Friday, October 28, 2011

How I'm Feeling {Week 10}

Surprisingly, this week I am feeling much better than the last few. My nausea has subsided significantly and I've only suffered one major headache. I'm also feeling less tired than I was during weeks 7, 8 and 9.

Interestingly enough (don't tell my doctor), I've encountered short-term memory when it comes to taking my prenatal vitamin a couple of times this week. I'm beginning to think that this is the reason I'm feeling slightly better than weeks prior. But, I'm also quickly approaching the second trimester, which could be the bigger influence. 

Either way, this week has been pretty smooth sailing for me! I'm really ready to start feeling the baby, but I've got about 5 weeks to go before that happens!

Checking In {Week 10}

How far along? 10 weeks.
Total weight gain: 2 pounds total (no change from week 9)
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet. And hopefully never!
Sleep: Pretty awesome!
Best moment this week: Enjoying the feeling of going to bed at 8:00 on a Friday night.

Miss Anything? Sunday brunch. Sure, I can go to brunch, but I can’t really GO to brunch.
 None yet. I’ll be waiting for at least 6 more weeks on this.

Food cravings: No thanks.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything. Smells especially (refer to my “Crazy Pregnant Lady” blog entry for more details).
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms: I feel like a broken record.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Halloween! Just because I love passing out candy to the kiddies!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Week 10 {Development}

This week, Baby Suarez is barely the size of a kumquat—a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom—and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, Baby Suarez has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs—including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver—are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout Mommy’s pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside Mommy’s womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Baby Suarez’s limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, Baby Suarez will again double in size—nearly to 3 inches!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Checking In {Week 9}

How far along? 9 weeks.
Total weight gain: 2 pounds total (up 2 pounds from week 8—whoa!)
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet. Any kind of secret, witchcraft or mystical power to keep these away would be much appreciated... trying to prepare for the future.
Sleep: Amazing. I could get used to this.
Best moment this week: Telling some friends! 

Miss Anything?  Nope!
None so far.
Food cravings: Mexican food. This was my first ever semi-craving. Although, I eat Mexican food about 3-4 times a week so this could just be my brain telling me it’s about that time.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  The smell of alcohol.
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms:  Nausea and headaches. What’s new?
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I’ve yet to experience any real kind of mood swing (outside of the ordinary).
Looking forward to: The day we can officially tell the world!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doctor Visit #2

Today was our second doctor's visit, which for the most part, consisted of a physical exam. 

Before the exam, Nurse Vanessa took a survey of Michael and my medical histories. We both passed with flying colors and learned that Baby Suarez is poised for a healthy delivery. 

Dr. Mendelsohn soon joined us in the exam room and before even picking up my chart teased Michael about the time he babysat her children. The joke was followed up by her recommendation for first-time parenting classes :) 

After a few minutes of banter, it was time to get down to business. Susan was ready to go and said, "ok, let's check out this uterus of yours!" As a woman, this statement is old news. To a man, not so much. After peeling his eyes away from the current issue of Golf Digest, Michael said, "whoa, whoa, whoa... I'm not staying for a pap-schmear if that's what's going on here!" One glance from Susan and he was back to reading his Golf Digest, quietly. 

The exam went well, but I'll need to visit Dr. Mendelsohn about twice as much as a normal pregnant woman once I get into my second trimester. Which is fine because that means I get to hear or see Baby Suarez more than I expected!

After the exam Susan got her "doppler" and we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat for the second time. For some reason, I enjoyed hearing it much more than I enjoyed seeing it. A picture lets you know that your baby is physically there, but the sound lets you know your baby is living and growing inside of you, even if you can't feel it on the outside just yet. It was incredible. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week 9 {Development}

My new resident 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 this week: Baby Suarez’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 Suarez’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 Suarez’s basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

How I'm Feeling {Week 8}

Still tired, nauseas and getting headaches.

Today I was blessed with a migrane, or as I like to call them, pregnancy headaches on steroids.

Checking In {Week 8}

How far along? 8 weeks.
Total weight gain: Zero! I feel fatter, but I’ll go with the scale on this one.
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep:  Unbelievably good.
Best moment this week: 
Everything. Life couldn’t be better.
Miss Anything?  Nope, loving it all.
  None yet.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  The thought of a glass of wine. I never thought I’d utter the words.
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

  Nausea. Lots of it.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy! Happy! Happy!
Looking forward to: Next doctor’s visit.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week 8 {Development}

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from Baby Suarez’s hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone.

In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Although Mommy and Daddy (mostly Daddy!) may be daydreaming about Baby Suarez as one sex or the other, the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether we’re having a boy or a girl. Either way, Baby Suarez—about the size of a kidney bean—is constantly moving and shifting, though Mommy still can't feel it.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

How I'm Feeling {Week 7}

I'm sad to report the wait is over. I'm officially nauseas beyond belief. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind was actually a prayer. A prayer I would never, ever experience morning sickness.  And, why is it "morning" sickness anyway?! Its hard to believe that I'm the only woman who experiences this feeling ALL DAY LONG. On a positive note, it has been limited to sickNESS and not SICK. Although I've yet to determine what is worse: constantly feeling like vomiting, or the act itself. I may never know....

A new friend has also entered my life: the pregnancy headache. Though we have had our battles, I'm happy to say that thanks to my sidekick Tylenol, my friendship with headaches easily subsides. Nonetheless, I hate them.

Still tired as ever. I'm averaging about 11 hours of sleep nightly and couldn't be happier. Being exhausted is starting to grow on me. I'm getting the best sleep of my life these days.

Checking In {Week 7}

How far along? 7 weeks.
Total weight gain: Zero!
Maternity clothes? Ew.

Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep:  The majority of a 24-hour period is dedicated to this right now.
Best moment this week: 
Telling my friends!! (Most of them!)
Miss Anything?  Not really. Still getting used to all of this so there’s not much to miss yet.
  None yet.
Food cravings:  Nope. Pretty boring.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just about everything. This really sucks because I’m SO hungry most of the time.  
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms:  Exhausted. I want to sleep at my desk, in the car, during dinner, and pretty much everywhere in between.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy, but sensitive.  The things people say completely amaze me.
Looking forward to: Being surprised by the gender—at delivery!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Doctor Visit #1

Today, we went to our first doctor's appointment! 

We are thrilled (and very, very lucky!) to have a family friend, Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, as our physician. Susan is an incredible OB/GYN who hails from New Jersey. I particularly love this fact because people from New Jersey are physically unable to beat around the bush. Susan most certainly fits this stereotype and I find it insanely comforting. 

The visit started with a tiny plastic cup. One that I peed in. I'll be peeing in a similar cup at the start of each visit (yay!). Then, I was weighed. Following, I had several vials of blood drawn. After my round of pee cup, scale and needle poking, we got to the good stuff: the ultrasound!

And what a moment it was. There we were: in a dark room with a TV monitor and the most amazing picture of our baby. Though just a centimeter in length, it looked big enough to hold. The technician let us sit there for several minutes enjoying the site of Baby Suarez.  Then, she pointed out a fluttering microscopic spec and said "this is your baby's heart, can you see it beating?" The spec flurried rapidly, over and over.  Next, she turned on the volume. I've never heard such a beautiful sound. Actually, I've never heard a more comforting sound. How amazing conception is - a centimeter long mass the size of a blueberry has this strong, forceful heartbeat twice the pace of mine - and I'm able to see and hear it at the same moment. 

The technician printed out several photos of Baby Suarez's debut. One is now in tucked nicely into my purse so Baby goes everywhere I go, and the rest live on our refrigerator. We're very proud of our blueberry.

All of the images pretty much look the same since Baby Suarez is only a spec, but as an early proud mother, I had to post all of them!

Interestingly, I calculated myself at 8 weeks along prior to this visit. Turns out, Mr. Machine calculated me at 7 weeks. Technology trumps basic math, so we'll spend another week with blueberry until it becomes a kidney bean.