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    9 weeks

    How far along: 9w
    Weight: me = 127.4
    Baby size: 1″ long (about the size of a grape)
    Sleep: Not bad. I had my first wake-up for no apparent reason at 3am last night. Just awake. And rested. Luckily Nickelodean and the Rugrats helped me out and put me back to sleep
    Gender: TBD for another 3 months or so
    Movement: Sometimes I think I feel something, but then at 9 weeks, it’s probably just gas.
    Feeling: MUUUUUUUUCH better. I’ve been off the Endometrin for about a week and a half now, and each day that I was off the meds I felt progressively better. I can’t say I’m 100% yet. Even with the Zofran I still feel sick from time to time, but I get a sick episode once, twice a day, as opposed to all day long. I can even get out of bed in the morning before 7, which feels miraculous.
    Either way, I feel like this child will be our drama queen for sure — it’s not afraid to let me know who’s boss and when it needs attention.
    What I miss: My energy. G and I both took a 2 hour nap in the car yesterday following an adventerous trip to the zoo.
    What I am looking forward to: more of less icky feeling
    Weekly Wisdom: Zoo trip on pregnancy nose? Not a good combo. STINKY!!!!
    Food cravings: Chocolate cake. I’m still controlling this one and I haven’t caved in yet, but I know my will-power can only last me so long.
    Fetal development:
    The kiddo is starting to look more and more human. It’s essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: this week the baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do it’s tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. No more tad-pole! It’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. It’s eyes are fully formed, but the eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. It has tiny earlobes, and it’s mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that the baby’s basic physiology is in place, it’s poised for rapid weight gain, as I guess am I :-/

    Here’s a real snap-shot of the monkey. This was taken on Tuesday at my last ultrasound. I have also now been released from RE care and can officially call myself a “normal” pregnant lady. I have my first pre-natal appointment with my regular OB in a few weeks.

    If you’re curious, the kiddo’s lying sideways with the head on the right and it’s little let nubbins on the left.

    Last, but not least, here’s a shot of my belly — it’s starting to peak out for sure.

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