Friday, March 5, 2010

14 Weeks!

Maybe that's why my stomach is so sour...

Big huh!? Future infant has tripled in size from a mere three weeks ago! Luckily, I haven't done the same.

The baby spends its days making faces at everything I say. Maybe not, but it is learning to control voluntary muscle movements (this will help him fling food across the room later in life). He can squint, frown and grimace - his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another.

He or she is a peeing machine. The kidneys are producing urine, which is released into the amniotic fluid on a regular basis. Maybe this is why I'm literally double fisting water all day long. I've been trying not to drink much with dinner or I'm up multiple times at night. Regardless, I'm up at least once. (I keep reminding myself that this part of pregnancy is only going to get worse.)

One of the neatest processes I've read about is the formation of fingerprints. Believe it or not, he actually created them himself while swimming around in the amniotic fluid. As he moves his hands, the skin on the tips of his fingers forms unique ridges and folds. That's why no one on earth has the same fingerprints, not even identical twins! Cool, right?

Baby's arms are now in proportion to his tiny body, but his legs are still on the short size in comparison. But just like the fingers were first to form, development seems to work from the top down.

He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. The liver has started making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and the spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells.

I'm feeling fine :) My stomach is a little weird on the drive home from work each day, but I'm troubleshooting with the size and frequency of meals during the day to try and get rid of that. I've also noticed that my butt and hips are killin' me at the end of the workday if it has been a computer heavy day. I'm going to go ahead and blame Relaxin for relaxing the joints and muscles in my body. Supposedly it is to help your pelvis expand and loosens the joints in your hips to make room for baby to come out. Lovely. Production peaks this week and will stay in my system till the birth. I just need to remind myself to take MORE breaks MORE often.


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