Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Picking Up

I have to share this with you mainly because it explains the last 2 months of my pregnancy and WHY on earth I CAN NOT get the house to stay clean.
First of all, for those of you who I haven't talked to in a bit might not know that I'm now bigger than a house and ALL of the random crazy things that have happened to Greg and I and "Bitsy" in the last couple of months. I WILL post a blog on this and share the new preggo pictures as soon as I get my new computer set up and going (hopefully tonight maybe tomorrow).
ANYWHO. I just HAVE to share this with you because it just made me laugh out loud. Greg beat me home today I was working/washing clothes/taking care of the cats at my parents house. I tell him I want to pick up the upstairs loft because Tyler the computer guy is coming tonight to get me all hooked up. He starts working on the dishes, waiting for the water guy.
On my way to the stairs I noticed the couch was a mess, so I straightened the couch. Then I noticed that one of his hats was on my dirty laundry so I picked it up and went to put it away in the bedroom and on my way I found two sweatshirts laying around that needed to be hung up too. In walking back from that way I noticed that his coat was in the chair at the table that needed to be cleaned. I put his coat in the closet by the door and picked up a good portion of the table when he'd asked "Was there a piece of gum on that table?" I had bought him new gum on my way home so I ran (OK FINE. Waddled) out to my truck and find the water guy pulling up.

I bring him the gum and he's looking for his hat (I'd just put away) so I laughed and went and got it and he's looking for his coat or a sweatshirt (I'd just put away) then he's looking for hand towel (I'd just thrown in the dirty clothes). I finally had to laugh out loud. MOST of my time home had been putting all his stuff away! I hit him with his hat and told him that and he just says "Well I knew where it was when it was OUT here". URGAH. Now I know why I'm exhausted when I finally sit down to to what it was I started out doing AND at this point it's a MIRACLE if I can REMEMBER what I was doing by that time!

Baby update week 36

Week 36 of Pregnancy: Fetal Skull and Bones
Your little one is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will slow down now in preparation for birth, so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and so he or she can store up the energy needed for delivery.
Your baby's skull isn't the only soft structure in his or her little body. Most of your baby's bones and cartilage are quite soft as well (they'll harden over the first few years of life) — allowing for an easier journey as your baby squeezes through the birth canal at delivery (and less prodding and poking for Mom along the way). At 36 weeks pregnant, the skull bones are also not fused together yet so that the head can easily (well, relatively easily) maneuver through the birth canal.
So your little bruiser (who you've now learned won't be bruising you all that much with those soft bones) is now about six pounds in weight and measures slightly more than 20 inches in length. Growth will experience a slowdown now, both so your baby will be able to fit the narrow passageway to the outside and also so he or she can store up all the energy needed for delivery.

By now, many of your baby's systems are pretty mature, at least in baby terms — and just about ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation, for instance, has been perfected and your baby's immune system has matured enough to protect him or her from infections outside the womb. Other systems, however, still need a few finishing touches. Once such notable example: digestion — which actually won't be fully mature until sometime after birth. Why's that? Inside his or her little gestational cocoon, your baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, meaning that the digestive system — though developed — hasn't been operational. So your baby will take the first year or two to bring that system up to speed.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Bitsy Progress- week 27

Ok, I missed week 26. I'm horrible. Please forgive me.

Week 27 of Pregnancy
Your baby moves on to a whole new growth chart this week, while your swollen feet and ankles may need a growth chart of their own!
Puffy? That's to be expected — about 75 percent of soon-to-be moms experience edema (mild swelling of the hands, feet, and ankles) around this point in pregnancy. That's because fluids build up in your body tissues thanks (or no thanks) to increased blood flow and uterine pressure on the vena cava (the large vein that cycles blood from your lower limbs to your heart). So while you may have a hard time squeezing into shoes or getting your rings on (or off), keep in mind that the puff factor is completely normal and temporary. As for baby, it's time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard (that's 15 inches this week — more than a foot long!). His weight is creeping up the charts as well, coming in at just over two pounds. More big news: Your baby may recognize your voice by now, so feel free to serenade your belly.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 25

Week 25 of Pregnancy: Baby's Lung Development
Your baby is about nine inches long and more than a pound and a half in weight this week. And don't look now (as if you could), but your baby's skin is turning pinker as small blood vessels form under the skin and fill with blood. Lungs and nostrils are also growing at this stage of fetal development.
At nine inches and more than a pound and a half in weight, your baby is taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other, and almost as heavy as four of those little boxes (an analogy you'll find particularly apropos in a few years, when those juice boxes start taking over your refrigerator, your pantry, your car.…). Don't look now (as if you could), but your baby's skin is turning pinker. No, not because he or she's getting overheated (in fact, the amniotic fluid is perfectly climate controlled, keeping your baby at an always comfortable temperature), but because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby's lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But at 25 weeks pregnant, those lungs are still very much works in progress. Though they are already beginning to develop surfactant, a substance that will help the lungs expand after the baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when he or she exhales.
The lungs aren't the only system that's gearing up for air intake. Your baby's nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open this week. This actually allows your little one to begin taking practice breaths. (Of course since there's no air in there, your baby is really only "breathing" amniotic fluid, but it's the practice that counts, right?)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Belly Love

So I’m starting to totally fall in love with my belly. Which CRACKS me up because FOR YEARS I kept trying to keep it at a minimal pouch but now that it’s all big and round I cant help but look down and smile. I think part of what is so great that while I’ve gotten a big belly, the rest of me has FOR THE MOST PART stayed pretty much the same size.
Another part of why I love it is because I can totally feel my Bitsy moving around in there. It’s still not constant, but I can definitely tell when it’s awake and when it’s upset about something. It’s starting to get it’s own little personality and I haven’t even seen it’s sweet face yet!
For instance in the middle of the night when I have to switch positions or go to the bathroom (which is AGAIN increasing) I can feel Bitsy reposition itself too. It’s a quick movement and then we all fall back asleep for the most part. There have been one or two nights where Bitsy has decided that SINCE I’m up it might as well be too and REFUSED to go back to sleep. When that happens I get NO sleep for an hour or two until the baby either slows down or stops moving all together. It’s REALLY hard to fall asleep when everything around you is quiet and your stomach feels like you ate enough live grasshoppers to populate Texas AND Oklahoma, and if you’ve never seen the size of grasshoppers they have there.. you understand what I’m talking about.
Daddy’s alarm clock for instance is NOT on Bitsys list of “Neat Noises” from the womb. Greg gets up around 4:45, but his alarm clock goes off from around 4:20 UNTIL he gets up, on 7 minute intervals.. It HONESTLY startles Bitsy EVERY time it goes off. When it goes off, I can feel Bitsy “Jump” and then just start beating the crap out of me. It has to be kicking and punching and practicing for the gymnastic Olympics because SERIOUSLY it almost is enough to make me throw up. Plus then I instantly think I have to pee AND poop because it starts kicking all my body parts that are down there. I cant help but smile though because I too for YEARS now have thought that alarm clock snooze button should be dismantled and if I didn’t love my husband so much would throw just as big a fit as bitsy does but in bed and kicking him.
Another part that is cool is that the baby digs when I sing to it in the car. It starts moving all around and kicking at the seatbelt around my belly and when I stop, it stops and when I start again it starts again. I’m trying to take this as it LIKES my singing as opposed to the alternative.
Anywhoo, thought it’s about time to update you on the belly pictures..

Week 5 Week 16 Week 22

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 24

Your baby's facial features are really filling out…and your belly button may be really popping out!
If your former innie is now an outie, welcome to the club. Almost every expectant mom's pregnant belly button pops at some point as her swelling uterus pushes on everything in its path. Things should return to normal after delivery, though your navel (and some other parts of your body) might look a bit, well, stretched. Just think of it as one more badge of honor that only moms get to wear. As for your baby, she's about eight and a half inches long and one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. By now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is your baby a brunette, a blond, or a redhead? Actually, right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet.
What's been playing on your little rocker's stereo system these days? All kinds of sounds can be heard by your baby in your womb: from air exhaling from your lungs (deep breath now), those gastric gurgles produced by your stomach and intestines, your voice and your partner's (which your baby will be able to recognize at birth), and even very loud sounds such as honking horns, barking dogs, or a wailing fire truck.
You've got a little acrobat on your hands. Not only is your baby flipping around inside your belly, but he's now developed his sense of balance -- which means he can actually tell when he's upside down!
It is starting to produce white blood cells, mostly for combating disease and infection, and may respond to your touch or sounds. If you haven't felt hiccups yet, you might feel some jerking motion now.
Dad-to-be might be able to hear the baby's heartbeat by putting his ear to your abdomen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Busy Busy Busy- Catch Up

Ok, so to get you all caught back up to date.
This summer has been pretty eventful so far, and it’s just the beginning!
We found out a couple weeks ago, that our well was going dry. We found this out by not having ANY water in our storage tanks. Being that I’m pregnant and have to pee (what seems like) every twenty minutes, that sent me into a panic. Luckily my husband decided to take on the responsibility of getting it all taken care of and we’ve prayed about it, and my parents are helping us out with the financing if it does end up being as extreme as the well man guestimated. SO once again, God and Greg are taking care of it and I’m going to sit back and let them!
Our Garden is going good, with what little water we are using on it. It’s amazing how God takes care of everything if you just give him the chance!
The nursery is coming right along! I have added the fabric to the walls, and found out we didn’t have enough so Mom and I have scoured the numerous Joanne fabrics in town (and out, thanks mom!) and we have found enough to finish our projects! I’ll be working on sewing the bedding and having some good old quality BONDING time with my mom while doing it.
I’m starting to get the “Nesting” bug, and it’s very overwhelming at first. However, I have made a list, checked it FOUR THOUSAND TIMES (adding stuff every time) and I have a good plan on how to try to get it all done before Bitsy gets here. THANK GOODNESS I am now on part-time at work or I would NEVER get it all done.
We still have renters in the rental house, which is a TRUE blessing! I cant tell you how stressful it is when it’s empty and we’re having to do lots of repairs and try to find GOOD renters all the while paying the extra bills out of what we’re trying to save! Greg has been working to put up a fence due to them having little kids and it being on a somewhat busy road. Thanks to friends and family, that project has gone well so far and should hopefully be completed in the next couple weeks.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Charlie & Kristy these last couple weeks (fishing and recently going camping for Kristy’s birthday) which is awesome cause Greg ADORES his brother and I really enjoy spending time with Kristy. It’s a blessing that they are back in the St. Helens house and much closer to us!
And finally our BITSY BABY is doing GREAT! It appears that Bitsy had a growth spurt these last couple weeks cause I have been able to feel MUCH more movement. I listen to the heart beat about every other day now and sing and talk to the baby MUCH more and trying to get Greg to do the same. It’s a lot harder for Greg because he’s such a hands on person and it’s not something he can really hold or feel much yet. But that’s ok, we’re working through it. I have been on an emotional roller coaster for the last week or so, and that’s hard. I TRY SO HARD to remain sane and not go overboard but these preggo hormones are SOMETHING ELSE, let me tell you! I go from feeling useless and never going to get caught up on tasks, to feeling unappreciated and depressed and not feeling good about myself. I also have been eating EVERYTHING it seems like.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bitsy progress- Week 23

Week 23 of Pregnancy: Fetal Weight Gain
At eight inches and slightly over a pound, your baby is the size and shape of a small doll when you are 23 weeks pregnant. (But then, you already knew that you were carrying a living doll, didn't you?) This week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain. Your baby's weight in the next four weeks alone should double (and you may feel as though yours is too). You have probably heard your developing baby's heartbeat through a Doppler a number of times already (though you never get tired of hearing it), but by now you can also hear it through a standard stethoscope. What a heart throb! Your baby's skin is reddish in color now because of the developing blood vessels underneath (remember, the skin is very thin still). It also hangs loosely from his or her little body at this point. That's because the skin grows faster than the fat develops during fetal growth. But don't worry. By the time your baby is born, he or she will be pleasantly plump and filled out — from chubby cheeks to chubby toes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Touch it and Die

IF ONE more person tells me that its only 10am and looks at me like I’m crazy for eating my frozen meal, I’m going to FLIP OUT.
FIRST of all, it’s a LEAN CUISINE and it’s only 300 calories, which is less than 10% of what my total calorie intake is suppose to be for the day!
SECOND of all, it’s recommended I have SIX friggin meals a day. SIX! Not three, Not five, BUT SIX!
THIRDLY I am more healthy, in shape and attractive at 5 ½ months pregnant than they are without being pregnant.
AND LASTLY how am I suppose to build myself up to eating everything I want to at dinner tonight if I don’t keep my stomach stretched out? L.O.L.
HELLO PEOPLE ….MOST OF MY BELLY IS BABY, if you look at it you can actually tell where it’s head and butt is because it’s all lopsided cause it’s stretched out most of the time!


And THEN they want to touch it!! Really? REALLY? I gave one of the PM’s the “you’ll pull back a bloody stump” look today when he was reaching for it. I’ve obviously mastered the art of that look cause he pulled his hand back before he touched it.


Bitsy Progress- Week 22

Week 22 of Pregnancy: Baby's Hair Growth
Your baby has finally broken the one-pound mark. The eyelashes and eyebrows are well formed now — and even more hair is sprouting atop that cute little head. But hair at this stage of fetal development has no pigment, so it's bright white.
Guess what? At 22 weeks pregnant, your baby has finally broken the one-pound mark. How heavy is that? Hold a one-pound box of sugar in your hand the next time you're in the grocery story (and expect people to ask you why you're grinning from ear to ear). Is the box eight inches long? That's about the length your baby is too! This week, your sweetie is making more sense of the world as he or she develops the sense of touch. In fact, your little one's grip is quite developed by now — and since there's nothing else to grab in utero, he or she may sometimes hold on tight to that umbilical cord (don't worry — it's tough enough to handle it). The sense of sight is also getting more developed. Your fetus can now perceive light and dark much better than before (even with those fused eyelids). But remember — unless you're shining a flashlight over your belly (which you can do, by the way), it'll be mostly dark for your baby inside that cozy womb of yours.
Moving up from the eyes, the eyelashes and eyebrows are well formed now — and even more hair is sprouting atop that cute little head. You'd be quite surprised, though, if you could see your little one up close and in color. Hair at this stage of fetal development has no pigment, so it's bright white.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 21

Week 21 of Pregnancy: Baby's Taste Buds Develop
At about seven inches in length and almost 11 ounces in weight, your baby is about the size of a large banana. By 21 weeks pregnant, your baby swallows at least several ounces of amniotic fluid each day — not only for hydration and nutrition, but also to practice swallowing and digesting — skills your baby will need as soon as he or she arrives in your arms. And keep this in mind: The taste of the amniotic fluid differs from day to day depending on what you've eaten (spicy enchilada one day, sweet carrots another). And that smorgasbord of tastes won't be lost on your baby. That's because your little one has very developed taste buds already. In fact, researchers have noted that babies who were exposed to certain tastes in utero via the amniotic fluid were more eager to eat foods with that same taste after birth. Want your baby to eat his or her broccoli later? Eat yours now! Your developing baby still has a great deal of room in your womb — though like anyone who lives in one space for a long time, this tenant will soon begin to feel cramped. Until those uterine walls start closing in, however, there's plenty of space for twisting, turning, and even an occasional somersault (so that's what you were feeling last night!).
With all that belly dancing going on, it's hard to believe your baby gets any sleep at all. But believe it or not, your fetus sleeps as much as a newborn, perhaps 12 to 14 hours per day! (Now if only you could get some sleep!)
Your baby has been eavesdropping on you for several weeks -- but at this point her hearing is fine-tuned enough to actually recognize your and your partner's voices. So, read to her! The newspaper, your favorite magazine, the chick-lit novel you can't put down -- whatever. Just do it out loud!
This cartoon really sums it up. Usually I don't mind people I KNOW touching my belly. But there have been moments where I seriously thought I was going to push someone down on the ground like a pissed off kid at a playground for reaching out at me without asking. Plus all the questions, and then the whining when I tell them we aren't going to find out the sex of the baby..

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My frog baby at Week 19

The doctor appointment last week went really well! The baby is 10-11 inches long (guestimated head to toe) and is about 9 oz.
Here are some pictures of our little one!

This is of Bitsy face, looking up. The arrow at the end of "profile" is right above the baby upper lip.

This is a picture of the Bitsy foot! Almost right in the center of the picture is the little baby foot, heal towards the bottom of the picture, little toes to the upper right.

This is a picture of bitsys little legs and feet. You can barely make out the thigh and the knee of one leg is at a 90 angle at the left hand middle of the picture, then you can see the little leg and it's foot is resting almost right in the middle of the picture. and NO, you cant tell what sex it is from this picture!

This is the picture of my 'Frog baby'. The baby is faced down. The left hand side of the picture is it's little butt with it's legs tucked underneath. Then you can see it's arms under the belly area about center of the picture and it's face is faced down. The top of the picture is the back of the head and the spine.
It was SO nice to see our baby and know that everything is progressing right along! Keep us in your prayers for a safe and healthy baby!

Bitsy Progress- Week 20

Week 20 of Pregnancy: Boy or Girl?
You've got a heavyweight in your belly now (well, in baby terms, anyway). Your little champ weighs about ten ounces and has a height, crown to rump, of about six and a half inches. Think of your developing baby as the size of a small cantaloupe (and probably as sweet too). Boy or Girl? You'll also be able to see your baby's gender in the ultrasound by now!
You've got a heavyweight in your belly at 20 weeks pregnant (well, in baby terms, anyway). Your little champ weighs about ten ounces and has a height, crown to rump, of about six and a half inches. Think small cantaloupe (and probably as sweet too).
Is it a boy cantaloupe or a girl cantaloupe? You'll be able to find out your baby's gender via the ultrasound by this point. If you're carrying a girl fetus, her uterus is fully formed this week and her vaginal canal is starting its development (which means that in about twenty-five or thirty-some-odd years, she could be just where you're at, Grandma!). She also has primitive eggs in her tiny little ovaries now, seven million of them — though by the time she's born, that number will be down to two million (still more than she could ever hope to use). And interestingly, your baby girl will be born with all the eggs she'll ever have. Have you got male? If your fetus is a boy, his testicles have begun their descent this week, though they're still located in the abdomen, waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they'll have a place to drop into in a few weeks.
Though the external genitals in both male and female fetuses still have a way to grow, you should be able to find out the sex of your baby (if you want to) during an ultrasound exam.
Your baby can hear sounds by now -- your voice, heart and your stomach growling, as well as sounds outside your body. It will cover its ears with its hands if a loud sound is made near you, and it may even become startled and "jump." The baby is moving often, too -- twisting, turning, wiggling, punching and kicking.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 19

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. 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.


The other night was the first time I was able to REALLY feel the baby move AND I got to share it with Greg.
I think part of the problem is that a lot of the time I’m going 90 miles an hour and don’t slow down for the little things to notice.
Last night we were working on planting the garden, and I ended up having to sit on the ground because bending over was making me light headed. I had to continuously move around while sitting because my tummy was getting in the way. I ended up getting pretty light headed and Greg and I went in for dinner. I laid on the couch for a while to try to right myself and relax. After dinner we were just laying around watching TV and that’s when Bitsy thought it would be a good idea to pay me back for all the squishing I must have done while planting the flowers.
The baby went wild. I could feel it every couple of minutes and it got so strong that even Greg could feel the bubbly movement inside!
HOW AMAZING it is to feel your baby move for the first time! Greg ended up falling asleep feeling Bitsy go to town on my tummy, and I ended up staying up for a while anticipating it’s every move and crying to commercials (gotta love hormones!).
Now that I know what it is I’m suppose to be feeling right now (for everyone it’s different I guess), I’m starting to feel Bitsy more and more.
Ofcourse seeing my growing belly makes it more real, but actually FEELING our baby move inside makes it VERY real. SO MUCH FUN!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 18

Week 18 of Pregnancy: Fetal Nervous System
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).
Taste buds are beginning to develop and can distinguish sweet from bitter tastes. The baby will suck if its lips are stroked and it can swallow, and even get the hiccups. The retinas have become sensitive to light, so if a bright light is shined on your abdomen, baby will probably move to shield its eyes.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ramblings of an Irritated pregnant lady

Ramblings of an irritated Pregnant lady…
Wanna know whats bad enough to piss of this pregnant lady??
First of all…. my one time ALL FAVORITE could eat everyday (and I have two when I do get them) is Burgerville’s sausage toaster biscuit with Tillamook cheese. Well they don’t open early so I cant get one on my way to work. The closest one would take me 45 minutes round trip to go get from work (and home). So I’m KINDA dealing with that, pretty well so far (I think).
HOWEVER, I woke up this morning at 2:30am not feeling very good and needing French Fries and only Burger King or McDonalds would do. I convinced myself that I would get them first thing in the morning if I just went back to sleep. SO I woke up later this morning and guess what. THEY WONT MAKE FRENCH FRIES in the morning. They only serve their hashbrown thingys until they start their lunch menu. NOT EVEN FOR PREGNANT PEOPLE will they make FRIES. GRRRRRR… SO NOW I don’t feel good, and all I want is my toaster bisucuit or French fries and I cant have either of them. UGH. I’m convinced the fast food industry is against pregnant people, or maybe it’s just me. B@stards!
Now I’ve had heartburn all day and I’m CONVINCED it’s because I didn’t get my friggin French Fries this morning.
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF, I was walking the halls at work rubbing my tummy and realized that my belly button is shortening. I’m now convinced I’m going to have an “Outtie”. Which I never really thought about before but bugs me all the same for some reason. I just KNOW that with my friends and family when they see it this summer are going to want to poke it like it’s a magical button. Heather tried to make me feel better saying that maybe it will just be a “Flattie” and not push out. I cant decide if that’s better or not? Then it would just look like I have a huge red/purple target on my tummy.
I guess since I don’t feel good today I’m just grumbling.
The good news is we get to go out of town this weekend! I will take more belly pictures too cause I’m starting to show a little more. PLUS I'm pretty sure I've felt the baby a few times this week! WHOOHOO!
PS- You know you're pregnant when you have a craving for something for dinner, start driving there and realize you're starving and have to stop for Fries on the way but REFUSE to give up on your craving.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 17

Week 17 of Pregnancy: Baby's Body Fat
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.
Around this time your baby's ears pop from his head and Baby-to-be can now sense sounds. After all, he has plenty to listen to in utero! He's accustomed to the strong beating of your heart, blood rushing through your veins, and your stomach grumbling. He can also discern sounds outside the uterus, like your voice and music. Although, according to the Mayo Clinic, whether he can distinguish the sound of your voice versus other sounds is not yet clear.
On average, most moms are feeling fetal movement by week 17. Kick, little one, kick!
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).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 16

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)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.
If you're having a girl, millions of eggs are forming in her ovaries right now -- your future grandchildren! And how adorable is this: Your baby may have started to get the hiccups every now and then! They're common at this stage and completely harmless. Though you probably won't feel them now, you will soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

HELLO? Are you in there?

If it weren’t for the constant headaches and having to pee every time I drink ANYTHING I would think I wasn’t pregnant. So much so that I’m getting paranoid and I’m going to have to buy one of those at home heart monitors so I can hear the heartbeat whenever I want. I actually just went online and purchased one, should be here by Thursday. L.O.L.

I think this is the first time in my life I’ve ever been EXCITED to go to the doctor. Like SERIOUSLY counting down the hours & minutes. I cant wait to get there to hear my little Bitsy’s heartbeat! It’s the most amazing thing to think about, plus it just gives me reassurance that the baby is doing ok in there.

I haven’t felt any serious movement yet, although I’m pretty sure last night when I went to sleep I could feel Bitsy pushing on my side. It didn’t feel like cramping or like my muscles stretching like the last couple weeks changes have brought. But it’s still pretty early, so they say the movement will be few and far between and I probably wont feel much for a couple more weeks depending on my sensitivity.

I had a GREAT talk with one of our good friends Jill this weekend and she was able to reassure me on a lot of pregnancy/delivery/child rearing things. I’m SO blessed to have good friends and family girlfriends that have gone through this before and I can call at the drop of a hat (or keep all my questions until I see them and just bombard them with em).

It’s time for another belly picture! This is the original at week 5, and this is the end of week 14.

Bitsy Progress- Week 15

Week 15 of Pregnancy: Baby Kicking and Curling
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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 14

Fetal Development 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).
Your baby measures about 3.2 (8.1cm) to 4.1 inches (10.4cm) from crown to rump now and weighs almost an ounce (28g). The ears are shifting from the neck to the sides of the head, and the neck is getting longer and chin more prominent. Facial features and unique fingerprints are all there. Your baby is beginning to respond to outside stimuli. If your abdomen is poked, the fetus will try to wriggle away.

L.O.L. I thought this too funny not to share.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beautiful Blessings

At week 13 the beautifulness of being pregnant is FINALLY starting to shed it’s light on me. Which I’m very grateful for.
I’m starting to feel better as time passes. My fatigue is fading away and my energy is renewed along with my flare for life. I got a minor hair cut, and highlights and I’m starting to feel “pretty” again. Which is a requirement when your belly is almost out to where your boobs are. L.O.L. (Even though I am falling in love with my Bitsy Belly)

The reality of being pregnant and having a life growing inside me actually hit me today. An actual life, a portion of my husband and I made of love who will forever be our legacy to the world. A forever commitment. It’s almost overwhelming. What really hit me was that this week Bitsy can suck his/her own thumb. The preciousness and innocent of that leaves me awe struck.
Surprisingly enough for someone who LOVES to sleep. I’m now excited for nights where I’ll be up with bitsy, sharing the exquisiteness of Gods midnight oil, the stillness of where we live, and if nothing else the formations of the clouds under a glittery night. I’m excited for mornings where bitsy wakes me early before Greg needs to get up and be able to surprise him with the simplest of things, a kiss from a restless baby and a warm cup of coffee to shed the haziness of another sleepless night. I’m thrilled for days of new-fangled childlike firsts; the first touch of grass on his/her feet, the first snow, baby’s first Christmas, the first hug back, the shock of a butterfly flight, and the prized first word. It’s enough to bring me to tears just thinking about all the amazing gifts God has in store for me and Greg.

I’m extremely grateful also for my company. Through the last three years they have stuck by through all my tantrums and snares along the way. They are being gracious enough to let me get out of dispatch and be in a supervisory role where my schedule will be more flexible. Enough so that I am going to be on part time starting this next month. This will allow me to get more things done at home to prepare for Bitsy in a slower pace so not to overwhelm myself or get stressed out, the extra time my body needs to rejuvenate weekly and spend some much needed time taking care of myself and my growing baby. They worked with me on the amount of hours I wanted to work, the days I preferred coming in and even my workload. I am honestly thankful.

Here is a picture of my husband and I only a couple weeks after we found out we were pregnant. I am so in love with this man.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 13

Week 13 marks a milestone for your baby-to-be. Developmentally speaking she's no longer an embryo, but a fetus. She's looking—and acting—more and more like a baby every day. She appears to be resting because her eyelids have formed and are fused together, but her arms and legs move and twitch (although you probably can't feel it … yet). She can suck her thumb, too. About the size of a peach. The head is still disproportionately bigger than the body, but the rest of the body is starting to catch up. In fact, your baby is growing rapidly these days. The face is starting to look more human, with eyes moving closer together. Toes and fingers are clearly separate, and ankles and wrists have formed. External genitalia are becoming visible. Intestines are shifting into their proper place, too. The vocal chords are well under construction (the first step toward one day saying, "I love you, Mommy!"). 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!).

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 12

Week 12 of Pregnancy: Fetal Organs and Systems
This week marks a turning point for your baby. At 12 weeks pregnant, the herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end as most of your baby's systems are fully formed. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus' systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work. Your little fetus weighs as much as half an ounce now, and the crown-to-rump length is about two and a half inches (the size of a large plum — busily working his or her way through the whole produce department). It's hard to believe (especially from the outside, since you're probably barely showing at this point), but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks. And that's just on the outside — there's plenty going on inside too. The fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle — literally — as it starts practicing contraction movements, a skill your baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract. The pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing hormones. And the bone marrow is making white blood cells, which will one day help your baby fight infection (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup).
This week, your baby's fingernails and toenails will appear! How adorable is that? Your baby's also likely spending his days stretching his newly formed limbs, but sit tight. You won't feel his soccer player kicks for a few more weeks yet.

L.O.L. This made me laugh so I'm going to share. I TOTALLY felt like this a couple weeks ago. But it has been confirmed there is only ONE little bitsy in there, so we're good.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bitsy Belly Pictures

Ok Ok, so it's taken me a while to get them, but they are finally here! This is me at the end of week 5 and at the end of week 11.

And this is Greg at the end of week 5, gotta love him!

Things are going pretty good. Food is starting to get MUCH better, especially strawberry Anglefood cake with whipcream. I'm getting a little light headed now every once in a while, but other than that doing good!
It's getting much more exciting now that I'm actually starting to get a belly!
Greg has been AMAZING through all my hormoal rollercoaster ups & downs. I try to control them as much as possible, but sometimes they get the best of me.
Greg is currently out hunting "The elusive wild turkey" with my father and brother and friends. Please pray to bring them home safely!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 11

Week 11

Your fetus, about the size of a large lime, measures about 1.75 (4.4cm) to 2.4 inches (6cm) from crown to rump and weighs about three-tenths of an ounce (8.5g). About now the rapid "swooshing" noises of the heartbeat can be heard through a Doppler sound-wave stethoscope. Fingernails and external genitalia are showing distinguishing characteristics, and the baby is swallowing and kicking, although you still won't feel it.
Your uterus is almost big enough to fill your pelvis and may be felt in your lower abdomen. You may also experience changes in hair, skin, fingernails or toenails.
Tip for the week:
Don't ignore your dental hygiene during pregnancy. Floss and brush regularly, and make sure you see your dentist at least once in these nine months. Your gums may bleed more because of hormones during pregnancy and because of increased blood volume.

Fetal Development This Week
Week 11 of Pregnancy: Baby's Hair and Fingernails Develop
Slightly more than two inches long now and weighing about a third of an ounce, your fetus is growing by leaps and bounds. And so is his or her head, which is equal in length to the rest of the body (don't worry — all fetuses are top-heavy).
Slightly more than two inches long now and weighing about a third of an ounce, your fetus is growing by leaps and bounds when you are 11 weeks pregnant. And so is his or her head, which is equal in length to the rest of the body (don't worry — all fetuses are top-heavy). On the crown of that large head (and over the rest of the body), hair follicles are forming. Fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop this week and by next week, the nails themselves will start to grow (so don't forget to add a baby nail clipper to your to-buy list).
Your baby's body is straightening and his or her torso is lengthening (sounds like a yoga pose, doesn't it?). Other poses your baby can assume now: stretches, somersaults, and forward rolls. And while you can't tell this baby's gender by its cover yet, testes are developing if it's a boy and ovaries if it's a girl.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meeting Bitsy Baby for the first time!

Well today is Wednesday but because Greg and I had a day off yesterday for doctor appointments it kinda feels like it should be Monday, BUT I’m wishing it were FRIDAY. Needless to say I’m all screwed up on my mental calendar!

Yesterday was amazing. Greg and I met our little Bitsy baby for the first time! We saw Bitsy on the screen and when they put the picture of the little one up on the monitor, the baby got all excited and started kicking it’s feet all hectic like. I told Greg that’s just cause it’s excited to meet us! We even got to hear it’s little heart beat and see it pumping on the monitor. The little heart is beating at 170 beats per minute! (totally normal for babies this early). Sounded more like a helicopter than a heart, but considering Greg usually goes about a mile a minute I’m not surprised. I had to laugh because if the baby kicks like that when it’s a little older my poor bladder is going to be it’s soccer ball! (I’m laughing now, cause I figure it wont be so funny in 6 months).

The doctor said everything looks normal, but Bitsy is a little small in measurements (I’m at 10 weeks but size wise Bitsy is 9.5weeks) meaning that they are going to keep me at 10 weeks schedule wise, but I might not deliver until Halloween. None of which concerns me due to the fact BOTH my parents are convinced Bitsy will be at least 2 weeks late. L.O.L.

I’m SUPER excited because the last couple days, the things I’ve been craving (smoked salmon & lunchmeat & Crab) are totally acceptable in small amounts. If it wasn’t for the Mexican food that put me to sleep at 5pm and slept through the night, I’d of stopped at the grocery store on the way home! What cracks me up is that even though smoked salmon & crab sound SOO good. I’m not sure I could stand the smell of them enough to eat it. I guess we’ll see!

Everything else is good, Greg is being an amazing husband and totally picking up my slack on the things I just don’t have the energy to do during the week. Plus he’s being totally understandable when we just CAN NOT cook in the house, or when we have to throw leftovers out because the smell of them makes me nauseous (even PIZZA, and I LOVE pizza!).

So without further ado meet BITSY!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bitsy Progress-Week 10

Week 10 of Pregnancy: Baby's Bones Develop
Your baby's growth is fast and furious when you are 10 weeks pregnant. He or she is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled (even with all the time it spends in water). In fact, your baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming, and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already, but don't run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby's arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1. The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby's little choppers, which are forming under the gums. (Those pearly whites won't break through the gums until your baby is close to six months old). Other systems are go, too. Your baby's stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine, and, if your baby's a boy, he's already producing testosterone (yikes!).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Lime Popsicles & Peanut Butter

I haven’t had much time to write this week, cause I’m doing 3 jobs and training 2 people at the same time, but that’s ok. It will all be worth it when I’m on part time in MAY!

I have been feeling on and off nauseous the last couple of weeks. It really doesn’t seem to matter what I eat, the things you would consider “bad for baby” ie Pizza, and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches seem to have the least problems with my system. Good things like Applesauce seem to send me into a whirlwind of upset tummy and cramps.

I am STILL completely exhausted ALL THE TIME. I also am still having CRAZY dreams and they are getting worse. Last night for instance I got in an argument with my family in my dream and decided to start cutting myself… WTF? That’s not something I’ve EVER DONE or crossed my mind. So I’m not sure WHERE it’s coming from?
Regardless I still wake up feeling like I haven’t slept and confused cause usually my hormones have me all upset at whoever made me mad in my dream.

I’m starting to get cravings for little things, like peanut butter and lime popsicles. But definitely not together, I have NEVER been a fan of mixing my foods. Most of the time, stuff doesn’t really sound good until I eat it, and then it’s like an explosion of taste in my mouth. Usually that’s a good thing, but sometimes I just cant choke it down no matter HOW BAD I REALLY WANT IT.

Other than that things are good. I’m buying lots of Preggo clothes which oddly makes me feel better. I’m starting to not fit in my jeans only because I didn’t have really loose fitting jeans. I’m DEFINITELY going to have to go bra shopping sometime soon before my goods are on display for the rest of the world to see! I’m starting to feel more ambitious on my good days and think I’m going to start doing water aerobics again, since I REALLY enjoyed that when I was working out before and hey, being weightless when you feel this uncomfortable has GOT to be pretty cool!

I am starting to get a little belly, so I will start posting the first picture and week 10 together this next week or maybe this weekend.

That’s it for now!
LOTS of LOVE from the Halls & Bitsy!

PS- My mother has decided that she doesn’t like the nickname Bitsy, so she is now referring to it as “Hoover”. See, Crazy DOES run in the family!

Bitsy Progress- Week 9

Fetal Development This Week
Week 9 of Pregnancy: The Fetal Heartbeat Strengthens
Good-bye embryo, hello fetus. Your baby is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (hold the martinis, please), with a heart that's developed enough — and large enough — to be heard with a Doppler.
Sunrise, sunset: Would you believe your baby is having his or her first graduation already? Yes, it's true: At 9 weeks pregnant, your scholar-to-be has ended his or her embryonic stage and is entering the fetal period now (good-bye embryo, hello fetus). Your fetus is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please). The head has straightened out and is more fully developed, the ears are much more prominent, and some new organs (the liver, spleen, and gallbladder) are forming. Your fetus is also making spontaneous movements of his or her arms and legs now that minuscule muscles are beginning to develop, though you won't feel your tiny dancer for at least another two months.
While it's way too early to feel anything, it's not too early to hear something (possibly). Your baby's heart is developed enough — and grown large enough — so that its beats can be heard with a Doppler, a handheld ultrasound device that amplifies the lub-dub sound the heart makes. But don't worry if your practitioner can't pick up the sound of your baby's heartbeat yet. It just means your shy guy or gal is hiding in the corner of your uterus, or has his or her back facing out, making it hard for the Doppler to find its target. In a few weeks (or at your next visit) the miraculous sound of your baby's heartbeat is certain to be audible for your listening pleasure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mr. Sandman keep your friggin' dreams!

Restless nights, constantly tossing and turning. Not able to get comfortable. Not even my favorite positions are working any more. Worse over, my all time favorite pillows are not doing the trick either. I’m baffled. I’ve always been one of those people who could sleep HOURS on end. Even as a kid when I wasn’t tired, but I wanted my parents to carry me into the house could put myself to sleep within minutes. I have eye tricks, breathing tricks.. NONE of which work anymore. I’ve done everything from taking baths beforehand to not doing ANYTHING to completely wearing myself out.. NOTHING.
WHEN I do finally get to sleep, it’s only to dream these crazy off the wall dreams. I never use to be able to remember my dreams, except those reoccurring dreams that come once every couple years and you remember dreaming it before. Other than those, I was a peaceful sleeper. I would go to sleep, wake up in the middle of the night to pee (yes, even BEFORE I was pregnant) and then crash again until my alarm went off. I’d wake up being tired, but never remembered dreaming during the night.
NOW when I wake up depending on my dream I’m either hungry, grossed out, or aggravated.
Last night for instance, I woke up with my heart racing, I was sweating, my stomach in cramps and feeling like I was going to puke around 4am. I remember my dream, and I was TICKED OFF. I was on a cruise ship that had like 15 friggin floors and my mother was on one floor and I was suppose to be meeting her, but no-one behind the counter would help me find where I was suppose to go. I finally went off on all the people in my dream and that’s where I woke up. Enraged at some imaginary lady on a cruise ship I’ve never been on. The worst part of it, is that I felt like I hadn’t been sleeping at all. It feels like I just closed my eyes and it was my thoughts still rolling around about the day beforehand or the next day and hadn’t really drifted off to sleep yet. Imagine my horror when I find out that in fact it’s 5am and I have to get up and go to work.
The hardest part of all of this, is if I don’t get enough sleep the night before, I wake up feeling nauseated that lasts through most of the day and my stomach wont settle.
NORMALLY if I had this problem, I think I would drink a beer or a shot before bed and just let myself pass out. BUT SINCE I’M PREGNANT I cant have alcohol.
SOOO Mr. Sandman you can keep your friggin dreams!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bitsy Progress - Week 8

Week 8 of Pregnancy: Looking Like a Baby
At a length of about half an inch right now, your baby has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized. Baby is growing in your womb about a millimeter each day, and is looking a lot less reptilian and more baby-like, as lips, nose and eyelids take shape.
How's your baby measuring up this week? At a length of about half an inch right now, your baby has graduated from blueberry-sized to raspberry-sized. But weekly growth is getting a bit hard to estimate, and here's why: Growth occurs at about the rate of one millimeter each day, but that growth isn't necessarily just in height. Spurts can occur in the arms, legs, back, and other parts of your baby's body. So, big changes will be occurring every which way in the coming months. What else is changing at 8 weeks pregnant? A close-up view of your little embryo (say cheese!) would reveal a more baby-like appearance (and thankfully, a less reptilian one). You'd see an upper lip forming, the protruding tip of that cute button nose, and tiny (and very thin) eyelids. And check out those hands and feet! Your baby's webbed fingers and toes are differentiating now, so give your baby a round of applause.
All this growing is exciting for your baby too. How do you know? His or her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute. (That's twice as fast as your heart beats.) Your baby's digs are growing, too. Amniotic fluid increases at a rate of about two tablespoons per week to accommodate your womb's growing tenant.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Ok, so first of all I’d like to say that I now know what it must be like for Dolly Parton. Hello boobs, good-bye stairs and running. Heck even walking fast sucks if you don’t have good support. And who’s boobs are these anyways? Obviously Bitsy thought I needed an upgrade because these were not the original model I started with.
Greg is impressed with the upgrade, however he’s almost too afraid to come close at this point due to the horrible hormone #2 that can get really snappy and bite if I’m not feeling good. Which is now usually at any given moment depending on what I smell, eat or think about anywhere between the hours of 4am when I wake up and 8pm when I pass out from exhaustion. It’s not to the point where I’m running for the toilet, but it’s definitely a battle to get it down and keep it down. Him being cautious is hard due to the fact that we have ALWAYS been very close and cuddly, so now that he’s a little distant (irrational human survival instinct) it almost hurts my feelings. Which welcomes in hormone number three, I’m an emotional mess.
I have learned that people like pregnant people though. GO FIGURE. You get all swelled up, grumpy, easily irritable, illogically emotional, short tempered and even downright mean and for some reason everyone thinks it’s cute and wants to be your friend. Which then makes you MORE emotional because then you feel TERRIBLE for treating them that way. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER, If you ask me stupid questions, I cant help but look at you like you’re stupid. I once was able to have that under control but that must have been a trait that got overwhelmed with all these new hormones and left town. Makes me wonder if that will come back after the pregnancy?
And what’s up with all these upgraded senses this early? Everyone keeps telling me it’s my “Mommy Instincts” kicking in. HELLO I have not given birth, I don’t have a crying kid in the middle of the night so WHY ON EARTH am I waking up to EVERY SINGLE NOISE within a 50 mile radius? First it was the cat in heat, then it was the frogs, now there is this OBNOXIOUS owl that thinks I need to hear it 24/7. I NEED SLEEP PEOPLE, NOT MOMMY INSTINCTS! It’s a good thing I’m an excellent shot, because I plan on having that thing mounted on my wall before Bitsy gets here and it will be a souvenir of this pregnancy.
ON a much lighter note, I am starting to get more and more excited as we’re getting closer to the second trimester. It’s been three weeks since we found out I was pregnant and we only have 4 1/2 more to go until we’re in the second trimester and out of the “high rate of miscarry danger zone”. I’m VERY anxious for my appointment at the end of this month so we can hear Bitsy’s heartbeat and meet our baby for the first time! Our house is rapidly getting stockpiled with baby and maternity stuff, which is ALWAYS fun. And the thought of sharing all of this with the man of my dreams is more than any woman could ask for. Even through the hard times, this really is a blessing and as Greg describes it “A miracle from God”.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bitsy Progress- Week 7

Week 7 of Pregnancy: Your Baby's Limbs Develop

How does your baby grow? Pretty fast, actually. At 7 weeks pregnant, your baby's length is approximately a quarter of an inch — the size of a blueberry. Sounds pretty tiny still? Consider this for a little perspective: Your baby is 10,000 times bigger now than it was at conception a month ago.
The biggest fetal growth this week is your baby's head (the better to store all those smarts in), with new brain cells being generated at the rate of 100 cells per minute. How's that for a budding genius? And talking about buds, your baby is going out on a limb this week as his or her arm and leg buds begin to sprout and grow longer (and stronger), dividing into hand, arm, and shoulder segments — and leg, knee, and foot segments (though the limb buds look more like paddles than hands or feet at this early stage).
Also forming this week are your baby's mouth and tongue. And although your embryo is just one month old, it's already gone through three sets of kidneys. The ones in place now are the permanent set and are poised to begin their important work of waste management. In about a week, your baby will start producing urine. Lucky for you, there's no need for diapers (yet). As your baby matures inside you, much of that urine will be excreted into the amniotic fluid, swallowed again by your baby, and then excreted again in a continuous cycle.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Week 7, Grumpanolius

At week 7 I’ve officially turned into a grumpanolius. That would be my creative definition of a grumpy pants, I think it adds a little cuteness if possible to the term. It makes me think of some cute little gnome like creature as opposed to the nasty short tempered person I can quickly become.
Due to the INCREDIBLE amount of fatigue (it doesn’t matter HOW MUCH sleep I get), the mornings are ALMOST impossible without caffeine and caffeine is BAD for Bitsy. My grumpiness usually wears off somewhere between 10am and 2pm, only to be replaced by my need for a nap and FOOD. I’m still getting use to being a pregnant woman, so bear with me.
Last night was a little upsetting. I awoke at 1am to what sounded like a cat dying. However the noise was back again at 5am so I’m convinced it’s actually a cat in heat. I explained this to my husband with the suggestion that I didn’t care WHAT it took, that cat needed to go. Please don’t think I’m a cat hater, these are actually stray cats that have been dumped out in the country by their inconsiderate owners for random reasons. My husbands comment was a loving “Just be glad I don’t bite you in the back of the neck and hold you down while we’re doing it, poor kitty”. That was and is the only thing that continues to make me laugh out loud today, which tells you what poor humor I’ve been in.
I’ve been eating non-stop. I’ve concluded I’m going to be a blimp by the time this whole pregnancy is over, but hey, it will be worth it. The hard part is even though I’m starving every couple hours, NOTHING sounds good. I’ve had two days where my CHOCOLATE granola bar tasted like solid peanut butter, one night where my chicken enchilada tasted so dry I honestly thought I could be eating leather, and one meal where my pizza tasted just fine one minute and cardboard the next. I cant WAIT to get to the craving part of pregnancy cause at least then I’ll WANT the food I’m shoving in my face.

I’m SUPER excited because we’ve just made our first OB/GYN appointment where we’ll have our first ultra-sound and will be able to hear Bitsy’s heart. That will take place at the end of this month, so I will keep you updated.

Other than that I’ve been busy shopping for larger clothes, lots of multi-colored baby stuff and FOOD.