Friday, January 30, 2009

Want to hear the heartbeat...

I recorded this from the Doppler my wonderful friends got me that I absolutely love!!

I think this is baby b. I only did the one since a) the other one was not as easy to find and keep and b) they sort of sound the same to me. LOL

Towards the end you will hear a sort of skip, I believe that's from the baby moving. I hear that sometimes when i can't find the heartbeat but i can hear the baby moving around.

video

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

18 Weeks!!!

Can you believe it??!! 18 weeks! I pray for at least another amazing healthy 18 weeks.

Here is their fetel development update:

We have two more ounces! Your "getting bigger-n-better by the minute baby" is already up to 7 ounces and 6 inches! This is a big week for their baby skin. There are now two distinct layers—the epidermis (or the surface skin) and dermis. Currently, their skin is covered with a greasy, waxy, cheese-like substance, known as vernix caseosa. Sure, it sounds pretty nasty, but this mixture of fatty secretions covering your little swimmer from head to toe is the best way to protect their oh-so-thin skin from bruising and abrasions as well as chapping caused by amniotic fluid exposure (and your little one is swimming in that stuff!). Still don’t like the fact your little darling is currently slathered in fatty cream like a greased pig? Well, you know the birthing process? Where you have to push something the size of a watermelon out a hole the size of a grape? That adorable little greased piglet would have a lot harder time getting through the birth canal without the vernix caseosa.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

17 weeks and OB appointment

I had my regular OB appointment today. Everything went well. I heard the heartbeats which is always great to hear. I do miss seeing them though. I was definetly spoiled when i was seeing my RE. But everything is going well so i have nothing to complain about and I'm feeling wonderful.

Here is week 17 fetal development update:

Don't be too shocked but... your baby is EVEN bigger than it was last week, not to mention getting cuter, and smarter every day! As you’ve come to expect, there’s no shortage of growth and development this week: your fantastic little bean stalk has added yet another half inch to their overall height-- making them nearly half a foot long! Their little limbs have reached (or are within one week of) their relative proportions, and will continue to grow evenly with the rest of the body after this week. Reactive listening has begun for your baby, even though their ears are not yet structurally complete or fully functional. Meanwhile, different parts of their astonishingly complex brain are developing to process your little one’s hearing and other senses, (you know, sight, smell, taste and touch).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

We have movement..

I'm feeling them move!! WAHOO!! So exciting. I'm like 95% it's them that i'm feeling. It actually tickles a litlte bit. I'm getting it on both sides. It's little tingles like everyone said it would be. And now that i'm feeling this more often I believe i felt this a few weeks ago but I didn't know what it was and it only happened like once or twice.

I go on Wednesday for my regular OB appointment. I'll get to hear the heartbeats again. Although I've been able to hear them on my own with my doppler but I will take notice on where the doc finds. he gets them right away so I will pay attenetion. I've been doing pretty good with finding them but it still takes a few mintues sometimes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Week 16!

Over the past three weeks your astounding growing baby has managed to stretch yet another 2 full inches (totaling about 4.5 inches) and weighs around 3.5 ounces. Yessireee, that’s some pretty serious growth... and with it comes several physical developments! For starters, their head to body ratio is finally starting to even out a bit as the rest of the body is actually growing faster than the head at this point. Yes, your little light bulb is not so top-heavy. Their adorable little limbs have lengthened, almost reaching their normal proportions which they will have at birth. Their eyes are still closed but moving and if you had an ultrasound, which many doctors recommend you have at about this time, you may even see your little one sucking on a thumb, not to mention the necessary signifiers to let you know whether you’ve got a wee lad or lassie.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Week 15!!

Here is my week 15 fetal development report:

Your nearly four-inch long gymnast is happily mobile inside your womb and if you're really lucky, you’ll notice a point when your sneezing, coughing or laughing results in a little kick here or a poke there. Still, many women don't feel anything until the 17th week or later. Although the poking and kicking isn't very charming during sleeping hours, it’s a good sign as it means your baby is actually reacting to outside events. Yay! You’ve got yourself one active healthy baby! Their little elbows and knees are bending more freely this week and their little legs are finally growing longer than their arms and getting pumped up for prenatal Richard Simmons. Many of their major organ systems are increasing in capacity—particularly that amazing tiny heart and complex circulation system, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day, and will increase to a very impressive 200 quarts per day by the end of the pregnancy. As far as hair goes, we’ve got some new scalp patterns beginning to develop on the head, although actual head hair is not yet present.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thank you Melissa, Diana and Stefanie....

I just wanted to take a quick post to say how grateful I am to have 3 wonderful friends in Diana, Stefanie and Melissa. We had our annual girls holiday dinner on saturday which included an amazing dinner made by melissa. Thank you for hosting this years dinner. It was a great night including their beautiful little girls who are growing up so fast. To top the night off for me was when they presented me with the most amazing gift. A Doppler. For those that don't know, a doppler, is a fetal heart monitor. A little device that allows us to hear the heartbeats. I was just saying the other day that I wanted to rent one for a month since i can't feel them kick yet and it would be awesome to hear the heartbeats on my own. Although sometimes difficult to detect on my own since i'm not a trained operator and the little ones are still pretty small, we were able to hear them that night and I heard them again on my own this morning. It's just amazing and I want to thank you guys for this wondergul gift. I'm so grateful. I would also like to thank Melissa and Amelia (her little girl) for the very cute and first outfits the little ones have received. To see how small they are was very much a reality check. LOL. Thank you all again so much.