Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 19

This week has been another trying episode in my pregnancy. :( Last Thursday, my blood ran cold when I went to pee and noticed I was bleeding. This was the second time it happened since I got pregnant, but this one seemed to be worse. Haaay, I didn't know what to do. I seriously feared I was losing our baby. I cried and cried and cried. 

It's a good thing I've been blessed with a very supportive OB who helped me calm down and instructed me what to do over the phone. I was advised to be on a strict bed rest, which meant I should be glued to the bed, no standing up except when going to the restroom.  I should not even lie on my back, always on either side only.  It's been difficult and ironically tiresome, but it's worth it since it's our little munchkin we're talking about. 

Saturday saved my sad week!  We went to Asian Hospital, my husband wheeling me to my OB's clinic.  I felt so relieved to hear our baby's very strong-as-always heartbeat! S/he must still be doing really fine inside me, and we couldn't thank the Lord enough!  The OB ordered that I continue my bed rest until Wednesday this week, just to be on the safe side (and that explains while I'm home now on a usually manic Monday). I still have two days to go, but I'm thankful there's no trace of spotting now.  It's as if nothing happened! :)

To our darling baby, stay strong okay? We still have around 20 more weeks to go, so your daddy and I need you to hang in there.  We know you're excited to come out as much as we are, but remember that it's not yet time. You have to grow and grow and grow first until you're ready. For now, just enjoy playing inside mommy... I love feeling your every twist and turn! :)  We'll see you again on December 11 for your next scan. We love you anak! :)



#BellyBlessed,


Friday, November 14, 2014

First Flutters

Hello darling! :)

Did you know, it's the second wedding anniversary of your mommy and daddy last Saturday!  I think you knew, because you gave us a very wonderful gift that day --- your first flutters! :)  We were 17 weeks and 3 days along when it happened.

I am quite sure that's not the first time you did a somersault in my tummy, but it was only then that I knew unmistakably that it was you moving.  I couldn't make it out at first, it just felt like a combination of gas bubbles and twitching muscles.  Then I felt you do it again, and again, and again. Your dad and I had to stop walking at the mall so I could feel the movement more.  It felt as if you were waddling and drifting in there, sometimes gently paddling. After I concluded it was really you, your dad and I were over the moon! Thank you for that sweet surprise, our little munchkin.  It was priceless. :)


#BellyBlessed,


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boy or Girl?

One of the many puzzles in most expectant mommies' heads, perhaps, is whether they're having a boy or a girl.  I, for one, often wonder about that.  Are we painting the nursery pink or blue?  Should I go look for baby clothes with ruffles and ribbons, or with balls and bats?  The suspense can be torturous for some, especially if they're fervently hoping for a specific gender.   For Rolly and I, however, the waiting is sweet.  For we know that whatever our Little Munchkin will turn out to be, s/he will be loved just as much. :)


Until the official "big reveal," there are many ways to predict whether the baby is a he or a she.  Of course these ways are far from being accurate and are mostly based on old wives' tales, but what the heck.  Let's have fun and play fortune-tellers!  Each one has a 50/50 chance of being correct anyway. =P

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Sign 1: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it's a boy.
Me:  My bump is low. :) 1 point for Team Blue.

Sign 2: Face Shape
When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you're going to have a girl. If your face is long and narrow, it's a boy.
Me:  This one made me laugh.  I've always had a full, round face! =D 1 point for Team Pink.

Sign 3: Pretty or Ugly
Simple.  If you have that glow and look prettier when pregnant, it's a she.  If your beauty has disappeared, it's a he.
Me:  I definitely feel and look uglier these days.  My skin has gotten oilier, and I have these annoying zits on my forehead that never seem to go away!  2 points now for Team Blue.

Sign 4: Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. 
Me:  This chart tells me I'm having a girl! 2 points for Team Pink.  (You can find the Chinese Gender Predictor here.)

Sign 5: Nose
This is related to sign #3. Do you feel like your nose is growing and getting wider? If so, you might be having a boy.
Me:  At 17 weeks now, my nose hasn't changed one bit.  3 points for Team Pink!

Sign 6:  Mayan Tale
The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!
Me:  I got 2043, so it's a he! 3 points for Team Blue!

Sign 7: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it's a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
Me:  I have never thrown up, no dizzy spells too.  4 points for Team Blue!

Sign 8:  Linea Nigra
Latin for ‘black line’, a linea nigra may appear on your belly during pregnancy. If it runs from your pubic area to your belly button only, it’s a girl, and if it goes all the way up to the bottom-most part of you rib cage, then it’s a boy.
Me:  It goes all the way up for me! 5 points for Team Blue.

Sign 9:  Sweet or Sour Tooth
Craving ice cream every single day? Some people believe this means it's a girl. If you have to have salty or sour stuff, then it's a boy.
Me:  I crave all things sweet.  4 points for Team Pink!

Sign 10:  Heartbeat
If your little one's heart rate is under 140 beats per minute, you're having a little boy. If it's over, get ready for your little girl!
Me:  The last time we checked, baby's heartbeat was at 154.  5 points for Team Pink!


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Teams Blue and Pink got 5 points each!  Haha. =D  Well, I guess Rolly and I just really have to wait and see.  But no matter what, as long as our little one is healthy, we will be the happiest parents on the planet! :)  We love you, Munchkin!  


#BellyBlessed,


#Bumpie at 17 Weeks



Hello there, baby! :)


#BellyBlessed,


Monday, November 3, 2014

Pregnancy Through The Eyes of My Little Darling

Dear baby,

Today, I saw a video that made me cry.  It shows a very cute cartoon image of a baby talking to her mom as she grows inside her tummy.  I imagined her to be you, and I couldn't help but shed tears of happiness. Here, let me show you. :)



There's nothing like watching my pregnancy through your eyes, darling.  I hope that like her, you are happy and comfortable inside my tummy, too. :) Ever since I've known that you're here with me, in me, there was never a day that I do not think of you.  There are moments when I would feel scared, but when I see your face in my mind's eye, I know instantly that all the pain will be worth it.  I think I understand the love of a mom now, even though I have yet to hold you in my arms.  I love you so much, my sweet little one.  My love for you grows more and more each day, as you (and I) grow bigger and bigger. :) I can't wait to meet you and make you feel this huge love, from me and your daddy.  A few months, little munchkin.  We would have to wait for just a few months more. :)


Your excited mommy, 


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