Baby Nugget – 7 Weeks

{This is a VERY pregnancy related post!}

Ok.  A friend of mine who struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss for a while longer than I started doing weekly updates when she got pregnant through IVF in December.  I thought it was kinda neat, but was hesitant to do so because I’m always afraid I’m jumping the gun and going to jinx something.  This particular friend {who also happened to be my amazing hair dresser before her pregnancy and bed rest…my hair misses her!}  started her updates at 5 weeks, even though she had previously experienced a pregnancy loss at 17 weeks.  She is now 25 weeks along with a healthy baby girl.  I figure that if she can suck it up and enjoy her precious time with her baby even after all she went through, I guess I can too.  So I’m starting at 7 weeks, which would’ve been 2 days ago on Thursday.  I’m going to try to update every Thursday from here on out, but we’ll see how it goes…;)

Baby is the size of a blueberry!  Your .51-inch embryo doesn’t exactly tip the scales just yet, but she’s developing like crazy.  She’s already doubled in size since last week.  And at week seven, baby’s arms and leg joints are now forming, and her brain and heart are becoming more complex.
How far along?  7 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain:  -1.5 lbs  {I’m not trying to lose weight at all right now…I’m chalking this up to morning sickness and loss of appetite!}

Maternity clothes? Nope.  My daily wardrobe consists of scrubs.  Most of my scrub pants fit me pretty loosely because I like for them to be comfortable throughout my work day.  I did notice this week that some of my scrub pants are fitting a little better around the waist.

Stretch marks?  No new ones. Ha!

Sleep:  Can’t get enough of it!

Best moment this week:  Getting to see Baby Nugget on the ultrasound Monday 🙂

Miss Anything?  Sushi.  The girls at work go for sushi for lunch every pay day.  Just the thought of it makes me gag now.

Movement:  Not for a long while I imagine.

Food cravings:  Not really.  Although sour candy tends to ease the nausea a bit.  And Apple Juice tastes unusually amazing this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The smell of ground beef cooking.  Bleh.

Gender prediction: No strong feelings one way or the other.

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, sore boobs, nausea, bloat, occasional lightheadedness, and most things smell TERRIBLE.

Belly Button in or out?  In.  I have a pretty chunky belly, so I imagine it’ll stay in quite a while.

Wedding rings on or off?  Off, but not because they don’t fit.  I don’t wear them to work because of wearing gloves and washing my hands all day and taking them off and on all the time.  It’s just easier to keep them at home so they don’t get lost.  So, on, but on the weekends. 🙂

Happy or Moody most of the time:  I am happy, mostly.  I get cranky and moody at work because I’m tired and don’t feel good.

Looking forward to:  Our next ultrasound on Wednesday! Can’t wait to hear that little heartbeat again!

Alright!  Another thing my friend blogs is a weekly gender prediction, based on old wives’ tales!  It seemed pretty fun, so I may try to throw that in there, too! 🙂  Here’s what’s up first…

Ancient Chinese Birth Chart

This one got a little confusing for me.  I found a lot of charts online where you simply found the age that you were when you conceived {for me, 29} and the month in which you conceived {for me, April}.  Based on all of those, Baby Nugget is a girl!  But, not so fast! When I was consulting the Google, I also found that some believe the chart wasn’t accurate unless you converted the numbers to the lunar age and lunar month.  I found a few different websites that automatically converted it for you, and I got a lot of different results from each one.  Some of them predicted Baby Nugget a boy, others stuck with the girl.  The one I’m posting below is from babycenter.com.  I even got mix-matched results from it, as well.  If I put in my due date, its says GIRL.  If I put in my conception date {using the day of the IUI}, it says BOY.  The one I’m posting is using my due date, based on what Baby Nugget was measuring at our ultrasound.

Predict Your Baby’s Sex

The Chinese chart says you’re having a girl!
 
We converted the dates for you: Your Chinese lunar age at pregnancy was 32 and the Chinese lunar month in which you conceived was September. Find the place on the chart where these values meet – it reveals your baby’s sex!
Remember, this tool has a 50-50 chance of being right (and it’s just for fun). If you’re pregnant and really want to know whether you’re having a boy or a girl, talk to your doctor about getting a mid-pregnancy ultrasound.
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So, there we have it.  I still don’t understand the lunar age/lunar month business, but based on baby’s measurements the first prediction is GIRL!  We’ll see what next week has to say about that! 😉

{PS: A lot of my blogger friends have been blessed with BFP’s recently!  Feel free to steal these ideas from me if you want! I stole them from someone else, afterall 😉 }

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