Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Missing Adam

Adam is on a business trip for the rest of this week. He just left today and I miss him already! He's in Salt Lake City for tonight and tomorrow, tomorrow night he flies to Denver and stays Thursday, Thursday night he flies to Dallas, and then comes home Friday night. Poor guy is going to be exhausted when he gets home!

I guess it's a good thing I got a big pregnancy pillow to snuggle with! By the way...best pillow EVER! I haven't slept as well as I have with this pillow since BEFORE I got pregnant! That's a long 17 weeks of no sleep.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

16 Weeks

Today marks 16 weeks in my pregnancy! Yay! Before I get into what's going on with baby this week, I thought I'd give an update on me first. My energy level has definitely gone back up!!! I've been waiting for that to happen for about...oh 14 weeks! ;-)I've also gotten a little bit of a baby bump...or rather, the bump I already had has gotten a bit more predominant.

On a different, quick, non-baby note, I was informed last night that I will be one of the people honored at the upcoming Carson Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner for my "above and beyond volunteerism" with the Chamber! How cool is that!?! My work is also excited about this and is planning to pay for me to attend. Hopefully, Adam will be able to skip his summer class for that night to attend the function with me.

And now on to baby!

How your baby's growing:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

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)at 16 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.

Pretty crazy! If I don't get back on here before the weekend, I hope you all have a great long weekend!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Today's doctor's appointment

Today I had my 15/16 week doctor's appointment. Nothing really major happened at this one, except I did get to hear the baby's heartbeat again! This time, the heartbeat was 152 beats per minute, versus the 162bmp from four weeks ago. In a few weeks, I need to go get some blood work done to test for spina bifida, down syndrome, and one other thing that I can't remember. It's all routine testing, so I'm not worried. Also, the preggo girl's least favorite part of the visit...weigh-in. On the good side, I've only gained 2 lbs this last month, and considering I lost 6 lbs during my first month of pregnancy, I still haven't truly gained any weight during this pregnancy. Still down 4. We'll see how that goes at my next visit!

In four weeks (when I'm at the halfway mark), we get to do another sonogram! This is the one where we could possibly find out the gender of the baby. Of course....we're not going to!!! We want to be surprised since it's one of the very few instances where you can truly be surprised in life. Also, anytime now I should be able to start feeling the fluttering feeling of early baby kicks! I'm so excited for that to happen. It truly is something I've dreamed about for so long! I'll let you know when it happens!

That's about it here. Have a great week!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Super Awesome Garage Sale Day

Today was the huge garage sale that the community my parents live in through every May. I went with my friend, Katrina, and we both found some AWESOME baby stuff!

I got

- a Pack 'n Play that also has a changing table and a bassinet attached to it. It also plays music, vibrates and has a light for when you are rooting around in the middle of the night. It was only used for 4 months!

- a brand new never been out of the box diaper wipe warmer, which will be nice for late night diaper changes so I (or Adam) hopefully won't wake the baby up, especially in the winter when it's so cold in the middle of the night.

- a take along swing that looks almost like a bouncer, but is a swing.

- a bunch of children's books, like Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears, Nursery Rhymes and more.

- Some Disney movies.

- A cute wooden child's chair.

- A wooden toy box.

- Two plant stands.

- An armed pillow with a light and back massager so I can sit up in bead and read at night.

Last weekend, my mom found an awesome crib that I ended up buying. And the lady also had the matching dresser with a hutch and a smaller dresser that also is a changing table. I talked to her last night and she's going to sell me the dresser and changing table! We can't pick up the dressers until mid-June when the couple moves, but that's okay since we still have A LOT of work to do before the nursery will be ready for furniture. The baby stuff is coming along!

All in all, it was an extremely good garage sale day! Hope your Saturday is as great as mine!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

15 Weeks

The baby sure is active this week! Check it out!

Week 15 of Pregnancy: Baby Kicking and Curling
Your baby is as long as four and a half inches right now, and weighs a bit over two ounces. Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that's how big your little darlin' is.
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 (and a snack)? Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that's how big your little darlin' is at 15 weeks pregnant. (Now that you're done looking, peel that orange and eat it for a delicious two servings of vitamin C!).

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.

Grow baby Grow!!! Hope you all have a good week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


So....I just sobbed through last week's episode of Grey's Anatomy. I'm thinking the emotional hormones and the crying at commercials and all that crap has definitely kicked in! I also cry during certain commercials...ones that really don't make sense for me to be crying during. Like Truck commercials. Or Pay Day loans. Ridiculous!

On a totally different note, I have decided I am going to start swimming at least two times a week at the local pool. I took Sam to the pool on Sunday and had a great time, and then I went tonight and swam laps for 40 minutes! It felt amazing!!! I'm going to buy a 10x pass and see how I do with it.

Wish me luck with that! And feel free to send me tissue, since I obviously need it more than I thought I would!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Goodbye first trimester!

Tomorrow I will officially start my second trimester! I can't believe it! Here's what the baby is in for this week:

Week 14 Of Pregnancy: Fetal Movement
If you could peek inside yourself now, you'd see a baby the size of your clenched fist (and come to think of it, at 14 weeks of fetal development, your little one can clench his or her own fist!). As fetal development continues, your baby also has the coordination, strength, and smarts to wiggle his or her fingers and toes and even suck a thumb (how cute is that?).

At 14 Weeks Pregnant, Your Baby is a Mover (But Not a Shaker Yet)

Growing by leaps and bounds, by week 14 of pregnancy, your baby is leaping and bounding. He or she is on the move almost constantly — and those movements are a far cry from those jerky twitches of last trimester (though you won't feel any of them for weeks to come). They are now ballet-like, smooth and fluid.

Your Baby at 14 Weeks: Developing Perfect Posture (or Better Posture, at Least)

Speaking of ballet, it'll be years before you'll start nagging your offspring to stand up straight — but unbelievably, he or she is doing it right now, without any prodding! No slouch anymore, your baby's neck is getting longer, helping his or her head stand more erect. This gives your 14-week-old fetus a more straightened-out appearance.

Your Little Bigfoot — A Hairy Baby at 14 Weeks

Growth is happening on top of the head as well — by 14 weeks pregnant, your baby could be sprouting some hair (though the final color may not be determined until birth) and the eyebrows are filling in, too.

Hair growth isn't limited to the baby's head, though. He or she is also covered with a downy coating of hair called lanugo, largely there for warmth. As fat accumulates later on in your pregnancy (the baby's fat, not yours — though that will accumulate, too), most of the lanugo will shed — though some babies, especially those born early, still have a fuzzy coating at delivery (it sheds soon afterward).

And here is what I'm in for this week:

Week 14 of Pregnancy: Second Trimester Is Here
Second trimester is typically an easier time — your first trimester worries are waning and morning sickness is finally letting up. Your uterus is expanding and you may even start showing! One side effect of your uterine expansion could be achy or sharp pregnancy cramps on one or both sides of your abdomen — known as "round ligament pain" in the obstetrical business.

The Second Trimester: Pregnant and Loving It!

Great news! At 14 weeks pregnant, you're starting your second trimester — (almost) every pregnant woman's favorite — and for good reason. With many first trimester pregnancy woes waning, you're most likely feeling a bit peppier and a lot more human.

You may also be starting to show (if you haven't already). That's because your uterus is finally rising out of the pelvic region and into your lower abdomen. You might even be able to feel the top of your uterus (the fundus) if you press down right above your pelvic bone in your lower abdomen. How cool is that?

Even cooler is the fact that it may be time to start hitting those maternity boutiques, because you're finally starting to look pregnant — not just like you've eaten too much for lunch.

Dealing with Round Ligament Pain: Another (Good) Excuse to Kick Back

For some women, a possible side effect of uterine growth is what your OB-GYN would call round ligament pain. Basically, these are pregnancy growing pains that feel like achy or sharp pains on one or both sides of the abdomen. These begin to appear around 14 weeks, but they can strike at any time during the second trimester.

Here's why these pains in the abdomen happen during pregnancy: The uterus is supported by thick bands of ligaments that run from the groin up the side of the abdomen (like the lines of that high-cut bikini bottom you've probably had to pack away by now). As your uterus grows, the supporting ligaments stretch and thin out to accommodate the increasing weight. This weight pulls on the ligaments and causes a sharp pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen.

The pain is often more noticeable when you change positions suddenly or get up from sitting or lying down, or when you cough. The best way to bring relief? Put your feet up and rest in a comfortable position — that should ease the strain, and the pain.

That's what the Boss and I have going on starting tomorrow! What do you all have going on?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

So excited!

My husband is so awesome! He looked at my computer, diagnosed the problem, ordered the parts, put it all back together, and presto!!!! Working laptop! I've always know Adam was a genius when it comes to computers, he's been building his own PCs since high school. But laptops are a little bit different, so I wasn't sure if he'd be able to find the problem.

I should be able to keep my updates frequent from now on. I am hoping to put the baby's heartbeat from two weeks ago online, I just need to figure out how to get it from my phone to my computer. Starting this next week, I will be 14 weeks pregnant and beginning my 2nd trimester! It's crazy how fast it's gone. In two days, my friend Katrina will start her 3rd trimester! I will start taking belly shots next week and will post them as we go...probably once a month will be easiest.

Today, we went to Reno to celebrate my little brother's birthday. I can't believe he's turning 14 tomorrow!!!! He's already taller than me and his feet have been huge for years now. Dad and both Grandpas are over 6 feet, so we know he's going to be at least 6 feet tall, if not taller! To celebrate, we went to the Grand Sierra Resort where Sam and his two friends could play arcade games, lazer tag, and run around all crazy. We got a screaming deal on pizzas (Round Table pizza, so they were actually good!), and part of the deal was this awesome chocolate cake that was huge! After we were played out on arcade games, we went over to the grand prix go-karts and took to speed way! We had a ton of fun racing, and it wasn't until we were done that I realized my phone had fallen out of my pocket while I was making all of those crazy hairpin turns and landed on the track. The screen is pretty messed up, but it will at least work until I can get a new phone. Luckily, I bought insurance on this phone after Adam washed my first phone with a load of laundry, so instead of paying $300 to replace it like the last time, I only have to pay the $90 deductible. Other than that, it was a great day!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a good week as well!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Sorry I've been MIA lately. My laptop has died and Adam has been trying to get it fixed for me, so it might be awhile before I am able to post regularly. I've hijacked my friends computer for a quick update.

So, I started a new job with the competing newspaper on Monday!!! So far, I am really liking it. I'm working in a territory that I'm extremely familiar with and have even sold some ads during my last week!

Thursday I hit the 13 week mark in my pregnancy, which brings my first trimester to a close. I can't believe I'm 1/3 of the way done already! Man, that went fast! Still haven't had any morning sickness since that first week. The exhaustion has been killing me though.

That's all I have time for right now...I'll try to update again soon...and hopefully it will be from my own laptop!

Take care all!

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