Antinatal Screening

I just logged in and got the results of my blood test that was taken at 7 1/2 weeks: "Your antenatal screening blood tests are all normal, and you are immune to Rubella."  I guess we can claim that our baby was "normal" at least for the first weeks of his/her life. 


Week 9


Fetal development in pregnancy week 9:fetus in third month Congratulations! Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club, a very exclusive and exiting new stage in their prenatal development. Basically, this means the little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo creature to a recognizable human being! This week in particular, the irises of their little eyes can function, but (frustratingly for them?) their eyelids remain fused shut for a while yet. Their external ears are formed and their inner ears are now filled with fluid—so your little one is already developing their sense of balance. Your baby's little swimmer legs are still relatively small, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: their kidney is actually functioning now, which means they’ve started urinating (this might seem charming now but wait till you have to start buying diapers!).

And how's mom doing? You’re nearing the end of the first trimester and while there are plenty of dynamic and noticeable changes going on inside of you, not many changes are noticeable to you, with the exception of a mildly bulging midline-- which doesn't look pregnant enough to stop people from wondering if you need to lay off the donuts (I DONT Have this yet...although it is a matter of time I am sure).  Stilly eating a lot and sleeping at least 10 hours a night and sometimes MORE.  I guess I am stocking up on sleep since I have a lot of sleepless nights ahead of me!


From Aunt Teenie

Yeah, Mo said yuz gonna be a granma! Labor Day may have a whole new meaning this year! 

zinsercls (Claudia): i gotta see when labor day really is this year, it is the 1st so thats perfect - go into labor on the 1st born on the 2nd


Week 8

Fetal development in pregnancy week 8:embryo in second month Woohoo! You've got one whole inch of baby inside of you! Your little embryo has finally reached the one-inch mark (30mm). And if it were possible to take a peek, you could actually see your tiny baby without a telescope! What’s more, your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features. For starters, their little tail (really just the spinal cord) has disappeared completely. It’s nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! Additionally, both their toes and fingers are prominent with very little, if any, webbing. Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable joints (elbows and knees) and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify. But don’t expect your baby to resemble either parent quite yet. Right now, your baby’s head is disproportionately larger than the rest of their body--making up almost half of your little one’s height and weight!


Strong Heart Beat!

 We just got back from our first doctors appointment!  

As soon as the ultra sound popped on the screen Jason said that he was getting really hot and needed to sit down, he thought he was going to pass out (he forgot to eat breakfast and it was really hot in there).  Luckily for him the lady at the front desk forgot to tell me to empty my bladder so we had to take a break for me to go to the bathroom because we could not see the entire embryo (dot in picture).  Jason went and got a drink and then took his shirt off (luckily he had an undershirt on).  Finally we were ready for the ultrasound.  She was calculating that we were 81/2 weeks so when the measurements came back at 71/2 weeks she said "this is small I am going to look for another one.............." BUT there was just one.  She realized that she was calculating the weeks wrong and we were at 71/2 weeks so the embryo was measuring correctly and had a strong heart beat!  

We will go back in 4 weeks for another appointment, but we will not have another ultrasound until 18 weeks and then the embryo will look like a baby.  You can see the baby below...doesn't it look like it has my eyes? Just kidding :)  We are excited that everything looks great so far!



Jason and I went and saw Juno, it is a pretty good movie.  The star, Juno, did an amazing job and this was her first movie.  For the record, I do NOT plan to get as large as she was.  Her stomache was HUGE.  Time will tell.  

Jason and I have discovered that boy names are more difficult than girl names, at least for us.  I never understood the Junior, I, II, thing, but now I know why people do it, cause then they dont have to think of a new name!  Don't worry we wont be having any Jason or Monica Juniors.  

January 15th is ALMOST here, I can't wait....one more day!

***No changes in symptoms just HUNGRY and tired.


Week 7


Fetal development in pregnancy week 7:embryo in second month Your baby is really beginning to develop more physical definition this week – their oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore, it’s actually a little bit pointy. The tiny receding tail bud is now starting to be overshadowed by the growth of their legs, which are now complete with knees and the beginnings of toes. Their eyes and ears are the most visible features on their head and their miniature bones are starting to harden throughout their body. You also have some variation on a boy or a girl at this point, although their genitals won’t be visible enough to determine which color cigars you’re going to buy until around the 16th week. ....BUT we are NOT going to find out the gender.  

It is a good thing that my boss thinks that I eat all the time because I work out a lot because our IT guy came by today and said “Every time I walk by here you are eating, where does it go?” and my boss said “that’s because she exercises all the time, even at lunch.”  haha little do they know.  I usually eat a few snacks throughout the day, but now I am eating something every hour.


More Symptoms

Yesterday I discovered that the smell of fresh tomatoes is NOT appealing. They taste fine, but I had to breathe through my mouth while slicing them. I felt a little “off” yesterday, but I wouldn't say I was nauseous, just not feeling as good as I usually do. Hopefully this isn’t a sign that morning sickness is about to take over. I feel better today so I will avoid tomatoes and see if that helps. 

I have still been enjoying naps and going to bed early!


Week 6


Fetal development in pregnancy week 6:embryo in second month This is going to be a busy week for your amazing little embryo. Their brain is still growing remarkably fast; miniature hand plates are starting to develop and the early formations of what will be their fingers are already visible. Also, the lower limbs do not develop quite as fast, so they’re pretty much still flippers. Up until this point, your baby has been very curled up with the head and tail in close proximity, but this week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten as their tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, they’re already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch!