In all my glorious laziness last week I didn't post so today will be 23 weeks plus some pictures from Christmas. We had a fabulous Christmas! This evening we're heading to Houston for a few days.Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.
At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
According to most sources week 22 marks the beginning of the sixth month, the last month of the second trimester. I'm doing the 22 week update a day early because I'm off tomorrow. Back to the mall one last time! But first I'll be sleeping in a little bit. This week has been so cold and dreary it's been hard to get up in the mornings. Hope everyone has a safe and warm weekend. ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Rob's grandparents offered to purchase the crib (and mattress!) for us, which was so nice of them. It came in on Saturday and Rob put it together yesterday. I love it. It is convertible which means it goes from a crib to a toddler bed to a full-size headboard.
Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.
I am off tomorrow so I decided to do the 21 week post a day early. Nothing new to report! Fit as a fiddle, knock on wood. I'm going to use tomorrow to do some Christmas shopping. I'll have to wear tennis shoes because my feet and back start to hurt pretty quickly now!
Pat. Baby was moving around too much this morning for the doctor to determine anything. Everything from the anatomy scan looked normal, which is good! She said she'd try again at the next appointment. I'm thinking about one of the 3/4D ultrasounds before then...probably won't end up spending the money this time of year though! So, hopefully, maybe (again), we'll know at the next appointment. Once the baby gets too big it becomes harder to determine because they have less room to move around and are more squished (medical term) but that won't be for a little while longer. So unfortunately the shopping hiatus will continue for a little longer. We have switched the office and started making room for baby. Everything is a mess right now. You would think we owned a small corporation with all the receipts, paperwork, stubs, statements and everything that Rob keeps. Thankfully it is being thinned out. Seriously, the shredder got overloaded and hot last night.
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.) Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!
So if pregnancy was a marathon, I'd be on mile 13. Can I get a Gatorade? Maybe an energy bar? Still feeling great. I'll enjoy it while I can because if legend proves true miles 20-26 may not be so fun. Last Friday I was in a turkey coma and didn't post, but the food of the week was a large heirloom tomato!
Doctor's appointment on Monday...hopefully those fully formed genitals will makes themselves known. Please! I'm having shopping withdrawals! I need to get this ball rolling.
I've been tagged by Summer. So here it goes... 6 things you may or may not know about me. As all of my faithful readers (all two of you) and anyone else who reads this already knows me, I'm not sure I can (or will-haha) tell you anything you don't already know, but here goes:
1. I can't stand mustard or mayonnaise.
2. I am not religious at all but love Christmas. Yes, I fully realize the irony and contradiction in this and no, I don't need you to explain it to me. It just makes me happy, ok?
3. Prank calls on the radio make me extremely uncomfortable. I have to change the station.
4. I despise toothpicks and the look and sound of people sucking on them and twirling them around in their mouth makes me want to scream.
5. I appreciate people who are brutally honest but tend to hold back on others unless they ask for brutal honesty in which case I am more than happy to oblige.
6. I have an odd sense of humor and think most things and people that the general public is amused by are not at all funny.