Fifteen Weeks ! – The 411

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BABY STATS:

My growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down the baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

How Far Along?

15 weeks !!

How Big Is The Little One?

The baby is the size of a big ole Apple now

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have lost 2 pounds this week

Maternity Clothes?

I am still in the same clothing.  No change yet

Sleep?

I am starting to have crazy dreams and I still wake up to go pee !  (so annoying)

Best Moment of the Week?

I finished pulling the rest of the information together and go it organized for my book about infertility.

Symptoms?

I had a little spotting on Saturday after having a dream that I was in labor.  It was very little, but with the fibroid, bleeding is to be expected, unfortunately .

Food Cravings?

This week, I was craving fruit salad.  A foodie friend made one and posted pics so I got the organic fruit and made one.  It is soooo refreshing ! I was also craving chicken salad, so I guilted my sister and mom into making me some.

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Food Aversions?

Still no salty foods and no overly sweet foods.

Gender?

A girl !!

Labor Signs?

No

What I Miss?

Nothing but white wine sangria

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Seeing what my baby looks like, smells like, and sounds like !

Bump?

I have a little more of a bump this week.  I woke up the other morning and the bump looked a little different.

Navel In/Out?

In

Baby Purchases?

This week, I bought a nursing bra, nursing tank, maternity tees, onesies, blankets, baby tees, socks, organic breast ointment and Burt’s Bees Baby Gift set with body wash, lotion etc. I have also begin to set up my monthly consults with my Doula.

I called the hospital to inquire about the additional costs for reserving an executive suite.  I plan to keep the baby with me the entire time and my mom will be there.

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Herbed Garden Couscous – Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat or plain couscous
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh oregano
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:

  1. Cook couscous according to package directions. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumber, sweet pepper, chives, parsley, mint, and oregano. Fold in couscous.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Pour over couscous mixture and toss to combine. Spoon into serving bowl or cover and chill up to 24 hours. To serve, top with feta cheese and walnuts. Makes 12 side-dish servings.

Fourteen Weeks ! – The 411

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BABY STATS:

The baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, her facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. Her kidneys are producing urine, which she releases into the amniotic fluid around her — a process she’ll keep up until birth. She can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: my baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, she measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and she weighs 1 1/2 ounces. Her body’s growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some lengthening to do.)  She’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over her body. My baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and her spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can’t feel her tiny punches and kicks yet, my little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

How Far Along?

14 weeks

How Big Is The Little One?

She is size of a lemon

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have gained 1 pound

Maternity Clothes?

I am still wearing my normal clothing, which is baggy because of my rapid weight loss.

Sleep?

I have off an on insomnia and I wake up more frequently at night to urinate.

Best Moment of the Week?

I finalized the menu for the baby shower and started ordering items for the decor.  I am waiting on one more quote from a caterer so that we can decide who we are going to go with.  Nothing much has happened this week.

I am excited about tonight.  My mother and I are driving down to Richmond, VA to go to the Katt Williams “Conspiracy Theory” Concert tonight.  We are leaving at lunchtime, grabbing lunch, checking into a hotel, and later heading to the coliseum for the concert tonight.  It will be nice to laugh and have a good time. This is another reason why I am glad my mother has been freed from the care of my grandmother.  We are now free to take off at will and do fun things without being tied down.  Even with my baby, I will be a free spirit and will expose her to the world around us.

Symptoms?

I am scarily symptom free !   There is no nausea, no weird taste buds, no pain, no nothing.  I liked it better when I had symptoms, as I could definitely tell I was pregnant. This is eerie.  The baby moves around, and it feels like flutters.

Food Cravings?

None.  I really do not have an appetite.  I woke up this morning craving buttermilk pancakes but the warmth of the heated blanket was calling me more than the craving so I slept in and refused to get up and go cook. lol

Food Aversions?

No salt.  No sugar.

Gender?

Baby Girl !  –  who still has no name !  I can not think of one.  I just know I love last names for first names and boyish names.

Labor Signs?

None

What I Miss?

Nothing at the moment

What I Am Looking Forward To?

My 16 week anatomy scan in two weeks !

Bump?

Still the same little pouch.  I am waiting for the POP out.

Navel In/Out?

In

Baby Purchases?

This week, I bought a cool mist humidifier.   The other purchases were decor for my upcoming baby shower.

Thirteen Weeks !! – The 411

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BABY STATS:

Weekly Developments:

My baby is now about the size of a peach, measuring a little less than three inches and weighing approximately a full ounce!

The most remarkable thing about week 13 is that her little body is finally starting to catch up to her head in size, as her head now only accounts for one-third of her total size.
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If you are having a girl, she will have more than two million eggs in her ovaries by week 13.

Her teeth are in place under her gums, waiting to come out during teething, which can start as early as three months, or as late as twelve months. (Note: Some babies can even have one or two teeth showing when they are born!)

Veins and organs are visible through your baby’s skin, which is still paper thin and transparent. Her intestines are forming villi, which aid in peristaltic movement and digestion; and her pancreas has even begun to secrete insulin! Her vocal cords are also beginning to develop.

How Far Along? 

13 Weeks !!

How Big Is The Little One?

The baby is the size of a peach

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I am down a total of 16 pounds still.

Maternity Clothes?

I can still wear my normal clothing.  My skinny jeans now look like MOM jeans because of the weight loss, but I am NOT complaining !

Sleep?

I am sleeping pretty much through the night.  I still wake up to go to the bathroom about 3 am.

Best Moment of the Week?

My NT Scan was perfect and I got to see the baby jumping around and running from the sonogram wand.

Symptoms?

My morning sickness has decreased tremendously.  I still have bouts of it, but it is no where near as bad.  My taste buds seem to be normalizing. I still do not have an appetite.

Food Cravings?

None

Food Aversions?

None

Gender?

It is a Girl !!

Labor Signs?

None

What I Miss?

Nothing

What I Am Looking Forward To?

My 16 week scan so that I can see the baby again.  She is starting to look like a little baby… a tiny little human.

Bump?

No change.  I still have a little pouch but with the weight loss, I look a lot smaller and my belly fat is down.

Navel In/Out?

In

Baby Purchases?

I bought a few pair of cute designer crib shoes.  I am making an appointment with Bratt Decor for next week to go order the baby’s bassinet.  My mom thinks I am bananas to pay $450 for it, but I want it and the baby can pass it down to her children.

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