Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Four Months and Still Counting!

Tomorrow I will have reached the four month mark. Only 5 more months to go. I am already feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy and it seems SO early. I think my body is saying I might need to be done having children. Maybe it will soon get better?? We shall see. Baby is already laying on my siatic nerve causing huge amounts of pain to Momma! My lower back is aching after a long shift at work and if I sit too long I can barely walk when I get up from being so stiff! I feel much much older than my young 27 and VERY out of shape! LOL I am still throwing up too! This morning Lilly coughed so much she started vommiting and then when I had to clean it up I vommited too after much gagging!

On a more exciting note... before long I will be able to distinguish kicks and hiccups too! By week 16, baby-to-be's body is doing more to support itself. Her kidneys function and produce urine that then passes through the umbilical cord. Within her stomach, bile is secreted, although she relies Momma for all of her nutrients. Her appearance changes as her scalp hair grows and may even have color. Her developing facial muscles make it possible for her to open and close her mouth, maybe even give a smile or two.

How Big Is Baby?
This week, the little one is around four inches long (crown to rump) and weighs in at nearly three ounces.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

15 Weeks Only 175 Days to go!

At week 15, baby-to-be stretches her limbs and bends at her elbows. She's getting big enough that I can feel many of these movements. This week baby is roughly the size of a small apple or orange. Her bones are continuing to grow and lengthen. While she looks more like a baby, her skin is still thin and translucent with her veins visible. Baby is also beginning to grow lanugo, a very fine hair. It will keep growing until around the 26th gestational week of pregnancy (that's week 28 of pregnancy).

How Big Is Baby?
This week baby is roughly the size of a small apple or orange. My weight gain for the month was 1 lb. Last month I gained 3 lbs.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Hemoglobin is Low

Okay... so my appointment was on Tuesday not Thursday. I am constantly forgeting things and I think with a third (or fourth) pregnancy it is much much worse. I am still VERY tired and bloodwork has proven that my Hemoglobin is low (I have a low red blood cell count). What it means is that I am lacking Iron and need to take a supplement to get my count up. Dr. Clarke said she will check it again later in my pregnancy to see if things have improved or not. What I am guessing is that after being on the supplement my iron will be great but I will be SO VERY constipated I will want to explode literally!Pregnancy places major demands on the body, because the mother must meet the needs of both her body and her growing baby. The body needs enough iron and folate to make the right amount of red blood cells. Folate includes leafy greans and liver both of witch I am not very fond! LOL
We were able to hear baby's heart beat today. The nurse tried first and was unsuccessful. This may have something to do with two screaming children in the background and Abigail having to lie on me on the exam table because Mommy was way too far away from the floor when Abby was down there! LOL Dr. Clarke found it almost instantly. Everything as of now seems great except the iron thing. I go for my second ultrasound the middle of July and will have some more blood taken then as well. I will update again in a few days and tell you what is going on with baby for week 15.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


LOL Placenta head is my excuse for a lot of things lately ie. locking my keys in the car yesterday and then leaving the keys in the ignition later that day after rolling up the windows for the rain and killing my battery!
My Doctors appointment isn't until next Thursday... not tomorrow. Would you belive also that I took a night shift on Friday night when I have a wedding to go to on Saturday. Can we say brain stupid?? I think we can!

14 Weeks and it is Getting Harder to Count!

I now have to keep checking my ticker to see just how far along I am. Until I am going to the Doctors office more regularly I don't think I am going to remember as I am keeping way too busy with the girls and keeping the house clean!
I see Dr. Clarke tomorrow and I should be able to hear baby's heart beat then. I am very much looking forward to that. Other than that I think my appointment will be pretty uneventful except I may get the results back from my first ultrasound.
I am still gagging and getting sick at the smell of anything terrible ie. garbage, dirty pants, something cooking.... yuck! I hate getting sick to my stomach. There is not much worse than that!
Baby is a regular wiggler now but it is too soon for me to feel it yet. I did feel some growing pains last night in my left side (they were nagging and horrible). This is normal for this time as everything is growing and streching to accommodate room for baby. Baby-to-be's face is becoming more distinguishable as his eyes move closer together and his ears move closer to their final positions. He's also growing soft baby hair all over his body, which is thought to help anchor developing skin, as well as forming hair on his eyebrows and scalp. He may hiccup too, even though his lungs are filled with fluid, not air.
The little one is currently between 3.2 to 4.5 inches (from crown to rump) and weighs in at around .9 ounces.
I will post again tomorrow and let you know how things went at my appointment. Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Gotta Love That Gag Reflex!

I cannot stop throwing up from awful smells! I get gagging and then the vomiting starts. I try to control it by plugging my nose but there is no hope. My stomach is very sensitive this pregnancy and I now have a feeling that instead of it getting better it may just be getting worse!

Monday, June 2, 2008

My Ultrasound and The Blood Witch!

Picture 1 is pretty self explanitory (head right and tummy left)

The 2nd picture isn't as clear. The top centre of the photo shows the arm and hand. Baby is waving hello to all of you! Baby's head is under the hand on the right.

My Ultrasound went really well! My little baby actually looks like a little baby with a heart beat of 151 beats/min. The technician was very nice and showed me many different parts of the baby. I also got two pictures to bring home with me which aren't very clear but they are proof for all that weren't there that indeed baby lies inside :) I had to take pictures of the ultrasound pictures in order to post them. Hope all can see!

After my ultrasound I needed to get a whole lot of blood taken. Stupidly I agreed to do an extra study (allowing for them to take even more blood from me than they needed). The lady (who was actually quite nice) tried many times to find my veins and was unsuccessful. I have many marks to prove this! LOL She ended up only being able to get the blood that my doctor needed even after much determination and many pokes. All is well though and I lived through the process!

I have another Doctors appointment around the 18th of this month and then I go for my 2nd ultrasound on Friday July 18th. I am looking very forward to that date and have my fingers crossed that we will find out the gender at that appointment. Liam is going to take the afternoon off work and we will go together for that one. I may even take Lilly with us to that appointment as I think she would enjoy being able to see baby inside me. Hope everyone has a great week. I will update again after my next appointment.