Tuesday, April 21, 2009

9 weeks!

Call it pregnancy brain, laziness, or just being too darn busy. I completely forgot to post my 9 week update yesterday. Check back in a few days for my doctors update from yesterday!

(say good-bye to those jeans, at least without a bella band. They're not fitting so comfortable with that mass of bloat I have going on)
  • How far along? 9 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: down 4 lb. I got yelled at my doctor :(
  • How much does Baby weigh?:4 grams
  • Maternity clothes? Nope
  • Stretch marks? Nope
  • Sleep: The darn pee attacks have returned. I literally got up 7 times the other night to go to the bathroom!
  • Best moment this week: feeling a bit better about my relationship with food
  • Movement: Nope.
  • Food cravings: Things still don't sound great, but I'm not completely averse to the idea of eating.
  • Gender: It feels wrong to call it "she", so i'm feeling boy.
  • Labor Signs: Nope
  • Belly Button in or out? Innie
  • What I miss: sleeping like a champ
  • What I am looking forward to: getting completely past the m/s
  • Milestones: I ate some meat. Big deal!
My Baby:

By the end of Week 10, your baby graduates from embryo to fetus, which literally means "little one." It also translates to "I'm just going to keep getting bigger and bigger and so are you!" Other highlights this week:

Your baby has finally morphed from a little tadpole into, well, a baby. Not only is the face more human-like, but that unflattering "tail" (really just the developing spinal cord) has disappeared, fusing into the spinal column.

Your baby now has discernible fingers and toes, which will explain the steady stream of kicks and punches you'll feel down the line.

Junior's skeleton is starting to grow and harden. The ears are beginning to take shape and the eyelids are no longer transparent. Tooth buds are forming, although your baby won't get any teeth until six or seven (or eight or nine or 10) months after birth.

Baby's brain will make an incredible 25,000 new neurons every minute this week. While you may feel like you're losing as many as he's gaining, we can assure you it's not permanent. "Pregnancy brain," like nausea and bloating, is a temporary symptom that soon shall pass. (And then you'll get "Mommy brain," but we won't go there now.)

If you're baby is a boy, he's started producing that macho hormone testosterone. And whether your baby is a boy or a girl, the kidneys are creating copious amounts of urine. Lucky for you, you won't have to change a diaper for another 30 weeks.

Baby weighs only 4 grams and measures 1½ inches, about the size of a mondo Brazil nut.

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