11 Weeks

Before this pregnancy I weighed 155 lbs and now I weigh 140 lbs.  Needless to say, the nausea is taking its toll on me, and this week has been by far the worst.  I have only one week left before I’m out of the first trimester, and instead of starting to feel better, I’m feeling worse.  When I was pregnant with Faith, I only lost 7 lbs in the first trimester before gaining weight.  Now with this pregnancy, I’ve already lost twice that amount.

Still, I have to say how thankful I am that I’m now 11 weeks into my pregnancy and still feeling a full array of pregnancy symptoms.  Thank you Jesus for allowing this pregnancy to progress.  Thank you so much.  I’m so thankful for all of the many blessings God has given me.  I still find myself thinking, “I’m really married?  I’m really a mother?”  I still find it such a miracle.  In the middle of the night when I wake up because of my rumbling sour stomach, or when I get up for a drink of water, I hear Aaron and Faith sleeping soundly and I pray, “Thank you Jesus for my family.  Thank you for their health and happiness.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of their lives.  And thank you for this baby growing inside of me.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

On Monday I will get the genetic screening test done to check for any chromosomal abnormalities the baby may have.  This is just a blood test.  Now that I’m further along in my pregnancy, the baby’s DNA is floating around in my blood.  They will detect the baby’s DNA and analyze it for genetic problems.  The baby’s DNA will also show the gender of the baby so we will know soon what the sex is.  Please pray for a perfectly healthy baby, but most of all, for God’s will to prevail in our lives no matter where He leads us.

Aaron and I would like to share the news of the baby’s sex with a photography session done by my sister.  I will ask the nurse to put the baby’s gender in an envelope.  I’ll give the envelope to my sister and she will prepare a box filled will blue or pink balloons.  When it’s ready,  Aaron, Faith and I will head over to my sister’s house and open the box!  We won’t know the baby’s gender until we open that box.  Only my sis will know before then, and I hope she keeps her lips sealed! :)  It will be a fun way of sharing our reaction with family and friends :)  I can’t wait to see Faith’s face when she finds out if she’s getting a brother or sister.  She wants a boy :)

11 weeks belly pic…

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This is what baby looks like now at 11 weeks…

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Baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She’s already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won’t feel your baby’s acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

 

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