Are we parents yet?

The Clements’ IVF Journey

Now going into the 20th week! July 8, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 12:40 am

At the end of this week, I’ll be at the halfway point! Well, halfway for people who get to go through full term and are lucky enough to have a natural childbirth rather than having to have a c-section a couple weeks before that. C-section I do not want. Healthy baby and to live through delivery okay I do.

The baby thumps are both fun and nauseating. Night before last I felt a bump from the outside of my abdomen! It’s weird to look down at my still relatively-flat tummy and to think that there’s a baby that’s somewhere around 6″ crown to rump in their. It’s also a creepy thought in a way. There’s a human being inside of me! Creepy as well as cool. As long as it doesn’t start drawing shapes through my abdominal wall before bursting out like that one movie with the alien coming out of some lady.

Cody’s been reading the What To Expect e-mail newsletters (yes, he reads these things as just one of his ways to be involved and keep up with what’s going on, which I appreciate so much), and the development newsletter on Monday showed what a baby at this stage looks like, and he said to me, “It looks like a human now!” It’s so sweet what he does – he often has his hand on my tummy to be closer to the baby, and is reading Hitchhiker’s Guide to the baby (and me). Who knows how much, if anything, the baby can detect, but the love radiating from him to the baby sure matters. Possibly the baby can hear his voice when reading, so hopefully the baby will get the chance to learn his voice to pick him out later.

Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed!

 

Going into week 19!! July 1, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 10:24 am

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

 

This is now week…18! June 24, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 8:39 am

Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby’s finally big enough that you’ll be able to feel those movements soon.

 

Wow…starting the 17th week June 17, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 6:33 am

Wow…almost halfway there already!!

Baby’s skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.

 

Am I really going into the 16th week?! June 10, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 1:47 am

Watch what you say… tiny bones forming in baby’s ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you’re interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.

Mmmmm, avocado….

We got a gender prediction a couple weeks ago, and I may ask again, no, WILL ask again, at our net appointment.

Cody will start reading to the baby later this week, starting with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Sure, the baby can’t understand, but it may help get the baby used to his voice. Plus I haven’t read the book, so will enjoy it. The next book will be Lord of the Rings, which Cody hasn’t ready before. 🙂

 

Into the 15th week! June 3, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 1:02 pm

I can’t wait for another few weeks to go by so we can have another scan to see if the gender is correct!! Will we have a Charlotte or a Logan?!

Although our lil’ bean was 2.8″ on Monday, so a little small, but still within the normal-range!


Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby’s legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can’t feel the movements.

 

The start of the 14th week May 27, 2009

Filed under: Weekly — Aria @ 10:57 am

Mmmmmmm, lemon. So at the end of this week, I’ll have a lemon!!


Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.