The clock just keeps on ticking. I can't believe I'm already fifteen weeks along. This pregnancy is definitely going by much more quickly than my last. When you're watching a toddler grow up before your very eyes and chasing him all over the world, it seems to make time fly by like never before. When I was pregnant with Will, if I was tired and wanted to take a nap at any given time of the day, I could. If I wanted to just lay on the couch, eat Doritos and sour cream while watching Friends re-runs for two hours, no problem. If I had the urge to go to bed at 7 o'clock at night, see you in the morning. If I wanted to sleep in till 10 on the weekends, no one seemed to care. Needless to say, I don't have those options now, and while at times it's frustrating that I can't just lounge around on the couch with complete disregard for the world going on around me, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Will keeps me on my toes. Not to mention, life is just sweeter now that he's around. My new life as a mom is keeping me moving during this pregnancy and that's a good thing.
This week in the baby's development, I open the email to find that I've got an apple sized fetus moving around in there. This little tid bit would make Will extremely happy. The kid loves apples. If you ask him what he wants for breakfast...apples. What do you want for lunch? Apples. Dinner? Apples. What did you eat at school today? Apples. What should we name the baby? Apples. The kid is apple crazy. I can't wait to pick him up this afternoon and tell him I've got an apple in my belly. That will just tickle him to death.
And here is the email as to how the baby is growing. Disclaimer: Just because the good ol' pregnancy folks like to tease you and say that now an ultrasound could determine the sex of the baby, does not mean that the OB will do it now. My OB and most others, prefer to do it at 20 weeks, because the likelihood that they can determine the sex at that point is much higher since the baby is bigger. So, we've got a while to wait, folks. I don't think I'll be having my anatomy ultrasound until the first week of September.
Oh and lookie, they are back to referring to the baby as "she" this week. I'll crack this mystery one day.
How Your Baby is Growing:
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")