Friday, April 27, 2007

The 11 week update

Your fig-sized baby is now fully formed — measuring 1 1/2 inches long and weighing in at a quarter of an ounce. His skin is still transparent, allowing many of his blood vessels to show through. Some of his bones are beginning to harden, and tiny toothbuds are starting to appear under his gums. His fingers and toes have separated, and he may soon be able to open and close his fists. He's already busy kicking and stretching, and his tiny movements are so fluid they look like water ballet. These movements will increase as his body grows and becomes more developed and functional. As his diaphragm develops, your tiny tenant may also start to get the hiccups. Because he's still so small, though, you won't feel any of his workouts or intrauterine gulps until sometime between weeks 16 and 20.

Friday, April 20, 2007

For the curious

One belly, 10 weeks in...

http://flickr.com/photos/cmorley/

They're officially fetuses... er.... feti??

I've no idea what the plural of fetus is... however they both are, as of today. I guess 10 weeks is a magic number since all their organs are developed now and all they really have to do now is GROW!

This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in her body rapidly grow and mature. Her vital organs — the liver, kidney, intestines, brain, and lungs — are now in place and starting to function (although they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy). Her liver continues to make blood cells, and the yolk sac, which previously supplied these cells, is no longer needed and begins to disappear.

During the next three weeks, your baby's length will more than double to nearly 3 inches. Her head is proportionately smaller now than it was a few weeks ago, but it's still almost half the length of her entire body. Her forehead temporarily bulges with her developing brain and sits high on her head; it will later recede to give her a more human appearance. Each day, more minute details — including tiny fingernails, toenails, and peach-fuzz hair — start to appear on her body. Her fingers are now completely separated; her arms bend at the elbow and curve slightly; her hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart; her legs are lengthening; and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. She is busily swallowing amniotic fluid and kicking her legs.If you could take a peek at your baby this week, you'd be able to clearly see the outline of her spine through her parchment-thin skin. Spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from her spinal cord.

Also, I seem to have a belly. I attribute this to the fact that, in a normal pregnancy the uterus should be about the size of a grapefruit. So with more than one in there, I would assume that the uterus would be bigger. I have not yet gained any weight though... Possibly a pound, as it's kind of difficult to tell on the scale. My eternal hope is that I won't end up at the same weight after I have the babies, which would get me a little lighter than my current standard weight.

I want brownies. That is all (love you all!).

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Baby Registry

In the hopes that we'll get some of the more expensive things gifted to us there is now a baby registry at Babies R Us. It's under my name and Chris' name so it should be easy to find. Obviously everything is gender neutral since we don't know if they're boys, girls or both. But then again, when you're talking about things like cribs and car seats there aren't really gender differences.

Monday, April 16, 2007

9 week update x2

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — barely the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce, but he's poised for rapid weight gain now that his basic physical structure is in place. He's also starting to look more and more human. His embryonic "tail" is now completely gone and his body parts — including organs, muscles, and nerves — are kicking into gear.His eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. He has earlobes, and by week's end, the inner workings of his ears will be complete. His upper lip is fully formed, too, and his mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The tips of his fingers are slightly enlarged where his touch pads are developing. All major joints — his shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles — are working, enabling your baby to move his limbs. As for his heart, it has divided into four chambers now, and the valves have started to develop. External sex organs are there, but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

8 week update

I'll have to find information soon on how having the twins will affect their development. Meanwhile, at 8 weeks, they're getting bigger...

Your baby is now 5/8 of an inch long, about the size of a kidney bean. She's constantly moving and shifting, although you won't be able to feel these womb wiggles for several weeks yet. Her embryonic tail is disappearing, and her eyelids practically cover her eyes. Still slightly webbed, her fingers and toes are growing longer. Her arms have lengthened, too, and her hands are now flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart. Her knee joints have formed, and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. With her trunk straightening out, her head is more erect. Breathing tubes extend from her throat to the branches of her developing lungs. The nerve cells in her brain are also branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Though you may be daydreaming about your baby as one gender or another, the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Pictures

Flickr and blogger don't play nice (probably because flickr is a yahoo thing and blogger is a google thing), so here's the link to the three ultrasound pictures.
http://flickr.com/photos/cmorley/

:) - FYI tomorrow is 8 weeks, or 2 months!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

A two for one deal!

I had my first OB appointment today. I didn't think that we'd do an ultrasound, but it turns out that they have one in the office. Dr. Vuong wanted to see how many babies there were because of the clomid. Clomid, apparently is THE wonder drug - because I'm carrying twins. I actually started with quads, but two of them were reabsorbed. The tech and my OB said that the babies's hearts probably didn't start to beat when the other two did. Which explains the bouts of bleeding.

The other two, however, are happily attached to me with good strong heartbeats - one at 188 bpm (beats per minute) and the other at 177 bpm. I have ultrasound pics that I'll put up soon. But I wanted to share! :)