It’s a Boy!!!!

Sam and I went for our 20 week ultrasound yesterday at 3:30PM. Our families were very anxious to find out and so were we. It seemed like a lifetime from when we first started and when he told us. He was checking the brain, the mouth, neck, four chambers of the heart, the stomach and finally down to the good stuff. He said, “ok you want to know?” and I said, “it’s a girl right.” He shook his head and said, “NOPE IT”S A BOY.” I could not believe it.

Sam and I both wanted a boy so bad, but figured it would most likely be a girl. We were so shocked, surprised and ecstatic! We are halfway through our pregnancy now so just a couple more months and we get to see our son!!!


19 Weeks

19 weeks (2nd trimester)

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom —about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How your life’s changing:

Think you’re big now? You’ll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you’re resting or becomes severe.

You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it’s from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they’re called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or “dark line.”

These darkened spots will probably fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you’re outdoors. And if you’re self-conscious about your “mask,” a little concealing makeup can work wonders.

18 Weeks

18 weeks (2nd trimester)

How your baby’s growing:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

How your life’s changing:

Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.

Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don’t spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.

From now on, when you do lie down, it’s best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.

If you haven’t already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you’ll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby’s growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you’re working with is accurate, and see how many babies you’re carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking his thumb. Bring your partner along, and be sure to ask for a printout for your baby’s first photo album!

Proud Mommy

Here are some pictures from the past three ultrasounds of the baby. Sam and I can not wait to find out what we are having. I initially wanted a boy, but a girl would be amazing too. We were stuck on girl names in the beginning, but we have a few to choose from now.

First ultrasound at 6 weeks April 27, 2010

6 weeks

Second Ultrasound at 9 weeks May 18, 2010

Third Ultrasound at 11 weeks June 11, 2010

17 Weeks Today

17 weeks (2nd trimester)

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s skeleton is changingfrom soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

How your life’s changing:

Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby. You’ll also want to be sure to buckle up when you’re in a car — keep the lap portion of the seat belt under your belly, drawn snugly across your hips, and also use the shoulder harness, which should fit snugly between your breasts.

You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.

The BIG news

Ok…so I have not been updating my blog that often as I should be. For that I am sorry. I have been hearing it from a lot of my friends who check up on me through my blog. It has been hard to come on and talk without revealing my big surprise. So here it goes…


I am 16 weeks (4 months) along and since everyone in my family and all my friends know, now I feel it is safe to tell the blogging world too. I am feeling great and have had 3 ultrasounds already. I do not know what I am having yet because you have to wait till about 20 weeks, but yes Sam and I are finding out and we can’t wait. We both would love a boy, but a girl would be amazing as well. We already have names picked out for each, but we are keeping them a secret. We told our families, but no one else. We don’t want to hear the “Well I don’t like that” or “I knew someone with that name and I hate them” type of thing. So mum is the word on the names for now.

Since I am pregnant my Journey has changed quit a bit. I was working out really hard and running everyday or almost everyday. I was eating healthy and going to start training for the Tour de Force bike ride from Washington DC to New York City. I had plans to run a 1/2 marathon, but I am blessed with such a wonderful miracle.

My new Journey…I am working out 2-3 days a week lifting light weights and doing lots of cardio. I am feeling great and I am really trying to eat healthy. It is hard in the summer time with all the ice cream stands open. I am just working on keeping a healthy lifestyle for me and the baby.

My past experience…

This is my second pregnancy, last July I had a miscarriage around 6 weeks and was devastated. It felt like my world was crashing in all around me. No one could ever know the pain of losing a child unless you go through it yourself. Some might say it wasn’t that far along, but it is truly amazing how quickly you fall in love with your child once you find out your even pregnant.

After that experience I wanted to give up trying for ever just so I would never have to go through that pain again. After a month or two I was ready to start trying again. So Sam and I did everything imaginable to start a family right away. I was temping to see when I would ovulate and I was laying almost upside down for 2 hours after, well you know ;).  We tried and tried and it was so disappointing every month when “Aunt Flow” would arrive. Around December I just said forget it ans started focusing on working out and trying to get in better shape for when I was ready. I signed up for the Tour de Force in September and was planning to train for a half marathon. I was excited and all gun ho for this new me I was creating. Sometime during all this I got pregnant and didn’t find out till about mid April. I thought I was late and had no idea I just might be pregnant. How could this happen I wasn’t keeping track of anything or laying upside down after 😉 you know. I had no idea exactly when this could have happened.

I wasn’t watching what I was eating, I went snorkeling on vacation, drank very very little liquor, took hot bubble baths, ate lots of fish, and drinking caffeine. I was having a blast and then BAM… I was blessed with a miracle.

So here is to the next couple months!!!