Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Christmas has come and gone, and my living room still looks like a disaster zone. Until we take down our tree (which we never do until atleast the 1st), we have no place to put the toys, which family was so gracious to give to the kids...noisy and all. Overall, Christmas came and went without much incident, however, there is always that one family member who has to grinch it up, and this year, that honor was bestowed upon my sister in law. She wasn't a fan of me, probably for the shear fact that I upstaged her with a homemade gift for mom in law, while she spent tons of cash on cheap perfume. Oh well, everyone who knows us, knows that to say we are on a fixed income, would be the understatement of the year. Which is why I make homemade cookies for everyone, it not only comes from the heart, but its cheap too. Anyways, Christmas with my kids is something that I would never change, they had a blast and loved everything they got (I'm sure that will change once they get older). I received many gifts from them this month, for example, my 2 year old has started using more words and more clearly I might add, and my 1 year old has not only popped out her 6th tooth, but has finally let go of things as she walks and now practically runs around the house. This is the same child who just earlier this month pulled down the Chrismas tree...what a fun time that was, but I will never forget that memory. So that was our Christmas in a nutshell, and now onto the pregnancy...while I am past the 1/2 way point in the pregnancy, with Christmas and family I haven't had time to update my weeks. I will add week 21 later this week.
Your baby is now the length of a banana! Can you believe it? It is now 6 ½ inches long and weighs almost 10 1/2 ounces! Over the last four weeks, your baby has grown an incredible amount, and has just about quadrupled his weight. It's big enough that you should be feeling fluttering or quickening quite regularly now. In fact, from it's movements you may be able to tell if your baby is awake or asleep. Your baby can also hear sounds. At 20 weeks, it can cover it's ears with it's hands if the sounds are too loud, and it may even "jump" inside your womb if any sounds startle it.
The skin covering your baby begins growing from two layers; the epidermis which is on the surface and the dermis which is the deeper layer. One of these layers contains epidermal ridges which are responsible for the surface patterns on fingertips, palms and soles and genetically determined. The dermis lies below the epidermis. Vernix which covers your baby's body offers baby's skin protection against the amniotic fluid in which your baby lies immersed for months. Hair first appears around 12-14 weeks and grows from the epidermis. Hair is first seen on the upper lip and eyebrow; it is usually shed around the time of birth and is replaced by thicker hair from new follicles. Your baby may start to make involuntary movements like grasping or rubbing hands together; such movements are not controlled by the brain.
Your baby has started to practice breathing motions, even though his lungs are not yet mature enough to breathe enough air to allow him to survive outside your body. Lanugo (the fine hair) covers your baby's whole body, and hair on his scalp is beginning to grow. Your baby's ears are fully functional now and he enjoys the sound of uterine noise. All the organs and structures of your baby's body are formed and your baby is now entering a period of simple growth. And you may be getting ready to be a grandma already: if your baby is a girl, her uterus is beginning to develop!
Coming soon: 21 Weeks
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The New Year-New You team begins January 1st, 2009 and runs for 365days. It has daily challenges and healthy food options. It is not as intense as the new bootcamp that is being started, and I can only offer goodies to everyone instead of actual prizes, but I hope to see everyone join regardless. The team is now open to the public and I would love to see many more join, for the challenges , the fun, and the support.
This team was created to start off the new year with a fresh start. With the holidays over what better way to kick off 2009 than with daily challenges and a great support system.
Everyone will be placed on teams of 5 or so (small teams), and as a result will weigh in as a team. At the end of each week, the team that lost the most weight will get a goodie worth the same amount. (ex. If the team lost 10lbs, then the goodie would be worth 10points).
The challenges will change daily, so your body will not get accustom to the same routine day in and day out.
Since losing weight is more than just exercise for your body, but for your mind as well, there will also be a healthy meal challenge. Simply let us know about a food you enjoy and the calories in it. Everyone who does this will also get a spark goodie.
There will be games and daily conversations to engage in, so plenty of fun to be had.
At the end of the year, the person who has lost the greatest percentage of weight (you will all post your starting weights and ending weights individually) will receive a spark goodie worth 1000points.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask anything. Good luck everyone!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
With Christmas drawing closer and closer, I haven't had much time to myself. I've started my holiday baking and ended up getting two presents early. Matt knew how badly I needed new cookie sheets, so we went out and bought me a three pack of them last night, in addition to getting me a new mixing bowl. I can't wait to use them. We can't afford to give the kids a great Christmas this year, so we decided to give them a gift they can enjoy from a far, spending less than $10 we bought them four goldfish. It's nice teaching them to care for something else. Campbell tries to help feed them, but of course is still stuggling with giving them the right amount...it's still cute.
This past Sunday we took them to see Santa Claus in the mall...if you don't have to go to the mall on the weekend, don't...that's my advice. Neither Campbell or Taylin cried when they saw him, but the look of shear terror did come over their faces ever now and then. This is the first year we are setting out cookies for Santa too, so this should be interesting, considering they don't like to share their cookies with anyone, for any reason.
On to the pregnancy update for those who take the time to read it:
Your baby is now the size of a large tomato! She is 6 inches long and weighs almost 8 1/2 ounces now! At this stage of pregnancy sebaceous glands is busy producing vernix, a white protective covering that covers your baby's body before birth. (Vernix and amniotic fluid are responsible for that positively intoxicating baby smell.)
This is a very important time in terms of sensory development. Inside of your baby’s brain, certain areas are being specialized for smell, touch, taste, hearing, and vision.
Another big development in the last week, hair may finally be sprouting from his scalp.
By 19 weeks the uterus is developed in the female and the testes and penis are easily identifiable in males. It may also be time for your ultrasound, so if you don't wish to know the sex of your baby, be sure to make it clear to the ultrasound technician, to avoid any unwanted information!
This last sentence pertains to us...we never find out the sex of the baby, and when we get our next ultrasound on the 29th, we won't be finding out this time either. If you want to know what we are having, stay tuned each and every week and come May, we will all know.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
To start the week off, we decided to take the kids' holiday photo...not an easy task. It took us about 30minutes to take a 30second picture, and the end result is what you see above. After that entire ordeal, I still wouldn't change a thing.
Well, my 18 week check up with my doctor was yesterday, and while I know I'm supposed to gain weight, I was still talking to the scale to push that number down. In the end I gained 2 lbs in a month...again I know its normal, but its still so depressing. I also found out that due to the neuropathy in my legs, I have been placed on modified bedrest...which means I can take care of my kids when I'm home alone and that's it. I've been on bedrest before and let me tell you, it is so boring. I also found out that I have to get a more detailed ultrasound 2 hours away from here, nothing like driving a tiny car 2 hours from home in nasty winter weather...oh can you just feel my joy. Other than that, everything is going well...got all gooped up and heard the hearbeat and then scrubbed for hours and was still unable to wipe off all the goop...the joy of pregnancy.
Here is the update on what is going on with the baby during week 18:
"Your baby now measures 5-5Â½ inches (12.5-14cm) and weighs about 5Â¼ oz (150g). Your baby is continuing to grow and develop but the rapid growth rate slows down a little. Baby has a more human appearance now. Body hair is becoming coarser, eyelashes are beginning to appear on your baby's eyelids, baby's lips have formed, taste buds have started to develop, and regardless of gender, nipples are starting to develop on top of the mammary glands. The placenta is approximately half an inch thick and 3 inches across. By the time you deliver it will be 1Â½ inches thick and about 10-12 inches across.'
Friday, November 28, 2008
After being gone for a few weeks, I have returned to Spark, with more updates for everyone. Black Friday, a day that some see as a chance to get up at the butt crack of dawn to go shopping, while others use the opportunity to start decorating for Christmas. I see no desire in getting up before the sunrises, and standing outside a store in the freezing cold just to save a few buck (yea, I know its a little bit more than that), so we decided to go with the other option of Black Friday, and we started decorating. As we were putting the decorations on the tree, it dawned on me, that there must have been some turkey still in our systems as none of us could stop yawning. I guess whomever came up with turkey at Thanksgiving, figured that tryptophan wass the only way to deal with family.
For us Thanksgiving was spent at my Mother In Law's house. We got up there around 9:30am and stayed through the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, past the Detroit Lions/Tennessee Titans football game (that was such a pathetic game), and through the start of the Dallas Cowboys/Seattle Seahawks football game (a great game in my opinion). We ate dinner at lunchtime and felt as if we would pass out by dessert. The kids had a blast, and we ended up leaving with some new clothes for Taya, as well as some fun Christmas decorations. I know it sounds boring overall, but it was still a very eventful day for us. I hope everyone had a great holiday.
Now, onto the week 17 pregnancy update:
Your baby is now the size of a turnip! She is 5 inches long and weighs 5 ounces now. That's even more than the placenta weighs! Though no new structures have formed this week, she has developed fat deposits under her skin that will account for about 2-6% of her total body weight at her time of birth, just 23 weeks from now! Her skeleton, which up until this point has been made up of flexible cartilage, is now hardening into bone. Another exciting event…her sense of hearing begins to develop this week!
Fat or adipose tissue begins to form beginning from this week and continues for some weeks to come; fat is important to the heat production and metabolism. Water makes up about 3 oz (89g) of your baby's body. If it is a girl baby, her fallopian tubes are formed around this time. If you have not felt your baby move, you will soon. These movements may not be felt everyday but as pregnancy progresses these movements grow stronger and more frequent.
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