Monday, October 26, 2009

17 and 18 Weeks

We got back from our cruise last night. We had a wonderful time full of sunny weather, new friends, and we even won $500 playing Bingo! I also started feeling baby move this week. I wasn't sure at first but it became more and more regular throughout each day and especially during the loud shows (apparently baby likes to dance) and during the bumpy island rides. Kyle and I were both able to feel the baby from the outside for the first time last night right as we were about to take off for Raleigh. Lots of people describe it as feeling like a butterfly - I'm not sure how I would describe it but a butterfly this baby is not. One week from today until we find out if we are having a son or daughter! And if you are lucky I may just post a picture of "the bump". It definitely grew this week and not from the cruise food - I am very proud to say I managed not to gain a single pound. Must have been all the walking and stairs.

Here is what baby is up to:

18 Weeks
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

17 Weeks

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

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