May 8 2010

11 Weeks

Yesterday was the 11 week mark!! We are coming towards the end of the first trimester.  Jess had an appointment for a  checkup at the OB, so we headed on over there in the morning.  The appointment was just another followup on the Hyperemesis Gravidarum debacle.  The doc tried to find the heart beat with the doppler but couldn’t.  He squeezed us in for a quick ultrasound, so we didn’t leave worried.  The ultrasound tech found Choochie immediately, and measured the heart beat at 166bpm.  The exact same as last Saturday.  Choochie was frisky today.  Lot’s of leg movements, and arm movements!!  The tech took the pic a second too late, because the little bugger flipped over, and as you can see in the picture above, that is a wonderful shot of Choochie’s back!!  I was really surprised at how much more it looks like a baby now, than it did last ultrasound. 

Little Choochie, (almost two inches long) has been pretty busy this week, growing hair follicles, and fingernails.  There are distinct human characteristics now, with hands and feet in front of the body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of the nose, a tongue, and palate in the mouth.   The hands and feet have individual fingers and toes!!  The picture below is a visual representation of the approximate size


On to Jess.  The past week has been touch and go.  The Hyperemesis Gravidarum has really taken a toll on her.  We have been able to stop the weight loss, but we still have not really gained much back.  We were able to discontinue the IV fluids (Lactated Ringers solution).  It wasn’t by choice at first, but the nurses said as long as she stays hydrated, and gets some food down it is OK.  Jess had some sort of reaction to the IV site, which is the original reason for removing it!


She is still using the micro infusion pump, with mixed results.  Some times she feels great, and sometimes, not so great.  The main complaint with pump is that Jess feels really out of it if she has it on for the entire day. 

She is definitely eating much more than she did at the beginning of the week.  The nausea and diarrhea are still pretty bad, but there hasn’t been much action on the puking front.  Weight Loss has ceased for now, I would just like to see her gain some of what she lost back.  That will put us back on the right track.

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