Taken at 9+1. Amazing the difference in lighting between last week and this week - last week it looked like i had lovely dark brown hair, this week it shows it actually appears in natural light - a washed out reddish brown caused by my hair throwing copper tones when dark brown permanent colour fades. Only option is to continue dyeing it or grow it out - i'm opting to grow it out and have switched to a semi permanent to cover greys (my 'platinum' highlights!).
How far along: 9 weeks.
How big is baby: a green olive.
What is baby doing this week: By the end of this week, your baby measures about 2.3cm in length and weighs less than 2g. His eyelids, now completely covering his eyes, are fused and won't open until week 26. Tiny earlobes are now visible.
Your baby's essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Already he looks more like a tiny human being. His wrists are more developed, his ankles have formed, and his fingers and toes are clear to see. His arms are growing longer and bend at the elbows. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, he's poised for rapid weight gain.
Though it's not yet possible to tell the sex of your baby by ultrasound, his genitals have begun to form. By now the placenta has developed enough to support most of the important job of producing hormones. The placenta is also making nutrients for your baby and getting rid of his waste products.
Total weight gain: 46.8kg, down 100g from last week.
Maternity clothes: nope. Have noticed a small change in my waist, but not enough to have trouble fitting in my clothes.
Sleep: I seem to have forgotten about my aim of getting to bed early - really must try harder. Also have had trouble keeping up with my water intake at work. I normally have a 600mL bottle with me, but just not getting through two of them. I think it's because the office is too cold for most of us (the females at least seem to feel it more), the windows are sealed shut so we can't open them and let the warm autumn air in, and it just doesn't make me want to drink. Not sure of a way around that yet.
Best moment of the week: made some iced Easter biscuits and took them in to the work morning tea, where there was so much food neither me nor the girl in the cubicle next to me could fit in lunch! Oops.
Food cravings/aversions: none.
Nausea: Only random bouts, triggered mostly if i have left it too long between meals or if the toddler has crawled over my stomach, and they're getting rarer.
Fatigue: Yes. I'm tired by the evening, mostly ok during the day.
Movement: a few cramps.
Gender: will find out at the 18-20 week anatomy scan. Will probably take a guess if we can get a nub shot at the NT scan.
What i'm looking forward to: meeting the birth photographer we're thinking of hiring!
What i miss: Sashimi salmon or tuna. Champagne! Also being able to have a beer with hubby in this lovely hot weather we've been having - 35C in autumn!
Next appt: this week meeting our potential birth photographer, and week 10 for maternal serum screen blood test.
What else i've done this week: lots of cooking. Dinners, breakfasts, and sweets to take to work. Some more coming up next week (for ANZAC day). And of course preparing for Easter, making sure we have chocolate eggs for the toddler and have the small eggs ready for his first Easter hunt.