Baby Hager

January 8, 2008

18 weeks!

Filed under: Uncategorized — chager @ 1:06 pm

How your baby’s growing:

Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) 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.

January 1, 2008

17 weeks!

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 9:38 am

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and he’s around 5 inches long. He can move his joints, and his skeleton — until now rubbery cartilage — is starting to harden to bone. His sense of hearing is also developing. The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker.

December 25, 2007

16 weeks!

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 9:38 am

How your baby’s growing:

At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she’ll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby’s ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn’t recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she’s even started growing toenails.

December 21, 2007

Feeling your baby move

Filed under: The Pregnancy — chager @ 1:32 pm

 

Feeling those first flutters and kicks is one of the most amazing experiences of pregnancy.

When will I first feel my baby move? You’ll probably feel your baby move sometime between 16 and 22 weeks, even though she started moving at 7 or 8 weeks and you may have already witnessed her acrobatics if you’ve had an ultrasound. Veteran moms tend to notice those first subtle kicks and jabs — also known as “quickening” — earlier than first-time moms. (A woman who’s been pregnant before can more easily distinguish her baby’s movements from other belly rumblings, such as gas.) Your build may also have something to do with when you’ll be able to tell a left jab from a hunger pang. Thinner women tend to feel movement earlier.

 

Oh!  I can’t wait to feel Pookie!!!!!   I loved the feeling of Noah kicking and playing around in my tummy!!

December 18, 2007

15 weeks

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 1:23 pm

How your baby’s growing:

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)   That’s ok.  We’ve decided that we’re not going to find out if Pookie is a boy or girl until delivery day.

December 12, 2007

14 weeks!

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 11:43 am

How your baby’s growing:

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.

December 4, 2007

13 weeks!

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 11:42 am

How your baby’s growing:

Fingerprints have formed on your baby’s tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you’re having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

November 27, 2007

Doctor Appointment

Filed under: Doctor Visits — chager @ 9:06 pm

We had another doctor appointment today.  I had to do a Glucose Tolerance test.  Since Noah was so big when he was born, they want to watch me this time for gestational diabetes.  Well I “passed”.  My numbers were just fine.   I won’t have another test until 26 weeks or so.

I planned all along to beg the doctor to let us hear Pookie’s heartbeat with the doppler.  I just needed to hear it to really feel like this pregnancy is for real.  Luckily, I didn’t even have to ask.  She brought the doppler in with her!   Pookie’s heart was beating 164 beats per minute.    It’s such a great sound to hear!!!   Jeremy and I just looked at each other and beamed!!!    He/She is really in there!!!!

12 weeks!

Filed under: # of Weeks — chager @ 11:41 am

How your baby’s growing:

The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

November 24, 2007

Grandma and Grandpa Rickson know!

Filed under: Telling People — chager @ 5:08 pm

We all went over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house today to help them with some of the remodeling projects they’ve got going on.  Noah wore his shirt over there.  Grandma noticed it immediately!!!  They are SO EXCITED!!!!!!   I thought sure my mom already knew just from the way I’ve been feeling the past couple months, but she said she had no idea.

Older Posts »

The Shocking Blue Green Theme. Blog at WordPress.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.