Saturday, July 28, 2012

Week 16 ~ Stomach Virus...again!

Baby's now the size of an avocado
Watch what you say...tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean she can now pick up your voice. A few more minuscule changes: Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.

How your baby's growing:

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.

How your life's changing:

The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.

I don't know why we only seem to get stomach viruses when I'm pregnant, but we do.  This time though, we've had it twice, only a month apart.  
Throwing up is bad enough, but when you're pregnant, it's so much worse because its adding insult to injury.  You're already not feeling well, then you get to feel worse! 
The only good thing about it, that I've experienced, is when the virus nausea settles in the pregnancy nausea stops, or maybe it gets over-ridden.  For 2 days i didn't feel nauseated when i didn't eat because i couldn't eat.  I knew i was getting over the virus when the pregnancy nausea started again.  It was actually getting better prior to this virus, but now the nausea is back, but fairly mild.  
This virus went through 5 out of 7 of us.  Thankfully, the littlest were the ones who didn't get it making clean-up pretty minor...except for the child who threw up all over the couch :0

Prior to this we spent the weekend with my in-laws welcoming our new horse, Pardner, who was a collective birthday present for all of our children.  They are so excited to have a horse and have successfully ridden him already 4 times bare back with only a bridle.  
We also bought and installed a set of bunk beds in the kids room.  Since their room is wall to wall beds for the 5 of them, we unearthed lots of missing toys, socks, and lots of dirt!  The room got a much needed thorough cleaning and all of the walls stripped to nothing and cleaned.  We then rearranged the beds and put up only a fourth of what was on the walls prior.  The virus hit us in the middle of this so I still have lots to get put away, but its so much better!

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