Saturday, October 31, 2009

Attack of the Leg Cramp

My legs have been achey in the middle of the night, but early this morning a charlie horse cramp in my calf woke me right up. Due to my "Ow &*%^ ow" I also woke up my dear Jesse (sorry hun). After flexing my foot and rubbing my calf  for a minute it went away, but it did scare the crap out of me since I was in a sound sleep. Apparently this is quite common in the 2nd and 3d trimester. It is caused by my growing uterus' extra weight, and it putting pressure on my blood vessels that return blood from my legs to my heart and the nerves leading to my legs. I think I will try the football player's remedy and eat some banana before I go to bed, and make sure I am drinking lots of H2O.

Friday, October 30, 2009

3D Ultrasound

Today I went to see a perinatologist (a high risk OB) to measure and discuss my potentially shorter than normal cervix. I won't go into detail but everything turned out to be great and in normal range. There is no cause for concern, and I don't have to go back!!! Before I met with the Doc they did a full anatomy scan of our little guy. I got to see him again moving around and see his cute face, little fingers, toes, heart, and brain which I love. To my pleasant surprise I also got to see him 4D (3D images in real motion). This was really cool and a little weird. The tech said baby boy is weighing about 14 oz, and heart rate is 145 (all right on track). Next doctors appointment is my 6th month check up on November 20th.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

20 Weeks: Half Way There!

I can't believe we are halfway through the pregnancy. In only a few months we will have a baby boy! We booked a "babymoon" at a quaint B & B in Vermont for some quality husband and wife time before the little man arrives. We will be going in the beginning of December to enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery, dining out, fireplace in our room, shopping, and of course a spa trip! Check out the inn:

The baby is moving like crazy, and I can feel him flop around and kick numerous times during the day. It is so amazing, but very alien/sci-fi. The little guy is about the size of a small cantaloupe, and now has working taste buds that can enjoy what I eat. Speaking of eating,  my total weight gain so far is 8 pounds and climbing. I have been averaging about a pound a week for the past month, and I am constantly hungry and snacking all day. Maternity clothes are a must now and I recently just ordered some great tops very cheap at Old Navy online. Now I am on the hunt for a cute night-out outfit for Jesse's 10 year high school reunion at the end of November.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Celebrating Team Blue

I can feel our little man moving now! Sometimes it feels like a flip flop flutter, and other times I get a good poke. I notice it the most sitting or laying down. My five month appointment with Dr. Stricker is on Friday at 19 weeks. On the name game, we are down to two boys names we like, and leaning a little more towards one. Our current front runners are:
Jaxson Arlan Maynard
Jake Arlan Maynard
Arlan is Jesse's deceased Grandfather's middle name, and also both of our Dad's have A middle names as well (Absolom and Alan). Vote on the side of the webpage for your favorite. =)

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's A BOY!!!!

Here is our little boy blue's teenie weenie and bum!

Cute little profile busy sucking or drinking away. Little hand under his chin.

Front of the little guy's face. You can clearly see his eye, hand under mouth, and arm up beside his head.

His little profile, and belly.

Our little boy is measuring about 8 inches and weighing in at 10 oz. His heartbeat was 140. Mom and Dad went to Babies R' Us and picked out his first construction and football onesies after the ultrasound appointment.  We are still working on the name!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

18 Weeks!

18 Weeks Down....22 To Go!

Baby is now about 5 1/2 inches long, and weighing in at at 5 oz. There is a lot of action going on now; baby can yawn, twist, roll, kick, and punch. Sometimes I think I feel a little flutter or popcorn popping but then think it could just be digestion or hunger. Stay tuned for Friday's big announcement, and new ultrasound pics! I'll also get a recent pic of Daddy up too =)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall In New England!

The weather has cooled, the air is breezy, and the leaves are changing and falling. However, it wasn't officially fall without our cornstalks, mums, and pumpkins. My Dad and I took a trip to Briggs today and decorated the front step. Still can't believe the hydrangeas in front are still going strong.
Baby Maynard is 17 weeks now, and is very hungry. Yesterday he/she wanted onion rings and a sundae, and today a Thanksgiving sandwich. It's umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, it's skeleton is changing into bone, and it now has one of a kind fingerprints this week. Baby's home is now the size of a cantaloupe, and he or she is the size of my open hand. 6 more days till the big reveal!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Noticeable Baby Bump

I went to go get my new maternity pants altered today, and before I even tried them on the tailor said "Oh I see you've gained some weight (wink wink), congratulations when is the baby due?" Yay! Someone other than family or friends has noticed sure enough that it's a baby bump to say something without thinking it could be just a gut!
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

16 Week Belly: It popped!

Yay I think I finally popped! I gained 2 pounds in the past week. I have started the need for some maternity clothes, which are quite comfortable (no more buttons or zippers). Two more weeks till the big ultrasound so vote for team pink or blue! Baby is about 4 1/2 inches from head to bum. Tiny bones in its ears are forming and it can now start to hear its parents' voices. Baby also is developing eyebrows, lashes, toenails and hair this week. Jesse and I will start doing more frequent belly photos since the little Maynard is growing at a fast past now.