Saturday, June 30, 2007

Halfway (aka 20 weeks)

14o days to go, officially 5 months. So what does the doctor's visit reveal? Well, both babies sound good (nice heartbeats, one was a little pumped, maybe cause I'd just eaten but he was going nuts in there). I've gained 18 pounds, so I have 6 more pounds to go and I'll have my 24 pounds at 24 weeks. My uterus, however, is very stretched out. It measures at 31 weeks, with the top tip sitting just beneath my diaphragm. This easily explains why taking a deep breath is difficult. Apparently, they decided to grow up first and then out. It can't go up any further, really, so the only direction left is outward. This ought to be interesting, eh?

It has also occured to me that I'm going to have 2 boys. Now, I have brothers. I have seen firsthand what happens when boys get bored. Heck, even when they're not bored things get... interesting. Some highlights include: setting a washcloth on fire (at 8 in the morning), throwing pennies around the bedroom, resulting in one penny falling between a nightlight and where it was plugged in (causing the plugs to be seperated from the nightlight itself, left inside the outlet), putting army men into the microwave just to see what would happen, and general cuts, scrapes, bruises and broken bones. And this is just what ONE boy managed to do, by himself. So I'll have 2, working together at the exact same age (and likely thinking the same things). What exactly did I do to deserve this?? Somebody save me, please!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

19 weeks

19 weeks
Originally uploaded by Malkavian513
I am growing a watermelon, apparently. At any rate, at least I don't look lumpy anymore. Oh and if this works then I figured out how to blog from flickr - so yay!
Edit - suh-weet! it works!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Conner and Liam

The ultrasound tech swears that they're both boys (one of them, I think it's hard to tell, but she says he's a boy, and she has far more experience doing this than I do), so it's 2 boys (um... yeah, not real sure what to do with them yet, since I always figured one of them was a girl but I'm sure it'll be good - less drama, right?). Their heartbeats are both at 185, as of yesterday and one of them is estimated at a whopping 8 ounces, the other is 9 ounces. That means that both of them are bigger than what the books and websites say they should be at 18 weeks. This is good, since it means they're both growing well. I'll put up pictures from the new ultrasound later.

Friday, June 8, 2007

17 weeks

Your baby weighs about 5 ounces now, and he's around 5 inches long — about the size of a large onion. He can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden to bone. His sense of hearing is also developing. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker.

I don't really like the comparison to an onion, but I guess that it helps with understanding the size. But still... an onion?

Saturday, June 2, 2007

16 weeks (and 10 pounds in 4 weeks)

I've gained 10 pounds since my last doctor's visit. This makes everybody happy. My only thought is how long it'll take to get all this weight off... All I can say is that these two little beans had better appreciate all the effort that mommy is going through!

At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.