Monday, October 25, 2010

Please Excuse My Double Chin :)

25 Weeks!

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Excuse my disheveled hair-do, but look at that belly!

Can you tell he likes to sit on one side? :)

25 weeks and I think I'm officially tired again. Other than that - things are great! I'm feeling pretty chubby though! Isaiah has also discovered my bladder and he's getting very close to my ribs. He really seems to enjoy church music - he flips and kicks during worship every week. It's great because every time he moves, it reminds me to praise God. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

24 Weeks (And 4 Days) Check Up

Today at our appointment we met Dr. Saffer. He's great! Very quick and direct in a laid back kind of way. We only have one doctor left to meet then we've met the whole gang! I have to say, I don't care who ends up delivering Isaiah. Darren and I really enjoy every doctor we've met.

While we were going through all my questions, I asked about discussing a birth plan (I mean, every book tells you to talk to your doctor). He said he doesn't really understand why books say that - there isn't such thing as a "birth plan." It's a matter of showing up at the hospital and letting nature do it's thing. That is, unless you have very strange or specific requests. Me? I just want an epidural. As long as I get that, I'm good.

I also asked him about the cramps that come and go. I told him I feel silly asking about them every time I come in but they change every month. For example, this week it felt like my entire stomach muscle was so tight for a minute or two then it went away. This happened to me twice this week. He said, "Oh, that's a contraction." My eyes got super wide and I felt my heart beat a little faster. "Well, a Braxton Hicks contraction," he said seeing my facial reaction. I thought it was way too early to feel these but Dr. Saffer said some women feel them as early as 20 weeks. There isn't any cause for concern unless I have to breathe through the contraction or they last for more than 30 minutes.

WOW. I felt my first contractions! My body is really gearing up for labor and delivery - I'M SO EXCITED!

Then we heard Isaiah's heartbeat (LOVE that sound). Right when I laid down, Isaish stretched toward my belly button, making my belly do the wave and putting him in great position to hear his heart. It was definitely right near the monitor. Dr. Saffer said it was very loud and strong. As much as I worry, hearing that noise reminds me we have a healthy little boy on the way!

We also did the glucose blood test today - not so bad. I just had to chug some pedilite-type drink and relax in the waiting room with my "What to Expect the First Year" book and my wonderful hubby to make me laugh.

Overall, today was a good day. :)

(TOTAL GAIN: 15 pounds - 10 inches)

Monday, October 18, 2010

24 Weeks...Getting Excited!

Not that I wasn't before but I'm really starting to get excited! This is going by so fast and I just can't wait for the little bugger to get here. I've been looking at my pictures from my first trimester and I was SO TINY! I can't even believe it! I remember feeling so bloated and having trouble buttoning my pants but seriously, that was nothing compared to 10 inches later! Woowee! And we still have many inches to add. :) Right now I'm feeling pretty good - definitely getting tired more quickly and boy oh boy, do I have cramps and my back is starting to hurt. I also had my first experience with heartburn/indigestion. Darren blames the hot sauce but I say it wouldn't be a problem if my stomach wasn't pushed up in my esophagus! :)

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Prayer For You

Last Sunday, Pastor Carlton did a child dedication and one of the things he asked the parents to do was come up with a bible verse they'd like to dedicate to their son and daughter. I cried, of course, but it really got me thinking. What bible verse do I want to dedicate to Isaiah?

It didn't take me long to come up with this one because it has meant so much to me during my years of "growing up" not only because of how relevant it feels in almost every situation but because it reminds me of one of the greatest qualities God gives us: HOPE.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

I don't know what God has in store for Isaiah and no matter how I dream it up in my head, it may never compare to what his reality will be. But I do know it will be great because God is so good and in the hardest of times He can bring out the best in people.

So I pray that Isaiah is hopeful. I pray that he loves more than he hates, he laughs more than he cries, and that he always, always remembers how much his dad and I love him and how grateful and excited we are that God has chosen us to be his parents. I pray he remembers that life is a beautiful journey even though it knocks you down. I pray he is a dreamer and that he has the courage to chase those dreams. I pray he fights for who he loves and what he believe in. I pray that he learns from his mistakes and that he learns to stand tall after he falls. And I pray he always remembers God has a plan for him.

(And I also pray he's a Seahawk fan instead of a Raider fan, that he eats all his veggies, sleeps through the night, loves sports as much as his daddy, and that I'll be his only girl - all these things can be negotiated, of course. :) )

"As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down...probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you have never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back." -Unknown

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kids Say the Darndest Things...Especially When You're Pregnant!

I've always loved the honesty in kids - now a days, it's really cracking me up! A lady at work brought her 9 year old daughter in (who hasn't seen me since August) and as we were walking down the hallway, her mom said, "Caitlin, is going to have a baby boy. Did I tell you that?" Her response, "I was wondering why her belly was like that!" :)

Then one of our clients came in with their mom. His mom told the doctor, "He really likes coming here - it's because he likes seeing Caitlin." The doctor said to him, "Oh really. Did you know she's pregnant?" His response, "WHAT?!?"

Kids are just so darn cute!

Monday, October 11, 2010

23 Weeks - No, I'm not glowing, I just can't stop sweating!

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

I must have the roundest belly ever! There is no definition of where it begins and ends. Isaiah is squishing me! That must be why I'm eating less and I can't take a big deep breath - there's no room! My left hip is so achey too. Even though these things don't seem like much fun, I have to say it makes me very excited - My body is making room for this baby boy! I also suffer from incredible hot flashes - seriously, I can't stop sweating. Of course, it doesn't help that it's 80 degrees still - YUCK! He's expected to gain 1/2 pound every week from here on out - it's all up hill now! :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

22 Weeks and Feeling Pregnant!

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

My oh my, my face is starting to puff again. Oh well! I have a very sore hip and I'm starting to feel like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens - Isaiah is a maniac moving around in there. It's so distracting! How does anybody expect me to work when my baby wants to play???