flumpie: (Flumpie - Loved)
Today is your 9-month birthday! Emmy and I took pictures of you. You are wearing an outfit we were planning to have you wear to meet your daddy when he came home from Iraq. But he's late coming home and the weather is changing and we're not sure how much longer you'll be able to still wear it. So here you are:

flumpie: (Marie)
Do you like it?!?!

Let's see, you've been going to the gym with me and going to childcare there. You're not usually very happy when I drop you off, but you're very happy when I pick you up!

Today we took the stroller to the Post Office to mail a package to your daddy. Then we strollered to school to pick up Emmy. We were a little early so I spread a blanket on the ground and thought we'd play on the blanket.

Instead, I spent most of the time telling you "No Eat!!!!" because you were fascinated by the grass.

You're crawling everywhere, but also standing up unassisted. You've taken a few steps, but not quite what I would term walking.

And you are completely fascinated by Emmy's new bass clarinet:

flumpie: (Piglet - Confuzzled)
You're very stubborn! It was too much to wish you would adopt my laid back, "whatever happens happens" approach.

I'm 30 weeks pregnant today and went in for an OB check. You were still head-up, but appeared to be listing a bit to the side. Dr. P said, "OK, maybe she's heading down". At which point you flung your head straight up, stuck out your tongue, and waved. Had he had the speaker on at that point, I'm sure we would have heard you making the raspberry noise. The only good thing about having you in this position is that we were really able to see your face today. You look just like your daddy. Which means you look very much like my dad. But I choose not to think about that because, well, they write books about that.

Otherwise, you appear fine - and are about 4 pounds right now.
flumpie: (Kanga and Roo)
I got to see you again today! And you're upside down. Well, actually, you're right-side up. Which is unfortunate because you're supposed to be upside down to be born. If you don't flip on your own, we're going to have to spin you in a few weeks. So hurry up and flip already!

You're definitely getting bigger; not quite as much room in there anymore. Starting now, every day, I'm supposed to count that you move at least 10 times in a two-hour period. But you've never needed more than 15 minutes for me to count up to 10. You move around a lot!

I can't wait for you to be born!
flumpie: (Eeyore - Loves Tail)
Your Baby

The embryo is now called a fetus.

It’s the size of a softball in there! Can you feel it? The little guy (or gal) is about 2.5 inches long, and weighs about 14 grams.

All major organs have been formed. After the end of this week, the risk of congenital abnormalities goes down. That doesn’t mean drinking and smoking are okay!

Just think, I'll get to see you on Thursday!!!
flumpie: (Default)
I'm still getting sick all the time. The doctor is putting me on medicine that will hopefully stop me from getting so sick so often. The problem is that it makes me sleepy. I forgot that part and took a pill at school and then almost fell asleep in the middle of a Social Studies lesson. True, it was a lesson about the Homestead Act which isn't terribly exciting - unless you're Laura Ingalls Wilder. But still, I've taught more boring stuff and not needed a nap in the middle of it.

Anyway, more about you!

You're swimming!
The baby has begun moving inside the womb although it's too small for mom to notice. Most of the joints are formed now - elbow, wrist, knee, shoulder, and ankle as well as the hands, fingers, feet and toes.
flumpie: (Eeyore - Loves Tail)

Cartilage and bones begin to form. The basic structure of the eye is well underway and the tongue begins to develop. The intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the abdomen as the body grows and makes room. The fingers and thumb have appeared but are short and webbed.

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flumpie: (Eeyore - Loves Tail)
Fetal Development:
An ultrasound done at this stage should show a fluttering heartbeat. Elbows begin to form in the arms and fingers start to develop. The leg buds begin to show feet with tiny notches for the toes. The face continues to change as the ears, eyes and the tip of the nose appear. The intestines start to form in the umbilical cord. Teeth develop under the gums.
Go you! You've got elbows now!

Maternal Changes:
Your uterus is the size of an orange now, and you may find your waistline expanding. If this is your first pregnancy, you're probably not showing. If it's not your first, you may have a "pooch" already. You will tend to show earlier in subsequent pregnancies since your muscles and ligaments aren't so tight.
You may be feeling like a teenager if you find yourself with pimples and other skin problems. Don't fret ~ pregnancy causes an increase in oil secretions not to mention those rampant hormones! Your break-outs will go away either after the first trimester as your hormones level off or after delivery.
Oh yeah, I'm showing. But you're not orange sized. More like a cantaloupe.

Your breasts are probably very tender and swollen, and your tummy is probably starting to "pooch out," particularly if you've been pregnant before.
Thought I'd put this in, just in case...

Ideas for Dad:
When mom goes to her first prenatal appointment, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor by making every effort to go with her. Be an involved parent NOW! Ask the doctor/midwife questions and share in this adventure. Take mom out for a nice meal afterwards to celebrate and talk about the appointment.
OK, so your dad isn't here because he's training with the Army. But we talk about you every night.
flumpie: (Kanga and Roo)
I'm this sick and you're only the size of a grain of rice? I'm hoping it's at least wild rice...
Hey, you have your own blood type now!

Facial features are visible, including a mouth and tongue. The eyes have a retina and lens. The major muscle system is developed, and the unborn child practices moving. The child has its own blood type, distinct from the mother's. These blood cells are produced by the liver now instead of the yolk sac.

You are about 1/3 of an inch, the size of a grain of rice. Development of your arms and legs continue although your fingers and toes haven't yet formed. Your brain is growing as well as the lenses of your eyes, nostrils, intestines, pancreas and bronchi.
flumpie: (Kanga and Roo)
Here's what you look like now:

- only blonder. And with bluer eyes, I think.

Your first heartbeats have begun! You are now an embryo and about 1/17 of an inch long. Growth is very rapid this week. The umbilical cord develops. Your eyes and ears are beginning to form as well as an opening for your mouth. Your heart has begun to pump blood and most of your other organs are well under construction. Buds form on your body that will become your arms and legs. Exciting week. I've got to go to a meeting tomorrow night - meanwhile, you're growing a heart. Busy, busy, busy!!!


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