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8th Week

At this point I’m half way through my 8th week of pregnancy. On Monday we had an ultrasound at the specialist. Our little bean is definitely growing. Now the size of a raspberry, (s)he was wiggling around in there. We got to hear the heartbeat again, and it was going strong at 155 beats per min. It’s finally starting to feel real, and I’m getting very excited about this little nugget already.

Baby's growing like a champ. I could actually make out limbs at the US!!

Baby’s growing like a champ. I could actually make out limbs at the US!!

My friends Ali & Eduardo had her baby boy on Monday. He’s so little and just so cute. This was my first friend to have a baby vaginally. She said it was an amazing experience, despite having contractions for over 2 days. He weighed in at 7lbs 8oz and was a whopping 22 inches long. We’ve been watching their first fur baby…Mr. Paco. He’s in for quite the surprise when I bring him home to his new little brother!

Baby Samuel Eduardo so cute!

Baby Samuel Eduardo Henriques….so so cute!


How far along?  8 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs (basically from completely cutting out exercise)
Maternity clothes? Not yet…but I’m using a hair tie to extend my pants and some shorts.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great
Best moment this week: Seeing the little bean get even bigger since the last ultrasound. (S)He even measured one day ahead!
Have you told family and friends: Yep!
Miss Anything? Wine. I was naughty and had a TINY splash of wine on Monday night at a dinner party. It was a ’97 Cakebread and there was no chance I wasn’t having a taste!
Movement: No
Food cravings: Sweets. It’s a problem! I’ve been eating these protein bars in between meals, and I read the packaging and turns out there’s high fructose corn syrup. So then I started researching, and that sh*ts in like everything. So I made it a point at my last grocery shop to not buy anything with that crap any more. Apparently it’s a contributing factor to gestational diabetes. SCARY!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific, it’s really random when I get my nausea.

Have you started to show yet:  Nah
Gender prediction: Still feeling girl! Dr. Hernandez-Rey predicted girl at our ultrasound this week, based on the heartbeat rate
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody.
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender, I know I’ve got like 10 more weeks…but I’m pretty excited to see what’s growing inside me!


Week 4

So last week was the 4th week of my pregnancy. Here’s what happened:

11dp5dt (4weeks and 2 days): Beta HCG test at Dr. Hernandez-Rey office. Came back at 245, which nurse said was great. They didn’t schedule a second, and scheduled a 6 week ultrasound for cinco de Mayo.


-Bloating (still not fitting into my pants too well).

-Sore bbs. At this point a sports bra is my best friend

-Started to get nausea in the early afternoon before lunch time. I never feel like barfing or anything. It’s more like sour stomach with gassy belching….thinking it might feel better to just vomit, but never getting that far. I’ve found that if I eat as soon as I feel nauseous it’s goes away.

-Cramping above the bladder and almost the feeling of sore stomach muscles like I just worked out.

-Dizziness started just last night (4 weeks, 6 days). Not sure if it was just a coincidence, but last night when I went to bed it felt like I had vertigo and the whole room was spinning. However, I quickly fell asleep…so it clearly wasn’t that bad.

My acupunturist gave me the following instructions:

1. No lifting, or pushing or pulling.

2. No intercourse (ugh, this one sucks….it’s already been about 3 weeks no sex, and I’m told I have to go about 9 more). Her words were “you can do other things”….true, true!

3. Keep exercise very light.

4. Continue to keep my feet warm and drink the broths. Easy to keep my feet warm, not so easy to drink the broths. They are bland and complicated to make…..I’m not going to stress myself out about this one.

Last week I also interviewed at the Miami Children’s Museum and visited on South Beach with friends from Switzerland. Overall, it was a great week and I’m feeling pretty good!

Today marks week 5! Hopefully this little angel sticks around. May 5th seems like it’s miles away, but next week were moving back into our Miami Beach apartment….so I have plenty to keep me distracted. And don’t worry, we’ve hired movers and I don’t plan on lifting a thing!!