Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal Week 12

Happenings of the Harper Household

Week 12

        The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your 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. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
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.

Symptoms:   Headaches have not been as bad, but I am still tired.  I swear I have felt flutters in my tummy already.  Not constant or regularly, but I have felt something. 

Weight Gain: nothing this week so 7 lbs overall still. 

Cravings: Not really anything specific

Food Aversions: none really, but after going to the store this last week we bought one of those rotisserie store chickens from Fry's and in the car it was not a good smell.  But I ate it when we got home and no problems.

What made me cry this week: We had an ultrasound on Tuesday and got to see the baby.  There was lots of movement and waving going on.  Looks like the down syndrome is negative, but still waiting on the blood test results to confirm.  But the lab tech was able to make a good guess on sex and it looks like a boy.  I am not saying I cried because it was a boy.  Actually it was kind of weird I was fine with the boy.  I was sad and cried a little that this means I will probably never be a mommy to a little girl.   This is probably our last.  Although, when John found out (he was late for the ultrasound) he said, Maybe we have 3 kids.  I love him for that, but not sure we can do another because we would have to do it soon after this one and I am not sure we can afford it.  So I did cry that I will likely never have a little girl, but there is still an off chance that the tech was wrong since it is still early.  According to what I have read the sex organs are just starting to show around 12 weeks so it could be wrong.

Thoughts from Jayden:  Jayden is still stuck on the baby being a girl.  When I said, "what if the baby is a boy?" after the ultrasound he told me, "then it will change to a girl."  I hope he is right, but I will continue to talk to him about the baby and the possibilities of a boy.  Jayden has been sick this week and a really big mama's boy.  Funny because he is talking about the baby lots.  He puts his hand on my tummy and tells me the baby is there.  He was very excited to see the baby on the TV.  He said, "whooo mama that's a big baby in there."  The baby waved and Jayden waved back saying, "Hi baby."

Something I am excited about:  I got to see the baby and he looks super healthy and I am beginning to feel him too.

In case you missed it you can read My Pregnancy Journal Week 11.


  1. Aw! I think I would get a little emotional as well if I found out my second was a boy. (No plans for my second yet, though.) Don't feel bad because you got emotional about it.

    And just like you said, there still is very much the possibility that it IS a girl.

    Hang in there and keep the happy thoughts. :)

  2. And Jayden makes me smile every time I read his thoughts. Soo cute!

  3. AH! Hello baby! Love seeing him/her in there! I'm still not going to believe it's a boy until your next u/s... I'm holding out hope with Jayden. =)

  4. I love seeing the babies wave in ultrasounds

  5. I have baby fever something serious!! I'll just have to live vicariously through everyone else for now :). Can't wait to hear the baby's gender!