Thursday, September 3, 2009

14 weeks

Today, I am 14 weeks pregnant. This time has flown so far, which is personally a plus for me. I lack patience (just a teeny, weeny bit) when it comes to things like this so as much as I am rooting for this bun to bake for another solid 26 weeks, I am also hoping the time moves quickly!

I find it rather silly to post belly pics at this point in my pregnancy (because let's me honest, I don't have much to show) but I know a few folks who would be a little disappointed if I didn't post them, so this one's dedicated to them!

Like one of my friends said, "It's time to break out the maternity clothes." He he. Haaaaaardly! I mean, I personally see a belly, but I know most people can't. That's okay. I'm cool with it for now. The baby is measuring ahead of schedule, after all. And s(he) should, given the late night cravings I'm already having!

I am feeling great. My daily naps are becoming more like every other or every third day and I am sleeping a little (not much) better at night. I think my nights of sleeping soundly are long gone. We find out the sex of the baby in 3 weeks, which is very exciting. I am thrilled to be able to design another nursery. I had so much fun doing Addison's and have a lot of ideas already stirring around upstairs. This may be contributing to the poor sleep. My mind just never stops!

Here's a little information on how the baby is growing:

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.


With all the excitement last week of posting our great news, I completely forgot to show some pictures of how Addison was preparing to be a big sister.

She has the kisses down pat. There's no doubt the new baby will be given all the love in the world from this little munchkin!

Forget the 5 S's (which I was very grateful to have learned from Dr. Harvey Karp). She's great at singing "Rock-a-bye Baby". It's tender enough to calm even the most worked up.

She witnessed me burping a friends newborn once and began imitating it (though my version didn't exactly look like this). I know who I'm going to after feedings!

And just so you don't think she's all-business and no fun-and-games, she wanted to show you how she is going to throw the baby up the air. Good times await us. I can feel it already!

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