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Week 19 – 21

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Catch up cont’ed…
Week 19 – the 2nd trimester!
Your vital stats: 6.5″ / 225-250g
At this stage, all of your development can be checked on an ultrasound scan including your brain, spine, stomach, bladder, kidneys, hands and feet (as you know – mum has already done this and you’re perfect in every way). If the books are right, you got a little more devious this week and started performing new tricks. As more of your nerves became covered in fatty ‘myelin’, the nervous system started to work more quickly and efficiently (myelin helps impulses flow smoothly along the nerve cells). As a result your movements may well have become stronger and more complex. You may have tried to grasp the umbilical cord or even sit cross-legged! Keep this up please as I really want daddy to feel you move soon.

The part of the brain that governs the senses developed greatly this week too. In fact, you may have started reacting more strongly to different tastes, touches and sounds. Although I can’t say for certain if you are at this stage yet, the books give a few examples… “Your baby may stop sucking if a bitter taste in the amniotic fluid is sensed… or kick vigorously if prodded through your bump”. I can tell you it’s true that you seem to calm down when daddy strokes you. I’m not sure how his touch differs to mine but I guess his hands are warmer and bigger. It’s this that usually settles you back to sleep after you’ve woken mummy in the night.

Apparantly braxton hicks can start any time from here on in (practice contractions)! That’s a little worrying!

Week 19
Week 19
Week 20 – Halfway there!
Your vital stats: 7″ / 310g
This was the week of our scan (see last post) so no pics needed as yours is the most perfect one on the web right now!
From here on in, your growth began to slow to allow for your lungs, digestive and immune system to mature. From a development point of view… your permanent teeth began growing behind your milk teeth, you can now recognise mummy’s incessant whining, and you started producing meconium (less said, the better I reckon as this is your poo). The nerve cells serving each of the senses began to develop ito the particular areas of the brain. The increase in number of nerve cells slowed but the complex connections required for the development of memory and thinking funtions began to form.
Other than that – the news is pretty scant to be honest!
Week 21
Your vital stats: 9″ / 350g
Although the umbilical cord is still your main source of nutrients, something new happened this week and your deveoping digestive system allowed small amounts of sugar to be absorbed from the amniotic fluid you regularly swallow (about 500ml in a 24 hour period). Also, although your red blood cells were most commonly produced by the liver and spleen, your bone marrow began to help with this too this week – all good news for when you enter our world.
Your heartbeat is also banging away now. A midwife no longer needs a doppler and you can you hear your heartbeat using a stethoscope. Your heartbeat is currently between 120-140 beats per minute – much faster than mine!
Again this seems to be a slow week so not a whole lot to report.
21 weeks!!!
21 weeks!!!
So there we are – all caught up. This has been an epic post so time to sign off and have a cuddle with Daddy. I promise to write some more this week xx

What a neglectful blogger I am!

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The last update on progress we had was week 15! That means I’m 6 weeks behind! Here’s a mini summary based on email reports from Emma’s Diary, SMA, Cow & GateBounty and Huggies

Week 16

Your vital stats: 4.5″ / 80g

Your tiny arms and legs completed forming and began retaining calcium (ossifying). Your nervous system also beganoperating and your muscles started to respond to stimulation / messages sent from your brain (cerebral cortex). This means you have some control now over your movements (so next time mummy begs you to stop wriggling when she’s trying to sleep – pack it in). We’ve seen some evidence of your gymnastic skills on our last scan already so you’re clearly a happy boy in there!

Week 17

Your vital stats: 5″ (9″ if you could stretch out)/ 100g

You grew to the size of a small melon this week and entered another growth spurt. Your skeleton continued to harden from rubbery cartilage to bone, and brown fat (adipose tissue) surrounded your tiny frame. This brown fat is crucial for body heat generation so it’s not that you’re a porky baby! These fat deposits will make up about 3/4 of your total bodyweight at birth.

My umbilical cord (your lifeline to the placenta) thickened and strengthened a great deal this week also as you’re demanding more sustenance from me. In fact, it’s almost the same size as you at this moment and contains thousands of weeney blood vessels to provide you with the oxygen you need to keep growing (you’ll overtake this in the next few weeks but I bet it was slightly cramped in there for a while). A layer of protective myelin also formed around your spine to keep your shape, and your intestines began to function on their own. On a less scientific note, you grew your eyebrows xx

You grew much more responsive to sound and mummy can testify to this; She felt you vibrating in the cinema this week (it’s okay, we watched Iron Lady which was boring so you didn’t ruin the film). Mummy also got a little more unstable on her feet and has to be careful when she stands up from sitting on her bum. Daddy pulls mummy up now to stop her crushing you (this is because the uterus is now level with my belly button). Luckily there’s been no sign of the dark patches on my face that some books predicted – a few new spots though which mummy is none too pleased about.

Here’s a 3D image of another baby (just like you) at week 17.

Week 17 3D Ultrasound

Week 17 3D Ultrasound

Week 18

Your vital stats: 6″ / 200g

At this point you still had a fair bit of room to play in and kept on rolling around. Books say this was your most active phase but your were too tiny for mummy to feel it. Perhaps the most amazing thing this week is that your ‘boy bits’ formed (well… your prostrate gland)! When you eventually get around to reading this you’ll want to kill me – but in 16 or so years time you’ll be thanking week 18!

You retinas became more responsive to light also so you’re now vaguely aware of the difference between daylight and night time (although mummy isn’t quite sure you have this nailed yet). Some books say you’re now settling into a routine – I sincerely hope this isn’t true! Daddy bought mummy a special pillow right about now. This moulds to mummy’s tummy to protect me rolling on you. Although this helps, mummy wakes up around 4 times a night still from shooting pain. I’m hoping this isn’t too indicative of your routine in a few months time!

Inside your lungs, tiny air sacs called alveoli began developing. Your fingerprints also began to appear on your finger pads and vernix (a white waxy covering) formed on your deicate skin to protect it. More amazingly, your eyes began to move beneath your eyelids. Your ears also moved into position and began to stick out (oh dear! Daddy has big ones so let’s hope yours are more like mine). This little fact made me well up a little – you began to go through the motions of crying but no one can hear you as you have no real air to breathe… aww – how cute. You can also yawn and frown now xx

Another 3D imaging scan - week 18

Another 3D imaging scan - week 18

Some major milestones – we’re into the second trimester!

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Hi Baby,

Hope you are thriving in my tummy. We’ve reached 14,5 weeks now but there is little to report on mummy’s symptoms. My tummy is still growing and there’s a few tell-tale stretch marks, I’m visiting the toilet regularly and having to ramp up on vitamins to provide you with the right nutrients you need. But you! You’ve had a busy few weeks!

At week 12, here were your major milestones:

You at 12 weeks!

You at 12 weeks!

You became fully formed! The next six months will be spent maturing, growing and gaining weight dramatically.

You reached a whole 2 inches in length!

You weighed a whooping 14 grams

Your face started to look more human; your eyes have moved closer together and your ears have taken up position on either side of your head

Hair began to grow and fingers and toes grew soft nails

You grew 20 small buds in your mouth which will become baby teeth

 

You sucked your thumb for the first time! And you’re now a very active bunny, opening and closing your fingers and generally having a good old boogie!

Your vocal cords finished developing, but unfortunately we can’t hear you yet!

You started practising breathing on your own using amniotic fluid from my tummy to prepare your lungs for air respiration

Then quickly onto week 13:

Beautiful you at 13 weeks

Beautiful you at 13 weeks

You grew a whole extra inch! That’s 3 inches in total (the size of a peach)

You weighed an impressive 25 grams

Your little body began to elongate so proportionately you looked more human

Your ears reached a critical stage in development where you can now hear mummy and daddy! (Daddy’s started to feed you the odd stat on Man Utd)

The diaphragm started being exercised and strengthened by teeny hiccups

 

Your bone marrow began making white blood cells needed for fighting infection after birth

Tiny intestines began moving to your tummy from the umbilical cord where they were patiently waiting

Tiny hairs started to cover your body and your sense of taste and smell became further refined

Amazingly, your unique fingerprints are now perfectly formed!

If you are a girl you will already have around two million eggs in your ovaries (mummy and daddy will know your sex on the 11th January)

If you are a boy – you started growing your winkle!

And where are we right now? Week 14:

Well mummy can first report that she’s starting to feel fluttery movements (that’s you kicking and punching!). Nothing is strong enough to share with daddy yet but he’s rubbing you regularly! Mummy’s uterus is also now the size of a grapefruit and my tummy feels hard to touch. I’m now making use of Aunty Sam’s old maternity clothes, and will have to go shopping for more work clothes soon.

Your little face right now at 14 weeks

Your little face right now at 14 weeks

  • This is possibly the last week where you will fit into the palm of mummy’s hand (you’re 9 cm long now)
  • You’re 45 grams!
  • You have a tiny button nose that has a slightly upward tilt (like a piglet) – this makes it easier for you to breathe when mummy breastfeeds
  • Your cheeks have filled out lots where you’re sucking frequently
  • Your tiny head is now covered in peachy coloured fine hair (not quite baby hair yet)
  • Your spleen is now functioning, removing old red blood cells from the blood and producing antibodies to fight infections

 

 

So you’ve come a long way. You are getting huge and looking every inch the baby we’ll soon be meeting. From now on we can communicate better with you and will make sure we talk to you everyday – if you hear us, give me a good old shunt and daddy might get a feel.

Love you baby! Sleep tight and keep up the great work. You’ll get plenty of opportunity for sleep when you’re here with us xxxxxxxxxxxxx

9 weeks old! 6 days ago (whoops)!

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I’ve been so unbelievably tired – I nearly missed this update! In fact, tomorrow we’ll be at 10 weeks – 1/4 of the way into the pregnancy. It’s been a busy few days for baby, and a busy few days for mummy too. I am officially huge. My tummy is tight and hard, and my clothes are ridiculously tight. I’m glad I’m breaking the news to work soon as I’m not sure I can hide it too much longer. Craig finds it amusing that I’ve grown so much and has the audacity to say I’m just ‘filling out’. I won’t deny that baby + tiredness = virtually no exercise, but I know the bump is all baby. The books also state I should be gaining between 1 lb and 2 lbs a week at this stage – sounds more than right to me!

Morning sickness comes and goes but it’s not debilitating so I’m coping just fine. I do get nauseous at work though and if I get up from my desk too fast I feel a pulling sensation in my abdomen. I’m fairly energetic throughout the day but fall to bits in the evening. From 7pm my eyes are drooping and I have to lie down. I’ve been making the most of my weekend and napping as much as possible. This seems to help my energy levels throughout the week.

I’ve also been hoarding! Baby now has a few cute baby grows, hats and shoes!!! My doppler has also arrived in preparation for my second trimester. This will allow me to listen to baby’s heartbeat and post a recording onto the blog. I can’t wait until his or her heartbeat is strong enough to hear!

So what’s new with baby…?

  • Baby is now the size of a green olive (around 30 mm (1.2 inches) in length)
  • Baby’s digestive system is developing (aswell as the muscular diaphragm that allows baby to breathe and hiccup).
  • With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features baby is starting to look like the beautiful baby we’ll all meet in a few months time
  • This week the irises of baby’s little eyes can function, but the eyelids still remain fused shut. They’ll stay shut until about 26 weeks of pregnancy when baby is able to cope with changes in light inside my tummy
  • External ears are formed and the inner ears are now filled with fluid. This means baby is already developing a sense of balance ready for all the somersaults in a few months time!
  • Tiny milk teeth are just starting to form, but won’t emerge from baby’s gums until they’re about six months old
  • Oh and baby now has a tongue!

Here’s a mug shot of what our gorgeous little one looks like today! As you can see, the fingers and toes are much longer and more developed, and the umbilical cord is thinning out. Some truly amazing developments in just one week…

9 weeks old - look at the arms and legs!

9 weeks old - look at the arms and legs!

My raspberry-sized miracle is 2 months old!

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I’ve given myself 1 more month to break the news to my boss that I’m having a baby. Won’t pretend I’m not nervous. This means I’ve got 1 more month to a) prove myself b) revel in my pregnancy without worrying! It’s amazing how quickly this is going. To think I’m nearly 1/4 of the way through is incredible really – I can definitely thank my job for keeping me distracted.

So 8 weeks in, where are we at with the pregnancy? Here are the highlights:

8 week old foetus

8 week old foetus

Baby is now the size of a raspberry (about 18 mm (3/4 inch) in length) and is growing at a rate of about a millimeter every day – 10,000 times bigger than the size of the fertilised egg.

Baby is busy moving his or her little arms, legs, and slightly webbed fingers and toes as their muscles and nerves start to function more efficiently

Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable elbow and knee joints and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify

Baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features; nostrils, external ears and eyes are now visible under a thin membrane of skin. The mouth has lips and a tongue and, amazingly, tooth buds have already formed. The eye colour they’ll have at birth is just starting to show.

Right now, baby’s head is disproportionately larger than the rest of the body making up almost half of little one’s height and weight. This is due to the rapidly growing brain which now has two distinct hemispheres

And mummy?

Emotional! I cry at everything – 5 times in the town centre today! I can’t remember the last time I really smiled and giggled as I’m so moody – Craig jokes I’ve had a sense of humour failure. He’s also managing most of the household tasks at the moment where I’m so tired. My boobs are also now a staggering J cup so I’m looking a little top-heavy.

Other than this – I feel great. It’s a strange sensation as I feel fine, but outwardly I suspect I’m difficult to live with. Going to do something special with Craig in the week next week. Not sure what yet but he deserves something nice. I’m hoping this will all get easier as I get used to working again and the 2nd trimester kicks in. It’s both of our first pregnancy so I want us both to enjoy it.

So this post is dedicated to the man I love, and our beautiful baby to be. You guys are the most important people ever xxx

My man, your daddy xx

My man, your daddy xx

Week 7…

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I love these little updates and the development blog posts are definitely my favourite to do.

All according to Emma’s Diary, Baby Mills is now the size of a blueberry (13mm / 1/2 inch) – that’s 5mm longer than last week. His or her brain is generating 100 new cells every minute. Those paddle-like arms and legs are now emerging as joints and these now have miniature knees and elbows, and the beginnings of toes and fingers. Baby also has now has kidney’s in place although these aren’t formed enough to be fully functioning yet. Baby’s oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore; it’s actually a little bit pointy and the skull is beginning to harden,

And my favourite bit from this Emma’s Diary

It is at this stage that there is some variation on a boy or a girl although (this) won’t be visible enough to determine what colour to paint the nursery until week 16…

SMA know-how

SMA know-how

SMA’s update is more technical. The neural tube which forms the baby’s brain and spinal tube closes this week and the brain starts to separate into its many components. The umbilical cord is also now well-formed with one blood vessel delivering oxygen and nutrients to baby, and two others taking by-products away. Aswell as the kidney’s (as mentioned earlier), the liver is also forming and starting to make blood cells.

The eyes and ears can clearly be seen and the eyelids are starting to develop. Tiny nostrils are visible too.

Foetus at 7 weeks

Foetus at 7 weeks

Huggie’s focuses on the look of baby. It states that baby is currently covered in translucent cells and you can see the tiny veins pumping blood to its newly forming organs. Apparently baby’s lungs are also taking shape. The fact that all the updates point to organ development is fascinating as they have all been made possible thanks to baby’s now furiously pumping heart which now has a right and left chamber. Finally, in baby’s little mouth, the palate and teeth are forming. This explains why my own teeth are aching in the morning; any calcium I have, is being used up by baby as his / her bones and teeth are beginning to come into being.

Quote of the week from them…

Although you can’t feel it yet, the embryo is beginning to move and these first movements can be detected by ultrasound.

So this has been a major week for our little one.  He or she is now just that; a boy or a girl! They’re moving around trying to get comfy whilst the brain and heart are busy at work creating all the essentials baby will need to be fully sufficient in later life. Even more important from this point on to ensure I put in some work too. I need to ensure I’m eating healthily and baby is getting a balanced diet – no more takeaways for me!

Hello week 6!

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When we found out we were expecting, both Craig and I signed up to email updates from a number of baby websites. These sites will send you weekly fact sheets about the progression of your pregnancy; what I can expect, and the development of baby. For the first few weeks, there was much discussion about fertilisation, cell formation and the settling of the egg inside my tummy. This was hugely interesting but a little too scientific to make an exciting update for the wider family. Now, as we enter week 6, things have ramped up a gear and baby is growing at pace!

Emma’s Diary says the following:

Emma's Diary - The highs and lows of pregnancy and being a mum

Emma's Diary - The highs and lows of pregnancy and being a mum

“Your baby is now the size of a pea (about 8 mm (1/4 inch) in length) and is growing like crazy, sprouting eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and chin. Her little hands and feet, still webbed like paddles could be moving by the end of week 6 and her heart is beating almost twice as fast as yours (150 beats per minute).

Up until this point, your baby has been curled up with the head and tail close together. This week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten and the tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, she is already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch.”

It’s amazing of think of our baby stretching his or her little feet inside my tummy! It’s also fascinating that baby is now 8mm, when I reported only 6 days ago he or she was only 1.25mm. For me, it’s almost like, during these first few weeks, nature is drawing the outline of baby, and then will colour him or her in during the second trimester. These first developments are so exciting as they are determining what baby will look like before his or her tiny bodily systems are formed; right now, baby can breathe, feel and sense her surroundings through mummy, just so long as her tiny frame is continuing to grow!!

The fact they can now feel the walls of their temporary home inside my tummy also makes me even more aware of how I’m sitting, sleeping and moving around throughout the day. I’m so lucky to be carrying around this precious tiny being!

The Huggie’s Club update was very similar to Emma’s Diary with a few extra little gems.  Apparently baby is now visible as a tiny blob on an ultrasound, his or her fingers are beginning to show, and baby’s retinas are forming. Also…

Foetus at 6 weeks

Foetus at 6 weeks

“The kidneys and liver are growing fast, and the neural tube closes, connecting the brain to the spinal cord. The umbilical cord is now fully formed and the embryo floats in a fluid-filled sac, which provides vital support until the placenta takes over completely at about 12 weeks into your pregnancy”

I will admit to having a little wobble the other day. My lower tummy was cramping and the nausea appeared to have passed. Whilst walking around Tesco on Sunday, I broke the news to Craig that I was worried about baby and didn’t feel pregnant anymore. To reassure us, we bought another pregnancy test and thankfully all is well. It actually made my heart melt last night when I saw Craig in the living room watching Top Gear with his head simultaneously buried in What to Expect When you’re Expecting researching lower abdominal pain. As Craig wasn’t concerned at all it’s so sweet to think he looked this up for me. Apparently this pain is caused by “implantation, increased blood flow, the buildup of the uterine lining, or simply (my) uterus beginning to grow” (Heidi Murkoff). This is sooo reassuring. To know it’s actually my body changing to accommodate baby and doing something right, rather than something wrong, makes me feel so much better.

It’s amazing to think I’m now 1.5 months in! In just 7.5 months our gorgeous baby boy or girl will join our family!!!  We better get building that nursery!

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