Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Week Sixteen

Week sixteen was highlighted with another good appointment with Dr. Lown. The heartbeat is still strong and we are measuring right on track. We were able to schedule our 20 week ultrasound for December 14th and we are excited to see our little one again. I have also been able to feel the baby move more and more often, it has gone from an everyday or every other day event to a few times a day. Since I cut back on caffeine for the duration of the pregnancy the baby becomes especially active when I splurge on cherry coke. The movements are still too subtle for Matt to feel, but I am hoping that will change in the near future. We also worked on putting on some pounds by eating out three days in a row.. yum! I got to visit my girlfriends from grad school in Lansing for dinner on Thursday, it was so much fun and long overdue, we realized that we hadn't had a chance to visit since August of 2009. Then Matt and I went to my favorite chain Bonefish Grill for some delicious chowder and salmon with our friends Max and Amanda on Friday. And finally, a few pounds heavier we went out to eat with Erin and a new local spot The Twisted Rooster on Saturday. Ahh.. I do love eating out, I blame it on Big Jim, he helped me develop my palate as a kid. At the end of our sixteenth week we made the drive out to Minnesota to celebrate Thanksgiving/Christmas, surprisingly the drive was a little more uncomfortable than usual, but I was excited to use the seat warmers as a way to relax my tense lower back muscles.

16 weeks: Baby is the size of an avocado
Your baby measures up to an avocado, now, and weighs 3 1/2 ounces. (Length: 4 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Week Fifteen

Week fifteen has been uneventful week ... and that is a good thing. The heartbeat is still strong and besides heartburn I am feeling pretty good. We have spent most of the week Christmas shopping and getting ready to head to Minnesota for Thanksgiving/Christmas. I just love this time of year and Matt and I always have such a good time picking out gifts for our friends and family. We also had a huge task in finding me some new dress boots to wear this Winter. I am finding that all the maternity pants come in a length that is at least two inches shorter than what I wear, so I have taken out the hem to make them a little longer and to compensate for the rest I needed boots with shorter heels. After about four stores and at five minutes 'till closing Matt finally located the right style and I quickly found the right size - success! Now, I should be all set, with modified pants and shorter heels. We also had a great dinner at the Melting Pot with Erin and Jake - yum it is such a great place to have a filling and fun dinner. It was restaurant week in GR so many places offer a special 3-course menu for $20.00, Melting Pot offered a starter course of cheesy spinach and artichoke fondue followed by a choice of salad and then a sample of ravioli, steak, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms and potatoes that you cook in the fondue pot. We of course added on Chocolate fondue for dessert which was delicious with strawberries, but a little overwhelming for me when it came to the cakes, marshmallows and other sweets you could dip. We are getting excited for our sixteen week appointment in a few days and hope to get another thumbs up from Dr. Lown.

15 weeks: Baby is the size of an apple
Your baby has grown to the size of an apple and weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. (Length: 4 inches, head to bottom.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Week Fourteen

Week fourteen has been an exciting week - the first time I got to experience round ligament pain and the first time I got to feel the baby "flutter" on a regular basis. I first felt the fluttering right before Halloween, but it wasn't consistent at all, in fact I think I felt it one day and then not again for several days. It is such a strange feeling and it still has me wondering what is really going on in there. This week the fluttering has become more and more consistent, about everyday or so, and I can only picture the little one in there swimming laps in its amniotic fluid. I really wish Matt could feel the little flutters because it sure is neat. As for the round ligament pain; that made a timely appearance during one of my classes when I was walking over to a student's computer to help them on their project. Owww, it complete caught me by surprise and had me limping the rest of the class. When I got back to my office I googled how to relieve the pain and spent the next 10 minutes using my desk as a ballet bar for stretching... good thing I am on the 4th floor, I can only imagine what people would think if they could see in my office window. Matt and I also made our inaugural trip to Babies R Us to check out some baby gear. We spent about an hour in there, registered for 2 items and bought nothing. The less than friendly registry lady was floored that we only found two things... I really wanted to point out that most of the items we were looking for they didn't even carry, the rest of the stuff was sold out and to complicate the matter every aisle had unattended kids running around like wild banshees. But, alas, we just smiled and said we were only browsing that day. I look forward to a trip to Buy Buy Baby and USA Baby in the next few weeks, maybe we will have better luck at one of those two places.

14 weeks: Baby is the size of a lemon
Your baby, now as long as a lemon, weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. (Length: 3 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Week Thirteen

Week thirteen has us waiting with baited breath for pregnancy hunger to kick in. I have heard from most people that this was the week they started to get their normal appetite back. We are struggling in this area a little bit. Although, we are not nearly as nauseous, we are just not that hungry. Matt put together a really helpful calorie counter chart to help me stay on track ... pretty much it is a force feeding schedule to help us make sure the baby is getting all the nutrients it needs. Lucky for me the system includes a date night of my choice if I can stay on track. I guess we are already starting a bad habit for the baby, if I need to be bribed, I can only imagine we will have to do the same with the little one. We are creating a little monster as we speak.

13 weeks: Baby is the size of a medium shrimp
Your baby has reached the size of a medium shrimp and weighs nearly an ounce. (Length: almost 3 inches, head to bottom.)