Sunday, January 20, 2008

12 weeks

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 two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

This past week as been really good! I think I am definitely over the worst of being sick. I feel SO lucky that it didn't last very long and wasn't that bad. I'm definitely hungrier than usual now, and I still feel mildly icky if I don't eat soon enough, but other than that I feel great. I'm also not as tired as I used to be. And now only two more weeks until my second trimester! We are going to the doctor on Tuesday, and I am really excited to hear the heartbeat.


  1. Have you been to the doc yet and gotten ultrasounds? When is your exact due date? Mine changed to the 31 of July...just curious when you're due and how far apart we are...not much!

  2. Yay! You're over the hump! Congrats, it's smooth sailing from here. Well, for about another four months anyway - until the lima bean becomes a soccer ball and you feel like it's breakdancing next to your pelvic bone. Smooth sailing other than that.

  3. Rach, I went to the doctor today and heard the heartbeat. They don't do an ultrasound until 18-20 weeks unless something seems wrong. So I guess my due date won't be changing until then. For now it is Aug. 3. I thought yours was always July 31st? Basically it's possible for us to have our babies on the same day! Or they could end up a couple weeks apart! We shall see.