Pregnancy at 7 Weeks

I’m not sure why, but for some reason when I pictured becoming pregnant I pictured life as I knew it standing still, and the small being growing inside me consuming my every moment of thought and existence.

Instead, life goes on… As I know it. I still have the stress of work, bills, and everyday life, along with the additional very time consuming process of growing a baby.

It happened almost immediately. It was the only thing on my mind, the only thing I really wanted to talk about, think about, and focus on, but the unknowing minds have no idea about my… Circumstance. They may not get why I’m staring at the door as if there’s a ghost in the threshold. Ticking in my mind is the internal debates: If I should try to stick it out in the crowded meeting room while my head spins from the heat and lightheadedness, or swiftly escape, and run to the bathroom before the saliva running down the sides of my mouth quickly transitions into vomit projecting the other direction.

Hours later I’m scoping out counter space in the back dark room. It’s not a pillow, but it’ll suffice as a spot for my head to lie for a few glorious moments of rest.

I’ve been very tired and very nauseous. I haven’t puked yet, but I haven’t felt up to blogging as much the past few days. But I’m back now… I think… I hope. Oh, and Tuesday is my first LIVE MomTV show at 10:30am EST… Let’s pray I still won’t be vomiting then! More on that later.

Friday I hit 7 weeks of pregnancy, and I hope every Friday to update what’s going on with me according to the Baby Center email I get, and what I read in my weekly update of my iPhone ap “What to Expect.” I got this idea from my friend Baby Dicky’s blog, so I hope mine will be as fun to read. She’s almost done (at 33 weeks!) and I can’t wait to catch up!

I was too tired last Friday to write this out, so I’m catching up today!

So according to Baby Center:

How Spawnie’s growing:
-Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles.
-Technically, my baby is still considered an embryo (although it’s a baby to me) and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of Spawnie’s tailbone.
-Spawnie has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, or about the size of a blueberry. My iPhone ap says it’s more about the size of a raspberry… Of course I’d prefer the larger fruit, but as my friends on Twitter tell me “It doesn’t matter, in 6 more months it’ll be the size of a watermelon and kicking my ribs.”
-Eyelid folds partially covering Spawnie’s peepers, which already have some color
-Tip of Spawnie’s nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin are also developing.
-Both hemispheres of Spawnie’s brain are growing,
-And Spawnie’s liver is churning out red blood cells until bone marrow forms and takes over this role.
-My baby also has an appendix and a pancreas now!
-A loop in my baby’s growing intestines is bulging into Spawnie’s umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from baby’s tiny body.
As far as me:
-My uterus has doubled in size in the past five weeks.
-Morning sickness should be kicking in… oh wait, it already has. I’m not throwing up, thank goodness. But I feel on the verge of puking almost constantly.
-I may need to pee more than usual… Yep! Guilty. This is because of my increasing blood volume and the extra fluid being processed through my kidneys. I NEVER use to have to go pee often and now I wake up EVERY NIGHT. It’s quite annoying, and I hear it’ll only get worse!
-By now, I already have about 10 percent more blood than I did before I was pregnant. And by the end of my pregnancy, I’ll have 40 to 45 percent more blood running through my veins.

And I know it’s silly for me to take a belly picture already but I figure it’s at least a starting point, so don’t laugh.

How often did you take belly pictures?

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  1. My first belly picture was at 6 weeks…so I am not laughing at all! I then did one every few weeks….fun to look at!
    There is another website where you can post your pregnancy journal and photos. If you don’t use it, you can get some cool ideas for things to post on your blog! http://www.babycrowd.com

  2. I wish I had done belly pictures. The only pics I have are from 3 weeks before I had my daughter, at 34 weeks. I wish I had taken weekly pics and thoroughly enjoyed it more. You never know when you’ll get to experience it again!

  3. You are going to be the cutest pregnant woman ever! As for baby pictures, my friend Megan took a different picture ever 3-4 weeks. She took three different kinds: a front view, a side view, and my all time favorite one of her toes. It was so awesome watching her toes disappear through her pregnancy. She even made a cute little flip book with the pictures and plans on doing it for baby number two!

  4. You should take a picture as often as you want to! Starting now is good because you’ll be able to see the difference even if you feel like you haven’t gotten bigger. Maybe take a picture to go along with every doctor’s appt you have? It’s a good milestone and reminder. 🙂

  5. Congrats on the new being growing inside of you. I haven’t checked your blog in like almost 2 weeks and I am so excited to see the good news. I had to go back and read all about when you first found out up to now to catch up. I didn’t really start showing with my first until the end of month 5. I felt like anyone who hadn’t seen me for three months would be curious as to whose child i was holding..oh well. Right now I am 18 weeks with my fourth and we’re not finding out what we’re having-though my husband keeps begging me. Oh the misery of outside pressure. But I am patient and stubborn enough to get my way this last final time. Good luck with the yuckies-I have gotten super sick with all of mine -severely so that it gets pretty scary, so I am glad you aren’t doing too bad!!

  6. You are so CUTE! I love your updates!
    I know somone that took pics every week! It was erally neat to see the progression…she put the pics on scraplog.com where they did a progression of pics.
    Hope you don’t feel to sick girl…..I tried ginger candy and pineapple enzymes. They kind of worked for me!

  7. I tried to take belly pics with H but my camera sucked so my pictures did too. I think I may have like one or 2 still but I have no idea how far along I was. Have fun with it though, more people do!

  8. Take pics as often as you WANT to! It’s so fun to see the progression! DEFINITELY do a progression page month by month on scrapblog! it’s a wonderful keepsake!

  9. I took belly pics monthly until about six months and then weekly. Made sure to stand in the same spot, same angle and all.
    My hubby was lifting my shirt to show off my belly at five months and I remember smacking his hand because at that point I’m confident it’s still just gas!

    Visiting from MBC.

  10. Lookin’ good, mama!
    I am nowhere near as thin as you, so I took one “reference” picture the day I found out I was pregnant and didn’t start taking weekly belly pics until I was in maternity clothes (18 weeks). That’s when my fat started becoming a litle more pronounced as a baby bump! But you will probably pop a lot quicker than I did!

  11. I started my belly pics at 8 weeks, because oddly I already had a belly to show! Everyone kept asking me if I was having twins. I did them every few weeks, pretty irregularly. The one I’m really glad I took was on the morning I went to the hospital for my c-section. I still look at that picture and can’t believe I was that big! They’re really fun to look back on though, so take as many as you want. 🙂

  12. I didn’t take my first belly picture until 18 weeks…but I kind of wish that I had taken one from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I can always sift through and get rid of pictures later, but I can’t go back in time and take pictures that I wish I had.

  13. I tried to remember to take one weekly. But that didn’t always happen. {http://www.flickr.com/photos/erinstargirl/sets/72157604373745427/}The first one I took was at 11 weeks. I think taking a weekly belly picture is a great idea – while it may seem gradual I love that by looking at the pictures you can really see just how big your little one is getting. 🙂

  14. Hi there! Just stopping by to say hi! We are due around the same time, I am 11 weeks pregnant with my 2nd. I took belly pictures almost every week from 7-38 weeks, then my baby was born at 39 weeks. With this one I have only taken one belly shot, but now that I am showing I probably should.

    You look great, mama! Congrats on the new baby, they are so much fun.

    Madison {www.LifeHappensDuringNaptime.com}

  15. Isn’t it crazy how much has already developed when they’re still so tiny?! I would always pick the larger of the fruits too 😉

    I have a tip… as you know, I take a belly pic every single week so I have plenty of those! But I have very few of ME. As in, my face, my whole body, with my hubby, just hanging out, whatever. And I wish I had more of those… so keep that in mind too 😉

    Emily @ Baby Dickey

  16. Hey there mama, I hope all is going well. With my last pregnancy I started taking pregnancy pics right away, with this one, last week, but not sure I’m going to continue. Im getting big really fast with this one (not much weight gain though) so time shall c. Check out my blog once in a while. :)Remember anything you need im at galinbakersfield at yahoo dot com. no longer on twitter, etc. Miss you tons. Keep blogging. Hugs to you.

  17. I took belly pregnancy pictures every week so I was able to make a flip book of my progress. I also wore the same clothes, so that made it even better.

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