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Friday, November 18, 2011

Baby A's 8 Week Update

On Monday, I officially hit the 8 week mark of my pregnancy. Not much has changed since the last update but I'm afraid my belly is trying to grow on me. During the day, I don't feel much difference, but at night, especially after a meal, I look down and see that little bump. I read an article yesterday that said this is just water retention, BUT I want to call it my baby bump!

I have tried to be pretty healthy with my eating habits, but every now and then a craving, usually sweet, will take over and I'll find myself in the Chick-fil-a line getting a milkshake! I try to eat my junk in moderation! My mom and I had actually started a 6-week challenge, starting at the beach, to see who could lose the most weight before Thanksgiving. I was pretty excited and started doing the Couch to 5K running program but as soon as I found out I was pregnant I slowed it down to walking because the doctor said I need to keep my heart rate below 140 beats per min. With my crazy work schedule, my goal is to walk 4 miles, 3 to 4 times a week!

Here is a little info about Baby A's development:

Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

I go back to the doctor November 30. Maybe, if I'm lucky they'll do another ultrasound. If not, I will get an ultrasound on December 15, when we do the genetic testing. Baby A should be around 13 weeks at this appointment. I can't wait to see Baby A's little arms and legs.

Overall, my pregnancy has been wonderful! I've always wanted to be able to enjoy pregnancy and not loathe it like some women, who are nauseous and vomiting for 9 months. I get a little nauseous when my belly gets too empty, so I always have a snack with me and try not to go too long without eating. In my spare time, I find myself browsing the internet for all of the baby apparel we will soon by buying. I look at ideas for the nursery, which is so much fun! I can't wait to find out if we are having a little girl or boy! Josh and I just pray that we have a healthy baby!

Speaking of Josh, he has been over the moon about Baby A. He has a book for daddy's that he is reading now. He also likes to rub my belly and talk to Baby A. Every morning before he leaves for work he gives me and Baby A a kiss goodbye! I know Josh is going to make an incredible father!

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