Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 19

Update: We find out the gender of our baby NEXT WEEK! If you haven't placed your bets yet, hurry up! :0) Here's what has to say this week:

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Here is where I get my pictures every week!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 18

Quick update: Our little guy/girl is definitely moving around a lot! The doctor said I probably won't be able to tell the difference between baby movements and other intestinal movements for another couple weeks, but it is already so obvious to me. This baby is definitely an active one! Here's what had to say about week 18:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he'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.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 17

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 (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 16

We had another doctors appointment today! I forgot to get my blood work done before this appointment but I'll be getting it done soon. :0/ We heard the heartbeat again. This time, Dr. Nance guessed it was a boy heartbeat. Mitch is SO STOKED! Our next ultrasound is scheduled for July 1st and thats when we find out the gender!!! We're so excited to find out so we can buy cute little outfits and get the decorations ready! :0) Heres what had to say this week.

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.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Something to think about...

The eastern idea of Happiness is something Westerners often miss. It is called "Equanimity"...

Equanimity comes from the Latin Aequs meaning "Equal" and Animus meaning "Spirit".

So the secret to happiness is simpler that we think. Happiness, in the truest sense, is just feeling "equal-to-things". A profound, sustained sense of happiness floods our body/mind when we feel equal to everything, when all that life offers us feels adequate. Equanimity... a sense of being "up for the challenge" no matter how intense and nothing can shake you off balance, and no one can mess with your mind/body space.