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.