Happy 25 weeks

Things are going well. Baby B is enjoying life on the inside. He likes to kick and play often. We love our fun time together as long as it’s not in the middle of the night. Haha. I’m definitely getting more stretching ligaments if you have had them you know they are zero fun. If you haven’t let me try to explain. It’s basically like you move from any normal position and all the sudden it feels like someone has a huge sharp knife and they are stabbing you with it. Every time you try to move or adjust the knife is being twisted viciously. This happens always by surprise you never know when to expect the knife fight but let me tell you I always lose lol. I’m still eating all my ice! I love love LOVE crunching on ice. I’m definitely getting more round and I freaking love it! People can tell now so that’s great. I look super cute in clothes! Now out of clothes not so much… I have had a few Braxton-Hicks from time to time usually when I’m busy at work and not drinking enough water. I asked Dr. Google since it seemed a bit early and of course he said it’s normal when you have had a few pregnancy’s. I guess number 5 counts as a few! I also followed up with my real dr who also said yep it’s fine! I still feel super lucky I haven’t gained any weight yet and I feel great. Sometimes I get a bit winded and I can’t eat a ton but that’s all fine! Our next appointment I will be 28 weeks so it’s basically a all day appointment since I have to do my sugar test plus another ultrasound since baby B wasn’t very cooperative at the 20 week ultrasound. Then I’ll meet the dr and then get to go home. I’m not allowed to eat two hours before my test so when I leave I’m sure I’ll be starving! I wonder if it would be frowned upon if I ordered a pizza or something and delivered it to my dr office while I wait??? I sure hope my sugar test comes back good this time. Last time it was close so they made me do the long 3 hour test! Then we get to go see my Dr every two weeks! This pregnancy is flying by. I love and hate the end! I’m so happy and excited for J and K to get their sweet baby boy! Plus I’m so excited to give birth and see what he looks like! I just always feel a little sad that I won’t be pregnant anymore. I feel so incredibly blessed that his mommy and daddy picked me to help keep him safe until he is big enough to go home and live with them. I can’t begin to explain how humbling and special that is to me! Everyone loves to say what a incredible person I am, but really the incredible people are baby B’s parents! To put that kind of trust into anyone is incredible! I’m so happy out of all the people they could have picked they chose me. I also can’t help but be a bit jealous this sweet baby boy gets to go live by the ocean! What a lucky boy he is! Now let’s see what baby B is up to this week! Plus a few pics!

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching 13 inches (over a foot long!) in length and more than a pound-and-a-half in weight — taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other and almost as heavy as four of them. What else is going on this week? Your baby’s skin is turning pinker — not because he’s getting overheated (in fact, the amniotic fluid is perfectly climate-controlled, keeping him at an always comfortable temperature), but because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby’s lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But at 25 weeks pregnant, those lungs are still very much works-in-progress. Though they are already beginning to produce surfactant, a substance that will help them expand with oxygen after baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when she exhales.

The lungs aren’t the only system that’s gearing up for air intake. Your baby’s nostrils and nose are starting to work this week (it was previously believed that the nostrils stay plugged up until around now in the pregnancy, but the latest research shows they open much earlier and stay that way through all three trimesters). That allows your little one to begin taking practice breaths. Of course since there’s no air in there, your baby is really only “breathing” amniotic fluid, but it’s the practice that counts, right? Baby could also be able to smell various scents in utero by this week, too, and if not that sense will kick in by the third trimester.


23 weeks!

Happy 23 weeks to us! We have a dr appointment this week so that’s always exciting! Then we will have another ultrasound at 28 weeks to try to get a few better pics of baby B and his heart. Things have been going just great. He is definitely getting more active and likes to play in my ribs! I can’t even be mad because it’s impressive that he can get up there. I’m getting excited that we are getting so close to all the exciting stuff now. I’m still eating my ice and loving it! We have been enjoying summer and swimming! Well mostly the kids I like to lay there and watch them haha. Also we went to Walmart and I found a Dino head to wear we thought this was hilarious! Let’s see what baby B is up to this week!!!

At around 11 inches long and just over a pound, this week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain. Your baby should double his weight over the next four weeks alone (and you may feel as though you do, too). His skin is a bit saggy since it grows a lot faster than fat — but soon he’ll start to fit his frame as fat deposits fill things out. By the time your baby is born, he will be pleasantly plump and filled out, from chubby cheeks to chubby toes. And although at 23 weeks pregnant, your baby’s organs and bones are visible through his skin (which has a red hue due to developing veins and arteries beneath), he’ll become less transparent once those fat deposits settle in.

You’ve probably heard your developing baby’s heartbeat through a Doppler a number of times already (though you never get tired of hearing it), but by now you can also hear it through a standard stethoscope. What a heartthrob!

20 week ultrasound it’s A….

Well on Friday we had our big ultrasound! J and K flew into town on Wednesday so it was nice spending a bit of time with them! We spent time in a old town st. Charles and then had dinner at our house where we had a buffet of st Louis! We had pork steaks, imos, toasted ravioli, white castles and gooey butter cake! It was a success! My kids thought it was the best dinner ever haha. So on Friday we did the whole ultrasound and baby B really was active but didn’t want to roll over so I’ll have to do another ultrasound at 28 weeks to get a few more pictures of the heart. Everything looked perfect though! Baby B is growing well and is about 12oz I believe they said! So when they finally got to the sex of the baby I for one was shocked 😳! Turns out it’s a BOY!!! now let me explain why I was so surprised. After we did our transfer where they put the baby in the dr said well she’s all in there! I was pretty mad thinking he told me the sex of the baby after it was decided we didn’t want to know! So needless to say this whole time I thought I already knew it was a girl and I just had to keep it a secret! They said it was a boy and I just couldn’t believe it! I’m so very excited for J and K. So now we are already at the half way point so now it gets more exciting each week!!!! Oh and baby B is moving a lot more now and is definitely getting stronger. He really loves waking up at around 4 am to kick and play me not so much. Good thing I like this little guy! I’m glad he’s letting me know he is there even if it is too early. So here is what baby B is up to this week!!!

You’ve got a heavyweight in your belly at 20 weeks pregnant (well, in baby terms, anyway). Your little champ weighs about 10 ounces and has a height, crown to rump, of about six-and-a-half inches. Think small cantaloupe (and probably as sweet too). While your baby is definitely getting bigger, there’s still plenty of growing room in there, which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!).

Curious about whether that melon-sized belly has a boy or a girl inside? Now’s your chance to take a peek! Though the external genitals in both male and female fetuses still have a way to grow, you’ll be able to find out your baby’s gender via the second trimester ultrasound , usually scheduled for anytime between 18 and 20 weeks. This routine exam gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there (and wow, are they going!). If you’re carrying a girl,  your baby’s uterus is fully formed this week and the vaginal canal is starting its development (which means that in a few decades, you might be a grandma!). Your little girl also has primitive eggs in tiny ovaries now, seven million of them. By birth, that number will be down to two million. If your fetus is a boy, the testicles have begun their descent this week, though they’re still in the abdomen waiting for the scrotum to finish growing so they’ll have a place to go in a few weeks.

( I’m not sure why my daughter looks like this lol)

19 weeks!

Hey guys. It’s been a bit sorry I’m a slacker. Our dr appointment a couple weeks ago went awesome! Baby B was a stinker and we couldn’t find the heart beat as usual. This is also my body’s fault it happens a lot something about the way my uterus sits and the placenta is always up front. So we got an extra ultrasound! I’m very excited that next week baby B’s mommy and daddy get to come for the 20 week ultrasound! I can’t believe it will be the half way point!!! I’m already getting sad. As I always say I’m not sad like I want the baby lol. I’m sad that I won’t be pregnant anymore! I’m crazy and I know it but the last half is my favorite and it goes by so incredibly fast! I’m finally showing enough that people can tell it’s a baby and not just fat woohoo. Also great news I’m still not gaining anything!!! Believe me this is normal for me and baby is just fine! Miss Ellie from my belly, my first surro baby just turned 4 this week!!! I can’t believe it she so pretty and perfect. She has started ballet and is keeping her parents very busy. I’m excited to go visit the girls soon I hope. Obviously after baby B comes! I’m starting to feel tiny movements every once in a while if I’m super still! I can’t wait for the good strong kicks and jabs! I’m really hoping baby B’s mommy and daddy get to come for another visit so that they can feel movements later on! I’m still feeling great. My back does hurt some but that’s normal too. My job doesn’t make that any easier haha. Oh and surprise I’m back to craving ice! It’s by far my favorite pregnancy craving. I think that’s all I have for now. I’ll post my updated belly pic and a pic of how big miss Ellie is! Let’s see what baby B is up to this week!

Six inches long this week and just over a half pound in weight, your baby has gone through a bit of a growth spurt and is now the size of a large mango. What’s more, your little one has a cheesy varnish. Say what? You read that right — a protective substance called vernix caseosa (vernix is the Latin word for “varnish”; caseosa means “cheese”) now covers your fetus’ skin. It’s greasy, white and made up of lanugo (that downy hair), oil from your baby’s glands and dead skin cells. This waxy “cheese” may not sound too appealing, but it’s there for good reason: Vernix protects your baby’s sensitive skin from the surrounding amniotic fluid. Without it, she’d look very wrinkled at birth (sort of what you’d look like if you soaked in a bath for nine months). The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies — especially those born early — will still be covered with it at birth, so you might get a look at your baby’s first anti-wrinkle cream

Happy 16 weeks.

Well technically I’m almost 17 weeks now in two days lol. I’m trying to be better at updates. It’s definitely getting more exciting now that I’m starting to round out a bit and look a bit more pregnant vs fat. I have been feeling great as normal. I still haven’t seemed to have gained any weight so that makes me happy! I started out a bit bigger then I did my last couple pregnancy’s. I’m very glad the pools going to be open soon! That’s our favorite summer activity, plus it’s great exercise as long as I swim and not just lay out! Tomorrow is kailynn’s last day of school and then we get to sleep in and have fun! Our next dr appointment is this Thursday also so that’s exciting! After the appointment we will be heading down to our family farm for a long holiday weekend! It’s great to let the kids run and play and not worry about cars and people! I’m excited to spend time outside enjoying family and summer fires with SMORES!!! it’s crazy to think I’m already almost half way done being pregnant! This is the part I can’t wait to hurry and get to and then bam it all seems to fly by so fast! Before I know it I’ll be sad it’s all over. Anyway let’s see what exciting things baby B is doing this week!

Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to four ounces and he’s four to five inches in length. The backbone and tiny muscles in his back are gaining strength, so he can straighten out his head and neck even more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. His eyes are finally working too , making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo!

Your fetus is becoming a looker too — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker, since there’s no baby fat yet. And here’s the skinny on baby skin : It’s practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to see your baby’s blood vessels under that thin skin.

Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus’ ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking (or singing in the shower) at 16 weeks pregnant. In fact, studies have found that babies who hear a song while they’re in the womb recognize the same tune when it’s sung to them after they’re born (so choose your lullabies with that in mind).

Week 15!

Hello everyone I’m so glad warmer weather is here! I have been feeling great still. I definitely feel much bigger this pregnancy then my last four! I swear I’m showing like I’m 20 plus weeks! It’s crazy. I technically haven’t gained any weight yet so that does make me feel a bit better but man I can’t believe how round I am for just 15 weeks! Clients at work are starting to notice now so I guess that’s good better then just looking like I’ve put on a summer beer belly haha. I believe my next appointment is may 25ish I’m always excited to go see how baby b is. We have been super busy with my sister moving back to town so spending lots of family time together and we are hoping to get our patio expanded with a roofed area for covered seating! It will be so nice to have an outside entertaining area! I’m already picturing summer fire nights and friends and wine!!! Expect I can drink next summer lol. I’ll include a picture so you guys can see how round I have gotten lol.

What’s baby B doing you ask? Look at all this exciting stuff!

Your baby at 15 weeks

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. If you have an ultrasound coming up, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

Hello week 13!

Well I zoomed right through week 12 and today we are at week 13! Happy second trimester. We had a dr appointment today so that was exciting! Sadly my dr had a lot of trouble finding the heartbeat on the monitor so she is great and rushed me to the front of the line for a quick ultrasound to just check on baby B. I can’t lie I was a bit nervous. Thankfully as soon as they got the monitor on there you could see baby B bouncing around in there! I FaceTimed J and she could see baby and chat with the dr a bit. We set up my next appointment for 4 weeks and then 4 weeks later the big 20 week ultrasound!!! I know J and K are planning to come for that appointment so that will be fun! I have been feeling great. I actually told the dr I’m feeling better this pregnancy then I did the last two! I haven’t been suffering with the awful pregnancy headaches. (Knock on wood) I’m hoping it won’t be too long before I can start feeling baby move. That’s my favorite part! So far no real cravings or anything. I have recently been loving salads haha. So far I haven’t gained any weight. That’s pretty typical for me to not really gain anything with pregnancy. I believe the most I ever gained was with kailynn and it was 15 pounds. I’m hoping it stays the same this time too! Now here is the fun info about baby B! Also I did take a pic for week 12 and 13 so I’ll post both!

What’s up with your baby? Well, besides being as large as a peach now, that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point). By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. But don’t compare your fetus with the fetus next door. Starting in the next week or so, babies begin growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly, though they all follow the same developmental path.

What else is going on in there? At 13 weeks pregnant, tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs. Because she can move them in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). Your baby’s intestines are also in for some big changes. Up ’til this point, they’ve been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord, but now they’re moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, in your baby’s abdomen. And to serve your growing fetus’ needs, the placenta is also growing, eventually weighing one to two pounds at birth (something else you’ll soon be able to blame your weight gain on!). Also developing this week: your baby’s vocal cords (the first step toward saying, “I love you, Mommy!”). Because sound can’t travel through your uterus, you won’t be able to hear any sounds or cries just yet, but you can bet those vocal cords will get a good workout once she’s born.