Monday, March 22, 2010

9 weeks

According to here's what is happening with our little one this week;

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby'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. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She 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 your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

As for me, I've been alternating between good and bad days still.  I thankfully felt mostly good all weekend while we were moving, but I think that might be in part that I was too busy to notice how I felt, and partly because I wasn't able to take my pre-natal vitamins (which make me nauseous) for 3 days because they were packed up.  Today I felt the WORST that I have this whole time, but I think that may be due to not getting much rest this weekend and busying myself with moving, cleaning, packing, and unpacking.  I still dry heave every now and then, especially in the mornings and late night, but I (THANKFULLY) still haven't physically thrown up.  I still get pretty tired in the middle of the day and want to take a nap, but it hasn't been bad enough for me to actually stop what I'm doing.  I'm still eating pretty much the same "safe" foods, but this weekend I did successfully manage to try a few more flavorful things, including a pulled BBQ sandwich and Shrimp Creole.  All of my clothes still fit, although I'm generally choosing to wear my (formerly) looser jeans because they are more comfortable than my tighter ones.  My middle is a little thicker and flabbier, but I don't think that would be noticeable to anyone other than me and Jeremy.  I had to start chewing gum, because I tend to develop an awful taste in my mouth over the course of the day that makes me feel sick if I'm not able to get rid of it right away.  My new cravings obesessions of what I NEED to have (and soon) are currently tater tots and ketchup, an Arby's roast beef sandwich, BBQ chicken pizza, cheese fries, potato salad, and a pastrami and swiss sandwich.  Maybe I'll get to have at least one of those sometime this week, but I've been trying not to indulge every craving that I have, or eat too much junk food, because I want to maintain my healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and after, and not develop too much of a taste for junk food.  I still don't really care for sweets, and would much rather have salty, savory, and cheesy.  My next doctor's appointment is scheduled for March 31, but I'm thinking of pushing it back about 2 weeks, because taking time off of work every 4 weeks to go to the doctor just seems a little excessive to me.



Kim M. said...

Cute picture! Congratulations on your adorable new home and your yard sale finds. :-)

Mary R. said...

Can you take the vitamins at night before you go to bed? Would that help with the nausea? I was taking some meds once that made me nauseous and the doc said to take them at night and it helped.

The Mangerchine's said...

Thanks Kim!

I do take the vitamins at night, and they still make me feel awful, but it is way better than it was when I was taking them during the day!