Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Ultrasound Pictures 28 weeks

So when we got the ultrasound we found out that she is still head down, but not only is she head down she has one foot over her head.  Apparently we have a gymnist on our hands.  We were finally able to get a shot of her face without her hand in the way, although when she caught on her little hand came up and blocked the camera, but not before they were able to get the picture. 
Her head with her foot
her huge foot
another foot and head
her beautiful face

and the belly 28 weeks

28 Weeks

Ok sorry i've been so behind with this.  Honestly i hate writing so this is not my favorite thing to do, which is why i have a VLOG on youtube as well.  I update better on there,  but i know some people would rather look at this so I do both.  We had another ultrasound to check the fluid and it is now at a 14, it just keeps getting better!  We have more ultrasound picutres i'll put those in another post.  We also went to Michigan for Easter and had a lot of fun, we got started on thr nursery and i'm excited to see what it looks like when we're finished.  I also had a doctor's appointment on Monday and they said everything looks good but as a precaution in case they would need to deliver early they want to give me a shot of Betamethasone to mature her lungs.  She did stress that she doesn't think that we will need to deliver early but she'd rather be safe just in case.  So i go on the 16th to get that shot, and then on the 19th we get to have our 4D ultrasound. 

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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week 27 sorry it's late

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fill in the blanks


Outside my window… is an annoying crow and traffic, but it is beautiful outside.

The time is… 3:24pm

Today I feel… good, and excited for the weekend

I am thinking… that I can't wait until it's the weekend

At the moment, I am thankful… for an amazing God who loves me and wonderful family and friends

I am going… finish working and go home.

I am wearing… scrubs

I wish… my daughter was here

I am reading… a bunch of different books

I am working on… work stuff and getting ready for Rhyin

I am hoping… that everything continues to go well with this pregnancy

I am hearing… my coworker moving furniture around and traffic outside

Around the house… we are cleaning and organizing, need to start going through stuff to get rid of before we move
I bet you didn't know… that there is a woman who weighs 600lbs and wants to gain 400 more...weird

One of my favorite… drinks is water

Week 26

My hip pain is back, and now i also feel like my stomach is pulling, just getting bigger.  Also i've developed lower back pain.  So now my side of the bed has two regular pillows and pillow with arms and my memory foam so I can sleep upright, and my hips dont wake me up through out the night.  I finally felt the "alien effect" just once and I didn't get to see it, but it felt so weird!!  Anyway I will be putting up my weekly VLOG tonight on youtube so there will probably be more details in there. 

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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Week 25

Update this week is that I had my glucose test and I passed with flying colors.  Stephen finally got to see and feel Rhyin, he loved it!  We go back to the doctor in April and we will have two ultrasounds in April one for monitoring the amniotic fluid and the other is our 4D.  I went to Chicago this past weekend with my friend Katie to visit her sister who had twins the day before I got married.  It was a lot of fun and Sarah gave me 4 big bag fulls and a box full of clothes, toys, blankets, bibs, shoes, socks, and so on.  I think Rhyin will be set for a while.  I'm really hoping she doesn't get a lot of clothes at the showers, she won't get to wear half of them.  This weekend we are heading to Ohio for our nephew Liam's 1st birthday party, should be a lot of fun!

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga (pictured above), but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Week 24

So this week has been fun, I went to my friend Greg's baby shower.  Greg and his wife Erica are having a little girl named Alleigh in May.  I went shopping with my mom to buy a gift for them and ended up finding the moby wrap I wanted, so excited!!  Stephen and I both got to see Rhyin move for the first time.  Yesterday I had my hand on my stomach and she kicked it, that was really cool and Stephen tried all night but she didn't kick strong enough for him to feel it.  We see the doctor tomorrow and I think I'm doing my glucose test tomorrow, hopefully that goes well. I will try to do another little update tomorrow.  Also if you haven't yet check out my youtube channel there's a link on the right of this.  This weekend I'm going with my friend Katie to Chicago to see her sister, who had twins the day before I got married.  The last time I saw them they were only a month old, so I'm looking forward to that.  Hope everyone is doing good!

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update on Rhyin

I had an ultrasound yesterday to check the amniotic fluid, it is now up to 9cm. Rhyin's heart is good, and we had another confirmation that she is definitley a girl. And she has moved from her breech position to having her head down.  They tried to take a picture of her face but she had her arms crossed in front of her face and would not move. Silly little girl. Thanks for the continued prayers, we see the doctor on friday so we should find out the next step then.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Week 23


This week has been about the same except i've gained 2 more pounds. So now i've gained 11 pounds total.  For some reason Rhyin hasn't been quite as active, but she still gets her kicks in.  My belly is becoming more firm and bigger.  Other than that I can't think of anything, if i remember anything else i'll post again.

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Week 22

Personal Update
Rhyin has become this crazy little active critter who is constantly moving, still not visible or felt outside but hopefully soon.  This past week I have had crazy hip pain, I have resorted to tryin to sleep on back at an incline when the pain gets to bad.  Over the weekend I woke up 4 times from the pain only to roll to the other side and be awoken two hours later because that hip was no hurting.  I hope it goes away soon!!  Our doctor called an wants us to schedule our next ultrasound for the first week in March.  So here's hoping and praying that the fluid is at least the same if not better.  I got to go swimming this weekend which was really nice, I think its something i'm going to have to look into when i'm 7 or 8 months along.  That's about it for this week.

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she'll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week 21

The only new thing to report is that Rhyin is getting a lot more active, moving a lot more and she has even had some pretty powerful kicks. Other than that she is aggrevating her daddy, he wants to feel her move so bad and she just isn't there yet, although when he read to her the other night she did kick. It's so fun to watch Stephen read to her, he'll do voices and sound effects on my belly. He has a lot of fun with it, should be interesting to see their storytime when she comes out.

Update this week

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

Belly 21 weeks

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Update

On friday we went for our monthly checkup, which ended up being a lot of waiting followed by a quick appointment. They said my blood pressure was great, my uterus is where it needs to be, and that Rhyin's heart rate was good. I haven't gained weight since my last appointment but when I checked yesterday i had gained 4lbs so now a total of 8lbs since we got pregnant. The docotor said we would probably be having monthly ultrasounds to check the amniotic fluid, and at my next appointment I will have a diabetes test. So hopefully everything stays good and there are no more problems.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Week 20

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, she's measured from head to toe.) She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

University of Chicago appointment

We went to U of C yesterday, my parents, Stephen's mom and sister came with us as well which was nice to have. We had a much better experience ultrasound wise, the lady doing it was much friendlier everyone was allowed in the room and we were able to see the baby the whole time unlike last time. She also pointed out everything we were looking at, and we even got to see the baby suck it's thumb. I had two ultrasounds yesterday, abdominal and vaginal, they did the vaginal to get a better look at the kidney's, and on that we could see the ribs and spine really clearly. We also found out what we are having................................................................
A .......................................................GIRL!!!!!!!

Rhyin Janae Wolfe
After we the ultrasounds we talked with the doctor to figure out why the fluid was low. The baby is fine all of her organs are normal, so she's not causing it. I'm not leaking and my placenta appears to be fine from what they can tell, so i'm not causing it. So basically they still have no idea, however, the fluid went up a little and there is enough for proper lung development so unless it drastically drops they expect everything to be normal. Rhyin is 11oz, so she is at the right size which a another good sign that the placenta is functioning normally. For now the only instructions we were given was to have the fluid monitored with regular ultrasounds and as long as we aren't super low we will be good. Thank you for all of your prayers and support, please continue to pray for Rhyin and that everything stays good!

Updates on the Baby

It's been completely crazy the past week or so, not knowing what was going on. The babies amniotic fluid was too low so they sent us to University of Chicago to find out why. Here are the pictures from our first ultrasound. We couldn't see what it was yet but I will tell you in the next post.

Week 19

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Week 18

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Week 17

This week I have been feeling the baby move more and more and today I got to powerful kicks from the baby, I can't wait to find out next week what we are having!!

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Week 16

This week we went to the doctor and everything went well we made an appointment for our ultrasound, and got blood work done. I was stuck 4 or 5 times, my arms are so sore, but they were very nice and hopefully i won't need anymore.

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

Week 15

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")