Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 23

Hi, friends! It's been a while since my last post. Last week was a little crazy because..... WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! I'm excited now but the first mortgage payment hasn't come yet. We won't have internet or cable for another 3 weeks so my posts might be a little spacey and our phones barely get service because the house is nestled in the woods. We're loving the new place and I hope to post some pictures later on. We're planning to paint the living room, bedroom and office soon so I'll post some after that.

This week's picture is a little different. In the picture is my brother, J. This picture is more of a recreation of an older picture that we have. In the old picture, the two people are my aunt who was pregnant with her first and my dad's big stomach. My mom thought it would be fun to have one of the two of us. Please excuse his silly face. That isn't how he normally looks.

So, week 23. The baby is now the size of a grapefruit. Also, this week baby has a fully developed face and eyes! The baby can also hear my voice and heartbeat as well as voices and sounds outside his little home. B has started talking to the baby but I think he feels a little crazy and only does it every once in a while. Here's a fun fact for you, when babies are born they really like to hear a heartbeat and mom's voice because it reminds them of where they came from but the voice they really LOVE to hear is dad's voice. So, talk away, B!

The Good: I'm loving feeling Little B kick around in there. The kicks are becoming more frequent and more prominent. B has been able to feel a few but every time I grab his attention to feel the baby, the baby decides to get stage fright and stops moving. And obviously, the house is a good thing too. We can now start to think about decorating the nursery.

The Bad: Ankle swelling is getting worse. I now wear prescription compression socks but my belly is getting so big that I can't really put on socks and shoes anymore. I wear a lot of flip flops these days. Also, the baby has found my bladder. I'm pretty sure she sees it as a play thing and loves to kick it but that causes me to run to the bathroom, praying I won't pee all over myself. The last bad thing developed last week. I have started having preterm contractions. Poo. I called my physician and the nurse at the office said that it's pretty normal as long as they only happen once in a while. She also instructed me to drink plenty of water and rest when I can. Since then, I haven't had any but I'm still keeping a watchful eye.

Until next week!!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Week 21

What a week this has been already! I know I haven't been keeping everyone properly updated on the house progression so here's the latest. WE CLOSE ON FRIDAY!!! We are super excited to be moving into our forever home, emphasis on forever, and now we're also getting very nervous.  It's a big undertaking to buy a house. This particular one has been kept in fantastic condition so there isn't a lot of  "fixing up" we will have to do but there will be a lot of maintaining to be done. First, the house comes with a hot tub which we know nothing about maintaining, a well manicured lawn which we will be "manicuring" ourselves and a pond that has 3 giant snapping turtles residing in currently. All of this and the fact that it's just much bigger than our apartment so it's more cleaning and up keep. I think we will be fine but it hasn't kept me from having strange dreams. 

One night I dreamt that we found alligators in the pond and they ate the cat that is supposed to eat the snakes. When I told B about this dream, his response was "Oh yeah. They found an alligator in a pond near my office". His office is in the middle of the city. I'm surprised he survived that conversation.

Another night I dreamt that a snake climbed up a tree, fell onto our deck, crawled into the house, into the baby's crib, and ate my baby. B's response here was "Only non-venemous snakes crawl up trees". SERIOUSLY!!!?? That's what he got from that dream?! 

Enrollment for "How to Talk To Preggo Women 101" has began.

Sheesh. Pray for me.

But to the heart of the matter of this post. I'm almost certain I'm growing a ninja. The kicks are stronger and more frequent. The baby is starting to develop a sleep schedule so now I can better predict when my little one will be practicing it's karate chops. 

This week the baby is the size of a carrot or pomegranate. Neither of which I could find at the grocery store. Strange, right? I'm sorry my picture isn't like it normally is. My photographer is living it up in fabulous New Orleans this week and had me working like a dog on Monday to pack. Ok, maybe not a dog (because our's is crazy lazy) but he had me packing the extra light weight and easy stuff. The baby is now making meconium which will be the surprise B finds in the first few diapers. He also now has eye lids and lashes. 

While I was home visiting my mom, I had the opportunity to have an extra special ultrasound done outside my OB's office. This is what we found:

Yep, that's a sweet little hand. Right after the picture was taken, the little fingers curled over as if the baby were waving. Such a sweet moment I got to spend with my mom. 

That's all I have for today. Hopefully I will be able to post a picture on Friday of our new house!! Unfortunately, the current owner has told the power company that he wants to end his service on Friday but we can't start the service in our name until Monday which means, no electricity over the weekend. And because the utilities are through one office in the city limits, there will also be no water. B wants to camp out all weekend but I have to work all weekend. Our first night will probably be Monday. Pray for us that night too. I'm sure we won't sleep at all.

Have a great week!

-W and Ninja

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Week 20

Woo hoo! We are half way there. I can't believe this pregnancy is half way over! Monday was the official 20 week marker and I spent most of the day thinking back to the day I told B we were expecting a small package in October. He was in Houston, Texas at the time and I had vowed to never announce something like that via phone so I had to wait about 16 hours before I could spill the beans. But luckily, I was able to tell my best friend first who helped me come up with a way to tell him. The morning of his arrival, I called my OB to let them know and they wanted to schedule a confirmation appointment ASAP. I took off to the office, saw a completely different doctor in the practice than the one I normally see and got the news (along with tons of "homework") that I was in fact expecting a little one. B and I normally write messages to each other on the mirror in our bathroom. So much so that we now have a cup with dry erase markers available for colorful pictures. I wrote on the mirror "Make room for another DAWG in the house". Well, B didn't catch on. He came running out of the bathroom and said "NO! We don't need another dog". I held up the pregnancy tests and said "That's not the kind of dog I'm talking about". I'll never forget the expression of surprise, nervousness and fear that came across his face. We then sat down and talked about everything from appointments to when to tell our families. Unfortunately, we went home that night to visit family and I ended up not being able to tell them until Easter. It was hard but I'm glad he made me wait so long.

Sorry this week is a little late. B had a family dinner on Monday night and ended up scoring tickets to the Braves game for Tuesday night after our ultrasound. Here's a picture from the game!

This week has been great. The baby is now measuring about 12 ounces and is the size of a banana. The ultrasound showed everything is developing as it should and all of baby's measurements are perfect. This week the baby is starting to guzzle down the amniotic fluid and is even developing taste buds. Boy and girl parts are also formed enough to determine what the baby is on a sonogram. Sorry, still not finding out so you'll have to wait with us to see what we get! Be patient. Only 5 months to go. 

After the ultrasound, the physician wanted to check me out too. He always asks just about the same questions but then he threw in a new one. How are you feeling? Any swelling noted? Is your urine clear? Are you feeling any contractions? WHOA! Beg pardon? Contractions?! Um... I thought the "c" word was a long way off but it is possible to feel them this early in the pregnancy. But, it definitely isn't a good thing. For the record, I'm not feeling anything close to that and the mere thought of contractions (20 weeks or 40 weeks) makes me want to poop myself. 

The good: Baby is still kicking and moving like a little champ. B is pretty upset that the baby decides to "rest" when he tries to feel the movements but his time is coming. The baby's check up was spot on but mine was also. My blood pressure was a little high for my liking at first but the nurse rechecked it and it had come down. I may have been just a little nervous going in for the first official pictures of the baby.

The bad: Round ligament pains are still really strong. The doctor said to start going for swims because it relaxes those muscles and helps relieve some of the pains. OK! I'm also beginning to get hungry a lot more frequently which is a good thing but I've lost my appetite for everything.  I'm not getting sick or anything, I just can't tell you what I want to eat. Nothing sounds appealing. 
Enough with all of this rambling, here are the ultrasound pictures!!!

Left: Profile Right: Tiny Little Hand
Profile- Baby has found her fingers!
Close up of finger sucking. Please no suck blisters!

Tiny little foot. Isn't it precious?!

Heart rate. The two horizontal lines in the middle is where the heart is.