Week 18

It’s now week 18 and almost half way through the pregnancy.  We’ll have a visit to the doctor next week.

So, how’s the baby doing?  Of course, it’s still growing.  The legs and arms are moving around quite a bit now.  The ears are in their correct position now, but standing out a bit.  The blood vessels are also visible through the skin.

How’s the mother doing?  Still occasionally feeling sick and sometimes feeling dizzy due to low blood pressure.  Her right leg is experiencing pain quite regularly.  The baby and uterus is pressing against the vena cava, a large vein in the back, and this is causing a build up of blood in the leg, lower blood pressure and varicose veins in the right leg.  She’s trying to sleep on her left side to reduce this.  Also, a much more exciting thing is happening.  She’s definitely feeling the baby moving!

Week 16

This is the first of the weekly baby development updates.  This week, we don’t have a check-up with the hospital about the baby, so this information is what the baby should be like at the moment.  We are now at week 16!

At this moment, the baby is still quite small, possibly around 11cm long from head to bottom.  The head is developing quite nicely, more erect, the ears are in the correct position.  The scalp pattern is developing now, too.  No hair yet, though.  Toenails are starting to grow and the heart is pumping lots of blood through its body.

The womb is now half way between the pelvic bone and the bellybutton, so a baby bump starts to appear at this time.  From what I can tell, morning sickness is mostly gone, but still comes back sometimes.  Also, lots of itchiness due to hormones.

What can we expect soon?  Well, we should be able to feel the baby moving and kicking within the next couple of weeks.  Also, the baby is about to start a growth spurt, doubling in weight and growing in size a lot faster over the next few weeks.

Things are changing

The morning sickness is getting better.  This is definitely a good thing.  However, the back pain is starting.  She’s going to need something to keep herself comfortable while sitting.

Next week, we’ll be going to the clinic for the first time in about a month.  Now that the second trimester has started, major changes are going to happen over the next while.  Hopefully, I can see the ultrasound and see the baby moving.  The last few times, I hadn’t gone in to see it myself.

Welcome to the new blog!

First of all, I’d like to welcome my friends, family and regular readers of my Japan blog to this blog.  I’ve started this blog to talk about my adventures in becoming a father and what it’s like to raise kids in Japan.  This blog will not affect my Japan blog, which I will continue to update regularly.

Here’s the story up until now.  My fiancee and I are expecting a baby in January 2012.  The baby is currently at week 12, nearing the end of the first trimester.  We first figured that we were going to have a baby when the morning sickness and missed period happened, so we got a pregnancy test.  It tested positive.  Of course, we’re supposed to test again a week later, so we did.  Positive again.  This meant it was time for a visit to the women’s clinic!  So, while I was working, my fiancee went to a clinic and found out what we had already figured out, she’s pregnant.  The baby was at 6 weeks 5 days at the time, and very tiny.  Our lives changed instantly.  We’re going to be parents!

Over the weeks, we had regular visits at the clinic, getting updates about the baby’s progress.  At 8 weeks, 5 days, the baby had the shape of a human.  We also had a heartbeat!  At 10 weeks, 5 days, it was looking so much more like a baby.  It was so real.  We then changed clinics, where they revised the age to 11 weeks, 1 day.  We had more pictures, including a 4D picture which looked more like a computer generated blob.  The big news from the doctor was that this baby is powerful.  Very strong, very active and always moving.  It’s also a bit big, so we may have a big baby.  This visit was just over a week ago.  We’re now in week 12, and our next visit to the clinic is August 11th.

How’s my fiancee doing?  Well, Aki is suffering from morning sickness every day.  The usual pregnancy symptoms are there, feeling sleepy, sick, sometimes hurting, not a big appetite, craving sour food and drinks.  After week 13, the morning sickness is supposed to start going away, and the baby bump is supposed to start appearing.  This means no more sleeping or lying down on her stomach.  Her appetite should return, too.

We won’t know the gender of the baby won’t be known for a while, although I’ve read it can be found out by the 4th month, though most likely around 5th or 6th month.  We’ll take either a boy or a girl happily.  Actually, we want one of each (just not both with this one pregnancy!). We even have a girl’s name picked out, but no boy’s name yet.  We have time to think about it.

Thanks for coming here, and I know this blog doesn’t have much yet, and there’s still a lot of tweaking to do, but I hope you enjoy it.