36 Week Update

Today we have reached Week 36!  One week until I’m officially “Full Term,” 3 weeks until our scheduled C-Section, and 4 weeks until my actual “due date.”  CRAZY!  Baby is the size of a Honeydew Melon and I must say, this week I do feel like I’m carrying around a Honeydew Melon in my belly. 

This week I’ve started to feel very uncomfortable.  I think it’s probably because the baby is breech, but it constantly feels like there is something (the baby’s head) pressing up into my left lung, making it hard to breathe.  I’ve also been getting a lot of menstrual-like cramps down low, which can be very uncomfortable at times.  And, that irrational fear I mentioned last week, that anytime I go to the bathroom my water is going to break… yeah, that fear has only intensified, to the point that whenever I go to the bathroom at work, I bring my phone with me just in case I need to text or call anyone to tell them my water has broken and that I need a ride to the hospital.   

Thanks to 3 of my dear friends, I had my third (and final, as far as I know) baby shower on Sunday.  It was really a lot of fun and we got so many awesome presents!  At this point we pretty much have everything we need for the baby… the only “big” (and by big, I don’t mean large in size but important) thing we need for the baby is the Monitor, and honestly we probably don’t even need it for the first week or so.  Ken’s parents are getting us the stroller and all the accessories that go along with that and there are a few other small things that we should probably try to get between now and the time the baby makes her appearance, but it’s not a big deal if we don’t have them beforehand, since we can always send my parents out to run some errands for us while we’re in the hospital.  We could use some wipes, the crib pad (kind of like a mattress pad that goes between the crib and the sheets), some newborn-size diapers (unless the baby is huge and comes out already wearing size 1), and maybe a little bookshelf for the nursery.  We could also probably use some bottles so I can store any breast milk I start to pump in the first few weeks, and maybe a few other little things here and there but we pretty much have all the big ticket items we wanted.  The one last luxury item I may treat myself to, just since I think it pulls the crib together, is the bumpers for the crib… but other than that I really think we’re all set!   

One person who it was really nice to see at the shower was my friend Sabrina, who traveled all the way from Maryland with her (almost) 6-month old baby boy.  She already had planned to be here this weekend, and then it just happened to be that the shower was this weekend, so it worked out nicely that she got to come.  It was very special to have her there and to see her after so many months.  She and her husband moved from New Orleans to Maryland in May, right after the boys graduated from Medical School, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen her.  Her son is absolutely adorable–he smiles all the time and he’s really at the age where he’s starting to be more interactive, so it was really fun to see them!  After the shower, they came over and we went out to dinner, but before we left for dinner, Sabrina put the baby on his belly on the rug in our living room.  Boudreaux, our cat, who had never seen a baby before, looked very curiously at the baby… he walked up to him, sniffed him a little, walked cautiously around him, and then acted as though he was a little scared of him.  It was definitely interesting to see his reaction to the baby and it made me feel better about how he’ll (hopefully) react to our baby when we bring her home from the hospital. 

Well… that’s all I’ve got for now… we’ll hopefully get a good HDBD photo for you tomorrow, though it is Yom Kippur tomorrow, so perhaps it would be inappropriate (?).  Until then… have a lovely Tuesday!

35/35 (28)

Today we have reached 35 weeks, and that means there are just 35 days left until my due date!  But… if we end up going with the scheduled C-Section on October 16th, then there are only 28 days left until we get to meet our Baby Girl!  The C-Section is scheduled for exactly 4 weeks from today.  As our Rabbi often says, “UNBELIEVABLE!”  So at 35 weeks, I think the Bump is running out of fruits… baby girl is the size of a Honeydew Melon (just like last week) or a Coconut (though as Ken pointed out, “she better be bigger than a coconut!  They’re small!”)

At this point there aren’t really any more big milestones in terms of baby’s development–she’s pretty much fully developed, as long as she’s going to be when she comes out and she’s probably just plumping up a bit over the next few weeks.  The baby is still breech from what I can tell, and I feel her head up in my lungs, and by my ribs on the left hand side all the time.  Because of that, I’m most comfortable when I’m lying down or standing up but sitting up can be rather uncomfortable because it often feels like she’s pressing into my lungs and it makes it hard to breathe.  But on the upside to that, it means I have a little shelf to rest things on just under my boobs and above my belly!  I tried putting a cup on there the other day but then realized that I was basically putting a cup on top of the baby’s head, and I thought better of that idea. 

The thing that’s been bugging me the most lately are 2 questions that everyone asks me:

#1) How are you feeling?

#2) Are you ready?

These questions are supremely annoying because people don’t really want to hear the answers to them… they just want me to say, “oh I’m feeling great!”  and “yeah, we’re ready!  We have everything we need all set up!”  But if I actually give them the real answers, then they will get their heads talked off for 5 minutes and I will have to complain to them.  So I have definitely learned to never ask a pregnant woman those questions unless you legitimately want to know and want to listen to her for 5 minutes.

30 Week Update!

How far along? 30 weeks–only 10 weeks until my due date (which is only 70 days from now!)  For some reason, counting down in days makes it seem much closer than counting down in weeks.  Plus think about it… 61 days is exactly 2 months!  Scary!

7 weeks until we reach “full term” (37 weeks), and according to my doctor, 6 weeks until we’re “golden”!

Size of baby: Baby is about the size of a cucumber or a squash.

Loving this week: I love feeling the baby moving around–now it’s a little easier to tell when she’s kicking, elbowing me, rolling around, or just shaking her head since different body parts feel different and different types of movements are easier to distinguish.  I just can’t wait to see what she looks like and to kiss her little cheeks and give her my finger to grasp onto!

Milestones:  Apparently this week, baby girl is strong enough to grasp a finger!

Gender: She’s still a girl as far as we know… next ultrasound isn’t until the day after Labor Day (i.e. 3 weeks from today) so we can double check then, but as far as we know, she’s still a little lady!

How’s the belly look: Getting bigger and bigger but it still seems to depend a lot on what I’m wearing, and I have a line of hair on my belly going down from my belly button.  Some people seem shocked when I tell them I’m due in 10 weeks and some think I should pop any day now.  Everyone definitely has an opinion and nobody is very good at keeping their opinion to themselves.

Movement: Constant, it seems… though the doctor said you can never have too much movement!

What I’m wearing: Well it’s hot out… so on the weekends I’ve been wearing sun dresses, skirts and t-shirts, and to work I still have to wear slacks and nice tops.  Plus, inside they usually crank up the A/C as high as it can go, so it’s freezing.  This morning when I got dressed, Ken told me I looked like I was ready for winter, and for hibernating!  I guess it’s cause I’m wearing dark colors–black pants and a dark purple shirt.

How’s sleep: Not too bad… I’m not really uncomfortable, and I don’t really get up to pee in the middle of the night.  There are just still days where I’ll wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning totally unable to get back to sleep for no reason.  That’s really annoying!  It’s just hard to turn my brain off sometimes… so much to think about!

Mood & energy: I had my first mini break down the other night… Ken was getting in bed to go to sleep, and I said I had to go check something… I went into the baby’s room and I just started crying.  There’s just so many emotions mixed together and I haven’t really had a good cry yet throughout my pregnancy.  I’ve just been acting so excited, but really I need to acknowledge all of the emotions I’m feeling… of course I’m happy that we’re having a baby, and I’m excited to meet her, but I’m scared of labor and delivery, I’m scared of being mostly by myself with the baby for the first few months, I’m scared that I’ll feel really lonely and isolated, etc. etc.  I think all these emotions are normal but the other day they all started to feel very overwhelming.

What I’m craving: I really haven’t had cravings… but when I first think of having a snack, usually the first thing to pop into my mind is a piece of fruit–I love summer fruits, and we’ve got a lot of them in our kitchen at the moment–cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, etc.  Yummy!

What I’m missing: Cooler weather.  When it’s nice out, Ken and I like to go on walks together, and it’s just too damn hot to do that these days.  I can’t wait until the weather starts to cool down a bit so that we can go on some walks around the neighborhood together.  Plus, they say that when you’re in labor, or trying to get labor started, that walking can be one of the best things for you! 

Any new symptoms: It’s not really a new symptom (I had it in the first trimester, and then it went away in the second trimester, but now it’s back to rear it’s ugly head) but I’ve been having a lot of Heartburn.  It’s gotten horrible… to the point that I’m taking 2 Pepcids a day and about 6-8 Tums.  The worst thing about it is that it doesn’t seem at all tied to what I’m eating.  At least people who have acid reflux can tie their heartburn to certain foods–tomato-based foods, spicy foods, greasy foods, etc.  but my heartburn happens no matter what I eat!  It sometimes makes me not want to eat at all. 

Looking forward to: Thursday!  My friend Leah, who I haven’t seen in over a year, and who was one of my best friends in college, is coming to town with her boyfriend, Luke.  They are driving from Dallas and will stay with us from Thursday through Sunday.  I’m really excited to see her and to meet her boyfriend.  We don’t really have any plans but it will be fun to show them around and play tourist with them a little bit!

28 weeks and 1 day Hump Day Bump Day & I can’t believe it’s AUGUST!

Happy Hump Day Bump Day!  Here’s today’s photo, taken by yours truly at 7 AM this morning.  28 weeks and 1 day pregnant!

I’m not going to show last week’s photo as comparison since I don’t really think they look that different from week to week.  I’m thinking at 30 weeks we’ll be able to see more of a difference…

I just have to say… I cannot believe it’s already August 1st!  That’s all.

Now, as far as how I’m feeling these days… EXHAUSTED!  Even though I’m not that uncomfortable when I sleep, and I’m generally able to get a pretty good night’s sleep, I wake up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all.  I just get so exhausted during the day.  Yesterday it got so bad that in the afternoon I was feeling sick from being exhausted and maybe a little dehydrated… I ended up leaving work at 3 and I went home to take a nap from about 4-6:30 PM.  I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow morning so I’m hoping she might have some suggestions… the thing is… Benadryl helps to get me to sleep, and it keeps me asleep for a good while, but when I take it, I wake up feeling so groggy and unproductive.  I need some other solution that will help me get to sleep, stay asleep and feel rested when I wake up in the morning!  I’m a little scared the doctor’s going to say something along the lines of “tough shit lady! Welcome to pregnancy & motherhood!” but maybe she’ll have something that can help…

I’ll keep you posted!

26 weeks

Today we have reached 26 weeks and for some reason this week I’m feeling very blah… I’ve been getting more aches and pains, I haven’t been sleeping well, and I’m starting to feel very nervous about everything.  A lot of people have their nurseries totally put together by this point in their pregnancy and we don’t have anything set up yet.  In fact, the room that is going to be the baby’s room still has 2 of Ken’s dressers in it and we just have a few baby-related items in there that we’ve received as gifts.  I know that there is still plenty of time, but it does scare me a little that we don’t have anything ready yet.  I’m also starting to get nervous about labor and delivery… luckily the childbirth class that we are doing goes over a lot about labor and delivery, your stay in the hospital, and the first few days home with baby, and that starts on August 8th, so just 3 weeks from tomorrow.  I think that class will ease a lot of my fears and give me a better sense of what to expect. 

So let’s see… at 26 weeks, the baby is the size of an eggplant or a head of lettuce, depending on who you ask:

I think this week I’m just feeling very overwhelmed by everything.  I am looking forward to Friday, when I will be flying home to San Francisco for my Baby Shower which is on Sunday at my parents’ house.  I’m looking forward to seeing my parents and a lot of mine and my parents’ friends, and I’m excited for the presents!  I’m a bit sad about leaving this weekend because it turns out Ken has a “golden weekend,” so he has the whole weekend off from work.  I’m sure he’ll find plenty of fun things to do, since his intern class is very social and there always seems to be something going on.  It seems that with his schedule, it’s very up-and-down… he’ll be really busy and have really crazy hours for a week or two, and then he’ll have a slightly easier and lighter schedule for a week, so the weeks he’s busy I’ve been trying to keep myself busy but the weeks he has it a little easier, I’ve been trying to not stay so busy so I can hang out with Ken during the little free time he does have.  He’s been very social lately, partially in an attempt to get all his socializing done now, before the baby comes, since after the baby gets here it will be a bit harder to get out as much.  But it’s left me feeling quite tired… it seems that these days there’s something social going on every day–either we’re having people over or we’re going out to hang out with people.  After we have the baby though, people may have to come to us… we can host people at our house more easily since it won’t involve getting the stroller, the carseat, the diaper bag, and schlepping all that stuff around with us. 

Anyways… I’m sorry for the blah tone of this post but that’s just sort of how I’m feeling today… Blah.

25 Week Update

Today we’ve reached 25 weeks… and I would be excited about it, except that I woke up at 2:30 AM to pee, and then I couldn’t get back to sleep at all… I tossed and turned and couldn’t find a comfortable position in which to sleep.  Even with the Boppy full-body pillow that my mom got me, I just couldn’t get comfortable.  I know I was still awake at 3:30 and at 4:30, and then I must have fallen asleep sometime between then and 6:30, since I didn’t wake up again until the alarm went off.  When people ask me how I’m feeling and I tell them I’m tired because I can’t sleep, I HATE hearing that it’s just my body’s way of preparing me for when the baby gets here and we have to wake up every 3 hours to feed her or change her diaper.  NOT HELPFUL!  Maybe the 3rd trimester will be payback for having had such an easy 1st and 2nd trimester… I can already feel the payback coming–I’ve had a lot of aches and pains, and very little sleep for the past few days. 

This week the baby is the size of an eggplant or a cauliflower, and according to Baby Center, the baby is about 13 1/2 inches long and she weighs about a pound and a half.  She’s finally putting some body fat onto her body, and her wrinkled skin is smoothing out to make her look more like a baby and less like a little alien.   She’s also growing more hair and apparently if we could see it, we would be able to tell what color and texture it has.

Other than the no sleeping and aches and pains, I don’t really have much of an update to give.  From here on out I think we just sort of start coasting towards the finish line.  There are some exciting things coming up in the next couple months: next Friday (the 20th), I leave for San Francisco for my Baby Shower which will be on Sunday the 22nd.  My best friend, Julia, and my godmother, Sheila, are planning the baby shower and it’s going to be at my parents’ house.  I’m really looking forward to that!  Just 2 weeks later, Ken’s parents are driving down to New Orleans from New Jersey with a van full of baby stuff from Ken’s older brother, Jon, and his wife, Sara… they’ll be here from August 7th-11th.  August 8th is our first Childbirth Education class, and August 11th we will be going on a tour of the Family Birthing Center at Touro Hospital, where I’ll be delivering.  The following week (August 16th), my friend Leah and her boyfriend will be coming to visit for a few days from Dallas.  A couple of weeks later (August 24-26) is the dedication weekend for our Synagogue’s new building, which will be a wonderful and joyous celebration, and then the following weekend (August 31st) my mom will be coming into town for Labor Day.  She leaves the day after Labor Day, and then my birthday (and the first Saints game of the season!) is on Sunday, the 9th.  At that point I’ll be almost 34 weeks pregnant and I’ll probably be waddling around like a duck and anxiously awaiting the end of my pregnancy.  Luckily all of these fun events in the next several weeks will make the weeks fly by!

It’s a…..?

Today I had my first visit with the MFM and it went really well.  First, the Ultrasound tech did an abdominal ultrasound with their really fancy Ultrasound machine, and she took some measurements–the back of the neck  (for the Nuchal Translucency Test), the nose, the size of the baby, etc.  I asked her at one point, “is it too early to check what the gender is?” and she said that this early it’s a little hard to tell, but that based on what she saw, she was pretty sure it’s a girl!  They also drew some blood for the Sequential Screening, and together with the measurements they took, that should tell us the likelihood of having a baby with Downs Syndrome or Trisomy 18. 

Then the doctor came in to check the measurements, and do some of her own.  She also said that based on what she saw, she thought it was a girl but that to be really certain, we have to wait until 16 weeks (which is only 4 weeks from now!!!)  Ken and I have decided to keep it a secret until the week of graduation, since at that time everyone will be together: my parents, Ken’s parents, Ken’s grandmother, Ken’s little brother and his older brother with his wife.  We thought it would be fun to do a “Gender Reveal” when we’re all together at dinner on Friday night before graduation.  Now we just need to come up with a fun and creative way to tell everyone!

The doctor also took a couple of 3D Ultrasound photos which were pretty cool… the baby had its leg folded and put its hand on its head.  It looks like the baby’s saying “Oy Vey! Stop taking so many photos of me!” 

The MFM wants to see me every 2 weeks between now and 24 weeks to check the length of my cervix.  For now it looked good, but she said that if at any point it is too short, then she would likely put me on 17-Hydroxy-Progesterone shots to prevent me from going into Preterm Labor, and she might consider a Cervical Cerclage if that were the case.  She also said that I have a Partial Placenta Previa, which means the Placenta is partially covering the cervix.  She said most likely this will correct itself within the next few weeks/months as the baby grows and the uterus stretches out, but that for now she wants me on “Pelvic rest,” i.e. no sex, no exercise and no heavy lifting!  I really liked this doctor and her approach.  She made me feel very at ease about everything, and all of the staff in her office was very friendly.  The doctor also had a 3rd year LSU medical student with her and she’s also pregnant!  She’s 20 weeks and was going to find out tomorrow what she’s having! 

I’ve said this before but I really feel that being “High Risk” is both a blessing and a curse.  It’s a curse because there’s more to worry about, there’s more of a risk of all kinds of problems, and it’s just harder in general.  But it’s a blessing because it means that I get seen every 2 weeks, and that if a problem develops we’ll catch it as early as humanly possible and we’ll be able to do something to make sure it doesn’t get worse or continue.  Having ultrasounds also puts my mind at ease a lot because it’s nice (especially this early when I can’t feel the baby moving around) to be able to check up on him/her and find out what’s going on, and how the pregnancy is progressing.  So I go back again on the 26th to see the MFM and the following week I go on May 2nd to see the OB again.

Pregnancy Check-In #2: A Green Olive

Pregnancy Check-In #2

How far along? 9 weeks

How big is baby?

Maternity Clothes? I did buy 2 Maternity shirts because most of the shirts I have for work are more tight-fitting.  These two shirts are more loose and flowy so that they still look good without a belly bump but they are made of stretchy fabric so they’ll grow with me.  I also bought two of those Belly Bands–one in black and one flesh colored–that I can start wearing over my pants when my pants become too tight to button.  Most people say that they started to wear some maternity stuff around 11-12 weeks and that the rest of the world caught on that they were pregnant around 17-18 weeks.  That will be right around the time of graduation!   

Sleep? I’ve been sleeping fine so far… with the exception of a few nights here and there. 

Movement? Nope

Food Cravings/Aversions? Last week, for the first time, I had a craving for Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, so I went out and bought them late at night and had a bowl for dessert!  They really hit the spot. 

Gender? I think it will be fun to do all the gender predictor tests and so far I’ve done one… the Chinese Gender Chart says it’s a BOY.  I also had my first pregnancy dream a couple of nights ago, and in my dream it was definitely a BOY.

Symptoms? My breasts are killing me.  Sometimes the little bumps around my nipples become very moist, and they’ll cause my nipple to stick to my bra and then when I take my bra off, it pulls some skin with it.  It can be very painful.  They will also sometimes become very tingly and the only way to relieve that feeling is to press against them with my arms.  This can be rather awkward in public!

What do I miss? Definitely still sushi.  And maybe having an alcoholic beverage every now and then.

Best Moment This Week? It was so great having my parents and Ken’s parents in town all weekend.  Also, I had my Bat Mitzvah on Saturday and it felt great as soon as I finished my Torah Portion, to do the blessing and hear what the Rabbi had to say about the work and effort I put into preparing for my Bat Mitzvah.  It felt like a big accomplishment to do that at the age of 26, 13 years after most people have their B’Nai Mitzvah.

What I am Looking Forward to? Tomorrow I will probably be going in for a quick Ultrasound in the morning because I had a little bit of spotting yesterday.  The doctor said I can come in for some “peace of mind.”  Then on Monday I have my (almost) 10-week appointment at 9 weeks and 6 days. 

Milestones? The Bump tells me that my little olive is no longer an embryo but is now a fetus.  That’s a pretty big milestone!  Baby Center says it’s about the size of a grape, and they give me the following progress report:  “Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.”

Pregnancy Dreams, Gender Predictor Tests & Fears

I’ve heard that during pregnancy, women tend to have more vivid dreams and that they tend to remember them more frequently.  It could be due to the fact that pregnant women sleep more, but I think there might be a little something to it… something preparing you for becoming a mother, so you go through various scenarios in your head. 

I’ve also heard that people often have dreams about the gender of their baby.  Some claim that their dreams predict the gender of the baby with great accuracy, while others dream of both a girl and a boy and they can only have one or the other.  Perhaps there’s some truth in all of this… a mother’s intuition?  Or maybe it’s wishful thinking?  There is, of course a 50/50 chance that any test could be right or wrong.  In any event… it’s fun to try to predict the gender of the baby before it is possible to find out for real.  Last night I had my first pregnancy dream… and in my dream, the baby was a BOY!  I don’t remember many details, other than that people were passing around our baby boy, and everyone was ooohing and aaahing over how cute and adorable he was.  I do think it will be fun over the next few weeks/months, before we can find out for sure what gender the baby is, to go through some of the funny old wives tales that exist to predict the baby’s gender.  Some of them have to wait until I’m showing (such as the one that involves tying my wedding ring on a string and dangling it above my belly, or the one that involves predicting the gender of the baby based on where I’m carrying (all in front and up high, or all around and down low)), but some of them can be done now… so let’s see how accurate they become! 

Gender Prediction Based on Dreams: BOY

Chinese Gender Predictor: BOY (This one supposedly “works” by taking the age of the mother at the time of conception and the month in which conception occurred, and using those two numbers to determine the gender of the baby.  For this one, it’s a little tough if you don’t know exactly when conception occurred… we think that I got pregnant because of activities that occurred on January 27th, but according to my chart, I didn’t ovulate until January 30th or 31st, and I didn’t get my positive pregnancy test until February 12th… BUT, whether you put in “January” or “February” as the month of conception, the Chinese Gender Predictor Chart tells me I’m having a boy.)

And now… for something a little more serious.  Every time I go to the bathroom, I look down at the toilet and the toilet paper to check and see if there is any blood.  Blood can be a sign of something going horribly wrong or it can be a sign that everything is fine and healthy, or it can just happen randomly because the cervix is more sensitive during pregnancy, and the blood volume increases during pregnancy.  In any event, blood is a terrifying thing to see when you are pregnant, and especially when you are at a higher risk of miscarriage.  This afternoon, after I ate lunch, I went to the bathroom and saw some blood on the toilet paper.  It was a light red and there was not very much of it but of course it freaked me out.  I wiped a few more times to see how much there was, and it seemed to be staying the same color, consistency, and amount.  I tried to forget about it, drank some water, and went back to my desk.  Then I went back to the bathroom a short while later, and it seemed to have gone away.  I emailed my doctor when I was at the height of my fear, and she said that we should only be worried if the amount of blood increases, and that if I’m still bleeding or feeling nervous, I can come in to see her on Wednesday morning at 8:10 AM.  Of course I will keep an eye on things between now and Wednesday, but for now everything seems to be going alright.  Apparently between 20 and 30% of women have some bleeding or spotting during their first trimester and only about 1/2 of those women end up having a miscarriage.  Those are pretty good odds but still pretty terrifying.  I just have to keep reminding myself each and every day that I’ve made it another day… today I am 8 weeks and 6 days pregnant, which means I’m that much closer to having a healthy baby.

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.”