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First Trimester Screening – Check!

Yesterday was our First Trimester Screening at Cedars Sinai. Hands down, it was our best appointment yet, and I’m not saying that just because they had snacks in the waiting room (but let’s face it, that was a plus). Everyone was so friendly and the Tech really took the time to point out different things to us such as the placenta, Baby’s spine, brain, bladder, etc. We heard Baby’s heartbeat too! 166 bpm strong and steady! Also, we learned we have a wiggly worm on our hands! Our Baby did NOT want to stay still for measurements and pictures. He/She was moving and kicking and stretching all over the place! We even caught what we think to be a little yawn! 🙂

Afterwards, the Doctor came by and reviewed each image with us. She explained the rest of the screening process and what would happen next (wait 7 days for blood results/come back at 18 weeks). Since we didn’t have any questions, she sent the nurse in to take some blood.

I always have a REALLY hard time giving blood because I have small veins. There are times I end up with arms like a heroin addict, 4 or 5 bruises up and down my arms. So I always go in with my standard warning: “I have small veins. I bruise easy. I drank some water, hopefully that helps. You may need to draw from my hand. Good luck (to us both)”. Well, this Phlebotomist had no problem at all! Instead of looking for a vein she felt around for one (gently! Read: She didn’t have to smack my arm a bunch of times!). Needless to say I thanked her profusely and then proceeded to reward myself with a Ritz cracker pack (the peanut butter kind) on the way out.

And now, without further adieu – meet our Baby! A real cutie if I do say so myself! 😛

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12 weeks down! 28 to go!

Thursday marked 12 weeks of preggohood! Yipee! I can see the light at the end of the “First Trimester Tunnel”!

We have two Doctor appointments coming up this week which is exciting/terrifying. Tomorrow is our 1st Trimester Screening and Wednesday is a visit with the OBGYN. Hoping Tuesday’s appointment will result in some super cute photos to share 🙂 Speaking of photos, I’ve added a page to this blog – Bump Pics! Go see how ginormous I’m getting!

I read that Baby is developing reflexes this week! Baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his/her toes will curl, his/her eye muscles will clench, and his/her mouth will make sucking movements. How cute!

Here’s my 12 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I think we’ve officially hit the 2 lb mark people (honestly it feels like a lot more).

Cravings: I’ve been eating like a squirrel lately. Lots of nuts and fruits (fresh and dried) and granola bars throughout the day. I can never decide what sounds good for dinner so Asaf has been doing most of the cooking/decision making. Yay Asaf!

What I miss: My favorite pair of jeans! I tried to wear those bad boys on Tuesday and it was NOT a pretty sight. 😦

What I’m excited about: Our upcoming pregnancy announcement! We’ve decided to announce Friday!

What I’m nervous about: Not being able to fit into the dress I bought (pre-pregnancy) for Asaf’s brother’s wedding. I tried it on yesterday and it still fit BUT there isn’t much room in there for a growing belly!

Note to Baby: Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!