Monday, June 30, 2008

14 weeks...Second trimester here I come!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will be starting week 14 of this pregnancy! Time is sure dragging on and on forever. I have often wondered, why 9 months? Couldn't we be more like sheep, only needing 5 months for gestation? Or a few other animals only need 3 months? I guess the Lord figured that we needed 9 months to prepare for such a life changing event! I guess I should be thankful that we aren't elephants -- goodness, they have a 22 month gestation. I have a feeling there would be a lot fewer humans in the world if that were the case. Any thoughts on that one?

Since I find it facinating each weeks updates on baby's growth, I would like to post what is happening for everyone to learn alongside of me!

- Baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, possibly suck her/his thumb - Baby's facial muscles are getting a workout as her/his tiny features form one expression after another.
- Baby's kidneys are producing urine! Wow, they pee at such an early age!
- Baby can grasp
- Baby is probably measuring 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.
- Good news: Baby's body is growing faster than his head FINALLY, which now sits upon a more distinct neck.
- By the end of this week, baby's arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of her/his body. Baby's legs still have some lengthening to do.
- Baby is starting to develop an ultra-fine hair all over his body.
- Baby's liver starts making bile this week
- Baby's spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells.

Wow, that is a lot of growth in 14 weeks huh?

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