Friday, February 2, 2007

18 weeks! A Sweet Potato or a Pickle!

18 weeks! I can't believe two weeks I will be halfway there and one more week we'll be able to find out: Boy? or Girl? I'll have to play some of the gender games soon to see if they predict correctly! ;) How fun! I think I've felt the little tike a few times now :)

Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a large sweet potato or large pickle) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound. Your baby's digestive system is starting to produce meconium, its first fecal matter. Some new moms are scared at the sight of it in their newborn’s diapers and think something must be wrong with their baby, but it’s perfectly normal and will only last a few days after birth. The pads of the fingers and toes are formed and the fingerprints are developing as well.

Until next week! Love you all!

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