Baby Heid’s First Picture

After waiting over a month since we’d seen those two little pink lines, we finally had our first doctor’s visit. For most insurance companies, it’s standard to wait until you’re 8 – 9 weeks along before your first appointment and ours is no exception! I had been anxiously awaiting this day for weeks as this was the day we’d get to see the baby and hear the baby’s heart beat, ensuring everything was progressing normally.

After what felt like forever of small talk, going over my {lengthy} medical history, a Q&A session, and an exam, my doctor finally brought in the ultrasound machine. With Jared by my side, we watched the screen in awe as the baby took shape. The doctor turned up the volume and for the first time, we heard the baby’s heartbeat. It was another indescribable and unforgettable moment that melted my heart and tears welled up in my eyes. We continued to watch as the baby kicked its little feet and moved its tiny arms. Then the doctor smiled as she said, “The baby’s waving to you – ‘Hi Mom! Hi Dad!'” and my tears of joy started streaming down my cheeks. I am so in love!

4/30/12 – 9 weeks

We were asked by many what the “circle thing” was – that’s the yolk sac. It functions as a source of nourishment for the baby until the placenta fully forms (around week 10 or so). Then it disappears.

We won’t be able to find out if the baby’s a boy or girl until sometime near the end of June. And if you’re the betting kind, like my husband, you can get in on the fun – Jared wants to set up a betting pool! More details to follow later on that.

Q&A time! How’s mommy-to-be feeling??
Feeling tired? Yes, exhausted. Always. My new bedtime is 9pm. And that’s with a nap in the middle of the day!
Feeling sick? I’ve been slightly nauseated since I was 5 weeks along, but I welcomed it because it’s generally a sign things are going well with the pregnancy. The first few days, it hit right around lunch time – being at work + feeling nauseous = miserable. So, Jared and I prayed about it, asking God to adjust the time to one that would be easier for me to handle. The very next day, my “morning sickness” hit at 5 o’clock, when I was home from work and able to be in my p.j.s on the couch. Amazing!! I instantly said a thank you prayer, and my “morning sickness” has continued to hit right around 5pm each day. I also found that if I eat small, frequent mini meals throughout the day and stay well hydrated (like 64oz.+ hydrated!), I feel the best and have minimal sickness. I’ve been very fortunate to not be super sick and am so thankful!
Cravings? I had the first one this week – Milk. I can’t drink enough of it! I want it with everything.
Mood swings? Oh, ya. But Jared’s been really great about it.
Weight gain? 1 to 2 lbs. It fluctuates.
Showing? A little bit, actually. I was shocked by this. It could just be first trimester bloating. And no one would probably even notice the little bit of showing anyway.

Baby Belly

Oceanside, CA – 11 weeks

Yup, there is no hiding it on me! My baby belly has already started to show. I’ve only gained 2 – 3 pounds, but it seems everything has started to shift and I’m definitely noticing the changes on my small frame. Caution men readers, details for the girls follow – My uterus (the size of a small pear pre-pregnancy) is now the size of a large grapefruit, and where is that supposed to hide?!

Fun fact: At 11 weeks, the baby is the size of a fig, a little over 1 1/2 inches long and almost fully formed.

This picture was taken on Mother’s Day (so appropriate!) when we spent the weekend at a beautiful resort in Oceanside. The pool area had a glass wall looking out onto the ocean and pier and we took full advantage of the view by relaxing by the pool all day! The next day, we rented bikes and cruised along the boardwalk, walked the pier and took a stroll along the beach, all with perfect weather. It was gorgeous! A big thank you to my Aunt Beth and Uncle Bill for giving us their timeshare for the weekend. We loved it!

Second Ultrasound Photos

Look how much I’ve grown!

12 weeks – 5.21.12

And here’s a close up of my cute face and hand!

12 weeks – 5.21.12

When we went in for the 12 week pre-natal screening, we got to see the baby moving around and hear the baby’s heartbeat again. It has become one of my favorite sounds! It is a sound of joy and also relief that everything is going well. The baby has a strong heartbeat at 153 bpm (beats per minute) and everything looked good in the ultrasound.

Some have asked me why we chose to do the optional pre-natal screening (a screening for possible genetic disorders, such as down syndrome, spina bifida, and more, as well as some chromosomal disorders like trisomy-18 and 13). The screening consists of two blood tests (my blood only, drawn from my arm, nothing touches the baby) and one ultrasound where measurements are taken to make sure the baby’s development is on track. We are not at a higher risk for anything, our families carry no history of problems, but we wanted to do it anyway for a couple reasons:

1. Whether or not our baby had a genetic or chromosomal disorder would not change anything for us. It goes without saying that we would love and cherish the baby just as much, but what it would do is allow us to better prepare ourselves and better prepare for the baby if it needed special care.

2. We got an extra ultrasound and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again between dr. visits, and who doesn’t love that?!

The choice was simple in our minds and getting the cute pictures above made it worth it already! Don’t worry – if the tests determine that something may be wrong, of course we’ll let you know and request your prayers. So, no news is good news!

One thing I forgot to mention – I’m measuring 8 days ahead. That just means the baby is growing well, may be slightly big (God help my small hips!), and my due date may get moved up to 11.26 instead of 12.3. My doctor will let me know at my next check-up if she’s moving my due date or not. I’ll keep you posted.

Now for some fun facts and Q&A!
Fun fact: The baby is now a little bigger than a lime and has developed reflexes, can curl its toes and open and close its hands. If I poke and prod my abdomen, the baby will even move in response, though I can’t feel it yet. I’ll probably start to feel it within the next few weeks or so, and I’m so excited for that!

How’s mommy-to-be feeling??
Feeling tired? Still tired, but slowly getting my energy back. A very welcomed change.
Feeling sick? Haven’t been very nauseous this past week or so, it’s been so nice!
Cravings? Still milk. Milk. Milk. Milk. That’s it.
Mood swings? Yes, but I’m really just more quick to cry than I ever have been before. I get particularly teary eyed over kids and babies now (and still dogs, of course!).
Weight gain? 2 – 3 lbs. Right on track!
Showing? A little, as you can see in the Baby Belly picture above…but it it’s not quite the cute, round, “she’s definitely pregnant” shape. It’s more like I’m expanding rather than showing. Think 21 year old college girl who really likes to party and drink beer – and who therefore has a beer belly. Ya, I think that’s pretty accurate. haha!