Tuesday, February 9, 2010

9 Weeks

Nine weeks! As I've looked ahead at the week by week development pictures, I couldn't wait to get to week nine, because that's when baby started truly looking like a baby, instead of a hump chested sea creature. We made it!

This week baby is the size of an olive:

But looks like... A BABY!!

Baking Baby Blakely

"Big news! You may be able to hear the heartbeat this week with the help of a Doppler, an ultrasound device that captures the chug-a-chug sound of baby's heart. The first time you hear baby's heart, your own heart may skip a beat—it's the first real evidence that there's someone growing inside you! If you can't hear the heartbeat, no worries, your doc will just check again in a few weeks. Other amazing developments this week:

Baby is beginning to move, but you won't be able to feel anything for some time.

Baby is growing nipples and hair follicles (although there's still a chance you'll be giving birth to a baldy!) His pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus are all in place, ready to poop and pee a dozen times a day when he's born. Your baby's head is half the size of his body and his little chin is tucked into his chest. His tiny tail is beginning to shrink away, giving Junior a more human and less amphibious look.

Until now, all pre-babies look the same "down there." This week, however, your baby will begin to develop either male or female genitalia. In layman terms, your baby is beginning to develop her hoo-ha or his wee-wee. While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks, the version you'll give birth to is being developed right now.

At this stage, your developing fetus is 1-inch in length, about the size of a martini olive (you remember martinis, don't you?) and weighs a mere 2 grams—a little less than a penny."


  1. Yea for a baby and not a sea creature! :) Are you guys finding out what gender you're having?

  2. Definitely-- If I could find out today, I would! :)

  3. Oh, I can't wait until the big reveal. Have you or DH made any predictions about the gender?

  4. Not yet. People keep saying, "Do you have a feeling about it?" I always answer, "The only feeling I have is nausea." :)

    The Chinese gender chart (hey, it has a 50% chance of being right!) says it's a girl. The heartbeat was also quite fast, which could also suggest it's a girl.

    I've always wanted to have a boy first, but there are certainly lots of cute things to get excited about with a girl. We'll see!!