Thursday, July 28, 2005

Prenatal monitor

Aimee and Mike gave us a nice prenatal monitor that doubles as a baby monitor.

We tried it a couple of weeks ago with no luck. Not really surprised, as it says it most likely wont work until 2nd trimester. But I want to go try it right now, so I will tell you if it worked when I get home.

Thank you Aimee and Mike.

A little late, but he / she should look something like this

Your baby is about 2-1/2 inches from head to rump, and weighs just about 1-1/2 ounces. His heartbeat should now be detectable with an electronic Doppler (or heart monitor).

It's Official

Everyone at work now knows our good news!! I was a little nervous telling for some reason, but they took it well and have been excited and supportive.

Week 13

We just started week 13. At the end of this week, your baby officially enters the second trimester of development. Although only 3 inches from crown to rump and weighing just half an ounce, she looks, well, human! Her eyes have moved from the sides of her head to the front, and her ears are in their normal position. She's also got reflexes--if you prod her, she'll squirm (although you still won't feel it), and her hands and feet respond to stimuli by closing or clenching.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Nothing much

Sorry I haven't posted anything recently... I have been slammed at work.

Yesterday the baby's intestines supposedly formed. The muscles in the walls are becoming functional so that he/she can try to begin "practicing" the movement of food through the system.

Today, the palate is completely formed, it separates the nose from the mouth and enables us to eat and breath simultaneously.

The baby weighs half an ounce and is about 2.5 inches long

Today is the end of week 10 (or week 12 on the "since last period" calendar)... only 196 days to go.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Week 12

Now measuring between 2 and 3 inches from crown to rump, the fetus is busily doing his stretching and kicking exercises. All major organs are in place, and his brain, nerves, and muscles are starting to function. Although his gender was determined at conception, external genitalia won't fully develop for another couple of weeks. At that point, a sonogram may be able to show whether you're carrying a boy or a girl--if your baby will cooperate and face the camera!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bye Bye Embryo

Our baby gets promoted from embryo to fetus today! It is now a "well-proportioned, small scale baby", already making your daddy proud.

210 Days to go

Today our baby has apparently finished the "critical" development period of his or her (I had just typed it's ... but that didn't feel right) legs. Which means they are at the proper location and proportional size for this stage of development. Shoulders are present, and have rotated out to put the arms at the sides of the body. The fingers and toes are now completely separated (they were webbed last week). The cells that will become the skin is in place and the intestines have begun migrating from the umbilical cord to their stomach.

The genitals are developing but are still indistinguishable, man do I know how that feels! AND... the tail has disappeared... no more cat boy or girl!!

Our baby is about 1 1/16 inch long and weighs somewhere between .04 and .11 ounces and can easily be held in the bowl of a tablespoon.

That is just mind blowing.

I do have to say, and I pray that I don't get in trouble for this, cause I HONESTLY thing it is a beautiful thing, but Sherry has started to fill out her clothes a little bit more, and has started slipping into comfortable clothes AS SOON as she gets home from work. She is still having to hide most of her symptoms at work as only two people there know.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Bustin' out

Sherry purchased her first pair of Maternity pants this week. She also busted a button on her shirt, but I think that was just a coincidence. She wasn't feeling so hot over the last couple of days, so she went home early today just to rest. Considering she has over 90 hours of vacation time accrued to my 46 I think she'll be alright. Nothing much really going on, besides that. We will have reached the end of the 2nd month next Tuesday, so please hold off on open discussion for another 4 weeks.

Currently, there is less then a 5% chance of miscarriage, but we will still feel better once we reach the 2nd trimester on August 10th.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Pictures of Week 10

Your baby is now about 1-1/5 inches long (about 4 centimeters) -- and his head takes up about half of that size!

Right now, he weighs less than half an ounce. By the time your child is born, if he weighs 7-1/2 pounds (an average birth weight), he will multiply his current weight nearly 240 times.

Email fun

I have setup a group email so that you all can get the posts in email form versus having to come check here... send me an email if you want to get in on this sweet action.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Doctor Visit

Went to the doctor's office this morning for my first checkup with the actual "Doctor". Nothing too exciting- but Ben did get to meet her for the first time. She said that everything looks great and that I have only gained 1/2 pound. Considering that I feel like I have gained at least 10, I was pretty excited about that. Afterwards I went to IHOP with my mom and stuffed my face with french toast! YUMMY!

Week 10

The embryo reaches a developmental milestone at the end of this week--it has achieved its basic structural form, and will be known as a fetus (Latin for "offspring") from now until it reaches full term. Because the fetus is still curled up in a snug position in the uterus, it's hard to measure an exact length including the legs. For this reason, health professionals use the crown-to-rump measurement, or the distance from the top of the head to the buttocks. Your baby's crown-to-rump length is now about 1 1/4 inches, and she weighs less than half an ounce.