Baby & CeltGoddess Update

I haven’t updated in a few days, but I wanted to let everyone know I am doing great. Other than this week being so busy I can’t keep myself straight. It’s almost over so I can smile anyway.

So…on Tuesday, went to the midwife’s appointment. I heard my baby’s heart beating. It was so exciting, of course I cried. I am so moved by this whole experience. I am still having nausea occasionally, but not with the intensity and frequency of past weeks. So I am hopefully over the worst part. I am feeling a bit more hopeful about the next few months, and am already back to my old self, in that I am plotting and planning new routines and things to get back on track, and keep the family organized through all these major changes. Here are some neat things about Week 12 of pregnancy. This information and picture are from a couple of different websites.

12 weeks – Vocal chords are complete, and the child can and does sometimes cry (silently). The brain is fully formed, and the child can feel pain. The fetus may even suck his thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes, and will remain shut until the seventh month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers. By this week, your baby is, on average, about two-and-a-half inches long (keep in mind that, after week 11, growth rates can vary a lot), and could be cradled snugly in a soup spoon. Her brain’s basic structure is now in place, and brain mass is growing all the time. Several important digestive functions begin around this week. The pancreas begins to produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The liver starts to secrete bile, a thick greenish fluid stored in the gall bladder that helps the body digest fats. Though still not quite “cute,” the fetus is starting to look more like a person now. The bridge of the nose and the jawbones are starting to create the familiar outlines of a human face. Inside the mouth, folded tissues come together to make the palate, or roof of the mouth. Fingernails emerge from their nail beds. These nails can grow quite long; more than a few babies are born needing a quick manicure.I thought it was a boy for a while, but now I’m beginning to think I might be having a girl. I’ve got a 50/50 chance of being right…

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