That's what it says on my pregnancy calendar today: Congratulations! Actually, it says:

Congratulations! You have completed your first trimester!

I'm very proud of Scout for making it this far. I'm proud of myself for not having a nervous breakdown. I'm proud of Sheltowee for not once losing patience with me.

I'm so glad my first trimester is over. I realized recently that I've been "lucky" in terms of morning sickness, fatigue, etc. The baby books all say that these first-trimester side effects typically subside between weeks 12-14. Mine actually started to subside at Week 11. I know, it's only a week before what the experts say, but ... a week is a long time when you feel like crap.

My boobs still hurt, but not as bad as before. I'm still not sleeping well because of having to get up so many times to pee. But life is definitely better than it was.

Here's what our Scout looks like this week:

And here's what tells us:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Yes! Nerves! Synapses! The things that will help Scout learn to love to read! It makes me misty-eyed thinking of a little brain forming.

Here's a 3D ultrasound of a 12-week-old fetus:

If I didn't know any better, I would say that was a 3D ultrasound of Elvis in the womb.


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