This is week 9 (well, 9 weeks, 2 days. I've heard my embryo size is over an inch or the size of a grape. On Friday, my Lil Berger will be a fetus, reaching the 10 week mark! YAY! My husband and I will be celebrating by taking a quick trip to one of our favorite spots -- Camp Sherman, OR. We always rent a cabin in the middle of Ponderosa Pines along the Metolius River in the fall. What do we do for fun? Play cards, watch movies by the fire, take a hike -- plan and simple -- we relax. No phone coverage, no computers -- just the husband, dog and I. Since this is an annual tradition, next year we'll be bringing baby with us.
Baby Center's activity for week 9 is start a daily ritual to connect with your baby. According to their website:
Diane Sanford, a clinical psychologist who focuses on pregnancy and postpartum adjustment, encourages women to set aside two five- to ten-minute periods a day to think about their baby. Just after waking up and before going to sleep works well for many expectant moms. During these times, sit quietly and gently rest your hands on your belly. Focus on your breathing and then start thinking about your baby (your hopes and dreams, your intentions as a parent, etc.). It's a great way to initiate the bonding process and to help you plan for the kind of parent you want to be.
So what are my dreams for my little "grape?" Since I've seen this activity, I've found myself daydreaming about Lil Bergers life (mainly because I fall asleep on the couch and then sleep walk to the bed). I dream about how strong and healthy my baby is growing inside me. I dream that my baby will be smart and beautiful. I dream that my baby will grow up to be a successful doctor, attorney or engineer. I dream that we're a close knit family. I think about family vacations and my Lil Berger playing with cousins. I could go on and on and on about this but I will keep some things to myself.
Morning sickness is starting to subside. For the first time in over a month, I walked to dog. We were both pooped after our 3 mile walk. I plan on going to the gym tomorrow and looking into swimming classes at our local pool. I want to be healthy during this pregnancy. I guess I'll start with exercising and then maybe the eating healthy thing will fall into place (after morning sickness subsides).
Now, off to watch the Simpsons and drink my Peligrino over ice instead of a glass of wine.