"Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul."- Robert Anton Wilson

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding” – Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

7 months = 28th Week of My Pregnancy

I was trying to understand why I am feeling this way, I've got images below from favorite pregnancy guide site, baby center.com where I usually go to research everything about my pregnancy. Likewise, other references mentioned (@my favorite references box). I thought of looking for the explanation of what is my present pregnancy condition considering that I am on my 26th week.

28th Week Fetal Development & The Baby's Position in My Tummy

I noticed that each week, the baby position changes. Look at the images below:

The baby's position in 25th week

26th week

27th week

29th week

30th week

31st week

32nd week

33rd week

34th week

35th week

Monday, January 25, 2010

Prenatal Check-Up For The Month of January

It was my pre-natal check up this morning. As usual procedure... I had my urine test done again but my last months result is still normal. Plus, the ultrasound, which is so exciting for me because we could see through the monitor about our little Sofia's development in my womb.

The doctor said that it is sure that the baby is a girl. He noticed that the baby's position is horizontal this week, head is on my right and feet are on my left. She will begin to rotate (hopefully) next week, which is exactly my 7 month of pregnancy. So from horizontal position to vertical. The feet are up, the head is down.

like the image below:

One thing that made us laugh was when the doctor told us that the baby's nose is already defined (laughs). Atleast, she has got the genes of her father on that as I have a flat nose (laughs). I was shocked that our baby's weight is now 1 kilo. Uhmmm... heavy! But my weight just gained a little unlike the past few months, which was 3 kilos a month. I gained a kilo for this month. I will ensure that our baby will have a normal delivery, so I must start dieting!

I am almost finished on the baby book pages I'm working on and will only have a few revisions and editing on fonts sizes, images, cut out designs, etc. I am now organizing the pages I made according to table of contents and searching for a good material & a little stylish design for the hard bound cover. I wish to finish the book at the enf of February.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

27th Week's Update Of My Pregnancy

This week my baby will turn upside down from last week's position (26th week). I am happy that she's actively moving inside my womb kicking me most of the time. I feel discomfort but it's okay because I know she's healthy and that's what I care about.

Last week (26th week)

This week (27th week)

My Baby's Development (according to baby center.com)

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

I often heard about the word "pre-eclampsia" since my first pregnancy with my first daughter and I can't figure out the meaning or what causes it. So I included this basic info to share it to you.

3 Questions About Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a complex disorder that affects 3 to 8 percent of pregnant women. A woman is diagnosed with pre-eclampsia if she has high blood pressure and protein in her urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most women who get pre-eclampsia develop a mild version near their due date, and they and their babies do fine with proper care. But when pre-eclampsia is severe, it can affect many organs and cause serious or even life-threatening problems. The only way to get better is to deliver the baby.

What are the symptoms of pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia can come on suddenly, so it's very important to be aware of the symptoms. Call your midwife or doctor right away if you notice any of these warning signs:

Swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, more than slight swelling of your hands, or excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles. • Rapid weight gain — more than 4 pounds in a week.
• Severe or persistent headache
• Vision changes, including double vision, blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light, or temporary loss of vision
• Intense pain or tenderness in your upper abdomen
• Nausea and vomiting

Pre-eclampsia can occur without any obvious symptoms, particularly in the early stages, and some symptoms may seem like normal pregnancy complaints. So you might not know you have the condition until it's discovered at a routine prenatal visit. This is one of the reasons it's so important not to miss your appointments.

What puts me at high risk for pre-eclampsia?

It's more common to get pre-eclampsia for the first time during a first pregnancy. However, once you've had pre-eclampsia, you're more likely to develop it again in later pregnancies. Other risk factors include:

• Having chronic hypertension
• Having certain blood clotting disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, or an autoimmune disease like lupus
• Having a close relative (a mother, sister, grandmother, or aunt, for example) who had preeclampsia
• Being obese (having a body mass index of 30 or more)
• Carrying two or more babies
• Being younger than 20 or older than 40

Is there any way I can avoid getting pre-eclampsia?

No one knows for sure how to prevent pre-eclampsia, although there's a lot of research going on in this area. A number of studies have looked into whether taking extra calcium, vitamins, or a low dose of aspirin can help, but the results have been mixed. For now, the best thing you can do is get good prenatal care and keep all your prenatal appointments. At each visit your health care provider will check your blood pressure and test your urine for protein. It's also important to be aware of the warning signs of pre-eclampsia so that you can alert your caregiver and get treated as soon as possible.

source: http://www.babycenter.com/fetal-development-images-28-weeks

Saturday, January 16, 2010

26th Week Fetal Development

The baby's position in 26th week

Last week's position (25th week)

This week has been so much painful for me as she always kicks me from inside specially at night and she hates it when I lay on my right side. As usual, I couldn't be able to sleep. Sleepless nights and discomfort are highlights of my 26th week. I also feel back pain, leg cramps all the time.

26th Fetal Development of My Baby

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why you may feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, as well as bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or hot compress might bring relief. (Some women, though, find cool compresses more comforting.) Try to maintain good posture during the day, avoid activities that require bending and twisting at the same time, take frequent breaks when sitting or standing, and sleep on your side with one or both knees bent with a pillow between your legs, using another pillow (or wedge) to support your abdomen.

Your delivery date draws ever closer, your baby will be focusing on getting nice and plump for the big day! Sure, your fetus still looks a bit wrinkly, but that booming baby is almost two full pounds by his 26th week, and should measure somewhere around 14-inches from crown to rump, which is about the size of an English hothouse cucumber. Your fetus continues to practice for life outside the womb, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of your amniotic fluid. That little heart keeps beating a strong rhythm, which you may be able to hear with just a basic stethoscope now. Plus, the nerve pathways in your baby’s ears continue to develop, and you may notice that your baby frequently jumps at loud sounds.

Interesting to note, the baby also responds to strong vibrations like the bass at rock concerts. If you’re not already doing so, make a point to talk to your baby from here on out, and encourage your partner to follow suit. After all, your voices are one of the first things your little one will recognize outside the womb.

source: http://pregnancy.healthguru.com/content/video/watch/101234/Fetal_Development_Week_Twenty_Six

Uh oh, I noticed that the baby's position will be upside down next week (27)... It is the beginning of my third trimester. My next pre-natal consultation will be next week, January 25, Monday. I am getting excited, as I wanna see our daughter through the ultrasound again. I won't forget to bring my USB to save the ultrasound/sonogram result there so I could upload it here in my blog next time.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Baby Scrap Book Page 4-A: Pregnant with Our Baby Sofia Lynne

I am making a baby scrap book cum album for our baby. I thought of sharing this here in my blog to remind me of what I am doing while I was pregnant. Time passes by and it won't come back once it has passed. So I've decided to document the things I've been through to remind me of my special memories when I grow old or to share this blog to my children and for those people who would like to read my blog.

Pregnancy Signs, Test & Confirmation

Mom found out that she was pregnant with Sofia on September of 2009 because she was feeling something weird like headaches, dizziness, craving for food, mood swings(sometimes very happy then getting irritated easily), always sleepy, vomiting every morning or afternoon, and feeling lazy all the time. As time passes by, her body was changing; her tummy was getting bigger and bigger. Same goes with her boobies as they were starting to have milk on her sixth months of pregnancy.

When she was feeling the signs that she was pregnant, she told this to Dad. But, Mom wasn’t sure if she was really pregnant so Dad bought a pregnancy test kit to know if Mom’s suspicion was correct. The result was negative (means not pregnant). Mom was feeling weird and could not help thinking why she was feeling that way.

On the following week, she asked her friend to accompany her to the hospital to have a urine test done. They went to Camillus Hospital in Phrakhanong. They waited for almost an hour to get the result and it turned out that Mom was right… the pregnancy test was positive. She consulted with the doctor and confirmed that she was already two months pregnant. The doctor advised her to start her pre-natal check-up every month at the nearest hospital in Minburi, Bangkok. On that day, mom began to take vitamins so that the baby will be healthy and strong. She was very happy and excited to have a baby. She showed the pregnancy result to Dad when she get home. Dad was happy, he kissed and hugged Mom. Baby Sofia is really lucky to have a loving Mom and Dad. She is such a wonderful blessing and treasure for them.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

26 Weeks Coming Up!

I thought of posting my recent photos now that I am getting bigger because I am on my 26 weeks

These photos were taken this afternoon, while I was out with friend having luncheon meeting at Fashion Island Mall. I had so much fun meeting my new friend. She's indeed a good photographer. I like the photo shots because I look pretty and sexy lols

Sunday, January 10, 2010

25 Weeks & 4 Days Fetal Development Of Our Baby

I am just so curious about the position of our baby in my tummy because, she keeps on kicking and moving more frequently than before. I couldn't be able to go to sleep, though I am sleepy or lacking of a good sleep this past few weeks. I could be able to endure my baby's movements last month, but I am having a hard time now. Just thought that she's really developing quickly and the things I am feeling now is just normal part of baby's development.

I grabbed this illustration from http://www.babycenter.com/fetal-development-images-25-weeks

Looking at the picture (above), I just smiled and touched my tummy, imagining her position inside me. She might be moving her head so much that I can always feel the need to pee every 5-10 minutes, when I am awake and every 1-2 hours, I get up to go to the toilet. It is indeed a wonderful experience to be pregnant because there are some things or feelings that you cannot explain. I am excited to deliver our baby so I can show her my love and hold her into my arms. She's a wonderful gift to us.

Friday, January 8, 2010

25th Week: Preggy Photos

I was so conscious about my body and I thought of taking few shots of my body curves (hmmm... curves? big, big curves lols). My body is like an elephant hahaha I am so big but I am happy because deep inside I am feeling sexy still. "Sexy-ness" is only in the mind lololololol (trying to console myself).

Front View

Side View

This is what my baby looks like inside my tummy.

Wow! My tummy is soooo big! :D

It's hard to take pictures of me,lol. Now.. I am getting hungry! :D

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My 25th Week: Baby Shower? Baby Sprinkle? or Welcome Party?

It is my 25th week now. My tummy is getting bigger and bigger. I took a picture of myself to remind me how big my tummy is and to show our baby and my first daughter how I look when I was pregnant.

One of my friends asked me if there are plans for a baby shower for me. I told her, there isn’t any yet, but I would be interested if they would plan for me. Honestly, I don’t have any ideas about the baby shower except for just merely giving gifts that’s all. I researched anything about having a baby shower. And I it’s so funny because I’ve learned so many things about “baby shower”. The really funny part is… the mom-to-be must not be the host of her own baby shower party. Since it is my second child, it is called a “baby sprinkle” and not a baby shower because that would only refer to the first born. Technically speaking, our baby Sofia is “my second child” but also, my “first born” because his father is not the same dad of my first daughter. Are you getting dizzy now? hahaha.

Anyway, whatever they call it whether a baby shower or baby sprinkle, it doesn’t matter to me. I would plan to talk to a friend of mine here in Bangkok to arrange a baby shower or sprinkle after giving birth to meet the new member of the family. Personally, I would like to call it “baby Sofia’s welcome party” or “meet our baby Sofia” than calling it a baby shower. I’ll just invite few friends of mine like those whom we’ve decided to be her god parents or sponsors (ninong and ninang in Filipino term).

It is too early to plan for the welcome party of our baby Sofia, but the soonest the better because I would be able to figure out how many people are coming and I would foresee the feasibility of my plan. My due date is April 22 or 24, then after a month (May) would be summer vacation. This is the best time to conduct a party when they are on vacation. But I must be aware of their schedule because they might go out of town, go to the Philippines and other country for a vacation.

25th Week: My List of Hobbies

Now that I am on my 25th week, I have to think about things that would make me busy. I must really think of hobbies that are interesting and useful. Here is the list that I prepared so my pregnancy will be more joyful and productive.

1. Baby Scrap Book / Baby Book of our Sofia (both online and tangible)

2. My Pregnancy Pictures every week and for every event that I attended or changes in my body.

3. Cross Stitch (would be about baby girl, name Sofia, religious, and other beautiful scenes art work)

4. To learn about KNITTING

5. Research online anything for the baby in preparation for her birth and window shopping about these:
Things to bring in the hospital (for the baby and me)
Things that my baby need for her nursery (toy mobile, mattress, crib, stroller, etc)
Baby clothes
Mother and baby supplies
Post natal or after birth activities

6. Inquire and Research about our baby’s important documents to prepare after her birth (Hospital/Phil embassy/Thai Immigration)

Birth Certificate
Dual passport (Filipino and American)
Affidavit of Acknowledgment from the father

Just only few of what I thought about while I am bored staying home alone. I just started picture taking of my tummy yesterday and I am going to include the pictures here. When they grow up, I’ll show my kids these preggy photos so they will see how big my tummy was. For sure, they will be happy to see these because they might start to imagine when they were still a baby.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My First Daughter's Birthday

My first daughter was born on January 2, 2000. I will never forget the day she was born; because she is my first child (I guess any mom would feel the same). She is now celebrating her ten years. I can’t believe she’s growing up so fast. She is my little angel. Next school year, she will be in fifth grade. I remember her happy, smiling face :) I love her so much.

I remember when I took her in Boracay beach (in the Philippines) last August of 2007, she was so happy to be with me. It was her first experience to ride an airplane and to travel a little far from Manila. She used to go to some provinces in Luzon area.

I took her many times in the office and when I have a travel for official business. She enjoyed traveling with me so much. She’s more of a mommy’s girl and she is really sweet like me. I guess she resembles most of my personality.

I hope she can be with me this year in Bangkok to meet
her baby sister. My sweetheart told me if I wanted my daughter or my mom to come for a visit this summer vacation on May. I said, I would definitely love to see them. I miss and love them both.

If only I could take her with me here in Bangkok so she could live here. The problem is, the education system here is not good and yet so expensive. I am only concern about her studies as I would like her to learn English very well. If she’s going to study here, she’ll be required to study Thai language. We are living here in Bangkok, for the mean time but not for good. It is because my sweetheart’s occupation is here and we have to stay here. The least that we can do is just invite her to visit us during summer vacation so we could be together somehow.

I called her up today to greet her a happy birthday and just to hear her sweet, lovely voice would be enough to make me happy. To know that she’s happy, safe and healthy. My sweetheart and I bought her a Christmas and birthday present last December. She already has got them a week after I sent them via EMS courier. We are happy to know she liked our gifts for her. I’ve been praying for her everyday.

I promised to call her again, next month. I am so grateful that she’s in good hands living with my paternal aunt and grandmother. I would like her to grow up responsible, independent, loving, God fearing, obedient and patient. She may not be the most intelligent student in class, it doesn’t matter. I know she’s an average like me. I would love her to learn good and positive values, especially to have more of spiritual values. As I don’t want her to repeat the same mistakes I had in the past. I love her so much.

Happy Birthday, Nikx!!! Mommy loves and misses you very much.

Knocked Up: My 24th week, looking and feeling great inside and out

Geeez... Time flies really fast now I am 6 months preggy and I am enjoying it. My friend and I went to the Emporium Mall (Bangkok) to have fun. We went to see a movie (Did u hear about the Morgans?), her treat for me. After, we went to Swenssen's Ice Cream. I ordered the nutty Sundae so yummylicious. Food craving as usual. The holiday was really special and more fun.

My first daughter's birthday today. Wow! She's already ten years old. I am happy that I was able to talk to her on the phone. I love her so much. I asked her, if she likes to call her baby sister Sofia, and she agreed. She said Sofia is really a pretty name for her baby sister. She's excited to feel my tummy and hear our baby Sofia's heartbeat and feel her movement.

My sweetheart loves to feel her movement and hear her heartbeat inside my big tummy. He always would run his hands to touch and tickle my navel and tummy. How sweet of him. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family. I love them. They are my pride and happiness.

Friday, January 1, 2010

24th Week: New Year's Day

Today is New Year's Day! New year... New hope... New beginning! This year is the start of building our family. We will be welcoming our new member on April, our precious little girl. I feel so blessed that I am having a baby with a super smile on my face everyday. My life is changing positively than before. I feel resurrected from all my anxieties and pessimistic outlook in my life. Now... I feel relieved.

My first pregnancy with my first born was not like this. Although, I felt love and support from my mom (who gave me emotional & financial support plus forgiveness), younger sister (who took care of my first born), and my aunt (who treated me well enough to stay in her house). I feel sorry about my first born because of my previous condition. It is difficult to be alone raising a kid, to be a father and mother in one. However, I still showed my love to her and that no matter what happened she is still my first daughter for she is my own blood. I love her so much. I am looking forward to the day that we will be together once again and I want her to live with us for good. So she can be with her baby sister, Daddy Rex and me, that she is also a part of our family.

The baby's position in my womb, my 24th week baby.

Happy New Year to all!
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