Sunday, February 10, 2008

Eleven Reasons Why

Incredibly, amazingly, undeniably, and miraculously it is once again that time of the week. It is time to celebrate the passing of another seven days and welcome all that is to come in the next few.


According to Pregnancy Week By Week at Babies Online:

"Your baby's organ systems are now functioning and he has a skeleton, nerves and blood circulation. Your baby's tiny feet are fully formed and shaped and could stand on an adult's fingernail. The most critical part of baby’s development is now over, and the remainder of the pregnancy is about rapid growth, organ maturation and getting ready for delivery. In fact, your baby grows so quickly now that he will start out this week being approximately 21 - 25 mm or 0.85 - 1.0 inches and by the end of the week will be 44 - 51 mm or 1.75 - 2.0 inches and weigh approximately 7 grams! Your baby’s head is about ½ of his body length. The baby’s eyelids are fused now and the irises are developing. Your baby will begin to get baby teeth, fingernails, toenails and hair follicles this week, too."

In a word? Wow. One of my books said that the baby would be the size of a lime by week's end. We happen to have some limes in a fruit bowl downstairs. Those suckers are pretty good sized!

Which might explain my ever-expanding waistline. No, I am not "showing," I just look fat. But my husband noticed it for the first time last night, instead of it just being my overcritical eye. So, as you might have guessed, I have another addition to:

Eleven Reasons Why This Pregnancy Is Different and Should Result In A RLB*

1) IVF

2) Lovenox

3) Great heartbeat - at 10weeks, 1 day it was 164 bpm

4) Consistent measurements- Ahead three days this last week!

5) Pregnancy vitamins

6) Phenergan - can I tell you how much I love this drug?!?!

7) Pure and utter faith - this baby is the farthest we have ever gotten in gestational age. As of today, we are exactly at the date when we found out that we had lost Gummy Bear. It's all unchartered territory moving forward.

8) No spotting - even though I have had lot of cramping these past few days.

9) Constipation

10) Fainting - three times since last week, once on my front steps, which was really scary. I have a couple of nice bruises, but no permanent damage.

11) Expanding waistline - At my 11 week appointment with Gummy Bear, I was still easily fitting into my regular jeans. For one million dollars, I could not button up my regular jeans now. I love it.

*Real Live Baby



18 comments:

Kathy said...

11 is my lucky number and I have such a good feeling that you will get a RLB, make that YOUR very own RLB from this/your pregnancy. CONGRATS ON 11 WEEKS!!! :)

alison said...

Your baby looks like a real baby now! How very exciting. I'm happy for you and your expanding waistline. Hopefully it keeps growing and growing!

Antigone said...

I'm so happy for you. :-) It really is great news that your baby is measuring well too - a very good sign.

Geohde said...

It is amazing to read about all the things the clever little buggers get up to in utero. I always think it's a good thing they don't require specific direction from me, their mother, because well.....it'd be a million year pregnancy.

Here's to breaking out the elastic waists :)

J

soapchick said...

Congrats on week #11 and also on the expanding belly! woo hoo!

Amy said...

All sounds great Katie! I still think of you daily and send you my best wishes!

~Carrie said...

Congrats on week 11! Here's to none of your clothes fitting for many more months!

Polka Dot said...

yay for 11 weeks!! It's so exciting to see each week pass.

Maria said...

YAY for the #11!! Those fainting episodes scare me!! I worry about you getting banged up! Such wonderful news that you can't button your pants! Time to get a belly band!

Searching said...

Yay!!! :) What GREAT news and a wonderful list! Do you have a name for RLB? You worry me a bit with these continued fainting spells...

Fertilize Me said...

wooo hooooo I'm doing a happy dance for you! Congrats on 11 weeks

Jen said...

Hooray on reaching the 11 week mark! I'm sure you've never been so happy to see your waistline expanding!

Susan said...

Awesome. I'm so glad things are going well!

Just wanted to mention that I also had feelings like cramping at around 11 weeks that were, in fact, round ligament pain from my belly muscles stretching to accommodate the baby. Sounds like that's what's going on with you too. I'm rooting for you!

Melissa said...

I am sending your little "lime" lots of prayers and wonderful thoughts.
Congrats on having 11 more reasons on why this will be YOUR baby for real. ;)

Laura said...

Yay! I love reading these! I am so happy that everything is progressing well.

Rebecca said...

I just found your blog from someone else's blog, so I hope you don't mind me stopping by. Congratulations...I'm PG with twins (11 weeks this past Friday), so it's nice to finally hear good news from someone having gone through IF treatments...good luck!

Julia Schuck said...

Katie - thanks for your comments on my blog. I appreciate your kind words. Good wishes to you and your new pg - I hope all goes well for you and you have your RLB.

Debby said...

oh you're so close to the magic # 12! I'm so pumped for you!