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12 weeks and counting!

Published August 30, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother
Hello!

Hello!

Today is the day that I would see the wonderful creation my daughter is holding and nurturing inside her body. Meeting at the OBGYN doctors office, I sat in the waiting room playing my favorite game “Bejeweled” on my phone. Seeing the ultrasound actually was important to me but I never knew of the emotions that would emerge from my heart. As we wait for our name to be called, sitting in the waiting room watching the other families that came in to sit down and wait for their turn, I felt that we were all collectively in the same circumstance and it put me in a better, more hopeful mood.

Our family was called to see the ultrasound technician. We seem to walk in an endless hallway of doctor office doors. Soon we reached our destination to the sonogram room where a woman dressed in a lab coat with denim jeans was waiting for us. My daughter sat on the table and got ready as instructed from the technician. It seemed more modern than when I went for her ultrasound in ’93. I was alone when I found out that I was having a girl, unfortunately her father had to work.

The beautiful profile with (her) arms at either side of (her) head.

The beautiful profile with (her) arms at either side of (her) head.

As the wand was waving across my daughter’s stomach, I could see a piece of perfection emerging on the screen. The baby appeared to be healthy but stubborn. (She) was laying on her back with her legs laying on the wall of the uterus. It was, in my opinion, the cutest introduction. Floating in the embryonic fluid, there was my reason for living (inside my other reason for living.)

I’ve never been a “kid” person although I was blessed with a child. Now I am blessed with a grandchild and I couldn’t be more happy knowing that beautiful angel will be in my arms in about 6 months.

Week 10-11 of my grand baby’s growth

Published August 28, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother

As I sit here watching the new “Star Trek”, I think about James T. Kirk not having his parents together. His father was on the Starship Enterprise and was attacked by enemies while his wife was on a pod leaving the ship, giving birth to their only child, never to see her husband again.

While I realize this is just a movie, I wonder how my grandchild will deal with (her) parents not living together. My daughter will not keep the child away from the other family. That was not how she was brought up. I am just hoping the other family will hold their end of the bargain. A child should not have to go through a situation without their other parent being absent..in any case. 

There are many positives in this week. My daughter has regained some energy back that she didn’t have from the weeks before. Her appetite has somewhat returned and things are looking better for her. She is now at week 10-11..and my grand baby is no bigger than a fig. This is wonderful news! The risk of congenital birth defects are now lessened which makes me (almost) breathe a sigh of relief. (Her) fingernails have slightly formed with the look of a ‘human fetus’ connected to the placenta, (which is now functioning.) My daughter found a really good app for her iPhone that describes what is happening to your body while you are making this transition to motherhood. The pregnancy app is on iPhone, iPod touch and android. It is free and it tracks your day-to-day growth.  

App reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board

The BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today app is everything that millions of women love about BabyCenter right in their purse.” – Linda Murray, BabyCenter editor-in-chief

BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today is the most comprehensive daily pregnancy app from the world’s most trusted pregnancy and parenting resource. Simply enter your baby’s due date, and BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today turns your phone into an expert guide for each day of your pregnancy. Feel more prepared for your baby’s birth and get the answers you need, whenever you need them.   Here’s what you’ll get:

  • My pregnancy day by day: BabyCenter’s renowned weekly guide to pregnancy is now optimized for your smart phone with daily information and advice.
  • Fetal development images: See your baby grow with our one-of-kind images developed by expert medical illustrators.
  • Pregnancy checklist:  This interactive to-do list is filled with activities and reminders to keep you on track with decisions, doctor appointments, and more.
  • Award-winning videos: Watch what’s happening inside the womb with breathtaking 3-D animations, or, get informed (and inspired) about your own delivery day with live-action birth videos.
  • Birth clubs: Meet other moms-to-be who are due at the same time as you and get instant advice and support.
  • Due date calculator: Figure out your due date and count down to the big day.
  • Nutrition guide: These tips and recipes will help you eat well and manage cravings.

Here is the address: http://www.babycenter.com/my-pregnancy-today-app or you can find it in the app store

Seven weeks and counting…

Published August 28, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother

Such a rainy day outside. Very dreary. I am finding myself doing more and more when it comes to my blogs. Diving myself into my work is probably a place that I find safety or piece of mind. If I am not playing that addictive game “Bejeweled” that I have recently downloaded on my phone, I would go absolutely out of my mind. My daughter remains on the couch, too sick to go out for walks, too sick to eat. Her eyes seem to be bigger than her stomach while I prepare the foods of her cravings. She takes two bites of whatever I make for her then pushes it aside. I feel bad and I don’t know what else to do to help her with her appetite. I bought her some popsicles and I am planning on making her milkshakes and sorbet. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

It is comforting to know that someone who has been a wonderful mommy to all her dollies and barbies all her life will soon have a full-time baby and she will have the chance to play barbies with her daughter. Unfortunately I was never in to playing dolls. In turn, that was detriment to my relationship with my daughter. We were alone since she was four years old. I have to thank my mother and my sister for helping me. They had a big hand in raising this child. I am just hoping that I can do the same for my grand baby as they did for my daughter. Like I have said before, any suggestions would help in planning on making her things such as milkshakes. What would be the best thing for pregnant women to snack on?

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My Grand Baby’s First Picture

Published August 28, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother

Sleep. That is the word of the month. She has no energy for anything and it is scaring the bejesus out of me. As she is in a constant deep sleep, I am pacing the hall hoping to hear her rustle around in her bed or talk in her sleep. But she is REALLY catching up on whatever sleep that her body is craving. Her eating habits have also slowed down which is another worry. When I was carrying her, there was nothing I didn’t crave. If you set food in front of me, nine times out-of-ten, it would be gone.

The day is finally here. July 24th, the baby’s daddy and my pregnant daughter went to the doctor for her first OBGYN check-up. Everything went wonderful. They heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. It was strong and powerful. The doctor gave her a prescription of pills to stop her from being so nauseous. Hopefully it will help her regain her appetite. That is an on-going worry for me.

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My daughter came home from her appointment with a picture of my grandchild. Like a damn  fool, I put it on Facebook, Google and I even Vined it. Here is HER first picture of my grand  baby’s existence. I am so proud to see HER healthy and steadily growing in my daughter’s  belly. My daughter’s new due date is March 13, 2014. It is close to her father’s birthday which  is March 17th. I am hoping that she will give birth during that time….if she can’t deliver on

my birthday of March 4th, at least do it for him.

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