- Can you believe she’s yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?
- And she’s twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too — and she’s big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!
Baby’s now the size of a mango!
Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
Baby’s now the size of a cantaloupe!
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they’ve already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you’d like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.
Baby’s now the size of a banana!
Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).
Baby’s now the size of a papaya!
Baby’s settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out when — just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.
IT”S A BOY!!
So as you all know, we went to the doctor at the end of October and got to find out that we are having a son! Ryan and I both really thought it was probably a girl, but as she was doing the sonogram, when she got to the legs, I blurted out “Oh my gosh, it’s a boy!” and the nurse was quick to agree, yes it’s quite obvious, it’s definitely a boy – this was a proud daddy moment for Ryan!!
So while still laying on the sonogram table I called the bakery in Oklahoma City since we would be going there for the weekend for my cousins wedding – and I ordered a cake and cupcakes with blue filling. My parents, Matt and Summer and the boys, and Gram were all there for the weekend, and Ryan’s dad and Susan and her daughter Hannah, all came up to the city as well, so we got to tell all of them in person – it was awesome!!
For those of you who have trouble reading a sonogram, like me – here’s a description: He’s head down and you can’t really see his head, but it’s his torso sticking up and then that round portion is his bottom and his legs are going out to the right. There’s a really bright white spot where his legs meet his waist, I think you can get the idea…
It's a Boy!
A NAME FOR OUR LITTLE MAN:
We have also picked a name for the little guy. Ryan’s official name is Adrian Ryan, so we wanted to name him after his daddy – we both love the name Luke, we have agreed on it for a long time, so we decided to name him Adrian Luke. I absolutely love it (if you don’t feel the same, please don’t tell me!). Luke means “bringer/giver of light” and Adrian actually means someone from the dark sea/Adriatic – so I love the contrast of bringing light into darkness.
KICKING LIKE CRAZY:
Around the first of November I started feeling very obvious kicks and within just a few days they were hard enough that Ryan could feel them as well. Now he is kicking like crazy all the time! Over Thanksgiving our niece, Caylee, and my 3 nephews and our parents all got to feel him kick. One evening I had sweet tea for dinner(first since my pregnancy) and he went crazy kicking for about 2 hours – every time Ryan would say “kick for daddy” he’d kick – it was really more based on timing and his continuous kicks -but it was still funny! He also got really active during he take-off and landing of our flight. I love getting to feel him kick around in there – even if it is the middle of the night or at 6 am, it’s so amazing.
I think that’s all for now. We go to the doctor tomorrow for a regular check-up, so I’ll post if there’s anything worth sharing. Otherwise, until Thursday, when I’m 23 weeks!! I’ll also get some pictures posted, I’m sporting quite the basketball under my shirt!