Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Week 9! and Happy Thanksgiving!!

We're at week 9 today! I'm feeling good. Nauseous here and there but I can't complain too much. I'm so very much looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night at Mike's Aunt Denise's house. I have been thinking about Turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes all week.

I'm starting to get little more of a belly. My pants are fitting still but a little tighter around the waist on some. Shirts on the other hand are not looking so great but luckily I do not have to dress business like at my work and I could wear a sweatshirt every day if I wanted. So I know I'm lucky with that.

Here is the weekly fetal development update I got:
Congratulations! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club, a very exclusive and exiting new stage in their prenatal development. Basically, this means the little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo creature to a recognizable human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids remain fused shut for a while yet. Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid—so your little one is already developing their sense of balance. Your baby's little swimmer legs are still relatively, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they’ve started urinating (this might seem charming now but wait till you have to start buying diapers!).

I also want to say that for this Thanksgiving, I'm very thankful for the miracles I have inside of me and for all of our family and friends who have been so supportive. We could not have gotten through this journey without all of you. And a special thank you to Mike who is always there for me. I'm very grateful and thankful to have you in my life and as my husband. And I absolutely cannot forget about our SoCo girl. She was meant to be our first baby. :-)

I wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Congratulations Desiree and Eric!!!

I'd like to congratulate Mike's cousin Desiree and her husband Eric on their new little girl Estella Grace born on Nov. 23rd at 8 1/2 pounds.

(Photo courtsey of text from Estella's Aunt Janice!!)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

They're Growing!!

I had my ultrasound this morning and both babies are looking great!! One is measuring at 7weeks5days and the other one is 7weeks6days. Their hearts were beating away and they looked beautiful. The Dr. said they are right on target. It was such a relief after being so sick to see they were growing as they should and their hearts beating so well. I did not get a heart rate number though I just got to see them.

When looking at the pictures below NO we are not having 4 babies! LOL!! The top picture is more focused on the baby on the Left which we'll call Baby A. And the bottom picture is focused on Baby B on the right.





Wednesday, November 19, 2008

8 Weeks

Another week has gone by and I'm happy to say I'm feeling so much better. My cold/flu for the most part has made its way out. I still have a little bit of a cough and sneezing but other then that I feel good.

Now that the cold has moved on I am starting to feel other "pregnancy symptoms" but not that bad. I am much more tired. I went back to work Monday and for the past two days as soon as I get home I lay down and sleep for a couple hours, wake up, eat and then go back to bed. And my days are getting harder to stay awake. As far as nasuea, I feel it here and there but not to the point I'm getting sick and it goes away pretty quickly. I got sick a few times last week but I think that had more to to do with the cold.

So all is good and tomorrow morning I have another ultrasound. I can't wait to see the heartbeats again. I know all the medicine I was taking was ok to take according the Dr's but I just want to see the heartbeats again to put my mind at ease.

Here is the weekly fetal development update:

Woohoo! You've got one whole inch of baby inside of you! Your little embryo has finally reached the one-inch mark (30mm). And if it were possible to take a peek, you could actually see your tiny baby without a telescope! What’s more, your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features. For starters, their little tail (really just the spinal cord) has disappeared completely. It’s nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! Additionally, both their toes and fingers are prominent with very little, if any, webbing. Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable joints (elbows and knees) and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify. But don’t expect your baby to resemble either parent quite yet. Right now, your baby’s head is disproportionately larger than the rest of their body--making up almost half of your little one’s height and weight!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Week 7!

We're into week 7 now and I wish I could say things are going so great but I've been sick sick and more sick. But not the sick I would have liked as in Morning Sickness but Flu type sickness. Sore throat, coughing, sneezing, congestion. UGH! I went to my Family Dr. and both he and my fertility Dr said I could take Tylenol cold and robitussin. So i've been taking those for now. I'm feeling a little better but it just sucks!!

And everyone tells me the babies will be fine but of course I worry. I guess I have to get used to that. :-) I'll worry about them for the rest of their lives. We have our next ultrasound next thursday on the 20th and I will feel so much better when we get to see those heartbeats again.

Until then here's my 7 weeks update:

Fetal development in pregnancy week 7:
Your baby is really beginning to develop more physical definition this week – their oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore, it’s actually a little bit pointy. The tiny receding tail bud is now starting to be overshadowed by the growth of their legs, which are now complete with knees and the beginnings of toes. Their eyes and ears are the most visible features on their head and their miniature bones are starting to harden throughout their body. You also have some variation on a boy or a girl at this point, although their genitals won’t be visible enough to determine which color cigars you’re going to buy until around the 16th week.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Flickers

We have heartbeats!!! We saw two beautiful flickers this morning. The Dr. did joke about not remembering how many he put in and maybe there were 4 or 5. I think Mike almost passed out at this point but we still have two and their little heartbeats were beating away. Our one little guy was still a little smaller then the other but nothing to worry about and his heart was beating just as fast.

Below is our picture from today. You still can't see much but you can tell the sacs are much bigger today. I go back in two weeks for my next one. I will see Dr. El-Roiey 3 more times, at 8weeks, 10weeks and then the last time will be at 12 weeks. At this point I will be released to my regular Dr. It will be sad but it will be good news too because that will mean I'm out of my 1st trimester!!



We have heartbeats!!! We saw two beautiful flickers this morning. The Dr. did joke about not remembering how many he put in and maybe there were 4 or 5. I think Mike almost passed out at this point but we still have two and their little heartbeats were beating away. Our one little guy was still a little smaller then the other but nothing to worry about and his heart was beating just as fast.

Below is our picture from today. You still can't see much but you can tell the sacs are much bigger today. I go back in two weeks for my next one. I will see Dr. El-Roiey 3 more times, at 8weeks, 10weeks and then the last time will be at 12 weeks. At this point I will be released to my regular Dr. It will be sad but it will be good news too because that will mean I'm out of my 1st trimester!!







Wednesday, November 5, 2008

6 Weeks!!!

6 weeks!! I'm still feeling pretty good but I do have more moments where I start to feel nauseous but I think snacking throughout the day is helping. Below are updates I got from a couple websites on fetal development by the week. Tomorrow is our 2nd ultrasound where we hope to be able to see two heartbeats flickering. I'll update as soon as I can tomorrow.

Fetal development in pregnancy week 6:

This is going to be a busy week for your amazing little embryo. Their brain is still growing remarkably fast; miniature hand plates are starting to develop and the early formations of what will be their fingers are already visible. Also, the lower limbs do not develop quite as fast, so they’re pretty much still flippers. Up until this point, your baby has been very curled up with the head and tail in close proximity, but this week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten as their tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, they’re already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch!

My Heart Belongs to You!The first heartbeats have begun! The baby is now an embryo and is about 1/17 of an inch long. Growth is very rapid this week. The umbilical cord develops. The eyes and ears begin to form as well as an opening for the mouth. The heart has begun to pump blood and most of the other organs are well under construction. Buds form on the body that will become the arms and legs.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Phillies Parade and the weekend

I wasn't sure how I would be at the parade but I I got through it and only went to the bathroom 3 times! LOL! I was exhausted by the end of the night but it was totally worth it. And the rest of the weekend was just as nice and relaxing. I started to feel a little more nauseous here and there but I'm still doing pretty good. And the idea of twins is sinking in a little more each day. It's what we wanted but it was still a shock to hear it's a reality.

Here's a picture of mike and I from the parade.