Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week 11

Lucky baby has reached the epic size of a fig or a lime this week. Its fingers and toes are all unwebbed (presumably) and the kid is dancing and jumping around. I won't be able to feel movements for about another month, but apparently the kid can get the hiccups now that it has a diaphragm.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Definitely grateful for our family this year, both the ones already celebrating with us, and the one on the way.

I called Dad today for a Thanksgiving chat, and told him about his new grandbaby. I think his gasps drowned out the football game in the background.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


So far the only thing I've craved is tater tots. Really? Can I crave something I don't know if I've ever had? Regardless, I came home from the grocery store today with a bag of frozen tater tots and a jar of ranch dressing.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Week 10

We have a fetus! This week officially marks the end of the embryonic period and the start of the fetal one. The kid is the size of a kumquat, and most of its organs are present. Its arms and legs can bend now, and its brain is superhuge (baby genius) and causes the head to take up half the length of the body.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More ultrasounds

Week 9 - we went in for our first official OB appointment today, and got another chance to see the baby.

Everything continues to look good for the pregnancy, and we have a due date of June 20, 2009. This week, the kid is the size of a grape or a cocktail olive (the kind filled with blue cheese and marinated in vermouth).* Most of the organs are accounted for, though they will still be evolving a little bit over the next few weeks. Sadly, the tail is gone.

Since we've had two successful ultrasounds, we decided to start telling the rest of the family. Virginia is planning knitting projects, David is shopping for Chinese baby clothes, and Harriett laughed hysterically for a minute straight after I told her. Walla was looking at a baby picture of me when I told him, and immediately called mom to celebrate. Morgan's grandma and aunt Maurine are planning the baby quilt, and his grandpa wants input on what name we choose. I think everyone is happy for us.

* Please note, our child is not filled with blue cheese and marinated in vermouth.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More pregnancy fortunes

Mine: If I bring forth what is inside me, what I bring forth will save me.

Um, save the fetus, save the world?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Telling the moms.

We planned to tell our mothers about the pregnancy as soon as we had the first ultrasound, but since my mom was on vacation, we waited until she got back (Morgan actually asked if she had her cell phone with her. Probably, but I'm not sure how the reception is in Greece...)

We knew they would both be thrilled, and they were. According to Morgan, his mom's voice went up an octave when he told her. She also called back later to make sure she hadn't dreamed it. My mom had been up for almost 24 hours when I told her, so I was kind of expecting her to call back for verification too.

In week 8, the baby reaches the size of a gummy bear or a kidney bean. This week, the kid has webbed fingers and toes and has almost lost its tail. Go, evolution...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pregancy Fortunes

We both have head colds this week, so Chinese takeout is the preferred food right now.

Morgan's fortune: A new relationship is about to blossom. You will be blessed.

My fortune: There are big changes ahead for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Feeling better

about the world this kid will be born into. That's all.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Starting the photo album

We had our first ultrasound this week; the blueberry isn't particularly identifiable as a person, but we got to see (and hear!) the heartbeat. 144 beats per minute. Hearing it just blew me away; I knew we were growing a person, but to hear that strong, fast heartbeat was breathtaking.

This week, the baby is about the size of a blueberry, and has little paddles where its arms and legs will be. Its brain has two hemispheres, and its appendix is complete. Wonder why a completely useless organ is one of the first to form?

Our little rock star also had its second concert experience today; She & Him at Bimbo's. If the kid loves retro indie pop, its because it takes after both its parents.