13 Weeks

I got the results from my EKG. It confirmed that I do have an abnormal heartbeat.  The thyroid test came back normal.  I have an appointment with the cardiologist on November 9th.

I have been very sick this week.  I started getting a cough last Sunday, and now I feel so much worse.  I caught a cold from the kids at Head Start.  I have a very painful cough, lots of congestion and wheezing that is wreaking havoc on my asthma.  I can’t sleep because I can’t breath through my nose, and when I breathe through my mouth my throat stings.  My throat is just killing me.  It hurts to drink or eat anything.  I have a low grade fever which I’m keeping down with Tylenol.  My heart palpitations are worse no doubt due to the stress on my body because of this cold.  And of course, I am still nauseous and throwing up.  I hope this is not putting additional stress on the baby.

I have a baby check-up tomorrow morning.  I’ll make sure to ask them to check the baby’s heartbeat to make sure everything is ok.  I will tell them about my upper respiratory infection but I don’t think there is anything I can take for it.  I think the only antibiotics that are safe to take during pregnancy are penicillin and I’m allergic to penicillin.

Next weekend is Halloween and I hope I feel better enough to go out and enjoy it with Faith.  She has been outside with daddy this week doing yard work.  I wish I could be out there with them, but I’ve been swamped with homework and miserable because of this cold.  I’m so glad that Faith is not sick yet though, and she is enjoying the fall weather :)

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13 weeks belly pic…

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This is what baby looks like at 13 weeks…

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Your baby’s tiny fingertips have fingerprints, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you’re having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (about the size of a pea pod) and weighs nearly an ounce.

 

12 Weeks

It has been a somewhat frightening week for me.  I went to the doctor this week for a genetic screening blood test (I won’t get the results of the test for a couple weeks.)  While I was there,  I mentioned I was having some heart palpitations.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, but they did.  They sent me to the hospital for an EKG.  They also drew more blood to check my thyroid (I guess thyroid problems can effect your heart.)  I am still waiting to hear the results of those tests.  On November 9th, I have to see a cardiologist.  I will be sent home with a heart monitor I’ll have to wear for 24 hours.

Heart palpitations are more common in pregnant women because of the increased blood supply and the pregnancy hormones that make your heart beat faster and harder.  So I didn’t think it was a great concern.  However,  I have been having them very frequently.  Throughout the day and night.  While I was in the doctor’s office, I started counting them, and I had about 4 heart palpitations in less than an hour.  It feels like my heart is skipping a beat.  I feel my heart move in my chest.  When the doctor was listening to my heart, she noticed the irregular heartbeat.  She said I was having extra heartbeats.  I hope it is nothing serious.  Please say a prayer that all will be ok.

The doctor also checked the baby while I was there.  She had a small handheld ultrasound device.  She moved the wand around my belly searching for a heartbeat.  The minutes were ticking by and still I hadn’t heard a heartbeat.  I was starting to panic but then FINALLY we heard it.  130 beats per minute.  She said it sounded great.  She also said I have a very active baby which was why it was so heart to track the heartbeat.  Baby was moving around all over the place!  Yay!  Happy and active! :)

In other news,  I am still nauseous.  Big surprise right? :)   Not feeling any better yet but praise God this is my last week of my first trimester!  Once I’m out of the first trimester, my chances of a miscarriage drop considerably.  I would only have a 1 or 2% chance of miscarrying at this point.  Thank you, Jesus.

12 weeks belly pic…

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Faith said she wanted to look like a werewolf in this picture.  She’s showing off her fangs lol.

What baby looks like at 12 weeks…

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The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it.

His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

11 Weeks

Before this pregnancy I weighed 155 lbs and now I weigh 140 lbs.  Needless to say, the nausea is taking its toll on me, and this week has been by far the worst.  I have only one week left before I’m out of the first trimester, and instead of starting to feel better, I’m feeling worse.  When I was pregnant with Faith, I only lost 7 lbs in the first trimester before gaining weight.  Now with this pregnancy, I’ve already lost twice that amount.

Still, I have to say how thankful I am that I’m now 11 weeks into my pregnancy and still feeling a full array of pregnancy symptoms.  Thank you Jesus for allowing this pregnancy to progress.  Thank you so much.  I’m so thankful for all of the many blessings God has given me.  I still find myself thinking, “I’m really married?  I’m really a mother?”  I still find it such a miracle.  In the middle of the night when I wake up because of my rumbling sour stomach, or when I get up for a drink of water, I hear Aaron and Faith sleeping soundly and I pray, “Thank you Jesus for my family.  Thank you for their health and happiness.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of their lives.  And thank you for this baby growing inside of me.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

On Monday I will get the genetic screening test done to check for any chromosomal abnormalities the baby may have.  This is just a blood test.  Now that I’m further along in my pregnancy, the baby’s DNA is floating around in my blood.  They will detect the baby’s DNA and analyze it for genetic problems.  The baby’s DNA will also show the gender of the baby so we will know soon what the sex is.  Please pray for a perfectly healthy baby, but most of all, for God’s will to prevail in our lives no matter where He leads us.

Aaron and I would like to share the news of the baby’s sex with a photography session done by my sister.  I will ask the nurse to put the baby’s gender in an envelope.  I’ll give the envelope to my sister and she will prepare a box filled will blue or pink balloons.  When it’s ready,  Aaron, Faith and I will head over to my sister’s house and open the box!  We won’t know the baby’s gender until we open that box.  Only my sis will know before then, and I hope she keeps her lips sealed! :)  It will be a fun way of sharing our reaction with family and friends :)  I can’t wait to see Faith’s face when she finds out if she’s getting a brother or sister.  She wants a boy :)

11 weeks belly pic…

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This is what baby looks like now at 11 weeks…

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Baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She’s already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won’t feel your baby’s acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.