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Sprout's Route | Week 7

[written 10.20.10 - 7 weeks 5 days]

How am I feeling?

This week has been one of my better weeks.  I'm not really feeling sick-like anymore.  I don't have headaches like I was getting and I'm not really congested anymore either.  Now, I say that and then this morning, I didn't have a voice.  I'm pretty sure that's because I slept with my mouth open, so I can't really help that one.

Dreams:

Other than that, I'm starting to have these strange, really-real dreams.  They are so weird, but they make me more and more excited about Thursday's appointment!  I'm not kidding.  I really think that if I could base any truth from my dreams, I would really believe that I'm having twins.  I'm not kidding.  I have these dreams that are so real and I'm seriously having twins.  I don't know if it will have any effect on what really is happening, but it seems so real.  Realistically, though, I don't care either way.  As long as they are healthy and we make it to 9 months through the pregnancy, I don't care. 

Nursery ideas/thoughts:

From a house perspective, if we do have twins, my whole nursery idea is going to have some major revisions.  I already have so many things to prepare for one child that two would really be throwing me a curve ball.  I could totally handle it and it would be so fun!  Just need to know what's going on!

Weight:

Well, as you know, I'm still going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week.  My dr. said that it was okay for me to still do this since I'm not really doing anything wild.  She did say that she has had body builders come in to have babies and she only just cuts their weights down as the pregnancy progresses.  Everything that I do, she said I could keep doing until it gets uncomfortable or until I am told to stop.  She did say that I need to watch my heart rate and try to keep it in the 160 range.  That's been fairly easy.  Any time that I get close, I just slow it down a bit and drink water.  It's been fine so far.

For the weight, after my miscarriage, I was a little heavier not because of the pregnancy, but because of just nervous eating.  And at that point, I wasn't going to the gym.  I've been going now for about 8 weeks, I think and so far I've actually lost about 8 to 9 lbs.  To the naked eye, you probably can't tell, but for me it's making a difference.  My clothes are fitting better and I just feel good.  So I'm down from my original weight and I'm very happy to hear that.

Updates from "The Bump" & "Baby Center":

Baby Center: The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

How your life's changing [from Baby Center]:  Your uterus has doubled in size in the past five weeks, and eating may feel like a chore — or worse — thanks to morning sickness, which by now may be in full swing. (If you're feeling fine, don't worry — you're lucky!)

You may need to pee more than usual, too, thanks to your increasing blood volume and the extra fluid being processed through your kidneys. (By now, you already have about 10 percent more blood than you did before you were pregnant. And by the end of your pregnancy, you'll have 40 to 45 percent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your full-term baby.) As your uterus grows, pressure on your bladder will send you to the bathroom as well.

About half of the women who feel nauseated during the first trimester will find complete relief by about 14 weeks. For most of the rest, it'll take another month or so for the queasiness to ease up. It's unlikely, though, that the need to pee more than usual will ease up. In fact, research shows that both the frequency and volume of urine tends to increase over the course of pregnancy.

This weeks activity [from Baby Center]:  Take a photo of your belly. Have someone take a picture of you this week — before your pregnancy starts showing. Then keep taking photos once a month until your baby arrives. It's a great way to track your progress, and you'll love having the keepsake. Tips for a great shot: Consider wearing the same outfit, standing in the same spot, and striking the same pose (profiles work best) for each photo. Black-and-white shots and nudes or semi-nudes can be especially beautiful.

The Bump:  Gotta pee...again?  There's a triple whammy at work here.  HCG (pregnancy hormone) increases blood (and urine) flow, your more-efficient kidneys rid waste quicker since you're now peeing for two, and that growing uterus is pressed right down on your bladder.

Baby's now the size of a blueberry!  Baby's brain -- both hemispheres! -- is growing fast, generating about one hundred new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby's third!) is now in place.

Food:

I also wanted to mention quickly about food.  I'm not craving anything strange and I'm not avoiding anything either.  I just know that if I don't within a certain time frame that I go from zero to starving.  I think that it's just like the dr. said, about every 2 to 3 hours, you want to eat something.  Even if it's small or bland, just something in your belly is better than nothing in your belly.

A little side note about this is, for some reason, over the last few weeks we've had to make a few more stops at the store than normal.  I don't know what the deal is, but for some reason this ends up being my task.  So, I go on my way home which is fine, but at this point in the day I'm reaching a starving status and this makes it very hard to get through the store without picking up something that is not necessarily on my list.  While it seems like a good fit at the time, it usually ends up pissing off my husband because I buy things we don't need.  I'm sure that I'll be working through this but for now, it's just an obstacle to work around.

Other than that, I'm doing great and really looking forward to Thursday's appointment!  Should be fun to have our first picture taken of the baby and have S there to witness it all.  While it won't be the same as with T.W.I.T., it will still be nice to see what's going on.  We're staying positive and thinking happy thoughts.

I CANNOT believe that I have 6 more weeks before I can say anything to anyone.  I made the pact with S and I'm trying my darndest to stick with it.  I have had several opportunities to just drop the ball, but sneak by without too many questions.  I'm pretty sure that some people are already starting to question me, especially since we've done something socially every weekend and I still haven't even picked a drink up!  Seriously, they are going to start to really question me and I'm nervous about that.  Oh well, let them question, right?

Oh, lastly and non-pregnancy related... I bought this Snow Kissed Berry from Bath & Body Works and boy.... It's amazing.  You should buy some too!  It's new and I'm sure you'll love it like I do!

Comments

Josey said…
I can't believe you kept quiet about this for so long!

I agree with the drinking thing - I know that as soon as I get a BFP and quit drinking, people are going to know immediately what's up!

Can't wait for your next post to hear how the appointment went (and if you have one or two in there!).
I am LOVING reading these!

I am still smiling for you! I also love that you have written this stuff to log it all...so fantastic.
I'm with the two ladies above - I **LOVE** reading these!

Can't wait to hear about your appt.
christina said…
I knew it!! I knew it, knew it, knew it!! I don't know how, but I just got a vibe from you and I've been waiting for this announcement.

I am so beyond thrilled for you, congratulations a thousand times over! I'm so happy that you're through the first tri and things seem to be going well. What a wonderful way to spend the holidays.

Many prayers for you and Mr. H. and Sprout...and of course, your angel baby. So happy for you!

Now, on with the bump pictures!

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