S: Kaylyn Linnea Laufer
FC: A baby is something you carry inside | you for nine months, in your arms | for three years and in your heart till | the day you die." ~ Mary Mason
1: We have an announcement!!! After much discussion, Nils and I have decided to begin trying for baby #2, hopefully a boy (although we would love a girl just as much!) I will be going off my oral contraceptives on February 11th (funny because not only is that the end of my pill pack, not including those placebo "reminder" pills, but also because it's our wedding anniversary!). We will be charting my fertility for a while...how long exactly, we haven't decided. We may begin actively trying straightaway or we might just hold off and continue charting for a few months to get a better look at my cycles to pinpoint ovulation. Sorry if I get too personal! Last night I went out and bought some prenatal vitamins (gonna get my body as healthy as possible from the start) and a BBT thermometer which to me looks like a regular digital thermometer but came with a ovulation tracking chart. I am kinda familiar with fertility charting as I briefly begun charting when Nils and I were planning on having Shaylee. I signed up to receive lessons, 20 in all, emailed me directly from FertilityFriend.com, the site I am using for charting. So let the baby making begin! | 02.03.2010
2: Today Nils and I went to our preconception appointment with my new doctor, Dr. Campbell, who I really liked right from the start. I have read that couples looking to conceive should get a preconception appointment to double check for any health issues the mother might have that could prevent her getting pregnant or might interfere with a pregnancy when she does get pregnant. Its like the women that find out they have breast cancer while they are pregnant- they would have benefited from an appoint like this. They did many of the same test they do when you go in for your yearly exam- checking your weight, blood pressure, breast and pelvic examination. The good news is everything looked good and based on my health and previous pregnancy history, there was nothing to make him there would be any reason to have to wait. The only thing he thought might be of concern was that coming right off the pill might make my cycles off and I might not ovulate right away. That is why many women coming off the pill wait about 3 months (3 cycles) to establish when they ovulate. Oh yeah, and the fact that women who ovulate coming right off the pill DOUBLE their odds in conceiving TWINS! Yikes! So our adventure in fertility charting begins..... | 02.11.2010 | DIP-piddy do da! A temperature dip and another positive OPK test! Many women who do fertility charting do see a dip the day of ovulation, but many do not. A temperature dip cannot confirm ovulation. More important than observing a dip, is seeing a temperature rise after ovulation. A woman’s temperature rises in response to the presence of the heat-inducing hormone progesterone, which is only released after ovulation. I am just one of those lucky enough to have advanced warning of ovulation in the form of a temperature dip (especially since I have already had a positive OPK test result yesterday) so I can take advantage of the situation, wink wink! Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs) are useful to help you find your fertile time. They work by measuring the presence of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in the urine. A surge of LH is sent to the ovary causing the ovary to produce enzymes which in turn cause the dominant follicle to rupture and release an egg into the fallopian tube, called ovulation. Ovulation is expected to occur within 24 hours of the surge of LH. An OPK is therefore expected to be positive the day before you ovulate although there are also cases where it could take about 48 hours. That means that I could ovulate tomorrow! This may seem like a silly thing to get excited about but I have heard stories where women coming off of birth control have crazy, out of whack cycles and some do not ovulate at all for a couple cycles. Everyone who knows me knows that I am just too impatient to wait any longer! LOL! | 03.02.2010
3: * End of birth control pill pack. Check. FINALLY! * Appointment with OB/GYN for preconception examination. Check. * Bottle of prenatal vitamins. Check. * Basal body temperature (BBT) thermometer for fertility charting. Check. * The book “What To Expect Before You’re Expecting: The Complete Preconception Plan” by Heidi Murkoff. Check. * Twenty pack of First Response Ovulation Tests. Check. * Membership to various TTC (Trying to Conceive) websites such as BabyCenter.com, FertilityFriend.com, WhatToExpect.com. Check, check, and check. | Yup. I definitely ovulated, hurray! Besides getting the significant temperature rise, I also got ovulation pain on my right side. It felt kind of like a mild menstrual cramping but only occurred on the one side, whereas with me, I feel menstrual cramps on both sides and in the center. Also known as mittelschmertz , which means "middle pain" it refers to a slight pain that you may feel near your abdomen or ovary at the time of ovulation. It does not necessarily occur at the exact time of ovulation and not everyone feels ovulation. As such, ovulation pain is useful to cross-check other signs, but cannot be used to definitively confirm or pinpoint ovulation. Fortunately for me, I had those two positive OPK tests to back it up! It’s amazing how in tune I am to what is going on ‘down there’ when I began to BBT chart and actual pay close attention! | 03.03.2010
4: HmmI wonder if increase thirst is an early pregnancy sign? All I know is I have been drinking like a freaking camel for the last couple of days! Had it been summer time (or if Florida was having normal weather instead of these freezing couple of weeks) I would have assumed that it had to do with the heat. Or even if I was eating a lot of salty food which also is ruled out since I have had a decrease in appetite (quite unlike me!). Also, I had some very, very mild queasiness this evening. I do tend to feel this way when I haven’t eaten but for some reason this feels different because it remains even after I have had a snack. I wonder if it’s the beginning of morning sickness? ???????????? The slight and occasional queasiness still happening. It’s so very mild that if I wasn’t, like, super attentive to what is going on with my body right now, I would have disregarded. Nils teases me and says it’s all in my mind-psychosomatic or something.....that when you want something bad enough, your body starts acting in response to it. Maybe he is right...... ........or maybe, just maybe, I am prego! | Not much to report today other than I was a weepy, sobbing, emotional wreck this morning. First I cried about my bank account and then I cried again when I went to speak with my HR manager at work. All I can say, is I better be pregnant to justify being a blubbering hormonal mess like this! | 03.04.2010 | 03.04.2010 | 03.08.2010
5: 03.13.2010 Two Pink Lines! | PREGNANT! I took my first pregnancy test and low and behold- it’s positive! Two pink lines! Since the second line was so very faint, I even took a different brand, digital pregnancy test, just to be safe, in case I was incorrectly reading the test results. No misreading here- I am pregnant! We broke the news to Shaylee first. For the past month, we have talked to her about ‘when she becomes a big sister’ and about how the baby is going to sleep in the crib in her room that we have already set up, and how she is going to have to sleep in her own bed in the room with the baby, and how she is going to have to give up the pacifier since she is going to be a BIG sister. She happily chatters away about what she is going to do with her new baby brother or sister (she is very convinced that we are going to let her tote the baby around like one of her dolls, LOL). So, we wanted her to be a big part in all that was happening when we found out we would be expecting. On our drive to the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure event we proudly told Shaylee. We explained that Mommy was pregnant and she was going to be a big sister. Our conversation went something like this: Me: “Guess what? Mommy is pregnant! You are gonna be a big sister!” Nils: “Mommy is gonna have a baby!” Shaylee, with her eyes lighting up: “You are?!” Me: “Yup.” Shaylee: “It’s in your tummy?” Me: “Yup.” Shaylee: “I can’t see it.” Me: “That’s because it’s really, really tiny but as it grows my belly is going to get bigger until it’s time to have the baby” Shaylee: “Right now?” Nils and I in unison, chuckling: “No, no, no. Not yet.” Me: “In nine months. I will make you a special calendar so we can see when its time.” Shaylee, after brief pause: “Ok. Can we go to the playground now?”
6: 04.19.2010 8 weeks | Had my first prenatal appointment and ultrasound this morning with Dr Campbell. So far everything looks good, I am definitely 8 weeks prego. Baby and my uterus both measuring perfect, my blood pressure is perfect, and Baby K's heart rate is strong at 164 bpm. And I weighed in at 156 lbs even, not too bad although Dr Campbell said my body mass index is a bit higher than it should be so I should be careful not to gain more than 15-20 lbs throughout my entire pregnancy. Shaylee got a special surprise today too, as she got to come along to be one of the first to see a glimpse of her new brother or sister. A children's book called "Baby on the Way"- an informative and helpful book for young siblings-to-be."Baby on the Way" speaks to every child expecting a new brother or sister, guiding him or her through the waiting process with concise, simple, and reassuring text and warm and lively illustrations. It explains things like how pregnant mommies are very hungry, tired, how they get nauseous, and what to expect once the baby is actually here in a way that a child Shaylee's age can understand. We agreed to include Shaylee in as much as we possibly can throughout this entire pregnancy to help her feel important, special, and most importantly, her role as the big sister. | First Prenatal Appointment | 04.15.2010
7: First Ultrasound | 8 weeks | 11.24.2010
8: 04.21.2010 9 weeks | I cannot believe how much further along I look, can you believe I am only 9 weeks! I guess having that extra weight and bloating around my mid-section got pushed out even further, LOL! Anyhow, I am definitely feeling pregnant- as in all day long queasiness that even eating small and frequent meals can't help with! I haven't actually gotten sick and vomited but man, oh, man, the queasiness never leaves me. I had read that morning sickness was your body's way of telling you that everything is going okay (it has something to do with hormones) and I was saying I almost wish I had some morning sickness, especially in the very beginning, just so I knew things were working as nature intended and that I would have some "sign" that I was prego other than just a positive pregnancy test. Boy, what was I thinking?! Anyhow, as icky as I might feel, I am so happy to be going through it all! I am relieved to have a ultrasound photo that shows a baby growing right on target and an unmistakable baby bump! I had put off taking baby bump photos before since it was still a little hard to tell what might be baby bump and what was actually just fat, but now I hope to take one every week, every other week at least!
9: 04.30.2010 10 weeks | 10 weeks pregnant! Time flies by when you are able to count up to how far along you are rather than counting down to your due date...not really sure why that is. Anyhow, the cravings have changes since early in my pregnancy...before it was cheese, olives, and my Odwalla Green Goodness drinks. Now its red meat! Steak! Medium rare! Love it! I also still love my cheese but I don't actively seek it out, if its there and its available, I will eat it. The morning sickness still rears its ugly head at all hours of the day, more so when I haven't eaten or am overly stressed or hot. Still no vomiting though so we are doing good! Other changes this week are that I had to completely make over my wardrobe- everything that doesn't fit, is border line not fitting, or will obviously not fit in the next 7+ months was carefully packed up into two large aqua blue storage tubs. I had to buy all new underwear. Thankfully my bras still fit....for now! Oddly enough, another change I have experienced is that my skin has broken out a little bit along my hairline and I got a few little bumps here and there on my back and cleavage- not really like pimples, just little bumps. Weird. My wonderful husband had been treating me like a queen this entire pregnancy so far, including purchasing my entire maternity wardrobe and my $52 Boppy Total Body Maternity Pillow (which I love, love, love!) and taking great care to help me whenever he can whether it be to cook my dinner (I cannot stomach the smell of browning beef), refill my beverage, make sure I have cold orange juices in the fridge,cleaning the litterbox since I should not be doing it myself, and help with Shaylee. I do not remember being quite so nauseous or tired when I was pregnant with Shaylee so the help is definitely appreciated! He's the best! :)
10: Our lil' fetus will be gaining a substantial amount of weight this week and has already achieved fruit-size-status comparable to a plum. What's more, our little scientist is already starting to explore their body, focusing most intently on touching their head, and especially their face and mouth.Their mouth in particular will provide them with hours of entertainment. This happens not only because our baby is gaining coordination, and is therefore able to move a hand on command, but also because their palms have gained sensation and can actually “feel...” what it touches.They're also developing their swallow reflex this week. And lastly, our baby's smelling and other olfactory senses will begin developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds, will provide our baby with their first experiences of taste and smell. This week I have been under an abnormal amount of stress at work but otherwise have been feeling a bit better- not quite as tired or nauseous I have been in the past. Nothing else has changed, I am still excited as ever- just can't wait until I can feel Baby K moving! | 05.05.2010 11 weeks
11: 05.12.2010 12 weeks | Our newest addition now weighs about 1/3 to 1/2 ounce and is almost 2 1/2 to 3 inches long! Baby K's size has almost doubled in the past three weeks! All major structures have already formed and now its time to just grow, grow, grow! The skeletal system will now have bone formation. Fingers and toes will have separated and nails are growing. Hair is appearing on the body and external genitalia are beginning to show distinct signs of boy or girl (we are still hoping its a boy!). Our baby has its very own unique fingerprints too! The digestive system is capable of producing contractions that push food through the bowels. Hormones are being made, the nervous system has developed further, and our little gummy bear is moving about even though I can't feel it yet. I read that this week, stimulating the fetus in certain spots may cause it to squirt, open its mouth and move its fingers or toes. In fact, if I press on areas of my belly, Baby K may move away! Our "gummy bear" is looking less like its cute nickname and more like a human baby, fully formed just extremely tiny! His or her face looks unquestionably human: the eyes have moved from the sides to the front of the head, and the ears are right where they should be. So far this week, I have been feeling about the same. The queasiness appears more when I haven't eaten and finally diminishes after a snack. It helps too that I have been snacking alot! I am slightly worried about how much I will weigh in at my OB/GYN appointment tomorrow! And of course all the things that sound good now a days are things that I probably shouldn't be eating in excess. My cravings seem to vary week by week, I have noticed. This week I can not get enough white grape fruit juice! And nachos! My office has a catering company that is there daily with an ever changing menu but always has tacos and nachos on Tuesdays. Tuesdays are the only days I buy my lunch....I didn't realize it was a true craving until I thought back on how many times I have bought my lunch in the last couple weeks! Some less then desirable pregnancy occurrences have got to be the wicked rash I have formed on my cleavage! Ugg! I am going to ask my doctor about it tomorrow but from what I can gather from the baby books is that is it could be a number of different things, all of which are common in pregnancy. Its been bad- very itchy to the point where I'd break the skin- but is finally getting better. Now its just a dry patch of red skin. | Finally word is getting around at work that I am indeed pregnant. Those that questioned whether I was are now able to safely say they can tell I am! Everyone who hears I am pregnant now are like "I thought you were but didn't want to ask!" so I suppose that means my belly is round enough and shaped less like I had one too many mint chocolate ice cream sundaes and more like a mommy to be! Now all anyone can ask is "do you know what you are having?" and " when do you find out?". And my answer is always the same, "not yet" and " not soon enough!" I am so excited!
12: Sweet Baby O Mine- Find out gender | Today I had an OB/GYN appointment checkup. My appointment, made about four weeks ago was suppose to be at 3:50pm, and they requested I be there at 3:40. So naturally, I got there around 3:25. Checked in. Grabbed a magazine. And waited. Read a chapter in one of my baby books. And waited. Watched an entire episode of some game show. And waited. Watched over half of today's Oprah episode. And waited. At 4:53pm I finally got up and asked the receptionist if she could check how much longer the doctor was going to be as I had already been waiting for over an hour and had to make arrangements with my grandmother to watch Shaylee longer than expected. I kept my cool, even though I was irate. I HATE when you have an appointment and are still kept waiting, and this was the longest I have ever waited for an appointment ever. Nils was also losing patience, despite having a new Game Informer magazine to thumb through. The receptionist checked and said someone would be with me in a minute...and true to her word, about a minute later, a nurse came in, apologizing like crazy. She stated it was completely her fault, she thought I was getting an ultrasound and was waiting for me to come out. They just went to electronic record system and this was only the second day so things were chaotic and everyone was still trying to get used to it all. I understood, I know what its like when you have to rely on computers. In fact, the nurse and even the doctor were so apologetic that they offered me three free 4D ultrasounds (like over a $300 value!) for the inconvenience! Suddenly that wait didn't seem that long at all! And after getting a quick urine sample, my blood pressure, and a quick listen to our baby's heartbeat (healthy, loud and strong!) we were out the door with a 4D ultrasound set up for me at 16 weeks, 26 weeks and again at 34 weeks! For free! I guess patience does pay off and good things come to those who wait! P.S- I weighed in at 159 lbs, which means I have gained 9 pounds in 12 weeks, since getting pregnant; and three pounds since my last appointment 4 weeks ago. They suggest I aim for no more than 25 lbs, 30 max. I gained about 35-40 with Shaylee. | 05.13.2010 | 13 weeks! Baby K is now about 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches long and weighs about 1/2 and 3/4 ounce. Fingerprints have formed on our baby's tiny fingertips, her/ his veins and organs are clearly visible through her/his still-thin skin, and her/his body is starting to catch up with her/his head — which makes up just a third of her/his body size now. If we are having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Crazy right?! I am doing well, better every day! The queasiness is starting to be less and less every day unless its been a few hours since I last ate. Only real cravings now is sleep! I found that quick little 20 minute power naps work best, although life and family don't always allow it! Only complaints this week is that I continue to get pain in my chest on the right side, just under my breast. I had the same EXACT pain in the same EXACT location with Shaylee- I remember because it was so constant and last almost the entire pregnancy. Still have no idea what it is, I just know that I am not looking forward to it nagging me daily for the next several months. It feels like something under the skin is getting hard and then when you touch this area it is painful, like pressing on a bruise. I used to think it was Shaylee pushing up, since it was most painful after I could feel her moving- with this pregnancy, its occurring a lot sooner. And I can completely rule out the theory that its the baby pushing up on that area since he/she after all is no bigger than a peach right now! Placing a small heating pad on the area relieves the pain mostly, and being horizontal helps so usually right after work, the first thing I do is lay down with my awesome Boppy Total Body Pillow. A huge milestone is coming up next week- the start of my 2nd trimester! This is super exciting as it means my risk of miscarriage has gone down tremendously! They say the 2nd trimester is the best as the early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness have nearly faded and the aches and pains of the final stretches of pregnancy have not yet set in. Bring on the 2nd trimester! | 05.19.2010 13 weeks | 05.19.2010
14: This week's big developments: Our baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his/her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his/her facial muscles are getting a workout as his/her tiny features form one expression after another. His/her kidneys are producing urine, which he/she releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he/she will keep up until birth. Our baby is really stretching out. From head to bottom, he/she measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he/she weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His/her body's growing faster than his/her head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his/her arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his/her body. (His/her legs still have some lengthening to do.) He/she is starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his/her body. Baby K's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his/her spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can't feel his/her tiny punches and kicks yet, our little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active. Definitely not a gummy bear anymore but a real teeny tiny person! My all-day queasiness is becoming more and more rare, thank goodness. My cravings are pretty much the same as before- cheese, red meat, Mexican food (especially tacos and nachos), pickles and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Same stuff different week. I still LOVE sleeping, I still get that weird pain in my right side just under my right breast, but thankfully that strange and itchy rash I had between my cleavage is near gone- its only a patch of dry skin that is slightly darker than the rest of my skin. My newest pregnancy symptom is what can best be described as round-ligament pain. Round ligaments are attached to each side of the upper uterus and to the pelvic side wall. During pregnancy and the growth of the uterus, these ligaments are stretched and pulled. My movements can stretch and pull these ligaments causing discomfort and at times, pain. If I stretch my arms up over my head too far in a big yawn, I can get a pain in my side. I noticed I get them more while I am sleeping, which in a way, to me, is like when my body is doing the most growing and stretching so I shrug it off. Best to have the most symptoms when I am focused on them the least than during the day when I am super-alert to any changes in my body. Bending at the waist is getting harder and harder. Things like lifting my foot to put my pants on while sitting is getting more and more difficult as I am very aware of the little rock hard lump of a uterus in my belly. Our little baby is really in there! | Welcome 2nd Trimester!! | 05.26.2010 14 weeks
15: I finally finished my baby registry at Babies R Us! I decided to use it as my only registry (you might remember reading my post about MyRegistry.com) since the other was a little bit more difficult for people to buy from (too many "this is what you have to do" rules). Plus everyone is familiar with Babies R Us! Even those that don't like close to one are able to shop online easily, or find the same items at Toys R Us in some cases. Anyways, its finally complete! The only thing missing is clothes, since we don't know the gender of Baby K yet. Anyhow, the lady at Babies R Us actually suggested we DIDN'T register for baby clothes only because clothes are seasonal and what we might register for now, or even later, may or may not be available when people start shopping. That and she said clothes show up funny on the registry and are very difficult to read which may prevent some people from trying to buy clothes on the registry anyways. She said the best thing to do is to use any gift cards we receive to buy them, or buy them ourselves. Not a half bad idea, considering I have 10 pages now of other registry goodies! Yikes! I am very excited to welcome baby #2 into our lives, I only hope that with all the baby necessities, that there is still going to be room in our house for us! | Memorial Day Weekend | My cute new maternity bathing suit from Motherhood Maternity!
16: Our growing baby now measures about 4 to 4 1/2 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She/He's busy moving amniotic fluid through her/his nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her/his lungs begin to develop. Her/his legs are growing longer than her/his arms now, and she/he can move all of her/his joints and limbs. Although her/his eyelids are still fused shut, she/he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, she/he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for our baby to taste at this point, but she/he is forming taste buds. She/he may be sucking her/his thumb and her/his little ears are continuing to develop externally, looking more like normal ears. Finally, if I have an ultrasound this week, we may be able to find out whether our baby's a boy or a girl! Fortunately our next doctor's appointment and ultrasound is next week, so there maybe a chance we can find out early (although the rest of the family has to wait until June 19th for the big reveal!) Nailing down our baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on our baby's position. Hopefully Baby K cooperates! The second trimester truly is the "honeymoon phase"- as I feel pretty great! The queasiness is becoming more and more rare although with the summer heat, I find that being in it for too long can bring on the nausea all over again, and although I love to sleep, I don't feel the NEED to have to sleep quite as often or as much. Waking up in the mornings is becoming less and less difficult. Cravings seem a thing of the past...there really isn't too much that I crave consistently. It varies day to day, so I don't think that even counts. As far as my body goes, I am unmistakably pregnant! I can definitely feel my uterus; its a hard ball about 3 to 4 inches below my bellybutton. Bending over is becoming increasingly more difficult! One big milestone for me is that I must learn to sleep on my side,preferably my left, which allows for proper circulation from the aorta and the inferior vena cava that run down the back of my abdomen, which is the transports vital blood to my baby.... which is my normal sleeping position so this isn't really a problem. It just figures that I usually find myself wanting to lay on my stomach, now that I can't! | 06.02.2010 15 weeks
17: While some women notice "quickening" as early as 13 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more, some first time mom's not feeling these earliest movements that feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping, until 20 weeks. Women that have had previous pregnancies tend to feel them sooner as they are more experienced in what it feels like, after all, they'd been there before! There is a broad range of when the first detection of movement can be felt, ranging from 13-25 weeks. But tonight, I think I felt the first recognizable quickening! I am super aware of most of what is going on 'down there' and 'in there' so whenever I feel the slightest flutter, bubble, or otherwise, I pay close attention to the feeling and analyize what I am doing or have eaten that could contribute to the feeling. I think the feelings began about a week ago, but after reviewing what I had eaten prior to feeling the flutters, I am not confident enought to say that I fell they were quickening movements, but gas. But tonight, there was nothing that I had eaten that could be considered a culprit for gas...and the feeling was quite strong considering! It truly had to be quickening, I am sure of it! They say that once you feel quickening, you will probably be able to feel it everyday, however some days it may not be as often or as strong as others and if you want to get your baby active, it is often suggested that you drink a big glass of orange juice and lay down to wait for your baby to move. I just so happened to have taken a drink of a can of soda, so the sugar was a wake up call to Baby K- a little sugar rush, if you will. It's also said that when you are up moving around, it often rocks your baby to sleep, so when you stop moving, he/she is able to wake up and start moving on his/her own. Here is something else that I found interesting: if you start to feel what you think is quickening, but has a definite pattern, like a tap every five to ten seconds, it could be that your baby has the hiccups! Hiccups, like the quickening are a sure sign that your baby is growing and is healthy inside your belly. How exciting! Over the following weeks these feelings of movement will grow stronger and I'll be able to feel them much more frequently and there will be less and less confusion on what is gas bubbles and what is Baby K making his/her presence known, even if only to me at first! | 06.07.2010
18: We are getting ready for a growth spurt. How exciting! In the next few weeks, our baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he/she about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) to 5 inches and 3 1/2 ounces. His/her legs are much more developed, his/her head is more erect than it has been, and his/her eyes have moved closer to the front of his/her head. And his/her eyes are finally working, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo! His/her ears are close to their final position, too.The bones that are now in place in his/her ears means he can probably hear my voice as I talk. While he/she is getting used to my voice, the tiny muscles in his/her body, especially the ones in his/her back, are gaining strength, so he/she can straighten out a little more. And thanks to his/her developing facial muscles, our baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. The patterning of his/her scalp has begun, though his/her locks aren't recognizable yet. He/she even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his/her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as our baby continues to develop. And most excitingly, we might just find out the sex of the baby this Friday at my OB/GYN appointment and ultrasound!!!! My cravings lately have been popsicles, especially the ones that are made from real fruit..mmmmm! Maybe its my body wanting more fruit or maybe its the heat, but whatever it is, I love them! Edy's makes a great grape one! Nils must be having sympathy cravings as he is surprisingly obsessed with my Publix Premium Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, which was my ultimate craving all throughout my pregnancy with Shaylee. My how the tables have turned, he's usually a peanut butter/chocolate fan and I had never seen him eat mint ice cream until these past couple of weeks! He also craves buffalo wings...or buffalo wing sauce on chicken nuggets in a pinch. | 06.09.2010 16 weeks
20: Circle= Girl, Back and Forth = Boy It's spinning in a circle! | Old Wives Tale | oL | o | An old wives tale says that if you dangle your wedding ring on a string over your pregnant belly and it moves side to side (back and forth) then its gonna be a boy...if it swings in a circle, its gonna be a girl. Since my ultrasound is scheduled for tomorrow and there is a chance that we may learn the gender of Baby K, we had to try this trick out, just for fun. I had done it when I was pregnant with Shaylee the Christmas before she was born (wedding ring on loan since Nils and I were only engaged at the time, LOL) and it said I would have a girl so it was right then. Will it be right again? At first we tried to use Nils' wedding ring but it apparently was too heavy and didn't move at all. I even joked around and blew on it to see if it would budge with no success so we slipped mine off and tied it on. Soon after hovering it over my belly, the ring slowly begun to move in a circular motion. I even had Nils balance his arm on my bent knees to steady his hand...it was definitely moving in a circle! What fun! According to this old wives tale, another girl is in our future! | 06.10.2010
21: My 16 week OBGYN appointment was today. At first I was a little peeved that my appointment had been scheduled and confirmed at one location and then when she showed up there 5 minutes before my appointment, they tell us that we are at the other location. So my ultrasound had to be bumped. The whole drive to the other office, I kept worrying that they wouldn't do the ultrasound at all. But alas! Once at the other office, they did! After pointing out various parts such as the heart, the stomach, arms, legs, etc, it came time to check what was between those little legs! It took several minutes and me having to turn over on my left, then my right, and back onto my back, to get a shot- but there it was. The woman that did the sonogram was pretty certain of what we were seeing but suggested we wait to make any plan such as painting a nursery, until we were able to get a more clear and defined shot of what we were looking at. She thinks it's a GIRL!!!! Anyhow, Baby K is perfectly healthy, if not completely stubborn! His/her positioning postponed the 4D ultrasound as he/she was transverse, meaning laying sideways instead of up and down, with his/her face facing out, shoulder down. So we got a good shot at the face but the sonographer was not able to get a clear view of the heart valves and therefore I will have to return in 4 weeks to get another ultrasound. They will do the free 4D ultrasound then. The positioning is completely fine for this early in pregnancy though they assured us. Surprisingly Baby K weighed in at more than I was expecting- 6 ounces! Wow! And I weighed in less than I was expecting, only 162.5 lbs. My blood pressure and everything is fine, no issues. Hurray! | saying hello | a tiny foot | It's A Girl! | 06.11.2010 16 weeks OBGYN Appointment
22: Our appointment at Sweet Baby O Mine 4D Ultrasound was AMAZING! Not only did we get to see our newest addition moving around in 4D, but we also got a confirmation on the gender. Baby K is a GIRL! Kaylyn Monroe Laufer is what we have decided to call her. Its offical! At my last doctor's appointment, they thought it was a girl, but the baby's position made it difficult to confirm for sure. This appointment gave us over half an hour to "ooh" and "awww" over our tiny, precious baby and also gave us enough time to confirm that it was indeed a beautiful baby girl we were gazing at! And what a mover she is! She barely sat still the entire time we were viewing her! She was all about the hands about her face- it was hard to tell whether she was just touching her face or was actually sucking her thumb! Anyhow, it was adorable! She also had several shots of her smiling! She was actually smiling!!! With my appointment package, I got a CD of over 200 photos, plus a DVD of her moving set to gentle classical music, four printed photos, a pink "Mommy's Sippy Cup" tumbler, a bag of coupons and business cards from various vendors, and a certificate that allows me to return and get the same package as my first visit for only $59 (our package we selected was $149)...and more! So now I got a great assortment of still photos of Kaylyn in the womb at 17 weeks! It was an AMAZING experience! I cannot wait to return to see her with more meat on her bones and actually get a sneak peek at what our second daughter really looks like (at this age, being so tiny, there isn't much fat on her so features are not able to be seen as clearly as a baby, say, at 30 weeks). I highly recommend not only this experience of a 4D ultrasound, but this place in particular, to all moms! | It's A Girl!!! Presenting 'Kaylyn Monroe Laufer'!
26: 06.20.2010 17 weeks
27: I am a huge fan of The Picture People. They do great work and we have trusted them to do 99% of the professional photos we have of Shaylee. And I get really great coupons from them almost every month, especially around holidays. For Father's Day I got a super great coupon for a Portrait Package which consist of 1 8x10, 2 5x7s, and 8 wallets for $9. Or you could do two poses, which included the Portrait Package for each pose for $18. I opted for this as the deal was too hard to pass up. I decided to do a maternity session with a big bow around my tummy with the baby's gender. And since finding out we were expecting another little princess, I found a great ribbon that said "Oh Baby! Its A Girl!" and made it for the photo session. The photos came out AWESOME! I loved them! Here are the two poses I chose.... I have quite an impressive baby bump for 17 weeks! | So a little late, but still an update... Our baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker. She weighs about 5 ounces now, about as much as a turnip, and is around 5 inches long from head to bottom, Her heart is now regulated by her brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute- about as twice as fast as mine! And she's practicing the survival skills she'll need at birth- like sucking and swallowing. Major pregnancy symptom has begun this week- indigestion and heartburn! An old wives tale says if you get a lot of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair. What a change that will be from when Shaylee was born! I don't think she got a full of head of hair until she was about a year old! And to add to the heartburn, I also have bleeding gums and nasal congestion- thanks to pregnancy hormones that cause mucus membranes to swell. But in spite of the discomfort, its all worth it! | 06.23.2010 18 weeks
28: Progress | Head to rump, our baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces! She's busy flexing her arms and legs, movements that I'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. I have already felt the occasional flutter her and there! Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they still stand out a bit from her head. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after her birth. My cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes now, and during this trimester my blood pressure will probably be lower than usual (although I have always have relatively low blood pressure). I have read to be careful not to spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or I might feel a little dizzy. From now on, when I do lie down, its important that I lie on my side, preferably to the left as when you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart. Thank goodness for my Boppy Total Body pillow! I have already gotten used to sleeping on my left side, with the support of this awesome pillow since early in my pregnancy. Whoa boy! Major indigestion this week! And those pesky pregnancy hormones causing mucous membranes in my body to swell result in bleeding gums when I brush my teeth and constant congestion (and the occasional light nose bleed from dried sinus cavities). But other than those three reoccurring symptoms, I feel pretty good! | 06.23.2010 18 weeks
29: Our baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear my voice now! She should weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. Hmm, wonder if she is gonna be a blond like Shaylee and her daddy or a brunette like me?A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid. No pickled baby here, please! The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies still sport a bit of the coating at birth. I'll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. I am already pretty big already, and I am gonna get even bigger, yikes! As a result, I may notice some achiness in my lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when I shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. I have already begun noticing this a couple weeks ago, every now and again. In in anticipation for our new arrival, I have kept very busy dreaming, planning, and researching things for our baby shower! Its taken up a good portion of my free time lately. I guess it helps pass the time, as we are so anxious to meet our new little one! | 06.30.2010 19 weeks
30: 20 | 20 weeks 07.07.2010 | Our baby weighs about 10 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.) She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and we'll see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery). Oh doesn't that sound lovely, LOL! I've hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy. The top of my uterus is about level with my belly button, and I've likely gained around 12-14 pounds. Now I can expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. Now I have to be sure I'm getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. So Nils has been making a point to try to get some yummy steaks whenever possible. This belly is definitely getting bigger! It makes the simplest things, like rolling over in bed or getting up off the couch, harder and harder to do! But the pleasant thing is I can feel Kaylyn moving more and more each day, a good indication that this belly is housing something wonderful, making all those frustrating times completely worth it!
31: Pregnancy Milestone: Nesting begins! I feel the overwhelming need to get things organized and clean even though Baby Kaylyn is not expected for another four months!
32: For my 20th week appointment, I got to see little Kaylyn in 4D again! And as usual, she had her fingers in her mouth and her hands up by her face the majority of the time! This time the tech was able to see the heart chambers, a concern from my last ultrasound in which this could not be seen clearly due to her position. Speaking of position, it appears Kaylyn has a favorite- she likes to lay with her head on my right side and her feel on the left...that's where I always feel the kicking too. She weighed in about 13 ounce and appears to be growing right on schedule. I weighed in at 164 lbs myself, a total weight gain of about 14 pounds which is also good. My blood pressure and everything was normal as well. Its always a relief to get to see her, although she was being quite difficult again. The ultrasound tech tried to get a shot of her face but Kaylyn was insistent on hiding it in the placenta. What a shy girl she is turning out to be! So another ultrasound has been ordered at my next appointment, so that they can see her little face! On this appointment I was given a bottle of Glucola which is a special drink I will need to consume 30 minutes prior to my appointment time when I return for my next appointment at 24 weeks. This drink is to help test for gestational diabetes, a condition that occurs during pregnancy where your blood sugar levels may be excessively high and often causes no symptoms. After drinking the Glucola, blood is drawn one hour from the last sip. If the results are elevated, I would require additional testing, which would consist of a full three-hour glucose tolerance test done in a laboratory. From what I remember of the Glucola I took while pregnant with Shaylee, it taste similar to a flat, watered down orange soda. Some of my friends describe it tasting like a melted orange popsicle or Kool-Aid with extra sugar. It wasn't as unpleasant as my mom describes the drink she had to take while pregnant with me which was more like a flat, syrupy cherry cola. The size of the drink is a lot smaller from the cherry-cola like drink she had to take. This week I have still felt pretty good. I still get the indigestion. My nose bleeds aren't as common although I have had a pretty bad one this week which required several tissues and sitting down with my head back to stop the bleeding. I feel lots of movement from Kaylyn now- she is a real mover and a shaker, although the movements are still a bit too small for us to feel from the outside. Once in a while I get a good kick that can faintly be felt from the outside, but as soon as I get Nils to put his hand on my belly, she calms down or moves away. My biggest complaint this week, and sure to be a common one as I get bigger, is that bending over, rolling over, and getting up from a horizontal position, is getting harder and harder. I feel so roly-poly! | 07.09.2010 | 20 Week OBGYN Appointment
33: 20th Week Ultrasound
34: 21 weeks 07.14.2010 | Our little one is estimated to weight about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 inches long, about the length of a carrot. And those little fluttering movements I felt are turning into more prominent kicks and nudges. I have read that many begin to develop sleep and awake schedules. I have begun paying close attention to when Kaylyn is actively moving around and when I don’t feel her move as much to gain a sense of what kind of schedule she has. With Shaylee, her most active time of day was 3am, while I was trying to sleep! So far, Kaylyn’s schedule is really nice! Her most active periods are 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, and 9pm. Maybe she will be a baby that sleeps through the night from birth like my younger brother did when he was born, unlike Shaylee or me (I used to wake every hour, on the hour, according to my mom)! In other developments, her eyebrows and lids are present now. As far as my symptoms go, I still get the indigestion, nose bleeds, and bleeding gums. They are so common now, that I barely notice them. It’s become just a normal part of life now a days! No other major symptoms although I have noticed that my feet have begun to swell ever so slightly if I have been on my feet for any length of time. Fortunately I work at a desk so I don’t have that problem too much. Since I am more prone to varicose veins now, I should be taking frequent breaks from sitting to stand and stretch and to keep myself even more comfortable, I often prop my feet up on a box under my desk. | Pregnancy Milestone: Kaylyn's kicks are getting stronger and stronger and now I can now see my belly move as she moves!
35: Little Kaylyn is looking more and more like a miniature newborn! At around 11 inches and almost a full pound, her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct and she is developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. This is kinda funny because this week I dreamt that I gave birth to a baby born with a full set of baby teeth (it was also a boy and the size of a 12 month old but hey, weird and vivid dreams are completely normal when you are pregnant!) Her eyes have formed but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. Hmm, wonder if Kaylyn will have blue eyes like her sister and daddy or green eyes like me? She is able to perceive light and dark. She can also hear my voice, my heartbeat, my gurgling stomach, and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through my body. As her brain and nerve endings develop, she will continue to reach for her face and anything else she can reach just to experiment with her newfound sense of touch. Apparently she has already found her mouth, since every ultrasound I have had done from the very beginning shows her with her fingers in her mouth or up near her face. I wonder if this means she will be a thumb sucker? Shaylee latched onto the pacifier only after it was introduced to her while she was teething and just recently gave it up on her fourth birthday. It was a long battle with Shaylee and I can only imagine that breaking a thumb-sucker would be even harder- it’s not like you can get rid of their vice, it’s with them all the time! Kaylyn’s body is also covered with a fine hair called lanugo that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Her pancreas, essential for the production of some important hormones, is developing steadily. At this point in my pregnancy, I don’t notice too much of a change in my symptoms but I have noticed that my breast are getting even larger. I am to the point where I have to buy new bras. I have managed this long with my pre-pregnancy Victoria Secret bras where I happily filled them even better than before, but now, I am in serious risk of a major wardrobe malfunction! I am overflowing in them! The belly, however, doesn’t really appear to be getting too much bigger- it has been expanding slowly and steadily so the changes aren’t too noticeable. Thank goodness I have yet to see any stretch marks though! And as if an ever-expanding belly wasn’t enough, now its possible my feet could be getting bigger too! The pregnancy hormone, relaxin, loosens the pelvic ligaments when you’re expanding, but it loosens other ligaments too- including the ones in your feet. This could result in a increase of shoe size from half a size to a full size! I just hope they don’t grow more than half a size as I have about four pairs of brand new stilettos I bought right before I got pregnant! | 22 weeks 07.21.2010 | Pregnancy Milestone: Its official! We are now on “belly-button-pop” watch! Around this time in pregnancy, some women experience the protruding navel, until after delivery. My innie is working its way into an outie! It’s my lil’ turkey timer; as my Thanksgiving baby grows, it tells me I am getting that much closer! Grow baby grow!
36: Kaylyn now has a sense of movement and can feel if I turn on the music and dance. And now that she is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, about as much as a large mango, I can definitely see her squirm and nudge in my belly. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that her increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as our dog’s barking or the roar of my hair dryer— probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb. This week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain as her weight in the next four weeks alone should double. And even though we have already heard her heartbeat with a Doppler a number of times, we can now hear it with a standard stethoscope. Kaylyn’s skin is reddish in color now because of the developing blood vessels underneath (remember, the skin is very thin still). It also hangs loosely from her little body at this point. That's because the skin grows faster than the fat develops during fetal growth. But don't worry. By the time our little Baby K is born, she will be pleasantly plump and filled out — from chubby cheeks to chubby toes. I have noticed that my ankles and feet start to swell a bit more and will continue in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. My body will get rid of the extra fluid after I have my baby but in the meantime, I should lie on my left side or put my feet up when I can, stretch out my legs when I sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. I should also be drinking plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia so I need to watch it and be sure to call my doctor if I have severe or sudden swelling of my feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of my hands, swelling in my face, or puffiness around my eyes. Another thing we are watching for, another pregnancy milestone, is what I call the “zebra stripe”, that dark line that runs between your belly button and your public area called the linea nigra, that is caused by the same pregnancy hormones that cause all the skin discolorations during pregnancy, like the darker shade of areolas and deeper tone of freckles, and for some women, the mask of pregnancy- or chloasma- which causes discoloration around the nose, forehead, cheeks and eyes! Thank goodness I don’t have that! We also continue to watch to see if my belly button will pop; what I affectionately refer to as my “lil’ turkey timer”. When it pops, we know we are getting that much closer to holding our little Thanksgiving baby in our arms! | 07.28.2010 23 weeks
37: Our baby is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at just over a pound to one and a half pounds and gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week.. Since she's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Those little ears of hers are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds, from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Also by now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is Kaylyn a brunette, a blonde, or even a redhead? Actually, right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. In the past few weeks, the top of my uterus has risen above my belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. And I am finally showing the very faint traces of the “zebra stripe”, that dark line down the middle of my tummy, called the linea nigra, thanks to pregnancy hormones that cause hyperpigmentation. I am still on “belly-button-pop-watch” and my innie is halfway to becoming an outie! Fortunately, my other pregnancy symptoms have decreased- I haven’t had a nose bleed in a while and my gums bleed less and less. I also, thankfully, have not developed carpal tunnel like I did when I was pregnant with Shaylee. I also found that I have not had any issues with my sciatic nerve, which was my biggest discomfort with Shaylee. All and all, I have felt pretty good, if not just tired. My ankles and feet don’t swell too much. My only real discomfort is my indigestion and the lower abdominal achiness. As my uterus continues to expand, the ligaments that support my uterus continue to stretch — and may cause some pain. Occasional achiness in this area is normal, but if the discomfort is accompanied by symptoms such as fever, chills, or bleeding, I should be sure to see my doctor. Kaylyn is such an active little one! She has sometimes hour long episodes of kicking, nudging, and moving around but thankfully sleeps when I sleep! I love every little movement she makes! Her movements are also very predictable as she continues to be active during certain times of the day. I have to say, I prefer her schedule over the one Shaylee had! Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure. For this test, at my last appointment I was given a special drink to take an hour before my next OBGYN appointment which is at the end of this week. | I had my first pregnancy related scare last night! After walking around our local craft store for about an hour, I noticed that my belly felt unusually heavy, like there was this tremendous pressure pushing out and downwards, making me feel rather uncomfortable, as if I needed to support my belly by holding it. When I got home I laid down on the couch and put my feet up as my feet were a little swollen as well. Even laying down, the pressure was getting worse and worse, and now was accompanied by a dull cramping feeling, much like menstrual cramps or the stitch you get in your side after running. I had never experienced this feeling throughout my entire pregnancy with Shaylee and I started stressing what could be causing it. I begun flipping through all my pregnancy books, trying to match my symptoms with conditions of concern. For some reason, the term preeclampsia kept popping up in my mind. I contemplated running to the nearest pharmacy and using those blood pressure cuff booths they have to check to see if my blood pressure was elevated, except by now the feeling was intense enough to keep me on the couch. To help relieve the heavy feeling, I thought I would lay in a warm bath, that maybe the water would make my belly feel a little more weightless and the warm water would relax me. After soaking for about half an hour, with only mild relief, I retreated to my bed with my nest of pillows, one propped under my belly. Any comfort I might have gotten was short lived as I had to run to the toilet to vomit. Now not only did I have this unusual pressure and cramping, but now I was vomiting and it was really beginning to concern me so I finally called the emergency after hour number for my practitioners nurse, contemplating whether or not I should be going to the emergency room to get checked out. The nurse asked me if I could have eaten anything that caused stomach upset, but all I could think was that the vomiting was due to nerves since my actual stomach felt fine. She said unless I was having rhythmic contractions or showed any spotting of blood, I should be fine and to just try to lay down and relax. If I continued to feel poorly in the morning then they would ask to see me, but most likely I was fine and what I was feeling, although uncomfortable and concerning, was normal. In the morning, I did call out of work as the tossing and turning and worrying kept me up most of the night and I was exhausted. But after spending the majority of the morning sleeping and relaxing for the remainder of the afternoon, I was feeling much better and the feeling had passed. I am sure , thinking back, it was just experiencing some wicked round ligament pains and the vomiting was brought on by stressing that what I was feeling was worse than it really was. Regardless of whether or not it was just another normal pregnancy symptom, it was indeed scary and something I hope I don’t have to experience again! | 07/30/2010
38: Our baby is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at just over a pound to one and a half pounds and gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week.. Since she's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon start to plump up. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Those little ears of hers are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds, from a yapping dog to a jackhammer. Also by now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Is Kaylyn a brunette, a blonde, or even a redhead? Actually, right now her locks are white since there's no pigment yet. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. In the past few weeks, the top of my uterus has risen above my belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. And I am finally showing the very faint traces of the “zebra stripe”, that dark line down the middle of my tummy, called the linea nigra, thanks to pregnancy hormones that cause hyperpigmentation. I am still on “belly-button-pop-watch” and my innie is halfway to becoming an outie! Fortunately, my other pregnancy symptoms have decreased- I haven’t had a nose bleed in a while and my gums bleed less and less. I also, thankfully, have not developed carpal tunnel like I did when I was pregnant with Shaylee. I also found that I have not had any issues with my sciatic nerve, which was my biggest discomfort with Shaylee. All and all, I have felt pretty good, if not just tired. My ankles and feet don’t swell too much. My only real discomfort is my indigestion and the lower abdominal achiness. As my uterus continues to expand, the ligaments that support my uterus continue to stretch — and may cause some pain. Occasional achiness in this area is normal, but if the discomfort is accompanied by symptoms such as fever, chills, or bleeding, I should be sure to see my doctor. Kaylyn is such an active little one! She has sometimes hour long episodes of kicking, nudging, and moving around but thankfully sleeps when I sleep! I love every little movement she makes! Her movements are also very predictable as she continues to be active during certain times of the day. I have to say, I prefer her schedule over the one Shaylee had! Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure. For this test, at my last appointment I was given a special drink to take an hour before my next OBGYN appointment which is at the end of this week. | 08.04.2010 24 weeks
39: 08.06.2010 24 week OB/GYN Appointment