Your pregnancy: 14 weeks

How your baby's growing:

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.
Grow baby grow!! Amazing to think this little one is just the size of a lemon and yet all of the capabilities that tiny body has! So cool! :)

I'm feeling a lot of tightness today down low, guess things are stretching and growing a bit more today! I told my IM about baby becoming a future McDonald's addict and she said there's nothing wrong with chicken nuggets, they have them often... so I guess I have permission??! :D

Today is our tenant appreciation lunch, and I'm so looking forward to eating in an hour! I am starving today! I've already eaten a muffin sandwich, and then a bowl of oatmeal and I'm already hungry again. I am thinking about having a small PB and Honey sandwich to hold me over. It's like I am having growth spurts along with baby or something!

Off to finish up the proposal that has sucked away the last couple days of my life!! :)


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