Top 10 lines to turn on a pregnant mama

 

  • Go back to sleep, I’ll make breakfast.
  • How about I do diaper duty today dear.
  • I’ll put the kids to bed tonight, why don’t you go out for the evening.
  • No, from the back you don’t look pregnant at all.
  • Another piece of cake? Of course honey, you deserve it!
  • Why don’t you take a nap while I take care of the kids.
  • How about a trip to the spa for the afternoon?
  • Sit down for a while and I’ll massage your feet.
  • Want to go shopping? I’d love to come!
  • I ran you a bath, lit some candles, and put your favorite books in the bathroom. I’ll take care of the dishes, you go relax.
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    I love what a friend wrote about Xmas, here:

    It was so nice to have a quiet, reflective holiday this year, full of quiet traditions, long bike rides, crafting and creating together and discussions of what we want the solstice and christmas to be about in our family. We really emphasized the time spent together, we enjoyed baking sun cookies together, creating a gingerbread house, making different types of lanterns, singing carols around a bonfire, walking along a candlelit lantern spiral and making felted stockings. We found a turkey breast with the bone in, cranberry sauce, gravy and pumpkin pie from a local Whole Foods, so were able to create quite a feast for our dinner, and then enjoyed pumpkin pancakes for a celebratory brunch!

    I also loved how little our holidays were focused on gifts this year, and how that didn’t faze the kids’ enjoyment at all. We haven’t had access to mail since we left, and many people didn’t bother mailing packages as they doubted whether we’d get it in time anyways. So the kids woke up to their stockings full of little treasures, and one wrapped gift each. Usually our tree is overflowing with gifts, and the kids become overwhelmed with so many new things. I find it such a challenge, as I too love to give gifts and it’s such a traditional way of showing people that we care about them. But watching how happy the kids were this year with a few small gifts, and how wonderful our holiday was with the focus on time and experience over material goods, we are re-inspired to find new ways to find the balance. I think it’s up to us to change the patterns of the next generation – in a time when so many of us are drowning in STUFF, feeling overwhelmed with clutter, not to mention all the issues with child labour, destroying the planet and toxic toys being sold, it only makes sense to start taking steps to change our patterns. Perhaps we can all start brainstorming now for new traditions we’d like to create – like replacing material goods with experiences (taking the kids to the ballet or a holiday play, for example) and spending time playing boardgames together rather than shopping at a mall. 

    http://thefourmckays.blogspot.com/2008/12/happy-holidays-to-everyone.html

    23 weeks

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    This week your baby’s length, from crown-to-rump, is approximately 8 inches! Your growing baby has finally reached one pound. Your baby is about the size of a small baby doll and looks very human. The baby’s face and body look similar to that of a newborn at this time. Your uterus can be found about 1.5 inches above your navel. Your total weight gain should be approximately 15 pounds at this time.

    You might notice some Braxton-Hicks contractions around this time. These contractions are not regular and they should not be painful. Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare your body for the upcoming labor and they will get stronger as your pregnancy progresses. You might be able to feel the contractions if you put your hand on your abdomen and your baby can probably feel the uterus gripping and massaging her. It will not harm your baby, so there is no need for concern.

    Fat is still being deposited at a rapid rate, but your baby still looks red and wrinkled. Skin is being produced at a higher rate than the fat is, so the skin hangs loosely. Your baby looks red because the skin is losing its transparency and pigment is beginning to form. You should be feeling your baby moving quite a bit throughout the day as she will kick and punch the uterus walls. Babies also run their hands along the umbilical cord and touch their body parts while they are in the womb. Your baby now can suck her thumb for real, where she was just sticking it in her mouth. Your baby will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and recycle it as urine. The liquids and sugars that the baby retracts from the fluid is a supplement to the nutrients that the placenta delivers. You might be able to feel small `jumps` inside of you when your baby gets the hiccups from swallowing fluid. The pancreas is developing and it will responsible for insulin production, to help break down sugars.

    Oily fish in your diet could help boost your baby’s health. (Women who eat oily fish while pregnant have children with better visual development, a major study at Bristol University suggests.)

    As the baby continues to grow, it has less space to move around in the uterus. Bones, muscles and organs are growing steadily.

    22 Weeks

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    At midwife appointment heart rate of baby is 150 bpm. Cayden helped find the heartbeat with the doppler 🙂

     

    Your baby’s crown-to-rump length is approximately 7.6 inches and your growing baby weighs about 12.25 ounces now! Your uterus is about 2 cm above your bellybutton and you probably feel comfortably pregnant. Your growing tummy is not yet large enough to get in the way and you should still be able to bend over and sit without much trouble. You might be enjoying your pregnancy more than ever at this point if morning sickness was an issue in the early weeks.

    Your baby’s body continues to grow and develop every day. The organ systems in your baby’s body are becoming specialized for their particular functions. The fetal liver produces different enzymes than it will produce after delivery. The liver is responsible for breaking down billirubin, which is produced by the breaking down of blood cells. Because the life span of a fetal red blood cell is shorter than that of an adult, a fetus produces more billirubin than adults do. Billirubin passes from fetal blood to the placenta and then into your blood. Your liver helps get rid of fetal billirubin. A newborn baby that has high levels of billirubin may show signs of jaundice. Jaundiced babies have a yellowish tint to their eyes and skin and are often treated with phototherapy.

    Your baby’s senses are developing daily. The fetus now has a full complement of neurons in the brain and is learning about her body and surroundings through touch. Touch is one of the first senses to mature and your baby may stroke its face or feel her arms and legs.

    Your blood volume has increased more to meet the demands of your pregnancy. Most of the increase is in the form of plasma, the liquid part of your blood. This has the ability to dilute your blood and give you physiological anemia, which occurs during pregnancy. The measure of blood dilution is called Hematocrit and the levels reach their lowest points this week. You should check with your doctor to make sure you are not developing more serious forms of anemia.

    Your baby now shows an extremely rapid brain growth (which lasts until five years after birth).

    The ovaries of female fetuses contain primitive egg cells, all of the eggs a woman will have for her entire life. The uterus of female fetuses is also fully formed.

    Pics and pics and pics

    the one with me in blue is at 12 weeks, the one with me in brown is at 21 weeks.

    21 Week inside update

    Your baby’s blood circulation is completely functional. The umbilical cord system continues to grow and thicken as blood travels with considerable force through the body to nurture the baby. The placenta is now almost equal in size to the baby.

    Your baby will be getting much larger during the second half of your pregnancy. Your baby’s crown-to-rump length at this time is 7.2 inches and she weighs approximately 10.5 ounces. Your growing baby is about the size of a large banana. You should be able to feel your uterus about a half of an inch above your navel. Your weight gain so far will be around 10 to 15 pounds.

    As your baby begins to lay down more fat, your weight will also increase. During the next 10 weeks, you will gain about half of the total gain for your entire pregnancy. Strangers can now tell that you are pregnant! You might notice an increase in appetite because you need 500 more calories a day to support your charged up metabolism. It is best to avoid processed foods or foods high in fat, calories or sugar. Some women also get strong cravings for foods. If you notice a craving for something unhealthy, you should contact your doctor. Craving for unusual things is known as pica. Some women crave cigarette ashes, charcoal, beer and other non-food items during this time.

    Your baby’s different organs and systems are maturing. The fetal digestive system is functioning in a simple way and your baby can swallow amniotic fluid. After your baby swallows the amniotic fluid, she is able to absorb water and sugars from the fluid and then the waste is passed as far as the large bowel. Your baby swallows the amniotic fluid in order to prepare itself for life outside of the womb. Some babies consume as much as 17 ounces of amniotic fluid in a 24-hour period. Your baby already has a high number of red blood cells and the white blood cells are beginning to be produced. Taste buds are being formed on your baby’s tongue this week also.

    Don’t be surprised if your legs and feet become swollen throughout the day. You should try to get off of your feet some throughout the day and prop your legs up. If you notice a substantial amount of swelling, you should contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.

    21 Weeks and Ultrasound – ‘pass the ketchup’

    I’m 21 weeks today.

    We viewed the baby on the ultrasound yesterday. It was great that Cayden could see inside there and feel even more of a connection.

    I shouldn’t speak for Tyson but we both don’t seem to excited for viewing the baby that way. Pregnancy, birth and babies have just become the ‘norm’ in our life I guess. I doesn’t mean I’m not happy to be pregnant, I totally am. But it’s really not a big deal. Lol, its like ‘yeah yeah there’s a baby in there, yeah yeah its cool’ lol. I don’t feel the same awe in my body…I know it can do this, so ‘yup there’s a baby in there, pass the ketchup’