Thursday, November 27, 2008

7 Weeks: Our Blueberry

It is hard to believe we are already 7 weeks! My symptoms so far are pretty normal... exhaustion, nausea (all day) and moodiness.
From the Baby Center:
The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry. If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Affair

Staci and I went to the Christmas Affair today. I had never been before, but I heard it is a lot of fun. The affair is truly the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, they have everything you can imagine and you get to support locally owned small businesses.
I saw the cutest baby clothes & accessories EVER! It was so hard to refrain from purchasing things, even though we don't even know the sex of the baby. Staci asked me two times if I was pregnant because I kept freaking out on all the cute baby stuff. I had to tell her no, sorry Staci.
So instead of purchasing things for our baby, I took a lot of business cards and catalogs.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Conversation with BB: Spaghetti at 10:00am

10:00am: BB- I want SPAGHETTI Mom- No bb, it is too early BB – BUT I WANT IT Mom – no, how about pita chips and hummus 10:05am: Mom: MMMM pita chips and hummus Stomach: Holy heartburn BB: not good enough, I want Spaghetti 10:12am: (Mom walking to breakroom to heat up spaghetti) BB WINS

Week 6 - Lentil Bean

From the Baby Center:
This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil bean.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our First Package

Today I came home from work and had a package on my porch from Leanne. Inside were three books for me and three books for Brian. There was also a ton of cute maternity clothes that will be perfect for spring / summer. The sweet moment was when I remembered seeing how cute Leanne was in these clothes. I cannot wait to wear them! Thank you Leanne!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Our First Trip to Babies R Us

Today Brian suggested we go to Babies R Us. He had never been there before, so I knew it was going to be an interesting experience. I think he was in a bit of shock when we first walked in, but we had fun walking down every isle looking at things for BB.
For me it was a bit bizarre to be looking at items for our baby. I have been in Babies R Us many times to get gifts for friends. It was a completely new perspective and I loved every second of it. How we will choose the right items for our baby will be a different story, but I am blessed with many friends that will help me though the process.
We cannot wait to go back with the zapper in hand to start our registry!

BB's First Trip

It so happens that I found out I was pregnant the day before I left on a week long business trip to Germany. I was a bit nervous to travel overseas. Luckily I had no issues at all, other than the constant exposure to cigarette smoke and a bit of exhaustion & nausea. I wanted to get BB (Baby Betzen) a shirt to mark this memory and decided on a shirt from Hard Rock Cafe. Although the shirt is huge, and will probably not fit BB until 9 months - 1 year, it will be a fun reminder of our first journey together.

Friday, November 7, 2008

"Holy Cow"

I decided a long time ago how I would tell Brian I was pregant when the time came. We already had plans to go to dinner downtown tonight to celebrate Brian's birthday, so I put my plan in motion.
Before dinner I took him to the place he proposed to me (a dock on Town Lake, near Shoreline Grill). He figured out where we were going, but had no idea why I would take him there.
I told him this is where we started the first chapter of our lives together, so I thought it would be a good place to tell him about the second chapter and then told him I was pregnant. He was totally shocked! He said "Holy Cow" about 100 times that night. We cracked open a bottle of sparkling cider and toasted each other with the glasses we used on our wedding night. Then we went to dinner and had a wonderful night of celebration. The night was perfect. When we got home I showed him a book I got him called the Baby Owners Manual and the positive pregnancy test results.
"Holy Cow"

3:15am on November 7th

I have been feeling very tired and nauseous all week, so I decided today I would take a pregnancy test. I woke up at 3:15 (why I still do not know) and decided to go take the test. I figured the test would tell me I am not pregnant and then I would go back to sleep... boy was I wrong. The test said I was pregant. I cried and laughed and keep thinking "no way". I was in total shock, but it was a good kind of shock. I called my doctor and set up an appointment for Friday, December 5th at 8:10 (I did this when Brian was in the shower, sneaky me). I went to the grocery store to get Brian some food items for next week while I am in Germany and decided to get another test to confirm. As soon as I got home, I took the test (before putting up the groceries) and it was positive as well.