Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ten Reasons Why

Oooh, this is getting exciting.

So, the little Widget on the left doesn't look much different that last week, but according to Pregnancy Week By Week at Babies Online:

This week marks the beginning of the fetal period, which lasts until birth. Your baby’s body systems, such as circulatory, nervous, reproductive and digestive, are fully formed during this time. His heart is beating approximately 160-170 beats per minute. Your baby is 27 - 35 mm or 1.06 - 1.38 inches with ½ the length being attributed to the head. He weighs between 3 - 4 grams (or less then ½ ounce), or 4 paper clips.

Also, your baby will become much more
active than before, but unfortunately, his movements are still too small for you to notice. He will be moving his arms and legs, which can be seen on an ultrasound. Your baby's joints are fully formed, as are his tiny hands, feet, fingers and toes. At this age, he would be able to grab an object, if it were placed in his hand, as he grows more and more sensitive to touch. Your baby's eyes are open most of the time but the eyelids are beginning to fuse – they will stay that way until you reach approximately 25 to 27 weeks. The external genitalia are beginning to be able to show your baby’s gender and both the external ears and upper lip are completely formed now. Your baby’s biggest accomplishment this week is the disappearance of the tail!

Also, your baby is breathing. This breathing activity is noticeable as he “breathes”
amniotic fluid. He is beginning to urinate as well.

Well, our baby has managed to lose its tail, breathe, and pee this week (okay, is it wrong that I am slightly grossed out that it is peeing in me?)! In honor of those accomplishments, I present to you:

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

1) IVF - We know the embryo was gorgeous, the baby should be, too!

2) Lovenox - it certainly made my head "wound" bleed like a stuck pig, so it should be working to get the bloodflow to the baby.

3) Great heartbeat - at 9 weeks, 1 day it was 172 bpm.
4) Consistent measurements- The baby has always measured two days ahead at each ultrasound.
5) Pregnancy vitamins - I got a new one this week, with a bonus stool softener - yay!
6) Phenergan - I had to switch to this old standby this week, because my insurance company only pays for so much Zofran in a month.
7) Pure and utter faith - this is a big week for us. When the baby looks good on Tuesday's ultrasound, it will be the farthest that we've ever gotten in gestational age.
8) No spotting - not even a tiny speck, and believe me, I'm still looking.
9) Constipation - alleviated by a combination of #5 and my daily prune juice.
10) Fainting - now, normally this would not be on a list of positives, but it's different. Anything different is good in my world. Also, it is a sign that everything is progressing and that my blood flow is rearranging itself for my little one, so it gets a place of honor on the list.

*Real Live Baby


Samantha said...

Fun to imagine a little person peeing in your body, eh? Seems like a good accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Yay for your baby looking like a baby and not like a tadpole today! So very, very exciting. And yes I would be a bit weirded out by the pee, but just think that we all did it at some point. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

yay!! everything is going great! I'm so excited for you...oh and i dont know this from "personal" experience...but a few months before the first time i ever got pregnant I was in the delivery room with my sister in law...and let me tell give some advice to ur hubby..DON'T GO DOWN BY HER LEGS..i made that mistake and all the fluids squirted all over me as the whole head came out! absolutely just thank ful my face was saved! lol..just the whole pee part got me thinking...ewwwwwwwwww!! lol

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Maria said...

Those are ten really great reasons! YAY for bonus stool softener!! Cole always says the same thing. Different is good.

It's so amazing how much your little baby is growing!! So beautiful.

Jen said...

Isn't it amazing how fast they grow? I look at your counter and it looks like a real baby now. Woohoo!

Mel said...

Love reading this. :)
No weird tail for your kid! (picturing Jason Alexander in Shallow Hal right now) LOL

In Search of Morning Sickness said...

I am so excited for your appt tomorrow.... And so very glad for the way this pregnancy is turning out so far. I love your list... gives me hope for you to.

I'l like to say that you were one of the first RPL gals I met up with online, and you've helped me understand so much from your openness. Friday I met a lady who'd lost 3 babies each at 8w4-6d. It helped me to listen and ask good questions when she opened up. Thank you for your honest and kind spirit.

AwkwardMoments said...

KATIE!! YAH! Happy 10 weeks!

Searching said...

My goodness, I missed alot the last few days!! Firstly, I am SO glad you are okay! How'd the bloodwork look? Scalp wounds always bleed more to begin with, so I'm sure it was a decent amount of blood. Glad your hubby was just in the driveway!

Yay on the baby news! I'm so happy for you. :) You have prayers every day for your little one to have a nice, uneventful 40 weeks. (Yes, I am cruel, I want you to suffer the ENTIRE full-term pregnancy time. No preemies for you! You live too far for me to spoil that baby rotten so you'll just have to skip the NICU).

Alyssa said...

Katie, this is such a wonderful weekly update! Isn't it amazing to think about all the things your little one is already doing, even while still so small!