Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Something to keep baby warm

Uncle Chris was in South America recently and purchased baby Shock a Christmas present. He got an alpaca wool sweater that is tres cute. It has chickens, an alpaca, flowers, the sun and a farm house. Some objects are indistinguishable, but we're saying the little brown things on the back are potatoes or chicken poop. LOL.

Here is the front:

And here is the back:

Thanks Uncle Chris. Baby will get lots of use out of this little sweater hoodie.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Week 12 Appointment & NT Sonogram

Today was our 12 week OB/GYN appointment. It was just like a regular well woman exam, but a few extra questions. So far I haven't put on any extra weight since last month, but that will be changing. We got to hear the heartbeat for the first time as well. The nurse said the heartbeat sounded great.

We decided on taking a Nuchal Translucency test to test for Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18/13. This involves a simple blood test and sonogram. It was not invasive at all. So combining the blood test and what they measured on the sonogram, we only have a 1 in 10,000 chance of the baby developing either disorder. This was fantastic news.

What was even better was this high tech sonogram. We saw the baby moving around like crazy. We heard the "pac-man" sounding heart beat (waka-waka-waka-waka), we saw baby's arms and legs, and the best part is that we saw baby Shock sucking it's thumb! How cute is that!? The tech snapped a pic while the baby was thumb sucking:

So our next visit is in another 4 weeks, but the next few appointments will be short and sweet with no goodies like sonograms until week 20. That's when we'll get to find out if this baby is a he or a she.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Belly Book

For my secret santa gift at work, I asked for and received "The Belly Book." It is a journal for mommies-to-be to record everything that is happening through the 9 months of pregnancy. It has space to add the sonogram pictures as well as pictures of mama's belly for each week. Unfortunately, I haven't been taking a weekly picture of my belly, but I did have some pictures of myself during a few of those weeks. I'll be taking weekly belly bump pictures starting this week. I did take a picture at 5 weeks:

And I just took my belly picture for week 11:

See a difference? Yeah...not much, but that will change soon enough.

Monday, November 24, 2008

How Big is Baby?

I found this handy chart on It compares Baby Shock to a piece of fruit/food each week to show how big the baby is. I think they should find a different fruit for the end result!

Week 15: Naval Orange
Average size: 4.0 in, 2.5 oz
Legs are finally longer than arms...

Week 16: Avocado
size: 4.6 in, 3.5 oz
Eyebrows, lashes and hair are filling in...

Week 17: Onion
Average size: 5.1 in, 5.9 oz

Skeleton is hardening, and fat is accumulating...

Week 18: Sweet Potato
Average size: 5.6 in, 6.7 oz

Baby's moving like crazy -- feel anything yet?

Week 19: Mango
Average size: 6.0 in, 8.5 oz

Vernix caseosa is coating baby's skin...

Week 20: Cantaloupe
Average size: 6.5 in, 10.6 oz

Boy or girl, genitals are fully formed...

Week 21: Banana
Average size: 10.5 in
***, 12.7 oz
Taste buds are starting to work...

Weeks 21-24 (Month 5): Papaya
Average size: 10.5-11.8 in, 12.7-20.8 oz

Nipples are sprouting, and face is fully formed!

Weeks 25-28 (Month 6): Eggplant
Average size:
13.6-14.8 in, 1.5-2.2 lb
Immune system is preparing for the outside world...

Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash
Average size: 15.2-16.7 in, 2.5-3.8 lb

Sleeping and waking cycles are establishing...

Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew
Average size: 17.2-18.7 in, 4.2-5.8 lb
Growth is slowing, and baby may soon descend...

Weeks 37-Delivery (Month 9): Watermelon
Average size: 18.9-20.9 in, 6.2-9.2 lb

Full term! Baby's finally ready for the outside world...

Baby Shock Glamour Shot

Today was our first appointment and we are officially 8 weeks and 1 day along. According to the sonogram the baby is growing great and even a little bigger than expected. We got to see the heart beating and now that we confirmed a heart beat, there is only a 5% or less chance of miscarriage. So things are looking good! Here are the glamor shots:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baby Shock's first Onesie

Aunt Lisa and Uncle Steve sent baby Shock it's first onesie. It put a little flutter in my stomach to realize that I'll be putting that over our babies head in about 7 months. We get to thank them in person this weekend. G-ma Shock and the Shoquillanos are coming to visit for a Pre-Thanksgiving celebration at our house. We are breaking the news to G-ma Shock tonight!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Girl or Boy?

That is the question! According to this chinese gender chart:,
I should be having a girl. This chart did happen to work for friends that just had a boy, as well as numerous family members. I think I am a little partial to having a girl, only because I just want to make sure I get one. Atom's father had three boys before producing a girl, and we are only looking to have two kiddos. So hopefully we can squeeze in a little girl :)

Be sure to cast your vote....what do you think it will be?

Who knew pee could be so exciting?

On October 29th, I woke up and took a home pregnancy test and it instantly revealed that a future Shock was on the way! Our first doctor's appointment is November 24th. There probably won't be any updates between now and then, but stay posted for Baby-Shock updates.