Thursday, May 31, 2007

coupons

Yeah, if anybody spots baby type coupons (diapers, baby wipes, pacifiers, whatever else) I would really like to have them. Actually... if you have anything else you don't want, I'd probably take those too, but mostly diapers (please - I'm begging here. Diapers are EXPENSIVE!!!!)

Friday, May 25, 2007

15 weeks

Ummm... when did this happen? How did I get to 15 weeks pregnant? I feel like I've lost a couple of months somewhere.

At around 4 inches long, crown to rump, your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. He's busy inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help develop the air sacs in his lungs. His legs are growing longer than his arms now, and he can move all his joints and limbs. That means his hands are more functional, too. Sweat glands are appearing, and although his eyelids are fused shut, he can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, he's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but his taste buds are beginning to form. And if you have an ultrasound, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or girl! (Don't be disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down the sex depends somewhat on how clear the picture is and the position of your baby during the ultrasound; he may be curled or turned in such a way as to keep you in suspense.)

Friday, May 18, 2007

14 weeks (182 days to go)

Head to bottom, your baby's 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body's growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body (called lanugo). Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it's already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. She's also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she'll keep up until birth. You still can't feel your baby's movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

13 weeks

Your belly may soon be big enough to announce to the world that you're expecting, but your baby is still tiny. In fact, he's only about 3 inches long crown to rump — roughly the size of a jumbo shrimp — and weighs just about an ounce. Despite the small proportions, there's a fully formed baby inside your womb now. Much more proportional than it was a few weeks ago, his head is now only about a third the size of his body. His tiny, unique fingerprints are already in place. His kidneys and urinary tract are functional, and he's starting to urinate out the amniotic fluid he's been swallowing. As you start your second trimester, most of your baby's critical development will be completed, and your odds of miscarriage will drop considerably.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New pictures

I have pictures up now of the room decorating that I've done so far. My Snoopy border rocks - and I put it up by myself. I don't recommend doing that. EVER. I'm far to perfectionistic to allow help though. Besides we only have 1 ladder (and 10 foot ceilings) so it's not like Chris could have done much anyway. You can also see our stoarge cubes, which I love. They're cute and the little cloth drawers are neat. (http://flickr.com/photos/cmorley/)

Yes, I realize that the room is blue and it looks like we're having boys. We don't know what we're having, but there was no way I was painting the room pink, even if they're both girls. And really, green or yellow? Yuck. Blue is pretty and besides that the color is called Blue's Bubbles. If Blue can be a girl (think Blue's Clues), then any girls I have can have a blue room. And it does look like the same shade of blue that Blue is, so I like it.

Monday, May 7, 2007

New stuff YOU want to know

Flickr will let you print photos from online now! What does this mean to you? Well, if you want to print any of my pictures (and some of you may well want to now or eventually...) you need to go to flickr.com and set up an account. Then you want me to add you as family or friends, because quite frankly, I don't want the whole world to be able to print my pictures (and really who can blame me?). Once you're added you'll be able to go to pictures and print sets of them which you can either have mailed to you at home or you can pick up at Target. According to the site you do have to pay via credit card though - I think that's true even if you want to pick them up at Target.

FYI, my photo site is under the name Malkavian513. I don't know if you can search for cmorley and find it. Alternatively, you can just let me know what you set up as a screen name in flickr and I can invite you into my friends and family list. Signing up is free, so you don't have to actually pay anything until you want pictures.

Friday, May 4, 2007

12 week update and an OB visit

Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head. Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen, though you still won't be able to feel her movement for several weeks.

So that's the baby update on the growth front. The OB appointment showed to babies with great heartbeats - Baby A had a hr of 167 and Baby B had a hr of 178. My blood pressure is still nice and low (yay for 112/70). However, I need to gain more weight. In 12 weeks, I've gained 2 pounds. By 24 weeks, I should have gained 24 pounds total. So, in 12 weeks I need to gain about 22 pounds. Except that I'm eating all the time. I thought I had gained at least 5 pounds. I need recipes that are high protein. So if you have a good recipe with a lot of calories in it, please email it to me! Apparently, I need it (who ever thought I'd be trying to GAIN weight!?) Worry not about the babies though. They're highly effective little parasites. :)