Week 18: Quite the Kicker.

Today we had an appointment with the clinic. (We are still in the process of transferring everything over to our midwife Judy, until then we get checkups with both). Our baby is quite a kicker! Monday when we first visited with our home birth midwife, she used a stethoscope type thing to hear our baby’s heartbeat, and I could actually see the baby kicking her! Then today, during our clinic visit, our baby kicked up a storm while getting checked out, and the same thing happened when they went to hear the heartbeat. I find it super funny, and can’t help but laugh when I see him/her kicking like that.

Anyways, our baby is measuring 4 oz & 3 cm bigger than the week that he/she is! It explains a lot with the movement I feel often. No wonder, he/she is already measuring big! Now, this doesn’t mean I am farther along than I really am, because that is almost impossible.

My heart did sink at one point, when the lady doing our ultrasound asked me, “Have you had bleeding?” and “Are you sure you didn’t have bleeding at any point?” I knew something wasn’t quite right. She then went on to show me the placenta had an extra “something” on it. She said it could be one of a few things: another placenta, just an extra loop in the placenta, or a hematoma (only this doesn’t make sense because I never bled)… So I left still clueless as to what this is!

Please pray for the baby to keep growing, and that this won’t affect him/her, so far the baby is growing A TON! I am feeling peace right now, and I’m going to call my midwife Judy soon to see what she says. The doctor at the clinic didn’t seem to be worried, that made me feel a bit better.

Baby:
Is measuring, well according to babycenter.com – 5 1/2 inches. Our baby is measuring bigger, like I shared above. That doesn’t mean our due date is earlier than we thought, it just means it’s growing faster right now. His/her 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.

Mommy:
Hungry often, using the restroom way more that I ever have, sleepy, and growing. I’ve gained 7 pounds already. One day I was weighed immediately after eating Chipotle and about died when I read the scale. The biggest I’ve ever been, only to get bigger :) My breasts and tummy are where my weight is, at least for right now. Thankfully!

Thanks for caring, reading my ramblings, & praying for us.
Love,
Jami & Baby E.

Prayer Request.

Just a quick prayer request: my (Jami’s) health

Now that we are having a baby, we worry a lot more about my health when I catch something. It is almost impossible for me to not catch the community sickness, whatever it may be.  (I have a terrible immune system)!
Anyways, living in the mountains with almost 100 other people, is frightening to me. I try to stay away from people who are hacking or have a cold, but it seems I’ve come down with one anyways.
I either have a cold with a terribly runny nose and a headache and earache along with that. I don’t know if it is the common cold or a sinus infection. Can you please pray for me!
Please pray that I heal up VERY quickly and that the baby will be okay throughout this entire quarter, regardless of what I may catch! I feel miserable, and don’t want my baby to feel the same. I know you would all pray for us if I wrote, so thank you!
Love, Jami & baby

Week 17: Feeling Huge.

Baby:
Baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — his/her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. He or she can move her joints, and it’s sweat glands are starting to develop.

Momma:
I feel HUGE this week. I think I have officially popped. I mean I know I have. You know the feeling of being extremely full or bloated or actually both?. . . well that is how I am feeling. I love that I am showing & that it is more obvious. Another change: I have already begun having braxton hicks contractions. I’ve heard from other mothers, being hydrated can help and I am trying to stay hydrated but that is hard in the mountains. Last night was the worst, but it’s nothing unbearable. My mom was telling me when she was preggo she would look at the braxton hicks contractions as a preparation for the “big day”. Apparently I have a very low tolerance for pain, and since I will be giving birth naturally, I hope to toughen up a lot before the baby actually comes! (btw-I am going without meds for my own personal reasons and convictions, which I will NEVER place on someone else, so when you read the “natural” part, please know this is for me personally).

No photo for this week, more anticipation for next week: 18.

Week 16: The Skin I’m In.



Well, here is my growing belly! I’m loving it. The past three days I’ve felt a really heavy and achy feeling. It’s almost like I have a full bladder… you know that feeling? Only I don’t have one. I hope this makes sense.
If you’ve been preggo before, please let me know what you think it is! I’m not afraid, only curious.

Week 16: "Popped" .




Week 15 & week 16 changes:
(Cause we forgot about week 15, somehow)
Baby:
Baby’s legs are growing longer than the arms now & he/she can move all of it’s joints & limbs. There is not much for baby to taste right now, but baby’s taste buds are forming. Baby is now 4 1/2 inches long, weighing 3 1/2 ounces. Baby is moving around A LOT! Ted always tries to feel the baby, but it hasn’t happened yet, he’s been waiting  patiently so hopefully soon!
Momma:
The biggest change in the past two weeks is I have “popped” as they call it. Which basically means, my belly is now really showing, I mean it’s obvious I am preggo. I wondered how I would carry, and although I still have a long while to go, I’m already loving the way I carry.
I wondered if I would carry side to side, or have a round belly, like a basketball. I am definitely headed towards the basketball look and I am excited. My tummy is poking out, & it’s super hard and round. I’ll maybe take pics of just my tummy next week. I could live without the weight in my chest, but maybe that means, more food for baby? Well, I hope so anyways.
The only thing that is hard right now is my back is aching already. My back has curved quite a lot. Even Ted noticed and said, “Well no wonder why your back is hurting.” I actually laugh at myself sometimes, when I stand in front of a full length mirror. Oh the changes!
Thanks for stopping by,
Love,
Jami & Baby E

Fluttering.

I am 99% what I’ve been feeling this week is the baby! It started on Tuesday morning and I’ve felt or at least noticed it ever since!

It’s so surreal to me. It is like someone poking me from inside. People have described it as gas, but this feels different. Like someone is like: poke….poke poke poke…poke over and over. Mostly when I am sitting down or lying down.
Someone recently told me that was because when I walk around, it was like rocking the baby. And when I lie down or sit down, it starts moving. So I’ve really been paying attention and sure enough, here I am laying down and I’m feeling him/her!!!!
NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE! (as i write this long blog :) )