Christmas has come and gone, and my living room still looks like a disaster zone. Until we take down our tree (which we never do until atleast the 1st), we have no place to put the toys, which family was so gracious to give to the kids...noisy and all. Overall, Christmas came and went without much incident, however, there is always that one family member who has to grinch it up, and this year, that honor was bestowed upon my sister in law. She wasn't a fan of me, probably for the shear fact that I upstaged her with a homemade gift for mom in law, while she spent tons of cash on cheap perfume. Oh well, everyone who knows us, knows that to say we are on a fixed income, would be the understatement of the year. Which is why I make homemade cookies for everyone, it not only comes from the heart, but its cheap too. Anyways, Christmas with my kids is something that I would never change, they had a blast and loved everything they got (I'm sure that will change once they get older). I received many gifts from them this month, for example, my 2 year old has started using more words and more clearly I might add, and my 1 year old has not only popped out her 6th tooth, but has finally let go of things as she walks and now practically runs around the house. This is the same child who just earlier this month pulled down the Chrismas tree...what a fun time that was, but I will never forget that memory. So that was our Christmas in a nutshell, and now onto the pregnancy...while I am past the 1/2 way point in the pregnancy, with Christmas and family I haven't had time to update my weeks. I will add week 21 later this week.
Your baby is now the length of a banana! Can you believe it? It is now 6 ½ inches long and weighs almost 10 1/2 ounces! Over the last four weeks, your baby has grown an incredible amount, and has just about quadrupled his weight. It's big enough that you should be feeling fluttering or quickening quite regularly now. In fact, from it's movements you may be able to tell if your baby is awake or asleep. Your baby can also hear sounds. At 20 weeks, it can cover it's ears with it's hands if the sounds are too loud, and it may even "jump" inside your womb if any sounds startle it.
The skin covering your baby begins growing from two layers; the epidermis which is on the surface and the dermis which is the deeper layer. One of these layers contains epidermal ridges which are responsible for the surface patterns on fingertips, palms and soles and genetically determined. The dermis lies below the epidermis. Vernix which covers your baby's body offers baby's skin protection against the amniotic fluid in which your baby lies immersed for months. Hair first appears around 12-14 weeks and grows from the epidermis. Hair is first seen on the upper lip and eyebrow; it is usually shed around the time of birth and is replaced by thicker hair from new follicles. Your baby may start to make involuntary movements like grasping or rubbing hands together; such movements are not controlled by the brain.
Your baby has started to practice breathing motions, even though his lungs are not yet mature enough to breathe enough air to allow him to survive outside your body. Lanugo (the fine hair) covers your baby's whole body, and hair on his scalp is beginning to grow. Your baby's ears are fully functional now and he enjoys the sound of uterine noise. All the organs and structures of your baby's body are formed and your baby is now entering a period of simple growth. And you may be getting ready to be a grandma already: if your baby is a girl, her uterus is beginning to develop!
Coming soon: 21 Weeks