Monday, May 31, 2010

Baby Bump at 15 weeks 3 days!


These pictures will be with weekly progress posts from now on, but I'm sharing this one now since it hadn't been taken in enough time. I'm sorry if these posts are annoying for you. Frankly, they're more for me than anyone else. Its a documentary of the progression of my pregnancy that I will always have. :0)

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 15

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

Our next ultrasound will be around 20 weeks. Hopefully we will find out the gender then! :0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 14

This week's big developments: Your 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 you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your 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. Your 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 you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 13

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

In other news, my baby sister, Kassi, is having her baby today! As of right now, she is 9 cm dilated and feeling VERY ready to push. She decided to have a completely natural delivery which I am so proud of her for. If anyone can handle a natural birth, its my amazingly strong sister. I'm so excited to see beautiful pictures of my baby nephew and meet him in July! Prayers would be appreciated! I'll update all of you as soon as I know anything new! :0)

Friday, May 14, 2010

My 85 year old grandmother went SKYDIVING!!

Seriously, check this out. My grandmother turned 85 this week and decided to go skydiving for her birthday! COOLEST GRANDMA EVER! The news station talks to my aunt, Jan, and my uncle, Kenny, and my cousin, London. You also see one of my favorite people in the world- my cousin, Steph- in the background at times. I especially love how, at the end, they mention she's about to become a great-grandmother any day now. Wish we could have been there, but between school and pregnancy-nausea, there was no way. We'll go in 5 years when she goes again for her 90th birthday! :0)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Pregnancy: Week 12

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.