Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Days 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 and 66

Day 61
The colored portion of the eye will begin to develop over the next three days.  Over the next two days, the eyelids will meet and temporarily fuse shut.

Child birth in other cultures...In sweden, all births take place in hospitals managed by highly trained midwives.  Prenatal care is free and provided for every woman.  Absence of prenatal care is unheard of.

Day 62
Ossification centers are established in the skull; those in the long bones continue to develop as the baby becomes more solid.  The baby's bones and muscles are growing rapidly.  The baby's developing body begins to attain proportions more like a newborn baby's.  Although weight gain fluctuates from week to week, my average weight gain is about a pound per week.  

Today was another measurement day...my waist size is 26 1/2 inches and my weight is 124.  So far so good.  :-)

Day 63
The skin has become thicker and less transparent.  The vagina is beginning to develop in females.  The penis is now distinguishable in males.  The baby has now attained a more upright posture.  In one short week, the baby more than doubled its weight, to between 1/4 and 1/3 of an ounce.  Every baby shows a distinct individuality in behavior by the end of the third month.  This is because the actual structure of the muscles varies slightly from baby to baby.  

Childbirth Then and Now...The first attempt to make newborn feedings follow a schedule was based on Dr. T. S. Southworth's observations in 1906.  He recommended ten nursings a day for the first month, and eight a day in the second and third months.  TOday, nursing more frequently (8-18 feedings per day in the first weeks) improves milk production and reduces nipple soreness. 

Today was a day to chart how I am feeling.
Mood: Normal, slight annoyance.  I'm finding my patience running very thin.
Energy:  Normal (Finally not dragging butt anymore.)
Appetite: Normal (Finally not eating everything in sight anymore.)
Morning Sickness: None (That was gone long ago.)
Cravings:  Chicken and Beef Burritos; Red Grapefruit 

Day 64
Sometime during the next three weeks, the urine that is formed by the baby's kidneys will be excreted into the amniotic fluid.  The urine is sterile and is carried away in the regular replacement of the fluid.  By late pregnancy, about a half liter (a little over 2 1/4 cups) of urine is added daily.

Day 65
Over the next three days, the baby's fingernails will begin to grow from the nail beds.  The baby's skin is sensitive all over.  Any type of touch causes the baby to move.

Did you know...Good skin tone, good nutrition, hydration to encourage skin elasticity, and gradual wight gain can precent or minimize stretch marks.  

Day 66
The baby's brain now has the same structure it will have at birth, but it's just a smaller size.  Between now and week 16, the mechanism that enables the baby's senses of smell (the olfactory system) is developing.  The thyroid, pancreas, and gall bladder will complete their development during the next three days.  With rate exceptions, I wont feel the baby move yet.  The baby's newly formed muscles are weak and the baby is so small that the womb has barely expanded and is still contained within the framework of my hips.

This has been another installment of "A Pregnancy Journal, By A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.

I must say, this week has been largely uneventful.  No more morning sickness, appetite back to normal and I've even resumed my normal sleeping schedule with very little tiredness during the day.  It almost feels like I'm not even pregnant.  I've read that this feeling is normal as I approach the second trimester.  Most soon to be moms see nearly all of their symptoms diminish before they begin to have visible signs of pregnancy.  Since I had very few symptoms to begin with, I've begun to have these feelings (or lack of symptoms) a little sooner.  

Days 56, 57, 58, 59 & 60

Whew! Where have I been?!  Working and sleeping, that's where!  Lets try a quick catch-up  here.  

Day 56
The critical period for the baby's leg development has ended.  This means that the legs are now at their proper location and proportional size for this stage in development.  The shoulders are present and have rotated out to place the arms at the sides of the body, with the elbows pointing down toward the hips.  The legs have rotated in and are squarely in line with the trunk; the knees point up to the face.  The fingers and toes are separated, and the soles of the feet are visible.  By today, the thin layer of ectoderm that has covered the baby has been replaced by a layer of rather flattened cells, which will become the surface layer of the baby's skin.  The intestines have begun their migration into the body cavity, but are still primarily located in the umbilical cord.  The baby's genitals are beginning to form but don't distinctly look male or female.  The baby measures about 1 1/16 of an inch in length and can easily be held in the bowl of a tablespoon.  

Day 57
This is the first day of my 3rd lunar month.  The pregnancy journal that I'm using counts from the day of conception and in 28 day increments.  Yea for week 9!  

Over the next four days, fingernails, toenails, and hair follicles will appear and the baby will assume a more upright posture.  The joints began to develop during week 6 now resemble adult joints.  Week 9 is  a period of rapid growth.  The first several weeks have been a time of exceeding growth but the baby will begin to grow even more rapidly from this point.

Did you know...The baby's growth period as an embryo has just ended.  From now until birth, the baby is technically a fetus.  The word fetus comes from the Latin meaning "offspring".

Day 58
The baby's head now makes up more than half of its length.  For the time being, the face is broad, the eyes widely separated, the lids are closing and the ears are low-set.  By the end of this week, the baby will measure nearly 2 inches in length.  He or she stands about as tall as the short side of a credit card.

Day 59
The baby's body continues to straighten; its torso lengthens and its posture becomes more upright.  Even though baby's legs are short and the thighs are relatively small, the lower limbs are now completely vascularized.  My uterus is now about the size of a small grapefruit.  By the end of this week, about 3 tablespoons of amniotic fluid baths the baby.  This fluid is renewed every 3 hours.

Day 60
Over the next four days, the baby's skin will thicken and become less transparent.  It will take another week or so for the intestines to complete their migration.  I need to do everything I can to avoid environmental tobacco smoke and exposure to other pollutants.  Smoke and other pollutants are absorbed through the lungs and carried through the bloodstream along with the oxygen.  They are easily transferred to baby's system in the oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange.

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.

Thankfully have my full appetite back with a complete lack of nausea.  I have been enjoying my pregnancy and the many cravings to the fullest!  I have given up some of my favorite foods for the need of better nutrition but we're both better for it (me and baby, Nic has always had a great diet).  Sadly, I've given up all fried foods...french fries being my favorite.  Nic has been a wonderful supporter making it a point to tell me he's proud of me when I ask for a side salad instead of my standard fries.  (Sounds simple but I'm not a fan of leafy stuff)  He helps me watch my sugar and sodium intake and is more than willing to blend up a smoothie for me when I'm craving a dessert.  I find that I want water.  A lot of water!  Some of it may be keeping me up at night too.  Normally I'm a pretty heavy sleeper.  I don't wake till morning once I go to sleep at night.  It's become a pretty regular occurrence that I get up between 4 and 5 to go potty.  I've tried to hold it a few times only to have it wake me up over and over...fine...I'm getting up!  I guess this is something I'll have to deal with for quite some time.  I woke up this morning leisurely and spent my first hour awake lying in bed reading my book.  I've been somewhat of a bookworm lately.  Anything I can get my hands on, I'm reading.  That might be another reason why I'm so behind on my blogging.  Chat with you soon!

Well, it's off to stick my nose in a book.  :-)
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Day 55

Over the next two days, the male scrotum will begin to form. The baby's head now looks rounded and is disproportionately large, making up almost half of the baby's length. The tissue that will become the scalp has appeared as a band near the crown of the baby's head. The neck region is established.

From this week on, there will be a 40-50 percent increase in my blood volume, mainly in the liquid portion of the blood (the plasma). There will be only a slight increase in red blood cells.

Food Facts...Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, seeds, and nuts are main sources of protein, iron, B vitamins, and zinc. One serving size equals 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat or the equivalent. The protein equivalent of 1 ounce of lean meat is 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, one egg, 2 tablespoons peanut butter or 1/3 cup nuts or seeds.

Childbirth in Other Cultures...In Sweden, pain medications are available to women, but the decision as to what have, if anything, is theirs. Birth is seen as the woman's accomplishment.

Today was a measurement day. My waist size is currently 26 1/4 inches while my weight is 123 pounds. Not too bad considering that I was measuring 26 inches and 119 pounds at time of conception. I still haven't been having any weird food cravings even though I have been having cravings. Tonight I plan on having soft tacos because I've been craving a little spice again. Last night and the night before I ate an entire grapefruit as dessert. I peeled it just like an orange and savored every bit of sour! Well, it's off to work for me. Have a wonderful day!

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Days 53 & 54

At 22-24 mm in length, the baby is four times as long today as it was just one month ago.  If I experienced a comparable growth rate, within a month from now, I would have to duck to stand in a room with 20 a foot ceiling.

The baby's eyelids are more developed now, and the tongue is fully formed.  Today, the external ears assume their final shape, but they are still low-set.  The baby's toes are now unwebbed and appear longer.  For the first time, the baby's limbs are capable of purposeful movement.  

The rapid rate of growth experienced over the past three to four weeks will not slow, but the pace will continue and , at times, even quicken.  I will need to do all that I can to stay well nourished, well hydrated, well rested and relaxed.  

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D. 

Today (day 53) was a day off for me.  I've been extra tired lately and spent the day lazily.  I slept in and even laid in bed for a while once I woke.  I played with the girls (my fury little punkins) and read my book.  Actually I read a lot of my book.  I just started it last night and I finished it today.  Tomorrow (day 54) I plan to do a little photography.  It's been quite some time since I've been to Nic's project and I'd really love to get some good snowy pictures of Woodstock and the ride to the job.  We will see if the weather wants to cooperate.  If it does...I just might have a few pictures to post.  :-)
Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 52

By today or tomorrow, the external ears will be completely developed. Baby's nose is stubby and the eyes are heavily pigmented. The bones of the palate are beginning to fuse and the taste buds are beginning to form on the surface of the baby's tongue. The fingers have separated. The feet are fan shaped, the toes are webbed, and the hands touch each other as do the feet. The baby measures .87-.94 inches from crown to rump - as wide as the face of an American quarter. By this time, the amniotic sac is about the size of a chicken's egg.

For your information...The appearance of the first bone cells in the baby's body marks the end of the embryonic period. This milestone was chosen since beginning bone formation coincides with the appearance of the basic structures and organs of the body.

Food Facts...Potassium is critical to maintaining the heartbeat, preventing cellular dehydration, and facilitating nerve cell transmission, carbohydrate metabolism, and muscle contraction. A daily done of 2,000 mg is considered safe and adequate. A potassium supplement is not advised, but bananas are an excellent source of potassium during pregnancy, as are avocados, potatoes, and figs. Do not place bananas in the refrigerator until they are as ripe as you want them. The skin will turn brown in the refrigerator, but the fruit will remain unchanged.

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day 51

The retina of the eye is now fully pigmented. The baby's arms are longer and now bend at the elbow. The fingers and thumb have lengthened, but are still short and webbed. Notches, or grooves, have formed between the toes on the foot plate. The baby's tail is still visible but stubby, and disappears by the end of this week.

I may notice my clothing becoming a bit tighter around the waist and bust line as my body changes and the baby grows. Am I showing yet? (Surprisingly, I haven't seen much change to my waistline. I have noticed a change in my bust but not enough to warrant a new bra or see a different in my shirts. That might also have to do with the fact that I'm wearing a minimum of 4 layers these days. I even still have some definition in my tummy. Not quite a ripped 6-pack anymore but still visible abdominal muscles and the remnants of my 'V'. I'm still holding my tummy tight when I stand and can feel the difference when I 'let it all hang out'. A few times I may have overeaten slightly...OK, totally...and my very full belly hung out like I was 7 months pregnant!)

Food Facts...Fruits provide carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, and like vegetables, are important sources of vitamin A and C. One serving size equals one medium piece of fruit; 1/2 cup of berries; or 3/4 cup fruit juice.

Child Birth Then and Now...In 1652, Philip Barrough in 'The method of Physick' recommended breathing through the pain of childbirth: "And if she was unskilled of pains of travell admonish her to hold her breath strongly, and let her thrust it out to the flanks with all her might." During that time it was widely believed that birth pain could be eased if the woman would relax her pelvic region, a belief still strongly held today.

So far I haven't had too many funny cravings. The nausea of morning sickness left me weeks ago and I find myself to be tired more than anything else. I am craving water, meat and sour. I've been adding much lemon juice to my water and even indulged in a small pack of skittles when I couldn't find any sweetarts. I must say though, the other night I was craving waffles. I looked up a recipe, pulled out the waffle maker and went to town. I couldn't possibly smother it with maple syrup in good conscience so I opted for a healthy dose of peanut butter with a little bit of strawberry jelly. Yup, it's official...I'm pregnant!

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Day 50

The surface of the baby's brain is now beginning to develop the rounds and fissures characteristic of humans. The upper lip is fully formed. Primary ossification centers are appearing in the long bones. These centers direct the replacement of cartilage by bone. The ossification process always starts in the upper arms, where the first true bone cells will replace the cartilage. If the baby is a girl, the clitoris is beginning to form (from the same tissue that the male penis develops from). By this time, the critical period for the baby's heart development has ended. The heart will continue to grow and develop, but not at such a fast pace.

For your information...The baby's heart has been beating strongly. The stomach can produce some digestive juices, the liver can manufacture blood cells, and the kidneys can extract some waste products (uric acid) from the baby's blood stream.

Food Facts...During pregnancy, take car to safeguard the nutritional value of the foods you eat. Baking a vegetable in its skin preserves most of its food value; microwaving vegetable skins on is likewise beneficial as is grilling, provided a little oil is used.

This has been another installment from "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Friday, January 16, 2009

Day 49

Over the next three days, the baby's arms will lengthen somewhat and begin bending at the elbow. The fingers and thumb have appeared, and are short and webbed with folds of skin between.

Did you know? The baby's arms at this point are only as long as this number 1.

Food Facts...Vegetables, including potatoes, provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals and are important sources of vitamins A and C. One serving size equals one cup of raw, leafy vegetable, 1/2 cup chopped or cooked vegetable; or 3/4 cup vegetable juice.

This has been another installment of "The Pregnancy Journal" by, A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.

On a side note...IT'S COLD IN VERMONT. As rumored, it IS colder today. When Nic and I woke this morning, our thermometer outside was reading -19! Needless to say, we're going to be late for work. Neither of our vehicles want to start. Thankfully, we have a block heater for the Dodge and it's currently 'plugged-in' and should be started shortly. Nic's Jeep is just giving up altogether. It gave 2 or 3 attempts and flat lined! Thank goodness for AAA! Hopefully he'll be able to make it to work eventually, otherwise, it's a snow day! HAHAHA Welcome to the North East!
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Day 48

The structure of the baby's eye is now well developed (it's not mature enough to do any visual processing yet, though). Over the next three days, the tongue will begin to develop. The external ear canal is present and the ears are set low on the baby's head. As development proceeds, structures literally get pulled from one location to another. The baby's ears will not stay low-set (unless that is a family trait). They will be pulled to their normal position as the head grows in size and shape. Likewise, the eyes, although well formed, are located on the sides of the baby's head, much like a rabbit, but they too, will migrate forward as head development continues. The baby now measures 16-18mm long and weighs about .94 grams (that's about as heavy as a teaspoon of water!)

During this time, any diseases I have can be communicated to the baby. I have to avoid contact with people who have cold, flu, or other illnesses. Simply washing my hands often will liken my chances of staying healthy.
Did you know? Between 1 and 2 teaspoons of amniotic fluid is now present in my uterus?
For your information...Even though the baby is surrounded by fluid, it does not drown because it does not depend on lungs for air. Oxygen comes to the baby from me through the umbilical cord blood. (I think most people know this. At least anyone that has a general idea of anatomy.)

This has been another installment from "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.

On a side note...IT'S COLD IN VERMONT! As promised, we're talking about weather. Today it's was -6 when I woke up. With wind chill...I'm not quite sure because I didn't watch the news! The high for today is ZERO! With wind chill that's more like -20! (At least that's what they said on yesterdays news. Thank goodness tomorrow is supposed to warm up more. (I'm hearing through the grapevine that tomorrow might be colder...) I still think we're going to be in the single digits with wind chills in the negatives! Yowza! Boy am I glad I've learned how to layer!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day 47

By today, the baby's eyelids have begun to form. Over the next two days or so, the baby's basic body proportions will change: The trunk will begin to elongate and straighten. For the time being, most of the intestine is found in the umbilical cord since the abdominal cavity is still too small to accommodate this rapidly growing organ along with the large liver.

Did you know? The bottom portion of the stomach grows faster than the top portion, giving the stomach its characteristic curved shape.

For your Information...During this week, the baby's backbone begins to develop the individual discs that act as cushions between each vertebra. In addition, the sacral vertebrae in back of the pelvis fuse.

Pretty Darn Cool huh? This has been another installment from "The pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph.D.

You can also follow along with me by becoming a friend of mine on whattoexpect.com My profile can be found at http://www.whattoexpect.com/profile/Biinaboo

On a side note...IT'S COLD IN VERMONT!!! We woke up this morning to a temperature of 0 Degrees. Not so bad, we've dealt with zero before but with wind chill...it feels like -19! Ahhh...! OK well, it's going to warm up today, right?! NO! We have a high of 2 with continued wind chill that feels like -15. Sad thing is that tomorrow is going to be worse. I'll let you know what that feels like tomorrow...geesh. :-)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exciting News!

A picture is worth a thousand words! We're going to be parents! Nic and I have known since December 23rd and it's been a very hard secret to keep. Merry Christmas to us! Now that we've had our first prenatal appointment and have seen that teeny tiny, ferociously beating heart...we can spill the beans about our little peanut! We have an estimated date of arrival around August 27, 2009. Although...I think the doc might be a tad behind. I think it'll be more like August 22nd or 23rd. I suppose only time will tell. :-) The longer the better I suppose. Lets make sure this little one is ready to join the world when they arrive.

We are excited beyond words! I have been feeling great so far. Nausea has been staying at bay and I have very few food aversions so far. Burnt toast seems to be the worst as of yet. I have also been craving meat like I own a slaughter house! Chicken, Ham, Beef...makes no difference as long as it's with every meal! HA HA I have also started eating many meals throughout the day. It seems to help keep the nausea away too. Nibble, nibble nibble....but I'm making every bite count! I have also been extremely tired and have moved up my bed time significantly. Even then I find myself dozing on the couch fairly early and taking many naps when I get the chance. I seem to toss and turn more lately. I'm usually a heavy sleeper but discomfort keeps me moving. If it's not the achy shoulders, it's the sore back...if it's not the sore back, it's the sensitive boobs...if it's not the boobs, it's a little bit of nausea...but I suppose it'll pass soon enough. The final outcome will be worth the many sleepless nights. Both during pregnancy and after. :-)

I have been following the pregnancy with a neat day to day journal. It's called "The Pregnancy Journal" by A. Christine Harris, Ph.D.

There are many places in the book to note my mood, energy level, appetite, morning sickness, cravings, waist size and weight. As of January 12th, 2008...I'm in my 45th day (which counts from day of conception...funny, but yes...I know it). Today (day 46) it tells me...the cells that will form our baby's nose develop around the nasal sacs as the facial tissues fuse to form the rudimentary parts of the face. By today, the elbow region is clearly visible and the arms have a complete network of arteries and veins. Also by today, the toe ridges have appeared on each foot plate. The skin on the foot plate folds down between future toes, distinguishing each from the other. It also gives me info about nutritional needs and physical changes that I might be noticing. Most of it related to nausea and boobies! Fun!

Stay tuned! Many more fun facts to come!

Nic and Kristiina
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