Monday, June 27, 2011

And it's a...


We are, according to our ultrasound tech with a 90-95% certainty... having a little girl!  Drew, Roslyn and I are so very excited to be welcoming another daughter and a sister for Roslyn to be named

Vivienne Claire

As always, thank you all so much for your love and support.  Y'all mean the world to us and as we've embarked on this adventure, your love and support has made it all so wonderful!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

19 weeks :)



Fetal Development This Week

Week 19 of Pregnancy: Vernix Develops

Six inches long this week and about eight ounces in weight, your baby is the size of a large mango and is now covered in a protective substance called vernix. Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone.
Six inches long this week and about eight ounces in weight, your baby is the size of a large mango. 
Your little action figure is able to choreograph Matrix-like moves at 19 weeks pregnant. Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone. All these upgrades combine to give your baby more control over limb movements. Which explains all that kicking, stretching, and bodysurfing (or rather bellysurfing) you've possibly started feeling by now. 
Something else going on this week: Your baby is getting a cheesy varnish. Say what? Yup — a protective substance called vernix caseosa (vernix is the Latin word for varnish; caseosa is cheese) now covers your baby's skin. It's greasy and white and is made up of lanugo (that downy hair), oil from your baby's glands, and dead skin cells. This waxy "cheese" may not sound too appetizing or attractive, but it's there for good reason: Vernix protects your baby's sensitive skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. Without it, your baby would look very wrinkled at birth (sort of what you'd look like if you soaked in a bath for nine months). Some babies — especially those born early — will still be covered with vernix at the delivery, so you might get a look at your baby's first anti-wrinkle cream.

Size of Baby: apparently the size of a large mango :)

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I am officially in maternity jeans now and starting to show even more than I was last week!  Crazy!

Gender: still unknown for approximately 10 more hours! :D

Movement: flutters and little thumps

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound tomorrow~!  And then we'll register tomorrow night for the baby!

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), protein rich foods

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain, exhaustion and some heartburn.  Joy! :-P

Disneyland was amazing and I held up really well though almost half way through this pregnancy at the time.  I also started to really pop out and found myself looking down at my belly and exclaiming to myself "When did THAT happen?!" Kinda crazy to me still... time is zooming by!

The big ultrasound is under 10 hours away... I can't wait! Off to bed now! Ciao!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Don't forget... (a note to myself)

...to be grateful for every moment.

...to be grateful for him.

...to be grateful for this beautiful little girl.

...to be grateful for little flutters.

...to be grateful for this place.

...to be grateful for this time together.

...to be grateful for my many blessings.

I am so incredibly lucky to be so blessed, so loved and so fortunate. Life has it's ups and downs but at the end of each and every day I have everything that matters and more than I could possibly deserve. And I am do excited for what each day has to offer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

18 Weeks :)


Week 18 of Pregnancy: Fetal Nervous System

This week your baby is about five and a half inches long, crown to rump, and weighs about five ounces. And fetal development has reached the stage for you to start feeling those movements some time in the next few weeks — so get ready!
At 18 weeks pregnant, your baby is hitting the height chart at five and a half inches long (remember, that's crown to rump) and weighs about five ounces (the weight of that boneless chicken breast you're making for dinner). And now for the skill of the week (drum roll please…): The art of the yawn has been mastered by your baby (someone's sleepy!).  In fact, you might catch a glimpse of that adorable yawn if you're getting an ultrasound this month. You'll also catch a glimpse of all the fetal movement your baby's doing — twists, rolls, kicks, and punches. And would you believe your baby is finally big enough for you to start feeling those movements now (or anytime in the next few weeks). So get ready!

Something you won't see on the ultrasound, but you'll know is in working order, is your baby's nervous system, which is maturing rapidly at this time.  Nerves, now covered with a substance called myelin (which speeds messages from nerve cell to nerve cell), are forming more complex connections. And those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Talking about hearing, your baby's is growing more acute, making your little one more conscious of sounds that come from inside your body (which means you could both be listening to each other hiccup  — a skill that your baby has by now).

Size of Baby: about 5 1/2 inches long, approximately 5 ounces 

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I am officially in maternity jeans now and starting to show (as evidenced by above photo!)

Gender: still unknown for approximately a little over a week.

Movement: flutters at night by our little night owl :)

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound! Registering for items for the baby. Leaving for Disneyland tomorrow. Crystal and family visiting in a few weeks. Life is good. A lot to look forward to!

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), protein rich foods

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain, exhaustion and some heartburn.  Joy! :-P

This last week has brought with it the arrival of maternity clothes and feeling like I am really starting to show.  I was fortunate to be able to head down to Phoenix to pick up some maternity pants and treated myself to some cute cardigans to wear throughout.  So far my shirts are all still meeting my needs and the pants are surely helping my comfort level.

We leave for our family Disneyland vacation bright and early tomorrow morning and I am so excited!  A vacation is just what we need at this point in our lives and it will be well enjoyed and deserved and a special celebration of Fathers Day for Drew.

Well... I'd better be off to do laundry and finish packing... lots to do in a short amount of time!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

17 weeks :)




Week 17 of Pregnancy: Baby's Body Fat

Your baby is about five inches long and more than three and a half ounces — the size of your open hand. Baby's body fat is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy.
How big is your baby at 17 weeks pregnant? About five inches long and more than three and a half ounces  — the size of your open hand. (Open the other one too and imagine your baby cradled in both your arms right after delivery!)  Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy.  By the time your baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight (and will make all those chubby parts especially yummy). 
Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts).  Your baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration  to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed.  And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) suckle at your breast or bottle. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.

And here's some proof that your baby is truly one of a kind (as if you needed any!). Within the next week or so, the pads on your baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).



Size of Baby: about the size of an opened hand

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I bought a maternity dress at target this last week and am heading down to Phoenix to pick up some maternity jeans tomorrow.  My pants are now too loose every where BUT the waistband now with the weightloss so I am thinking that I will get some maternity jeans in a smaller size and stop feeling like I have a lower half that resembles more of Michael Moore than myself!

Gender: still unknown for approximately 2 more weeks

Movement: flutters at night by our little night owl :)

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound! and Disneyland.  But I suppose that that is not really pregnancy related.

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), shredded beef tacos

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain



This last week has been pretty good.  Roslyn has been out of town at my Mom's house for most of it so I just caught up on a lot of napping and taco consumption! :P  Drew and I are anxiously and impatiently awaiting our ultrasound and have been wandering around stores trying to decide what we'd like for a crib, etc.  The house hunt is still on for now, but we are considering an add on to this house if it is not too prohibitive cost wise.  Other than that, we've just been in full Disneyland mode with out trip next week!  Can't wait!  So excited to go on vacation to Disneyland and spend a little time at the beach.


Hope your week is good and I promise to be back to more regular posting... the last couple of weeks have just gotten away from me!

16 weeks :)


Week 16 of Pregnancy: Baby's Hearing Develops

This little one's a looker — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker since there's no baby fat yet. Baby's crown-to-rump measurement is between four and five inches, and weight is around three ounces.
Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus's ears are in place this week, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you're speaking (or singing in the shower)at16 weeks pregnant. In fact, studies have found that babies who are sung to while they're in the womb recognize the same tune when it's sung to them after they are born (so choose your baby Muzak with that in mind…).  
And baby's busily boning up in other ways. For one, the backbone (along with the back muscles) is stronger now — strong enough, in fact, to enable your baby to work on straightening his or her head and neck even more. Baby's crown-to-rump measurement is between four and five inches in length, and weight is hovering around three ounces.

This little one's a looker — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker since there's no baby fat yet. And here's the skinny on baby skin: It's practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you'd be able to see your baby's blood vessels under that thin skin.

Size of Baby: avocado sized

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -17.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: none... my clothes, especially pants are getting baggy on me.  Go figure.  I don't do anything normally, including pregnancy.

Gender: still unknown for approximately 3 more weeks

Movement: I feel the flutters almost every night.  Baby is a nightowl like me.

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound! and Disneyland.  But I suppose that that is not really pregnancy related.

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!).

Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain

No recap as I am posting this late... it was a good week... just enjoying the first week of summer break!