Pregnancy and birth

Eleven weeks

The countdown to our big twin announcement is well and truly on! We can’t wait to share our news, starting this weekend. Actually, we’ll be starting on Friday: my twin nieces, Jaime and Olivia, are in Auckland visiting their father this weekend and are coming to see us then, so we’re planning to take them out for lunch and break the news that they’ll soon become the elder twins in the family. And then my sisters can tell their other kids as well, which will be great. On Friday night we’ll also be receiving a call from Tristan’s father, at his grandmother’s house, so we can tell her. And then Pat will be able to tell the South African family, we’ll call a few close friends over the weekend, and by the end of next week we’ll make the obligatory Facebook announcement. Hurrah!

My next scan is next Thursday (the 19th), which is part of the antenatal screening process and also gives us another opportunity to check in on the kids. Tristan hasn’t seen them on a screen since week seven, when we first discovered that there were two of them on board, so it will be great to have him at this one.

In the meantime, here’s what’s going on this week (according to the excellent book What To Expect When You’re Expecting – I’m reading the Australian edition, and it’s a treasure trove of information):

Your baby is just over 5 cms long now and weighs about 9 grams. His or her body is straightening out and the torso is lengthening. Hair follicles are forming, and fingernail and toenail beds are beginning to develop (nails will actually start to grow within the next few weeks). Those nails are forming in individual fingers and toes, which recently separated from the webbed hands and feet of just a few weeks ago. And though you can’t tell baby’s gender by looking yet (even with an ultrasound), ovaries are developing if it’s a girl. What you would be able to see, if your womb had a view, is that your fetus has distinct human characteristics by now, with hands and feet in the front of the body, ears nearly in their final shape (if not final location), open nasal passages on the tip of the nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth, and visible nipples.

And to think that this is all happening times two inside me! Thank goodness that the babies have lost their webbed hands and feet, like little frog babies. Let’s all just cross our non-webbed fingers that those ears make it to the right place…

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4 thoughts on “Eleven weeks

  1. How funny that they have nipples but their ears are not yet in their final location. So is that scan number 4? My scan is the 24th and I’m excited for Dave to hear the heartbeat (and for me too of course) to help him feel like there is more to this pregnancy than me making him go to the suprmarket to buy me ice cream!

    1. Yes, it will be scan number four, and then I’ve got my next obstetrician’s appointment the following Monday, so I guess I’ll get another one then! I don’t think there have been five photos of me taken this year…

      And yes, getting to see scans and heartbeats definitely seems to help the guys to get to grips that there really are little people inside us! I think Tristan would have melted into a puddle of goo if he’d seen the waving baby in the last scan.

  2. I’ll be pleased when they have fully developed nails. The thought of fingers and toes without nails is a bit weird. And I wonder where their ears currently are.

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