Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to share a photo of the beautiful Christmas gift from Sabrina and her family. It's a quite unique photoalbum made of copper. Absolutely beautiful!! I can't wait to fill it up with wonderful memories.

Also wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR, may 2008 be a fantastic year for all of you! :o)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Flights booked

...for the 20 week ultrasound!

March 12th: Oslo - Amsterdam - Seattle - Redmond/OR. Same way back on the 16th. (Thats a total of 4 airports and 6 flights in 4 days, ladies and gents..! Did I hear anyone say "jetlag"?!!)
My amazing surrogate has offered to accomodate me, which I have gladly accepted.

Now, I am used to BIG airplanes and I have traveled A LOT (my mom was a flight attendant/purser for 35 years) - but - the return flight from Oregon to Seattle has like a total of -9- seat rows.. :insert scary smiley here: Yes, I'm surprised you can even call it an airplane!! So, cross your fingers that I will make it back home alive.

But hey - in "only" 72 days I will know if its a boy or a girl !!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Week 9

"Your amazing growing baby has been accepted into to the fetus-club, a very exclusive and exiting new stage in their prenatal development. Basically, this means the little sweet pea has graduated from swimming embryo creature to a recognizable human being! This week in particular, the irises of the little eyes can function, but the eyelids remain fused shut for a while yet. The external ears are formed and the inner ears are now filled with fluid—so your little one is already developing their sense of balance. Your baby's little swimmer legs are still relatively, although other bodily developments are going forward at a nice pace: the kidney is actually functioning now!"

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Week 8 ultrasound

Sabrina went in for her second ultrasound today. Baby is measuring at 8 weeks 1 day with a strong heartrate of 171. According to her the little one looks like a gummy bear and wiggled for a good portion of the ultrasound! She also got to hear the babys heartbeat!! Apparantly the Dr. was very impressed as he said he can hear maybe 10% of the babies at this young age. New u/s in two weeks, and the NT scan is scheduled for January 17th. Everything is looking perfect!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Week 8

"Your little embryo has finally reached the one-inch mark (30mm). And if it were possible to take a peek, you could actually see your tiny baby without a telescope! What’s more, your baby is finally starting to take on some very distinct human features. For starters, their little tail (really just the spinal cord) has disappeared completely. It’s nice to know your baby can no longer be mistaken for a sea creature! Additionally, both their toes and fingers are prominent with very little, if any, webbing. Upper and lower limbs all show recognizable joints (elbows and knees) and the lower limb bones are starting to ossify. But don’t expect your baby to resemble either parent quite yet. Right now, your baby’s head is disproportionately larger than the rest of their body--making up almost half of your little one’s height and weight!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Week 7

"Your baby is really beginning to develop more physical definition this week – the oversized head isn’t just large and oblong anymore, it’s actually a little bit pointy. The tiny receding tail bud is now starting to be overshadowed by the growth of their legs, which are now complete with knees and the beginnings of toes. Their eyes and ears are the most visible features on their head and their miniature bones are starting to harden throughout their body. You also have some variation on a boy or a girl at this point, although their genitals won’t be visible enough to determine which color cigars you’re going to buy until around the 16th week."

Monday, December 10, 2007

First ultrasound..

...and we have a heartbeat!!!

Baby is looking great, everything is measuring well, heartbeat is strong and there is definitely only ONE in there!! *phew*! ;-)
I couldn't be happier !!!!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Patiently Waiting

...for tomorrows ultrasound.

Well I need to make myself occupied with something to avoid insanity (no pressure, Sabrina...! ;)

Here are some pictures from the process so far.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Week 6

"This is going to be a busy week for your amazing little embryo. Their brain is still growing remarkably fast; miniature hand plates are starting to develop and the early formations of what will be their fingers are already visible. Also, the lower limbs do not develop quite as fast, so they’re pretty much still flippers. Up until this point, your baby has been very curled up with the head and tail in close proximity, but this week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten as their tail recedes into its resting position in the back. Even though your little miracle is only 6 weeks old, they’re already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch!"