Monday, September 19, 2011

Twelve Week Mark!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: Twelve Weeks...End of the first trimester!

Size of baby: Baby M is around two and-a-half inches, or about the size of a plum.

Heart Rate:  I have been waiting for this moment for what seems like a while… I can finally hear the little heartbeat on my home Doppler!  Thursday, September 15, I tried out the Doppler, like I do every morning.  The difference today?  I heard a sound different from my own heartbeat!  It was the healthy, racing heartbeat of my tiniest peanut!  It was 174 bpm.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: That nasty stomach virus that tortured my poor family is finally out of my house for good!  I am actually feeling much better, too, and while I haven’t gained any weight, I haven’t lost anymore either.  I am holding steady at six pounds lost.

Maternity Clothes: My regular jeans no longer button!  My maternity jeans are still pretty big, so I have purchased a BellaBand.  This fits over my regular jeans so I can wear them without buttoning them.  Most of my tops are still working out okay.  I am also wearing lots of dresses.

Gender: We are not going to find out! I am so excited about this! Although this is going to make for a long pregnancy, I get more excited about this every day.

Gut feeling: I really feel in my heart that it is a boy. 

With my first two pregnancies, I really enjoyed Google-ing “Old Wives Tales” for predicting gender.  Well, of course, this pregnancy is no different!  I know there is no science behind it, and it’s nothing to rely on, but it is still fun to guess J  I stumbled across one that is very interesting to me:
If the mother's age at conception and the year of conception are both even or both odd, the baby is a girl. If one is even and one is odd, the baby is a boy.

It is strange to me how people can figure out these formulas that can be so accurate for so many people!  It works out for both Gannon and Austyn, as well as so many others we have checked!

Movement:  I must have been crazy last week, because, although I swear I felt one more “thump”, there is nothing consistent enough to actually be fetal movement.  I guess I will have to wait a few more weeks.

Sleep: My energy (and appetite) seem to be slowly coming back to me! I am really feeling great!

What I miss: Honestly, I miss drinking a beer on the porch in the afternoon. Especially with the weather being so nice!

Cravings: Pickles, pickles, and more pickles. Claussen pickles! I know, I cliche', but they are absolutely fabulous!! They are like a drink and a snack all in one :)

Aversions: Still nothing specific. I am not a huge fan of Italian right now, though.

Symptoms: I am still getting light-headed pretty often, and while it is much better, I still get nauseated from time to time.  Dang, I was kind of hoping the twelve-week mark would work like a “switch” haha ;)

Similarities and Differences from Previous Pregnancies:

Gannon: This little one has a high heart rate like Gannon did. I am also craving salty foods. With Gannon, I couldn't get enough steak. While I am not craving steak, specifically, the salty foods are what this one prefers as well.

*From the minute I found out I was pregnant, I knew he was a boy. I never wavered. However, throughout the pregnancy, I dreamed about baby girls.

When I was pregnant for Gannon, I could not eat anything Mexican, and I couldn't drink milk. I also couldn't eat supper.

Austyn: Not much is similar...Austyn's heart rate was lower, in the 140s. I ate a batch of chocolate chip cookies almost every day (by myself) during her pregnancy. I haven't touched a cookie so far with this one.

With both Gannon and Austyn, I craved oranges and orange juice. This time, not so much.

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