At 12 weeks, I’m already wondering if it will be practical to keep posting weekly updates. Does anyone really want to hear about this every single week? Will I have something new to say every single week? Maybe I’m just feeling a little bleh because in spite of the fact that I was feeling so much better last week, this week I feel like my morning sickness has stabilized. I’m not complaining – it’s mild and manageable, but it’s still ever-present.
Actually, I should just shut up now, because it’s mild enough that I was filled with relief to hear the baby’s heartbeat at my first prenatal appointment. It took a long 5 minutes to find with the doppler, since baby wasn’t cooperating. I have had 2 early miscarriages in the past, and both were preceded by a stark and startling absence of morning sickness, so I’m reassured by a little nausea – even if I do tend to complain about it.
And although I feel like a complainer, my family insists that I don’t complain. I just have a tendency to look…somber. Then they know that it’s time to bring me food and pressure me to eat it even though it doesn’t sound good and I’m not really hungry. We all know that I’ll feel better in 10 seconds if I obey. That’s how my morning sickness works this time, and when I’m not being somber I am sensible enough to realize how incredibly blessed I am not to be puking my guts out 20 times/day.
That’s what I’m up to. Here is what the baby is doing at 12 weeks:
- The baby is now about 2.5 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 0.7 ounce (20 g).
- The feet are almost half an inch (1cm) long.
- The baby starts moving spontaneously.
- The baby now has a chin and a nose and a facial profile.
- Vocal chords are complete, and the baby can and does sometimes cry silently.
- Fingernails and toenails appear.
- The baby can suck his thumb, and get hiccups.
I know I said I wanted to post a pic every week in my new favorite dress, but I’m on my way out the door right now and that’s not what I’m wearing. No time to change: here’s the real me:
Um…never mind what I just said. There’s always time to change into your favorite dress!
See? Much more belly this week than last week. You should see me sitting down with relaxed abs and slouchy back.
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