Monday, August 24, 2009

9 Weeks!!!

Our Baby at 9 weeks.

How your baby's growing:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby'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. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her 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 your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Information and photo above are from The Baby Center.

So I'm still having nausea, bouts of dizziness, fatigue, and at times loss of appetite. The midwife recommended that I eat every 2-3 hours so that I don't run out of energy, exercise, and drink lots and lots of water. Which I've been trying to do, but it's much harder than it sounds. Especially when there are days where I just feel like laying in bed all day long. Today, being one of them.

Tomorrow is my last day at my current job. I'm currently working nights at The Peaks, a nursing home. The Peaks is right at the base of Mount Elden and has a beautiful field of sunflowers! But it's very stressful and unorganized. You all know how much I LOVE disorganization. I think things there are SLOWLY moving towards more organization but right now I need to look out for our baby. Part of that is working at a place that doesn't cause me heartburn, anxiety, and undue stress. My new job, which I start next Monday, is also at a nursing home but it's a day position. I'm very excited to start my new job. I hope that after the learning and adjustment period that it will be overall less stressful and a more pleasant environment than my current job. My new place of employment is Ponderosa Pines. I will miss all my co-workers at The Peaks! They are all such awesome people!!!

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