Big news! You may be able to hear the heartbeat this week with the help of a Doppler, an ultrasound device that captures the chug-a-chug sound of baby's heart. (Oh how wonderful that would be!!!!) The first time you hear baby's heart, your own heart may skip a beat—it's the first real evidence that there's someone growing inside you (or KT)!
Other amazing developments this week:
Baby is beginning to move, but KT won't be able to feel anything for some time.
Baby is growing nipples and hair follicles (although there's still a chance you'll be giving birth to a baldy!) His pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus are all in place, ready to poop and pee a dozen times a day when he's born. Your baby's head is half the size of his body and his little chin is tucked into his chest. His tiny tail is beginning to shrink away, giving Junior a more human and less amphibious look.
Until now, all pre-babies look the same "down there." This week, however, your baby will begin to develop either male or female genitalia. In layman terms, your baby is beginning to develop her hoo-ha or his wee-wee. While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks (or in our case till birth), the version you'll give birth to is being developed right now.
At this stage, your developing fetus is 1-inch in length, about the size of a martini olive (you remember martinis, don't you?) and weighs a mere 2 grams—a little less than a penny.
I woke this morning to 3 Valentines cards? 1. from my wonderful husband 2. from my sweet girl Frankie and 3. from my soon to be baby. AWWWW...It brought tears to my eyes. My husband is so thoughtful, I think he's a keeper!
Last night I got to chat via Skype with the Doctors and KT. She was at the clinic with her friend who is also a surrogate, so Dr. Yash decided to do a scan on KT while she was there. She was all smiles, dressed in a beautiful baby blue sari and her eyes light up when she smiles. She had her 5 year old son with her. What a cutie he is. I asked them what they would like from America. KT said 'whatever we would like to send.' Okay...that narrows it down??? So sweet she is. So, I asked Dr. Yash to see if she could get her to be a little more specific. She told me cars, guns and superhero's are all things her little ones like, but still wouldn't tell me anything special for her. We have done this a few times before so, we have quite a few ideas about what to send. Women are women and most love the girlie stuff, lotions, jewelry, outfits, personal stuff. So I will have lots of fun shopping for all of that and Gerry can shop for the superhero stuff and toy cars. A few minutes later Dr. Yash said KT's little boy was looking for his gift, he wanted it right away. So very cute, a true child ! I was so very surprised and happy to hear from the Docs as I know how very busy they are right now with quite a few clients currently in India. I felt very special that they took the time to call and let me talk to KT and see her beautiful face while she was at the clinic.
Only 3 short weeks till we hit another milestone...end of 1st trimester! I can't wait!!! and neither can Gerry for that matter. He can finally start buying, building and preparing for baby. (not that I don't think he secretly has already started)
Saturday, February 14, 2009