Monday, September 26, 2011

Katiedid bare the belly. {2}

And mix in a little mini-Martin update. 

This morning we had another perfect OB appointment. 
While we did not get to see our little love bug, we did confirm the due date!
March 7th is the blessed day!
This means I will be 17 weeks on Wednesday. 
It also explains why my little "bump" is quickly transitioning in to more of a "hill."
Here are a few bare baby belly pictures to prove it. 

Week 15. 

Week 16. 

And bumpin' at the gym yesterday!
My lovely little sister {and quite possibly the most excited auntie-to-be EVER} demands belly pictures every couple of days. 
We all are so in love with the itty bitty baby hiding inside!

Lastly, thanks SO much for all the belly love on my last post! 
Your compliments and reassurance when things are not fitting and zipping properly is priceless.

I am planning on taking a baby break from all the pregnancy posts...
And can't wait to finally share our glorious Wisconsin trip with you all!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Katiedid bare the belly. {1}

I tend to consider myself to be a quite conservative girl...
But, after much consideration {and convincing} I have decided to do "belly posts."
I am not promising weekly posts, but I will post pictures from each week periodically.  
Also, I am skipping posting about mini-Martin's weekly development, my weekly cravings, 
and my weekly weight gain. 
I have read blog posts with all this information. And lets be honest, all you care about is pictures!
 {FYI- There is NO way you are getting that last little tidbit of information
and my scale has been sent on an extended vacation!}
Here is my entire FIRST trimester.

Weeks 5 and 6.

 Weeks 7 and 8.

Weeks 9 and 10.

Weeks 11 and 12. 

Week 13. 

Week 14. 

There you have it!
One third of the way done, two thirds to go. 
{Add 2 weeks on to the number of weeks mentioned above to be up-to-date 
with the most recent ultrasound.}

More bare baby belly love to come!

Katiedid grow a mini-Martin. {1}

My apologies for being gone SO stinkin' long!
I really didn't think anyone would even notice. 
But, I have been getting a lot of "Where have you been?" and "No blog updates?!" statements from friends and family recently.
{I am so tickled a small few of you miss my little life updates!}
The truth is I have been BUSY and I have a baby growing {or incubating as MM would say} 
in my ever expanding belly. 
And that makes a newly pregnant girl tired, tired, tired. 
Also, the hundreds of potential blog posts I need to get on top of straight-up overwhelm me. 

I am going to try my hardest to get back in my posting routine!
And I am going to start today with the first pictures of the newest little love of my life!
Seriously, I find myself staring at these sweet ultrasounds in pure amazement multiple times each day.
The incredible transformation and growth that has occurred leaves me speechless. 

{4 weeks, 6 days}
Just a little black blob/yolk sac. 

{6 weeks, 5 days}
Our little embryo. 

The proud daddy-to-be busted out his iPhone and recorded a few priceless videos!

The most loved heartbeat ever!

{13 weeks, 6 days}
I did my OB clinical rotation last spring with my incredible {now} doctor. 
She refers ALL of her patients to the innovative Center for Medical Genetics for an Ultra-Screen and Jack and Jill gender testing. 
We opted out of the Jack and Jill testing, but took full advantage of the genetic testing!
You bet this Nurse and Nurse Practitioner momma-to-be needed a little early reassurance mini-Martin was a-ok!

The Martin's!

And our now sweet baby!
{Or technically a fetus. I'm totally not a fan of that weird word.}
But isn't that transformation utterly a-mazing?!

1 head, 1 mouth, 1 nose, 1 body, 2 hands, and 2 feet.
{I tried my hardest to count fingers and toes, but someone wasn't being so still.}

After a long week and calling multiple times each day we found out our near perfect results!
Mini-Martin has a 1 in 10,000 chance of having Down syndrome or Trisomy 18. 
I think {based on age and race} before the tests the chances were 1 in 1000ish for both disorders. 
We are so blessed!
To me, the gender is completely irrelevant. 
All I pray for is a healthy, happy baby!

If you listen closely in the mini-Martin embryo video my doctor is measuring the our little embryo. 
As previously mentioned, I have a history of irregular cycles. 
Therefore, my LMP is completely irrelevant when trying to establish an accurate due date. 
According to my LMP, I should be due March 1st. 
{Which happens my sweet sisters birthday! She would be tickled if that was the actual BIRTHday.}
But, each ultrasound brings about a new due date!
They have been anywhere from March 7th {after this ultrasound} to March 18th. 
I am headed back to my doctor next week and hopefully we can establish a definitive due date!

Next up...
A bare belly baby bump post!
{This incredible transformation has had a small significant impact on my waistline.}