Archive for November 22nd, 2008

Fetal Development

Just in case you guys wanted to know the quick week to week changes that happen in early pregnancy I thought I might use my experience as an example. Since I have easy access to ultrasound equipment my little one has been extensively photographed. :) Here is an early week by week progression:

7Weeks                                          8 Weeks                            9 Weeks

You can scroll through earlier posts and see the profile from 15 weeks followed by my most recent scan at 18 Weeks. Cool huh? Aiden now has all of his organs – he is just working on getting bigger and stronger. At close to 19 weeks, he is estimated to weigh around 9-10 ounces, be about 6-7 inches long. He now blinks, swallows, and hair and eyebrows have started to form. The brain is rapidly growing as well. Hearing has not yet developed (but we talk to him anyway).

Things that go bump in the night

Well little Aiden is making his presence known. I can now feel movement and it gets more and more pronounced as the days go by. At first it was just a little flutter – a whisper of movement really – and you had to concentrate really hard to notice anything. Now when I am sitting or lying down – especially right before I fall asleep – I can feel distinct little kicks or rolls. It is especially pronounced after I eat. The other night he was especially active. Nathan and I were lying in bed and I had Nathan put his hand on my belly and Aiden gave a big kick and Nathan felt the bump against his hand. It was so cool! I usually don’t notice him much when I am running around at work but if I am having a bad day I make a point to sit down and concentrate for a few minutes and there he is! He calms his mommy down quite nicely and reminds me of the big picture in life. :)