Week 12

Total weight gain: Midwife scale says 5.2 pounds. My home scale says 4. So, somewhere in the middle?

Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby)
: Lime

Pregnancy signs (mostly TMI): Finally starting to see veins in my boobs, vaginal pangs (apparently, it’s the cervix softening), out of breath more easily

Worry of the week: Earlier it was the vaginal pangs, until Google and Kirsten let me know what was up (er, down….ha! get it?). Now, Down Syndrome and other chromosome disorders. Have the nuchal translucency test on Monday (mistakenly thought it was this week).

Maternity clothes:
Dress pants still fit, along with one pair of my normal jeans. Wore a maternity dress this week because a) it was pretty and b) it was comfy

Countdown to telling work: ZERO! Been spilling the beans since then to more coworkers. Lots of screams and hugs. 🙂

Number of friends/family told this week: A few dozen. I think most friends/family know now. My mom got the clearance to spill the beans this week, so I’m sure she’s been walking around with a bullhorn. Still need to tell more coworkers and business colleagues.

Sleep: Still pretty awesome.

Best pregnancy gifts this week:
— “Gently used” maternity underwear. Sorry, Ash, but the way you presented that was AWESOME. Had to share.
— Wedding invite from Robyn and Mike addressed to me, Charles, and “the peanut.”

Best pregnancy moment this week:
12-week ultrasound (see pix below). We could see the outline of the baby’s face (cute nose!!), and the  little baby rump that I can imagine patting lovingly at 3 a.m. when I’m walking around the house trying to calm a crying baby. We saw the baby moving around, which is the most surreal experience since I can’t feel anything yet.

Weekly sins: Not drinking enough water. Eating lots of pizza.

What I am looking forward to: Nuchal test on Monday. Starting to tell other coworkers and colleages.

Milestones: The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Quote of the Week: Coworker, who guessed I was pregnant, as she looked at my belly: “Jessica, you can tell.”

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