Tuesday, February 16, 2010

10 Weeks

10 weeks!

The best part about being 10 weeks is that everyone keeps telling me that I'm in the home stretch of my fatigue and food aversions. "Morning" sickness seems to be getting better as long as I don't let my tummy get empty. I'm just ready for food to start tasting good again.

Just because I can't get enough of it, check out this great ultrasound video of a 10 week old dancing baby/escape artist.

This week, baby is the size of a Brazil nut:

And looks similar to last week...with the addition of elbows!!

Baking Baby Blakely

"By the end of Week 10, your baby graduates from embryo to fetus, which literally means "little one." It also translates to "I'm just going to keep getting bigger and bigger and so are you!"
Other highlights this week:

Your baby has finally morphed from a little tadpole into, well, a baby. Not only is the face more human-like, but that unflattering "tail" (really just the developing spinal cord) has disappeared, fusing into the spinal column.

Your baby now has discernible fingers and toes, which will explain the steady stream of kicks and punches you'll feel down the line.

Junior's skeleton is starting to grow and harden. The ears are beginning to take shape and the eyelids are no longer transparent. Tooth buds are forming, although your baby won't get any teeth until six or seven (or eight or nine or 10) months after birth.

Baby's brain will make an incredible 25,000 new neurons every minute this week. While you may feel like you're losing as many as he's gaining, we can assure you it's not permanent. "Pregnancy brain," like nausea and bloating, is a temporary symptom that soon shall pass. (And then you'll get "Mommy brain," but we won't go there now.)

If your baby is a boy, he's started producing that macho hormone testosterone. And whether your baby is a boy or a girl, the kidneys are creating copious amounts of urine. Lucky for you, you won't have to change a diaper for another 30 weeks.

Baby weighs only 4 grams and measures 1½ inches, about the size of a mondo Brazil nut."


  1. Congrats on 10 weeks! I have heard a lot about pregnancy brain and mommy brain. I'm in big trouble!

  2. You're almost there! Hang in there just a little longer and hopefully you will be able to bid farewell to morning sickness once and for all!

  3. Congrats on 10 weeks, almost thru the first trimester! and 1/4 done, alright !

  4. Hehehe, it's funny to think that you're 1/4 done! I've never thought of it that way! Congrats, Stef! ;)

  5. Wow, 1/4 done, amazing! You're doing awesome Stef, love reading how Baby Blakely is growing!!

  6. Congrats on 10 weeks - yay! Hope you start feeling better soon!

  7. You have a Piccolini ("little one") now too! SO EXCITING.

    Hope that your baby was reading the same manual as my baby and your nausea wears off soon (I think for me it was about 11.5 weeks) and the exhaustion lets up a bit. You are SO CLOSE to 12 weeks, hooray!

  8. Happy 10 weeks Stef and Baby Blakely!!!

  9. Woah, 10 weeks sounds SO big time!! So exciting...2nd trimester here you come!