Baby this week – The size of a cherry. With it’s basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, our baby is kind of starting to look like A BABY this week. Exciting! Little one has graduated from embryo to fetus, hooray! The digestive tract and reproductive organs are formed, but it’s still too early for even a skilled technician to tell whether it’s a boy or a girl. We will have to wait quite a few more weeks… especially considering that we live in China!
Week 10. Mommy this week – This weeks started on an awful note. I was the sickest that I have ever been, and strangely enough just after thinking that the nausea was starting to subside in week 9. It’s true that nausea is a sign that baby is growing and all is well, but nothing feels right about nausea to me! Plenty mothers-to-be have no nausea and end up with perfectly healthy babies, so comments like, “Well at least you know baby is growing nicely inside you”, only make me wonder if the people saying that have ever felt this much nausea every day. All day. Non-stop! The only thoughts that exists are, “Am I dying?”, “When will it end?” and “Whhhhy me?”
Baby this week – The size of a kumquat (or a prune). With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, our baby is making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks. Arm joints are now working (soon, legs will too), and baby is able to stretch it’s spine now. His/ her eyes and eyelids are more developed and the eyebrows are beginning to grow.
Baby this week – The size of a lime. With skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through, baby now has a ratio of 1:1 between head and body. Finger and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming — here come all the good looks! 🙂 From now through week 20 of pregnancy, baby will increase 30-fold in weight and triple in length.
Week 12. Mommy this week – I started to feel a bit more human around week 12, day 2. I woke up with absolutely no nausea, and was able to get straight out of bed without any problems. Coincidentally, I then had to call in sick and make my way to the hospital because I discovered that I had some sort of infection which made it hard for me to walk for the first hour after getting out of bed. My friend, Amber, who is fluent in Chinese, went with me to the hospital where I will be delivering the baby. This turned out the be the visit I planned to do the following week, but that is a story all on it’s own, so I will do a separate blog post about that. Needless to say, despite an infection – which the doctor said was not too serious – I got to see baby, and hear the heartbeat for the very first time. I was extremely happy to hear that everything was on track, and that our baby was just where he/ she needed to be.
Baby this week – At almost three inches long, baby is the size of a plum. As we move into the second trimester, baby has started to shift into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of baby’s systems are fully formed. Fingernails, toenails, and bones are forming, and a fine layer of hair covers most of baby’s body.
Now that you are all caught up on weeks 0-12, we will be switching to weekly updates about mommy, baby, and the ever growing baby-bump. Stay tuned for those every Wednesday!