Stella Marie Juarez


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

12 Weeks

Here is what peanut is doing this week:

"Even though your little Einstein’s body is still growing quite rapidly 2 inches long right now, the overall super-speedy growth of their amazing brain continues to leave the head proportionately larger than the body— and is actually slightly more than one third of their total body mass! The head and neck are still straightening at this point as can be seen by their little chin lifting off of the chest. Your baby is also actively rehearsing “breathing” by using amniotic fluid to prepare the lungs for future air respiration."

A big head, just like it's mama.

"The big news: your little pooper is now officially going to need diapers! Although a majority of the waste produced is transferred to the mother’s system for discharge (to avoid having it linger in the amniotic sac), some urine is released to the amniotic fluid and your baby will actually breathe it in before it passing it on to your for discharge. Not to worry, urine--in this particular form, is completely harmless to your baby."

You all wanted to know that, right?

As for me:

"And how's mom doing? Logically, as your baby is growing bigger, so must your uterus. By now, your once-flat and relatively small uterus is stretched to the size of a softball (12-14 cm), but that’s nothing: by the time you deliver it will have grown to 15 – 17 inches (37 – 42 cm). Your uterus is slowly increasing at a rate of approximately one centimeter per week."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I went to the doctor this morning and found out that I'm actually 11 weeks YAY!

So here is what the baby's doing this week:

"Maybe you’ve noticed… your baby is a super-duper grower! Your lil' fetus will be gaining a substantial amount of weight this week and has already achieved fruit-size-status comparable to a plum. What's more, your little scientist is already starting to explore their body, focusing most intently on touching their head, and especially their face and mouth. Their mouth in particular will provide them with hours of entertainment. This happens not only because your baby is gaining coordination, and is therefore able to move a hand on command, but also because their palms have gained sensation and can actually “feel” what it touches.They're also developing their swallow reflex this week. And lastly, your baby's smelling and other olfactory senses will begin developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds, will provide your baby with their first experiences of taste and smell."

The baby can actually feel things - is that crazy or what?

And for me:

"If you’re still enduring the joys of morning sickness, it should finally be subsiding to the point of non-existence by the end of this week. The growing placenta combined with your little one’s developing pituitary gland have given you a break on hormone production, so now your can focus on the fact you’re about to enter the second trimester of pregnancy, which can be most aptly characterized by lots of growth for both you and your little uterus-tenant.
At this point you should be making a conscious effort to gradually increase your consumption of healthy, vitamin-rich food, but remember: THIS DOES NOT MEAN LIFE IS NOW AN OPEN BUFFET. Think about it, if it’s not good for you, then it won’t do any good for your developing baby. If you’re finding that you’re still hungry after dinner, don’t simply default to having extra ice cream for dessert. Have a second helping of vegetables and fish, or whole grain bread with jam. Good nutrition is absolutely vital for your baby's brain and body development.
Additionally, make sure you’re taking “me-time” to center yourself and focus on your body’s interactions with your baby: listen to relaxing or inspiring music, read good books, think happy thoughts, you know, all the mentally stimulating stuff that puts you in a good mood and makes your pregnancy feel like a positive experience. In other words, watching international news isn't recommended. The better you treat your body and emotions now, the healthier and happier your child will be once “they’re on the outside.”

It's not an open buffet? Well crap. Extra helping of fish? You gotta be kidding!

So I'm extremely pleased that I'm a little further along than I had thought. Can I celebrate tonight with an extra ice cream?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Well not so much surprise - everyone pretty much already knows. But we are expecting a little one! Little Juarez will be here in November and Martin and I could not be more excited!

The last few weeks have not been very much fun. The nausea and fatigue were worse than I had expected. However, I am very happy to report that I am feeling MUCH better. I actually made it to the grocery store and cooked dinner last night! It is wonderful to have some energy back. Next step is to get moving. I need to start walking or do something active with all the food I'm eating these days!

The number question we have gotten is "are you going to find out the sex". The answer is ABSOLUTELY! I am way too much of a planner to go 9 months without knowing. I understand a lot of people like to be surprised at the end but that just isn't us. We can't wait to find out - about 9 more weeks :)

We are currently in week 10 which means:

"Your astonishingly tiny baby has been hard at work growing as fast as possible—almost doubling in size in the past three weeks! Amazingly, you’re in for a repeat size doubling performance within the next three weeks! Your tiny champion still weighs less than a quarter of an ounce but has already completed the most critical stage of their development. Using Doppler technology, your doctor or gynecologist can let you hear their tiny rapid fetal heartbeats this week (145-165 beats per minute!). Chances for miscarriage are greatly reduced when the heartbeat can be detected, so take a sigh of relief if you’ve been needing one—it hasn’t been an easy ten weeks! What’s more, they’re getting ready to make their first baby poop! Your little one’s major organ systems are developing, including a functioning digestive tract capable of moving food all the way through their bowels. The final shiny gold star on their fetal behavior chart for the week: your little scrapper has already developed defense mechanisms to protect them on reflex!"

First baby poop? Now who isn't getting excited about that?

As for me:

"And how's mom doing? More good news for mom: the placenta has grown substantially in size and function and is now beginning to manage some of your child’s hormones, finally taking some of the hormonal burden off of you! Since the placenta has gradually taken over the hormone production for your baby, you should finally start to notice that much-awaited decrease in morning sickness symptoms."

And I would totally agree with that! The hormones have really made me feel crazy. For one, it has made me feel completely stupid (no comments, please). I have been super forgetful and just not as sharp as I normally am (no comments, please). I have also had weird cravings like corn dogs - ew. I am not a hot dog eater so this one was pretty weird. Luckily that phase has passed!

I go back to the doctor tomorrow. I'll keep everyone posted!