Monday was 11 weeks. 27 weeks to go. Monday was also 7 months since Matthew breathed his last breath. A hair over 30 weeks ago, he was with us and then wasn't. It's hard to believe that I have less time left with this pregnancy than has passed since Matthew was born and died. Like I said the other day, time is a very, very fickle and surreal concept.
Baby had a wonderful ultrasound and at first, was all curled up and didn't look like s/he wanted to be bothered. I laughed or something and it seemed as if I startled the Wiggler--because then the arms went flapping like a screeching baby bird! Lots of movement and I loved it! Heartbeat is good and strong in the upper 160s and John got to hear that little train chugging. Next Wednesday is the 1st trimester screening and neuchal translucency so John will get to see the baby again. He hasn't seen him/her for a couple of weeks and I think he's going through withdrawal! It's funny--we had TONS of ultrasounds with Matthew and yet, now, every two weeks seems to drag.
The going OB/nurse theory is still girl, but all readily admit it's too early too tell. At 12 weeks, one of Dr. Sweeney's partners predicted Matthew was a girl, and I had to sort of giggle inside as I thought, "Ok...you've predicted pink, but I think you're wrong!" Dr. Sweeney said he'd take a gander and make a prediction at 12 weeks, but I don't think we'll really start buying for Team Pink or Team Blue for a few more weeks--maybe week 15-16.
In the meantime, here's what's going on with our Wiggler this week....
Week Eleven: Neurons multiply
|You are 11 weeks pregnant. (nine weeks after conception)|
The eyelids have fused shut and will not open again until around week 27. The wrists and ankles have formed and the fingers and toes are clearly visible. Genitals have begun to form, but it is too early to tell the sex of the fetus. By this week of the pregnancy the placenta has developed enough to support most of the critical job of producing hormones.
By the 10th week of pregnancy, the crown to rump length of your growing baby is about 1.5 inches (35mm). The baby weighs close to 0.18 ounce (5g) and is the size of a small plum.