7 Weeks

I am now 7 weeks pregnant.  I had an ultrasound done, and we heard the heartbeat!  I was so relieved to hear, and actually see, the heartbeat of our little baby.  157 beats per minute.  A normal and strong heartbeat!  Everything looked good and the doctor congratulated us!  Aaron and Faith were with me, and Faith also got to see the baby and hear the heartbeat.  She is also very excited.  She kisses my tummy and says, “I love you, baby.”   The doctor told me that once they can hear the heartbeat, the risk of miscarriage drops down to 1 to 3 percent!!!  When he said that, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  I thought such a low percentage of miscarriage only happens when I am out of the first trimester.  What a joy, and what a relief to hear such good news.  Although I do realize due to my age that my pregnancy is still considered “high risk,”  for now, we are all just very very happy that all is well :)

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Another great sign that a healthy happy baby is growing inside of me is the fact that I am SICK!  Yay!  Well, I don’t like feeling so bad, but regardless, I am very happy that my body is extremely fatigued and I am now fighting constant nausea. I won’t complain!  This means that our baby is growing and thriving!  It’s strange, my pregnancy symptoms are exactly like how it was when I was pregnant with Faith.  I am ok in the morning but by late afternoon/evening, I am very nauseous and exhausted – just like with Faith.   I am craving icy cold drinks and popsicles – just like with Faith.  I am craving icy cold orange juice, and with Faith I craved cold mandarin oranges.  I would eat full jars of them in one sitting.  Now I’m drinking gallons of cold orange juice.  Nothing else helps the nausea – just like how it was with Faith.  I took all of the advice from other moms to fight nausea; crackers, peppermint, ginger, carbonated drinks, etc.  Nothing helps.  Just cold and citrus.  I’m wondering if I’m pregnant with another girl because my symptoms are exactly like when I was carrying Faith.

So, as of right now, our baby looks like this at 7 weeks…

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Baby’s hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny baby fingers and toes. Technically, our baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that’s the only thing getting smaller. Baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.  Baby has eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of baby’s brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in baby’s growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

7 weeks belly pic!

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