Last week, Pinto turned negative 26 weeks old (so 14 weeks in utero). Pinto emailed his/her dad an update on his/her development….
Here’s what I’m up to this week…..
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
And, Jordan responded:
A lemon! Pinto, you are such a big…pinto! it says that your arms will be proportionate to the rest of your body by the end of this week, but I bet you have your daddy’s arms and they already are. 🙂 Can’t wait to feel your kicks!!!
Speaking of kicks, on Thursday night, after eating a very fast dinner of french toast*, I felt a little wave in the corner of my belly. So, I think that was my first Pinto kick! It makes sense that it happened after a dinner of sugary wonderfulness. The asterik* refers to why the dinner was so fast… I had gotten home kinda late from my 3rd day of work training that went well into the evening. I was eating dinner while reading Natalie stories before bedtime. Even though Natalie had already had two helpings of dinner, she was very interested to see the french toast and syrup. She was eating so quickly, saying more, that it was almost a competition. Not only was I not in the mood to share much of my french toast, but I didn’t think that sugary syrup – after brushing teeth – 20 min. before bed time was a good idea!
So, now to compare… here’s a picture of Natalie at 15 weeks in utero…
And here is a picture of Pinto at 15 weeks in utero. As you can see, Natalie was confused as to why her Dad would take a picture of just me, so she made sure to get in there. Looks like she is ready for that big sister role!