Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Our Kumquat

I was so good at keeping everyone posted on the progress of Rylen as he was growing that I can't help but want to keep everyone updated on the progress of our NEW little one. I always gave you all the fruit or vege reference that related to the size of the baby, but never had a picture to go along with it. Well, Babycenter has these pictures on their site. So, as you can see, Baby Robbins is now the size of a Kumquat. Has anyone ever had a Kumquat? I have absolutely no idea what one tastes like. I might just have to try one in honor of our little Robbins.

Well, here is the update!

The baby is a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, he/she has now completed the most critical portion of development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He/She is swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout the pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

1 comment:

Carly said...

Wow! Congratulations! That is so exciting! I'll be praying for a healthy pregnancy for you...it's definitely a little more tiring the second time around but SO worth it! :)