Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Well, Happy Easter everyone! It hasn't been a really festive Easter at the Jenkins household. The kids and I are sick and didn't even make it to church today. I sent Dave so he could teach our primary class. So the kids didn't even get to wear their new Easter outfits to church today. I was so looking forward to dressing them up and getting some cute pictures to post on my blog but so much for that idea! Hopefully we will be feeling better next Sunday and we can get some cute pictures!

Baby Jenkins is 11 weeks old today! I'm over a quarter of the way there! Yipee! Dave is certain it is going to be a boy (of coarse), and I'm kinda hoping for a girl but will be happy with whatever we get! Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Weeks 8 and 9!

Your pregnancy: 8 weeks

How your baby's growing:New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

Your pregnancy: 9 weeks

How your baby's growing:Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Ok, my doctor's appointment isn't until March 27th so I still am not sure what my due date is so from what I figure it should be Sunday, October 12th. So that puts me at 9 weeks this week. Everything seems to be going smoothly, except of coarse this ridiculous nauseated feeling I am getting really SICK of (no pun intended). Still fitting into my jeans and hope that continues for the next oh, let's say 31 weeks! I'm such an optimist, aren't I?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Baby Jenkins-Week 7

How Baby Jenkins is growing: The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

Man, what I'm wondering is how that all fits into something the size of a blueberry! Oh, and how does something the size of a blueberry make me feel like BARFING all day long??? Oh, the joys of pregnancy, but nope, I wouldn't trade it for anything!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

We are no longer 4!

Ok, so here's the latest with the Jenkins Family: Check out the pictures to see! For those of you having a hard time reading the writing on the kids shirts, click on the picture and it should enlarge the picture!

This is how we told Dad the big news! This picture frame was on his nightstand and he took a while to finally get it! Let's just say he was speechless!

We just told the kids tonight and they seem to be pretty excited! I don't think they really understand fully what is going on, especially Raygan, because she told us that she is NOT going back in my tummy!! I hope not for my sake! Anyway, we are no longer 4 but 5 (if all goes well, which we are praying for)!