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!