Week 8 Update

Week 8: Baby is the size of a raspberry!

Week 8: Baby is the size of a raspberry!

Since our ultrasound looked good/normal, we decided we could tell a few more people our good news. We decided to let our parents tell a few of their friends, and we decided to tell a few of ours.

We have a group of really close friends here, and most of them play on our beach volleyball team. We had a game last night, so afterwards I sort of made an announcement. It was something like, “I’m not going to be able to play anymore after this session because…” and before I even finished people were flying at us with hugs and congratulations. It was so much fun to finally spill the beans (at least a little bit). We are having them keep it to themselves for a little longer until we hit the 12-week mark, which I know is super hard because I’ve been doing it myself!

Anyway, everyone was so excited for us, and made me laugh because I mentioned that they shouldn’t throw balls at me on purpose, and they said they would dive in front of me to protect me like a bodyguard. I love my friends.

Our Volleyball Team

How cute are we? This was for “rainbow” theme night (I’m purple and Geoff is red).

Then earlier today I got a call from the doctor’s office. They just wanted to confirm with me that everything was good with the ultrasound, and that they estimated the baby’s age that day to be 8 weeks, 1 day. That means that they moved my due date to November 27 (it was November 30 before, but based on the information I had, I was thinking it was going to be November 28).

So now I have a better idea of my due date, which is awesome! That also means that I’m farther into week 8 than I thought I was (I’m 8 weeks, 5 days today) so I thought I better post an update before I’m into week 9!

Besides a couple of awful days last week when I was nauseous all day long, I have mainly been experiencing what I’m calling “night sickness.” Other than feeling tired and slightly more annoyed than normal, I usually feel pretty good in the morning and throughout the day while I’m at work. Then when I get home, right around 6:30, I hit a wall and I get so nauseous that I just curl up in a ball on the couch and eventually fall asleep. It is not fun. I actually wish I could throw up sometimes because then maybe it would make me feel a little better.

I think I may have found a solution: Luigi’s Real Italian Lemon Ice Cups. They are seriously the best thing ever. I have no idea why they work for me, but if you are having the same issues I am having you should try them to see if they work for you! They have other flavors besides lemon, but none of them sounded as good to me.

This week according to What to Expect:

As your baby starts moving in the womb, morning sickness (which doesn’t just strike in the morning) may have you moving to the bathroom.

Your Baby in Week 8 of Pregnancy

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day — and now is the size of a large raspberry. Your little berry is looking a lot less reptilian (even though she has webbed fingers and toes, her tail is just about gone) and a lot more baby-like these days, as her lips, nose, eyelids, legs, and back continue to take shape. Her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! And even though you can’t yet feel it, she’s now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds.

Your Body in Week 8 of Pregnancy

While your raspberry-sized babe isn’t exactly causing you to show yet, chances are your clothes are feeling a little tight around the tummy and you might need a bigger bra. You may also be feeling perpetually queasy. But take heart — your baby feels just fine even while you’re hugging the bowl with morning sickness. Try to eat often, but only a little at a time. That should also help your body battle another stubborn woe coming your way soon: pregnancy heartburn. Most likely, you’ll find relief as you move into your second trimester, but for now, try to focus on the positive: Morning sickness is usually a sign that your pregnancy is going well.

Due Date Discrepancy

As soon as I found out I was preggo I found a calculator online that tells you when you are due. It asks you when your last period was and how long your cycles normally are, and pops out your due date. I was happy to find that we are due on November 28, 2013, which is Thanksgiving! How fun is that? It also comes along with a couple extra vacation days for Geoff since it is on a holiday.

Then at my first doctor appointment my doctor calculated our due date as November 30, 2013. I was confused by why the numbers were different, but my doctor explained that the date is based off of the average cycle length (28 days). Even though my cycles are two days shorter than the average , the only number that they base the due date off of is the first day of my last period. She also said that the only time they really ever change someone’s due date is if it is off by over a week, which mine is not.

In my head (and this is probably what I will tell everyone when the time comes) I’m due on Thanksgiving. It may be two days earlier than when the doctor says, but it is based off of more information about me, not just a number on a chart. And who knows what day the baby really will be born, right? So I’m sticking with Thanksgiving.

Did anyone else run into due date differences? Which one did you end up thinking of as your “real” due date?