Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Twelve Weeks

Here is our twelve week ultrasound, taken on October 1, 2008. You can see Baby L's head, chin, leg and umbilical cord. Baby L jumped a lot during this ultrasound - it was very fun to watch!

According to BabyCenter, this was what was going on with Baby L at twelve weeks: the most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his/her toes will curl, his/her eye muscles will clench, and his/her mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if mom prods her abdomen, baby will squirm in response, although mom won't be able to feel it. Baby's intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into the abdominal cavity about now, and the kidneys will begin excreting urine into the bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. Baby's face looks unquestionably human: the eyes have moved from the sides to the front of the head, and the ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, baby is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

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