Monthly Archives: November 2008

still moving forward …

… and reaching week 16! Oh, and still not liking this. Figures.

from me …

It’s been a nice, short week. Of course, much work needs to be compressed into only 3 days, but there are perks to this, as well. Fewer dinners to cook, only 3 mornings of 5 am wakings, less work drama. Justin had his test for cystic fibrosis this week, so now we wait to hear. Please cross your fingers and pray that Justin is not a carrier. I’ll keep you posted.

Black Friday brought a new and interesting event. Justin and I were at Lowe’s at 6 am, and no, we were not getting any great deals, but purchasing the remaining plywood and siding for the shed. We made it through getting the plywood onto the cart – all 3 sheets. We then moved to the siding, which is the same size, but heavier and much more awkward. After 5 or 6 of the 8 sheets, I felt it – I was going to be sick. Let’s just say that the bushes at the Lowe’s in Westminster were fertilized this year, many thanks to me. Must have been the strain on my stomach that wasn’t appreciated, because I hadn’t yet eaten. Not that you needed this story, but I felt like sharing because, well, because I can.

16-avocado from babycenter …

Your pregnancy: 16 weeks

How your baby’s growing:
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.

cartoon16 from whattoexpect …

Week 16 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Hearing Develops

Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place this week, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking (or singing in the shower)at 16 weeks pregnant. In fact, studies have found that babies who are sung to while they’re in the womb recognize the same tune when it’s sung to them after they are born (so choose your baby Muzak with that in mind…).

And baby’s busily boning up in other ways. For one, the backbone (along with the back muscles) is stronger now — strong enough, in fact, to enable your baby to work on straightening his or her head and neck even more. Baby’s crown-to-rump measurement is between four and five inches in length, and weight is hovering around three ounces.

This little one’s a looker — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker since there’s no baby fat yet. And here’s the skinny on baby skin: It’s practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to see your baby’s blood vessels under that thin skin.

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’tis the season, my friends …

santa_present I noticed it yesterday, but after this morning’s experiences, my decision is solidified. The official holiday driving season has begun. We’ve officially entered fair game for cutting people off, failure to signal, and going 45 in the left lane of a 65 mph highway. It’s now okay to cut across three lanes of traffic to get to your exit. Simple errands will now take twice as long, as parking lots are filled with frenzied shoppers fighting over the closest parking spaces. What’s supposed to be a joyful time causes aggravation and frustration.

I truly do love the holidays, but this year, I’m just not cut out for all of the chaos. Needless to say, I’ll be doing as much of my shopping as possible online, and will consolidate my essential trips into as few outings as possible. Maybe this means I’ll actually stay home and do things I’ve been needing and wanting to do … or maybe not!

a little logic, please.

I don’t think I’ve really talked about this yet, but after last night’s update, now seems to be the perfect time.

At my appointment back on 11/10, I was told by my midwife that I am a carrier for cystic fibrosis. I’ve written about what this would mean before, so here’s the information from a previous post:

According to the March of Dimes website, 1 in 29 Caucasians carry the CF gene. What could it mean if I’m 1 in 29? The only way to have a child with CF is if both parents carry the CF gene, and the chances of this happening are 1 in 800. If both parents carry the CF gene, there is a 25% chance that the child will have cystic fibrosis, a 50% chance they’ll be a carrier, and a 25% chance they neither have CF nor carry the gene.

As of now, we’ve already been defeated by the 1 in 800 statistic because I AM a carrier. Next step? My midwife suggested Justin call his doctor and have them write the lab request for the cystic fibrosis profile, as it would be easier for insurance purposes. So once we know whether he is or not, what happens next?

If Justin is not a carrier, we have absolutely nothing to worry about. As mentioned above, both parents must carry the CF gene to pass the disease. If we find out that Justin IS a carrier, we’ll be sent to a genetic counselor, as there will be a 1 in 4 chance of our baby having CF.

Let me interject with this. If Justin is a carrier, it will mean nothing as far as the pregnancy goes. We will continue on and take what challenges God has prepared for us. In fact, I’m not even sure I’d want the amniocentesis to determine if we ARE that 1 in 4. It is what it is, and that’s that.

Now, on to last night. Justin saw his doctor, and after the usual formalities, he told her he needed the cystic fibrosis profile. She gave him a hard time about it, saying she’d never ordered that for a father before, and she didn’t know why they didn’t just do an amnio as the baby either has it or doesn’t at this point. Lady, while that is the truth, let me ask you this: would it make more sense to do a non-invasive blood test on Justin that has no risk of miscarriage, or do an amnio when it could be completely unnecessary if he’s not a carrier? Justin’s odds of being a carrier are 1 in 29. Why on earth wouldn’t we first figure out whether he is or is not a carrier before doing an amnio?

Luckily, after her comments she obliged, so at this point, we’re waiting for Justin to get to the lab, and then we’ll wait for the results. If she had refused, I would not have been nice, and would have shown up at her office this morning for a little “chat.”

His doctor is very young, and that’s obvious by her comments to him last night. It’s great to have book smarts and years of intense medical training, but when something like this is said, it makes me wonder. And maybe I’m wrong. If anyone knows why her comments make more sense, please educate me. I just don’t see how doing an invasive procedure that could be completely unnecessary and has a risk of miscarriage is more logical than doing a simple blood test first. Let’s rule out the 1 in 29 chance before we go any further.

sad news …

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flakey at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

(Too cute! Sorry, but the timing was just perfect with the earlier posting of the Gooey Caramel Apple Pull-Aparts recipe!)

recipe: gooey caramel apple pull-aparts

Thank heavens for great recipe finds. This one is not mine, but comes from a Pillsbury Bake Off contest back in ’06 – congrats to Lisa McDaniel for creating this amazing award winner! I’ve made it probably a dozen times now; it’s easy and SO incredibly good!

. : |  Gooey Caramel Apple Pull-Aparts  | : .

What you’ll need …

4 Nature Valley® pecan crunch crunchy granola bars (2 pouches from 8.9-oz box), crushed (3/4 cup)*
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 cans (17.5 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)

What you’ll do …

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix crushed granola bars, pecans and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly in bottom of pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix whipping cream, brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Separate both cans of dough into 10 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into quarters. Stir roll pieces and apples into whipping cream mixture to coat. Spoon mixture into pan; spread evenly.
  3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately place heatproof serving plate or platter upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over (do not remove pan). Cool 5 minutes. Remove pan; scrape any remaining topping in pan onto coffee cake. Cool 5 minutes longer. Drizzle reserved icing over top. Serve warm.

Note: I plan to make this on Thanksgiving, and will update with a pic then. For now, there’s a pic here, along with nutritional info (Don’t depress yourself; it’s not great, but so worth it!), reviews and tips.

and we continue …

… to week 15, as of 11/21!

from me …

Still makin’ it. At this point, I think it’s fair to say that I do not enjoy being pregnant. As I told Justin last night, I’m so tired of feeling sick. Granted, it’s not as bad as it was, but it’s always with me. I’ve learned to deal, but seriously people, it sucks. No one believes me when I say I’m not doing this again. Maybe I’m wrong, but if the second time around is anything like this, I’ll never forgive myself! Then again, I’m certain I’ll have quite the distraction on my hands, so who knows!

I know this is going to sound strange, but I think it’s one of those pregnancy association things. Every time I look at, think about, or log in to this blog, I’m reminded of this ridiculous sick feeling. Sometimes it takes everything I have to post the weekly updates. Yes, I’m saying my blog makes me sick! Silly, I know, but so true. It’s like thinking about certain foods – Tyson’s and Weaver chicken nuggets, cranberry juice, and peppermints are all things that make my nausea go through the roof. I swear I’m not crazy!

Excitement is mounting about Christmas. With our detailed anatomy sonogram scheduled for 12/17, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to find out whether our lives will forever be filled with football, basketball, and baseball or cheerleading and field hockey. Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it or not, but if we do decide to find out, we’ll have the gender written down and placed in an envelope which we’ll open on Christmas night with our families. Enough about that … onward!

15-apple from babycenter …

Your pregnancy: 15 weeks

How your baby’s growing:
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

cartoon15 from whattoexpect …

Week 15 of Pregnancy: Baby Kicking and Curling

Curious why your body is finally looking like it’s pregnant? That’s because your baby is growing bigger each week — he or she is as long as four and a half inches right now. Need a better visual (and a snack)? Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that’s how big your little darlin’ is at 15 weeks pregnant.

So what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, your fetus is in rehearsals — practice, practice, practicing, and getting ready for that big debut. Babies practice breathing, sucking, and swallowing so that when they leave your comfy womb and move into your comfy house, they’ll have the skills necessary to survive.

Fetal body movements continue to get practice this week, too. But because your baby weighs so little (a bit over two ounces), you won’t feel the calisthenics going on inside your abdominal gym. But don’t let that fool you. Your fetus is holding daily aerobics classes — kicking, curling toes, and moving those little arms and legs.

And with each passing week, your fetus is looking more and more like the baby you’re picturing in your dreams. By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face — where they’ll soon meet your loving gaze.

35%

I’m now carrying 35% of a person! Translation, 11/14 marked week 14. Oh, and the official move into the second trimester!

from me …

Sorry, I’m a bit behind on posts. Slacker! I guess it would be fair to say that I’m over the all day sickness business, but I’m still “getting” sick anywhere from 1 to 4 times a week and generally feel like crap. Guess it’s here to stay. Great!

14-lemon from babycenter …

Your pregnancy: 14 weeks

How your baby’s growing:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

cartoon14 from whattoexpect …

Week 14 Of Pregnancy: Fetal Movement

If you could peek inside yourself now, you’d see a baby the size of your clenched fist (and come to think of it, at 14 weeks of fetal development, your little one can clench his or her own fist!). As fetal development continues, your baby also has the coordination, strength, and smarts to wiggle his or her fingers and toes and even suck a thumb (how cute is that?).

At 14 Weeks Pregnant, Your Baby is a Mover (But Not a Shaker Yet)
Growing by leaps and bounds, by week 14 of pregnancy, your baby is leaping and bounding. He or she is on the move almost constantly — and those movements are a far cry from those jerky twitches of last trimester (though you won’t feel any of them for weeks to come). They are now ballet-like, smooth and fluid.

Your Baby at 14 Weeks: Developing Perfect Posture (or Better Posture, at Least)
Speaking of ballet, it’ll be years before you’ll start nagging your offspring to stand up straight — but unbelievably, he or she is doing it right now, without any prodding! No slouch anymore, your baby’s neck is getting longer, helping his or her head stand more erect. This gives your 14-week-old fetus a more straightened-out appearance.

Your Little Bigfoot — A Hairy Baby at 14 Weeks
Growth is happening on top of the head as well — by 14 weeks pregnant, your baby could be sprouting some hair (though the final color may not be determined until birth) and the eyebrows are filling in, too.

Hair growth isn’t limited to the baby’s head, though. He or she is also covered with a downy coating of hair called lanugo, largely there for warmth. As fat accumulates later on in your pregnancy (the baby’s fat, not yours — though that will accumulate, too), most of the lanugo will shed — though some babies, especially those born early, still have a fuzzy coating at delivery (it sheds soon afterward).