Thursday, 20 September 2012

Retrospective Wisdom: Week 10

"The baby's head is still a large protion of the total body but your baby is more recognisably human this week. Measuring about 3.5 centimetres CRL your baby is growing quickly. The tiny toes that you long to count are now formed. Your baby's ears are formed, even on the outside. The baby's eyes are still open but the eyelids are beginning to fuse. Once fused, they will stay fused until about 25 to 27 weeks into your pregnancy.

While your baby doesn't weight much at just about 4 grams or about 4 paper clips, it is a good start!

As your baby enters the fetal period this week, you quietly pass an important milestone. All the major organs are nearly completely formed. The risk of major malfunctions are over, although your continued care and attention is still needed for the subtle yet crucial processes such as brain functioning, cognitive development, reflex growth and breathing development." - excerpt from The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion by Robin Elise Weiss with Dr. Marcello Pietrantoni.

During the scan, we saw Jr's fingers and toes, strong pumping heart and limbs with cute round head. The mini baby looking Jr melted my heart and for the first time, I felt "really pregnant" and not just "kinda pregnant"!

The kind ob-gyn, Dr Haris Hamzah, also wrote an opinion addressed to Petronas about my hyperemesis gravidarium condition and that rest is the best solution. He also topped up my Obimin supplements, a once daily easy to swallow tablet. Never in my life have I been so diligent in taking my tablets, I confess.

The eager grandparents started planning nursery furniture by scouting IKEA to hunt for suitable changing table and cots. We decided on buying a changing table each for The House and The Apartment. As Z's cot (used 27 years ago and still in mint condition - just needs a new coat of paint and new mattress) would be the hand-me-down item; along with the cot previously used by Kakak's children, Safiyah and Ibrahim.
**Retrospective Wisdom: Human memory truly is amazing. I can still picture The Little Girl's 10 fingers and 10 toes so vividly. So does The Other Half.**


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