Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dear Baby 2, We saw you, and you're doing great...

The ultrasound went great!  The tech said you were measuring perfectly, and you look to be implanted on the same side as your brother (left side).  I have that tricky bicornuate uterus.  Your heartbeat was 114bpm (your brother's was 121bpm at this same stage).  We are so relieved!  We got to meet Baby Bronte this weekend!  He came home from the hospital and is soooo tiny and adorable.  It sure made me anticipate bringing you home and wonder how your brother will feel about it!

Here's what you're up to this week (7 weeks):

You have doubled in size since last week and now measure half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.  Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point. Technically, you are still considered an embryo and have something of a small tail, which is an extension of your tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller.  Both hemispheres of your brain are growing, and your liver is churning out red blood cells until your bone marrow forms and takes over this role. You have an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your growing intestines is bulging into your umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from your tiny body.

These were my prayers for you this week:

Prayers of praise for a great ultrasound and for your cousin coming home!


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