12 Weeks!

I have made it to the 12 week mark!  Here is what's going on:

How your baby's growing:
The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

How your life's changing:
Your uterus has grown to the point where your healthcare provider can now feel the top of it (the fundus) low in your abdomen, just above your pubic bone. Though you probably won't need maternity clothes for several more weeks yet, you've no doubt noticed that your waist is thickening and that you're more comfortable in loose, less restrictive clothing.

You may begin to experience 
heartburn (also called acid indigestion), a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of your breastbone to your lower throat. Many women get heartburn for the first time during pregnancy, and those who've previously had bouts of heartburn may find that it worsens. During pregnancy, the placenta produces a large amount of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach. Particularly when you're lying down, gastric acid can seep back up the pipe, which causes the uncomfortable burning sensation. For many women the problem doesn't begin (or worsen) until later in pregnancy, when your growing uterus starts to push up on your stomach. The discomfort may range from mildly annoying to intense and distracting.

Bella Band

I am three days shy of being 11 weeks pregnant... and I fortunately still fit into my normal jeans rather comfortably.  But I know those days are short lived...

I have come across this thing called a Bella Band.  It is pretty much just a piece of fabric that goes around your waist but is tight enough to hold pants up if they are unbuttoned. This way it gives you a bit more time in your normal jeans before buying the dreaded maternity pants. It is also used as an 'undershirt' if your shirt does not cover your growing belly.  It acts like a cami.


I am headed to Columbus, OH for the weekend to visit my best friend so I am going to try to find one of these while we're hitting up the malls. I would rather buy one of these instead of the maternity pants. At least for right now anyway. :o) And like I said... my days are short lived wearing my normal jeans so I'm sure I'll need this more sooner that later.

I'll write a review when I finally end up wearing it!

Boy or Girl?

I had a dream the other night about having a little baby boy.  I can't remember too much more than that but I vividly remember having a boy.

And its weird because for the longest time I would tell people that I didn't want a boy, and that if I had a boy I would give him back.  Looking back, that was awful to say... I will be happy with a boy or a girl, just as long as they are healthy.  But in my short 9 weeks of pregnancy, I'm really starting to think we are having a boy.  With this dream... and everyone telling us its going to be a boy... and the Chinese gender predictor...

So will it be a boy?  Its obviously too soon to tell... and we might not even find out the sex of the baby either.  My husband wants it to be a surprise so he can come out of the delivery room and tell everyone what it is... which I think is cute.  So I don't know if I want to take that away from him.  But at the same time I don't want yellow and green things for the baby.

I guess we will see in time... in either 10 more weeks or in 7 more months.

And Baby Makes Three!

Its March 2nd...
We're in the 'dreaded' aisle... the aisle in the store that for so many year we did all that we could to avoid.  Now here we are starring at all the different pregnancy tests wondering if this could really be happening.  Could we have been blessed on our first month of trying to conceive?  Could it actually be possible?  

Who knew there were so many tests.  Which one do we chose?  After what seems like forever, and starring at the tests like we were 18 years old we finally just picked up a box and threw it in the cart.  That box will ultimately tell us if our lives our going to change...

I avoided taking the test that night, thinking that it was still to early to test.  A part of me was sure that I couldn't be pregnant... it takes months of trying... especially coming off of birth control that I had been on for so long. Right?  But I get up the nerve to test the following morning.  My husband had already left for work.  It was so surreal waiting those 3 little minutes for the results.  2 minutes... 1 minute... and yes, there they were, those 2 pink lines.  Holy crap!

I had a range of emotions.  I was excited, scared, happy... I'm not sure how I made it through work that day.  I ended up leaving early though to run out to Target.  I was there about a week before with my mom and saw a onesie that would be perfect for breaking the news to my husband.  It was a onesie that said Tax Deduction on the front.  

So I get home that evening and start making dinner.  My husband arrives home but I say nothing.  We eat and then I go into the bedroom to grab the onesie.  I come back out into the living room and tell him I have something to show him... he immediately says, "You're pregnant"  I show him the onesie and he smiles.

We couldn't be happier about this news!  I find myself , at times, still not believing I'm pregnant.  I have so far been blessed with no morning sickness... just extreme fatigue and the occasional mild cramping.  The grandparents are beyond words.  It will be the first grand-baby on either side.

So here we are... on this incredible journey as our family grows... I'm sure it going to be a crazy but wonderful ride!