Pregnancy Check-In

I’ve been reading a few Pregnancy Blogs and one of the things that many of them have in common, is they do a somewhat regular “Pregnancy Check-In,” answering the same questions each time just to sort of keep track of everything.  I kind of like the idea so I think I may get started.  I might change the questions around as we get further because some of them may not always be relevant.  But here we go:

Pregnancy Check-In #1

How far along? 8 weeks and 1 day

How big is baby? According to The Bump, he/she is the size of a raspberry.  According to Baby Center, he/she is the size of a kidney bean.  I’ve never really compared a raspberry and a kidney bean but I assume they’re pretty close in size. 

Maternity Clothes? I haven’t actually bought any, however I did discover that one of the Old Navy dresses I had in my closet already is actually a maternity dress… I think I just really liked it when I saw it initially, and I’m wearing it today!  There’s nothing inherently “maternity” about it… there’s no ruching on the side, there’s not a big belly, it’s not a baby-doll style dress.  It’s just a simple short sleeved, v-neck black dress.  Very classy actually!

Sleep? I’ve been sleeping really well the past couple of nights because the minute I get into bed I am just exhausted.  When Ken can’t sleep, he tosses and turns, which keeps me up.  Once I’m awake I find it hard to get back to sleep, so if I have to get up to pee, it is often very hard to go back to sleep.

Movement? Not yet, it’s still so small!  And even if it is moving, there’s no way I would be able to feel it.  Most people say you can’t feel anything until 18-20 weeks or so.  I’ve still got 10 weeks to go! 

Food Cravings/Aversions? I haven’t really had any cravings or aversions.  Every now and then I’ll feel really hungry, so I’ll get a plate of food together for myself, I’ll eat a few bites and then I realize it either wasn’t what I wanted, or I’m just full and can’t eat anymore. 

Gender? Way too early to know… apparently you can usually find out between 16 and 20 weeks, so another 8-12 weeks to go.  We are going to find out when the time comes, though.

Symptoms? Until Sunday/Monday, my breasts had been killing me but that stopped on Monday/Tuesday.  Now, the only thing is this lack of appetite once I start eating.  And I occasionally have a stretching feeling in my uterus–apparently this is called Round Ligament Pain.

What do I miss? SUSHI!  I thought for a brief moment about “cheating” and having some sushi today for lunch, but it’s just too risky and not worth it.  I could go for some Miso Soup and Salmon Teriyaki though! 

Best Moment This Week? Monday at our appointment with the OB, hearing the Heart Beat.  I started crying from a huge sense of relief.  Even though there have been no indications that anything’s wrong (no cramping, no bleeding, etc.), there’s still a big fear in the back of my mind that something is going to go wrong and I won’t know… that we’ll go into the doctor’s office for an Ultrasound, and there won’t be anything there, or the Baby will have stopped developing weeks ago.  It’s scary, but that’s what I get for reading too many posts online about “Missed Abortions” where the baby just stops developing and there are no signs of a miscarriage until the mom goes in for a checkup and the doctor sees that the baby just stopped developing.  Sounds terrifying to me!

What I am Looking Forward to? Tomorrow my parents and Ken’s parents are arriving and spending the whole weekend in New Orleans with us.  Friday is “Match Day” when Ken finds out where he’s going for his intern year.  We already know where he’s going for his Residency (Baltimore) but we’ll find out Friday where he goes for Internship.  He put Tulane as his first choice and we are really hoping we can stay in New Orleans now that I’m pregnant… we can stay with the same doctor, and we have such a great support system here.

Milestones? According to Baby Center: “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  is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can’t feel it.”


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