Thursday, December 25, 2008

My baby boy!

Here are the first pictures of the baby! The dr. had no doubt in his mind that it was a boy. His little "thing" was right out there pokin out for us to see. He wanted me to know he was a boy! Throughout the entire ultrasound he was moving around so it was very easy for me to see him. He was constantly moving his hands and fingers. Sucking on his thumb a lot and waving. The dr. said everything looked great. He moved my due date to MAY 25. 2009. I am a week behind what we thought I was. But the baby is healthy and growing just like he should be. I have thought of a few names. I really like Kagun West or Keagun West. But I am still looking for other names too. The nurses said the way I was squealing and laughing in the room they thought I was having twins. Because I had the same reaction as patients who have twins haha.. No twins! I was just super excited!! Ill post some belly pictures soon. Its really starting to poke out. But I've been saying that for a month! To me it feels huge! So here is the update on week 18!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 18:fetus in fifth month 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. Fun fact for momma’s with baby girls: it’s a uterus within a uterus! Your little girl will have developed a uterus and vagina canal by the end of this week.

And how's mom doing? POP! If you haven’t yet, you will soon be seeing the last of your inn-y belly button—until after you’ve pushed your little monkey out. If it’s getting difficult to breathe, you can thank your not-so-small belly for squishing your lungs—which will be more and more cramped for space as the pregnancy progresses. Not that this is surprising as everything else in your mid-section is getting properly squooshed as well. (What else is new?!!). Keep in mind that as you grow (and grow and grow) in size you produce more blood (for both of you), which lowers your blood pressure. So standing up quickly and/or occasional fast movements may cause slight dizziness or lightheadedness. This is totally normal, but means you shouldn’t be too quick to jump to your feet when your team scores a goal. It's better to just punch the air in excitement or clap gleefully. One more fun pregnancy symptom to add to the list: you are producing more melanin, which can cause dark patches of skin to occur on random parts of your body. Don’t worry—these dark spots (unlike your parent’s age spots) will retreat soon after birth.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

This week has been a great one! I got to see my family a lot. I miss them soooo much! I really wanna get to Wayne County ASAP. Yes I want to move to Wayne County believe it or not!! Its just about making it happen.
The baby kicked for the first time on Friday! It was amazing. I guess it didnt really kick. It just moved. Then laying in bed that night I felt it a lot! I cant wait for it to do it. I catch myself stopping and just zoning out trying to focus on if its going to move or not. And usually it doesnt. Haha. I started crying tonight though and it started moving before the first sob. Haha. It was so cute. I cant believe how much more I fell in love just over a little movement. Its so exciting! I wish everyone could be as excited as I am. And not look at this as a burden or a struggle. I find out what the baby is on DECEMBER 23!! So call me and I will fill you in!!! What a Christmas present for me!! I am so excited I cant wait. I am in week 17... WHERE DID THE WEEKS GO? Time goes by so fast. Its hard to keep up sometimes. My weeks may be a little off because the dates at the dr. were a guess. But I will find out more information at my ultrasound. THANK YOU EMBER!! I love the maternity clothes! I dont have much at all so I love the ones you gave me! If you couldnt tell by me wearing them all day today!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!! This week has been emotional. My heart has been torn from place to place and sometimes I cant even think straight. Im doing great though! The pregnancy has been going wonderful! Ill post the update below! THANKS MOMMA for the camera! Now ill be able to post some baby bump pictures for everyone to see. And yes im getting the baby bump. Already! 4 months its about time I stop looking fat!

Fetal development in pregnancy week 17:fetus in fourth month 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). Mind boggling factoid of the week: if you’re having going to have a little girl, her ovaries have already produced millions of primordial egg cells, which, within a few weeks, will develop into actual eggs! Phew… just wait till she’s a teenager eh?

And how's mom doing? Even though the second trimester is often characterized as the most enjoyable of the three, you can count on a few ailments (see week 14 for additional tri-2 symptoms). This week, or in the coming weeks, you may be privy to the uncommon joys of “round ligament pain.” These not-so-lovely symptoms can doctors advise sleeping on your left side as lying on your back can compress your pelvic veins, decreasing blood return to the lower half of your body include bellyaches, pain in the
lower abdomen and sharp shooting and/or stabbing pains, most often expressed at the end of the day. Your suffering is due to stretched ligaments and muscles that support your ever-growing uterus. This is to be expected and is perfectly normal (especially since your uterus is only getting bigger!). Some doctors advise sleeping on your left side as lying on your back can compress your pelvic veins, decreasing blood return to the lower half of your body. Lying on your left side relieves this pressure thereby allowing normal blood flow. If this doesn’t do the trick, go ahead and consult your health care practitioner, but try not to punch them when they serenely tell you it’s normal to feel stabbing pain during this time. As we all know, violence never solves anything.
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