9 Weeks

Another week of nausea and exhaustion.  I was too sick to go to Head Start for one day.  Eating has become a chore.  I’m still losing weight.  I threw up a couple more times this week but I am still managing to keep down the bit of food I eat.  Today I thought a pumpkin cheesecake milkshake from Arbys sounded good.  I took one sip and hated it.  I’m glad Aaron and Faith liked it, otherwise it would have went to waste.  It’s so frustrating to make some food I think I want, and find out I can’t eat it.  This baby sure is picky!  Still, I’m thanking God every day I wake up with a sour stomach.  Feeling the ickiness of pregnancy gives me peace of mind that baby is doing well and I’m very grateful.

Tomorrow I go in for another baby check-up.  I will be having another ultrasound and I’m not sure what else.  Praying that all continues to look well on tomorrow’s ultrasound!

9 weeks belly pic…

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This is what the baby now looks like at 9 weeks.

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Baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.

8 Weeks

This week has not been very productive for me.  Well, I am keeping up with my homework, but I’ve done very little housework.  Nausea has hit me full force.  My sense of smell is through the roof.  Almost everything  I smell makes me nauseous.  It’s so very hard to eat.  I’ve lost about 5 pounds.  I eat, but very little.  Fortunately, I’ve managed to keep my food down.  I only threw up twice so far.  The last time I puked, my head began hurting terribly.  A sudden and severe throbbing headache immediately after throwing up.  It lasted for about 5 minutes before it let up.  At first the pain was so bad, I thought I should go to the hospital.  I never had pain in my head like that before.  I’ll be sure to mention it to my doctor at my next appointment.

I did have another appointment this week on Monday.  It was just a routine prenatal appointment where they discuss health insurance, and medications to avoid, foods to avoid, and a timeline of my appointments for the duration of my pregnancy.  They took 5 vials of blood to check for iron levels, HIV test, and other routine things to make sure I’m healthy.  I do have to go back in a couple weeks for a genetic screening test, and also for another ultrasound.  The genetic screening test is now non-invasive.  It’s just a simple blood test to test for down syndrome, and other genetic disorders. It’s suppose to be 98% accurate.  Because of my age, this test is offered to me so I will know ahead of time if there are any problems with the baby.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

It is a great thing that I’ve been so sick.  This means my pregnancy is progressing and the baby is still growing :)  It is so frustrating though to try and eat.  If my stomach is empty, I’m really really nauseous.  So, I try to find something to eat, but my sense of smell is so strong, it seems like everything stinks to me!  I go to the fridge to find something, and then something in the fridge stinks so I close it and give up.  So far, cantaloupe, mandarine oranges, and bananas are my friends.  They smell good and don’t make me feel nauseous unless I eat too much.  Yes, it’s a fine line between feeling ok and feeling nauseous. Eat too little and I feel horrible… eat to much and I feel horrible…. catch a whiff of something bad and I run to my room and avoid food completely.  The whole house stinks to me.  Every room smells.  The sink drains stink. The waste baskets stink.  The fish bowl stinks.  The couch and cushions and sheets and blankets stink.  My daughter stinks.  Her breath smells no matter how much I brush her teeth.  She tries to kiss me and I hold my breath.  When I go outside my nose gets assaulted with Rocky’s pee and poop.  There is no where to escape.  When I’m at Head Start with the toddlers and babies,  I can’t stand their poopy diapers or their bad breath.  Even their green boogery noses smell to me.  They’re such adorable kids though; all of them.  And I have so much fun with them.  Just can’t stand to smell them lol :)  I can’t wait for this trimester to be over and hopefully start to feel normal again.

8 weeks belly pic…

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We got some fall decorating done today.  Faith was so excited when I pulled out the tote of “scary stuff.”  Halloween is her favorite time of year.  She’s been talking about Halloween ALL YEAR.

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Here is what baby looks like at 8 weeks…

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This week, many changes take place in your baby, who now measures about 1.6cm. His embryonic tail is just about gone, and all his organs, muscles and nerves are beginning to function. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Your baby’s hands now bend at the wrist, and his feet are starting to lose their webbed appearance. His eyelids cover more of his eyes and tastebuds are forming on his tongue.

7 Weeks

I am now 7 weeks pregnant.  I had an ultrasound done, and we heard the heartbeat!  I was so relieved to hear, and actually see, the heartbeat of our little baby.  157 beats per minute.  A normal and strong heartbeat!  Everything looked good and the doctor congratulated us!  Aaron and Faith were with me, and Faith also got to see the baby and hear the heartbeat.  She is also very excited.  She kisses my tummy and says, “I love you, baby.”   The doctor told me that once they can hear the heartbeat, the risk of miscarriage drops down to 1 to 3 percent!!!  When he said that, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  I thought such a low percentage of miscarriage only happens when I am out of the first trimester.  What a joy, and what a relief to hear such good news.  Although I do realize due to my age that my pregnancy is still considered “high risk,”  for now, we are all just very very happy that all is well :)

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Another great sign that a healthy happy baby is growing inside of me is the fact that I am SICK!  Yay!  Well, I don’t like feeling so bad, but regardless, I am very happy that my body is extremely fatigued and I am now fighting constant nausea. I won’t complain!  This means that our baby is growing and thriving!  It’s strange, my pregnancy symptoms are exactly like how it was when I was pregnant with Faith.  I am ok in the morning but by late afternoon/evening, I am very nauseous and exhausted – just like with Faith.   I am craving icy cold drinks and popsicles – just like with Faith.  I am craving icy cold orange juice, and with Faith I craved cold mandarin oranges.  I would eat full jars of them in one sitting.  Now I’m drinking gallons of cold orange juice.  Nothing else helps the nausea – just like how it was with Faith.  I took all of the advice from other moms to fight nausea; crackers, peppermint, ginger, carbonated drinks, etc.  Nothing helps.  Just cold and citrus.  I’m wondering if I’m pregnant with another girl because my symptoms are exactly like when I was carrying Faith.

So, as of right now, our baby looks like this at 7 weeks…

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Baby’s hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny baby fingers and toes. Technically, our baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that’s the only thing getting smaller. Baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.  Baby has eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of baby’s brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in baby’s growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

7 weeks belly pic!

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