Monday, January 18, 2010

14 Weeks!

This week's big developments: Baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if I had an ultrasound now, we may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though I can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, his hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

I'm feeling good, I think I'm showing a little, though I (thankfully) still fit into my clothes fine. No weight gain yet, still trying to keep the heartburn under control, but the nausea is definitely improving.
I just delivered my third baby this week, vaginally--not bad, 2 out of 3. It went really well, but I'm thankful to have a bit of a break until June.

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