Thursday, June 30, 2011

14 weeks & new room preparations

Yay for 14 weeks. Only 26 more until 40 weeks!

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.

Other than tired and hormonal, I'm hanging in there. And I've developed a rather odd craving for McDonald's of all food. Seriously, this baby has some taste. Why can't I crave something good for me? Like fruit?

We got Elisa's bedding in the mail this week and she was soooo excited. She immediately jumped on the package and demanded that we take it out for her to look at and play with. She gets angry when we take it away and put it up lol.

She also has discovered running. It's so hilarious watching her run back and forth in the room, her little shoulders pushed back and this look of pure ecstasy on her face. You can just see in her eyes her imagination as she sees the wind in her hair, etc. It's so cute. She also has started breaking into random song, a combination of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, ABC song and Old McDonald. She really is growing up before my very eyes.

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