Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hearing the heartbeats

I was 11 weeks 1 day yesterday and got to hear the babies' heartbeats. It was incredible! The doctor told me not to get my hopes up about hearing them because it doesn't always work until 12 or 13 weeks, but as soon as he put the doppler to my belly, we heard our first baby. I closed my eyes and listened to his or her little heartbeat and it was the most amazing moment! He moved the doppler over to my right side and didn't hear anything so he moved it over to the left (and down just a bit) and there was the second baby. I breathed a sigh of relief because I really wanted the reassurance that they were both doing okay.

I've been feeling great this week! The nausea is gone and I was actually able to watch a movie last night and NOT fall asleep -- a miracle, let me tell you!! Now maybe I'll be able to catch up on some of my housework...

This week, the babies are each the size of a lime! Little tooth buds are beginning to appear and their bones are hardening. Their skin is actually transparent and you can see their blood vessels through it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

10 weeks 2 days

I finally have a free moment where I'm actually able to quickly update my page! Things have been going pretty well for me though I've been exhausted, hence why I haven't been up-to-date with my blog! Last Tuesday, I had my first appointment with my OB -- I was 9w2d. It was a fairly uneventful appointment being as though I was so used to going to my RE and at every appointment she gave me an ultrasound and I got to see the little nuggets grow! At my OB appointment, I only had some blood work done as well as my annual exam. The doctor said my uterus was huge, which I took as a compliment ;-) He didn't try to listen for heartbeats because he said it was still fairly early and he didn't want me to be disappointed if he didn't find them. I go back next Monday at 11w1d to hopefully hear their two little heartbeats!

As far as morning sickness goes, I really can't complain. Between 7 & 9 weeks, I would feel nauseous and the smell of food would repulse me, but I've actually been pretty good for the last week. I haven't gained any weight yet, but Dr. D assures me that it's perfectly okay.

I can't wait to get my energy back. I literally don't want to do anything. I can barely keep myself awake at work and when I get home at night, I don't even have the energy to cook myself dinner. Justin's been doing all practically all of the housework (not that I mind!) while I lay on the sofa. I've really been neglecting things -- even my best friend mentioned to me that I say I'm going to call her back and I don't! It's embarrassing, but I can't wait to get back to normal.

The little nuggets can officially be called fetuses now -- how exciting!! They're swallowing fluid and kicking their little arms and legs like crazy. They've formed fingernails and have peach fuzz hair growing on their skin!
That prune doesn't look to appealing does it?

Monday, December 8, 2008

8 weeks 1 day

I had my 8 week 1 day appointment with my RE this morning. This was officially my last appointment with Dr. H -- I've graduated to Dr. D, my ob/gyn who I visit next Tuesday.
I fully expected to have my last ultrasound today as well as the usual blood work, but when I arrived at the office, the receptionist told me that Aetna won't allow any more! I was a little sad, but I really need to get over it. Plenty of women haven't even had ONE yet and I was going on number 6!
At eight weeks the babies "tails" are practically gone and they have little webbed fingers and toes. They're moving around like crazy too!
I haven't actually "gotten sick" yet, but I feel pretty gross at times. The thought of actually cooking dinner is appalling. I'd much rather have someone else cook it for me -- but not in the same house because the smell can be too much. Fatigue hit me pretty hard yesterday. One minute I was awake and the next thing I knew Justin was waking me up to go upstairs to bed! I officially slept from 8pm to 7am -- go me!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I smell everything

It's crazy how heightened my sense of smell has become over the past week. I can smell everything! Normal, lovely smells that never bothered me before and making me nauseous now. For instance, there's a woman in the office who eats brown maple & sugar oatmeal every morning and the smell has never bothered me before, but today it's downright disgusting. I take the train to work in the morning and, as you can imagine, trains sometimes have a funky smell, but the sweet lady who sat next to me was wearing perfume (which probably doesn't smell terrible at all to everyone else) and I had to sit during the 20 minute ride with my scarf over my nose and mouth. I probably looked like a crazy person, but what else could I do?!

In other events, Justin is in Cleveland the rest of this week for business. I hate when he travels, but it's part of the job. Tonight I'm going to my mom's house to spend some quality time with her and show her the latest ultrasound pictures. She'll be really excited!

This week, the babies are the size of a blueberry. As of Monday, according to the ultrasound, the babies are officially 1cm! Tiny little hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs. Eyelid folds are starting to form over their eyes, which already have some color and they also have an appendix and pancreas!
It's incredible to me that all of this is going on inside of me while I'm sitting at work! Talk about being productive!