Monday, September 18, 2006
Peanut at 16 weeks
How your baby's growing: At 4 1/2 inches long (head to bottom) and 3 1/2 ounces, your baby is about the size of an avocado. In the next three weeks, she'll go through a tremendous growth spurt, though, doubling her weight and adding inches to her length. Her lower limbs are much more developed now. Her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved toward the front of her head. Your baby's ears are close to their final position, too. Some of her more advanced body systems are working, including her circulatory system and urinary tract. Her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, circulating her total blood volume through her body many times. (By the end of your pregnancy, this will increase to about 190 quarts.) The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her hair isn't recognizable yet. Although closed, her eyes are moving (slowly), and she's even started growing toenails.
Today, for the first time, Enza felt actual movement of the baby! She has experienced a little fluttering from time to time, but said that the feeling today was a little different. I probably won't be able to feel it yet, but in the coming weeks, I'm sure it'll be more noticeable. I can't wait! It's stuff like this that makes me wish she was having the baby sooner.... Tick tock, tick tock......