Friday, July 31, 2009
I did go online and do some Chinese age predictor test that determines the gender based on the mother's age and the month of conception. I know, some of you are thinking that I didn't even know when I got pregnant, so how could I possibly pick the right month. I think it was in April, so we went with that. According to this fabulously scientific test, we should expect a boy.
I also completed a gender predictor quiz online and responded to such questions as, Are you craving sweet or sour foods? and is the hair on your legs growing faster than normal? Clearly these questions would be highly scientific. The outcome of this quiz is 67% chance that it's a girl. Considering we started off with only 2 possibilities, I think a coin toss may be just as predictive.
She also checked for baby's heartbeat. This was another heart stopping moment for us because at first she couldn't pick it up. It turns out our little acrobat was hiding behind some of my organs. Our hearts melted when she picked up the sound and we heard that rapid thudding coming through! Some still believe that baby's heart rate is a way to tell the gender. Well, today sweet pea's heart rate was 145, which the old wives' tale would say is a girl. Research suggests that this is not an accurate way to predict, so don't go out and look for anything pink!
The midwife said everything looks great. Her only recommendation is that I keep drinking lots of water. I don't know how much more I can take, but I will try.
We are scheduled for another check-up and an ultrasound in 4 weeks and will hopefully learn sweet pea's gender then. For now we will just have to keep wondering.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Curious why your body is finally looking like it's pregnant? That's because your baby is growing bigger each week — he or she is as long as four and a half inches right now. Need a better visual? Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that's how big your little darlin' is at 15 weeks pregnant. So what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, your fetus is in rehearsals — practice, practice, practicing, and getting ready for that big debut. Babies practice breathing, sucking, and swallowing so that when they leave your comfy womb and move into your comfy house, they'll have the skills necessary to survive. Fetal body movements continue to get practice this week, too. But because your baby weighs so little (a bit over two ounces), you won't feel the calisthenics going on inside your abdominal gym. But don't let that fool you. Your fetus is holding daily aerobics classes — kicking, curling toes, and moving those little arms and legs.
And with each passing week, your fetus is looking more and more like the baby you're picturing in your dreams. By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face — where they'll soon meet your loving gaze.
Another book mentioned that baby is now able to suck his/her thumb and can grab the umbilical cord. Crazy how much they can do already!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
In the past few weeks, the thing that I usually want most is something to drink. My thirst is incredible. The new love of my life is orange juice. I think it might be the reason that I get out of bed in the morning. I bring some with me to work in the morning and I am usually thinking about needing more once I get home. I guess if you're going to have something to crave, orange juice isn't such a bad thing.
Your fetus is about three inches long and the size of a peach at 13 weeks pregnant. But don't compare your fetus with the fetus next door. Starting about now, babies begin growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly, though they all follow the same developmental path. Growing at a universally breakneck speed now is your baby's body as it tries to catch up to the head in terms of size. Though your baby's head is about half the size of its body now, by the time your baby is ready to make his or her entrance into the world, the head will be only one-fourth as large as the body. Your baby's intestines are also in for some big changes right now. Up till this point, they've been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord; but now they're moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, in your baby's abdomen. And to serve your growing baby's needs, the placenta is also growing. It weighs about an ounce now and will weigh one to two pounds at birth (something else you'll soon be able to blame your weight gain on!).
Also developing this week: your baby's vocal chords. Because sound can't travel through your uterus (your baby's current habitat), you won't be able to hear any sounds or cries just yet, but oh boy (or girl) — those vocal chords will get a good workout once that baby is born.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
After Aaron and I discussed it we decided that although home birth provides a lot of freedom to plan your birth the way you want, it just isn't for us. We both are uncomfortable with the lack of medical technology should trouble arise and Aaron isn't sure about that experience in our bedroom. I can understand. So, we have agreed that a hospital birth is the way we will go, but we need a different doctor/midwife. Mom knows someone who is a labor and delivery nurse and she confirmed some of my fears about the doctor I originally started seeing. So, today we are off to interview a midwife who is in a large practice with several doctors. I am hoping that she will have a similar outlook on birth to mine and I will feel more confident that what I want will be considered and that I won't be manipulated to do what is convenient for a doctor (i.e., the recommendation for a C-section because it's near dinnertime and the doctor wants to get home to his/her family).
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
There were families out with babies, so maybe next summer we can go and bring Sarah? Charlie?
Here are some pics Jeanne' took with her phone.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I stay up with a million things going through my mind, such as "Are we having a boy or a girl?" "What is the economy going to do?" "How do people with babies function with no sleep?". I also think about how I'm really blessed and live a charmed life. I hope that the baby has a life more blessed and charmed than mine. After an hour or so of thinking about these things, I try to pray about the future, and I just run out of words. I usually have to fall back to contemplating the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) or Jesus Prayer.
Nat hasn't been sleeping because she's been having heartburn (one of those pregnancy symptoms) and even though firing up her maternal oven takes a lot out of her, she's so full of energy that she bounces right back (at four in the morning). I don't know how she keeps this up, we'll see if she continues to have this kind of bounce back around December.
As for poor Lucy, she's been very hyperactive lately. We've had workers at the house for the last two days repairing the guest room and bay windows, I think hearing them all day gets her agitated. That said, in the evenings, Lucy is even more affectionate than usual.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
It doesn't really look like much, just a little pudge. I feel like my stomach is already huge, but my clothes still fit fine, so it's probably just me. :)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I didn't think to bring the camera with me to dinner, but I sure do wish that I had! Their expressions were priceless and their reaction was exactly what I had hoped for. Pure joy!
On Saturday, I had lunch with my really good friend, Sarah. I could not resist sharing the news with her and she was so excited for us! She sent us a lovely card that came yesterday and will certainly be among the things that I start keeping to remember this really special time.
Aaron and I feel so grateful to be pregnant right now and so thankful for the friends and family who are happy for us. Just keep having good thoughts that this little baby will camp out for a while and keep growing!
The books say that your blood volume almost doubles during pregnancy and I think the purpose is really so that you will have enough for all the blood they want to draw. Not sure we had the best phlebotomist out there, but she got the job done and Aaron managed to live through it.
Now, we just need this little person to grow, grow, grow and wait for an appointment for an ultrasound!