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.
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.
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.
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two -- nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
Finally something to write about. Most of you know we're pregnant so I've decided from my sister-in-law Lindsey's suggestion that i blog about my pregnancy. Here is week 10 from last week and thursday i'll add week 11.
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
So sometimes i really wonder why i'm a nursing major. I haven't even stared school and already i'm doing homework. Not only that we have to start a day early and we have a test the first day which they didn't tell us until tonight and we are supposed to take it tomorrow. Nevermind the fact that we have to get a 100% on it, o no... that's not a big deal let's give them as little warning as possible! Ugh.... Now i'm back to that stay up all night and get up early, till i'm so exhausted i can barely function. All i can say is this is where God wants me because otherwise i would have dropped along time ago. He continually carries me through and uplifts me and i know that this year He is going to have to do it alot more. Anyway i would appreciate the prayers not only for me but for Stephen, he'll need it living with me. :) Love you all and hopefully i won't become non-existant.
So i realized my blog is really more of a picture book than a blog. And if I want this to be anything more than another facebook or myspace I need to start working on my blogging "skills". So in an effort to rectify this, I will endeavor to write more and not put so many pictures in. Thanks for reading, hopefully it will get more interesting.
I went home for the 4th of July and got to see my two best friends. It was definitly an interesting weekend. I missed Stephen a lot and reminds me of how much I hate that he has to work so much. However we have only grown stronger because of it and I can't complain about that.
So weird I know but Stephen and I went to the Toledo Zoo on our honeymoon with his family. What can I say I love the Zoo. We had a lot of fun, here are a few pictures. We had pictures from the cottage we stayed at and from Cedar Point, but being the genius I am i accidently deleted them.
Us at the Wolf House Me with my nephew Liam
Me crawling out of an egg, i'm a bird didn't you know?