Hello week 13!

Well I zoomed right through week 12 and today we are at week 13! Happy second trimester. We had a dr appointment today so that was exciting! Sadly my dr had a lot of trouble finding the heartbeat on the monitor so she is great and rushed me to the front of the line for a quick ultrasound to just check on baby B. I can’t lie I was a bit nervous. Thankfully as soon as they got the monitor on there you could see baby B bouncing around in there! I FaceTimed J and she could see baby and chat with the dr a bit. We set up my next appointment for 4 weeks and then 4 weeks later the big 20 week ultrasound!!! I know J and K are planning to come for that appointment so that will be fun! I have been feeling great. I actually told the dr I’m feeling better this pregnancy then I did the last two! I haven’t been suffering with the awful pregnancy headaches. (Knock on wood) I’m hoping it won’t be too long before I can start feeling baby move. That’s my favorite part! So far no real cravings or anything. I have recently been loving salads haha. So far I haven’t gained any weight. That’s pretty typical for me to not really gain anything with pregnancy. I believe the most I ever gained was with kailynn and it was 15 pounds. I’m hoping it stays the same this time too! Now here is the fun info about baby B! Also I did take a pic for week 12 and 13 so I’ll post both!

What’s up with your baby? Well, besides being as large as a peach now, that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point). By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. But don’t compare your fetus with the fetus next door. Starting in the next week or so, babies begin growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly, though they all follow the same developmental path.

What else is going on in there? At 13 weeks pregnant, tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs. Because she can move them in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). Your baby’s intestines are also in for some big changes. Up ’til this point, they’ve been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord, but now they’re moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, in your baby’s abdomen. And to serve your growing fetus’ needs, the placenta is also growing, eventually weighing one to two pounds at birth (something else you’ll soon be able to blame your weight gain on!). Also developing this week: your baby’s vocal cords (the first step toward saying, “I love you, Mommy!”). Because sound can’t travel through your uterus, you won’t be able to hear any sounds or cries just yet, but you can bet those vocal cords will get a good workout once she’s born.

11 weeks!

Happy 11 weeks to us! Things are still going so well. I feel like it has been so long since we have been to the dr now! I have more blood work on the 25th and then the dr appointment a couple days later. I’m feeling great. I have had a few stretching ligament pains. If you don’t know what that is. It basically feels like someone has taken a knife to your belly and is just stabbing and twisting it! I’m so excited for when I really start getting a big belly so I look pregnant! Baby B is a great little friend, I’m so very happy that I haven’t had any crazy pregnancy headaches.

Let’s see what baby B has been doing!!!

Slightly more than one-and-a-half inches long now and weighing about a quarter of an ounce, your baby has been pretty busy growing this week. While you can’t tell this baby’s gender by its cover yet, ovaries are developing if it’s a girl. And by week 11 of pregnancy, baby has distinct human characteristics: hands and feet in front of her body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth and visible nipples. Hair follicles are forming on the crown (as well as over the rest of the body). What else makes your baby look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning goodbye to those frog-like webbed hands and feet). Meanwhile, fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop this week; in the next few weeks, the nails themselves will start to grow (so don’t forget to add a baby nail clipper to your to-buy list).

At the same time, your baby’s body is straightening and her torso is lengthening (sounds like a yoga pose, doesn’t it?). Other poses your baby can assume now: stretches, somersaults and forward rolls.