11 weeks

11 Weeks today and surro baby boy is the size of a lime.


8, 10, 11 weeks

  • His skin is see-through, but he’s on his way to looking more like a baby.
  • His fingers and toes aren’t webbed anymore.
  • Tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming.

Pregnancy Symptoms at 11 Weeks

  • Fatigue and nausea. Don’t worry, you should start to feel more like yourself soon.
  • Gas (like farting and burping — sorry!) Are you getting used to it?
  • Mood swings. Try some mind/body exercises, like yoga, to help you feel more Zen.
  • Leg cramps, which can strike at night and interfere with your sleep.
  • A dark line may have started to appear on your belly. It’s called the linea nigra and it’s totally normal during pregnancy.



10 Weeks and Last Monitoring Appointment


In the image above: head is toward the left, arm in the middle, and legs on the right.

10 weeks + 2 days ultrasound showed a healthy and growing right on track surro baby with a heart rate of 174 beats per minute. As Dr. Propst said, everything looks wonderful! Today was also my last appointment at Texas Fertility Center as my outside monitoring facility. It was a little bittersweet for me because I have really enjoyed TFC and Dr. Propst. He took an interest in my case and made it a point to get me on his schedule each week. Overall a wonderful facility and staff, couldn’t recommend them higher to anyone in the central Texas area in need of fertility assistance.

I received the official email today from a wonderful nurse at Life IVF Center that said I am Done With Medication and graduated to my OB/GYN for regular prenatal appointments. I repeat, put down the needles! There should be a little celebration but I’m too tired, ha. This evening I also received a phone call from Dr. Yelian from Life IVF to congratulate me on the major milestones, personally check on how I was feeling, and see if I had any questions for him. The personal touch really speaks volumes to me. Today was a very good day (medically).

10 Weeks:
Crown to Rump Length (CRL) 32.7 mm / 1.29 inches
Gestational Sac (GS) 42×32 mm

This week several sites had three different fruits to compare to for the baby size, a fig, prune, and kumquat. Since kumquat was the easiest one for me to draw that is the one I am going with this week. Not the most scientific approach by any means but it worked for me. His body length will almost double in the next three weeks.

  • Baby has working arm joints, and his cartilage and bones are forming.
  • His vital organs are fully developed and they’re starting to function.
  • His fingernails and hair are starting to appear, too.
  • Plus, he’s swallowing and kicking in there. (I got to see the kicking during last week’s ultrasound)

Pregnancy Symptoms

    • You may have aches and pains in your abdomen, as baby’s putting a pressure on your organs, veins, muscles and ligaments.
    • You’re probably still feeling nauseated and emotional. (thankful for Diclegis!)
    • Tired! Not only is your body working really hard to grow baby, but your sleep might be distrupted by some pretty weird dreams. (SO TRUE! I didn’t remember to crazy dreams starting so early. My husband gets a kick out of hearing them)
    • An increase in vaginal discharge (ew!)
    • Bigger belly and boobs — this is around the time you probably can start to see some real changes in your body. (See pictures below. I can definitely feel the difference and am starting to hunt down some stretchy pants.)
    • Visible veins — those blue streaks are carrying a ton of extra blood to baby. (It looks like I have super veins!)


Left to right: Before transfer, 8 weeks, and 10 weeks


9 Weeks and Ultrasound Appointment


In the image above: head is toward the left, legs kicking on the right.

9 weeks + 2 days ultrasound showed a kicking and wiggling healthy little boy with a very active heart beat of 180 beats per minute. The umbilical cord was also very clear in the ultrasound images which was a beautiful site. As always I took video of the monitor and the above picture of surro baby boy and messaged them straight to the parents after the appointment was done. Their happiness with each positive report is infectious! So wonderful. 🙂

I received an updated treatment schedule for the week from Life IVF and learned that there will be one more monitoring appointment at Texas Fertility Center with Dr. Anthony Propst. I am also in the process of trying to confirm my medication schedule for the next week. It was originally communicated to me that all medication would be done as of 10 weeks gestation but my last email also said to not stop on my own before my last appointment. There is a little contradiction there as I will be 10 weeks on Wednesday but my last appointment will be Friday. Hopefully I will get their response soon because I only have medication in stock through Wednesday.

9 Weeks:
Crown to Rump Length (CRL) 23.3 mm / 0.92 inches
Gestational Sac (GS) 34×34 mm

Baby is the size of a grape or green olive and approximately .9 inches long and weighing 0.07 ounces. This week marks a significant milestone. He’s no longer an embryo. He’s a fetus! More distinct facial features are developing and he might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a fetal doppler. This also marks the third month, only one more month of the first trimester. The unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy should be starting to level off soon. My growing bump will also start to look more like a baby bump instead of a big meal in the weeks to come.


8 +2 Ultrasound


Little surro baby boy is 8 weeks and 2 days in the ultrasound image above.  He’s growing right along!

Crown Rump Length: 15.4mm
Baby’s Heart Rate: 140 beats per minute
Gestational Sac: 28.5mm

There will be another ultrasound this Friday and possibly the following before I graduate to my OB/GYN office for standard prenatal appointments.

8 weeks


8 weeks pregnant today and I’m having a hard time imagining ever going this far or further without knowing I was pregnant. It’s pretty hard to ignore. Hormones are amazing and baffling things but I also feel like they’re pranksters keeping you on your toes. What will sound good today? Will I be nauseous? Will little things cause me to be irritable? Who knows, is the honest answer.

Physically I’m feeling fluffy through the belly area even though I’m still down 3 pounds from my transfer weight. The fluff has led to my starting to dig out a couple of stretchy maternity shorts and comfy maxi skirts. I’m not quite to maternity clothes yet but the waist line in my normal clothes when I sit are uncomfortable. I’ve jokingly said I wish pregnancy could just poof into a bump and skip the fluffy stage so it’s at least a little obvious that I’m pregnant. Soon enough surro baby boy will make his presence known to all passersby.

Being 8 weeks also means I can start my two week count down to no more injections and graduating from reproductive endocrinologist (RE) monitoring. Woo! My back side will be thrilled and my lovely husband will be happy to put the needles down too.


Heart Beat Confirmation (7 weeks + 2 days)


Friday morning has turned into my weekly routine of blood work and a drive to Texas Fertility Center for an ultrasound. This last Friday I was 7 weeks and 2 days. Baby boy was measuring right on track and we were able to officially record his heart beat! I recorded the ultrasound monitor with my cell phone and messaged the video to the IP’s as soon as the appointment was over. They were over the moon! It was so sweet to get their words of thanks and excitement. That is what I look forward to the most is their reactions to seeing their baby or getting an update. How amazing is it that I can post a video from my cell phone into an international group chat that instantly uploads for them to see on the other side of the world? I just love it!

One thing that I did ask the Doctor at the appointment was to look to see if I/we have been doing my PIO injection in the right areas because I was worried about fluctuating P4 levels. He said that we were in the right area but if it would be easier for me I could use the thigh, but also not to be too worried about levels because my body is creating progesterone at the same time. The doctors at Texas Fertility Center have all been amazing, and I think I’ve seen all except one. I would highly recommend them to anybody requiring fertility assistance in the central Texas area.

This week’s post was a little delayed because my partner in crime (aka husband) was out of town on business which meant as soon as my girls were in bed I was very soon to follow. Thankfully there was a day time nap today for the first time in over a week and I am feeling alert and up to the task of doing a little writing. My track record definitely includes extreme fatigue in the first trimester but thankfully I can look forward to an energy boost once that second trimester starts to settle in. Only 5-7 weeks until second trimester energy boost. Commence count down, Ha! No, but the energy boost will be greatly appreciated when it does roll around.

7 Weeks
Baby is the size of a Blueberry, 10.3 mm/ .41 inch
I have had more bouts of nausea that have led to a few reluctantly skipped meals. The doctor recommended that if it keeps up to request some anti nausea medication so that it doesn’t interfere with nutrition. And as aforementioned, fatigue.

Now to finish lapping up my little hot fudge sundae!