Fetal Development

Just in case you guys wanted to know the quick week to week changes that happen in early pregnancy I thought I might use my experience as an example. Since I have easy access to ultrasound equipment my little one has been extensively photographed. :) Here is an early week by week progression:

7Weeks                                          8 Weeks                            9 Weeks

You can scroll through earlier posts and see the profile from 15 weeks followed by my most recent scan at 18 Weeks. Cool huh? Aiden now has all of his organs – he is just working on getting bigger and stronger. At close to 19 weeks, he is estimated to weigh around 9-10 ounces, be about 6-7 inches long. He now blinks, swallows, and hair and eyebrows have started to form. The brain is rapidly growing as well. Hearing has not yet developed (but we talk to him anyway).

Things that go bump in the night

Well little Aiden is making his presence known. I can now feel movement and it gets more and more pronounced as the days go by. At first it was just a little flutter – a whisper of movement really – and you had to concentrate really hard to notice anything. Now when I am sitting or lying down – especially right before I fall asleep – I can feel distinct little kicks or rolls. It is especially pronounced after I eat. The other night he was especially active. Nathan and I were lying in bed and I had Nathan put his hand on my belly and Aiden gave a big kick and Nathan felt the bump against his hand. It was so cool! I usually don’t notice him much when I am running around at work but if I am having a bad day I make a point to sit down and concentrate for a few minutes and there he is! He calms his mommy down quite nicely and reminds me of the big picture in life. :)

More fun pics from today

Foot!

FOOT!

Here are some more pics from today’s ultrasound. Enjoy!  I wish she had taken more pictures – we saw some really cute shots of the hands and face as well. He is such an adorable baby (at least we think so!).

Profile

PROFILE!

IT’S A BOY!

We went for our official anatomy scan today and the sonographer says it’s a boy! At first he was being shy (or mischievous) and keeping it a secret but then he finally showed off. Nathan, of course, is ecstatic and saying “I knew it” since he thought it was a boy at 13weeks but then was confused since the little one kept the goods hidden on the next few peeks with the ultrasound. The rest of his anatomy also looks normal -Nathan says he has my feet! :) Needless to say, Nathan and I are thrilled. The name we are thinking right now is Aiden Christopher Elfrink (ACE). 

BOY PARTS

New Pics

Just a quick note to say hi and post some new pics. Mom and Dad came back from Palm Springs this weekend so we got to hang out a bit. We also got rid of the extra three dogs that have been hanging out with us! :) I’m sure Chloe and Calvin (our dogs) were sad to see Molly, Maggie, and Madelyne (Mom and Dad’s dogs) go, but Nathan and I sure enjoyed not having 5 dogs in bed with us. Mom and Dad couldn’t stop looking at/touching my blossoming belly so I thought it was time to post some new pics. My belly sure seems to have grown quite a bit in 3 weeks. And this is just the beginning!
17 Week Bump

17 Week Bump

Grandpa-to-Be and Me!

Grandpa-to-Be and Me!

I’ll Take Seconds thank you

The second trimester is much better than the first trimester. Not that my first trimester was horrible… Other than extreme fatigue (naps were my best friend and 8pm became my bedtime if possible) and heartburn I actually had it pretty good. I can count on one hand the number of days I actually lost my lunch. Graham crackers (a common staple on the hospital ward) do wonders for calming a sour stomach. Now I am 16 weeks, well into my second trimester, and thinks are looking good. My belly bump has really started to pop out… I had multiple patients last week ask me if I was expecting. I also had to start using the rubber band trick on my favorite pants… Yet I don’t quite fit into most maternity pants. I’m in that in between area I guess. I haven’t taken any recent belly pics but I will share one from 14 weeks so you can get an idea. My appetite has started to increase now that the nausea is better. I’m sure the weight gain will soon follow. I’m only up about 2 lbs as of now. Nathan and I are getting really excited about baby elfie… we went looking at baby furniture today just for fun. There is tons of cute stuff out there. This is gonna be one spoiled baby let me tell you! We talk to it frequently even though the medical part of us knows the baby can’t yet hear us… Anyways, yay for the second trimester and lots more fun/changes to come!

14 WEEKS!

Oh Baby!

That’s right, Nathan and I are expecting a wee little one. The estimated arrival is April 19. 2009. Right now we affectionately call it “Baby Elfie” as we don’t know if it is a he or a she (not for lack of trying to find out I must add – its just keeping us in the dark). As you could imagine we are SO EXCITED!!! We wanted to update our webpage and keep all of you informed of the progress of the pregnancy and our lives in general.  So please check back frequently. I may even include some “belly bump” pics, ultrasound pics, and other exciting tidbits.

Profile at 15 weeks

Welcome :)

With the news of a new family member on the way, I thought it necessary to begin reopening the communication channels that have rusted over with med school and residency. Feel free to register, login and begin chatting it up! Check back weekly for updates etc…