Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ultrasound Day!

I can finally breath a heavy sigh of relief. I will confess that I was anxious about the baby until I could finally see the heartbeat. But after today, I can finally relax. We went in for our ultrasound first thing this morning. Right away we saw the baby and the heart beating. Listening to the heartbeat is always so unbelievably amazing. Little blueberry's heartrate was a strong 162! I'm a little farther along this time getting the first ultrasound than I was with Carter. This baby looks more like a baby then Carter did. Carter was just a little peanut. We can actually see the baby's umbilical cord on this ultrasound.

Theo got to meet the new doctor today. I had my first "exam" by a male doctor ever. I have always had female doctors before.(I know, this may be TMI but hey, it's my blog so I don't have to hold anything back!) I was really nervous even though I'm not modest at all. Everything went fine. This doctor is a lot more informative than my last doctor. So when my last doctor comes back from medical leave, I may just stick with the new doctor. We'll see. I told a couple of my coworkers today. My boss is out of town so he won't know until tomorrow. We can't wait to tell our friends this weekend at our Super Bowl party. We'll see if they catch on to Carter wearing his "Big Brother" shirt.

Thank you Lord for blessing us with this wonderful little life. I trust that you are forming this babies parts exactly the way you want them to be. Our baby's life is in your hands Lord.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Week 8

Two months pregnant....already! Wow. We go for little blueberry's first ultrasound on Thursday. I can't wait. It always seems so much more real when you can actually hear our sweet babies heartbeat. Pictures to come later this week.

This is what's going on with blueberry this week...(courtesty of
New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby'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. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

I much prefer to call our little one blueberry instead of kidney bean. So until we can say he or she, the baby will be called little blueberry:)

On a different note, Friday and Saturday I was feeling great. No morning sickness but then Sunday rolled around and I literally went to church and then stayed on the couch the rest of the day. Thank you to my wonderful husband for taking our little man out for a couple of hours and then keeping an eye on him the rest of the day so I could rest. I woke up feeling better but am really ready to be done working...4 more days! :) I can't wait to come back to work Friday with ultrasound pictures in hand and a big announcement to make. I know everyone will be so excited. I also got little man a "Big Brother" t-shirt which he will wear to our super bowl party. That is how we are going to tell our friends about blueberry. Can't wait! I'm tired of keeping it a secret.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Week 7...little blueberry

Today I am seven weeks pregnant (ok, technically I was 7 weeks yesterday). I have had some morning/afernoon/nighttime sickness but it hasn't been as bad as it was with Carter. I am feeling really tired though. I did not want to get up and come to work this morning...but only 9 more days until I'm officially a stay-at-home mom!

Here is what's going on with Baby P this week (courtesy of
The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

I just find that is absolutely amazing and miraculous just how God forms babies in the something so tiny and microscopic in size grows into a living, breathing baby. Thank you God that you are forming this baby exactly the way he/she is supposed to be. You are placing all of the babies parts in perfect order and everything will function just as you desire.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Why do they call it "morning" sickness...

...why not call it "all day at the least opportune time sickness"? I thought I might be able to slide through this pregnancy without any morning sickness. A girl can dream, right? Well, no such luck. As of yesterday afternoon, morning sickness has come to live with us for several weeks. It truly is an awful feeling. But I keep remembering that it is all worth it. I know once I hold our new baby in my arms for the first time, I will not remember feeling like at any minute I was going to puke. This time, though, I won't wait until I'm 13 weeks along before asking the doctor for some phenegran (anti-nausea medicine). I'll combat this morning sickness early! Hopefully I won't lose 10 pounds like I did with Carter.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 6..our little lentil bean

Today, I'm six weeks pregnant. No morning sickness so far but I've been really tired. I took a nap both Saturday and Sunday while Theo entertained Carter.

Here is what is going on with baby this week.........courtesy of
This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby'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 yours — 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, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil bean.

17 more days until our first ultrasound!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

First OB appointment/Telling the parents

Yesterday was my first prenatal visit. Unfortunately, Theo wasn't able to come to this one but he really didn't miss much. The ultrasound tech was going to scan me but I told her that I'm only 5 weeks pregnant and didn't want an ultrasound without my husband there. So I got some routine lab work done and met with Dr. B. My former OB is on medical leave so I saw a new OB this time. He was really nice. After looking over my medical and family history, he decided to send me to a high-risk OB sometime later in my pregnancy. I am more than healthy but because Carter was born with a VSD (ventricular septal defect, which is a abnormal hole in the heart between the two ventricles), he wants a highrisk OB to evaluate this baby's heart very closely using 3D/4D ultrasound. I personally think it's unnecessary but if we get some cool ultrasounds out of it, I can't complain! My next appointment is on 1/29/09 and that is when we'll have our first ultrasound. I'll be between 8 and 9 weeks along. After we see our baby's heartbeat and know the baby is doing ok, then we will start telling everyone.

We did tell my mom yesterday and Theo told his parents. I will call my dad today and fill him in on the news. I called my mom yesterday and asked if she wanted to meet at starbucks. After a few minutes of casual conversation. I told her that I needed her help with Carter's birthday party this year. She said "It's a little early don't you think?....but ok" I said "This year instead of having a birthday party, we're having a......BABY!" It took her a second but then the look on her face was priceless! This baby is due on Carter's birthday (9/7/09) How cool is that?

I think I almost gave my pregnancy away at work today. The doctors and I were rounding and the x-ray tech came into the NICU and was about to x-ray the baby we were talking about. I literally made a beeline to get out of the way. Everyone was looking at me like "Hmmmm, are you pregnant?". I just smiled and continue to say "We're working on it". It was funny :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Week 5

I thought it might be cool to post how the baby is developing every time I reach a new week. So today, I am five weeks pregnant. 35 more weeks to go. I also have my first OB appt today. Theo won't be able to make it to this one because he'll have to go pick up Carter. But I know he'll be tagging along for the rest. So here is baby P and what he/she is doing this week.....(courtesy of The website uses he/she interchangably so I'll leave it as is until we know whether Carter is having a brother or sister.

Deep in the uterus my embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he'/she is about the size of a sesame seed, and 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 your baby'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. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby'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 your baby, are already on the job.

Wow, it's truly amazing to know how intricately God made us. Thank you Lord in advance for making our baby's delicate parts jsut the way you want them.

Friday, January 2, 2009

My lips still sealed

Well, it's been 4 days since I found out I was pregnant. And so far the only two people that know are Carter and Theo. It's been a little easier not telling my mom this time...especially since she's out of town right now. It's been increasingly harder though not to tell my best friend Meredith as well as keeping it from my other friends. Several people at work this week have asked me if I was pregnant. I just smile and say "We're working on it!". That's enough of an answer to stop the questions. On the other hand, I did have to blatantly lie to my sister-in-law because she flat out asked me and as she did with Carter, she is keeping up with my dates to know when I should be pregnant! Too funny. So she knew there should be an answer this week and I told her I wasn't pregnant. I did feel somewhat guilty for lying but we're not ready to tell just yet.

I'm feeling good so far. I feel like my belly is already huge but maybe that's from all the junk I ate at Christmas. I am starting ALL the time though. I don't remember being this hungry with Carter. But if this pregnancy is anything like my first, the morning sickness should be kicking in in another one or two weeks. Lord, I pray I'm not sick like that again. But the payoff was only gaining 20 pounds with Carter and losing the baby weight quickly. In the end, I guess the morning sickness was worth it but I don't know if I'll be saying that if I'm puking all the time in the next couple of weeks.