Your pregnancy: 5 weeks

How your baby's growing:
Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he's about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

His heart and circulatory system begin to form in the middle layer, or mesoderm. (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.) The mesoderm will also form your baby's muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under skin) tissue.

The third layer, or endoderm, will house his lungs, intestines, and rudimentary urinary system, as well as his thyroid, liver, and pancreas. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job.

Today is 5 weeks! Yay!! Small milestone, yes but the first of many to come! :) It's a busy week for this little sesame seed and I think about them every day and pray they are growing strong and healthy! I am ready to hear our beta number on Monday and get that u/s scheduled and get a sneak peak at this little sweet pea!

Feeling ok today - my chest is tender and I'm tired and I've noticed I actually seem to have a decrease in appetite right now which I am NOT complaining about! I'm thirsty a lot. Trying to listen to my body, but also remember to eat at least something small on a regular schedule so I don't end up upsetting my stomach too much. I had a piece of the VERY yummy Harvest Grain Whole Grain Goodness bread for breakfast this morning with some butter and blackberry jam. That stuff is FANTASTIC. Best bread I've had in forever!! I love the way it smells! :) I guess lots of carbs so far today, I had wheat thins for a snack and just had a packet of oatmeal for lunch... hmmm... guess I better think about some protein next time I get hungry!!

Last night we went over to John & Vicki's for dinner and hung out for about an hour and a half and got home around 10:00. We got to sleep in this morning because Kent had an appointment at 8:00 to take a look at the rash that has appeared on his upper body. The doctor thinks it is an allergic reaction to something he came in contact with, so we're starting some oral and topical steroids, he's on benadryl and I have to get some Aveno Oatmeal bath for him to soak in to help see if that will ease the itching while it clears up. Hopefully that will help!

I'm fixing Kent a Dinner A'Fare meal tonight - chicken and rustic potatoes. It looks good! I'm sure he'll enjoy that! I am learning to cook separately for us some nights, he enjoys having traditional dinners so I just fix myself a Chik Patty or something on those nights (which I LOVE) and everyone is happy!

It is warming up a little - today its still pretty chilly but it is supposed to be 70 tomorrow!! I am so excited to see sunshine and feel warmth again. It's been too dang cold lately! :)


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