Saturday, August 29, 2009

Guessing game

So, I've always thought these were kind of fun. I'm encouraging all of my friends to log in and make a guess on whether you think Shrimp is a boy or a girl! I've got 3 guesses already, let's see how many we can get! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

20 week bump

Still don't think it looks like much and if you didn't know how skinny
I was before, you'd assume I've put on weight. Oh well, it will come
in time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Shrimp is half baked!

That's right! We are 20 weeks and officially halfway there! Only 20 more weeks and we'll have a baked Shrimp. Beyond that and we are coming up on fried Shrimp. I'm going for a well done Shrimp as I hope Shrimp comes early, lol.

So what's new? Not much really. We are plodding along here counting the weeks down. We did get our crib yesterday, yay! And it's all set up and in the room. The room still needs some work done to it as I still need all those organizational things for the closet and that kind of stuff. Need the linens for the bed and some pictures and decorations. But I keep getting told to wait for the baby shower before I worry about that. I don't know if I want to wait that long. I kinda want it all now, lol. But I'll post pictures when it's all done and put together. Uploading photos here is a bear and I really don't feel like messing with it. A friend figured out how to do it from her iPhone but I've yet to get that figured out and got tired of trying. I'll mess with it again later. When I have my energy back. Will I have my energy back??

Shrimp at 20 weeks:

Your baby weighs about 10.5 ounces now. He's also around 6.5 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches long 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 stubstance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper.

Just for clarification purposes, these updates I'm posting with the facts of Shrimp's development were taken from So I didn't write those portions. But the rest of the posts content is from me. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

And we...

Are out of ideas for creative posts. I guess you'll forgive me, right? It's exhausting trying to come up with snazzy titles and I didn't want to just say oh 19 weeks. Was too boring. So anyway, there you have it!

Not really much to say this week. Seems like my morning sickness, ummm, rather all day sickness has returned. Not so sure if it's just a reaction to the anti-depressants or is really a return. Feels the same as before. Finally, right now, I feel a bit better and was able to eat with out gagging too much. Helps that I actually wanted what I ate. And Andrew has a week and a half down already with his new school, and let me tell you, what a difference! He is settling in well and got through his first challenge last night with flying colors. It was back to school night, and every single child and parent showed up! Amazing! He liked them all and they seemed to like him so we have success! The next challenge is the first day of school, which is tomorrow. I'm still having a good feeling about this. And although he is still understandable anxious and stressed about it, it seems like he is handling it much better this time around and really, I'm just proud of him. He's doing an excellent job so far and has so many wonderful ideas!!

So, Shrimp at 19 weeks:

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8.5 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom - about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Ok I just had a strange thought after I read about Shrimp being able to hear me now. I have a human being in my belly following me around wherever I go. For some reason I just had a sense of a weird squeamishness at the idea, lol. Don't ask me why, it's just like the "John Hurt" moment from the Coupling show. Cracks me up. Glad Shrimp is there, though, so he or she better not be going anywhere soon.

Also, I've been starting to get tons of movement at times. Last night, Shrimp decided to have a little party after 10. I could feel Shrimp turning over and occasionally kicking. It was the strangest feeling ever. Finally Shrimp settled down around 11 and I could fall asleep. Let's hope the little buggar doesn't keep this schedule up, lol! Maybe have your party around 8 instead?? :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's a....


Lol, not really. This is a frontal view of Shrimp, and to be honest it sorta creeps me out. I much prefer the profile views because this one, just really makes Shrimp look like an alien.

Now here's the awwww how cute view.

So Shrimp had a check up and he/she is doing well. Measured bang on dates and weighed 8 oz. It actually went rather quickly, even though I think we ended up with about 30 minutes of dvd at the end of the session. But all was perfectly formed with Shrimp, heart beating well. Started off sleeping again, of course. Woke up a little after a while and we watched as Shrimp played with his/her nose several times. Was rather adorable. Also watched as he/she practiced breathing. Turned over a few times, but right now he/she is facing downward.

So as I said Shrimp is doing well. Turns out I have what's called a heart shaped uterus that's possibly a complete bicornuate uterus. It means that my uterus never developed properly when I was a fetus. And the short of it is I most likely have TWO uterus'. It looked like it's possibly straight down the middle, but it's hard to tell because the side that Shrimp is on is obviously much bigger at the moment. So this puts me at a higher risk of pre-term labor and a breech baby. The breech I can handle, that's just a c-section and although not my first choice, as long as Shrimp is healthy I don't care how he/she gets here. It does, however, increase my already high anxiety. But we did talk about that as well while there and I've been placed back on anti-depressants. This should solve 3 of the chronic problems I've experienced since atleast 2006 - insomnia, depression and anxiety.

On a positive note, we found a crib tonight! Thanks mom and dad! :) I have to wait until September for it to be delivered though. Really wanted it to come home tonight, but oh well. All good things come with a wait, right? :)

Oh and I'll try to update the post later with some better pics of Shrimp. I'm tired and took these with my phone and they are rather limited on changing their layout and clarity. So I've spent enough time here and now need to sleep.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

18 weeks and counting

Well really not much to update. We are waiting for our "big" scan on Friday. I'm starting to feel more "regular" movements. About every other day or so now. Before it was weeks between the little flutters. I can't wait to feel them everyday, won't feel the need to pull that doppler out with as much regularity, lol.

Things are well. It was a frustrating day for me. I think it must have been hormones as things really weren't "bad" or anything really out of the ordinary. But just those regular things were annoying me to no end and I found myself with the overwhelming desire to curl up into a little ball and just cry my eyes out. With 18 weeks down, only 22 to go. Almost halfway there and I can get my body back to normal. Is there really ever a thing after a pregnancy? I guess we'll see, lol.

So Shrimp at 18 weeks:

Head to rump your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs - movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they are still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you in an ultrasound.

Ok, bed time now. Bye bye!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I've learned

That Shrimp is going to be ornery like his father and uncles! How do I know this when I have yet to feel much movement or physical indication at just over 17 weeks? Because the last few times I have attempted to find the heartbeat on my home doppler it's been a frustrating experience! Shrimp is not where I expect him/her to be and then when I finally do find the heartbeat, Shrimp moves moments later so I lose the heartbeat!! And I am getting loads of movement noise on the doppler. So ornery and a bundle of energy.

That leaves me asking...what did I get myself into?

At the same time, I'm looking forward to the laughs that is bound to come by watching this little one.

Oh, and Andrew had his first day at his new school today. I'm totally thrilled to hear their philosophy on work/life balance. He was told outright and bluntly that he is expected to have his priorities straight. And those priorities are: #1. God, #2. family, #3. work. So this means that he will definitely be able to come to our big scan next Friday. Which we were worried about because of asking for time off in your first week at a new job is never a good idea. So yay, God! I am really thinking we are exactly where we need to be in this stage in our lives and for the arrival of this new little one.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Beginning of August - 17 weeks!

Wow, can't believe it's August. Already. This year seems to have gone by so quickly and I have only been pregnant for 4 out of the 8 months down already. Crazy!

Not much to report. Have started the whole stretching pains so I can only assume that Shrimp is going through quite a growth spurt. The stretching pains were pretty constant from Friday through Monday but have only been sporadic today. Finally got some sleep last night but then I woke up and had to pee, of course. And then my "I'm awake" hormones kicked in and I had trouble getting back to sleep. Also, at work today, I had a tiny fall on my bum. Scared me more than anything but I think all is ok. I was trying to sit down in a chair and it fell out from under me (I must have sat on the very edge or something) but I had my hands firmly on the table as I was pulling the chair in to scoot up to the desk so when it fell, I was able to slow the decent. So really just ended up sitting down on my bum a little harder than I would have normally had I been trying to sit on the floor, lol. But definitely made me more aware of what I was doing and I slowed down a lot more after that.

So where is Shrimp at 17 weeks:

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord - her lifeline to the placenta - is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip) and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Until next week. I think it's bedtime for me.