Baby Barto: Weeks 7 – 11

… so first, let’s talk about this previous post. I know you guys go out of your way to read my blog for my (obvious) wit and humor, not to mention stunning good looks. So, from the bottom of my heart, I apologize, for that that… hiccup… in blog authors/rulers.

But seriously, it was the best birthday gift I could have gotten. I woke up for my first day of work in Poland (Poland?! .. we’ll get to that later), saw the post, and was so full of love & happiness. My Polish coworkers surrounding me were probably wondering why this American came halfway across the globe to stare wistfully at her computer with tears in eyes, but I don’t care. I told you he was good. Really good.

OK, let’s get on with this show.

First, I have a statement to make about the chosen outfits in my weekly bump pictures. No, I don’t have a closet full of grey workout capris & purple tanks. I’m trying to take the different outfit element out of it for the pictures & just focus on the important part: the belly.

7 weeks

me at week 7: This is when the exhaustion hit. I have energy all day, at work. Then after my 1-hr commute home, I walk in the door & have just enough energy to make it to the couch and fall over onto it. The nightly routine for me that week was coming home from work, falling asleep on the couch while Michael made dinner, waking up to eat dinner, and then going to bed while he cleaned up. Also, I tried going without Zofran (my anti-nausea med) 1 day this week and it didn’t go so well. I got an aura migraine during the day & had nausea into to the night. Back to Zofran! Starting that week, I also couldn’t get enough water (and still can’t). I always have a water bottle with me, and a fill it up several times a day.  I read this is because my blood volume is working on doubling by 7 months into the pregnancy, and the amniotic fluid replenishes itself by about a cup every hour.

Baby Barto at week 7: She’s the size of a blueberry! Hands & feet (that look like paddles are beginning to emerge.  In the next few weeks, the little tail (an extension of the tailbone) will disappear. He has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long. She also has eyelid folds partially covering her eyes, which already have some color. Both hemispheres of his brain are growing, and her liver is currently making red blood cells (until her bone marrow forms and takes this over).

8 weeks

me at week 8: There’s not too much to report here. I’m still really tired in the evenings, nauseous in the evenings at times (probably because I tried to limit my Zofran dose to 4 mg/day), and very thirsty. I don’t have any cravings, but since I’m nauseous at night, only one or two things will sound good for dinner.

Baby Barto at week 8: He’s the size of a kidney bean this week. The little paddle hands & feet that started forming last week are now growing into webbed fingers and toes. Breathing tubes extend from her throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and in his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming initial neural pathways. His or her external genitals still haven’t developed enough to reveal whether you’re having a boy or a girl. She’s also constantly moving and shifting, though I can’t feel it — which is so amazing to me. I can’t wait to feel our little baby.

9 weeks

me at week 9: Yep, same story. Tired. Hungry, but nauseous in the evenings. Thirsty. I’m extremely productive at work, but worthless at home. Go figure.

One night this week, I actually had energy to do something productive, and so I decided to make a new recipe: homemade Hostess cupcakes. Awesome, right? I thought, why not – I have a free night & tomorrow I’m leaving for Wisconsin for a wedding & to visit Michael’s family. It would be perfect to bring these. So, the first batch only made 12 cupcakes.  This was not written anywhere on the recipe. I went to the store to buy more ingredients; made a double batch to total 36 cupcakes. On to the filling.  Realized the 7-min frosting required a hand mixer, which we didn’t have because our 50-yr old trusty GE one finally died a few months ago. Late night trip to Target. Made 7-min frosting but it would not perk up. Threw it out. Looked up another 7-min frosting recipe and remade it. It was okay. (We’re rounding midnight here.) Filled a few cupcakes with the frosting, tasted a cupcake.

They were the dryest, grossest cupcakes I’ve ever had. It was past midnight at this point & I had been planning on leaving for Wisconsin at 7:00 that morning. Went to bed without cleaning anything up, slept until 8:00, left at 10:00, planning to make it there for the wedding reception. I was supposed to bring Michael’s suit to him (side story, but Michael was flying from a business trip straight to Wisconsin) for the wedding, but he said he would scramble some items together from his dad, brother & brother-in-law, to wear for the ceremony. As I’m driving through Indiana, about 2 1/2 hours from home, and I realize I’ve hit another pregnancy milestone: preggo brain. I totally forgot his suit. It was obviously too late to turn around, but I felt like an idiot. Well, he looked dashing anyways, of course, so I didn’t feel too bad once I saw him.

Baby Barto at week 9: She’s the size of a grape this week – nearly an inch long – and starting to look more and more human. His essential body parts are accounted for; they will just be fine-tuned throughout the rest of the pregnancy. This week, her heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form.  And get this – her tiny teeth begin to form! His or her external sex organs are there, but won’t be visible via ultrasound for a few more weeks. His eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. From here on out, the main goal for the her is rapid weight gain.

10 weeks

me at week 10: We had our first ultrasound this week! We also heard the heartbeat: strong at 164 beats/min. It was so amazing to see this little human inside me, wiggling all over the place (yes, it was moving!), and not be able to really feel it yet. This was definitely the moment where this pregnancy truly became “real” to us – we got to see the first pictures of our first child.

{ our little teddy bear }

{ you can see the spine clearly here & this also shows the heartbeat }

{ beautiful baby. }

{ cute little toosh! and little legs }

{ 3D image: you can see the head, arms, legs & cord here }

Here are some notes from this week:

10w5d: Had a dream. Little girl was born & was extremely cute and tiny. However, I would just forget to breastfeed. She didn’t seem to mind, but my supply tanked pretty quickly. I felt so bad. I was happy to know I was still pregnant when I woke up. [I pretty confident that I will not forget to breastfeed in reality; I believe nature has a way of preventing this one..]
10w6d: I didn’t get exhausted until 7:15pm!! [This was huge. I think I did a couple loads of laundry. It was a momentous occasion.]

Baby Barto at week 10: He’s the size of a kumquat this week, a little over an inch long.  She has now completed the most critical portion of his development; this is the beginning of the fetal period, where the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature. She’s swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs, including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver, are in place and starting to function.  The hands and feet have no more webbing and tiny fingernails & toenails are forming!! Her limbs can bend now & his hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart. The outline of her spine is clearly visible through translucent skin (visible in the ultrasound pictures), and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from her spinal cord. His forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. (The body will grow to become more proportional to the head during the pregnancy.)

11 weeks

me at week 11:  Still tired tired, hungry, nauseous at times. Still continuing to stay active. Since I’m so tired at night, I try to wake up before work & go jog or do 30 Day Shred. I’m listening very closely to my body when I work out, to make sure I’m not pushing it too hard. Outside of work, we’re keeping pretty busy. At 9 weeks, we had a wedding in Chicago. At 10 weeks, we had the wedding in Wisconsin. At 11 weeks, we made the drive up I-65 again because we wanted to meet Owen Patrick, our new nephew, born the Tuesday before.

Baby Barto at week 11: She’s the size of a fig this week & is just over 1 1/2 inches long. His hands will soon open and close into fists & he’s already kicking and stretching. Her diaphragm is forming, and she may be hiccupping as well… I can’t wait to feel those hiccups!

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