This is a blog about our growing family. WE ARE HAVING A BABY!
Our bundle of joy is due to
arrive the middle of October!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Finally 16 weeks!
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, our baby will double in weight and add inches to it's length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
Soon I experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling our baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks our baby will grow stronger and I will be able to feel them much more frequently...stay tuned...I will let you know!