Monday, April 27, 2009

I am 23 weeks along.....and growing....

How your baby's growing:

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.

See what your baby looks like this week.

How your life's changing:

You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you'll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday Dylan

My Son is having a great day today - I got him some Pancakes from McDonalds as a special treat and I sang Happy Birthday to him all the way to Grammie's house this morning in English, Cat Meow, Dark Bark and Birdie Noises...He LOVED it - then we pulled up to Grammie's house and she and Uncle had the house all decorated for him with Birthday flags and balloons outside and Happy Birthday signs in the grass....he was so excited, then when he went into the house where they had hung streamers all over the ceiling and more balloons, he said it looked like Spider Man's webs on the ceiling. Then Uncle called to wish him a Happy Birthday and he got a special call from Auntie Lori as well as this AWESOME Birthday video from his cousins (that made me cry because I miss them so much and I know how much Dylan misses them) You gotta watch this .....- Tonight we will be having a little BBQ at Uncle & Grammie's house - just us and Granny, Grammie & Uncle - to celebrate his actual Birthday. Sunday is his actual party. I am so proud of my little man, he is so special to me. I can't believe he is growing up so fast.

Monday, April 13, 2009

21 Weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

See what your baby looks like this week.

How your life's changing:

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.

That's not to say you won't have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don't take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.

You're also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You're more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don't cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Were back from the BIG Ultrasound and....

....the minute she put the ultrasound to my belly she declared "Whelp - I know what your having"....Well it was THAT obvious. Were having a BOY. I am slowly coming to terms with I was doing great - I didn't cry in the Doctor's office although I was really dissapointed....I was fine until I told Dylan he was getting a brother and he said "awwww.......but I wanted a sister"...then I lost it and had a good cry with my Mom. I am feeling a little better now. Scott was so great in the ultrasound and I can see that he knows how much I wanted a girl. He said - Well we can try I know Dylan will LOVE having a baby brother and two boys is going to be SO MUCH FUN! I am looking forward to it - it is just not what I was expecting.

Here are some videos the doctor gave us...
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm Half Way There : 20 Weeks Pregnant

I cannot believe how fast this is going and I am already halfway there...I get to find out (hopefully) what were having on THURSDAY - only three more days - I am so excited.

How your baby's growing:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How your life's changing:
Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you're a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations.

Friday, April 3, 2009

First Catch

First Catch, originally uploaded by Stokes Family Photography.

A page I made of Scott & Dylan on their first fishing trip together. I haven't scrapped in a long time, that was fun! I came across the perfect kit for the perfect pics and I couldn't resist.