Tuesday, August 11, 2009

22 Weeks

Just trucking along here finally hitting the 22 week mark and looking forward to getting through the next 6 weeks or so of this ridiculously hot weather. I have been beyond busy lately, so my weekly updates and blog posts in general are a bit behind. (and by a bit, I mean far, far behind, but I am sure no one is too worried about that) Everything is still going great, no new symptoms or anything as of right now (or at least none I can think of at the moment), however little man is moving around a lot more and more with each week which I absolutely love! We have yet to make any final decisions about baby boy's bedding or anything like that yet because we've just had SO much going on, but hopefully things slow down a little over the next few weeks so that we can focus a little bit on getting some of these things done now before we get close to the really busy months of October, November and December. We are having all of the carpet replaced in our house this week, Friday to be exact, and I cannot wait for the yucky-old stuff to disappear and for our gorgeous new carpet to be here. It's definitely going to make a world of difference as to how the entire house looks and will be much safer, cleaner and healthier for the baby boy and the entire family. That's about it for now....

Here's what's going on with both me and baby this week according to BabyCenter.com

How your life's changing:

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.

How your baby's growing:

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.

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

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