8 weeks

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Friday, July 1st, I was officially 8 weeks. We went out of town this past weekend and I was all caught up in July 4th festivities, so I didn't get a chance to post an update, but better late than never. Our first doctor's appointment was last Tuesday. I had an ultrasound done and Alex and I got to see our Peanut and hear the heart beat. It was absolutely amazing. I was in awe the entire time, and of course, let out a sigh of relief when I saw that little heart beating away. The nurse said everything looks good in there, other than having a small hemorrhage in my uterine wall, which is what all that cramping was about the week before I found out I was pregnant, but they're pretty common and nothing to worry about. I haven't had any spotting and she said that was a good sign. The heart rate was 156. According to an old wives' tale, this means you're a girl, but I don't trust it. My due date (or as I like to call it 'guess date') is February 10th, which is 9 days before Alex's birthday, so it looks like he'll be getting the best birthday present yet. It's also 4 days before Valentine's Day, so we could get a little love baby if you hang in there for a few days.

Baby's Developments -
- Size: .5 inch long (about the size of a kidney bean), which is 10,000 times bigger than at conception.
- Has started making spontaneous movements. We didn't see any movement during the ultrasound, but we go back for another one at the end of the month and I'm hoping to see some wiggles and jumps then.
- Fingers and toes have started developing.
- Testes or ovaries are already formed.
- Intestines have started developing outside the body and will move into the belly when baby gets a bit bigger.
- Eyes and nipples are visible.

Mama's Developments
- I'm hungry all the time and eating a lot. If I don't keep something in my stomach, I start feeling nauseous, but so far no vomiting.
- I get heartburn and indigestion at least once a day, and I have to burp all the time.
- My pants are starting to feel a bit snug. I'm thinking I'll need to buy some new pants sooner than I had thought. The fabric has started leaving red marks and indentions in my skin on my belly and it's uncomfortable.
- I have cleavage for the first time in my life. Hallelujah. I haven't had to buy a new bra yet, but it won't be long.
- I'm so tired. I can easily sleep 12-16 hours a day, usually broken up into 10 hours at night and a few hour long nap during the day. This has started to let up a little though, and I'm looking forward to having more energy.
- I haven't been eating as well as I'd like. My tastes and cravings change each day so it's been hard to grocery shop and eat what I buy before it goes bad. I'm going to try a bit harder to eat more healthy foods this week, and I plan on started to exercise again next week. I've slacked off on jogging because I've been so exhausted. Things I've had a craving for: an Italian BMT sub from Subway, a big salad (that I don't have to make - salads are hard work), ICEEs and slushies, Gatorade, dill pickles, a chicken sandwich, and Olive Garden (mostly for their salad).

Papa's Developments
- Papa thinks you're a girl, but I still don't have any feelings about your gender yet. He said today that it will really surprise him if we find out you're a boy.
- He's still calling you Peanut. He talks to you and tells you good morning and good night and that he loves you.
- He keeps saying that he's ready for you to get out here already so he can play with and talk to you. I have to remind him that you look a lot like a shrimp right now. I'm really looking forward to him being able to feel you kick. That might make him feel a little more connected to you.
- We've agreed on names, but aren't announcing them until we know your gender.


  1. Congratulations! What a beautiful looking bean you have there!! And February is a great month to be born!



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