Tuesday, May 11, 2010

14 Weeks-A Lemon

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.

My Week
-Kevin was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society this week.  He looked so handsome up there!  I was so proud of him!
-I'm sooooooo ready for school to be out.  
-I move around 4 times between 3 different rooms during the school day right now.  Ugh
-I've felt pretty good this week with one exception.  I'm hoping the nausea is starting to fade now.
-The one exception is that I've developed back pain that isn't going away.  It isn't the sharp, take your breathe away kind of pain.  More of dull, constant ache that really bugs me when I bend or step down stairs.  It feels like there is a grapefruit (round, knot like) sitting on the very bottom of my spine.  At first I thought it was just from our mattress.  I've never really liked it and it does cause me some pain first thing in the morning that usually goes away during my shower.  This pain doesn't go away.  I've tried sleeping in the guest room for 2 nights and will try it again tonight.  Has this happened to anyone before?
-Allergies still here but manageable.  
-I had my 2nd appointment with my OB this week.  It went really well and she said all of my blood work (including blood sugar, immunities, thyroid) came back with great results.  I was really disappointed because according to my scale at home I have lost anywhere from .5 to 1.5 lbs since my last appointment but according to the scale at the doctor's office I gained almost 3 pounds.  The doctor wasn't worried at all and said it was probably just because I was weighing late in the afternoon and I'm retaining some water compared to weighing 1st thing in the morning like my last visit.  
-They scheduled our next sonogram for late June.  I will be around 20 weeks at that time.  I really wish I didn't have to wait that long to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl but oh well I guess.  It's going to be a long 6 weeks.  
-It is going to be really busy around here for the next couple of weeks between the end of school and activities that I'm required to attend after the normal school day.  
-Did I mention I'm really ready for summer?  My brother's swimming pool is calling my name.  My doctor recommended swimming and relaxing!  Sounds GREAT!  


Kim H. said...

Girl - order yourself a Snoogle pillow from Amazon... I just got mine two days ago and my back feels SO much better. There are lots of different positions you can put it in to help with different pains, but it's wonderful!