Monday, December 3, 2012

9 weeks

First off, I should note that I'm sorry I haven't posted much else other than weekly updates. I'm sick and exhausted 99.9% of the time and generally the only time I manage to post is while I'm at work trying to make it through the day.

I am still reading others' blogs, but not always commenting. Sorry, I've been a bad blogger.

Also, I have trouble deciding how many weeks/days I am. Sometimes I go by LMP date (but not usually...even though my doctor still seems to), other times by ovulation date, other times by ultrasound dating. O date and U/S date are only 2 days if my posts aren't always the same based on the previous week, my apologies.

How Far Along: About 9 weeks

Last week's abdominal ultrasound....sorry for the crappy pic:

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a green olive this week!

Interesting Developmental Stuff: 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.

Total Weight Gain: Around 4 lbs. at my appt. last week

Sleep: Still about 11-12 hours a night. And usually a nap on weekend days. And total lack of energy.

Symptoms: All-day nausea. Not vomiting, but VERY close. Super tired. Less uterus stretching/cramping this week, which scares me sometimes. UTI is gone...yay!

Cravings: Stouffer's macaroni and cheese. Corn pops. Taco bell nachos. Nacho cheese Doritos.

Gender: No clue.

Movement: Not even close unless gas counts ;)

Maternity Clothes: Still regular clothes for work. But maternity jeans on weekends.

Milestones: Seeing the heartbeat again, this time with my mom at last week's appt! Not having to come back until I'm 12 weeks!

What I'm looking forward to: 12 week appointment on December 26!

The belly: Bloated and round.


  1. So glad to see an update for you! I can't believe that you'll be 12 weeks soon. So very exciting! Your pic is lovely. It is so hard for them to get a good shot using the abdominal ultrasound so early, but I can totally make out your little baby from it! :)

    1. I can't believe how fast it's flying by now. I'll be 12w on Christmas Day! And I get that week off paid, plus 2 days the next week for New Years...I can't wait...time for sleep :)

      My mom was so amazed by the little heartbeat!

  2. wonderful, wonderful news!! i've been keeping you in my prayers and am just so happy for you and the mr!!

    glad you're getting your rest and were able to hear the heartbeat!!
    and 12 weeks on christmas day - that's a beautiful gift. :)