Wednesday, April 2, 2008

(12 Weeks) 15 Weeks: Apple

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces. She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. (

I have been feeling wonderful this week for the most part. I feel queasy and uninterested in food about two days per week on average. I don't think that's too much to handle.

I am starting to pop out just the slightest bit now. I am still able to wear all my normal clothes, which is nice. Jared bought me some very cute summer maternity clothes this week that I am very excited to put to use in the coming months!

My next appointment is a week from today (next Thursday), and we are excited to hear Poppy's heartbeat for the first time. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my first appointment was at 10 weeks along, and we couldn't pick it up that early.

I still have not felt any defined movement from within. I have felt a slight fluttering that very well could be gas. I just can't tell yet. I get a weekly pregnancy email, and this week it said something like "If this is your second child, you will probably be able to feel your baby sooner than first timers. Second-time moms can easily distinguish kicking from gas bubbles." Um. No I can't. Does that make me a bad mom?

I have been craving SWEETS like crazy again. Pretty much anything sweet sounds appealing, which is quite dangerous. I remember a few years ago before I was pregnant, hoping to myself that I wouldn't be one of those pregnant ladies who craved sweets all the time. No such luck. Why couldn't I crave raw veggies? And fruit? And all the healthy food that I actually need to be eating as a breast-feeding preggy? Oh well. I have been trying to eat as healthy as I can. At my last appointment my midwife asked what I was doing for an exercise routine. I laughed at her. I nearly told her "I am a mom. That is my exercise routine."

I could hardly believe how similar I look to when I was 15 weeks pregnant with Sophia!
Left: Pregnant with Sophia
Right: Pregnant with Poppy

A view of Poppy's development


Kara Jo said...

Yay--the belly shots have begun! You do look similar to 15 weeks with Sophia. You look so cute pregnant, I might add. :)

I can never distinguish the gas bubbles from the kicks at first, either. :)

Katie R. said...

I just think this is great that both babies will have such a neat record of their first 9 months. (actually 10 mos. if you figure the whole 40 wks. thing but whatever) Sophia will surely appreciate the knowledge of your pregnancy when she's a mommy. If Poppy is a girl then she too will appreciate this, if Poppy is a boy then your future daughter-in-law will be thrilled, I'm sure.

Nice work.

Cara said...

Your pictures do look SO alike! You look fabulous! :0) Glad everything is going so well.....