14 Weeks

I would like to first get the bad news out of the way and end this post on a happy note.  So, firstly, my cold has gotten much worse since last week.  If you remember last week’s post I complained that I had a cold all week and that it has gotten worse.  Well, it is so much worse now.  The cold virus has spread and caused me to have terrible sinus headaches.  Stabbing pain in my temple, eye, upper teeth and jaw.  When I sneeze, cough, or puke (yes I still have some morning sickness) this causes my temples, eyes, teeth and jaws to throb with excruciating pain.  If that is not bad enough, I have lost my voice completely.  It broke my heart when the kids at Head Start would hand me a book to read to them and all I could do is turn the pages.  The virus has also caused so much constant coughing, congestion, phlegm and irritation in my lungs that it has caused pleurisy.  Pleurisy is when the lining of your lungs becomes inflamed and causes intense pain when you cough or sneeze.  Sometimes fluid builds up in your lungs because of this as well.  The coughing and sneezing causes sharp stabbing pains, yes, but it also hurts just to breathe deep and simply move around.  It hurts like hell when I throw up!  My body is just under way too much stress.  I have only taken Tylenol.  It has now been 2 weeks that I’ve been fighting this cold and still there is no end in sight.

I did see my baby doctor earlier in the week and he said, “Well your lungs sound clear.  Just keep taking Tylenol.”   Since then, my ongoing cold has caused sinus pain, laryngitis and pleurisy so I plan on going to an urgent care clinic possibly tomorrow and see what else they say.  However, there still may be little they can do since I am pregnant.

Halloween was fun for Faith.  Aaron took her trick or treating.  Unfortunately, shortly after trick or treating, Aaron started feeling really bad.  I found him sleeping on the couch in the middle of the night and he was burning up. 101.4 fever.  He went to the CVS Minute Clinic today and they said he had bronchitis.  Also his sinuses were very inflamed and irritated.  They prescribed antibiotics, Flonase, Ibuprofen, Tylenol and also Tessalon Perle which helps suppress the urge to cough.  Hopefully, all the meds he can take will greatly reduce his duration of this cold and he won’t have to suffer with it for 2 weeks or more like me.  And I’m sure it will prevent him from getting sinus pain, laryngitis and pleurisy!  Lucky him!  I’m jealous he is being treated and I’m not.   I’ve been suffering way too long.. especially while trying to grow a human being inside of me.

Faith did have fun trick or treating, but she is also dealing with mild cold symptoms; coughing and sore throat.  She also went to see the pediatrician earlier in the week but they didn’t prescribe antibiotics since it’s a virus.  While she was there she did get the flu shot, so hopefully she won’t get the flu this winter!

Faith didn’t go trick or treating very long but was very happy with the treats she got from her neighbors.  I will be posting the Halloween 2015 video as soon and I have the time and energy to create it.

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Now onto the happy news!  The baby’s genetic screening results are NORMAL!  No down syndrome or any other genetic disorders.  We are having a healthy baby!

 

We also found out the gender :)

 

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Faith is going to have a sister and God willing, a life long friend :)

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IT’S A GIRL!  Another daddy’s girl for sure!  Most likely another curly-haired blue-eyed baby girl that will have Daddy wrapped around her little finger :)

Thanks to my sister, Wendy, for preparing the box and balloons and for snapping the pics.  They turned out great.

 

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14 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 14 weeks…

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This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, her facial muscles are getting a workout as her tiny features form one expression after another. Her kidneys are producing urine, which she releases into the amniotic fluid around her — a process she’ll keep up until birth. She can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch her sucking her thumb. In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, she measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and she weighs 1 1/2 ounces. Her body’s growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some lengthening to do.)  She’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over her body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and her spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel her tiny punches and kicks yet, her hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

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