Sunday, February 28, 2010

14 Weeks: The Length of a Lemon!

     This week, the sweet baby is the length of a lemon (about 3.5 inches!).  The baby can suck its thumb, wriggle its toes, and is continuing to grow all those important organs so it'll be ready for the world!  Meanwhile, I continue to feel much, much better and seem to be growing steadily!  I can't wait until I can feel the baby moving around, but not yet!
     As an update on the sleeping...when I wrote my last blog about having trouble sleeping on my side, my sweet, sweet, sweet Grandma read it and immediately ordered a special pillow that fits between your knees.  It helps keep everything aligned, and because of the way it's made, keeps you from constantly rolling back over to your back in your sleep.  What a wonderful, thoughtful Grandma I have!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  (**Quick side story: When I was little Mama told Grandma not to spoil me...that it would make me a brat.  Grandma responded, "I won't give her everything she asks for...I'll just give it to her before she thinks to ask!"  haha!  Well, she is still doing that!  I didn't even know about these pillows...and she had it shipped before I even knew to ask for it!  What a rotten grandbaby I am!)  :)
     With the combination of sleeping part of the night propped up and using the pillow part of the night on my side, I am really getting much better sleep.  I really think that I will also be able to just "get used to" sleeping on my hips more.  I mean, I'm pretty sure I can do most anything for this baby...especially since it's only till the end of August.  This seems like very little to ask!

The awesome pillow from Grandma!

     In other news, I have been reading a few more books.  I know that many women have raised healthy, great kids without reading the volumes I am reading, but they make me feel a lot better and can't hurt me!  Below has been my current read (and one of my favorites!).  I am on Chapter 6, but I really like it so far.  The author, Tracy Hogg, writes about good sleep schedules for the baby (and family!) and how to incorporate your baby into your family while not making them the epicenter of your existence.  She also spends a lot of time in the book addressing "baby body language".  She really teaches you how to read what might be wrong when the baby cries so you can help solve the problem instead of getting frustrated.  I'm really hoping all this in the book will at least make some sense when the baby gets here!  I know there will be a lot of things I am reading that will go straight out the window when the little makes their appearance...but I'm hoping this knowledge will help me!  Thank you, Bethany, for this recommendation!
     Last but not least, a picture of me and the baby!  I can definitely tell a huge difference now!  I still have a few things I can wear that totally hide all signs of pregnancy, but those are NOT my favorites!  I really like looking pregnant (granted, I may not love it when I'm the size of a whale in the middle of August, but it's fun right now!) and so I mostly wear things that make people at least question if I'm putting on weight.  (Not that I give them a lot of doubt, I told a lady in Wal-Mart the other day I was having a baby...right in the middle of the breakfast aisle!)  Luckily, I am still feeling really super.  The stuffy  nose has gone away for a bit, and I've been able to exercise more!  I am so blessed by such a healthy pregnancy thus far and such a supportive husband.  Both things have made this whole journey so much better so far!  So, here's the progress: 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Doctor visit number 3!

     We went to our wonderful doctor, Dr. Lattimore at Carolina Women's Health, again on Wednesday for our 12 week check-up.  He pronounced me so healthy I am a boring patient....perfect!  I have gained an official 3 pounds, which he deemed "exactly right."  So good!  I just have the case of the constant stuffy nose, which is totally doable.  Especially now that I am feeling so much less queasy and tired, I'll take a stuffy nose all day long.  We heard the baby's heartbeat, which is always so exciting.  He didn't calculate the exact beats per minute, but he said it was moving pretty fast, and "did we think it was a girl?"  I have no idea how much those old wives' tales hold water, but most people have predicted that this teeny one is a baby girl.  We'll see!  Either way, warm, sunny days like this help me imagine pushing a sweet girl on the swings or chasing a sweet boy through the playground.  They both make me smile a lot!  Dr. Lattimore also said that he will schedule my next ultrasound when I come in on March 17th.  That ultrasound will be six weeks (approximately) from now and will tell us just which kind of baby we are having.  I am so, so excited to know so I can plan, plan, plan!  
     The only other trouble I seem to be having right now is sleeping!  I'm definitely tired, but I have read, and the doctor has told me, to start sleeping on my side.  "Avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). "  (totally copy/pasted that!)  I am just finding it really difficult to sleep on my side.  I can do it, but my legs and hips just ache and I spend the whole night flipping from hip to hip, wishing I could just stay asleep!  I have tried putting a pillow between my legs, but I still have to flip over a lot...and that's kind of hard with the pillow and full covers!)  Many of you know about the leg pain I have experienced over the years, and this seems to just exasperate the problem.  So, if any of you happen to know about some solutions or recommendations about this, I would really appreciate them.  And I would really, really appreciate your prayers.  It's not a big deal in the scheme of things...but it would be nice to be able to sleep well and for Steven to have some relief of my constant flipping and turning.  Those legs are just not my best feature!
     On all other fronts, things are going well for the Castillo household.  We are really enjoying this new, sunny weather, and hoping it's here for a bit.  We've been reviewing big baby items like strollers/carseats (which we did decide on!) pack 'n' plays, cribs/furniture, and so on.  (Any recommendations or reviews are welcome!)  We are going to try to register for some things soon so that we won't be totally overwhelmed with doing the whole bit at one time!  I think we will be trying to register at both Babies'R'Us and Target when the time comes.  (I'll let you know!)  In the meantime, Steven is working hard at MARC and I am teaching my little heart out.  My kids still want to know when they are going to be able to "see" that I am having a baby.  I can certainly tell, but I guess they are waiting for the obvious belly to believe me!  All of my girls, save a few, are hoping for a girl, and all of my boys, save one, are hoping for a boy.  The one boy that hopes for a girl explained his reasoning with this statement, "Boys are just not usually very good Mrs. Castillo.  I want you to have a good baby!"
     Haha!  On that note, I hope you each have a wonderful time enjoying this fantastic weather.  Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we are learning and growing!

PS: I am 13 weeks tomorrow and officially in my second trimester!  Our little one is now the size of a peach!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Put on your blinker! Exit to second trimester: two weeks ahead!

10 weeks, 5 days

     It's hard to believe I am almost 11 weeks pregnant (the baby is approximately the size of a lime now!) and that, very soon, I will be in my second trimester!  I am very excited about that day, as so many risks go down.  I am also glad to report that a lot of the total exhaustion and queasiness has subsided.  As this week has progressed, I have really started to feel a lot better.  I am just hoping that things keep going as healthfully and well as they have started.  The Lord has really blessed us in the first 11 weeks, and we are so incredibly grateful for the grace He is already showing us.  I am also very blessed personally by such a fantastic husband!  He has done so, so much in all of these super tired days.  He really never complains about any of it and is just as excited about all the "baby talk" as I am!  I am so grateful for a husband that is praying for our new family and is supporting us in all he does.  What a blessing!
     So....I'm starting to grow!  I have officially gained two pounds, and I can definitely tell a difference in my clothes!  I have to hold my shirt just so for the general public to tell I'm gaining (and certainly to tell I'm pregnant!), but at 11 weeks, I'm pretty sure that's normal!  Luckily, with the amazing Bella Band (every pregnant girl NEEDS this!) I should be able to wear all my "normal" pants comfortably for quite awhile, which will save some money!  (And help me not tire out with the same maternity pants!)  All my other clothing still fits fine...I just look a bit chunkier in it :)
     Our next doctor's appointment is February 21st.  We will get to hear the heartbeat and ask some questions!  I'm excited to hear our little baby's life...I wish we had an ultrasound at every visit!
     That's all for now!  Hopefully this rain will stop one day so I can start exercising a little again so my body will be nice and strong for a healthy pregnancy and so I can be a healthy, strong Mama!