Monday, January 26, 2009

12 Weeks: Our Little Cashew

Your Baby This Coming Week

Your baby is about the size of a peach and is growing rapidly. Crown to rump, your baby measures 2.6 to 3.1 inches (6.5 to 7.8cm) and weighs 0.5 to 0.7 ounces (14 to 20g).

Your baby's legs are longer than her arms and her skin is red and transparent. Her eyelids are fused together and won't open for about four more months. Her arms are long enough to reach her mouth and she may begin to place her thumb in her mouth. Her sucking reflex, however, is not yet developed.

The tissue that will become your baby's bones is being laid out, especially around her head and her arms and legs. Some ribs may be distinguished at this time. The nose and chin are more prominent now.

Your baby will begin to practice breathing in the next few weeks as her chest rises and falls in mock breathing motions. She will also swallow small amounts of amniotic fluid which will be passed as urine.

Your placenta is providing all of your baby's needs for nutrition, oxygen and waste disposal, though the amniotic fluid will become more important later on.

All major components of the body are formed and now must grow and mature. From now on, your baby's development will consist primarily of organ maturity and growth and body refinement.

P.S. Doctor's appointment tonight...I'm hoping we get to finally (ha, finally?? It FEELS like it's been forever, even though it's "only" been 12 weeks) hear our little baby Cashew's heartbeat. Wish us luck!

P.S. AGAIN: I just realized after looking at my ticker on the top of the page, we're out of the 200's!!! WOO HOO!!


Kat said...

The size of a peach already?? Wow! That is so cool!
Hope you get a nice clear heartbeat to hear. Have fun! :)

Stephanie said...

Time flies when you are pregnant. Sometimes I look back and think it had to have been a dream because it went by so quickly. Then one of the girls pipes up. :) I think it is cool that you are keeping track of the time on your blog.

Stephanie said...

A little cute! :)
Best of luck to you at the doctor today!!
Only a few more weeks until you find out if chasew is a boy or a girl..woo-hoo!!
(I cant beleive you are out of the 200's either...time is flying!!)

Julie said...

Time is flying...whoa nelly!
I love seeing the baby change in your cool!! Hope you have a great appointment!!

Melissa said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who feels like this is taking a long time. 8 more weeks until the big ultrasound...I don't know how I'm going to wait that long :)

the cubicle's backporch said...

Wowza... when you talk in 'days' it makes it seem so much longer than the 9 months it takes!

Morgan said...

YAY for being out of the 200's and you are also out of the miscarriage scare...congrats!!!

Sweetly Single said...

I'm so happy to hear everything is going great!!! What a lucky Cashew....S/He will be

Tabitha said...

Hope everything goes well with the appointment!
I cannot believe that little cashew is the size of a peach already ~ the time is flying on by!!
Take care ~ love and big hugs Tabitha XXXXXX

PS ~ I think that the word verification is trying to tell me something here ~ it spells out 'philip' ~ that must surely be a sign ha ha !!! XX

Kel said...

oh the first heartbeat is so exciting..good luck!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear about your doctor's appointment. Listening to the heartbeat is so dang cool.

Steph said...

Wow time is moving fast for you! How are you feeling?

Stephanie said...

Yay!! Man, it feels like time is moving by so quickly! I loved hearing the heartbeat :)

Jaina said...

Oh this is so cool! :)