September 27, 2009

Week 14 update (Sept 20 - 27, 2009)

How far along? 14 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: Around 4-5 kilos =( The good news is, even though I gained this much, I'm still within my normal BMI. Phew!
Maternity clothes? Raring to buy some but its expensive! Have to make do with my mom's clothes til it won't fit anymore.
Stretch marks? None so far!
Sleep: Sleeping almost normally! =) I have to get up (sometimes) at dawn to pee though..
Best moment this week: My mom making my fave meals! ^_^ And kinda feeling our sweet baby move!
Movement: I'm feeling baby flutters!! WOW! And I thought I'd feel it around 16-20 weeks. I guess it's because I'm quite thin and can easily feel stuff.
Food cravings: Savory home-cooked foods by my mom!
Gender: I'm preferring BOY BOY BOY now! :p
Labor Signs: None!
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
What I miss: Long-distance land travel. Been avoiding this coz our roads are quite bumpy and I don't want anything to happen to our sweet baby. Thus, last Sept 20, hubby was the only one who went to Panabo and attend a family friend's baby's christening.
What I am looking forward to: Our babymoon (formerly known as our second honeymoon) 2 weeks from now! Woohoo! =)
Weekly Wisdom: Stay away from sick dogs and animals!! =( However, I can't help it -- I'm the only one who knows how to inject antibiotics. And so, once again, I'm exposed to Leptospirosis. No thanks to our sick Dalmatian (Lady), daughter of our dog (Patsy) who died last June of the same disease. Hopefully, I caught the disease early this time and Lady won't die..
Milestones: Our sweet baby is officially on the second trimester this week! =) Plus I took my first baby bump (with slight bloat) picture, that's it above.

September 25, 2009

choosing our baby's name =)

Labsie and I agreed not to have children for quite awhile (only after 3-4 years of marriage) or maybe even never have children ever. But that didn't stop us from making names for our future babies. Kinda funny when I think about it now.. Maybe we're really destined to have kids! *shudder* :p Anyway, around 2006 or 2007, Labsie and I agreed to have our baby girl named Tatiana Dhyana. The former is a Russian name (which I loved since time immemorial!) while we stole the latter from a certain movie's credits. Hehe! As for a baby boy's name, I wanted Tristan, it sounds so chivalrous and manly! Yep, I got it from King Arthur's time =)

Now that we're having our first child, the baby naming frenzy is up again! My parents want us to give our baby a short name since Labsie's surname is quite long. But as you previously read above, we're big on having two names for our kids. Woe to them! Hehe! Labsie and I decided on Tristan Gabriel for a boy and Laurana Tatiana for a girl. Laurana is a character in Dragonlance, a fantasy book series that we adore. She is a beautiful elf princess, a brave warrior (yes, she fights!), and a noble person. Tatiana, meanwhile, means fairy princess. Just perfect! =) Here are the names we considered and their meanings:

Anastasia = resurrection
Laurana = the bay or laurel plant (leaves used to weave the Greek champion wreath)
Karina = pure
Katerina = pure, torture
Olga = holy
Sasha = feminine of alexander, defender of mankind
Svetlana = star
Tatiana = fairy princess!!! =)

Gabriel = archangel, God's able-bodied one, hero of God
Tristan = tumult

Baby Naming Resource:

September 19, 2009

Week 13 update (Sept 13 - 20, 2009)

Second trimester here I come!! ^_^ And it's true what they say, your tiredness will lift and you'll feel a whole lot better in the second tri! Thank God I belong to the "average / normal" group! =) I'm a medical doctor and I can't believe that I'm such a n00b about pregnancy and all.. But hey, as they say, experience is the best teacher. The descriptions in my OB books are nothing compared to me undergoing all these stuff. Experience of a lifetime!! ;-)

How far along? 13 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: I gained THREE effin kilos since my last checkup a mongth ago! My total 1st trimester weight gain is around 4-5 kilos! That's way, way off base coz the normal weight gain is just around 1-2 kilos!! -_-
Maternity clothes? Nope.. I bought a sun dress and new bra though =)
Stretch marks? Nothing so far..
Sleep: Not much daytime sleeping anymore.. =) I feel energetic most of the time! It's like the fog have lifted and I can live "clearly" and normally again.. Not under the sleepy daze / haze I've been in for the past 3 months. Love it!! ^_^
Best moment this week: (1) Shopping and window-shopping for maternity clothes and baby stuff! (2) Hearing our sweet baby's heartbeat again, and seeing him/her looking more like a human being! No ultrasound printout though, my OB just took a peek.
Movement: None yet.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular..
Gender: No preference.. Just want a healthy baby =)
Labor Signs: None!
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
What I miss: My old clothes! I don't fit in them anymore.. T_T
What I am looking forward to: Finding out our baby's gender! Maybe next month! =)
Weekly Wisdom: Don't sweat the first trimester, it too, will soon pass!
Milestones: I'm in the second trimester! Woohoo! One-third done with the pregnancy! =) We also finally announced to the world (okay, via Facebook, Friendster and Twitter) that we are 3 months pregnant!

September 17, 2009

me and my baby's compatibility =)

My due date is on March 26 (Aries) but babies sometimes arrive early or late. If ever our baby will be born BEFORE March 21, s/he'll be a Pisces, a water sign. I'm a Cancer while hubby is a Scorpio, both water signs. Pisces will be a perfect addition to our family! =) If ever our baby will be born on March 21 or after, s/he'll be an Aries, a fire sign. Water + fire = boiling water OR the fire being put out. So what does this all mean? A helluva exciting family life!! I just hope Labsie and I are up to it! LOL!

Mom - Cancer, The Crab
June 22 - July 22
Relax -- you were born to be a mama. Cancer moms are intuitive protectors of children and the most fertile sign in the Zodiac. Mothering likely comes easily to you -- sweet, sensitive, and caring, you have no problem providing the ample love and affection your child needs to thrive. You may find others marvel at your affinity for this new undertaking, and it's unlikely that others will feel inclined to offer up unsolicited parenting advice (thankfully!).

One important thing to remember, though, is that your baby bird will need to fly out of the nest on her own someday -- Cancer moms run the risk of being overprotective and preventing their little ones from learning the valuable life lessons available to them by making mistakes every once in a while. Remember to give your child room to explore the world independently. Don't be afraid to let her run on her own a little at the playground or park -- you can stay a few safe steps behind. And trust that she'll be just fine on that playdate or first day of nursery school. Take comfort in the fact that you've created a reassuring, safe haven for baby at home -- and knowing you and your ability to nurture, it's likely that there's delicious food cooking on the stove and that the rooms are beautifully decorated to boot.

Baby - Aries, The Ram
March 21 - April 19
Your child is a nonstop mover. She's a fan of energy-expending activities, so let her play in a baby gym and bouncy jumper, take frequent trips to the park, and navigate homemade obstacle courses. Use bright colors to decorate her nursery. Your fiercely independent child has to do things without Mom's help, whether it's holding a bottle, feeding herself, or cruising around the coffee table. Encourage these behaviors (and always stay close by to supervise), since they'll help foster your child's growth.

Baby - Pisces, The Fish
February 19 - March 20
Sensitive and emotional, Pisces babies feel the nuances of their environment very deeply. To blossom, your little one needs a secure, warm, nurturing home. Keep him close to your heart by carrying him in a sling as you run errands or tidy up around the house. Comfort him with classical music, soft lullabies, and soothing massages. Avoid loud, disturbing noises. He loves games like pat-a-cake and peekaboo. Your little Fish will adore baths too, so make sure you've got plenty of water toys on hand.


September 13, 2009

Week 12 update (Sept 6 - 13, 2009)

How far along? 12 weeks! Nearly done with the first trimester, woohoo! =)
Total weight gain/loss: I'm positive I gained more than a kilo. Why? Coz my afternoon snacks this week consisted of rice and viand!! o_O It's like I'm having 4 full meals / day *sigh*
Maternity clothes? Not yet but I've been wearing dresses as my shorts and pants are really tight!
Stretch marks? Nothing so far..
Sleep: Still sleeping a lot..
Best moment this week: CRABS during the weekend!! ^_^ My parents arrived last Sat (Sept 12) and my Dad came with us to Panabo (hubby's hometown). He bought some crabs and left some in the in-laws' house for us to consume. Nomnomnom! =)
Movement: None.
Food cravings: Seafoods! What else??
Gender: Boy or girl, so long as it's healthy!
Labor Signs: None.
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
What I miss: My high energy levels! But I feel it's coming back now.. Woohoo!
What I am looking forward to: Second trimester! A few days more.. =)
Weekly Wisdom: Stay away from rice!! Or low fiber grains -- lotsa carbs (equals weight gain) and does not help with your bowel movement -_-
Milestones: Told hubby's family about our pregnancy! =) They were very surprised but excited at the prospect of having their first grandkid. My MIL immediately launched into stuff I should and shouldn't do while pregnant, etc, etc. It was all good though =)

September 09, 2009


Yep, I'm almost done with my first trimester! And to celebrate, here's a recap of what happened for the past 12 weeks to our sweet baby. Enjoy reading! ^_^ [ SOURCE ]

The first trimester (0 - 14 weeks), is one of the most crucial for your baby. Within this trimester you will find the most rapid rate of growth and development taking place. By the end of the 1st trimester, your son or daughter will have grown to 3.4 inches (8.7 cm) long and weigh about 1.5 ounces (43 grams). Your infant will develop everything from limbs to vital organs. Week by week the changes are astounding!

6 week fetus Day 1: Sperm joins with the ovum to form one cell smaller than a grain of salt. Twenty-three chromosomes from each parent join to form every detail of human development: sex, hair, eye color, height, skin tone, personality, emotional make-up, and other inherited characteristics.

Day 3-4: The fertilized egg is rapidly dividing as it travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus where for the last two weeks the lining has been preparing to receive the zygote.

Days 5-9: The zygote implants in the lining and begins to draw nourishment from the lining.

Days 10-14, Week 2: The zygote splits into two sets of cells, half become the placenta, which provides nourishment for the fetus and the other will become the fetus. Placental chemicals and hormones prevent the women from menstruating.

Day 20: The embryo is now the size of an apple seed. The placenta and umbilical cord are now functioning. The foundations for the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are established.

Day 21, Week 3: The heart begins to beat.

Day 28, Week 4: The backbone and muscles are forming. Arms, legs, eyes and ears have begun to show. Hair has begun to sprout.

Day 30: The embryo is 10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg. The heart is pumping increasing quantities of blood through the circulatory system. The placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps the mother's blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass through to the embryo.

Day 35, Week 5: Five fingers can be discerned in the hand. The eyes darken as pigment is produced. The embryo is now the size of a raspberry.

Day 40: Brain waves can be detected and recorded.

6 week fetusWeek 6: The liver is now taking over the production of blood cells and the brain begins to control movement of muscles and organs.

Week 7: The uterus is about the size of a tennis ball. The embryo is moving continuously. The jaw forms, including teeth

buds in the gums. The eyelids seal to protect the embryo's developing light-sensitive eyes.

8 week fetusWeek 8: Now a little more than an inch long, the fetus has everything found in a fully developed adult. The stomach produces digestive juices, the kidneys are functioning and genitals have begun to form. Forty muscle sets operate in conjunction with the nervous system and the fetus responds to touch.

Week 9: Fingerprints are already evident in the skin. The fetus will curve its fingers around an object placed in its palm. The fetus weighs about 1/2 ounce and is developing fingernails and hair.

10 week fetusWeek 10: The fetus can bend, stretch, make fists, open hands, lift its head, squint, swallow and wrinkle its forehead.

Week 11: The fetus is now two inches long. Urination occurs.

Week 12: The fetus now breaths amniotic fluid, sleeps, awakens, exercises, turns its head, curls its toes and opens and closes its mouth.

Week 13: Fine hair has begun to grow on the head, and sexual differentiation has become apparent.

September 05, 2009

Week 11 update (Aug 30 - Sept 06, 2009)

How far along? 11 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: Not sure, but I'm 100% positive I've gained more than 2 kilos by now -_-
Maternity clothes? Not yet but I gotta shop soon, my clothes are all tight!
Stretch marks? Zero, zilch, nada! And I hope it stays that way!
Sleep: Still sleeping like a baby. I have bursts of energy though, esp. when hubby is around =)
Best moment this week: Samal Island hopping last Aug 31! Though I was queasy most of the time, it felt good to bask under the hot sun, bathe in crystal clear waters, and eat food not cooked by me, hehe!
Movement: None.
Food cravings: Ms. M's adobo! =) She's hubby's workmate and brought her adobo to the island hopping. It was YUMMY!!
Gender: Hubby and my parents want a boy, me? I just want a healthy baby!
Labor Signs: None!
Belly Button in or out? IN! But it's getting shallower..
What I miss: My slender bod! I'm getting bigger and bigger everyday *sigh*
What I am looking forward to: Telling hubby's family and our friends that we're pregnant! SOON!
Weekly Wisdom: Have a date night with hubby! Soon, this wonderful rendezvous will be a figment of your imagination :p
Milestones: I was able to get up and went island hopping the whole day last Monday. And today, I watched another movie (District 9 was awesome!) with hubby and also went grocery shopping -- that's 3 events in one week! More than what I did the past 2 months! Does this mean I'm getting my energy back? I sure hope so! Second trimester is just around the corner! =)

September 02, 2009

pregnancy checklist!

Week 3
Take a pregnancy test - DONE last Aug 4!
Schedule first prenatal checkup - First checkup last Aug 20!

Week 4
Get eating on track - Hard to eat healthy coz I've been craving for salty and buttery foods =( Gotta work on this and eat more fruits + veggies!
Start your prenatal vitamins - I can't stand any vitamins with iron! My stomach feels queasy the moment it hits =(

Week 5
Start (or continue) exercising - I have zero to very minimal physical activity. I just sleep whole day. I hope I'd feel better soon so I can start exercising.

Week 6
Begin looking at money matters - Yep, we gotta start our Baby Fund. 6 months to go!

Week 7
Pick up some books on pregnancy - My sister in law said she'll send me her 2 preggy 2 books!
Milestone: See baby's heartbeat on ultrasound - YEAH! Hubby and I saw this last Aug 20. More about it HERE =)

Week 8
Schedule monthly OB visit - Next checkup on Sept 19!
Schedule chorionic villus sampling - Err, I'm on Week 11 now. Too late for CVS! Besides, I don't think having this test is a norm in our country.

Week 9
Consider a babymoon - Consider? We're having one on Oct 9 - 18! Actually it's our 1st wedding anniversary celebration / second honeymoon =)

Week 10
Schedule nuchal translucency screening - Same comment as with the CVS above.

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