Jul 24, 2012

Week 9

Marination Time:
8w5d - I'm a bit slow to post this week so week 9 is almost over!

I've received a few questions about why I am 8w pregnant during week 9 so here is the reason:
The first day of AF a woman in 0w1d pregnant (weird isn't is!) and that is considered week 1. Ovulation occurs somewhere around cycle day 14 and on that day a woman is 2w0d pregnant, meaning implantation will occur during week 3, etc.

Baby Size:

Over the course of week 9 the babies will almost reach an inch in size!  According to The Bump Pip and Pop are about the size of a green olive while BabyCenter compares them to a grape.  We don't have week 9 measurements yet.  Our next appointment is tomorrow so we'll know more then!

Baby Milestones:
This week Pip and Pop reached a huge milestone: they graduated from embryos to fetuses!  They are also developing distinct facial features and starting to look more and more like little people.  They are developing eyes (although the eyelids stay fused shut for a few more months!) and nasal bones and all of the things that will make Pip look like Pip and Pop look like Pop. They have also begun having hiccups and can exhibit a startled response and movement (although they are still far too small for me to feel it).

Weight Gain:
I think this category is leaving the weekly updates.  The OHSS weight just isn't going away and I'm tired of seeing how sad the number is.

EXHAUSTED. Bloody noses. Sore boobs.  Lightheaded/Dizzy. Aching stomach. Sharp pains in left ovary region. Queasiness. Nausea is mostly gone though!

The nausea and queasiness went away at the end of last week (about 7w6d actually). At first this was so exciting!  I could eat!  I could keep down food!  Then, I started getting nervous.  The days the queasiness came back I was so excited because it was assurance I am still pregnant.  I went 3 days in a row with no nausea or queasiness (8w0d, 8w1d, and 8w2d).  On Sunday (8w3d) on the way to church I commented to Casey that the lack of nausea was starting to make me nervous.  I'm not sure if God answers prayers or if karma kicked me in the butt, but about an hour later the nausea returned during the middle of the sermon at church! Teaches me to speak to soon.  Overall, the queasiness I can handle, but I never need 5-6 bouts of nausea a day again!

How I'm Changing:
Although most websites say it is too early, I'm able to see and feel the hardness of my uterus sticking out.  I think I am able to do this so early because my ovaries are still so enlarged and are pushing my uterus further out.  The first day Casey noticed my shape had changed and the pooch was firmer and rounder, he commented that I was looking pregnant not just big.  I got excited and said it was my uterus.He got really uncomfortable! Apparently, he doesn't like the word uterus and wants to just refer to it as "the babies home."

What I'm Eating:
Gatorade. Gatorade. More Gatorade. Peanut butter. Almonds. Chocolate covered almonds.  Milk. Cheese. Guacamole.  I still can't stomach the smell or sight of chicken which makes meal planning a lot harder!

Bed rest. Cramping. Fear. Nerves. OHSS. SCH. Drinking Gatorade. Boredom.

I sleep a lot.  I am sleeping 11-12 hours at night and then taking a 2-3 hour nap each day.  I am also spending 99% of my time in bed, so I find myself occasionally nodding off while reading or watching TV.


Belly Button Watch:

What I'm most excited about:
We have our next appointment tomorrow and I am so hopeful that the SCH will have shrunk and the OHSS will continue to be better (meaning small ovaries).  Both need to happen for me to get off bed rest.  If both of these things happen, we can go to Florida with the rest of my family.  If not, I'll be stuck at home in bed.  As sad as I will be if I can't go, Florida will still be there next year and I have to do everything I can to keep these babies safe.

Previous Weekly Updates:
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6

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