Monday, July 28, 2008

Sadie Elaine's Update - our baby Carrot

I really felt Miss Sadie dancing around a lot this past weekend, especially when I lay down to rest. Her Great-Mimi fed her very well, so she was pretty happy. While singing in a show with OneWill this past Friday, she was rather busy...she may be a little scared of all the noise (I stood next to the drums), or she'll just come out a really rhythmic baby. Hopefully she won't develop her daddy's musical sensibility. :)

Here's the update for the week:

21 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.See what your baby looks like this week.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sonogram at 19 weeks -

Miss Sadie - hiding her girl parts! She didn't want to give herself up! We finally poked and prodded her enough, she spread those little legs just long enough for our technician to get a quick picture. All the little pictures are her body parts, including the girl parts. They are probably too small for you to read. One is of her hand, her femur, the top of her skull (cranium), her spine is visible in a couple of them, and one is measuring her heart rate of 150 bpm.

20 weeks - FINALLY! A BANANA!!! :)

Your pregnancy: 20 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. SHE's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom (She's actually about 8 inches long already - looks like we're going to have a tall one!!!)and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baby Danklefs NEWS!!!

It's a GIRL!!! Sadie Elaine or Sadie Elizabeth is still on track for December 8! She weighs 9 oz. and is 8 inches long. All of her organs, fingers, toes, bones, etc are just the way they should be!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My "heirloom tomato" - 19 weeks

We go tomorrow for our sonogram - we will let everyone know what we will be having. Just know, it will either be a Sadie or a J.T. :)

Your pregnancy: 19 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, taking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom —about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Baby Bell Pepper - 18 weeks along

Your pregnancy: 18 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.If you haven't already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you'll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby's growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you're working with is accurate, and see how many babies you're carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking his thumb. Bring your partner along, and be sure to ask for a printout for your baby's first photo album!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Baby Turnip - 17 weeks along...

The sinuses this week are killing me, and the headache, turned migraine is just draining. I'm not eating so great b/c I'm nauseous from the's making me lazier than ever. Other than that, I'm just taking it easy, not moving a whole lot, and watching tons of television. I'm counting my blessings, however, b/c this is really the only problems I've had.

Your pregnancy: 17 weeks
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How your baby's growing:Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.See what your baby looks like this week.Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You'll also want to be sure to buckle up when you're in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.