Friday, December 30, 2011

Checking In {Week 19}



How far along? 19 Weeks
Total weight gain: 8 pounds! (Up 2 lbs. from week 18)
Maternity clothes? 50-50. Maternity jeans, but still able to wear a lot of my regular blouses (for now).

Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: So-so. 
Best moment this week: Christmas as a mommy-to-be!
Miss Anything?  Sushi.
Movement:
Yes! Baby is moving about and kicking regularly, most often very late at night and around noon.
Food cravings:  None this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Lower back pain and sore joints if I sit for too long. 
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy; I'm really trying to work on the moodiness.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We Have a Kicker!

I thought the day would never come! Baby Suarez kicked for the first time last night - actually very early this morning at 12:23 a.m.! I realize I'm a little crazy for knowing the exact time, but I was so excited to feel a kick I couldn't help but look at the clock. And, to top it off Baby Suarez continued to kick and move about for roughly 10 minutes before he/she stopped. Now I just need to make sure Daddy feels it the next time!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Week 19 {Development}




Baby Suarez’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear music, talking and singing.

Baby Suarez weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom—about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

{Info from babycenter.com}

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas means something special to each of us. When I think about what it means to me and what I want to pass on to my children, I'm reminded of the wonderful meanings I was taught growing up:

Christmas means... 
Counting your blessings, not your gifts.

Christmas means... 
Family. No matter how big, or how small.

Christmas means... 
Celebrating a year of being alive, regardless of how hard it might have been.

Christmas means... 
Decorating the Christmas tree with old ornaments passed down from generations.

Christmas means... 
Baking cookies until the smell of sugar is more dissatisfying than tempting.

Christmas means... 
Believing in Santa for as long as possible.

Christmas means... 
Giving back.

Christmas means... 
Midnight mass with Papa.

Christmas means... 
Being a part of a new family.

Christmas means... 
Remembering those who can't be with you, and being thankful for those who are.

Christmas means... 
Watching The Grinch (the original!).

Friday, December 23, 2011

Checking In {Week 18}



How far along? 18 Weeks
Total weight gain: 6 pounds! (Up 3 lbs. from week 17) Whoa!
Maternity clothes? It’s official. I wore my first pair of maternity jeans on December 21st, which incidentally came in handy because I stuffed myself silly at our company holiday party. 

Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: So-so. 
Best moment this week: 18-week ultrasound! We have some amazing pics to share... stay tuned!
Miss Anything?  The holidays are hard without wine. 
Movement:
 Starting to feel a little rumbling and some minor cramping, which should turn into full movement by next week or so!
Food cravings:  Rainbow sherbet ice cream. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: I had a salmon filet the other day and that didn’t go over so well.
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Nothing out of the ordinary this week.  
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Still a little moody but the holiday spirit is counterbalancing my crabbiness.  


Here's a photo of me in my favorite Christmas night shirt... it's a little snug, but so comfy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Doctor Visit #5


Today, we had our 5th visit with Dr. Mendelsohn. I must say, I absolutely love seeing my doctor.... I'm really getting used to the special treatment I receive each time. Take today, for example. I wasn't scheduled to get an ultrasound, but all of a sudden an entourage of nurses and technicians quickly swept me away into the imaging room and within minutes Michael and I were viewing our baby at 18 weeks. It was amazing. With every ultrasound we have my heart doubles in size.

This week, Baby Suarez was extremely active. He/she moved around so much it was almost difficult to focus on all the amazing developments since our last ultrasound a month ago. Incidentally, this turned out to be a good thing because Michael was so focused on trying to spot a little "something", had it not been for the rapid movements he might just have figured it out. Fortunately, he was unsuccessful in his evaluation.

Here are some images from our ultrasound. I particularly love the one where Baby Suarez is blowing bubbles, or what I like to think of as little kisses to mommy :) There are a few 4D images as well, which kinda freak me out, so I asked for them to be kept at a minimum.











Our next appointment will be on January 5th and we'll have our 20 week screener - a more invasive ultrasound in which the technicians and doctors evaluate Baby Suarez's brain, heart and organs in depth. Our families will be present for this one, which will be very exiting for them!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 18 {Development}



Head to rump, Baby Suarez is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs—movements will start in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If Baby Suarez is a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If Baby Suarez is a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them during an ultrasound.


{Info from babycenter.com}

Friday, December 16, 2011

Checking In {Week 17}



How far along? 17 Weeks
Total weight gain: 3 pounds! (Up 1 lb. from week 16)
Maternity clothes? Getting closer and becoming more depressed about it. My prediction is by the end of December I will have succumb to nothing but elastic waste pants.

Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Not very good. Needing more sleep these days.
Best moment this week: My bump! It’s slowing growing but I love how it’s now apparent I am pregnant from the exterior!
Miss Anything?  Champagne.
Movement:
 Not yet. It should be about another week! I’m so anxious for this!
Food cravings:  Trix cereal (really random) and chocolate shakes.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Telling work. It’s an anxious feeling that just hangs out in my gut!
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: A new and pretty embarrassing one that I will not even describe.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody. My flip outs have gone from infrequent and mild to off the charts. I’m a mess. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Week 17 {Development}


Baby Suarez’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord—her lifeline to the placenta—is growing stronger and thicker. Baby Suarez now weighs 5 ounces (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are also starting to develop.

{Info from babycenter.com}

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wine-ing Away

Sooooooo....

I always look forward to our company holiday parties. Generally, they take up an entire (work)day and are a good excuse to get drunk on my boss's dime. What's not to love, right?

Wrong. Today, I (the pregnant lady) had the pleasure of being tasked with selecting the nearly 20 bottles of wine for the celebratory occasion. Seriously, just shoot me now. As I fumble through the critics' lists, rank medal winners, consider parings and make my selections, I find myself sinking down into my chair and longing for a deep glass of Layer Cake. Ugh.

I'm pretty sure my feelings of longing and frustration must be the equivalent to how a kid feels when they're faced with an ice cream truck or candy store window and their mother yells, "not now, you'll spoil your dinner."

So, I'll take this one with a grain of salt and consider it a valuable lesson I must learn (sad face). But not before I share this fantastic picture of me at a winery during my bachelorette party. Enjoy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Love You Forever

My absolute favorite book as a child was "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. I remember my mom reading it to me over and over, and although the story always brought a tear to my eye it never failed to bring a big bright smile as well.

When I found out I was pregnant I bought a copy of the book for Michael and gave it to during the surprise dinner I planned. We plan on reading this book to our little one, hopefully just as often as it was read to me.

 
A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, "this kid is driving me CRAZY!"

But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!

But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo!

But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town.  If all the lights in her son's house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, "You'd better come see me because I'm very old and sick." So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always...

But she couldn't finish because she was too old and sick. The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my Mommy you'll be.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

{Robert Munsch}

Bey-Be Obsessed!

So, I've been completely obsessed with Beyonce since like the beginning of time, but when she announced her pregnancy a few months back my obsession reached an entirely new level. Why, you ask? Because we are pregnant at the same time, duh! Not only that, but B went on the record to say that she always wanted a baby at 30, which is exactly the age I had always hoped to become a mother as well. It's like we were destined to welcome babies into the world at the same time. How beautiful is her nude shot?


{Yes, I'm crazy. Crazy in love.}

Friday, December 9, 2011

Checking In {Week 16}



How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain: 2 pounds! (Up 1 lb. from week 15)
Maternity clothes? No. But I’m regularly wearing my belly band—it’s a happy medium between regular and maternity clothes.

Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: So-so.
Best moment this week: Officially announcing our pregnancy to extended friends.
Miss Anything?  Not being sick. I hate cold and flu season.
Movement:
 Not yet.
Food cravings:  An In-N-Out grilled cheese. Thank you husband for picking one up for me!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Frequent trips to the restroom!
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody and sad. Been in a weird mood all week for no apparent reason.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

To Gender or Not to Gender...

Seems Mr. Suarez and I are in a bit of a pickle. While he has been dying since before conception to find out the sex of our bun in the oven, I on the other had am not. I live for the element of surprise, he does not. He wants to plan and paint and decorate (go figure), and I gently remind him that cave people did not get to find out the sex of their offsprings... you see where I'm going. Plus, Michael is really amped on having a gender revealing party, which in any other instance I would be overly ecstatic about; however, I'm trying not to get wrapped up in the idea of a party quiet yet.

That said, I decided to weigh both options.

FINDING OUT GENDER:
  • Easier planning and preparing
  • Fun to paint and decorate the nursery in gender-specific tones
  • Only have to worry about narrowing down one list of names instead of two
  • Will have a short answer and not a lengthy explanation when people ask what I'm having
  • Probably get more presents :) 
  • More time in Baby Gap
NOT FINDING OUT:
  • Element of surprise at birth / keep everyone guessing
  • Ability to get creative with nursery (and registry)
  • Don't get attached to one gender or the other (less disappointment)
  • What's done is done - can't change what we're having
  • A sense of wonder each and every day
  • Less time at Baby Gap
So, where did we end up? In the same silly pickle. The earliest we will find out the gender will be at our 20 week appointment in early January so we still have some time to decide who's right - Mommy (of course) or Daddy (not likely).  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Week 16 {Development}



Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, Baby Suarez will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4.5 inches long (head to rump) and 3.5 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your Baby Suarez continues to develop.

Can't wait to meet our little guacamole!


{Info from babycenter.com}

Friday, December 2, 2011

Checking In {Week 15}

How far along? 15 Weeks
Total weight gain: 1 pound! (Up 1 lb. from week 14)
Maternity clothes? 
No. And I’d like to keep it that way. I have, however, received a belly band from Kristy & Paul, which is coming in handy for work!   
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Pretty darn good.
Best moment this week: Spending Thanksgiving with family.
Miss Anything?  For the first time, I actually missed having a glass of wine.
Movement:
 Not yet.

Food cravings:  Garlic bread.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Gender: ???
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: I’ve had a minor cold this week... blah!!! Thank goodness I had a flu shot.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty moody. Actually, my anxiety levels are rising. I’m finding myself worrying a lot—about anything and everything. This is not typical for me.
Looking forward to: Baby’s first Belmont Shore Christmas parade on Saturday!