|baby is the size of a peach!|
~vocal cords are forming
~teeth are forming
~baby has fingerprints
~facial features are starting to develop, and the cheeks and bridge of nose are noticable
~eyebrows have formed
~baby has a fine coat of hair all over called "lanugo" which will be shed before birth, it is thought that this has a protective function
~insulin is present in baby's pancreas
~thyroid glad is developed and by this week begins to make hormones
it's been a big week for doctors appointments and i have all good news to report. it started with a check up earlier in the week, and we got to hear the baby's heart beat, it was 161 beats per minute. everything else went smooth, however during a breast exam the doctor noticed a lump on my breast. she said this is normal with all the growth and hormonal changes during pregnancy, but wanted me to follow up with and ultrasound to double check. i went in for my ultrasound and they said it is all normal breast tissue, so that was a relief! if you aren't worried about one thing it is another. the doctor said i have lost 2 pounds since my 6 week appointment and she is encouraging me to EAT! i feel like i am eating a lot as it is, i have been addicted to subway lately, and i have been getting a foot long at lunch. you aren't supposed to eat deli meats during pregnancy unless they are heated to avoid listeria, so i have them double toast my sub until there is steam coming off of it to be on the safe side.
my second appointment this week was for my NT ultrasound or genetic testing. it is a 2 part test that is a thorough ultrasound and blood work. they do the ultrasound to check for the levels of fluid in the neck, high levels of fluid are associated with certain chromosomal abnormalities. the doctor said everything looked perfectly healthy and he doesn't expect to see different when i get my blood results in 2 weeks. we got to hear the heartbeat again (167 beats per minute today) and here is a link to a video of the ultrasound.
at this point all of our family and friends know and we just made it "facebook official" and the outpouring of love and excitement is overwhelming. it is finally starting to sink in and feel real. in fact we got some baby gifts this week! a friend of jarad's that he flies with, dropped off some children's books on our doorstep this week and our good friends in washington sent me some pregnancy gifts; a pregnancy workout video, belly butter (to prevent stretch marks on your growing belly) and a dr. seuss book! and we have family friends that are knitting baby clothes. my heart is so full!