Woo Hoo! We are officially in the second trimester now! And man…can I tell. Seriously, the past few days are the only days in the past few months where I haven’t had to take a nap (at some point) and feel almost 100% of my energy returning. I am loving this new turn!!!
Here’s what is happening this week according to Baby Center:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
Welcome to your second trimester! Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on — chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).
The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you’ve been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It’s normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you’re well equipped for what’s ahead.
How far along? 14 weeks
Total weight gain: 2.5 lbs
Maternity clothes? I just bought my first 2 maternity tops last night. And although I don’t quite need them yet, they are SO comfortable and not restricting at all. Plus they were on clearance, so I had to get them :-).
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Loving my sleep, but only in the evenings now. No more afternoon naps for us!
Best moment this week: Getting our second piece of baby furniture, The crib. And OMG, I am in LOVE! It was a Craigslist find and is absolutely perfect! It is a bit more feminine than I would have picked for a boy, but if we find out we are having a boy, I’ve got some ideas to “boy” it up. Oh and side note: Do you have any idea how many people are selling used cribs on Craigslist for like $150-200 that have teething and chew marks all over the crib. Ew! Plus, I’m pretty sure you can get a brand new one for that price. The one I got has no chew marks, by the way!
Miss Anything? Not a thing!
Movement: Not yet.
Food cravings: Orange Juice, Milk, and Water. I can never seem to get enough to drink and am always thirsty!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: Going with boy this week. Only because my Dad said he needed another boy to watch play baseball.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Nothing this week! I have felt great!!!
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Over the Moon Happy 🙂
Looking forward to: Gender ultrasound on Friday and Gender reveal photshoot on Sunday!