Week 17: Feeling Baby Move, Baby Bachelor and Gourmet Grilled Cheese

To celebrate hitting the 17-week mark, I signed Geoff and I up for some classes at the hospital where we are planning to have the baby. We signed up for “Labor, Birth and Beyond,” “Bringing Baby Home,” “Breastfeeding Your Baby – The Basics” and “Breastfeeding Your Baby – Beyond the Basics.” The only one I wanted to take but couldn’t get into was the Infant CPR and Safety class (it was full). Hopefully they will add more dates soon. The classes are spread out in August, September and October, so I’ll post about each one as we go.

I forgot to mention in my last post that when we listened to the heartbeat at the doctor’s office it was in the upper 150s, which (if you believe in these things) means that the baby might be a girl! Four weeks until we can find out for sure, so don’t forget to let us know which one you think it will be using the poll in the sidebar!

I am also very excited to announce that I definitely felt the baby move (and yes, that was it moving around last time)! We went to a choir concert and I was so tired out that I basically sank into the chair and let my entire body relax to the music… and all of a sudden I realized I could feel the baby. It moved around quite a bit for the first half of the concert, but after I got up and walked around during intermission I didn’t feel it again. I think the key for me to feel him/her is to be completely and totally relaxed. It is also very light/faint right now, but I’m assuming that will get stronger as the baby grows.

For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that one of my guilty pleasures is watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette. Every week my sister and I will make dinner and watch the show together and we have so much fun together. I’m calling it right now – Brooks is totally going be the last man standing.

Apparently this has been around for awhile, but I had to share it since it is so adorable and awesome: Baby Bachelor. You can’t help but smile watching it! What do you think – will Wesley choose Jessi or Gabrielle?

This week according to What to Expect:

Your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing as she gets ready for the real thing: a breast or bottle! As for Mom, you may be warding off some unwanted belly touching.

Your Baby in Week 17 of Pregnancy

My how your baby has grown! She’s about the size of your palm, weighs about five ounces, and is developing some body fat (join the club, baby!). Her heart is now regulated by her brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! What else is up? She’s practicing the survival skills she’ll need at birth — like sucking and swallowing.

Your Body in Week 17 of Pregnancy

Now that you’re starting to show, chances are that friends, coworkers, and even strangers may feel the urge to reach out and touch your belly. If you don’t mind, that’s fine. But if you do, speak up kindly but firmly. More new developments with your body: a greater sensitivity to allergens these days and the appetite of a truck driver now that the queasy feeling is (probably) gone.

WIAW Weekly Recipe: Grilled Ham and Havarti Sandwiches

Courtesy of Weight Watchers Online

This is a super easy grilled cheese sandwich that tastes gourmet! So delicious, but we have made a few variations since the first time we made these: I don’t care for mustard, so I leave that off, but Geoff loves it on his. We also swap the rye bread for whatever looks the best at the bakery (usually some sort of french or focaccia bread). The onion really adds to the overall flavor of the sandwich, but if you do one or two thin slices it helps to not overpower it.

Ingredients
4 tsp stone ground mustard
2 tsp Dijon mustard
8 slices reduced-calorie rye bread
8 oz cooked lean ham, sliced
2 oz Havarti cheese (4 slices)
4 slices fresh tomatoes, 1/2 inch thick
4 thick slices uncooked red onion
Cooking spray

Instructions
Step 1: Combine stone-ground and Dijon mustards. Spread mustard mixture evenly onto each of 4 bread slices. Top each evenly with ham, cheese, tomato and red onion. Cover with remaining 4 bread slices.
Step 2: Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 2 sandwiches to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich).

Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

Happy (belated) Father’s Day to all those dads and daddies-to-be out there! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Geoff and I started the day by sleeping in (which never happens) and watching some TV on the couch, then headed over to his parents’ house for a BBQ and leftovers from Brittany’s bridal shower (more on that later). It was so nice to be able to relax outside on one of the first hot summer days of the year. We got Geoff’s dad a two-sided sign that says, “Grandpa’s Workshop” from Etsy. For Geoff’s first Father’s Day I got him an “I love Daddy” onesie, a Gryffindor onesie straight from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and a Green Bay Packers hat (also from Etsy). Did you get/give any cool gifts for Father’s Day?

We did not get a chance to see my dad this weekend since they live in another state, but we are planning a trip there in two weeks, so I’ll tell you what we bought him then (don’t want to spoil the surprise by having his read about it on here).

After the BBQ we headed down to the beach for our volleyball games. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to play anymore (doctor’s orders) but it was such a nice day to be by the lake and it is really fun to watch everyone play.

We also lucked out and got some beautiful weather for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower this weekend. I helped throw the shower, which involved planning out games, cooking 30 or so of the delicious flatbreads I mentioned a few weeks ago. Everything went extremely well, the food was delicious and everyone seemed to have a great time.

I wasn’t the only pregnant person at the shower since two of Brittany’s cousins are preggo too. They are a bit further along than me, and they each already have one kid, but the good thing is that I get to hear their advice (and I get their maternity hand-me-downs!). Since my bump “popped” out over the weekend, I think it is officially time to go shopping for maternity wear. I don’t need much at this point, but a pair of jeans and a dress would be awesome. I think I’ll probably head to the outlets this weekend. I’ll let you know if I find anything good!

In other news, we had another doctor appointment this morning, and everything is still going great! We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again, thought this time (s)he was hiding way on the left side of my belly and I started to get nervous again when the doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat right away. Our next appointment is our ultrasound to determine gender, which is exactly one month from today!! Don’t forget to get your guesses in on if it will be a boy or a girl (see sidebar) before the big reveal.

Last thing – have any of you heard of this “Pregnancy Belt” thing? It is a way that dads can feel what is happening when the baby kicks – in real time! This would be so fun to try out with Geoff once I start feeling the baby’s movements. There is a video that accompanies the story, so check it out if you have time – it is adorable how the dads react.

Heartbeat time!

We had our latest doctor appointment this morning, and I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was really hoping we would get to hear the heartbeat. We only waited a minute or two before they called us in, and then I had to do a urine test to measure glucose and protein levels (apparently this happens every single appointment from now on). They also checked my blood pressure and asked if how I was feeling/if I had any concerns.

Once we got all that out of the way, it was heartbeat time! I was super excited, but the doctor told us not to freak out if she couldn’t find the heartbeat because it is still very early and the baby could be hiding in there. Of course, it took a few minutes for her to find it (and of course I was freaking out), but when she did it was amazing. Geoff and I couldn’t stop smiling! It sounds sort of like “shoop, shoop, shoop,” like someone is whispering.

The doctor said she had to keep readjusting the doppler machine because the baby was moving around so much, and that it actually might have kicked right when we started listening.

I cannot wait until I can feel this little guy/gal moving around in there, but it sounds like I have a good 5-8 weeks to go for that to happen (sometime between 18-22 weeks). Another good thing that happens around that time – we get to find out the gender! I get to schedule my 20-week ultrasound now, and that is the earliest that the doctor can determine gender. Geoff and I talked, and we decided we do want to find out if it is a boy or a girl, so now I can’t wait for that! Just one more thing to look forward to…

Week 12 Update

I can’t believe I’m already in the last week of my first trimester. I mean, where did that time go?

I know in the last few posts I have said that my nausea has started to go away, but I’m seriously starting to think that the baby can hear those words leave my mouth and then BAM! Two hours later I’m curled up on the couch in a ball (*insert baby evil laugh here*). Overall, it really has started to subside, but it hasn’t gone away completely (YET).

As far as cravings go, I still find myself wanting cereal (Oatmeal Squares or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in particular), but I’m also really having cravings for anything frozen. Baby wants popsicles, ice cream, Frappuccinos, smoothies, etc. Isn’t that weird? It doesn’t really matter what it is, I just want something cold.

I’m definitely feeling my pants getting a little tighter now. Ideally, I’d like to skip the part where you look like you could be pregnant… or just put on a few pounds… and go straight to full-on baby bump. Wouldn’t that be nice? You would start out all skinny and then one day, POP you have a baby belly! I can’t wait to get to that point when can wear all the cute maternity clothes… leggings with tunics, summery dresses, tight t-shirts that hug your bump… Ah, the shopping! I’m probably getting close, but I’m not quite there yet. So for now I’m wearing floaty shirts and blouson tops to hide my teeny bump. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone though.

We have our next doctor appointment on Monday and I’m hoping that we will be able to hear the heartbeat while we are there. I’ve read that after 10 weeks the heartbeat is loud enough to hear, so cross your fingers that we’ll get to hear it! I’m not really sure what else to expect from the appointment, since the only other one I’ve had with this doctor was basically just touching base, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I’m thinking about trying prenatal yoga. I need something to do for exercise other than walking around, and my doctor recommended trying it out. I’ve never tried yoga before, and honestly it just seems like a lot of stretching. I’m willing to give it a try, though, so once I find a place I’ll post a review.

Have you tried prenatal yoga? Did it do anything for you?

This week according to What to Expect:

While it may seem as if you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has!

Your Baby in Week 12 of Pregnancy

By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.

Your Body in Week 12 of Pregnancy

If all those changes in your baby sound dizzying, that may just be you dealing with yet another problematic pregnancy symptom: Lots of women experience occasional dizziness and/or feel faint due to progesterone, which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. The decrease in blood flow to your body and brain, along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, can set your world a-spinning. Do your part to keep your equilibrium by eating regularly, getting adequate rest, and standing up slowly.

Baby’s First Photo

Before I tell you the whole story, I have to tell you the news:

We had our first ultrasound, and got to see our baby’s heart beating!!

I had been counting down to this appointment all week, and I couldn’t believe it when the day finally arrived. I was so distracted all day, and I just kept looking at the clock wishing time would go faster.

My appointment was at 11:30, and before you go in you have to drink 32 oz of water within a half hour so that your bladder is full (makes everything easier to see). At 10:00, I filled up my water bottle and chugged it. Then refilled and decided to sip the second one for the rest of the time period. At 10:25 I already had to pee. Then I looked at my calendar appointment, and realized that I wasn’t supposed to drink all that water until 10:30! I was so excited that I jumped the gun by a half hour! I quickly went to the restroom and then started drinking another 32 oz of water.

By the time I left the office just after 11:00 I thought my bladder was going to burst! I had a horrible drive to the imaging center, where I met Geoff. They then made us wait for a few minutes (seemed like 100 years of agony) until they brought us into the ultrasound room.

Once we got in there, the ultrasound tech squeezed that cold jelly stuff on my belly and pressed the ultrasound machine directly on my bladder, which is apparently where the baby is hanging out. As soon as she pointed out the baby I completely forgot about how much I needed to pee and just watched as she took tons of pictures to measure everything. The highlight of this was when she pointed out our baby’s heartbeat! It is so weird to think about, that a tiny little person’s heart is beating inside of me right now. And yes, as my family members are asking me, it definitely made it more real.

As soon as we were done, the tech wiped the jelly off my belly and pointed me in the direction of the restroom while she left to show all the measurements to a radiologist to make sure everything was fine (it was). Feeling much better, I returned to the room, where Geoff was sitting holding our baby’s first photo – a sonogram 🙂

I’m so happy.