Monday, July 6, 2009

20 weeks!!

Halfway! I can hardly even believe it!

How far along? 20 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: 6lb as of my last appointment
How much does Baby weigh?: 10-11 ounces
Maternity clothes? Definitely for bottoms, although I do have a few stretch pants/shorts that still work. I'm still doing okay with shirts, but I've had to incorporate a few of my maternity shirts in to replace those that don't fit anymore.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: It's been alright. Not bad but not great.
Best moment this week: finding out it's a HE
Movement: Oh yes. He's quite an active little fellow. After sitting for awhile, he usually starts practicing his dance moves.
Food cravings: none
Gender: BOY!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie, but it's starting to look wierd.
What I miss: sleeping on my back
What I am looking forward to: actually starting to look pregnant no matter what I wear. I'm growing weary of this awkward middle phase.
Milestones: finding out it's a boy, feeling/seeing him kicking (both me and J!), registering, and Jeffrey's first 4th of July! Phew.

My Baby

Chances are good you're feeling someone performing a round-off back handspring in your uterus by now. Is there any other feeling this cool? Other highlights this week:

By now your baby looks like a mini-version of what he'll look like when he's born. All his facial features are formed and hair is growing on his head. He's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck his thumb or yawn. Aww ...

Baby's heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope. Ask for a listen at your next prenatal visit! Fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells—previously done by the liver and spleen. This may not sound that exciting, but it's good news.

The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning your little bean now serves another purpose: Your baby uses it to "practice" chowing down. Yes, it sounds gross (as many aspects of pregnancy do), but it's an important step for your baby toward being able to chow down in the real world. Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that he's absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. And let's face it, being able to effectively digest sugar is important at every stage of life.

Your baby now weighs between 10 and 11 ounces and is approximately 7 inches long—the size of a delicious, cold, frothy bottle of root beer. Float anyone?

1 comment:

Mrs.M... said...

you are so cute & tiny!!!