November 13th, 2009

Hello 22 Weeks!

*Your Pregnancy: 22 Weeks

*Real estate within your belly is getting tight, with growing baby leaving
little room for your lungs to...well...breathe. Expect the huffing and
puffing to start soon. There's not much room for your belly button, either
-- it'll pop out any day now.If people are telling you that you look smaller
or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows —
and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your
practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is
on track.

*Baby's now the size of a papaya!*

Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It
shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as
they start and st

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your
baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and
eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth
buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored
part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb,
you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the
deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat
to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the
production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

*From me:*

Baby is being pretty good most of the times, but there are still those
mornings (like this morning) where I can barely leave the bathroom. And now
more than ever I'm having to eat every 2-3 hours otherwise I'll get sick.
The worst time is during the night as I have to force myself to eat a little
something right before going to bed because Baby will make me eat first
thing in the morning.. and I'd better hope that I don't wake up during the
night.If I do wake up and try to go back to sleep Baby thinks that it's
"wakey time" and starts wanting to eat... something that isn't very
plausible at 4:30 in the morning when all I needed was to go to the
bathroom! But on a good note, Baby has finally gotten over his or her
shyness around Daddy! Micah felt Baby move those two weeks ago and then
NOTHING since then.. Tuesday night I called Micah into our room cause Baby
was moving and sure enough, Baby kicked! Not once, not twice, but three
times! Once even kicking him in the cheek as Micah gave Baby a hug! And
since then Micah has felt Baby move every day... I thank God for little
things like that.