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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Three

Updated on August 3, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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As I stated in my first installment, a journal is a great way to document a pregnancy. I was actually lucky enough to have a good friend of mine that I worked with at the time buy me a pregnancy journal to fill in all my thoughts over the course of 9 months of my first pregnancy.

In chapter one I shared my friend's note at the beginning of the journal and my documented answers to the 'about this pregnancy' section of my journal.

Then in chapter 2, I delved into the beginning of my pregnancy or the first weeks in my first trimester. In this Chapter 3, I will be continuing my journey as I finish my first trimester of pregnancy.

Everything I share here was written down in my original journal and will be going chronologically. I believe for all intents and purposes, I got pregnant on or about Halloween 2008. Please keep in mind, I found out I was pregnant on November 11, which was just about 10 days past ovulation (DPO). I wrote down some stats from as early as around 3 weeks into the pregnancy, such as weight, because I did and still do regularly weigh myself.

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Week 11--December 26-December 31

December 26:

Yesterday was Christmas day and was your first Christmas being alive. Even though you were only here in my womb to celebrate, you were a huge part of what we felt we were celebrating and so thankful for.

The pregnancy journal says that today your head now makes up more than half of its length and by the end of this week you should measure about 2 inches or so in size.

December 29:

Today, the iris or colored part of your eyes are said to be forming. Oh I still can't help, but try to figure out what color your tiny eyes will be.

Also, I noted that my nipples seem to be darkening and find out that this is due to the fact that my body is preparing to lactate. This will supposedly make it easier for you to find my breasts to feed in the beginning.

December 31:

Your first New Year's Eve and I am so nauseous that I can barely enjoy any of the food we have prepared to ring in the new year. We ended up staying in, you, me and your father and your Uncle Michael (my brother) joined us too. We played board games and I watched as the guys thoroughly enjoyed all the food that I could not!

Today, your skin is becoming thicker and the transparent skin look is becoming a thing of the past. Also, if you are a girl your vagina is beginning to develop and if you are a boy, your penis is now able to be seen too.

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Week 12--January 1 2009-January 7:

January 1, 2009:

Well, Happy New Year Baby and I wish I could have given you a New Year's kiss, but then again it is 2009 and you will be born this year!

Today, mark's the beginning of Week 12 and you are growing by leaps and bounds and apparently so am I. I have gained 2 more pounds, whereas you are now beginning to excrete urine into my amniotic fluid. Sounds gross, but is a necessary function and for this I am yet again thankful that you are indeed on track and developing properly.

January 3:

By now, your little brain has the same structure it will have when you are born, but it just smaller. Also it is the rare exception that movements may be felt now, but have to admit all I have felt so far seems to be gas and nothing more than that yet. When oh when will I feel that first movement, because I just can't wait to feel your little kicks!!

January 7:

By this point in my pregnancy, you are supposedly weighing almost an 1/2 ounce and more than doubled your weight in one week's time and as for your length, you are now about 2 1/2 inches. See what I mean about growth--Keep growing baby!!!

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Week 13--January 8-January 14:

January 8:

This week marks the beginning of me wearing what is called a BellaBand, mostly not because I have gained all that much, but just because I can't seem to close my pants over my slightly bulging belly now. Bellaband, according to its product description, is an essential garment that is designed to hold up unbuttoned waistbands, loose maternity wear and garments that slip down around a pregnancy belly, affords a pregnant woman having to spend less time thinking about their pants and can now enjoy flaunting their belly. I am starting to feel more like I am pregnant now, because of this.

January 10:

Not only am I wearing the BellaBand over my pre-pregnancy pants due to my belly growing, but now also my placenta is growing with you baby. It is said to weigh about an 1 ounce, but just wait until right before I deliver you when it is said to weigh almost a whopping 2 pounds!!

January 11:

Over the course of the next few days, your voice box will form and now I am left yet again wondering what will your little voice will sound like someday when you are finally here!

January 12:

Today, I had my Level 1 sonogram, where they looked to see if there is any possibility of Down's Syndrome, which thankfully you do not have and are just perfect. Well, I have been waiting very patiently for this day to see you yet again. This time out you looked so much more like a tiny baby and not just a little grain of rice. They measured you at 5 inches tall now and you have a heart rate of 171 BPM. My doctor's tells me if the old wife's tale were to hold true that you be a girl, because your heart rate is high!

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Week 14--January 14-January 21:

January 15--

Your little hand is becoming more functional now by the day and I imagine you waving your tiny hand to say bye-bye for the first time.

January 17--

I am still experiencing indigestion, bloating and nausea now. I seriously am wondering when this will subside, because I am nearing the end of my 1st trimester and supposedly I should be getting some relief from this now according to most of what I have read so far.

January 21--

Baby you are apparently quite active by now, but yet again I have still not felt you really move for the first time. Also this is the end of month 3 now and you are still growing and are supposedly about 3 times as long and 50 times as heavy as your were at the end of month 2--wow you are really getting so big now!! And guess what we made it through the first trimester and tomorrow we will start the second trimester, only two more trimesters to go now!

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Concluding Chapter 3...

I do hope you enjoyed the third chapter in the pregnancy journal that I had wrote and kept during my very, first pregnancy and hope you will come back to read the next installment, which is coming soon.

To be continued yet again....

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Another awesome installment of your first pregnancy journal! I enjoyed this paragraph...

      "Yesterday was Christmas day and was your first Christmas being alive. Even though you were only here in my womb to celebrate, you were a huge part of what we felt we were celebrating and so thankful for."

      I love how you said being alive, because that is so very special to me. I feel that is such an important thing for people to grasp. The baby is alive before he/she is born! Awesome journal Janine! Your compassion for your kids is amazing! Have a great day friend!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, what can I say, but that I truly felt both of my kiddos were alive from the moment I pretty much found out I was carrying. For 9 months, I pictured both my kids and waited ever so patiently to lays eyes on them and hold them. Not a day went by during both pregnancies where I didn't think about them. Thank you as always for all your support and help. I truly appreciate it!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Told with such love! You are just a loving person, Janine, and as such you can count on me being your loyal follower no matter what you write. Your kids are so lucky!

      Love the journal and love who you are!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, thank you so much for what you just said about me being a loving person. I try so hard believe me, but I am not perfect and have my moments just like everyone. That said I do so appreciate your time and valued support on here. I honestly really do appreciate and value your friend ship. Thank you again!!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Janine, what a sweet way to journal such a happy time. Great job! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Terrye, thank you for saying that. I was so excited with her being my first that I just couldn't help want to make sure I wrote down everything I was thinking and feeling so I would never forget. Thanks again for everything!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Such a wonderful journey from a mom that cares. This is the first time I see this kind of well kept prenatal Journey. So happy to know that this baby is becoming an adorable little girl. That new year must've been memorable and unforgettable. Keep them coming Janine. So many young wives will follow you until the day of birth.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, thank you so much. That year was indeed so very special and I can't even begin to tell you how 2009 will always hold a special place in my heart, because of the birth of my first child. I loved writing in this journal and am so enjoying looking back on my entries and posting them on here. Thank you again for all your continued support and truly do appreciate it!!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Pregnancies are such a special, unique time in a women's life. I love how you documented this. This is an heirloom. Can you imagine your daughters, children's, children reading this one night at a camp fire for her first daughter's pregnancy. Giving her hope and aspiration by the words of her great, great, great grandmother.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carly, I love the thought of my children's children someday reading this journal that I wrote and kept during this truly special and uniquebtimebof my life. Thank you so much for this beautiful comment and for your continued support too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I absolutely loved your posting of the sonograms. What a tender way to draw in readers and to portray the love of a parent. Thanks for sharing your personal thoughts.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, I had so many sonograms by the time I had both my girls. At this point, I was truly still a nice with them, but with my second I was high risk and had sonograms every week during my last trimester. As much as I had them, I still got excited to see my babies each and every time that I had a sonogram scheduled. Thank you so much for your warm comments and for all your continued support!!!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Janine,

      I absolutely love your visuals plotting how big baby is getting.

      How very tender that you call your baby, baby... So nurturing and endearing.

      I love how you have developed this love story for baby.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Maria, thank you so much for how very kind and generous your comments here were. I very much am enjoying re-writing my journal from first pregnancy and it is pretty much making me relive it all over again. Thank you also for the votes too. Hugs back at u Maria :)

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