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Friday, September 30, 2011

14 weeks

Ok,ok so I am 2 days late in posting....Sorry!
Wednesdays are notriously crazy busy for our family and Thursday is a busy day for me.
Take it when you can get it right?!

Monday, I went to see the maternal-fetal specialist in Wilmington, NC. I have to see him until he clears the baby's heart which will hopefully be at my next appointment in 6 weeks. I have a rhythm problem with my heart which causes Naval Hospital some concern so I normally have to have myself and the baby cleared so that I can be deemed "safe" to deliver at Naval.

I am pleased to say that as of right now, the baby's heart looks perfect! Dr. Wright said that at 14 weeks you should not be able to see all 4 chambers of the heart but we were able to on Monday! He even said that he could take the ultrasound photo and put it in a textbook! (Ahhh....makes this worried mama's heart glad!)

Due to my (AHEM) "advanced maternal age," they did a few other measurements on ultrasound to check for chromosomal abnormalities. They were all normal as well as the additional bloodwork that I had to do.
Good report!
The baby was moving around ALOT and the heart rate was at 155 BPM.
14 weeks is very early as far as determining the sex of the baby but the early indication is Girl.
I am gonna go with that for now but Ben is holding out for the next ultrasound in 6 weeks.
Here are a few of our views of the baby.....

I am hoping this is not our first thumbsucker!

Less cute but still cool!

Close-up

Other examples of babies in their 14th week......

You are now in your second trimester! Your baby's crown to rump length is 3.2 to 4.5 inches long and he weighs approximately 1 ounce now. Your baby is about the size of the average fist.
At this time, your baby's face is becoming more developed. The cheeks and bridge of his nose appear and the ears move from the sides of his neck to much higher on his head. The eyes continue to come closer together. A big development from this week onward is the development of lanugo. Lanugo is the fine hair that grows over almost your entire baby. The hairs grow in whirled patterns that follow the grain of his skin. These patterns later give way to your baby's fingerprints. The lanugo will be shed before birth and replaced by thicker, coarser hairs. Your baby's thyroid gland has matured and starts to produce hormones. If your baby is a boy, the prostate will appear and the ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis in baby girls.
The embryo`s soft cartilage is now being replaced with ` real` chalk bones.
Your baby has eyebrows, but no eyelashes.
At about 3.5 inches long, your peach-sized baby's little body and limber limbs are coordinated enough for loads of complicated motions.




In fact, it's very likely that they're in the middle of some fancy break-dance moves right now!


Unfortunately, you're not going to feel their fancy moves until sometime after week 18 because they're still too small to trigger sensations in your uterus. Their movements are recognizable on an ultrasound, though.
Think of it this way: You're a third of the way through and baby's a third of the way cooked. Now that the "big stuff" (like skeletal and organ development) is taken care of, your baby starts a period of rapid brain growth, fat buildup and detail work. Highlights this week include:


Your baby now has fingerprints! Book 'em, Danno! Believe it or not, he actually created them himself while swimming around in the amniotic fluid. As he moved his hands, the skin on the tips of his fingers formed unique ridges and folds. That's why no one on earth has the same fingerprints, not even identical twins! Cool, right? Baby's arms are now in proportion to his tiny body, but his legs are still on the short size in comparison.


Meconium, that tar-like, sticky first baby poop, is now loading up your baby's intestines, which means you might want to set aside a bottle of olive oil, one of the few things that will get the gooey poop off of baby's bottom.


Your baby continues to gain new and impressive skills such as practicing and controlling voluntary muscle movements (this will help him fling food across the room later in life). Your tiny dancer's movements are no longer the jerky, uncontrollable twitches of yore—he now moves with graceful control.


Your baby is now weighs about an ounce and is the length of a flip phone, or roughly 3 1/2 inches—he's tripled in size from a mere three weeks ago! Luckily, you haven't done the same.

Off guard 14 weeks shot

Little man saying, "Hi baby"



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Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...
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Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

oops! sorry about that! I made a typo error, so here is my comment again!
Cute photos! Love the one of Isaac saying "Hi baby". And you are so tiny, that your baby bump does show :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
haha...yes, I was up late...catching up on some blog reading! but...I can't remember if I shared our exciting post :o) If not, here it is: V is for VERY... Please leave a comment there, if you have time to take a peek :o) Hope all of you are doing well!

Kim said...

Love all the pictures, especially the lat ones! So sweet.

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