Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Updates, Observations and Shrimp

Alrighty. Figured I should be a bit better at actually telling y'all what's going on now. So here's the deal.

Updates: Andrew has had a busy summer. In between leaving me for a week to go to Science Camp, job searching and ear surgery, he's hardly had time to relax at all. Not to mention the honey-do list I gave him for the summer. Me? I'm just limping along trying work up the energy to get through a day. House is a wreck cuz I just don't have the energy to clean it. Hormones are sending me through too many changes a day that I can hardly keep up. And I just feel fat. Not pregnant, just fat. Lol. And to think I asked for this! No, really, I'm thrilled for it all. Just have to allow me my moments of complaining.

Food diary: Today I've eaten cereal, meatloaf, chips and salsa and peanut m&m's. The peanut m&m's were at the same time as the chips and salsa. No wonder I'm nauseous??!

Observations: So I've been a good girl and have been doing lots of reading up on the do's and don'ts of pregnancy. And you know, some things that I'm running into are just cracking me up. Like, I'm only supposed to sleep on my left side. Not back, right or tummy. Now, the tummy I can understand...kinda hard to sleep on your tummy with what will be a basketball in your belly. But not on the back or right either!? Because to get the right nutrients to Shrimp you have to be on your left? Ok, I'm sorry. I guess Shrimp will be a runt, because I'm sleeping on my back and right side as well, lol. My ear will thank me for it! Also, I'm having a cup of a caffeinated beverage a day. And I am not worried about eating mayo or vacuuming my floors. Sometimes I just gotta roll my eyes, shrug my shoulders and do what I feel is best. I'll probably get murdered for these thoughts, but oh well, lol.

Shrimp: We are 11 weeks 1 day today. So 28 more weeks and 6 days remaining, lol. Yes, thanks to tickers, I know EXACTLY where I am, thankfully! My weekly e-mail tells me:

Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, 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.

Although, I must say I have felt "popping" in that general area so I think I'm getting something. And no, it's not gas, this felt entirely different.

And, we heard the heartbeat last night, yay! We bought a doppler a few weeks ago but this is the first we've been able to find it on our own. It was very exciting as this is the first time Andrew heard it since he ditched me for Science camp and couldn't come to the appointment where I heard it. :-D

Anyway, that's all. Bye!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


After my post yesterday and having Shrimp described as the size of a kumquat, I realized I had no idea what a kumquat is. So thanks to handy google and wikipedia, I present, kumquat:

If you want to know more, I'll let you visit wikipedia as I'm sure you'll find it just as fascinating as I did! :)

Did I mention I don't eat much fruit?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Meet Shrimp

Yes, many of you have eaten a nice meal of shrimp at one point in your life. The yummy, scrumptious cockroaches of the ocean. Mmmm, with a nice cocktail sauce. Yummy. And now, I'm hungry.

You are probably asking yourself why am I blogging about shrimp? It's really not that interesting of a topic, and since I've been neglecting this for rather some time, seems a little off. Well the reason I am talking about shrimp, is that Andrew and I are expecting our very own Shrimp January of next year. Yes, we are pregnant.

Now I've really lost you. Shrimp is the wonderful nickname we came up with for our little one, thanks to my rather unusual craving for some shrimp after seeing an early picture of the baby in utero.

Now it's hard to see a resemblance between the picture of the shrimp above and this picture of a baby's development at 7 weeks. But a different picture I saw reminded me a bit too much of a shrimp. And then I decided I had to have shrimp for dinner. Andrew, in his ever present humor, then accused me of wanting to eat "our Shrimp." So the name stuck. This poor baby has a nickname and it's not even born yet.

So meet Shrimp. Web searches show that Shrimp is "about the size of a kumquat - a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy."

So meet Shrimp, who will arrive around January 12, 2010. We are waiting ever so patiently. NOT.

-Shrimp at 8 weeks 2 days.