Post by: Mommy Carpio 

I took the day off today.

I know pregnant women pee a lot, but I thought that was when the baby was bigger and pushing on your bladder.  Well, apparently, since my uterus is growing, it is pushing on my bladder also, and therefore I am peeing all the time!! 

Last night, I woke up only twice to pee, but the second time, which was at 1:30am, I couldn’t fall back asleep.  In fact, I didn’t fall back asleep until 3:00am.  That was because my stomach is cramping up – but again, it’s not too bad.

When I woke up at 6:10am, I was so completely exhausted, that I knew I couldn’t go to work today.  Tie that in with the fact that I think I’m getting a cold!  I was feeling sick when I was first thinking I was pregnant, and it’s gettin worse – my nose is stuffy, and I’m having hot and cold flashes (but I think the hot and cold flashes are part of the pregnancy).

I can’t wait for my doctor’s appointment.  I want them to tell me about Baby Carpio…when they think I’m due, and the things I need to do to take care of myself.  Gette warned me that it’s just a lot of questions – a LOT – and I’m fine with that.  I read somewhere, though, that they may even do some tests and stuff similar to a regular Gyno test (ick!). 

I’m falling asleep as I type this.  I’ll leave with the description from WhatToExpect.com of how Baby Carpio looks right now:

Week 5: Have a Heart
Your baby looks a lot like a tadpole this week, with a rudimentary head and a tail. But don’t worry — there’s no frog in your future. In fact, you’re fewer than eight months away from holding a real prince (or princess) in your arms.
It takes a lot of developing to become a baby — all the major (and minor) bodily systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous, and so on) and organs (heart, lungs, stomach…you get the idea) have to form from scratch. One of the first systems to be operational is the circulatory (or blood) system — along with its companion organ: the heart. Right now, your baby’s heart is made up of two tiny channels called heart tubes — and they’re already hard at work, beating to their own drummer (it will be weeks before those beats become coordinated).  When those tubes fuse together, your baby will have a fully functioning heart (though it almost certainly already has its grip on yours).  Also in the works this week are several other organs, including the neural tube (the precursor to your baby’s brain and spinal cord), which hasn’t yet sealed, but by next week, that open-door policy is over.

So what does your little embryo — already the size of an orange seed (how fast they grow!) — look like now?  Actually, not unlike a tadpole, with a rudimentary head and a tail.  But don’t worry — there’s no frog in your future. In fact, you’re fewer than eight months away from holding a real prince (or princess) in your arms.

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