Wednesday, February 29, 2012

13w4d

Baby's growth info for this week:


Now the size of your clenched fist, your baby is more fluid-like in his movements, so he’s no longer doing the jerk every time he repositions his arms and legs. Other developments this week include a roof of his own (inside his mouth, that is) as well as intestinal activity: His intestines are producing meconium (which is the waste that will make up his first bowel movement after birth). He is also sporting a downy coating of hair (lanugo) that keeps him nice and warm. Not to worry — you won't give birth to a monkey; baby fat will accumulate over the next few months and take over the function of keeping your baby warm and toasty —allowing most of that hair to shed.


Here we are, over 1/3 of the way done. We're officially in our 4th month and come tomorrow we will be exactly 6 months away from our due date.


This week has brought a slight reprieve from the morning sickness. It's far from being completely gone, but for the most part it only truly becomes a big issue from late afternoon until bedtime. I'm hoping that after a few more weeks it'll be even less than that.


Fatigue isn't too bad. Some days are better than others. Some days I feel like I could sleep all day, and others I'm feeling somewhat energized.


The movement sensations from the baby have grown much stronger. Even though I'm only in my 14th week I know that most of what I'm feeling is definitely baby. Joseph keeps trying to "feel" the baby, but I know it'll be awhile before he'll be able to.


The pictures from this week were taken yesterday at 13w3d.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

12w4d & Ultrasound from 11w6d

The baby's growth for this week:

What's up with your baby? Well, besides being as large as a peach now, that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point). By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. What else is going on in there? Tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen, and the vocal cords are well under construction (the first step toward saying, "I love you, Mommy!"). And because she can move her arms and legs in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn).

According to my pregnancy tracker we started the 2nd trimester last Saturday. It's a big milestone considering how many complications we've had thus far. If I'm being completely honest though, I'm still nervous. It could be the terrible dreams I had this week where whenever I'd go to the bathroom I'd be hemmorraging. Or it could be the fact that I know of two pregnant women who experienced terrible pregnancy losses this week (one at 22 weeks and one at 26 weeks). I guess I'm afraid if I get too attached this will all end terribly. I'm hoping that as we progress the nervousness will dissipate.

Physically I'm doing okay. My morning sickness seems to come and go. Some days are better with only short periods of sickness but other days leave me sick as a dog. I think overall it is improving though.

The fatigue is overwhelming at times. It seems like I barely exert myself and am left exhausted. I've also found that anything tomato I eat leaves me with terrible heartburn.

I've been feeling flutters that remind me of the early movements I felt Joseph make. I've yet to feel a definite "kick" though, but I am still pretty early for that anyway.

These pregnancy pictures were taken at 12w2d.




We went for our 12 week NT scan at 11w6d. Everything looks perfect. The baby measured (if I remember correctly) 53mm from crown to rump and the NT measurement was only 1.3mm (which is perfect). They said this means there is no sign of neural tube defects, but we will follow up with bloodwork. Below are the pictures from the ultrasound. The first one is a profile view of the baby and the second is a full view of baby.



Monday, February 13, 2012

11w2d

Baby growth info for this week:

By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there's still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he's out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that'll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.

We've got less than 30 weeks left. The first trimester is nearly over. And for the first time in several weeks I'm beginning to feel more human. Morning sickness is still affecting me but not with the same constancy and intensity as before. I'm hoping in another week or two it'll be totally non-existent.

My bleeding has also seemed to subsided. It's been about 12 days since I last bled. I hope it will not become an issue again. I'm still experiencing bad cramping from time to time, but it seems fewer and farther between episodes.

We have an ultrasound on Friday and this will be the first appointment for the baby that my husband has been able to attend. We are both looking forward to it.

These pictures were taken yesterday at 11w1d.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Doctor's Appointment! (10w5d)

Just got home from another OB appointment.

I got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. That sound never gets old. And it was nice to have the reassurance that he/she is in there still thriving.

I've also not bled in a week. I asked my doctor if she thought I was out of the "scary" area yet. She said she'll feel more confident in a couple more weeks.

We have an ultrasound next week, but other than that my next OB appointment isn't for a month. It's exciting to see that I'm doing well enough to graduate to monthly OB appointments.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

10w2d

Baby growth info for this week:
Your baby (now about two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, fingernails, and ovaries (if she's a girl). She has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in front of her body, with ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples. What else makes her look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning good-bye to those froglike webbed hands and feet). Hooray!

I'm having a hard time wanting to update everyone on the pregnancy. I didn't post about it, but last week (Tuesday I believe) I went to the ER again. I had begun to pass very large clots and was having a lot of pain and cramping.

After spending all day in the ER we were told that the baby is still growing right on schedule and has a very strong heartbeat (in the 170's). It looks also like the cyst and placental bleed have resolved. This is good and bad news. It's great that it resolved, but this means there's absolutely no explanation for the bleeding now. The ER doctor told us that at this point with the complications we've been having we have a 50/50 chance of losing the pregnancy. They also said that the gestational sac was irregularly shaped which could be an issue as well.

So, the eternal pessimist I am, doesn't want to update. I'm stuck on the notion that I'm just waiting for this pregnancy to end. I know it's a silly idea, but this will be the second time the doctor was under the inclination I was already miscarrying (during this pregnancy). At this point it's hard to be optimistic. Any prayers you can offer up for our unborn child would be greatly appreciated.

The day after I was in the ER the OB called. Apparently my cultures came back from my last OB appointment and it showed I had an infection. She started me on an antibiotic which has been making me more nauseous than normal (who would have thought that was possible?). I'm glad to be almost done with it, tomorrow is the last day taking it.

I'm still experiencing some hardcore nausea and vomiting. My BBs are still sore and still leaking. I'm moody and tired, and have bizarre dreams every night. I've also started having a lot of round ligament pain.

The ER doctor suggested to continue resting, laying down and taking it easy. I'm just so scared and nervous about this all. I know it's in God's hands, and I just need to keep reminding myself of that fact.

Here are the pictures, they were taken yesterday at 10w1d.