Sunday, September 14, 2008

Our Baby is 16 Weeks Old (Maybe Alittle Older)

At our emergency ultrasound on Monday, it said that our baby was further along that we originally thought. Instead of the due date being March 4th, it said our due date was February 26th. So, I really have no idea how far along I am, but we will go ahead and still with 16 weeks.

I am alittle behind, with all the changes going on, with what has happened to our baby the past couple of weeks. So here we go:

Week 14: Well, it isn't exactly a head full of hair. It's a very soft, colorless protective covering called lanugo ('wool') and it will cover almost all of the baby's body. By the time your baby is born, most of the lanugo will fall out leaving an odd patch of hair on the shoulders or back. This too will fall out in a short time.

The external genitals are now fully developed but often hard to confirm on an ultrasound. Her thyroid gland is now producing thyroid hormones and she now weighs about 1.6 ounces and is about 3 ½" long from crown to rump

Week 15:
The immature skeletal system continues to develop and her muscles are getting stronger. Although first time mothers still can't feel the movement, second or third time mothers may start feeling the baby's first fluttering. What an exciting time!

She is now getting eyelashes, eyebrows, and some hair on her head, and her ears are finally at the sides of her head, but somewhat low set. And if you look closely, you can see her practicing a number

Week 16:
At the end of 16 weeks, your baby weighs 3.9 ounces and measures nearly 4.7 inches. She can hold her head upright and can smile and frown. She is now floating freely in a larger quantity of amniotic fluid.


the woolseys said...

you're saying 'she' and 'her'...are you having a girl?!?!

danielle said...

no... the emails that i get (that i copy all the fun info from...) calls it "her" and "she". hopefully we will find out soon what baby smith is. :)

reeseann said...

ooooo i want the baby to be a girrrrl!!!! but a boy would be just as amazing ; )