Creating a Human: 22 Weeks
I will try not to bore you with endless pregnancy stories, but have decided to do a weekly re-cap of events, developments (both biological and otherwise) and gained knowledge. Please feel free to skip over these posts if you are not interested! Catch up on the whole series here.
BabyCenter told us that at 22 weeks, the baby is 11 inches long from crown to toes, or about the length of a spaghetti squash. However, I chose to use a tropical Thai papaya to model this week:
Dress: Gap Maternity; Shoes:Banana Republic
Symptoms of the Week: Nausea, once again! A lot more baby movement, though, and I actually experienced two cases of fetal hiccups! Both events occurred during the night and woke me up, and consisted up a light but very obvious jerking movement, which was very even in rhythm, lasting a minute or so (although I have no idea how long it was going on before I awoke). I could not help but find it cute to imagine him hiccuping away in there! He is also moving in what I call a ‘full-body-way’ from time to time, which gives me a tangible idea of how long he really is. I still can’t believe that I am carrying something so large inside of me where ever I go.
Activities of the Week: Not a heck of a lot. I felt too ill to do any extra-curricular activities just for the sake of fun, other than what I absolutely needed to do. I did manage to unpack all the stuff that Kevin brought back, tried out a few new dinner recipes, and posted this raw+dairy-free Summer Berry Parfait to the de-hydrated blog in honor of ‘summer’ (which is year-round here!) and the American 4th of July holiday. As it is no special event here, the day came and went sans pyrotechnics, and life went on as usual.
Belly Measurement (End of This Week): 35.5 inches! Steady, he grows!
Things That Still Need To Be Done:
♦ Researching and purchasing breast pump and related paraphernalia
♦ Write the birth plan
♦ Hire a doula?
♦ Find a pediatrician
♦ Pack the hospital bag
♦ Determine where to put the crib, changing table, and where to park the stroller
♦ Get a Graco SnugRide car seat in a land where you cannot buy them separately from the stroller travel sets…
♦ Find out about the vaccine schedule here and decide what to do about it
♦ Purchase a few more items – another organic crib sheet, couple organic receiving blankets, some organic clothes
♦ Read about cord blood banking
♦ Make at least a temporary will (we need to see an attorney when we are both in the US to draw up the official one), to cover what would happen in the event that we both die (or even just one of us!)
What The Heck Is Going On In There?: (from BabyCenter) “At 11 inches and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.”