Week 22

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Yes, I know that picture depicts that brother and sister get along so well, but looks can be deceiving. Maybe about 65% of the time they get along, and Campbell willingly shares a toy or gives something to Taylin, but the rest of the time...it's survival of the fittest and somedays, I don't think I will make it out alive. Our recent quarrel is over a ball popper that mom in law so graciously gave to Taylin for Christmas (it makes a lot of noise, I don't recommend talking on the phone while it is in use)...the only problem is that Campbell thinks it's his, and will do anything to get it.

On to a different topic, we finally have our living room back, as the Christmas tree and decorations came down yesterday! Even on modified bedrest I managed to get the toys into their new homes...took me most of the night, but it was an accomplishment to say the least. Speaking of bedrest, here we are at 22 weeks:

Your baby now weighs about 12 oz (350g) and is over 7 inches long (19cm). Baby continues to grow, eyelids and eyebrows are developed, and nails are also visible. Her eyes have developed, but her irises still lack color. Even though her irises will have color by the time she is born (usually blue), you won't know her permanent eye color until she is at least 9 months old. Most parents wait until their child's first birthday to determine what their permanent color will be. The baby is getting bigger and continues to practice for life outside the uterus.

The hair on your baby's head is continuing to grow as his brain begins a rapid growth process. The fetus has fully formed fingerprints and loud noise can wake up the baby. He may begin kicking and turning around, too. Your baby's heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope. His nose is taking on a more defined shape as cartilage (the soft bone) appears. If you baby is a boy, the testes have begun to descend from the pelvis into the scrotum. Your baby is approximately 30-32 cm (12.2 inches) and weighs about one pound.

The amniotic fluid is replenished on a daily basis; in fact about a third of the fluid is exchanged every hour. Your baby swallows the fluid and some of this fluid is absorbed back into your body via the umbilical cord and placenta. The rest is simply urinated back into the amniotic fluid. Baby uses its 'bathwater' as its drinking water. While some of its nutrients are provided by the amniotic fluid, bulk of the nutrients comes from the placenta.

By week 22, her pancreas, a key player in hormone production, is developing steadily. Her skin may appear wrinkled at this point, but in the coming weeks, she will be gaining enough weight to fill it out. In addition, your baby's liver is busy breaking down bilirubin, a substance formed by the breakdown of hemoglobin in blood cells. Because a baby's liver can only break down a limited amount of bilirubin, the excess is passed on to you through the placenta to filter from your liver.

Although she's filling out, her body still appears wrinkled because she lacks a significant layer of fat beneath her skin.

This week nerve endings become functional enough so that your baby can feel! She may experiment with this new sense of touch by stroking her face or feeling other body parts to see how they move. You may feel your baby stretching her muscles by pushing against the muscular wall of your uterus with her feet or head.

Coming next week: Week 23
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  • SMOX12
    Ha Ha! They look like normal brother and sister to me!!
    3732 days ago
    Happy New Year, what a great way to start it out. I was 23 weeks pregnant when my youngest decided it was time to be born, very scary, but he is a healhty happy 8 year old now!
    3732 days ago
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