Diabetes tomorrow, Wednesday, as well as my blood tested for possible iron deficiency, as well as to see if my body has started producing blood anti-bodies in case the baby has a blood type that is positive. Here is more info on that:

If your early blood workup showed that you are Rh negative (which it did!), you'll need to get a shot of RhoGAM, or Rh immunoglobulin, this week (in the butt!!!). The shot prevents potential complications in a future baby you may carry if that baby is Rh positive. Your Rh status doesn't matter when it comes to this baby, but you'll want to get the shot in case you're planning on having more bambinos.If your baby is born with Rh-positive blood (because Papa chipped in an Rh-positive gene), you'll be given another dose of RhoGAM after you deliver to make sure everything will be good to go for any future pregnancies. If your glucose screening test came back positive, your doc will probably want to give you a glucose tolerance test some time soon. The test—for gestational diabetes—involves some dietary changes in the days leading up to it (more carbs!) and a longer visit to the doc on the day of the test (it's a three-hour test instead of the one-hour one you took the first time). And it's another chance to load up on that yummy glucose cocktail—shaken, not stirred! If you do end up testing positive for gestational diabetes, your doctor will probably put you on a super-healthy diet for the remainder of your pregnancy. As the Big Day nears, your baby is getting ready to go towards the light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel being the birth canal, the light being the one the doctor is shining directly into it so she can see what the heck she's doing). Other highlights this week:Your baby's eyes are partially open now and can blink. Truly superior babies can actually wink. (OK, there is no way to prove that, but it's fun to imagine, no?) Your baby can also now become a shiny, happy person as she has begun having rapid eye movement (Get it? REM? Shiny, happy person?? We'll be here all week.)Her eyes have color now, too. It may not be the color she ultimately ends up with, especially if they're light gray or blue. The eyes typically don't settle on a final hue until nine months after baby is born. Your babe is downright chubby compared to a few weeks ago. She is about 15 inches long, about the length of an amusement park cinnamon-sugar-coated churro (yum!), and weighs 2 to 3 pounds.

The retina at the back of your baby's eyes is beginning to develop. Those beautiful baby eyes can open now, and the baby will notice and may turn his or her head if you shine a flashlight against your belly. At 27 weeks, your baby's length will have tripled or quadrupled from the 14 week mark.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sad side effect of pregnancy

It was supposed to be in the upper 30s yesterday morning (FROST ADVISORY!), so I decided to wear socks and shoes for the first time in a while; flip flops have become my favorite things. It was a normal day activity wise, nothing out of the usual. Skip ahead to 10:30pm, bedtime, and I take my socks off, and I look at my ankles and HOLY COW, was I suprised! Check this out!:

Sexy, right?? haha! Talk about swelling! I barely had any ankle bone left and my toes were the size of my fingers! I officially have cankles at the end of the day... My socks have never left indentations before! No more socks for me! They say drinking more water helps curb swelling, the thing is, I already drink over the daily recommended amount... I can't wait to see how awesome my legs look this summer!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

26 Weeks, 14 left!

We are getting closer and closer! Still so much to do!

We have yet to get the baby's room started. The walls are bright white, there are just piles of clothes needing to be washed and boxes of more clothes scattered throughout her room, as well as tons of fabric from my sewing escapades littering the new carpet...hopefully she doesn't come early, because she won't have a place to stay, ha! We still have a good three months left thankfully!

Here is what is going on in my belly this week:

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) or a liter of soda or a pot roast, and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Her feet are 2 inches (5cm) long. Hands are very active.
The baby's eyes begin to open around this time.The fetus makes breathing movements, but there is no air in the lungs yet. Hands are active and muscle coordination is such that they can get a thumb into the mouth. Thumb sucking calms the baby and strengthens the cheek and jaw muscles. The fetal brain scan will show response to touch. Touching and playing with the baby is possible now, as they may respond to your touch through your belly wall. Brain growth continues with brain wave activity for the visual and auditory systems starting to develop. Baby is probably very active in the womb, as the most active weeks are typically between weeks 24 and 28. If your back is feeling the strain of your growing belly, try doing some pelvic rocks to relax it. You may be experiencing shortness of breath as the uterus is very close to the rib cage at this stage. Some moms are not able to fully expand their rib cages; however, this does not negatively affect the baby in any way.This week marks the end of month six, which is the last month of the second trimester. Next week begins the third (and final) trimester!!!!

If she were born today she would have an 85 percent chance of surviving as her lungs are capable of breathing air (with medical assistance, of course). Other exciting developments: Baby's done a lot of growing over the past few months. Her length has more than doubled in the past 15 weeks! And that's not the only thing growing—baby's brain tissue and neurons are all developing at a rapid pace. Her brain waves are now firing away just like those of a newborn baby.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Another landmark crossed!

We have officially entered the point of double digits!!! 99 days til Isabella arrives!!! That's all!

Belly Photos with Randi Shepard

Aunt Randi was awesome enough to take some belly photos for us. Usually they are done a little later in the pregnancy, but she is leaving for Germany in a few weeks and won't return until after Isabella is born. We got some amazing ones, some more risque than others, but I love them! Here are some of the best ones, and the most internet appropriate ones! I have more that are more scandalous, if you would like to see those, let me know and I can email you them! They are all extremely tasteful, in the name of art and photography, just not all of them are ones I would like to post online. Anyway, here they are, enjoy! Thanks again, Raz!

These are probably 2 of my favorites from the entire day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Isabella is an Ox (and so is mommy)

So I just found out baby BellaReese is an ox! In terms of the chinese horoscope/calendar and I am too!

Here are some fun stuff about her and I, it will be interesting to see if this is anywhere close to who she turns out to be. I will italicize things that I think are true about me or may be true about baby! Enjoy!

Chinese Horoscopes - The Ox

Those born under the influence of the Ox are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character. Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task or an objective. (just refer to this blog to see my drive to get things done). As we used this great creature long ago to plow the soil day after day, so do Ox people labor through their daily responsibilities either at work or at home without complaint or gripe. Oxen know they will succeed through hard work and sustained effort and find no truth or benefit in concocting get-rich-quick schemes.

Years of the Ox
Ox years are second in sequence and recur every twelve years. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Ox year actually begins.

Pragmatic and down-to-earth, Ox people are motivated to work hard and have no respect for lazy or careless people. (Not completely true, I can be lazy...just don't be lazy when things HAVE to get done). Although they can be easily trusted and find it easy to put trust in others, they are not dependent on friends and family and would rather find an answer or a solution themselves than to ask these people for help or guidance. However, others can, without a doubt rely on Oxen, who are always honest and meticulous about their responsibilities. While they do not feel the need for many distant or acquaintance-oriented friendships, they value the strong bonds they share with their partners and families, and make close friends that last a lifetime.
Though they are quite open-minded, once Ox people have made a decision about something, they rarely change it. This is a defining characteristic that can be seen as obstinacy, but it is actually the way an Ox learns to be strong, brave and straightforward. It is the way the Ox learned to take on tasks and responsibilities and how he learns to be reliable for others. Oxen are more comfortable with the well-known as opposed to the unfamiliar. Yet, beneath their unpretentious, tranquil exterior lies a heart of gold and a motivation to prosper.

People born in the Year of the Ox share certain characteristics. The Ox sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the sign of the Ox.

Obstinate, Pouty, Truthful, Motivated, Friendly, Apathetic, Genuine, Quick-tempered

The characteristics of the Ox sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

I am the WOOD OX and Bella is an Earth OX

Understanding and fair, these are the least unyielding of the Oxen and the most apt to change and accept new ideas. A more liberal attitude gives them the ability to appreciate the value of being a part of a team, and other members of the team respect the high principles of the Wood Ox. They are particularly self-confident giving them an air of unspoken authority. This characteristic means that Wood Oxen are often chosen as leaders or spokespeople. They also have a shorter fuse than other Ox people, and are more likely to be outspoken or to stand up in a crowd to be heard. These Oxen are quite devoted to those they love and make strong and affectionate friends and relations. (some of this is true, some is not, like I do not feel the need to be heard in a crowd... I enjoy watching the crowd)

THE EARTH OX 1949 AND 2009
The most reliable and diligent Oxen belong to this collection of Oxen. The Earth element balances many of their negative characteristics. These Oxen are show good judgement, a good characteristic for successful financial dealings. Other people tend to look up to Earth Oxen because of their reliability, sincerity and their modest ambitions. They are willing to tackle the workload when it become overbearing for others and are loyal and compassionate with family and friends.


People born under the sign of the Ox usually have strong codes and work ethics. This can lead to a tendency to be a workaholic, and they should make an effort to relax more. Many Oxen work in relatively stationary occupations, and would benefit from squeezing a little exercise into their routines. They are prone to bone and joint problems - especially the knees (ha! I wish I would have read this before junior year of high school!) - and must pay special attention to these areas. However, Ox people are usually strong and robust, and, according to ancient wisdom, should be blessed with long lives.

The Ox’s home is his castle, a place where he finds relaxation and peace from the everyday hustle and bustle of his career or responsibilities. This is where he spends time with his friends and loved ones. The Ox generally prefers to decorate his home with nature’s colors, i.e. golds, greens and oranges. However, since the Ox is associated with January, winter colors might be more appealing.


Able, ethical and aware, colleagues of the Ox will marvel at their methodical approach and will depend on their eyes for detail. Oxen are not phased by routines, probably because they are so well-organized. They are better-suited for specialized positions and prefer to work in large companies. They do, however, work best when they work alone since they can be unhappy when participating in a large group.

Oxen believe in security, and thus don’t usually take wild risks or financial gambles. They are meticulous about spending money and work hard to ensure they will be able to retire comfortably.

Those born in the Year of the Ox share the same kinds of goals and objectives in life. The occupations best suited for the Ox are listed below:
Painters (like grandpa jim)
Interior designers (like grandma kelly)
Engineers (like great grandpa Alton)
Army Officers
Managers (kind of like papa george)
Quarry Workers
Academics (like grandma Marcie or grandpa jim or great grandma trudy)
Investment brokers (like grandpa mike)
Real estate agents (like dad or grandpa mike)

Leisurely activities and pleasures

The Ox is a lover of stability, a great traditionalist and a homemaker. Rarely would you expect an Ox person to be an extrovert pleasure-seeker. They are happiest in the peace of their own home territory.
Oxen Like:
Color Preference: Violet
Gems and Stones: Jade, Emerald, Moss-Agate, Lapis-Lazuli
Suitable Gifts: Kitchen accessories, gardening and planting books, cookbooks, bonsai trees
Hobbies and Pastimes: Body-Building, Baking, Gardening, Listening to music, Sewing
Oxen Dislike: Making small talk, foolish games, feeling insecure

Actually, Oxen are homebodies, preferring the lure of the sofa or the garden to extravagant vacations far away from home (not true! Europe, here I come!). They are very happy just staying at home, spending their summer vacations catching up with the hobbies and pastimes that their workloads have prevented them from taking on previously. (that being said, I would love to just spend days sewing and scrapbooking and painting) Whether they are planting flower beds, or enjoying a sunset on their newly-built front porch, it is all quite satisfying to them. If they do decide to take a trip, you can bet they’ll head for the hills to do some hiking or rock climbing (or camping or fishing).

FRIENDS AND ENEMIES (very true for me...should be interesting to see how Bella fits in since Brian is just the opposite, for the most part)
Oxen are not the most sociable people and tend not to mix easily in social gatherings (depends on if I know people or not, when I don't know people, I feel awkward). Instead, they would rather be at home, enjoying their privacy and anonymity. Unlike the Rat, the Monkey, or the Rooster, the Oxen tend not to have a little black book, preferring a few very loyal friends to a large network of acquaintances. Oxen do know how to shine at social occasions, but more often than not they dislike small talk. These are wary people, unlikely to ignite friendships on the spur of the moment. They like to take their time and get to know people before disclosing themselves fully. A happy, solid relationship with their partner and children is the most satisfying goal they could accomplish.

Oxen make very protective parents (I am protective of my dog!). People born under this sign will unselfishly work their fingers to the bone to provide a thriving, happy and secure home where their children feel safe. In return, however, the Ox mother and father demand that their youngsters be courteous, respectful and polite. In comparison to other parents, Oxen can seem a bit authoritarian but they are conventional and believe in instilling within their children a belief system. A good education is especially important and by utilizing their educational opportunities, Oxen children can make their lives and relationships with their parents a lot easier. Ox parents expect their children to listen, behave and be attentive while they are at school. Showing rebellion is the fastest way to be punished in the Oxen household.
Oxen, especially female Oxen, tend to start their families early on and completely immerse themselves in caring for and parenting their children. This can lead to dependent children and can pose a problem for parents who are trying to teach their children to become self-reliant.

Children born under the sign of the Ox are quiet and amenable. They develop into solid, independent, resourceful children, and are happiest when left to entertain themselves. If interrupted, provoked or forced to do something against their will, they are likely to pout or show themselves, despite their audience. Generally, Ox-born children are shy, and for many, childhood is quite lonely partly due to them liking to be alone and partly because their siblings are usually much older or younger than they. At school, subjects with a constructive appeal will be of the most interest to them. They like art and music as well. They are creative children who enjoy sports too. (GOD I HOPE SO!!!) They are respectful, polite, hard-working, children…something their parents take very seriously.

Some parents click immediately with their children and some find they will never have a close relationship no matter how hard they try to make it happen. Following are the compatibility ratings between Oxen parents and their children.

Lovers and spouses
Oxen dislike chit-chat. They don't have fun at parties and as aforementioned, don’t have a ton of friends. They are not very sociable and would rather be spending their time at home with their families. When the Ox is in love, he does not confirm his feelings verbally, preferring to show you how he feels rather than tell you. An Ox will take a long time to decide if you are the right match for him because Oxen hate change, and want to find someone who is ready to embark upon a stable marriage. Oxen never rush into anything and are not flirtatious people. Once they have committed to you they will usually be faithful and expect reciprocation of their honorable actions.

Unfortunately, many Ox marriages do fall apart after a couple of years, possibly because the Ox is too dominant or inflexible. (ba humbug to this!) But if an Ox fortunate, and has chosen wisely, the couple can build and maintain a close-knit family to which the Ox will completely devote himself.

Oxen are strong, silent, reliable people who sometimes take for granted that their relationship is a partnership and that they make not always be the dominant figure. Other Animals may find them quite stubborn and overbearing. Chinese horoscopes are very specific about which partnerships have the potential to be successful in love and in business. Yet, though destiny can point us in the right direction, we must still make all efforts to maintain loving relationships. Following is a brief description of how an Ox will affect a relationship with other Animal signs.


LEONINE OX (if she is born before her due date)
This combination produces leaders who feel the need to be in control. They also take themselves seriously and throw themselves into any project they under take. They are happiest with an adoring partner who will love them completely.

or Isabella could be a

VIRGO OX (if she is born on or after)
These individuals are practical but they can lose sight of what’s important and can fuss over small details. Unmatched in honesty and ethics, they are responsible and respected.

Overall, there are some resounding truths, and some not so true for me. I think it should be interesting to see how Isabella comes out, because where I am somewhat anti-social, Brian is very social. I think she will pick up on that from him. I have a feeling she will be one social butterfly!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Just because my Hubby is so awesome!

For Mother's Day, Brian gave me a huge bouquet of roses and 3 adorable cards! I was completely suprised! Best Husband Ever! (I should preface this with the fact that Brian and I always get each other stupid animal cards, mainly with dachshunds on them. We have gotten each other about 10 cards over the years, not including these, with just funny dachshund images...there are a ton of them out there, it's ridiculous!)

Here are some pics:

Gorgeous roses! The vase is one of his creations, by the way. I can't wait for him to pick up ceramics again! He is so good at it, it's not even fair.

This card is from "the troublemakers", aka my hubby and the puppy. It is good for one free breakfast in bed.


This card is from our orange tabby (think garfield in terms of personality and looks, just a lot skinnier), Titty Tat, and our dachshund puppy, Big City. The tail actually moves, it is quite funny!


This card was is from Brian alone. In case it is too small to read, it says "To my wife, for mother's day, I got you something you'll really enjoy in the bedroom" the card, and there are 2 cotton balls and underneath it states, "just put these in your ears and you won't hear my snoring"

In case you didn't know, he snores...a lot...and very loudly. So it is a running joke that I should wear ear plugs to bed if he falls asleep before me.


(btw, if these posts get annoying and overwhelming and you would like to be taken off the list of emails that it gets sent to automatically, PLEASE don't hesistate to let me know. I realize I can get slightly [understatement of the year] over-zealous when it comes to certain things/occasions, and that not everyone wants to know every detail of everything in my life relating to baby or being a mommy. I would rather you let me know that be annoyed by my blog, ha!)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

25 week belly pics

I know I am going to get some amazing ones later this week, but I was extremely bored at work so took some quick belly pics in the bathroom...gross, yes, but totally worth it!

You can see the "linea nigra" or black line that mysteriously forms and then disappears after giving birth....

week 9 to 25....16 weeks is huge in baby weeks!

Happy Pre-Mother's day to me!

Happy mothers day to all momma's out there! There is a heated debate whether or not pregnant ladies should celebrate mother's day, and I am on the fence. Part of me says that I have been a mother since finding out I was preggers, since I have to take care of my child and make sure it is healthy and happy in my belly, but part of me says I am a mother the first time I hold my child in my arms....Not sure. Either way, Happy Mother's day to all!

We have reached week 25!! 15 left! We are soon coming to the end of the 6th month, as well as the end of the second trimester, 2 more weeks til we cross that point! Isabella is doing well, moving and kicking, all though not as often as I would like. Some days she is crazy active, and the next she barely moves. They say this is normal, but I would prefer her to be crazy all the time so I know everything is all good.

Isabella is supposedly the 2nd most common name in the country for girls right now, which sort of depresses me, but at the same time, neither Brian nor I know any, and if we continue to call her BellaReese, I am sure she will be the only one we ever meet who goes by that. I always wanted to have such a creative name for my daughter, like my name (how many Carmelle's do you know?!?!?), and BellaReese is our solution to normalcy.

This week, Brian and I are going to Chicago to visit aunt Randi, a professional photographer who also did our pre-ceremony wedding pics, to do some belly/pregnancy pictures! We are very excited! Usually you do them a little later, but Randi will soon be leaving for Germany for the rest of the summer and this was the only really good day that we could get together to do them. I will keep you posted on how those go; I am sure they will turn out amazing!

Ok, so here is what BellaReese will be doing this week:

You are 25 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 23 weeks)

Baby is around 13.5 inches in length and weighs 1 and half pounds (BellaReese is measuring a bit bigger, but that is according to measurements, not an actual scale), or the size of an English hothouse cucumber from head to heel or a liter of soda or about the length of a burp cloth (otherwise known as your primary wardrobe accessory for the next several months). .
Bones are becoming solid, hands are now fully developed.
The brain is growing rapidly, the brain cells are starting to mature.
The sexual organs are fully developed. Baby is now pretty well built portion wise even though it still has little body fat and its skin is thin. The structures of the spine begin to form -- All 33 rings, 150 joints and 1000 ligaments. The tiny brain is growing rapidly, and the baby is starting to fill the space in your uterus. The uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball and mom looks pregnant (yea, slightly! I got some ice cream at work the other day for employee recognition day and the lady scooping it asked if I wanted a lot or a little, and being good I said a little only, so she scooped some out and said "this should still be enough for the two of you." She was the first stranger to comment on me being pregnant! I wanted to hug her! At least people can tell I am not just getting fat!!!) Your baby's hands are now fully developed, although some of the nerve connections to the hands have a long way to go. Dexterity is improving. Your baby can make a fist and clasp objects placed in palm. Exploring the structures inside your uterus may have become baby's prime entertainment. Fascinated by the amount of tactile stimulation a fetus gives itself; it touches a hand to the face, one hand to the other hand, clasps its feet, touches its foot to its leg, its hand to its umbilical cord.

Blood vessels of the lungs develop. Your baby's nostrils begin to open. The nerves around the mouth and lip area are showing more sensitivity now. Their swallowing reflexes are developing. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. Air sacks are developing in your baby's lungs, which means it just might be possible for your baby to take a breath at the end of this week. The air sacks (technically called alveoli) will continue to grow for the next nine years. The membrane that keeps the alveoli separate from the blood vessels is now thin enough to allow for that oxygen–carbon dioxide exchange we call breathing.

Baby can hear sounds outside the womb and the brain cells are starting to mature also. Already it can learn and remember and can recognize its mother and fathers voice. Brainwaves for the auditory and visual systems are detectable in baby's noggin this week. That means baby's brain is registering things like sound and light. She can't understand what any of it means yet, but she's on track to comprehend an entire episode of Blue's Clues in no time! . One hint that your karaoke rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is not the best would be when the baby starts banging on your gut. Your bambino will also start to recognize your partner's voice. He may feel silly talking to your stomach, (Brian won't talk to her, he says he doesn't know what to say. It drives me crazy because I talk to her all the time, but he just has a mental block about it) but assure him that somebody other than you is definitely listening. Research has shown that newborns actually recognize familiar sounds after birth. Proof that your baby has been paying attention all along.

Other highlights this week: The retina completes the development of its normal layers this week—all the better to see you with. Well not you, per-se, because her eyes are still sealed shut and it's really dark in there, but your baby's eyes are now fully developed and she's continuing to put on baby fat.

Babies at 25 weeks of pregnancy stand a 50% chance of survival (that is up from 25 to 30% chance from last week already!).

Friday, May 8, 2009

More hand-made stuff!

I had two days off work and decided to get more sewing done. I made another teddy bear, as well as clothes for both of them, although when the pics were taken, the little brown bear was still nude. It currently has a red bandanna hat like the big bear. I made a vest for it, but it is kinda crappy looking. I am not sure if I will salvage it or dump it. I also made another blanket, the hardest thing by far since there was no pattern, all my own creation and design, but forget to get a picture of it, I will post one later. 2 days of constant crouching over while sitting down and sewing has made my back hurt in a way I have never felt before. I couldn't move all last night and almost tripped and killed myself trying to go to the bathroom at 3 in the morning since I stood up too fast and buckled with shooting pain throughout my whole body. After soaking in hot bath today, I can finally move a little. It will be a while before I return to sewing, sadly, and when I do, it will be for little spurts at a time, no 12 hour stints, ha! I have so many more projects I want to do before BellaReese arrives! Here are a few of the pictures:

The hat is from a pattern. I thought it was pretty cute! Kinda like Paddington bear, sans corduroy overalls and the fact this bear is a girl....

This flower thing was my own design. The vest was kinda boring so I thought it made it look a little cuter.

And here is the newest bear! It is Brian's favorite. The arms are a little huge, I don't know why they look so ginormous, but oh well. He is still pretty cute in my opinion.


Interesting story. So the morning of May 6th comes around and I realize that my wedding rings are a bit to snug for my liking so after a few seconds of yanking and sliding, I get them off, and get really sad since I hate looking down and only seeing the impressions of where they used to sit, which serves as a constant reminder of how puffy I have become. Anyways, Brian realizes I am really sad and goes, "hey, did you realize that to the exact day, 2 years ago, I gave you those rings?" He proposed originally on May Day but didn't have the actual rings, so I got a second proposal on May 6th, with the rings. Realizing the awful irony of the situation, I started to laugh since I didn't want to cry and now we just think of how much has changed (for the better) in the exact 2 years and it doesn't hurt so much to realize I am no longer wearing the rings, instead, I have a nice round belly to show our love and committment to each other, ha ha. You better be worth it, Isabella Reese Martin!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

24 week ultrasound!

So we had our 24 week ultrasound yesterday, to check the growth of the baby and to make sure the septum wasn't affecting her growth or hindering her movement in anyway, or to make sure the placenta wasn't blocking bloodflow to her. Everything still looks great, she still has room to move, although seems to like to stay in the position she is in...breech! with her feet mainly by my hips, although she does move those around the most. Her heartbeat was at 146 BPM, she is weighing in at 1 pound, 10 oz, so a little over a pound and a half, and is a few days ahead of schedule growth-wise, so everything looks to be going great! The little stinker decided to become a contortionist and had a leg and an arm infront of her face at ALL times during the u/s, so she wouldn't let us get any facial shots! But we got some good ones of the rest of her body, nonetheless. Here they are:

Her heartbeat pattern, showing no irregularities!


The money shot, or junk shot. There should be something hanging between her two legs there, if she were to be a boy, but there isn't! She is all girl!

Awesome leg shot! You can see her lower leg bones and her adorable little foot so well!
Here is an interesting shot, it is of her butt, no legs in the picture, and the small bright white line is where her girl parts are! It is right in the middle of the round image. Our little BellaReese will probably be mad at me one day knowing I showed her junk to the whole world, but oh well!


Rib shot! And you can see the outline of her head. Quite the dome she has!


Her little feet! These are the culprits of what makes my belly pop out every now and then! She moves them a lot, from being down below by my hips, to up by her face, like she is stretching. They go everywhere!


Femur shots! Her legs seem to be developing well, right on track with the rest of her body!


This is my favorite shot of the group! It is of her left arm, I believe, and you can see the radius and ulna (lower forearm bones) as well as her humerus bone (bicep bone). The humerus bone is no longer a week ahead of the rest of her, ha, so she is no longer some long armed freak! I think ultrasounds are amazing, the detail that they pick up is outstanding!


This is a fun picture, it is of her abdominal cavity, with the orange representing her renal arteries and the blood flow between her kidneys. Everything seems to be in working order!


Spinal shot, you can count each vertebrae!


The one face shot she let us get, but it is creepy looking. I am not a fan of it. In 2 weeks, her eyes will unfuse shut, so she will be able to blink. I think that is awesome!


And the final picture, showing just how flexible our little stinker is! You can see her leg and foot and then her arm and fist, and the round object behind it is her head! She is doing some mad crunches in there, ha! I am pretty sure her face is in the placenta again! She loves to nuzzle into that.
Oh and a cute story! So I was lying on the table/couch thing while they were doing the ultrasound and I had my left arm under my head so it was propped up slightly so I could see the screen better, and the tech decided to try to find her other arm, and it was also behind her head propping it up, just like mom! Too funny!
So all in all, things look good and the baby is doing well! The next ultrasound is June 1st! Hopefully that one will let us get a good face shot and maybe she won't be breech!