Sunday, August 27, 2006

8 weeks already

It is so hard to believe that little Keifer is growing daily inside me and actually looks like the pictures above. Chris and I read daily from the variety of our pregnancy books -- and the idea that little Keifer is inside my uterus, which is the size of a grapefruit and is the size of a kidney bean just blows my mind!

We have another ultrasound check up with my RE tomorrow (Monday) at 12:30 PM, so both of us are starting to get a wee bit nervous again. If things look good at THIS ultrasound, then we are dismissed from my RE's care to my regular OB's office! Graduation may be soon! LOL tells me:
How your baby's growing: Your baby is now 5/8 of an inch long, about the size of a kidney bean. She's constantly moving and shifting, although you won't be able to feel these womb wiggles for several weeks yet. Her embryonic tail is disappearing, and her eyelids practically cover her eyes. Still slightly webbed, her fingers and toes are growing longer. Her arms have lengthened, too, and her hands are now flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart. Her knee joints have formed, and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. With her trunk straightening out, her head is more erect. Breathing tubes extend from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs. The nerve cells in her brain are also branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Though you may be daydreaming about your baby as one gender or another, the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl.

Chris and I honestly have no preference at this point as to whether Keifer is a boy or a girl. Just as long as he/she is healthy, as everyone always says. For some reason, I am leaning towards boy when I think of the little beanie inside me. I have no idea why - I just do.

So far, I'm still feeling the morning sickness, but the past few days we've been really busy on the go, and it seems to help my queasiness. I am not really enjoying drinking so much water (not sure why), so I tend to sip on Gatorade or Powerade instead. I also need my one Coke a day -- usually I prefer my little mini -8 ounce can, but now I'm preferring an icy cold fountain drink. My hunger doesn't seem AS intense as it did in the beginning, just few short weeks ago, but the sickness probably disguises it. When I DO get hungry, it is a powerful, sharp "I need to eat NOW" intense hunger. I've found that I'm really enjoying just the plain white rice from Chinese restaurants, or the standby saltines, with a small piece of string cheese on top.
My clothes are starting to get snug. My pants are all starting to strain a bit in the zipper area, and my breasts really MUST be growing -- so quietly LOL. I've noticed the girls are looking must more voluptuous in many of the shirts I own.
CJ and I went power shopping yesterday and I picked up some basics for a start in my maternity clothes collection. I picked up some clearance deals at the GAP, and some longer shirts at Old Navy. I also found a very comfy skirt at Gap outlet - maternity! - which could be a favorite of mine - if only the winter is mild again this year.

I usually start out in the AM with barely a tummy, and by mid-afternoon, you can definitely see the "bulge" of bloat that tells everybody either I've put on quite a bit of weight around the middle, or I am indeed expecting!

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