Your baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you. Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large mango. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid. With all of those exhilarating new muscles and nerves to try out, your baby will probably stretch upon waking, though at this point he's still waking with his eyes closed. The update also says that if you saw him/her on an ultrasound this week, you'd probably be able to tell whether he/she has her grandmother's nose or her father's chin. (We will see TODAY!!!) As your baby gets ready to be more in control of his own movements, his body is busy making myelin, a fatty substance that coats and insulates the nerves throughout his body so that electrical impulses can travel from his brain out to the tips of his toes and back again. He has as many nerve cells as an adult now. That fatty coating on your baby's body is getting thicker.
Me this week...Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 Weeks (although I'm having my 20 week appt today...maybe I am 20 weeks??)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 5lbs at last appt, we'll see today
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing them and they are so much more comfy! I got a good bit this weekend so I should be set for a while.
Best Moment this week: Feeling Baby E more often and last night for the first time(we listen every night) we heard Baby E's heartbeat on our home monitor!!!
Gender: It's A Boy - We THINK!!! Hopefully Baby E will cooperate and show us today??
Movement: I've been feeling him for a couple weeks now but BJ felt him for the first time on Sunday morning...it was so exciting!
Food Craving: Nothing in paticular
What I miss: Sushi!!!! yum-o
Sleep: I sleep like a rock these days with the occasional trip to the bathroom.
What I am looking forward to: Our appt at 3:00 today for our full anatomy exam and hopefully knowing 100% Baby E's sex.
Belly Button: In
Symptoms: Still experiencing acne like no other!.
Can't wait to update yall tomorrow :)