from me …
Ugh. No, in all honesty, it’s been an okay week. Today is pretty good, and with the exception of Wednesday and Thursday, I’ve been alright. A typical day is good in the morning, bad from 2/3/4:00 or so until bedtime. Whatever. The most exciting part of the week was, of course, meeting the bubble on Monday! It was awesome! We watched the heartbeat, then got to hear it! How awesome! Everything else went well, and thank heavens, I have a wide pelvis! Yes! Well, not that it necessarily means anything, but it could help at the critical moment! At this point in the game, I’m hoping for 3 +/- more weeks of this sickness nonsense. I’m ready to have some fun with this bubble! Watch, I’ll be the one who is sick from the beginning right on through to the end. Argh.
My next appointment is on the afternoon of November 10th (A’s birthday!), and by then, I’ll be just over 15 weeks. Oh my!
P.S. – Call me crazy, but a grape seems kind of big!
Oh, and if you haven’t entered your guess, what are you waiting for!? Birthday, gender, weight and length are as tough as the questions get! I think you can handle it!
Your pregnancy: 9 weeks
How your baby’s growing:
Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.
stats @ 9 weeks:
Your baby has grown to the size of a grape, weighs a fraction of an ounce, and is almost 1 inch long.
Week 9 of Pregnancy: The Fetal Heartbeat Strengthens
Sunrise, sunset: Would you believe your baby is having his or her first graduation already? Yes, it’s true: Your scholar-to-be has ended his or her embryonic stage and is entering the fetal period now (good-bye embryo, hello fetus). Your fetus is now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please). The head has straightened out and is more fully developed, the ears are much more prominent, and some new organs (the liver, spleen, and gallbladder) are forming. Your fetus is also making spontaneous movements of his or her arms and legs now that minuscule muscles are beginning to develop, though you won’t feel your tiny dancer for at least another two months.
While it’s way too early to feel anything, it’s not too early to hear something (possibly). Your baby’s heart is developed enough — and grown large enough — so that its beats can be heard with a Doppler, a handheld ultrasound device that amplifies the lub-dub sound the heart makes. But don’t worry if your practitioner can’t pick up the sound of your baby’s heartbeat yet. It just means your shy guy or gal is hiding in the corner of your uterus, or has his or her back facing out, making it hard for the Doppler to find its target. In a few weeks (or at your next visit) the miraculous sound of your baby’s heartbeat is certain to be audible for your listening pleasure.