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Monday, July 21, 2014

11 weeks

Week 11: Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a lime, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.  She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.


The bump:
Yep, no hiding this bump any longer. It's definitely there.



How far along?  11 weeks
Symptoms:  Pretty much the same as last week. Feeling better, but hungry all day long.
Total weight gain/loss:  +3 lbs 
Gender:  I'm back to thinking boy. Ahh, I can't wait to find out!
Maternity clothes?  I have pulled out my maternity capris, since the bella band just wasn't cutting it, or sticking with regular stretchy/comfy clothes.
Stretch marks?  None yet. 
Belly Button in or out? 
In
Sleep: 
Sophia is back to waking up once early, although I always need to go to the bathroom anyway. I also started waking up with a sore back, so I pulled out my awesome, huge prego pillow and it's simply wonderful!
Movement: 
I kind of thought I maybe felt something, but it seems too early yet, so I don't know. We'll see if I feel it again.
Labor Signs:  No, thank you!
Food cravings: 
I have a feeling this will be the same as Sophia, mostly just craving fruit the whole time.
What I miss: 
No complaints this week!
What I am looking forward to:  Feeling a real kick!
Best moment from last week:  The maybe possible baby movement. Or if it wasn't, then the return of my massive pillow! hehe

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4th Anniversary Trip

We once again went to the Taste of Chicago for our anniversary weekend. We left early Friday morning and went right over to The Taste.


We went for lunch, took a nap break, and then went back for dinner. It had rained a bit in between, but thankfully we were able to wait it out in the hotel and then it was fine.

Sophia didn't like me taking food pics. She says, "feed me!".


The next morning we grabbed some breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and then got caught in a huge down pour. Even with umbrellas, we got soaked. Thankfully we had some indoor plans today, so we could avoid the rain. We had some time to kill first, we we went to a Barnes & Noble and then a Babies 'R Us. Then on to one of our favorites for lunch; Portillo's! So good!

Then our main stop for the day, the Kohl Children's Museum. Sophia absolutely loved it! It was so cute. They had so many different rooms for the kids to explore. It was so much fun watching her.

 

After a nap break at the hotel, we were ready to head back to The Taste for dinner. Unfortunately, once we got over there we were told it had been cancelled for the day because of all the rain and flooding. Bummer!

However, we had a delicious dinner at Zapatista, yummy Mexican, and the weather was nice enough to sit out on the patio. Afterwards we walked around downtown a bit and found a music/dance in the park event going on just a block from our hotel.

The next morning we grabbed breakfast at Dunkin, once again. There unfortunately wasn't much choice right near where we were staying. But oh well, it was tasty. Then we saw there was a park just down the street, so we walked down there but unfortunately it was still wet from yesterday's rain. So we just walked back to the hotel. I was hoping Sophia would get a quick nap in before The Taste opened, at 10:00, but that wasn't going to happen. And of course she fell asleep as soon as we got our food.


And finally, my beautiful flowers! We always keep with the traditional anniversary gifts, and the 4 year is flowers. Andrew picked them out himself. So pretty!



Monday, July 14, 2014

10 weeks

Week 10: Though he's barely the size of a prune, 1.5 inches long and weighs 1/4 of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development.  Vital organs (kidneys, intestines, brain and liver) are in place and starting to function.  In other development, his limbs can bend now.  His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body.  He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm! 


The bump:




How far along?  10 weeks
Symptoms:  Still hungry all the time, but very happy that the nausea has seemed to die down and my energy has returned a bit, enough that I've been able to get back to walking!
Total weight gain/loss:  +3 lbs 
Gender:  I had a dream the other night that it's a girl.
Maternity clothes?  Just the bella band and comfy/stretchy regular clothes. I think the maternity capris will be getting washed this week, though.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
In
Sleep: 
Just fine, other than waking up for bathroom trips a few nights a week.
Movement: 
None yet
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Nothing new. Still mostly just fruit.
What I miss: 
Feeling so much better this week, so no complaints!
What I am looking forward to: 
Feeling baby kicks!
Best moment from last week:  I'm pretty sure we heard baby's heartbeat last night! Technically not from last week, but it was pretty amazing!

Monday, July 7, 2014

9 weeks

Week 9:  Baby is nearly an inch long, the size of a green olive, and weigh 4 grams.  Eyes have developed, though your baby's eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks.  She's lost her "tail" and is starting to look more human.  Her essential body parts are all accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months.  The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks.  She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct.

The bump:
I think I've popped a bit this week!



How far along?  9 weeks
Symptoms:  Still feeling tired and hungry all.the.time! The nausea seems better, since I'm eating more often I guess.
Total weight gain/loss:  +3 lbs, but I blame all the 4th of July goodies on that...
Gender: 
Now I'm thinking maybe girl.  The Chinese gender chart says girl, but then it said Sophia was going to be a boy, so who knows!  I'll be happy with either.
Maternity clothes?  No but I have worn the bella band a few times now.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
In
Sleep: 
I’ve been sleeping fine.  I've had to wake up a few times in the middle of the night for bathroom trips, but not regularly yet.
Movement: 
Nope
Labor Signs:  No
Food cravings: 
Nothing really
What I miss: 
I'm ready for my energy to return so I can get back to walking!
What I am looking forward to: 
Still really looking forward to being able to hear the heartbeat with my doppler.  Hopefully soon!
Best moment this week:  We started discussing names! We have the same taste in girl names, so that one was easy, but are going to have a struggle agreeing on a boy name.

Monday, June 30, 2014

8 weeks

I'm planning on once again doing a weekly bump pic and update.  Here's what has already happened.

Week 4: Your baby-in-the-making is a ball of cells about the size of a poppy seed.  Over the next 6 weeks, all of your baby's organs will begin to develop, and some will start to function.

Week 5:  At this point your baby looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human.  His entire "body" is only about the size of an apple seed.  Your baby's tiny heart begins to beat - at twice the rate of yours.  The neural tube is starting to develop and his heart and circulatory system begin to form. 

Week 6:  Facial features (like eyes, mouth and nostrils) are beginning to form, and little buds appear where arms and legs will develop.  Her blood is beginning to course through her body, intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will become the lungs has appeared.  She is now a quarter of an inch long, the size of a sweet pea.

Week 7:  Hands and feet are developing from emerging arms and legs.  Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone.  The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller.  Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, the size of a blueberry.

Week 8:  Arms and legs are growing, and your baby now has little fingers, as well as a nose and upper lip.  He's moving quite a bit now, but you won't feel it.  He's about 5/8 of an inch long, the size of a raspberry, and weighs hardly anything - four-hundredths of an ounce.

Here's a bump comparison from week 4 to now. I don't really see any growth yet, but can't wait to watch the bump grow again!

 

How far along?  8 weeks
Symptoms:  Feeling very exhausted, but not needing a nap every afternoon now. Still feel drained, though. The hunger has really hit. I’m constantly hungry! I do seem to get full a little faster, though, but then eating more often.
Total weight gain/loss: 
+1
Gender:
 I’m starting to think maybe boy since I’m having more nausea than I did with Sophia.
Maternity clothes?  Nothing yet. I’ll probably have to pull the Bella Band out soon, though.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
In
Sleep: 
I’ve been sleeping fine.  A few bathroom trips in the middle of the night, but not always.
Movement: 
Nope
Labor Signs:  No
Food cravings: 
None, really.  I do love that all the fruit is in season right now, though!
What I miss: 
Really not liking feel nauseous when I get hungry. However, I’m thankful to not have actual morning sickness, so not complaining!
What I am looking forward to: 
Being able to hear the heartbeat with my doppler.  Hopefully in the next couple weeks!
Best moment this week:  Seeing our perfect little baby and getting to announce the big news!
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Oh boy (or girl)!

Sophia is so excited to be getting promoted to Big Sister in February!!!


I had my first appointment yesterday and we saw a beautiful heartbeat and baby looks perfect! I'm a little confused on the due date. My charting showed February 9th, the ultrasound showed February 7th, but my doctor set it at February 2nd. I think they 7th is more accurate, so that's what I'm going with. Somewhere around 7-8 weeks I guess.

I've had some nausea and lots of fatigue, but overall feeling pretty good. I had an easy pregnancy with Sophia, so hoping this one goes the same. So excited to go through this fun journey again and can't wait to see this sweet girl as a big sister!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

18 Months

The time is just flying by...


At 18 months, Sophia...

... is about 26.8 pounds.

... is 32" long. Those are nearly the same weight and height from her 15 month visit, so the growing is really starting to slow down.

... is wearing mostly 24 months clothes, although some 18 months and some 2T, and still size 4 diapers.

... is FINALLY starting to sleep through the night!!! This just started about a couple weeks ago. She falls asleep in her crib between 8:15-8:30 and most nights now sleeps until around 5:30. Now, I'd definitely prefer we slept in a little later than that, but hey I'm getting 7 straight hours of sleep now, so not complaining!

... has her 6th and 7th teeth coming in, one of them being her first molar!

... is still not the best eater. She has her picky days and then she has her eating everything I offer days. Really just depends on her mood. And of course whatever I'm offering. Things she will never turn down - chicken nuggets and french fries... But she's also a huge fruit fan like her mama!

... has just recently had a huge communication boom. She had been just saying mama, dad, Max (Maa), hi & bye (with a floppy wave), bath, potty, baby, yes & no (with head shake), puppy, and Raa Raa (her favorite show). But in the last couple weeks she has started repeating things that we say. She has also started putting some words together. Every morning when Andrew comes downstairs on his way out to work she says hi dad!

... can identify all of her body parts. Some of them she picked up really fast, others took a little while. For some reason she could never get fingers, always pointed to her foot, but once we changed it to hand she had it immediately.

... loves to be outside! She loves when we go on our morning walks, play at the park behind our house (just learned to go down the slide by herself!), or just playing in the backyard. Over the weekend we got her a water table, which she absolutely loves. Unfortunately the weather this week has not been the best, so she hasn't been able to play with it since Saturday. But she's going to love splashing in it all summer!

 
 

... loves to be mommy's helper. Each morning after we finish our breakfast, I let her down from the high chair and I ask her to go get Max. She goes and lets him out of his cage and then comes in to get his food bowl and we give him his breakfast. When I'm doing laundry, she'll help me put things in or move them to the dryer, and then helps me carry the basket. She also likes to help me turn lights on/off and will throw things away for me.

... loves wearing jewelry. If you noticed in the picture, she's wearing an amber teething bracelet. It is her favorite thing ever. Each night when I'm getting her ready for bed and take it off, she starts screaming with tears streaming down her face. Then in the morning she gets so happy when I put it back on her. She's so funny! She also always wants to wear anything I have on. She's definitely going to be my little girly girl!

... is my little mini me and I love it! Everywhere we go people are always commenting on her beautiful curls. I've always had a love/hate relationship with my hair, usually preferring it straight. But I absolutely adore my little girl's curls. I think they're just adorable! So now I have been wearing mine curly a lot more, so that we look even more similar. Plus I maybe got a little tired of people saying oh she must get those curls from her dad, haha!