Friday, September 30, 2011

How I'm Feeling {Week 6}

At the rate I'm going, I'm surprised I'm actually able to type this right now...

I'm so incredibly tired and feel like I'm running on empty 24/7. I have barely enough energy to get up in the morning, drag myself to work, make it through the day and drive home. Thankfully, I don't commute - I'd undoubtedly be asleep at the wheel. 

When I do get home, I'm so tired all I do is sit on the couch. This is particularly difficult for me to deal with since I'm such a busy body by nature. I hate sitting around and loathe having nothing to occupy my time. This is by far the most my butt has touched our couch since we've had it. It's taking some getting used to and I'm told its "good for me". If that is the case, I'm guess I'm fortunate that I don't have enough energy to do anything about it. 


Checking In {Week 6}

How far along? 6 weeks.
Total weight gain: Zero!
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep:  Amazing.
Best moment this week: 
Our fist doctor’s appointment and first ultrasound. It was incredible.
Miss Anything?  Nah, not really.
  None yet.
Food cravings:  Nope.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really... thank goodness!
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms: None really.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Ecstatic!!!
Looking forward to: Telling our friends and family!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Week 6 {Development}

This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that we’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape.

If you could peek inside Mommy, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where Baby Suarez’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute—almost twice as fast as Mommy’s—and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs, has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones.

Right now, Baby Suarez is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.

{Info from}

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Time to Tell Daddy!

Once I found out I was pregnant, I could not wait to tell Mike! Although the suspense was killing me, I kept it a secret for a few days so that I could plan a very special way to break the news. So many ideas crossed my mind. I spent days pondering... I was so nervous because I wanted it to be perfect.  I was also nervous because Mike picks up on everything.

The weekend was nearing and I knew Mike had to work Saturday and Sunday. With him out of the house, I was happy to be able to figure out my surprise plan and not worry about him finding out. Finally, I decided on a surprise dinner. I compiled a menu that contains all "baby" items, such as mixed baby greens salad, baby lamp chops, baby carrots, baby potatoes, and baby bunt cakes for dessert.

On Sunday, I spent all day preparing. Grocery shopping, digging through my garage for the right decor, photographing the positive pregnancy test, and cooking the meal. I had everything set up perfectly and sat patiently at the dining room table awaiting his arrival. When he walked in, he didn't seem to realize what was going on. His first question was, "why are we eating dinner so early?" - we generally eat pretty late, and almost never eat right when he gets off work. I told him to sit down and that I had a present for him. I handed him a gift bag that contained a photo of the positive pregnancy test and my favorite book as a child, "Love You Forever". Needless to say, he immediately caught on.

Mike's reaction was such a joy. He cried and smiled and was practically speechless. It was one of the 
best days of my life. Here are a few images that captured the setup. 

If you're interested in the recipes I used for the dinner, you can find them here:
Rosemary Balsamic Baby Lamb Chops
Sweet Baby Carrots
Sliced Baby Baked Potatoes
Mini Bunt Cakes with Lemon Glaze

Friday, September 23, 2011

Checking In {Week 5}

How far along? 5 weeks.
Total weight gain: Zero!
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep:  The best thing in the world.
Best moment this week: 
Telling Michael!!!!
Miss Anything?  Nope.
  None yet.
Food cravings:  No thanks.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really. From what I read, I can expect this in a few weeks.
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms:  Just extremely tired. I could sleep for an entire day straight and be completely fine.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy!
Looking forward to: Telling our parents! We have a special gift planned for them!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 5 {Development}

Baby Suarez is officially here!

Deep inside Mommy, our baby embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers—the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm—which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube—from which Baby Suarez’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout—is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm.  In fact, this week his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers to beat and pump blood. The mesoderm will also form your Baby Suarez’s muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue. The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas.

In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to Baby Suarez, are already on the job.

Now, it’s time to tell Daddy!

{Info from}

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Week 4 {Development}

Update: Mommy has taken several pregnancy tests, each with a different answer than the one before! It looks like Baby Suarez isn’t quite ready to make an announcement. If she is, she’s making incredible strides this week.

This week marks the beginning of the embryonic period. From now until 10 weeks, all of Baby Suarez’s organs will begin to develop and some will even begin to function. As a result, this is the time when she'll be most vulnerable to anything that might interfere with her development.

Right now your baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed, consisting of two layers: the epiblast and the hypoblast, from which all of her organs and body parts will develop.

The primitive placenta is also made up of two layers at this point. Its cells are tunneling into the lining of Mommy’s uterus, creating spaces for your blood to flow so that the developed placenta will be able to provide nutrients and oxygen to growing Baby Suarez when it starts to function at the end of this week.

Also present now are the amniotic sac, which will house Baby Suarez; the amniotic fluid, which will cushion her as she grows; and the yolk sac, which produces the red blood cells and helps deliver nutrients to her until the placenta has developed and is ready to take over this duty.

{Info from}

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Week 3 {Development}

Although this is the earliest a pregnancy test would turn positive, it’s rare that an accurate result is the case. If Baby Suarez is forming, there’s a lot going on in Mommy’s womb this week:

Baby Suarez is just a tiny ball consisting of several hundred cells that are multiplying madly. Once the ball of cells (called a blastocyst) takes up residence in Mommy’s uterus, the part of it that will develop into the placenta starts producing the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which tells my ovaries to stop releasing eggs and triggers increased production of estrogen and progesterone (which keep my uterus from shedding its lining—and its my passenger—and stimulates placental growth). HCG is the hormone that turns a pregnancy test positive; but Mommy still isn’t sure if Baby Suarez is here, or if its just a false alarm.

Meanwhile, amniotic fluid is beginning to collect around my ball of cells in the cavity that will become the amniotic sac. This fluid will cushion Baby Suarez in the weeks and months ahead. Right now, our little blastocyst is receiving oxygen and nutrients (and discarding waste products) through a primitive circulation system made up of microscopic tunnels that connect our developing baby to the blood vessels in my uterine wall. The placenta won't be developed enough to take over this task until the end of next week.

{Info from}