Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Twelve Weeks

I decided that each Tuesday, I would post the email update from the pregnancy folks as to how the baby is growing. It's just too interesting not to share. Last week, I had a fig. This week, it's a lime. Quite a jump for seven days, don't you think?

Also, I noticed that though last week the email referred to the baby as "she," this week, they refer to it as "he." Maybe they split it up week to week to keep us guessing? Either way, here is the email for this week. Things are really starting to shape up in there.

How your baby's growing:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

And here's a picture of what the little lime may look like at this point. I can't wait for my next ultrasound.



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