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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Three
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.
Week 11--December 26-December 31
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!!!
Week 13--January 8-January 14:
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.
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!!
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!
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!
Week 14--January 14-January 21:
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.
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.
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!
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....
If You Want to Catch Up on Chapters 1 and 2 of My Pregnancy Journal:
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter One
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the first chapter in this series and delves into the very beginnings of my pregnancy.
- My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter Two
This hub article details my first pregnancy that I wrote down my innermost thoughts in a journal as I was experiencing them. This is the second chapter in this series and delves into weeks 5-10 of my pregnancy.