Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Week 28 {Development}



By this week, your Baby Suarez weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through Mommy’s womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

{Info from babycenter.com}

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Week 27 {Development}




This week, your Baby Suarez weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14.5 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your Baby Suarez’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning—with a lot of medical help—if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements Mommy may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her.

{Info from babycenter.com}

Friday, February 17, 2012

Doctor Visit #7



Today Baby Suarez and I headed to Saddleback Memorial for our seventh visit with Dr. Mendelsohn. Actually, this is more like visit number fourteen... considered a "high-risk" pregnancy, I receive a cervical screening every two weeks, which means I have essentially had 10 times the amount of pap smears a normal woman would have in one year. Yay! That said, I see Dr. Mendelsohn once a month to review the results of my screenings and to check in on Baby.

This week's visit was pretty interesting. Come to find out, I haven't gained any weight in over a month! (Turns out, scales at doctor offices are much more accurate than the one in my work's communal restroom). Dr. Susan says not to be concerned, but that I need to start putting on some weight soon.

I've also recently come down with a pretty bad cold so I haven't been feeling up to par. It just started a few days ago and I'm suffering from a nasty cough and major congestion. Hopefully it will be gone in just a few days.

Other than that, Baby Suarez is looking great! We'll be taking our hospital tour soon and attending our pre-birth classes in the month of March.

I still can't believe how fast it is going! Soon we'll be finding out whether Baby Suarez is a boy or girl! I'm so nervous/anxious/excited all at once!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Week 26 {Development}




The network of nerves in your Baby Suarez’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both Mommy and Daddy’s voices as we chat with each other. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air. And she's continuing to put on baby fat. She now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. 

{Info from babycenter.com}

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What Not to Stress About During Pregnancy

BabyCenter moms look back on their pregnancy and tell you what to cross off your worry list. Seems like pretty good advice!

"Don't stress if you can't get everything done that you had planned each day. The baby won't know if the housework isn't done!"

"It's okay to tell co-workers that you're not interested in their advice. Every pregnancy is different."

"Remember, every problem has a solution, and confiding in someone who's close to you or who you think can offer help or support is a step forward. Don't be afraid to talk to your partner, OB, or midwife."

"Don't stress about how you look. You're performing a miracle — growing a person inside of you — and that's a fantastic accomplishment."

"If you trust your OB, let her do her job and follow her recommendations; if you don't, find a new doctor who you do trust. You should never be afraid to call your provider with big and small problems."

"Don't stress about tough times with your partner. A baby tests any couple's relationship."

"Don't stress about things like food or weight. Just be sensible. There's no need to give yourself an anxiety attack over the pint of ice cream you just finished. Take it as your special reward for everything you've accomplished so far in your pregnancy, and move on."

"If you're doing everything in your power to make healthy choices, don't worry so much. Women have been having babies since well before we knew what to do and what not to do."

"Mothers-in-law don't know everything!"

"Don't stress too much about things in the environment you think might harm your baby, likestanding too close to the microwave or pumping gas. Remember, the vast majority of babies are born healthy."

"Don't worry about labor. It is what it is. Just educate yourself on your options, and be ready to make informed decisions. Beyond that, just take a deep breath and go for it. It's not as bad as you think it'll be."

"Don't stress about how the baby is fending in the womb. It's a roll cage, but your baby is probably comfortable in there."

"Every little twinge doesn't mean something is wrong."

"No matter what decisions you make, someone will always disagree. Try not to let the negative comments upset you, and if you're really worried about something, talk with your doctor or a nonjudgmental friend."

"There's no such thing as a stupid question, especially for first-time mothers. Being pregnant and birthing a child are unique experiences, and a woman will never know what it's all about until she's actually done it herself."

"It's okay if you don't have everything ready for your baby. Newborns don't need a whole lot in the beginning."

"When I accepted heartburn, back pain, lack of sleep, and moodiness as a normal part of pregnancy, they didn't seem to bother me as much anymore."

"If you're worried about being a good mom, you probably have nothing to worry about. My husband keeps telling me that bad mothers don't worry about whether or not they'll be good moms."

"I had never really been around children, and I made mistakes, but as long as you love your baby and are careful with the important stuff, you can't harm him or her with small mistakes. You'll soon get comfortable with the routine."

"Don't stress too much over all the "rules" pregnant women now have. A bath warmer than lukewarm won't lead to disaster. If you accidentally eat a soft cheese you're not sure is safe, there's no use worrying after the fact. Our mothers had fewer restrictions than we do, and we turned out fine."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Something I never want to forget...

Week 25 {Development}



Head to heels, Baby Suarez now measures about 13.5 inches. Her weight—a pound and a half—isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair—and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

{Info from babycenter.com}

Friday, February 3, 2012

Checking In {Week 24}



How far along? 24 Weeks
Total weight gain: 12 pounds! (1 pound up from week 23)
Maternity clothes? Still wearing a combination of regular and maternity clothes—a couple pairs of jeans actually still fit!!!

Stretch marks? Nope, still in the clear.
Sleep: Terrible lately.
Best moment this week: I really like being able to say that I’m 6 months pregnant... sounds so much better than 24 weeks!
Miss Anything?  A frosty cold beer would be nice.
Movement:
 Baby is moving around all the time. The kicks are becoming stronger and stronger.
Food cravings:  Cereal, Mexican food, and I should probably throw in cupcakes because I think I ate about 5 this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing is making me physically sick but I still have no desire to go anywhere near a piece of chicken. Fish isn’t sounding so great either.
Gender: ??? We will see come February 25th!
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: My hips have started to ache pretty badly. It feels like arthritis (or at least what I understand arthritis to feel like). Just rolling over in bed has become somewhat painful. And, because one hip hurts more than the other I’ve started to walk with a slight limp! Ha!
Belly Button in or out? In! From what I’ve read it should have popped out by now.
Wedding rings on or off? On. So far my fingers haven’t become the slightest bit swollen.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! We’re going to find out the sex of the baby on the 25th of this month and overall I’m happy but still have mixed feelings about it. Guess I’ll have to get over that pretty quick-like!