In exactly one week we will be going to the hospital (not the OB’s office) for your first trimester screening, which includes a high-res ultrasound and bloodwork to test for the risk of common genetic defects such as down’s syndrome. This is an optional test for most expectant mothers, but our OB highly recommended it for us.
I recently found out that our hospital has a 3D and 4D ultrasound machine on premises, so there’s a chance that we might see a very detailed picture of you! It’s been two weeks since our last OB appointment so I am naturally anxious and excited for next Monday.
Congratulations on reaching week 11! Each new week is a new milestone and I’m already so proud of you. By now, you are about the size of a lime (or a fig) and you have a 1:1 ratio between body and head.
Your hair follicles and tooth buds are starting to develop, and you are starting to open and close your little fists! Due to the development of coordination as well as the sense of touch, you can’t help but explore your body, touching your face and mouth in amazement. Your swallow reflexes are also in development this week.
Lastly, your smelling and other olfactory senses will begin developing this week, which when combined with the maturing taste buds, will provide you with your first experiences of taste and smell.
How does it taste and smell in there, baby? Not too bad, I hope!
As for your mother, there isn’t anything new to report. I am still constipated, bloated, and gassy — lovely! I stocked up on some Benefiber and Gas-X today in hopes of gaining some relief.
Your father is worried that I spend too much time using the computer. Whenever he sees me with my laptop, he pushes it FAR away from my stomach and tells me to be careful. He may act tough, but he’s really a big softie. I can see him being overly protective of you (and myself being the voice of reason…which is usually the opposite case).
Continue to keep growing and stay healthy! We can’t wait to see you next week!