Thursday, March 26, 2015

16 Weeks

How far along: 16 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of an avocado - Baby is listening to my voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in her ears. She is also growing hair, lashes, and eyebrows.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: No more bronchitis! Yay! I'm still not 100%, but I've been able to get off the couch and stay away all day, so I'm counting it as a win.
Weight gain/loss: Back up to my starting weight since I gained back the two pounds I lost from when I was sick.
Food aversions/cravings: None! I'm starting to get some heartburn from certain foods now, but that's about it. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to eat Mexican food for the rest of the pregnancy. Even the basics, like cheese quesadillas, make me feel crappy afterwards.
The baby belly: Still there, and looking pretty much the same to me. I've filled out a bit at the top of my stomach, but the amount it sticks out has remained pretty constant.
Movement: I can feel you in there, baby girl! At least once per day, normally when I'm sitting still at work or just before bed, I can feel her kicking away. There have even been a few good thumps where I'm surprised by how hard it feels. I know it'll just get stronger, and I can't wait for J to be able to feel from the outside.
What is freaking me out: Nothing this week!
What I'm totally loving: Knowing that she's in there and growing. I had an OB appointment this week and got to hear her heartbeat with the Doppler. It was so fast and strong compared to the last time I heard it via ultrasound just one month prior.
What I'm looking forward to: Getting my anatomy scan set up. I won't have the ultrasound until 20 weeks, but it should be getting set up soon. It'll be the last time we'll get to see her until she's born, so J will be coming with me to the scan. I can't wait to see all of her little fingers and toes, and see how big she has grown in there.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

15 Weeks

How far along: 15 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a navel orange - Baby is squirming and even hiccuping in there. She's making lots of progress, and her joints and limbs can all move now.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: Is bronchitis a symptom? Because I have it... and it's horrible. It was going around the office and I was one of the lucky ones to catch it. Unfortunately, all I can take is Tylenol and Mucinex, and I've missed two days of work. I'm miserable.
Weight gain/loss: I was still at my starting weight, but I lost 2lbs again thanks to this plague.
Food aversions/cravings: Right now I have zero appetite because I'm sick, so neither.
The baby belly: I think my belly looks mostly the same as last week. I think it popped early, but I bet it says pretty much the same for a few weeks before it grows again.
Movement: Still nothing definitive yet. I swore I felt some flutters at work one day, but everything is so fleeting that it's almost like it didn't happen.
What is freaking me out: Having an illness while pregnant. I don't like having to take medicine everyday, even pregnancy safe ones. I'm also hoping I don't spike a fever over 100.4 because then we'll have a problem. I feel like every time I cough I'm shaking her up in there.
What I'm totally loving: Right now, not much. I hate being such a downer, but the bronchitis is making me feel so awful and tired that I can't think about much else.
What I'm looking forward to: Feeling better!! ...And my OB appointment next week. I won't be getting an ultrasound, but I know I'll at least get to hear baby on the Doppler. Hopefully I'll be back to 100% by then.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

14 Weeks

How far along: 14 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a lemon - Baby is sucking her thumb and wiggling her toes. Her kidneys are functioning, along with her liver and spleen. She has also starting growing lanugo all over her body.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: Headaches are gone, unless I don't get enough sleep or don't eat frequently enough. I think they're all somehow related to blood sugar levels. I've been having more pinching feelings in my belly, along with the round ligament pain I've been having from week 5ish. My belly has also been itching more, so I think she's having a growth spurt in there.
Weight gain/loss: Still at my starting weight, so if baby is gaining it, I'm losing it from somewhere else!
Food aversions/cravings: Mexican food (whomp whomp). It is really the only thing I have zero desire to eat. It makes J sad because he has an unhealthy addiction to Mexican food, and was really hoping it would be my pregnancy craving.
The baby belly: Oh Lord, did my belly pop this week! I am rounding out and the bump is so noticeable. It makes me worry that if I'm this size at just 14 weeks, what am I going to look like at 35 weeks?!
Movement: Even with baby growing in there, I still can't feel her yet. A couple of times I've felt what I can only describe as an "inside thump," but it has been so infrequent that I can't definitely say that it was her moving.
What is freaking me out: I've started buying baby things and now I have this irrational fear that I'll go for my 20 week U/S and have the dr tell me there was a test mixup and we're having a boy.
What I'm totally loving: Everything. It's second trimester! I feel fantastic. I even feel like a pretty pregnant lady most days, and not an exhausted shell of a human being with bags the size of suitcases under my eyes.
What I'm looking forward to: My next OB appointment is slowly creeping up on me, so I'm looking forward to hearing the heartbeat with the Doppler while I'm there. Hopefully we'll schedule my anatomy scan for the following month, since that will be my next (and last) ultrasound.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

13 Weeks

How far along: 13 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a peach - Baby is forming vocal cords and teeth, and he or she even has fingerprints. The intestines are now moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place inside the abdomen.
What are we having: It's a... GIRL!!!
Symptoms this week: My headaches are lessening, which leads me to believe they were more allergy/weather related than anything else. I'm honestly feeling like myself again, and couldn't be more thankful!
Weight gain/loss: Still at my starting weight. I'm sure the weight will start adding up as I get further along. However, I am glad to have made it through the first trimester without blowing up like a balloon.
Food aversions/cravings: None! Sure, if I watch a food show on TV I'll want whatever they're making, but that's about it. Nothing has really put me in a "I need this NOW" mood.
The baby belly: It's here, and it's not going anywhere! It looks pretty much the same as it did last week, but the firmness I'd felt in the bottom part is slowly making its way higher as well. I feel like I'm going to carry high with how much my belly already sticks out higher up on my torso.
Movement: I can't feel baby yet, but maybe some flutters soon.
What is freaking me out: Nothing at the moment, and it's wonderful. Our Harmony tests results put baby in the lowest risk category for all tested conditions, so my mind is at ease with regards to that.
What I'm totally loving: That we're having a girl!! I would have bet a million dollars on us having a boy. I needed the nurse to repeat herself when she called with the test results. Between the surprise of a girl, and the relief of learning that she's genetically fine, it was unexpectedly overwhelming and I started happy-crying on the phone with the nurse. I'm hoping she's used to hormonal pregnant women, otherwise I'm sure she thinks I'm a loon.
What I'm looking forward to: Second trimester. I can't believe I'll be 1/3 of the way done with this pregnancy at the end of this week. I feel like it was just yesterday that we found out I was pregnant. Of course, looking at the other side of the coin, I still have 2/3 of the pregnancy left to go. It feels like forever, and no time at all, both at the same time.