Friday, January 19, 2007

16 weeks!

Well here we are at 16 weeks. I simply can't believe it! I am almost halfway there! I had my January appointment today and everything went beautifully. Not a whole lot that they do at this appointment. She immediately pulled out the "belly" doppler and smothered that gel on me. It didn't take but a couple of seconds to find the heart beat strongly pumping. Every once in a while a "whoosh" sound would muffle the heart beat. "There's a kick!" the doctor would say. A Kick! Amazing! I was also asked about testing for Down's Syndrome. I refused. No reason to test for something and be worried. These tests basically allow the option of terminating the pregnancy if there is something wrong. Not something we would ever think about. We are sticking to God's plan. Well, thank you all for your love and support and please keep us in our prayers as God continues to mold us and bless us to be parents. We love you all! (I must be hormonal! I'm getting all misty eyed! haha)

Stay tuned, next month is our next ultrasound! I can't wait to see the pictures! Is it a boy? a girl? will we decide on a surprise?

And finally, what you all have been waiting for!

The baby's weekly update!
16 weeks:
At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.

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