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.