Saturday, February 27, 2010

10 Weeks!

Baby is nearly an inch and a half long and the size of a prune, but not nearly as shriveled.In fact, your baby is really taking a human shape now. Bones and cartilage are forming, and small indentations on the legs are developing into knees and ankles. The arms (complete with elbows) can flex already, but don't run to the store for a baseball bat just yet. Though your baby's arms are taking shape and getting stronger, each one is only about the size of this number 1.

The tooth bud fairy is making her appearance this week, heralding the arrival of your baby's little choppers, which are forming under the gums. Your baby's stomach is producing digestive juices, the kidneys are producing larger quantities of urine, and, if your baby's a boy, he's already producing testosterone (yikes!).

Shay and our little "prune" 2.26.2010


Monday, February 22, 2010

Maternity Monday

How far along? 9 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: -5.3 lbs

Maternity clothes? Still just the Beband. I did get a new bra a few weeks ago but some days my boobs weren't as swollen...but it's pretty much a constant. I ended up getting a nursing bra at the recommendation of a friend instead of wasting $ on bigger bras.

Stretch marks? not from baby

Sleep: Sleeping well. Let the crazy dreams begin. UGH.

Best moment this week: Telling Mom & Pop G we were expecting!!!

Movement: Babies moving but I won't be able to feel it for a while

Food cravings: Long John Donuts and Fries

Symptoms: Lightening boob and food & smell aversions

Gender: Nick says Boy. I have no opinion yet...

Labor Signs: Not for a while I hope! Keep on cooking little one!!

Belly Button in or out? Innie

What I miss: Wine. We went wine tasting and I had the teeniest of sips.

What I am looking forward to: Seeing/hearing our little sprout again in a few more weeks!!

Weekly Wisdom: Sometimes jokers are meant to be in a game of Progressive Gin!!

Milestones: Ladies and gents we have a fetus!!!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Coming Out to parents

Of course we wanted to do something with every set of parent as we told hasn't quite worked out that way. So when we really come out and tell the world we will for sure do it in a fun way!!

I told my mom via Skype! I had sent her some "vision boards" with decorating ideas on them. As she went through each slide and picked out the things she liked and disliked, I couldn't wait for her to get to the slides with cribs. She didn't quite get it at first. I had to say well I know how much you like birds and we really like this crib bedding and since you may be sharing a room with the baby when you come to visit in September we wanted to make sure you liked the room!! She was SHOCKED. It sucks she lives in California but it was a great way to tell her because I got to see her reaction! Thank the Lord for Skype!!

So the past 2 weeks we have told my Dad & Ruthie as well as Nick's parents. It kind of just came out with my Dad. I was over visiting and just felt like I couldn't hold it in anymore. I spilled the beans. Him and Ruthie were both very exciting and pretty shocked!!

We had planned to do something fun with Nick's Parent's since they would be in town visiting this weekend. We are a family of game loving fools. So on Friday after dinner we played a game of Progressive Gin. Nick and I had already rigged it where we pulled the jokers out of the card deck and wrote in sharpie that we were having a baby! So when Nick's parents both said that they only had 9 cards, and 10 are needed for the game Nick handed them each the jokers as the additional cards. His dad right away said wait this is a joker we can't use them in this game right? And I just said yeah you can with a big grin. He hadn't caught on and threw it on the table. Nick's mom then started staring at the card. She had just put the joker in her hand and not thought twice about looking at it. She was too occupied with Chuck's card and what it read. She stared at it and then looked up at me and said "Are you really" we both nodded and she jumped up and gave me hug! Chuck was totally confused at this point and then read the card and picked up on it! They were both so excited and of course the game was put on hold for an hour while Momma G & I gabbed! ;O)
It was prefect.

We cannot wait to tell the rest of the families on Easter!! We will be in Roanoke to tell Nick's family at the dinner table as well as Skype my side of the family in California. I think we may wait to tell the rest of my Dad's side at his birthday dinner a few days after Easter! We cannot wait!!!


Week 9

Good-bye embryo, hello fetus. Your baby is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (hold the martinis, please), with a heart that's developed enough — and large enough — to be heard with a Doppler. Tiny muscles are beginning to form, so while he might not be ready to pump iron, he's gearing up to move his arms and legs. The head has straightened out and is more fully developed, the ears are much more prominent, and some new organs (the liver, spleen, and gallbladder) are forming.

Shay and our little "green olive" 2/20/2010
*1 month since we found out we were expecting!!*


Appointment Follow-Up

Appointment went well. I love my OB/GYN, Dr. Brown! She was a recommendation from a friend who had her little girl about 4 months ago! She was very nice and informative. She wanted to make sure she had all my medical history down correctly and wanted to make sure I wasn't concerned. It wasn't too exciting. No baby seeing or hearing. Just an exam. She said everything felt good! So I am taking that as a good sign!!

I will be checking with our insurance this week to see what genetic tests are covered. If the NT scan is covered I will be getting my next u/s around 12 weeks on March 17th. We are of course counting down the days to hear the heartbeat again!!!

My appointment schedule looks a little like this:
12 Weeks (March 17)-Review lab results and hear heartbeat on doppler for first time!! *again may be getting NT scan this day
16 Weeks (approx April 14)-Quad Screen (optional test that screens for Down;s, spina bifida, & trisomy 18
20 Weeks(approx May 12)-Screening Ultrasound!!! That's when we will see the sex!!!
24 Weeks(approx June 9)- Gestational Diabetes Screening
28 Weeks (approx July 7)-Routine Visit. Rh neg shot if needed.
32 Weeks(approx August 4)-Routine visit. Asses for proper fetal grown which may include another u/s
36 Weeks (approx September 1)- Pelvic exam to asses cervical changes.
Then the weekly visits start! 36-41 weeks!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Appt tomorrow

I have my first official OB appointment tomorrow morning. I am not expecting too much. I am anxious to get my bloodwork done, that will be a sign that everything is looking good. I am not expecting another u/s for another 3 or 4 weeks. Since we had our 1st one so early. It's still too early to hear the HB on the like I said not too much going on at this appt. Lots of paperwork and questions I suppose. I am interested to hear what my OB says about my health history, a little nervous. But since all my other doctors aren't concerned I wouldn't see why she would be.

We are so thrilled to tell Nick's parents this weekend! Here's hoping it can stay a secret until Easter!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Maternity Monday

How far along? 8 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: -4.7 lbs

Maternity clothes? If we go out towards the end of the day I wear my BeBand, my pants are just too uncomfortable with the bloat most nights.

Stretch marks? not from baby

Sleep: In bed by 10 instead of 1am! Sleeping much better now that we got a humidifier.

Best moment this week: Sleeping through the night.

Movement: not yet

Food cravings: Frut mainly my 8.00 strawberries

Symptoms: Cannot seem to find anything that sounds appetizing. I have been gagging like crazy! Still no puking though! The past few days I have been so so tired.

Gender: Nick says Boy. I have no opinion yet...

Labor Signs: Not for a while I hope! Keep on cooking little one!!

Belly Button in or out? Innie

What I miss: NOT having to eat 3 meals a day plus snack.

What I am looking forward to: 1st OB appointment Feb 17th

Weekly Wisdom: Eat.

Milestones: Starting to look like a baby!

Week 8 Begins!

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day — and now is the size of a large raspberry. Your little berry is looking a lot less reptilian (even though she has webbed fingers and toes, her tail is just about gone) and a lot more baby-like these days, as her lips, nose, eyelids, legs, and back continue to take shape. Her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! And even though you can't yet feel it, she's now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds.

Shay and out little "raspberry" 2.12.2010

*by far the most bloat*

Monday, February 8, 2010

Maternity Monday

How far along? 7 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: -1.3 lbs

Maternity clothes? I did give in & get the BeBand. My skinny jeans were getting to tight by the end of the day w/ all that bloat and my size up from that jeans were just too big!

Stretch marks? not from baby

Sleep: In bed by 10 instead of 1am! Sleeping much better now that we got a humidifier.

Best moment this week: Seeing our GBaby & hearing the little spouts heartbeat! 128 bpm!!!

Movement: not yet

Food cravings: Fried pickles and veggies

Symptoms: My tatas are killing me still! UGH! Smells are getting to me and now the taste of meats are not so pleasant!

Gender: Nick says Boy. I have no opinion yet...

Labor Signs: Not for a while I hope! Keep on cooking little one!!

Belly Button in or out? Innie

What I miss: Not feeling bloated and wanting to undo my jeans by the end of the day

What I am looking forward to: 1st OB appointment Feb 17th & telling Nick's parents that weekend!

Weekly Wisdom: For You created my innermost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." --Psalm 139:13-14

Milestones: Starting to look like a baby!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Let week 7 begin!

Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry (and about 10,000 times bigger than he was at conception). Most of that growth is concentrated in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. Your baby's mouth and tongue are forming as arm and leg buds sprout, and those little kidneys are getting ready to do their job!

Shay and our little "blueberry" 2.5.2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The most beautiful sound in the world...

...was hearing our baby's heartbeat for the first time! Our u/s sound went so well, couldn't have asked for more!!! Watching the little heart flutter and beat was such an amazing experience. Baby's doing great, measuring right on target with 6weeks 5days and a strong heart rate of 128bpm!!

Introducing our Gbaby! We like to call him/her sprout :O)
Growing strong 6weeks 5day!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Nick brought to my attention today that we only have to wait 2 more days to see our little sprout. So exciting! I am sure tomorrow & Wednesday will not be over soon enough. Since we have found out we were expecting, Nick has all the faith in the world that this baby is as sticky as sticky can be. Me on the other hand, I am a nervous wreck. I am praying to God for the healthiest baby and I am doing everything in my power to ensure that! I am pretty nervous about the u/s to be honest, I am scared to death that something won't be right. I guess I just needed to put it out there maybe that will help calm my nerves. Even though I am pretty sure these nerves are going to stick around for the next 8 months!


Maternity Monday

How far along? 6 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: 0

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? not from baby

Sleep: In bed by 11 asleep around 12 and usually up by 9. But that includes some waking up every few hours ugh.

Best moment this week: Finding out my HCG levels were right on track 9024.4 at 5 weeks 3 days!

Movement: not yet

Food cravings: Actually I really wanted Oreo's and Lemonade last night. So my wonderful hubby went and got it! ♥

Symptoms: Sore tata's and a few cramps here and there. This morning I started noticing I am having a harder time with smells and I am smelling phantom sweet potatoes. NO LIE.

Gender: Nick says Boy. I have no opinion yet...

Labor Signs: Not for a while I hope! Keep on cooking little one!!

Belly Button in or out? Innie

What I miss: Margaritas at Mexican...only because we went & everyone else got one :O(

What I am looking forward to: Ultrasound on Feb 4th & DR appointment on Feb 17th!!

Weekly Wisdom: Have faith in the Lord. He is always looking out for you.

Milestones: Baby's heart is now beating to a regular beat, although it's still too faint to hear. This week all of the baby's organs are forming and he/she is starting to sprout eyes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin~First growth spurt!