16 Weeks

How your baby's growing:

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. (Hopefully I can squeeze in my normal clothes just a tad longer but they’re getting
tight so we shall see) Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, (Which means all those familiar kicks to the ribs are coming soon enough) his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. (I’m sure s/he’ll have red
hair, I think it might be unavoidable)
He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

How your life's changing: The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and
your navel,
(But has pushed everything else up so I’m at the point where I look either fat or pregnant) and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. (Which becomes very obvious when I sneeze lying down, ouch!) You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, (Actually no, since I had the flu, I’ve had some
nausea-especially in the car) fewer mood swings, (I can think of a few people that would disagree) and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being. (Ya my skin’s not bad)
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. (Again just pressure but no movement) While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (I can’t remember

when I felt Caleb move) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently. (Cool)
So I haven’t been doing too bad. Like I said above I have been nauseous more which is no fun. I have good days though with lots of energy and feeling ok. I also still get nauseous when I eat so it takes me a while. I’ve been very lucky with this baby, I thought Caleb was going to kill me with how sick I always was.

It’s funny because Caleb tried to come into this world 3 months early and has been impatient ever since (he takes after his mamma). This baby seems to have picked horrible timing to come so I have to wonder if s/he’ll forever have bad timing. However I'll take it however it is and make due. I’m very thankful and you know blessings come at their own time, not mine.

I was thinking about how it would be nice to have a girl. I think it would give my home a change of pace that is needed. Caleb wants it to be a brother but I think it would mellow him out a little too if it was a girl.


Annie said...

Your boy is such a clown! I was sitting here reading your update, expecting the usual belly picture and bam! There's a little goofball in it! I actually lol'd!