12 Weeks

Baby is just over two inches long this week and about the size of a plum. Baby even has reflexes already; if you poke your abdomen, baby will respond by moving away! The intestines are descending into baby’s abdomen from the umbilical cord and baby’s kidneys are excreting urine into the bladder now. The first trimester is drawing to a close and baby’s big job for the rest of the pregnancy is to keep gaining weight and growing and maturing.

We already think our little one is just plum adorable!

What an exciting week! We had our ultrasound on Tuesday morning and got to see our little one moving about in there, kicking and punching, with all fingers and toes intact. I just can’t get over being able to see our little baby in there, actually looking like a baby now instead of an alien! Things are getting exciting, that’s for sure. 🙂

I went to Publix after work on Wednesday and while I was there, I decided to stop by the produce section. Every week I put up baby’s “fruit size” on here, but I just couldn’t believe that our baby was the size of a lime and becoming the size of a plum this week. So, I stopped by and was amazed!

Lime – 11 Weeks

Plum – 12 Weeks

Isn’t that crazy!! According to all of our baby apps, these three weeks were pretty intense on the growth front. Just to give you a better visual if you’re still not convinced that lime-to-plum was a big leap…

Told you so!

And J is really feeling it now. She’s finally gotten her appetite back and is (unhappily) beginning to wear maternity pants because she needs just a little extra room. She has a tilted uterus so the doctor has said that is probably why she is starting to “show” and be able to feel her uterus already. J wishes she had a visible baby bump, but I assured her that that would happen soon enough. Plus, she’s been doing really well and hasn’t really gained any weight so I know she’s happy about that! 🙂

I can’t wait to find out the gender of the baby. We are really hoping that we can find out in our next ultrasound on August 10th, just in time for my birthday. That would be such an awesome gift! Dr. Connors says she usually checks between 16 and 20 weeks so I know we’ll be a little shy of that so it may not happen. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best, although I know its still a little early.

Oh and like I said before, once we were pregnant I would tell you guys the names we have picked out. 🙂 For a girl, we chose Madilyn Emma, which means tower of strength, ambitious. And for a boy, we chose Jaxson Bennett, which means God is gracious, little blessed one. I think we chose great names and although I’m sure they are not everyone’s cup of tea, at least we didn’t choose something crazy like Fuchsia or Pomegranate. 😉

So – I guess I’m signing off for now. J and I are driving up to Daytona with my mom to pick up my sister from her friend’s house where she spent the week. It’ll be fun to have ourselves a girl’s day, and then tonight we are heading up to J’s mom’s to visit with them and one of J’s cousins (who is also my BFF!). 🙂 It’s going to be a busy yet productive weekend, as usual!

Fingers & Toes

Today was our long-awaited regular OB appointment. Technically it is our first prenatal appointment for all intents and purposes. Most pregnant women don’t get to see the doctor to confirm their pregnancies until around this point, and even though we’ve been at this for 11 weeks already with the poking and prodding, it was still all crazy and new and nerve-wracking. We weren’t even sure if we would get an ultrasound until we were in the exam room! In fact, Dr. Connors did the ultrasound “unofficially” so we wouldn’t even be charged by the insurance. Of course, that meant we didn’t get any take-home pictures since it was “technically” to follow up on J’s ovarian cysts (gone!), but we still got to see the baby and that is all that matters.

What a difference from the last ultrasound at 7 weeks!! I wish I had had the forethought to record it on video with my phone, but we were both just so amazed and in awe of what was playing out on the screen. There was our baby and this time, it really looked like a baby! And we are just getting to the point where you can begin to see details of the head and body. You could see where the eyes are , and a tiny nub of a nose on that little face. The heart was beating away perfectly in that little chest and boy, was he/she ACTIVE! Twisting, turning, punching and kicking – and since the baby was head-down again this time (this seems to be the position of choice for our little one) I said it looked like it was break-dancing. Apparently it gets its dance-skills from Mama J, since I’m not the most coordinated individual.

Dr. Connors said everything looks perfect, and she was so excited for us. You can really tell she just loves her job, even after the 100s of babies she’s delivered over the years. She sat and talked with us for a while about genetic screening options and the prenatal blood work and tests that J has to get done before our next visit in 4 weeks, on August 21st. She is sending us for our next ultrasound at the hospital on August 10th and J has to do another 1 hour glucose test on August 11th. We will be one day shy of 14 weeks when we go for the ultrasound, and I keep saying that maybe we will find out the gender of the baby as my birthday gift! Man, that would be AWESOME! I understand that we could have a “shy” baby that won’t show the goods, but I’m really hoping it is not as modest as Mama J so we can find out sooner rather than later! 🙂

Oh and our updated due date is February 10th…so I think we’re just banking on sometime in February at this point since it keeps changing. J is hoping for February 12th because it is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. I wouldn’t mind! 🙂

Even though the doctor’s appointment took almost 2 hours, it was a really great visit and a a really great day. I was so distracted when I went back to work and I couldn’t wait to tell everyone that we got lucky enough to get another ultrasound. I really wish we had gotten a picture, but definitely next time. After work, I even went to see my Dad at his work so I could tell him the news in person. He loves to hear the updates firsthand and seeing his face light up and being so happy about the good news was just priceless!

The other priceless moment of the day was seeing those ten little fingers and ten little toes on the ultrasound screen. It was so amazing how detailed they were, almost like the baby was waving at us to say “Hi Moms! Here I am!”

I can’t wait to kiss each and every one of those little piggies. 🙂

11 Weeks

Our baby is the size of a lime this week, about an inch and a half long already! Baby’s bones are beginning to harden this week and tiny teeth are getting into place under the gumline already. While you can’t quite feel it yet, baby is doing water ballet inside the womb and may even be having his/her first hiccups! Baby’s skin is still transparent and thin but will start to thicken once baby puts on more weight in the coming weeks.

Our little baby is almost fully developed now!

J really doesn’t like limes. It reminds her of a bad night in college involving waaaaay too much tequila and the resulting aftermath. That’s okay though, because the little limey guy (or girl) in there hasn’t cost her her cookies yet.

Thankfully, J has had a pretty easy pregnancy so far aside from coming down with whatever sickness we had the last two weeks. We are both finally feeling back to normal; well as normal as J can feel with the little one growing inside of her! She keeps having weird dreams about … um … having man parts which of course make her extremely distressed first thing in the morning. Apparently in her dream the other night she asked me if I would still love her if that happened. When she woke up and told me, I assured her that the chances of it happening were slim to none so I didn’t think we had to worry about it. And of course I laughed at her…a lot. Love you baby! 🙂

Of course, everyone is saying that maybe the weird dreams are being contributed by our little man in there…if he is indeed a HE. I hope so! At least then it would justify the weird dreaming so J would feel better about herself. Alas, it is too soon to tell and apparently lots of pregnant women have odd dreams as a result of all the hormone fluctuations going on in their bodies. Some of them have even dreamed about giving birth to kittens! LOL I guess when my time comes we’ll have to keep tabs on the odd dreams I have and compare.

Regardless, nothing much has happened the week other than recovering from the sickness of doom, weird dreams on J’s part (oh and I had a nightmare about ghost hunting with someone from high school, the result of eating Oreos right before bed I’m sure!), and a growing baby. We have our next appointment on Tuesday and it just can’t come soon enough! We are excited to know if we get to see our little one again or not, but I know that whether or not we get an ultrasound we get to hear the heartbeat at every appointment. We tried to use our stethoscope the other day to hear it but all I could hear was J’s stomach grumbling and digesting. LOL She says she can feel it moving sometimes, like a fluttering, and I can’t wait until I can feel it too.

And of course, we are getting impatient at finding out the gender! We tend to call the baby a “he” because that’s what we want (and what I think it is) and people say we are going to damage it if it ends up being a girl. I highly doubt that. Rest assured, we will call it the appropriate gender once we know for certain! Speaking of gender, the testosterone or estrogen wash will be happening soon. Usually it happens between 12-14 weeks and this is when the baby’s brain gets washed in the dominating hormone which speeds development pertinent to that gender. Of course at this upcoming doctor’s appointment it is most likely going to be too soon to tell, so I guess we will just have to wait and see, and as you all know patience is not our strong suit. 🙂

So that is all for now. I will make sure to post once the doctor’s visit is over Tuesday. I can’t believe the 1st trimester is coming to a close – only 2 more weeks to go!

Patience Pays Off

As you all know, one week from today we have our first pre-natal appointment with the OB. We are both very excited for this appointment and as with all things that are exciting, it seems to be taking FOREVER to get here! J and I are both (mostly) healed from the sickness of doom, with just a lingering cough and some sinus congestion which is taking its time going away. This was a really rough version of the common cold to deal with this time, but at least we avoided chest infections, strep throat, and mono (all of which were very possible, although luckily not the true cause).

You may recall that we bought ourselves a little something after our Big Gay Jewish Wedding Party, when we socked away the rest of the gift money we received in savings…well that something finally arrived over the weekend! YAY! So I’m sure you’re all just wondering what we could have bought (sarcasm!) so here it is:

Yep! We bought ourselves the baby crib. And here’s what it will look like, assembled, and the cool thing about this crib, is it is good for a while, too. It converts to a toddler bed as well as a full-size in the future! Winner!

Wait, but didn’t Nana buy the crib for us? Well, see what happened is that we ordered the last one in stock on Amazon.com. And then two days later they sent us an email saying that we didn’t actually get the last one in stock but that the order was cancelled because it was sold out already. Bummer! So we searched high and low and could. not. find. the. crib. ANYWHERE. So I finally found out that they would probably be back in stock sometime in July so we decided to order it later once we could find it again.

Good thing we had to wait, because I just so happened to be checking out WalMart.com and saw that it was back in stock! Not to mention, now it was being bundled with the mattress we wanted for like half the price. Total. For the crib AND mattress. We are suckers for a good deal so we paid for it and had it shipped to the WalMart right across the street. Boom! Crib and mattress for less than $200, when the crib was originally retailing for over $200 by itself.

Guess sometimes patience pays off, huh? 🙂

Now I can’t wait to put it together of course, but we are waiting to do that until closer to birth-day, because we aren’t sure yet if we’ll be staying here another year yet or not. To put it simply, we have ridiculously noisy neighbors now that decide to play music until 1 AM loud enough to be heard through our poured-concrete walls, and an obnoxious ant problem in our front room (the “baby’s” room) that we have been unsuccessful at remedying at this point…plus we are ready to have a house. Preferable one of our own, but if a rental comes up that’s worth it, we’re not above taking that either! So we don’t know what the cards hold for us, but right now we are just saving up as much money as we can between now and February so we can be prepared for whatever comes our way. And if we don’t end up moving, at least we’ll have a good chunk of change in the bank!

So, that’s all for now. It is storming really bad here right now so its time to get off the computer and go comfort Bubba. He’s not a fan of thunder, but at least instead of snubbing me in favor of pregnant Mama J, he is hanging out by my feet and head butting me for love.

How could I resist a good snuggle with my furry son? 🙂

10 Weeks

I can’t believe we are already 10 weeks – that means we are 25% of the way through this pregnancy. Unreal! Some days it feels like the time is just flying by and at other times, it feels like we still have so much longer until we get to meet our little one. Just the other day I was reading What To Expect When You’re Expecting and it suddenly dawned on me that we are in the 3rd month. Maybe its the sickness or maybe I’m just a little bit slow (sometimes!) but I just hadn’t really thought about us being this far along already. It is so exciting to be on this journey but sometimes I wish it would speed up just a little! It is always tough in the weeks leading up to the next doctor’s appointment, so I’m impatient for that. I know that after next Saturday it will start hurrying up again for a few days before our appointment with Dr. Connors on the 24th. I hope we get another ultrasound at this appointment coming up. They said that we probably would since its our first visit with our regular OB. Honestly, as long as we get to hear the heartbeat and its perfect, I will be just fine. 🙂

Our next big milestone is finding out the gender of our little kumquat…we probably won’t know until September-ish by what I’m reading…maybe we will find out sooner in August and it can be my birthday present! I still think we are having a boy, and I think I’m starting to sway J to think the same. Her mom keeps calling it a her on purpose, trying to will it to be a girl! LOL Guess we will have to just wait and see, but in the meantime, it is a fun game to wonder about the little person in there.

And in other news this week, I came down with the horrible, terrible, no-good, cruddy sickness J had and was running at 101 degrees for a whole night – that was fun NOT. But I got in to see my doctor right away and she gave me a Z-Pack which is slowly doing me some good. I still have such a horrible cough and OH – no voice…which is super fun. J is still coughing real bad and since she had to be on such low doses of antibiotics she’s still feeling terrible too. We are a mess…but at least we are getting it out of the way early on so the rest of the pregnancy can be a (hopefully) sickness-free ride. 🙂

Our little kumquat is a little over an inch long and weighs a quarter of an ounce. Baby’s length will nearly double during the next three weeks! Baby is also getting the first tastes of what J is eating and drinking as the baby is now beginning to drink the amniotic fluid. Baby’s arms and legs can now bend at the joints and is beginning to kick around in there! The webbing is completely gone from baby’s fingers and toes and tiny fingernails are beginning to grow as well. The umbilical cord is formed and providing nutrients to baby as the yolk sac disappears and the liver is now producing red blood cells.

Our little one is growing so fast!! We can’t wait for the next ultrasound so we can see him/her again.

9 Weeks

What a week!

First off, the Big Gay Jewish Wedding Party was (overall) a really great event. J’s parents really did a great job putting everything together and we are so thankful for them hosting our celebration. My parents brought the deviled eggs and the veggies and dip which were both a big hit too! We loved getting to see everyone and catch up. Mostly, there were questions about the baby and how J was doing, but we did get many thoughtful and generous gifts and even a few things from our wedding registry such as Corelle dishes, a comforter and sheets, a towel, and a food chopper! Some other gifts we received were a Dr. Spock baby book, a baby towel and sleeper, a far out automatic candy dispenser, some awesome gift cards and plenty of cash, which is always a great gift! Most of the money is staying in savings but we did buy ourselves something we’ve had our eyes on for a while for the baby. 🙂

Secondly, J has been sick with a nasty sore throat and cold since Monday. Of course, since she is pregnant, it is hitting her harder on top of the fact that she can’t take anything for it. She had a fever for a couple days but Tylenol helped out with that. Now she’s just struggling with being so tired, which is a combination of baby fatigue as well as the sickness taking its toll on her. She keeps getting anxious because she can’t “feel” the baby in there, but I keep telling her that her body is probably super focused elsewhere in trying to fight off the cold. Not that she can really feel movements anyway, but it just feels like a “flutter” as she puts it. At least today she’s started getting her appetite back, which she said is a good sign. I caught the cold too but at least I have a better immune system in the first place, plus I can take cold meds, so I’m back on the mend much quicker than she is. The only exciting thing we’ve done this week while recovering is go to see the 4th of July fireworks at the college, which we sat in the car to enjoy so we didn’t get eaten alive by mosquitoes. Afterwards, we returned home and promptly passed out from exhaustion. We are so thrilling! LOL

Overall it hasn’t been much of an exciting week. I’ve been reading the Dr. Spock book we got as a wedding gift and I put together our baby swing we bought several months ago. I’ve been begging to put it together but she said I couldn’t at least until after we were pregnant. So since we had guests stay over for our wedding party, we had to wait until after that was over. It is super cute! And I put it together all by myself (J supervised and did an excellent job of it!).

Our vet said it would help our cat Bubba’s anxiety about the baby if we had the baby’s stuff out for as long as possible beforehand. So I say, by our vet’s recommendation, I had to put it together! 🙂 He sniffed it a little and I tried putting him in it but he jumped right back out. Our hamster Hammy rode on the tray for a minute but he is too squirmy to take a picture. If we “torture” our animals this much, imagine the fun we’ll have with our baby!

Oh! And we finally got our next appointment scheduled with our regular OB Dr. Connors. We see her on July 24 and we will be about 11.5 weeks at that point. We hope we get another ultrasound at that visit as we love seeing our baby and we miss him/her!! Now, on to the exciting news of the week…our baby’s progress thus far!

This week, baby is the size of a grape (about an inch long) and is now considered a fetus! Baby is starting to look more human-like, and is even beginning to form teeth already. The “tail” is gone by now and while baby’s external sex organs are present, you can’t tell if baby is a boy or a girl just yet. The eyes are fully formed but baby’s eyelids are fused shut until about 27 weeks, and baby’s tiny earlobes, mouth, and nose are more distinct now. Baby will start rapidly gaining weight over the coming months, which by the way, there is only one month left in the first trimester!

Baby is finally starting to look like a tiny person! About 7 more months to go until we meet our little one. 🙂