Monday, June 21, 2010

22 weeks

Here's what is going on with Noah this week according to

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily. At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track. You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

As for me, I'm still feeling great overall.  I've been a little tired lately, but I blame the super hot summer on that.  I've had a little bit of lower back pain on and off for the last week, but nothing too bad, or that lasts too long.  My wedding ring is definitely starting to get tight on my finger (and this is probably at least partially due to the hot New Orleans summer) and I will probably be taking it off within the next few weeks.  Noah moves around a lot and I love those little kicks and squirms that remind me that he's in there.  Anytime we play loud music in the car (which isn't too often) he seems to be dancing along.



Mary said...

You look so great, seriously!

So cute that your little "spaghetti squash" is responding to music now. I always loved that!

Anonymous said...

You're lookin' good!!! Love the yellow shirt! Mary R.