Sunday, February 17, 2008

Twelve Reasons Why

Ladies (and of course, the rare gentleman that might stumble across my blog), can you believe that Widget to the left?!?! Look at that BABY! Twelve weeks.

As always, I continue to be amazed to be pregnant. This pregnant. In just one week, I will be in the second trimester. Expect there to be a crazy amount of celebrating at this blog next Sunday. I am not naive, let me assure you. I know things can go wrong at any time during a pregnancy, but I also know that the chances of this little one being born safe and sound increase dramatically once I am in that promised land. However, let us know get ahead of ourselves. We still have a long week to go before that milestone and the 12th Week is still something to celebrate all on its own.

According to Pregnancy Week by Week at

By now, nearly all of your baby's organs, structures and systems are fully formed. The heart begins pumping several quarts of blood through your baby's body every day. Your baby has also begun to develop nerves and a spinal cord, allowing him to feel some types of pain. While your baby's brain is not the same size it will be at birth, it does have the same structure. Fingers and toes have separated and hair and nails continue to grow. Your baby is approximately 2.5 - 3.5 inches and weighs about 12 - 14 grams.

Also, the external genitals can now show definite signs of
male and female gender. Before, Where there was only reflex movement, your baby now moves spontaneously and at random, although his movements are still too slight to be felt. With the use of a Doppler, you may be able to hear your baby's heart beat at this office visit. It will sound very fast, similar to the sound of a running horse’s hooves. Once you hear this sound, you can rest assured that your risk of miscarriage is greatly reduced.

Now, I have to tell you, I don't like the fact that my sweet, innocent baby can feel pain. That just makes me a little sad, even though I know that it is part of the human condition. I will just pray that my baby knows little pain to no in his or her early life. I would say his or her whole life, but that is just not reasonable.

It's funny, when I started my "Blank Number of Reasons Why" Lists, I really didn't think about the outcome IF I actually stayed pregnant. The list may get both redundant and boring. Oh, well, I don't get a lot of traffic on Sundays anyway, so I'll have to risk putting my audience to sleep with my weekly list of:

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

1) IVF
2) Lovenox
3) Great heartbeat - at 11 weeks, 1 day it was 156 bpm
4) Consistent measurements- Measuring FIVE days ahead this last week!
5) Pregnancy vitamins
6) Phenergan - which I didn't have to take as much of this week
7) Pure and utter faith - could this be growing stronger?
8) No spotting - but I do have periods of pretty intense cramping. I just hope that's normal.
9) Constipation
10) Fainting - only fainted once this week, but I was off of work and spent most of my time on the couch.
11) Expanding waistline - Ugh, I feel so fat! But I am NOT complaining, just telling the truth!
12) Big breasts! - I think my breasts also got bigger with Gummy Bear, but last night, we went to a family event and my Aunt said, "Oh, yeah, you're pregnant." Immediately, my hands went self-consciously to my stomach, but she shook her head and pointed at the "girls" instead. I know my friend A has called them my "Porn Star" boobs! As I am a very modest size normally, this is a "fun" pregnancy symptom.

*Real Live Baby


Fertilize Me said...

wooooohoooo you celebrate all you want!! It is a huge milestone for you and you celebrate with balloons, cake, dancing whatever you want!!! Congrats on 12 weeks and nearing the second trimester

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! 12 weeks is an awesome milestone!

Amy said...

Congrats! I wish you luck throughout the whole pregnancy and even afterwards!

Adriane said...

12 weeks is awesome!!! I bet you will really celebrate next week!!! Congrats on this milestone and enjoy the boobs while they're there! :-)

Mrs. Piggy said...

wow this pregnancy is speeding along...seems just like yesterday you were debating whether or not to do ivf...
wow wow wow!

tryingin2007 said...

1 more week for me as well until "the promised land." I cannot wait!!!!

and yes, the bigger boobs are so much fun! (and so not me!)

Samantha said...

Great milestone to be passing! And great reasons for a RLB!

Geohde said...

and breath ouuuuutt :)

It's great to get to 12 weeks, eh? You realise we're due very close together?



soapchick said...

happy 12 week anniversary!

Maria said...

Whoa!! 12 weeks!! That's so amazing!!

Your little widget looks wonderful.

Tracy said...

HOORAY!!!!!!!!! 12 weeks!