Monday, May 18, 2009

13 weeks!

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Frustratingly, I'm not gaining the weight that I want to be.
How much does Baby weigh?: 1 ounce
Maternity clothes? Nope, but I got some belly bands which have come just in time! There's absolutely no way that any of my pants can close.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: There's still a lot of restroom trips, and I've started having issues with back pain. I had a great night the other night after a really long day, though!
Best moment this week: seeing a little belly really starting to come
Movement: Maybe? I've had thoughts that it could be, but I'm not positive yet.
Food cravings: I'm on the borderline of getting cravings, and I'm eating so much better.
Gender: It feels wrong to call it "she", so we're feeling that it's a boy.
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie, but it's not quite as much as it used to be!
What I miss: being a fabulous sleeper
What I am looking forward to: Baby's first Memorial Day and my birthday!
Milestones: crossing over into the 2nd trimester!

Our Baby

Think of it this way: You're a third of the way through and baby's a third of the way cooked. Now that the "big stuff" (like skeletal and organ development) is taken care of, your baby starts a period of rapid brain growth, fat buildup and detail work. Highlights this week include:

Your baby now has fingerprints! Book 'em, Danno! Believe it or not, he actually created them himself while swimming around in the amniotic fluid. As he moved his hands, the skin on the tips of his fingers formed unique ridges and folds. That's why no one on earth has the same fingerprints, not even identical twins! Cool, right? Baby's arms are now in proportion to his tiny body, but his legs are still on the short size in comparison.

Meconium, that tar-like, sticky first baby poop, is now loading up your baby's intestines, which means you might want to set aside a bottle of olive oil, one of the few things that will get the gooey poop off of baby's bottom. 

Your baby continues to gain new and impressive skills such as practicing and controlling voluntary muscle movements (this will help him fling food across the room later in life). Your tiny dancer's movements are no longer the jerky, uncontrollable twitches of yore—he now moves with graceful control. 

Your baby is now weighs about an ounce and is the length of a flip phone, or roughly 3.5 inches—he's tripled in size from a mere three weeks ago! Luckily, you haven't done the same.

1 comment:

mrs.gardner said...

Wow your bump looks alot bigger this week! I can't believe you are already 13w!