Sunday, December 28, 2008

Five weeks and Four Days

Week 5 How Big is the Baby at Five Weeks Pregnant?
Pregnancy week 5 isn't much different from pregnancy week 4. During 5 weeks pregnant your baby is still just over a millimeter long. You might say that your baby is about the size of a small grain of rice! However your baby is growing in many other ways. Vital organs continue to develop through this week.

Your Baby's Growth and Development
During the early part of this pregnancy at 5 weeks the central nervous system, muscles, bones and even the heart will begin to form. Early skeletal development is also possible at or around pregnancy week 5. Remember that every person is unique, thus their baby will develop at a different rate from others.

Perhaps the most interesting changes that are occurring during 5 weeks pregnant include those happening in the heart. During this week the heart will begin to divide into separate chambers and start pumping blood. The heart is formed from the middle layer of cells called the mesoderm. Other organs that will develop from this layer include the muscles, cartilage and bone. The primitive placenta and umbilical cord are also developing. The neural tube starts developing in the top layer of cells called the ectoderm. The skin, hair, nails and sweat glands will also develop out of this layer of cells. The lungs, intestines, thyroid and pancreas also develop from a third layer of cells called the endoderm.

Week 6 How Big is the Baby at Six Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is growing! During pregnancy week 6 your physician will measure your baby with ultrasound, in increments referred to as "crown-rump length" which is basically the distance from the top of your baby's head to his buttocks. Your baby at 6 weeks may be anywhere from 2 to 5mm long at this point in time or roughly the size of half a baby pea. Not very big, but bigger than last week!

Your Baby's Growth and Development
Your baby is starting to look more and more like a little organic (albeit not quite human) being during pregnancy week 6. Dark spots should be forming where the eyes and nostrils will eventually take shape. There should also be small pits on the sides of the head where the ears will develop, and tiny buds that will form into the arms and legs at roughly 6 weeks pregnant. For several weeks the hands and feet will be connected by a layer of webbing between the fingers and toes. Your baby will start responding to sensory input and start moving all on his own in these next few weeks.

At 6 weeks of pregnancy the heart should now be beating at about 100 to 140 beats per minute and blood will start circulating throughout your baby's body. Your healthcare practitioner may be able to see the beating of the heartbeat during pregnancy week 6 using ultrasound, though it may still be a few weeks before the heartbeat is detectable via a Doppler device.

Did you know that your baby would actually be able to display reflexes in response to touch even by pregnancy 6 weeks? This is because the central nervous system is already developing and linking the muscles in the body with the limbs. You'll learn even more amazing facts as you follow your pregnancy week by week.

Your Growth and Development

You may start having some weight gain by 6 weeks pregnant. Most women will generally gain about 5 pounds during the entire first trimester, though some will gain more. Some women will not gain any weight during their first trimester because they are so nauseous from morning sickness. In fact it isn't uncommon to lose some weight during your first trimester.

Your waist will start to become thicker, particularly if this is not your first pregnancy. Your uterus will also be changing in size now and throughout your pregnancy.

Spotting may or may not occur in the early weeks of pregnancy. It is usually nothing to worry about, however you should always call your healthcare practitioner to report any unusual bleeding, as it may be a sign of impending miscarriage or some other problem.

Changes in You
You may be in the throws of morning sickness by 6 weeks pregnant. Morning sickness during pregnancy is perfectly normal, though some women experience a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. This is a complication of pregnancy characterized by nausea and vomiting that is severe throughout the early part of pregnancy. Hyperemesis gravidarum may require hospitalization because women affected by it may experience dehydration, electrolyte deficiencies and higher weight loss than normal. The common symptoms include rapid weight loss, a fast heartbeat, weakness and frequent vomiting.

The exact cause of this condition is unknown, though some studies suggest that younger maternal age, obesity and first time pregnancy are all potential risk factors for the condition. Typically hospitalization will be necessary to help restore fluids that you are losing through vomiting and help replace electrolytes. Your healthcare provider may also have to provide hyperalimentation through an IV line for a limited time. Your doctor may recommend additional nutritional or vitamin supplementation after your hospitalization to ensure that you are able to store up an adequate number of nutrients for your baby. Typically this condition will not have any ill effects on your baby once it is treated properly.

Your uterus is probably about the size of a plum during pregnancy at 6 weeks. During pregnancy at 6 weeks your breasts are also probably getting quite tender. Some women find even the sensation of their shirt rubbing against their breasts uncomfortable at this point in time. At some point in pregnancy, your areolas or the dark area surrounding your nipple will start to darken. Physicians aren't 100% sure why this occurs, though some believe that the darkening helps the baby find their food source that much faster after birth!

You probably haven't actually started showing yet, though you will be able to detect subtle changes in your body. Your jeans may start to fit less comfortably around the midsection. It will be quite some time however before you will actually need to purchase maternity clothes. One thing you might opt to do to extend the period of time you wear ordinary clothes is invest in one or two pairs of pants a size bigger than your normal clothing.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Feeling Pregnant

Well these "side effects" are kicking me in the behind. I feel like my uterus is doing somersaults. Could that be nausea? Super tired. Yesterday I feel asleep with 6 people talking all around me. Today I had to lay down when Ryan's family was visiting from Houston. The room started to spin, I was so tired! My pants are all ready having issues. And walking around in HEB this morning nearly took me out. First I had to use the rest room twice and could not stay in the meet department. Smelled like rotten molding foods.

Though some things to look forward to:

Morning Sickness- Hopefully never. There is nothing more entertaining for 10 and 11 year olds to watch their teacher vomit into a trash can. Which this has happened before. I choked on my coffee.

Mood Swings/ Irritability- Let me say my students just don't have a chance! haha. This may be slightly entertaining. I have been known to laugh at myself for how I reacted to things. Of course, only after the incident has happened and have recuperated from the ordeal.

Maternity Clothes- No more worrying about how fat I look!

Food Cravings- My mom thinks it will be spicy food since I can't stand it normally. Ryan thinks it will be funny if I can't stand Crab, since it is my most favorite thing ever. Right now all I want to eat is fruit. Probably why I spent so much time in the produce part of HEB this morning.

Shopping. No explanation needed. Though babies are expensive. I saw a breast pump around $250! Kind of worried to look at anything else now. At least until it is time to register for baby showers!

Besides all these points the end is what is most exciting. Honestly, I was scared and nervous when I found out I was pregnant. It is only a few months before Ryan and I were planing to start trying but it still caught me off guard. It has all slowly come into perspective. I know most people wait until their second trimester to tell people but there was no way I could do that. If I miscarry then God has other plans, and we will try again. Everything is in his control and power. I pray for the best.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Baby Bilski

So it is impossible for me to hold this back. Believe it or not, not sure I completely do yet, but I am pregnant! I just found out yesterday. I am four/five weeks along. Not very far at all but I couldn't imagine holding it in till 12 weeks. Ryan and I were planning on trying this summer so we don't feel completely unprepared but slightly shocked!

I feel ok. This past week I have been having tummy cramps but thought that was either 1. suppose to start 2. Too many lattes 3. who knows!

I don't even know what to say. We have been blessed. I pray that Baby Bilski grows and remains healthy.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Writer's Block

What's on your mind?
Apparently writers block that leaves me no choice but to do a survey. Because what is really on my mind is school and all the papers I should be grading but just cant seem to even look at the pile.

Can you execute an acceptable cartwheel?
I have never once been able to do a cartwheel. Or a chin up. I suck.

Have you kissed anyone in 2008?
Oh yes I have!

Were you happy when you woke up today?
NO. I need winter break NOW. I was happy for one second when I was all warm and cozy but then realized it was 5:30 and had to get up and get ready for work.

What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
Twilight and/or Four Christmas'... can't remember which one was last.

Does it make you happy to get something in the mail?
If it is a bill: never
birthday presents and my cooking light magazine: always

What are you looking forward to this summer?
possibly starting Grad School! and being lazy on my squishy tush.

Who was the last person you took a picture with?
My dad's family Christmas pic

Are there deer heads covering any walls in your house?

Are you good at telling jokes?
Never jokes, more like witty remarks. Though Ryan says I have a quota of one a month. Sometimes I have two in one month and can relax for a while!

Can you make a dollar in change right now?
in pennies for the penny jar!

What made you cry last?
That stupid (but lovely) Jon and Kate plus 8 commercial.

Where is your cell phone?
who knows!

Do you have good eye sight?
contacts can fix almost anything

Do you think you’ll be married in 10 years?
most definitely yes

Where were you at 9pm Friday night
School Xmas party

Pick a word that begins with the first letter of your first name?

Have you ever caught anything on fire?
paper maybe?

How many times have you been to the ER?
3 times? Stomach pains in 3rd grade, REALLY bad strep throat summer before college, and once for breaking my finger...

Do you drink soda?

Have you ever been on an airplane?

Do you like your life?
yes, at times there is the "I wish" but I would never trade away any part of it.

Are you ticklish?

Do you have trust issues?
Depends who you are!

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

Who are you disappointed in right now and why?
one or two people here or there

Do you believe that all girls are the same?
no never.

How many months until your birthday?

Are you happy?
My husband made me happy today and I will be tomorrow because its friday, and even more so on Dec 19th. 15 days of NO WORK!

Does it bother you when your friends bring up your past mistakes to you?
YES, We live and we learn.

What are you doing tonight?
eating, reading and sleeping.

What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter?

Could you go out in public looking like you do now?
errrr I do have on Christmas boxers with mistletoe!

How are you feeling at this exact moment?

How late did you stay up last night and why?
11... stayed up reading.

Is there anybody you wish you could be spending time with right now?
Edward Cullen and Bella they aren't real!? Oh well I have my imagination.

How long does it take you to shower?
Depends whats on the to do list! TMI?

What was the last thing you drank?

Who was the last person you had a phone conversation with?
My Cousin Chrissy

Is there anyone you won't ever forget?
Some great friends from the past and some great co-workers. Then there is those unfortunate children that make you mental and now I'm unable to name any of my children the same name in fear of what they might become.

Do you know anyone who would drop everything to come see you?
I believe I do and I would do the same for them.

Have one best friend?
My husband, and a few of really good friends.

Who did you say 'I love you' to last?
Ryan, My Husband.

What made you sad today?
Adults childish reactions towards coworkers and children.

What were you doing 2 hours ago?
Christmas Present Shopping

Do you like pancakes?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Already December?

Wow, I am a horrible blogger. But I don't feel too bad because others are failing as well! Life is busy busy busy. Since October it has been football, road trips, concerts, friends, family, my birthday, work, work, and a little bit more work. Nothing too extremely exciting to share. I do enjoy looking through random peoples blogs and find some interesting things. I have nothing else as of now. Hopefully once Christmas break is here I will have more time to blog about my interesting life!