15 and 16 weeks

Since I was in Florida last week, I missed doing the week 15 update, and now here were are at 16 weeks already!  So, combo post.
What’s new with the baby?
15 weeks – Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). 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. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)
16 weeks -Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
Very good!  Finally.  I noticed yesterday that when I took Urijah to the playground that I was walking faster and I didn’t actually mind jumping around and being silly while he was swinging.  And I realized I must really be feeling much better now.  Before it was all I could do to drag myself outside and just stand there an push him and I felt just worn down and miserable.  But, so much better now.  I am counting the days till we get some cooler weather, as that will make going outside even more enjoyable, but that isn’t anytime soon, according to the weather report of 100 degrees for the next 2 days and 101 for the day after that.  Scott and I talk (joke?) more and more these days about moving somewhere cooler.  Somewhere with seasons would be nice.
Weight gain?
Right before we left for Florida I checked again and it was down to 7.5 lbs, so that’s a smidge better than 9.  I haven’t stepped on the scale again, though.  We ate a lot in Florida, and there was plenty of snacking at the house, so….well.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to finding out what this baby is very, very soon!  Like this week or next, depending on when we can get in to get the ultrasound.  And seeing the baby on the big screen will be nice, too, for some peace of mind that everything is progressing along in there just like it ought to be.
Nothing here.  I’m actually feeling the desire to cook things again, so that will be nice.  It’s been so long since I’ve wanted to drag myself into the kitchen, that I’m actually looking forward to making things that we can eat at home instead of spending the big money on eating out.  But, it was a nice luxury to be able to do that when I was feeling so out of sorts!
Nothing.  Boo.  Scott decided not to paint the room while we were gone, so other than the room being mostly cleared out, that’s all to report.  Once we find out what the baby is, we’ll make some forward progress, I guess!

Highlights of the week?

Our trip to Florida was fantastic!  U was a great traveler, as usual, and we had a blast with Gram and Grandpa.  I’ll do a separate post about that this week with some pictures!

Belly Pics:
We missed both weeks 15 and 16.  We’ll be back with 17 for sure!

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