Wednesday, September 16, 2009

11 & 12 Weeks

Lots to update! Last Tuesday I had another dr. appt. The dr. was unable to get a heartbeat with the doppler so they did another ultrasound. Apparently the reason they weren't able to get a heartbeat was because baby was moving too much! I didn't get any new pictures or really get to see much because they were just checking the heartbeat but it was reassuring nonetheless. Heartbeat was 177 bpm. November 2nd is the big day - boy or girl? Make sure you vote before then.

Nursery prep has begun. I have cleaned out what is to be the nursery in preparation for setting up the crib. Hopefully we will have everything set up and ready to order the bedding when we find out what we are having.

11 Weeks
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.

12 Weeks
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 and weighs half an ounce.

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