Nov. 13 - 19
Monday, Nov. 17th
Since this is
the first entry I will catch you up to speed
with what has happened so far. At 12 weeks
and 5 days I have had 3 appointments. 2
with the doctor, and 1 was an ultrasound.
I should mention that a lot of you won't
know about my miscarriage last year. We
kept it private because it was easier for
me to handle it that way. But a lot of my
anxiety over this pregnancy is because of
that. That also explains the ultrasound
at 9 weeks. Last time I had what is called
a blighted ovum. There was a birth sac and
yolk, but no baby. The ultrasound this time
showed us a baby with a heartbeat of 185
bps. The average at 8 weeks is about 160
At the 12 week appointment they looked for
the heartbeat with a doppler but couldn't
find it. At 12 weeks it can still be early.
Also turns out I have an anterior placenta...
the placenta is between the doppler and
the baby, keeping the baby hidden. Mean
Still in my regular clothes. I hope to start
showing soon. Make this pregnancy more real.
Both for me and for Isaac. Who by-the-way
is very excited about this baby. He's even
excited about working on the nursery. We
have to clear out the storage room first
and make it homey.
My blood pressure at
the doctor visits was high. I ordered a
bp monitor last Thursday and it arrived
today. So far so good. My bp was normal.
My sister had pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy
so I wanted to know if I should really be
concerned or not. I also rented a doppler
for home use so I don't have to wait until
that 14 week appointment to hear the heartbeat.
As of today I haven't been able to find
it. Still too small I guess.
And an update on the baby itself. It is
between 2 and 3 inches, and weighs an ounce
or 2. It has eye pigmentation and a hair
pattern all ready exists. If it's thumb
finds its way to its mouth it can suck it.
It has full-fledged fingers and toes, complete
with fingerprints. All of the organs needed
to live are present. By today the baby's
20 baby teeth and their sockets have formed
in the gums. About week 10 the baby graduated
from embryo to fetus.
Tuesday, Nov. 18th
Heard the baby's
heartbeat last night after 3 attempts. Such
a relief to finally hear it. And heard it
again this morning. Such a miracle. Both
when I saw the baby in the ultrasound and
when I hear the heartbeat I have a tendency
to say "hi" to the baby, as though
it can hear me... which it can't yet, though
the inner and outer ear are developed. Renting
a doppler for $32/mo is well worth it. Hopefully
my blood pressure will be fine at the next
doctor visit because I won't be anxious
the heartbeat. (.mp3 file, 136kb
- big file)
Baby update: By today, the baby's vocal
cords will have formed in its larynx, or
voice box. - "The Pregnancy Journal"
by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Wednesday, Nov. 19th
Isaac is claiming
sympathy hunger pains. Mine are really starting
to kick in. Trying to be good and eat fruit
when I'm hungry (maybe an occasional freshly-baked
chocolate chip cookie every now and then).
You'd think Isaac was pregnant. He eats
pepperccini's for an evening snack just
about every day. They are an assault on
my sense of smell.
Baby update: By this
time, the aby's liver will have begun to
secrete bile and the pancreas will have
begun to produce insulin (fun!). The intestine
have formed into folds and are lined with
nutrient-extracting villi. Bile is produced
by the liver but is stored in the gall bladder
(already formed). (When there is food in
the small intestine, the bile will be released
into the intestine to help break down fatty
foods for digestion). -
"The Pregnancy Journal" by A.
Christine Harris, Ph. D.
Did you know only 60%
of American parents say they read to their
children? It's true. Isaac and I are big
readers so this kid will be read to a lot.
Bought the first book yesterday, Dr. Suess's
"Horton Hears A Who".