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Sunday, November 27, 2011

9 Weeks, 6 Days

Tomorrow, I reach the 10 week mark. So far, so good! Not much has changed in the last week. Today, at work, Amy and I took the doppler to my belly and heard Baby A swimming around. It was so neat! Baby A's heart rate was 160 beats per minute. It sounds silly, but it was so much fun and reassuring to hear the heartbeat again!

I have been taking pictures every week since I was 5 weeks pregnant. Not much has changed but I'm starting to get a tiny bump! I sent my mom a picture this week and she said she wasn't every impressed and that she had to put her glasses on to try to see a bump! Ha! Ha! As soon as I find my USB cable, I will post my belly pics. I want to have pics throughout the whole pregnancy so I can look back at them later!

Baby A's progress:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. Baby A is starting to look more and more human. His/her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Baby A's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do his/her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Baby A's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. His/her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. Baby A has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that Baby A's basic physiology is in place, he/she is poised for rapid weight gain.

I go to the doctor Wednesday, so hopefully I will have some news to share later this week!

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