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Belly Pics

Week 9:

.9 inches long, .07 oz.

I know it’s actually supposedly the size of a green olive, but we decided it should be something sweet instead, and figured a grape was pretty comparable!  This is when the baby stopped being an embryo and became a fetus!

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Week 10:

1.2 inches long, .14 oz.

It’s actually the size of a prune, but since a prune is kind of smushed up, we found out that it is also the size of a kumquat.  That just seemed better!  The arm and leg joints began to work this week.DSC04898

Week 11:

1.6 inches, .25 oz.

The fetus has a 1:1 ratio between the body and head.  The fingers and toes aren’t webbed anymore.  Hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming.DSC04899

Week 12:

2.1 inches, .49 oz.

Almost all of the baby’s systems are fully formed.

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Week 13:

2.9 inches, .81 oz.

Baby has teeth and vocal cords and is approaching more normal proportions (the head is 1/3 the size of the body).  Intestines are moving from the umbilical cord into the baby’s tummy.

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Week 14:

3.4 inches, 1.5 oz.

Officially into the 2nd trimester!  The baby’s toes are wiggling and baby is moving a lot more, doing things like sucking it’s thumb.  Organs are continuing to develop
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Week 15:

4 inches, 2.5 oz.

The baby is more proportional…the legs are longer than the arms now.  All four limbs have functional joints

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This picture made me think of Juno: “Wow! That shirt’s workin’ hard.”

Week 16
The fetus was roughly 4.6 inches long, and weighed 3.5 oz!  The baby’s ears are forming, and it can hear my voice!  Eyebrows, eyelashes and hair began to fill in, and taste buds formed.

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Baby is about 5.1 inches and weighs 5.9 oz.  The baby’s skeleton is starting to hardening, changing from cartilage to bone, and fat is forming.  Baby is working on sucking and swallowing.

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Week 18
Baby is now the size of a sweet potato!  It’s about 6.7 oz. and 5.6 inches long.  The fetus is super mobile now, and spends a lot of time yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing.  I’ve even felt some of the movements, but nothing that was obviously a baby.  It’s more that I knew it was the baby because of what I felt kind of, does that make sense? DSC05182

Week 19
Baby is about 6 inches long from  head to rump and weighs 8.5 oz.  A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa (don’t ask what it’s made of…ew!) coats the baby’s skin, shielding it from amniotic fluid.  Permanent teeth buds are forming behind the milk teeth buds.  Reproductive organs are developing (we’ll find out the gender this week!). Sensory development is reaching it’s peak this week and all of the senses are developing in their own part of the brain.  Pretty busy in there!

Week 20

Little boy’s little boy parts are fully formed now.  He is about 6.5 inches from head to tush, and 10 inches head to foot, and weighs 10.6 oz.  He is busy producing meconium, which is a black, sticky by-product of digestion.  He has teeth buds beneath his gums now, and his finger pads and toe pads have formed.  Limbs are much more proportional to his body now, so he looks less alien like.  He also drinks a lot of amniotic fluid (which was so cool to see on the big ultrasound), and sucks his thumb.  I feel him a whole lot more lately, but very sporadically.

Week 21

Little man is about 10.5 inches head to toe and weighs around 12.7 oz.  His tastebuds are starting to work,  and he is drinking several ounces of amniotic fluid daily, both for hydration and nutrition.  After birth, many babies are interested in tastes they have experienced through amniotic fluid, so it’s a good thing I’m eating a ton of fruits, vegetables and whole grains!  He is also really active now, kicking me all of the time, or doing somersaults.  I love feeling him move!

Week 22

Little man is about 10.5 inches and weighs almost a pound! His inner ear is developed to the point of having a sense of balance and his pancreas is formed. His lips, eyelids and eyebrows are more distinct, and his eyes have formed, though his irises lack pigment. Fine hairs (lanugo) cover his body, and his skin is all wrinkled, waiting to be filled in with his cute little baby fat (grow, baby, grow)! He’s still kicking and thumping me a lot, but I never know when to expect it!

Yes, I wear a lot of black.  Yes, that papaya is incredibly large.

Week 23

Little boy is still a papaya.  Boy now has a sense of movement and can feel me doing things like working out, dancing and going about my days.  Blood vessels in his lungs have developed to prepare for breathing on his own,  and he can hear a lot going on out here in the outside world.  At this point, some noises have probably become familiar to him (like Rufio barking his head off).  He’s a feisty little one, and I feel him moving about and kicking a lot!

Week 24

Boychik is about 1.5 lbs. and about as long as an ear of corn (didn’t the papaya seem bigger).  He is gaining weight at about 6 oz. a week now!  A lot of this weight is fat, and from his organs, bones and muscles growing.  His little face is almost fully formed including eyelashes and eyebrows.  There is also hair on his little head, but right now it’s snowy white, as there is no pigment yet.  He also hears everything going on, so we’ve stopped cursing (good thing).  It’s possibly he understands directions (right side up or upside down) inside the womb!  Now his movements are important for stimulating muscle growth, keeping joints flexible, and strengthening bones.

Week 25

The big guy is now about the size of an eggplant. He is about 9 inches from head to rump at this point and about 13.5 inches head to toe. He is over 1.5 lbs too. Capillaries are forming under his skin which are filling with blood. By the end of this week, air sacs lined with capillaries will develop in his lungs helping him get ready to take his first breath (and cry). His lungs aren’t strong enough to breathe on their own, but they are developing a substance that will help them breathe on their own after birth. His nostrils, which have been plugged up until now are starting to open, which will help him to start taking practice breaths. His vocal cords function now, and I can start to expect him to have hiccups! He is also getting some cute baby fat, which is smoothing his skin out, and his hair is getting thicker and more abundant. His hands are fully developed and he makes little fists (we got to see him doing this!)

Since the only eggplants I could find were incredibly small (like grapefruit sized), Solomon showed me a more “manly” comparison for the baby. Right now he’s about as long as a 13 inch boot. I also read he’s the size of a rutabaga, but I couldn’t find one of those. Maybe next week I’ll find a decent eggplant!

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Week 26

He weighs at least 1 and 2/3 pounds now and is about 14 inches tall (the size of an English cuke).  His hearing system is now completely formed, and over the next few weeks he’s going to become incredibly sensitive to sound.  He does seem to react to hearing Solomon’s voice, which is so cool!  His eyes are almost fully formed and will be blue when he’s born, just like all babies.  The air sacs of his lungs will be developed by the end of the week and will begin to secrete a substance that will keep lung tissue from sticking together.  His little boy testicles have begun to descend to his scrotum.  I will likely start experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions soon, which is the body’s way of getting ready for labor!

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Week 27

Little man is about 15 inches long and weighs a little over 2 lbs! He has more taste buds now than he will at birth so he can taste the difference in what I’m eating! His eyelids have been fused shut for the last 4 months, and now they can open. The visual part of his brain is more active, so that combined with the eyes means he can “see” what’s going on around him. He sleeps and wakes at regular intervals (he likes to wake up and start doing the macarena right when I’m getting into bed)! I think he also gets hiccups from time to time, like right this very instant! His lungs, liver and immune system keep maturing, and he knows my voice and probably my scent too!

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Week 28

The man is about 16 inches long and weighs 2 1/2 lbs!!! He’s about as big as a bag of flour (whole wheat of course).   His lungs can pretty much breathe on their own now, and right now he is just focusing on his organs, making sure they are A-OK. He is currently about 2-3% body fat, so is working on gaining weight. He opens and closes his eyes and looks around, and will blink and turn away from bright lights that he can see through my belly. His eyes also have eyelashes. Soon he will be able to open and close his eyes on his own, not just by reflex. His brain is developing tons of neurons to get ready for the outside world.

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Week 29

Man weighs 2.75 lbs. and is about 16 inches long right now. Little boy’s hearing is well developed now, so he can hear whenever Solomon’s potty mouth rears it’s ugly head. He is comforted by the beat of my heart and the rushing of my blood, which are kind of like white noise to him! His muscles and lungs keep maturing, and his brain is busy developing neurons. His skeleton is also hardening, as calcium is depositing itself into his bones. He is incredibly, incredibly active. My mom and I keep joking that he’s busy moving around furniture (baby’s require a lot of stuff, I keep hoping secretly he just comes out with all of it).

As for me, I’ve been back to sleeping like a baby! Probably because we have been so busy and I’m exhausted at the end of every day, but who knows? My skin is really itchy, and I’m constantly slathering lotion on (more so than before). I am also constantly finding that I need to stretch, but maybe that’s because of the move?

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DSC05773 Damn, I’m growing big!!!

Week 30

Baby is about 16-17 inches long and weighs roughly 3 lbs, and will gain about a 1/2 pound per week from here on out. His eyesight is getting better, but because he sees everything through my belly, it’s all reddish to him! His eyesight is about 20/400 right now-not too clear! He is surrounded by a pint and a half of amniotic fluid, and that amount keeps decreasing as he needs to take up more room in there. His ability to fight infection is now equivalent to mine. His brain is growing everyday, and has all sorts of grooves and wrinkles. He can now regulate his own body temperature, and is starting to shed the downy hair which has been keeping him warm for now.

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Week 31

He is about 17 inches head to toe, and 3.3 lbs. right now. He isn’t going to get much taller, but will keep packing on the pounds for the next few weeks. His brain keeps on developing and he now processes information, tracks light and perceives signals from all five senses. He is sleeping a lot longer now, but is still pretty active, though his movements are different. They are a bit more painful to me, and stronger, though he doesn’t move as much as before (it’s getting tight in there). He is breathing better and much more competently, but I swear the better he can breathe, the worse I can! Just putting on my socks has me out of breath!

While I’m still sleeping throughout the night, and able to sleep in, falling asleep is a lot harder now. My mind is racing, I’m back and forth to the bathroom and I’ve started getting cramps in my legs. I try to stretch before bed, but it doesn’t matter, I’ll get them anyway!

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Week 32

Right now, baby is at about 4 lbs. and isn’t getting much longer!  His skin is getting much more opaque, and pinking up as layers of fat deposit beneath his skin.  He is also head down at this point (the doctor checked), so I feel him squirming and moving in different spots in my belly.  His bones are also hardening, and his brain continues to develop more folds and connections.  He has also (ALLEGEDLY) developed regular sleeping and waking schedules, but it seems like he’s just up and playing at random!  With the way things are moving and growing, my lungs have limited room to expand, and breathing is getting a lot harder.  At least little boy is getting enough air!  The growth is also making me have to spend much more time in the bathroom, because seriously, I didn’t spend enough before?!?!  Also, since things are getting a lot tighter in there, I can see him moving around a whole lot more.  It’s always bizarre to look down and see your stomach just moving along like a jelly mold.

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Week 33

Boy is doing well, and growing strong, at about 4 to 4 1/2 lbs. right now.  He is now tucked into a fetal position, since there isn’t much more room to move around in there.  It’s so cool to see all of his movements, since there is more baby in there than amniotic fluid.  Just yesterday morning, I saw his little butt push out and couldn’t grab my camera quick enough to document my lopsided belly!  His sleeping lasts much longer now, but so do his awake periods.  His bones continue to harden, his skin keeps thickening and the folds and connections on his brain keep developing.

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Week 34

He is almost 20 inches long and nearly 5 lbs. at this point.  Almost all of his organs have fully developed, except for the lungs which will keep developing until birth.  His skin is also turning from red to pink, and his fingernails are formed.  He could even have a full head of hair by now!  His fat layers, which will help him to regulate body temperature when he is born, making him fatter and his skin smoother.  He is urinating one pint a day (ew), and can recognize songs!

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Week 35

He currently weighs about 5 lbs. (about the size of a small roasting chicken), and the doctor thinks he’ll be somewhere in the high 6’s, low 7’s when he is born.  His nervous system and immune system continue to mature, and he keeps adding fat which will help him regulate body temperature.  His body fat is about 15% right now, and will be 30% when he is born.  His kidneys are fully developed and his liver can process some waste products!  Everything, from his toenails to his hair (if he has any and isn’t a baldy like his mother) are fully formed.  His movement is really limited right now, so his kicks are hard and strong.  His head is also parked right on my bladder, which I can tell you is not so fun AT ALL.

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Week 36

I’m in the nesting stage where I’m supposed to have a flurry of energy and want to clean my house top to bottom.  Well, it’s not that dirty since we haven’t been living here that long, but I am cleaning and doing things all the time.  I guess that was me overdoing it!  I also made some soup this week to keep in the fridge, and cooked a ton for the holiday, so maybe that was some nesting?  I had more I wanted to cook this week, but I guess we’ll have to see how I feel!  Solomon and I did spend a lot of time finishing up the nursery, unpacking everything and setting things up, like the swing.

Boy is gaining about an ounce a day at this point, and is probably about as long as he will get.  He has very little room in there, but I still feel him dancing around.  He is head down, and will remain that way!  Most of the downy hair that covers his body has been shed, and the vernix caseosa which covers his body is being shed as well.  His skin is soft and smooth now, and his gums are rigid.  His liver, kidneys, immune system and circulation system are basically good to go, and his lungs are almost totally developed.

Week 37

He’s currently the size of a watermelon (a watermelon!), and he’s busy in there practicing for what’s to come when he gets out here.  He’s simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid,  suck his little thumb, blinking and moving around in there (it’s so funny watching him move from side to side…he sticks his whole butt out).  He’s taking up a ton of room in there, but I’m sure he’s really uncomfortable!  He’s also busy adding more and more fat to his little body, so he’ll be all cute and dimply when he comes out.  He still gets hiccups all the time, which absolutely cracks me up everytime!

Week 38

At this point, his length and weight are really just a guessing game.  It’s not clear how big he will be, since predictions aren’t clear, but the doctor said he’s average sized.  Boy is gearing up for his big debut.  He’s dropped down quite low (I actually look smaller) and there are some signs of labor according to the doctor.  He continues to shed vernix and lanugo into the amniotic fluid that he drinks.  Some of it is ending up in his intestines, along with some other gross waste products that will come out (of him) after he’s born.  His lungs keep developing and almost all of his systems are working at 100%!  He is constantly moving about, I love watching him shove his butt out of my stomach or seeing him just shifting to get more comfortable (hey, at least one of us should be!)

Week 39

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 9:43 pm

    Aw I love seeing all of these pictures as you further come along in your pregnancy. It’s also really cool to use the fruit in order to show how big the baby is during each few weeks.

  2. May 9, 2010 7:51 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea about holding the fruit and stuff in your pics! Can’t wait until the end when you are holding a watermellon or the like. Awesome job!!

  3. amsterwill83 permalink
    May 14, 2010 11:48 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this sequence of pictures and the fruit comparisons!! What a great idea! I just recently came across your blog, and I’m loving it!

    Amanda @ WannaBe Chef
    http://amsterwill83.wordpress.com

  4. June 3, 2010 1:32 pm

    You’re too cute!
    Hey this may make a great picture book for children –
    How Babies Grow

    Love,
    Ellen

  5. June 6, 2010 6:26 pm

    Officially my fav page on your bloggy 🙂

  6. June 24, 2010 5:13 pm

    Aww, such cute belly pictures. I loved the fruit comparisons! 🙂

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