Monday, November 30, 2009

12 weeks! Little lime!!

The size of our baby this week is the size of a lime... which just makes me want to sing island-inspired songs and sip a (virgin) pina colada for some reason. :-) Here is what is happening this week:

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.

In other news, I am feeling much better with more energy. Eliot has noticed my extreme mood-swings though, and I feel bad for him. Sometimes I don't know if I am laughing or crying and he just thinks it is funny that I can't decide. :-) I can't WAIT till our doctor's appt on Friday, I am hoping we get to hear the heartbeat!

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