Friday, May 23, 2008

12 Weeks

It seems like I just found out that I was pregnant, but here I am... 12 weeks along today! I've already started showing, gaining an inch around my waist in the past couple weeks. So now in addition to the little leftover from Lauren, I look super pregnant already! I'll probably start taking my weekly pics sometime soon like I did with Lauren.

I've been feeling pretty good. The nausea pretty much went away around 10 weeks. There's still a little every now and again, but much less intense. I'm always tired, and take many afternoon catnaps while Lauren sleeps. I've also been getting dizzy, which happened during my last pregnancy as well (nothing really to be concerned with). I'm very moody so I deeply apologize to those around me when the mood swings hit!

Here's what's going on with baby at this point: The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

And what's going on with Mommy: Your uterus has grown to the point where your healthcare provider can now feel the top of it (the fundus) low in your abdomen, just above your pubic bone. Though you probably won't need maternity clothes for several more weeks yet (haha), you've no doubt noticed that your waist is thickening and that you're more comfortable in loose, less restrictive clothing.

Okay, so I'm not really wearing maternity clothing, just some of the larger shirts I wore at the beginning of the last pregnancy. My bump isn't so big yet... I also haven't needed maternity pants, although thanks to losing almost 17 pounds my regular pants are big on me anyway. It also says I might experience heartburn, which I'm not -- at least not yet. I've learned to eat many small meals to help with nausea, indigestion, and heartburn!

I'm starting to get used to the idea of having three kids, but I freak out quite often. I find myself crying at the thought of it sometimes! It's going to be such a huge change... And when I have those rough days where Carter doesn't want to listen and Lauren's grumpy it makes me think how in the world will I handle three of them?!? I guess that's why God gives you nine months... :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It'll be a big change, but I know you'll be wonderful! :) Stay positive! You can do it.