Monday, December 7, 2009

16 weeks

Today is the start of week 16. Here is what "B Schaab" is up to this week according to

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, she's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. Her legs are much more developed, her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her locks aren't recognizable yet. She's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
What's going on with Mommy Caroline:
The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) 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.

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +/- 0 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yes and loving them.

Sleep: Getting up 1-2 times in the middle of the night. I've also had to change sleeping positions to sleeping on my side - which is not my favorite. I started sleeping with a body pillow which has helped me sleep more.

Best moment this week: Seeing our baby girl last Monday.

Movement: None yet.

Food cravings: Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli.

Gender: GIRL

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? IN.

What I miss: Sleeping through the night... however I'm sure that's long gone...

What I am looking forward to: Feeling Baby Schaab move in the next couple of weeks.

Milestones: Finding out we're having a girl! Now when we talk about the baby we can say "her", "she", "girlfriend", "baby girl Schaab".

Here is another fun website to check out specific to B Schaab's development. I always click in the upper right hand corner to make the narrator the baby - very cool. Check it out!

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