Thursday, December 10, 2009

Week #24...

Wow, is all I can say. It seems like yesterday that I found out I was going to have a bundle of joy and now its been about five weeks since I found out she was a girl! Time sure is flying by. I knew it was going to with the holidays but sheesh, its hard to believe.

The update on baby center was...Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

My good friend Beth, took pitures of Cory and I and here are a few!

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I know, I know, I'm slackin...weeks 19-23

Oh how time gets away from you in the holiday season!

Week 19: 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, talking 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

Week 20: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom 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).

Week 21: 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.

Week 22: At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Week 23: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

That's the update for now!! I cannot believe that I'm only a few weeks from being in my third trimester!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

18 Weeks!!

The update was: Head to rump, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and 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. 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, although he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Baby Kadilynn is a little ahead of these predictions. She is already 10 oz and not sure how long, the nurse never said. The nurse also said that her legs were very long for this stage so she is predicting her to be tall. We shall see. Can't wait to see her little face and see who she looks like ;) hopefully me. hehe

drum roll.......

It's a GIRL!!!! We are so excited! I went in for my ultrasound Tuesday October 27th and got the news. As I have mentioned before, Ron said all along it was going to be a girl, so when we found out that she was infact a girl, mom and I were overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions. It went from me screaming with excitement to us both hugging eachother and bawling our heads off. I'm sure the nurses were somewhat confused. lol It is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. This little girl has NO idea how special she is and probably never will. Her name will be Kadilynn Marie, after both of my grandma's. I have wanted to use this name since I was a young teenager, so it's going to be very neat to finally get to use it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

17 Weeks

Wow, 17 weeks! I went to the doctor on October 15th and they set my apt for my ultrasound on October 27th! I'm so stinkin excited! My family and I need a little joy in our lives with all the sadness that has been in our hearts for the past 3 weeks. I still have such a strong feeling that its going to be a girl, since Ron was so convinced it was. He was the only one that had an intuition and now that he's gone, I just really feel like he is probably right. Guess we will see in a couple days if he's right!

The update from babycenter was...
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.

I'll be back on in two days to give you the BIG news!!!!!

16 weeks!

I'm running a couple weeks behind on this blog now...gotta get caught back up.

So, week 16's update from baby center was this:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

I cannot believe that I'm already in week 16! I get to find out what I'm having so soon! I cannot wait!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Week 15

What a week... I really have no clue where to even begin.

Well on a positive note, I am now 15 weeks!!! Only about 3 more weeks until we can find out the sex of our baby! Its sooooo exciting! The weekly update said: Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

On a not so positive note...It has been one of the toughest weeks of my life. My step-dad, was injured badly in an accident at work. My mom got the news while she was at work and she really wasn't sure of how bad it really was. She called my husband, to tell him what she knew. She was scared to tell me, since i was preg. She just really didn't know how to handle the situation. Cory told me what she had said and that she was going to the ER and that she didn't want me to come up there just yet, until she knew more. Well, cory and I both knew that I wasn't going to just sit at home and wait for the news, so I got ready and flew up there. I had this horrible feeling that it was really bad. When I got to the ER, my mom was standing there crying, came and gave me a hug and said it wasn't good. She said that he had an accident on the scrapper and was severely injured but wasn't sure if he was alive or not yet. I started crying of course, because it seemed like a horrible nightmare. Now, we got to wait for tests to come back on his brain waves, to see if there was any activity and also to see if he had any broken bones. At this point, Mom and I both felt like he was gone but weren't for sure. The nurse came in the deliver somewhat of good news. She said that he had no broken bones and he had some brain activity, she didn't say how much. She also said that they had to sadate him to life flight him to St. Francis, in Wichita. At this time, mom and I got to go back and see him before we headed to Wichita. We both did good and were very strong. We told him we loved him and to hang in there and we would be by his side when he got to Wichita.

When we got to Wichita, we really didn't know how bad of shape he was in. He had severe head trama and was not breathing on his own but his heart was beating on its own, so that was a good sign. It was like the doctors would tell us things that were good and then things that weren't so good and we would focus on the good things and stay positive. In reality, we didn't know if the bad things outweighed the good or vis versa. Well it was a long two and a half days of waiting for progress, progress that we never got. We got to see him four times a day for only 30 mins at a time. It seemed like those 30 mins went by like seconds because we wanted to be with him every minute we were there and we couldn't. After two and a half days of him fighting, he just couldn't hang on anymore. His vitals were decreasing, his brain pressure was elevating, and the doctors were out of options. Mom made the decision to take him off of the meds and let him go. The docs said that he would go in the matter of minutes and he wouldn't feel any pain so that's what she decided to do. His will was to not be kept alive with machines and medicine and so when we knew there was no chance of survival the decision had to come.

Today, after all the arrangements have been made and the funeral is over, we are trying to get our lives back to somewhat of a normal. Its very hard when it doesn't include a very close loved one but we have to move on and just remember the good memories we got to have with him. Its going to be a very long and tuff journey but it can be done.

So, I feel like I now know why it took my husband and I a year and a half to get pregnant. I truely feel, in my heart, that this baby is supposed to give us all something to look forward to that is positive and help our hearts heal from all the sadness. It breaks my heart that he won't be here to see his first grandchild, be in this world but I know that everything happens for a reason and God has different plans for all of us. To me, its a little ironic that I was only a few days into my 2nd trimester (safe zone) when all of this happend and now we are only about 2 weeks from finding out the sex of the baby and getting to plan the nursery, buy clothes, etc. Its going to be a long healing process but at the same time I am so excited to find out the sex of the baby that it comforts my sadness and I feel like it does for all of my family.

On Saturday morning

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

14 weeks! Into my 2nd Trimester now!!

It is such a relief to be out of my first trimester and to know that my chances of nothing happening, to this bundle of joy, has went down substantially. I got my weekly update on the progress/growth of my baby and here's what it said....

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

I still get amazed at how much the baby grows and changes in just 7 days.

I am continuing to have a very easy pregnancy so far. I'm just hoping that doesn't mean harder labor. lol

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

13 weeks

I got my weekly email today and it said....the baby has grown to 3" (that's an inch in one week! amazing!!) and also has finger prints! If its a girl she will have over 2 million eggs in her overies at this point!

Only 5 more weeks until we can find out the sex!! I cannot wait!!

Thats the update for now!

Friday, September 18, 2009

12 weeks now!!

So I am already 12 weeks! It is going by so fast, but at the same time it seems like 18 weeks is taking forever to get here! lol I'm so ready to find out the sex of the baby! I'm ready to shop till I drop, already have a few shopping trips planned with friends and family!

I am so blessed to have the most amazing family and friends! It wasn't a week after I told everyone the news, that I got the CUTEST little onesy (sp?) from a great friend with the sweetest card, made me tear up a little. Thanks Shelly! Then, I got a box, of the most precious clothes, boots, and sleepers!! All gender neutral, of course since we don't know the sex, but I LOVE them all! I love greens,yellows and little aminals! There's this one sleeper that has a baby giraffee and baby elephant hugging, the elephant has its trunk wrapped around the giraffee's neck. awwww so sweet!! Thanks Janet!

The most precious gift we could ever ask for, is coming from Cory's 97 year old Great Grandma Harney. She made a quilt for her first Great Great Grandchild, back several years ago. We were about to stroke out that we weren't going to get that dang quilt, since it was taking us FOREVER to get pregnant. lol However, we did win the race after all ;) Anglea, my mother-n-law, is going to finish the binding and then have it quilted. I will definetly have a very special place in the baby room, for that quilt to hang! On the back of the quilt, my favorite part, is a piece of fabric that Grandma Harney wrote, "To my First Great Great Grandchild Love Grandma Harney" so sweet! It will be in our family forever!

I mentioned before, that I get weekly emails from babycenter.com, that keeps me up-to-date on my babies progress/growth. Well this week, the baby can open and close its hands, make a sucking motion with its mouth, is about 2" (size of a lime), and is starting to kick (even though I can't feel it yet and won't for a while). It's so exciting to hear in just a week, it has grown apx. a 1/2"!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Second Doctors Appointment- September 14th

I was soooooo excited for this appointment! I knew that we should get to hear the heartbeat and I just couldn't wait! Unfortunatly, my husband got called to work only an hour before my appointment so I was bummed that I was going to have to experience this alone :(

I got to the apt and had to wait forever it seemed like! I'm sure it was because I was so excited for it. lol Well, I got into the room and the doc came in this this tiny handheld gagit that had a cord on it with the concave thingy to put on your belly. (like my descriptions? haha) So, he pressed it on my low stomach and got the heart beat immediatly and then lost it. He had to search a few minutes to get it again and soon found it. He calculated the beats were 165 beats per min. I was pleased to find out that there would be no poking and prauding at this apt! It was fast once I got back there. It definetly hit home that I was going to be a mom at this point.

You would think getting a positive test, seeing the baby on the ultrasound at the first apt, and all the symptoms would make me realize this. lol But for some reason, it just didn't sink in until that point. I'm definetly scared of the fact that a baby changes so many things in your life and I'm 100% scared of labor but I know that they are totally worth it and I absolutly cannot wait to start this new chapter in my life.

First Doctors Appointment- August 17th

I was so very nervous! I had never been to a male doctor before for female reasons. The nurse was even like, "you seem aweful nervous today". I told her it was my first child and I had no clue what to expect. She proceeds to tell me, we will take blood, do a pap, pelvic exam, breast exam and ultrasound. I was thinking oh great! Sounds like tons of fun! lol She definetly didn't make me feel more relaxed that's for sure but at least I could somewhat prepare myself for what was to come in the next few minutes.
My doc came in and asked a few questions, then continued the conversation while doing the exam. It made me feel way more comfortable to have a conversation about my job and my husbands job to keep my mind off of what was going on. It definetly eased my mind for my next apt that I would feel comfortable around him.
We got to see the baby, or blob, on the ultrasound and see the heartbeat! It was such an amazing experience! The best way for me to describe it was like little lightening strikes. At this point he said our baby was at 1.6 cm's. I couldn't quite grasp how small that was, until I got on baby center. That is the most amazing website! It keeps me up-to-date on the weekly progress of my baby along with the size, development, etc. It definetly helps first time moms, like myself to know a little more about what is going on.

The Road to Conception

I always swore I would never get one of these things. lol After I got to thinking about it, I think it would be kinda neat to go back, read it and remember all of my adventours of my pregnancy.

This is my first pregnancy and I couldn't be more excited! Cory and I tried for about a year and a half and I started to except the fact that maybe it just wasn't going to happen for us. It seemed like everyone I talked to about it kept telling me, "just quit stressing about it". That's aweful hard to do when you want it so bad and feel like its going to take FOREVER to get. After about a year and a few months, I did just that. I quit timeing, thinking, and worring about it.

About two months after that, I went on my yearly Mary Kay convention and was so engrossed in all that I was learning and excited to be around my amazing friends that I hadn't realized before I left I was already supposed to start. When I got home, from this four day trip, it was then that I realized that I was already six days late! I was thinking, how could I not realize this?!!! So, this was a Sunday night, my husband had just left for work and I thought I would just wait until the morning to take the test. I have always heard to take your tests first pee because your hormones were at their highest. Well after sitting on the couch, stewing about to take a test or not, I figured if I was already six days late, it would come up positive if I was pregnant. So, I decided to take a test and within seconds of peeing on that test it was postive! BAM! I was in total shock because I had convienced myself it was never going to happen! Obviously the first thing I did, was call my husband and tell him the news! He was in denial himself! It really never hit either one of us until the first doc apt!