Tuesday, April 26, 2011

3rd pregnancy ultrasound and 8 wk. belly pics

The 2 sonogram pics look very similar, but there is one that looks like it has more of a face. I swear I thought I saw little limb buds when they were doing the ultrasound! We are considered 8 weeks along! Everything looks great - great growth and heart rate.

I will take some belly pics along the way so people can see my growing belly - will try to at least once a month. I included some shots of belly today but they did not turn out great. I'll try to find a better spot to take the pics. The shape of my belly has definitely changed, not really "showing", but a slight little pooch that I have to put my jeans under to be comfortable......

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Doctor orders

The results looked great from today's ultrasound. I am to return in 1 week for a 3rd ultrasound, discontinue my Estrace, decrease my Crinone to once a day, continue on my baby aspirin, Synthroid, Selenium, and prenatal vitamin. I am to choose an OB and make an appt. for 3-4 weeks from now. I'll have to do some research as I used midwives with all my pregnancies. That is about it! Looking good!

2nd ultrasound = heartbeat!

I had my second ultrasound this morning. The parents drove down from Chicago area to be present with me. I gave them a book from our library for their son about being a big brother. They gave me some salad dressing as I have been craving salad much more than usual lately. I think it is safe to say it is officially a pregnancy craving and the momma wanted to satisfy my craving. :)
Well, I am considered 6.5 weeks along. The embryo measured at 7 weeks. We were able to see a fluttering heartbeat and hear it! It always amazes me that this lil' tadpole creature has a heartbeat already! The heart rate was 117, which is within normal range. Everything appears to be moving nicely along. I will wait to hear from the doctor's office so they can discuss the results with me. I believe I have to get one more ultrasound in a week or two and I get to decrease some medication.
I am thrilled for the parents! So good to see them and see the smiles on their faces.
I have no pictures since the parents took them, but it was so cool to see a growing lil' bean in there!

Friday, April 8, 2011

First ultrasound

Great news -everything is developing as it should. The gestational and yolk sac were both present and measured exactly right on track - 5 weeks. Things are looking good for keeping this little baby warm and cozy. I am to return in 1.5 weeks for another ultrasound. If all looks well, they will decrease some medication.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sesame seed

Considered 5 weeks pregnant (it is counted from would have been the date of my first day of my last menstrual cycle). The embryo is the size of a sesame seed. Can't wait to see a healthy lil' seed in 2 days!

Babycenter.com states:
"Embryo is now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job."