Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ten Weeks

Ten Weeks – a quarter of the way to the finish line!

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

Feeling pretty good these days. I have my good days and bad days, but thankfully I’ve been feeling better most of the time. The medicine has really helped, I only take it if I know the nausea is going to get bad. I’m just really tired. Like, the hit by a truck, kind of tired. But I’ve been learning to rest when I can.

I had to take my car in for service this morning and was lucky enough to catch the last shuttle service back to work. I did have to wait to be dropped off third, but it was an entertaining ride! Our driver, Dominick is a sweet old Italian guy. He said "bada bing" about a hundred times. I couldn't help but laugh. Once we dropped off the last passenger, I told him I was a little car sick cause I was pregnant then he asks me to do him a favor... if the baby's a boy - name it Dominick - after him! I told him it was a possibility because my husband’s middle name is Dominick. He just smiled and wished me luck.

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