Thursday, March 29, 2007

I think I'm nauseous

I can't eat. I managed a bowl of cereal but nothing else is getting into my stomach anytime soon. Tomorrow will be 7 weeks. I'm not sure if that feels like a long time or not. At any rate, by this point my little one is something like this.

Your baby still appears to have a small tail (actually, it's an extension of his tailbone), which will disappear in the next few weeks. But that's the only thing getting smaller. Now almost half an inch long — roughly the size of a raspberry — he has elbow joints and distinct, slightly webbed fingers and toes. In his oversized head, both hemispheres of his brain are developing. His teeth and the inside of his mouth are forming, and his ears continue to develop. Eyelid folds partially cover his tiny peepers, which already have some color, and the tip of that nose you'll be tweaking someday is emerging. His skin is paper-thin and his veins are clearly visible.

Your little one also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. His liver is busy producing red blood cells, and a loop of your baby's growing intestines is bulging into his umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from his tiny body. You can't feel his gyrations yet, but your baby is like a little jumping bean, moving in fits and starts around his watery home.

Monday, March 26, 2007

I habe a cold...

Oh yes, a nasty little cold (and the title is what I sound like when I say that). And do you know what it says on the back of every package of cold medication known to man? If you are pregnant, consult a doctor before use. And do you know how many doctors are available between Saturday morning and Sunday night? Yup, zero. So now what? I suffer, very slowly and painfully all weekend with the happy knowledge that Monday morning I can call and talk to a nurse and find out what I can take to at least make my nose stop running.

And then I wake up Monday morning, feeling much better. In fact my nose has stopped running (there's an occasioanl bout of sniffles) and I'm left with a cough that tells me this isn't totally gone. But I no longer need any medicine for it.

I hate viruses.

Friday, March 23, 2007

6 weeks along...

Your baby's heart is growing and dividing into the right and left chambers. But the most exciting part is that her tiny heart is now beating (at a speedy 100 to 130 beats a minute) and pumping blood throughout her body. The cells that will make up all of your baby's body parts and systems are dividing furiously as her body begins to take shape. Right now she's about the size of a small lentil bean (4 to 5 millimeters across).

If you could see through your uterine wall, you'd find an overlarge head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils will be. Shallow pits on the sides of her head mark her developing ears, and her arms and legs appear as protruding buds. Her hands and feet look like paddles, with thick webbing between the developing digits, but her fingers and toes will soon become more distinct. Below the opening that will later be your baby's mouth, there are small folds where her neck and lower jaw will eventually develop. (Inside, her tongue and vocal cords are just beginning to form.) Your baby's intestines are developing, and tiny breathing passages are beginning to appear where her lungs will be. She's also starting to build muscle fibers and, halfway through this week, she'll likely start moving her tiny limbs.

This is one cool picture:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Easy food

This place is great: You order the meals you want to make online and then you schedule a time to go in a put the meals together. So you spend 1-2 hours assembling meals and putting them into ready to freeze containers. They give you cooking instructions and then you take everything home. It's not bad. Food's pretty good anyway and I got 5 meals out of it on the introductory special. If you don't like coming home from work and cooking you might want to give this a try (if there's one near you, of course).

FYI, 5 weeks and 4 days today.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Tomorrow is 5 weeks...

How your baby's growing: Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm — that will later form his organs and tissues. The cells are forming for his major organs, including his kidneys and liver, and his neural tube is beginning to develop. This neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — develops in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel. His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue. The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.

Link to developmental picture (which I'm assuming works):

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I may have to talk Chris into getting me this: or something similar. It looks so comfy (and it has slipcovers so it doesn't have to be white). Of course, the cats would probably try and steal it... but I know how to win with the cats (I'm bigger and I can pick them up).

Almost 5 weeks.... (4 weeks, 4 days) I wish I could figure out how to get one of my tickers to post on the page of the blog. That would be easier, but it won't let me. Anybody know how to convince it to let me?

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Week 4

The ball of cells -- now called an embryo -- growing inside your uterus is the size of an apple seed. It's divided into three layers that will later form organs and tissues. Low on the sides of the head are two folds of tissue that will become the ears. The neural tube -- from which the brain, backbone, and spinal cord and nerves will sprout -- develops in the top layer. The heart and the circulatory system begin to appear in the middle layer. The third layer starts to house the lungs, intestines, and beginnings of the urinary system. In the meantime, the early version of the placenta, the chorionic villi, and the umbilical cord, which delivers nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already working. (I don't know if this will work or not... it works on my computer, but that may be because I'm logged in. Let me know if it doesn't work or asks you to log in.)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

More food...

I am always hungry. I'm gonna end up gaining a million pounds or something. Jeez, this is awful. I mean, it's great at the same time but I wish food wasn't my primary thought all day long.

4 weeks, 1 day today. :)

Thursday, March 8, 2007

At almost 4 weeks, I have the following symptoms (oh fun!)

- constant hunger (well, almost constant)
- a runny nose
- some insomnia
- impending nausea
- fatigue (how that and insomnia go together, I don't know)

It's good. As of today, there are 253 days left until our baby gets here.

Monday, March 5, 2007

The goal of this blog has changed a bit...

since I've just gotten a positive pregnancy test. I'll have to schedule it with my doctor to confirm, of course but I'm just thrilled. Now, I'm all nervous too but I'm sooo excited!

So, I guess this will become my baby blog now. *glee*