Saturday, November 29, 2008
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she'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 during an ultrasound. The baby is passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing.
How your life's changing:
Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.
Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.
From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.
If you haven't already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you'll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby's growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you're working with is accurate, and see how many babies you're carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking her thumb. Bring your partner along, and be sure to ask for a printout for your baby's first photo album!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
with loads of seasonal cheer...
So are our sweet memories...
which our hearts hold dear!
Wish it harvest happiness...
as you celebrate this day...
with all your near n' dear!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
PREGNANT TURKEY STORY
One year at Thanksgiving, my mom went to my sister's house for the
traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided
to play a trick.
She told my sister that she needed something from the store.
When my sister left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the
stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and
re-stuffed the turkey. She then placed the bird(s) back in the oven.
When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven
and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit
something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird.
With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, "Patricia,
you've cooked a pregnant bird!" At the reality of this horrifying news,
my sister started to cry.
It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
5 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons instant minced onion
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
In a 3-1/2 to 4-quart crockpot, combine potatoes, ham, corn, pepper and onion; mix well. In a small bowl, combine soup, milk and flour; beat with wire whisk until smooth. Pour soup mixture over potato mixture; stir gently to mix. Cover; cook on LOW setting for 7 to 9 hours or until potatoes are tender.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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 , and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
How your life's changing:
Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts. You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Will it be pink or blue?!?!?!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This morning we woke up early and it was cold cold cold outside. A brisk 45...way to cold for Florida. That ruled out going to the beach so Brian could fish so we tried to figure out what we were going to do.
We ended up going to Marineland to see the dolphins. It was really neat. They had several adult dolphins and baby dolphins that were just born June 1st. One of the baby dolphins was very interactive and kept coming up to the glass. One of the employees informed us that dolphins lifespan is 25-30 years but they have four 40 year dolphins and two 50 year old dolphins there. The dolphins enjoyed playing with balls that were in the tank. Below is tons of photos and a video.
After the dolphins we went to St. Augustine for lunch then went to the beach and collected some shells and tried to walk our lunch off :-) We stopped at Publix and picked out our Thanksgiving turkey. Brian wanted to pick the 25 lbs turkey and I reminded him that we aren't having 30 people over, so we settled for the Butterball 15.5 lbs turkey. We brought the turkey home and decided to take Gizmo to the park. He had been couped up in the house all weekend and was anxious to get out. Brian brought his golf wedge and hit some balls and we walked around the park. It did start to warm up this afternoon thankfully but it seems that cold weather will stick around all week.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop. Watch what you say... tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you're interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.
How your life's changing:
The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin" contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.