Sunday, January 2, 2011

8 Weeks

Well, I am sorry to say but this week blueberry is the size of a kidney bean, no longer a blueberry.  But, like I said before, he/she will always be a blueberry muffin to us!

(Ian made me smile with my bottom teeth too, so this pic is weird.  Sorry!)

We have our first doctor's appointment tomorrow and I hope we get an ultrasound pic.  I know I won't be able to see blueberry but I will pretend I can (just like everyone else does with 8 week ultrasound pics) and I will be so excited about it anyway!  UPDATE (1/3/11):  Here is our ultrasound pic from today!

I also want to say welcome to those of you reading our blog for the first time.  We decided to post our pregnancy news on Facebook and Twitter after our first doctor's appointment, so here you are.  Feel free to read our past posts, I have been posting since we found out we were pregnant 3 weeks ago.  Explore our blog and have fun reading about our journey!  :)

This week I decided to focus on buying more baby friendly foods.  I looked in What to Expect When You're Expecting under The Pregnancy Diet and they have lists of the things you should be eating from certain food groups.  I pasted these lists below, with explanations, in case you don't want to buy the book (it's kind of an encyclopedia sort of book, I like other pregnancy books better).  I made my own shopping lists based on the lists in the book, and based on which foods I would actually eat.  It's hard for us because we eat a lot of vegetarian foods and don't eat meat that isn't organic, but I did my best.

(Never mind the orange rolls, bacon and hash browns - these were for Christmas morning with the fam.)

(Never mind the dish towels and sponges, you can't eat those!)

I also read, in the book I bought that I really like called The Baby Bump, that you should gain 2-5 pounds your first trimester and 25-30 pounds (if you were a healthy weight) your whole pregnancy.  I have gained a pound so far (since I got pregnant) and have a whole month left in this trimester, so I guess I'm doing ok.

This book also has a Chinese Gender Prediction chart that is supposed to be 90% accurate.  I hope it is because look what it said based on my age and the month of conception:

(yep, that's a smiling happy little girl!) 

Here are those recipe lists.  I think they are good for everyone, not just pregnant people who want to follow a balanced diet.

(Protien - have 3 of these daily)

(Vegetarian protein choices)

(Calcium - choose 4 of these.  I forgot to take a pic of some, here are those:  1/4 cup grated cheese, 1 ounce cheese, 1/2 cup pasteurized ricotta cheese, 1 cup milk or buttermilk, and 5 ounces calcium-added milk)

(These two pics are Vitamin C - three servings daily.)

(Green leafy and yellow veggies and yellow fruits - 3-4 servings daily.)

(Other fruits and veggies - 1-2 servings daily.)

(Whole grains - 6+ servings daily.  I also forgot some of these:  1 slice whole-wheat, whole rye or other bread, 1/2 whole wheat pita, roll, bagel, wrap, tortilla or English muffin, 1 cup cooked whole grain cereal.)

(Iron rich foods - some daily.)

(Fats and high-fat foods - 4 servings daily.)

You also need to take a prenatal vitamin (if planning a baby, expecting or breast-feeding, drink eight 8 ounce glasses of fluids and have salty foods in moderation.

The hardest thing for me has been eating a lot.  I don't normally eat a lot and I have been eating the same things for awhile, it is hard to get used to eating different foods and more than I'm used to.  I looked into a powder form of protein, since I thought that would be a good supplement in case I don't eat enough.  Jay Robb Whey Protein is all natural and doesn't have extra stuff or fake sugars, so it should be good.  I've read lots of reviews about it by pregnant women and they like it as a supplement.  I also wanted to tell you about fish.  You can eat fish - any kind except fish high in mercury like shark or swordfish (the bigger the fish, the more mercury), or shellfish like mussels or clams.  You can eat up to 12 ounces of fish a week including shrimp, salmon, cod, etc.  So, don't be afraid of getting your protein from fish too!


  1. Many congrats to you and your hubby!! Such exciting news! I'm a new follower. Looking forward to following along your journey!

    8 weeks pregnant

  2. Hello Linda, thanks for following!

    Check out the dates on this post, it was a year ago last January. We hope you keep reading because it has been a wild ride!