A Little About Baby at Week 16

Week Sixteen: Facial expressions are possible

*You are 16 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 14 weeks)
*The fetus measures nearly 5 inches (12cm) from head to buttocks.
*The fetus weighs about 3.5 ounces (100 grams).
*The fetus is covered with a protective soft down to regulate its temperature.
*Fat begins to form underneath skin.
*Baby hears external voices, sleeps and dreams.

Your baby has learned to breathe. This is apparent from the regular movements of his chest, inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. These actions help the lungs to develop and grow. More developed facial muscles may lead to various expressions, such as squinting and frowning. Your baby nows weighs more than their afterbirth. The baby can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

You are showing more now and have an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. The rest of your body is still changing. A total of 5 to 10 pound (2.25 to 4.5 kg) weight gain by this point in your pregnancy is normal.

The crown to rump length of your baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches (11 to 12 cm). Fetal weight has doubled in 2 weeks and is about 3.5 ounces (100g).

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.

Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to five ounces, and he’s four to five inches in length. The bones that are now in place in his ears means he can probably hear your voice as you talk to your partner and pals and sing in the car. While he’s getting used to your voice, the tiny muscles in his body, especially the ones in his back, are gaining strength, so he can straighten out a little more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. (Don’t worry, those frowns have nothing to do with the sound of your voice!) And his eyes are finally working, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo!

Determining Your Baby’s Gender
True or false: A fetal heart rate of fewer than 140 beats per minute means you’re having a boy, while a heart rate of more than 140 beats per minute means you’re having a girl. It’s a notion that’s been making the obstetrical rounds forever, and the truth is…it’s false. Sorry, but while it sounds more plausible (and more grounded in medical fact), this one is about as reliable as holding a ring on a string over your belly and determining the baby’s gender based on which way the ring turns. (If you buy that, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.) There are as many old tales about ways to find out your baby’s gender as there are old wives to tell about them (and try them out at family gatherings). Sure, they’re fun to talk about, but all of them share just one truth: They’re correct in predicting gender 50 percent of the time. If you’d like better odds than that (the kind you can base your nursery-paint colors on), ask at your ultrasound.

Pregnancy Today
This week, your baby will start to blink. She’s growing quickly at the moment, and will double her weight in the next three weeks. Her bones are starting to ossify (harden), with the exception of her skull; these bones will stay softer until the birth, so they can flex as she passes down the birth canal. And she’s straightening out, too, lifting her head and neck into a more upright position.

Your baby’s heart rate has slowed down since the start of pregnancy, but still beats 110 to 160 times a minute, twice as fast as yours. From 16 weeks, you’ll be able to hear the heartbeat via your doctor’s heart monitor, although it’s sometimes possible to hear it earlier. Her heart rate will increase when you laugh and decrease when you’re blue, proving that a happy mom makes for a happy baby.

What’s happening to you?
Any day now, you can expect to feel your baby moving for the first time. First-time moms-to-be generally feel the first kicks from around 16 weeks, but don’t panic if you can’t feel a thing. Some have to wait as long as 22 weeks. And don’t expect big hefty kicks at this stage. Early movements are very subtle, feeling like butterflies, bubbles or your stomach turning over.

If you’ve decided to have the blood test to screen for chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome, it’ll probably be this week. This is also the prime time for amniocentesis, which may be recommended if you’re an older mom-to-be or if an earlier screening test indicated a high risk of abnormalities.

Tie Dye Tissue Paper

After thinking about what colors to use on the pinata for the party all night, I decided to make tie dye tissue paper to use on it. Only problem was I had no clue how to make the tissue paper tie dye. So, I looked around online and finally find this website… Things-to-make-and-do.co.uk. I thought, ok that looks really simple, I will try that.

First off, I could not get my paper to fold like that, so I just folded it how I wanted. I did the fan fold (not even at all) and then the triangles.

Next came the dye. I used red, yellow, and blue food coloring, and dipped each corner into the dye. Then I unfolded. The first attempt is very pretty, but not what I wanted to use on the pinata. So I tried again with more food coloring. Then things got messy. It came to a point where I could not hold a dry corner, so I started to get food coloring on my hands. Now I have food dye on my finger and under my nails. But I also have some really pretty paper to use on the pinata.

If anyone is reading this, and wants to try to make Tie Dye Tissue paper, I would recommend using GLOVES!!

Pictures below are of the pinata and my tie-dye tissue paper.

Areas at the Party

I am sorry to you smokers and drinkers that are coming to the gender reveal party, but there will be no smoking or drinking on the deck or near the pool. I am making signs to help you remember what areas are designated as smoking and alcohol areas. Please do not take this personally, I am just trying to keep the kids that are coming safe.

The Waiting Game

The “big” ultrasound is on Tuesday, and I am so excited I can barley sleep or sit still. I want to see the baby so bad, and I asked Michael to get me an ultrasound machine for my birthday (LOL). He and I both just want to know that everything is going well with the baby, and also… KNOW THE GENDER of the baby.

When I first got pregnant, I didn’t want to know the gender, and Michael said it didn’t really matter to him either. Time went on, and people kept telling me it would be easier for people to buy gifts. So, I decided to find out. And now that I have made that decision, I am so excited. In fact, if anyone wants to take a look at the July 13th ultrasound and make a guess of what they think the baby’s gender is, that would be wonderful.

If I Over Looked YOU I am Sorry

If I have over looked anyone else while I was inviting people to the party, I am sorry. If you do want to come, please just send me an email! I know it will be had for people out of town to come, that is why I didn’t send you an invitation, but you will be getting something in the mail from Michael and me.

If you are planning on attending, please let me know by Wednesday at the latest. Here is a list of stuff we have to eat so far:


Here is what we have to drink…
Diet Coke

I am going to try to make some tea, but if you want anything else, please bring it.

If you are planning on bringing food, please let me know so that I don’t go pick up or make the same thing.

Thank you guys for all your help, and I CANNOT WAIT for the party on the 14th!!!!

Need Numbers

Hello Blog Family! I need to know by next Tuesday if you are planning on coming to the “Gender Reveal Party” and if you are how many you are bringing so I can plan. You can EMAIL me at [email protected] or send me a message on facebook. So far I have eight families that have said that they are going to be at the party, and I am still waiting to hear from a lot of you. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. So let’s get on the ball and not make everything last minute. I know the people who are helping me with the party would appreciate a little notice.

WIC Program

I know some people do not like to talk about having to get government assistance, but I don’t care. I believe that the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is a great opportunity for those who are making less money than they should, and need some help buying food for the household.

Today I went for my first WIC appointment to see if I could get approved. I went in and signed in at 12:30 (my appointment was at 1:00), and we sat down. Apparently, they don’t care if you were early or not, because they didn’t call my name until 1:00. They took my paper work, looked at an ultrasound picture, and made copies of everything. I was like wow that was easy, then she told me to sit back down, and wait for my named to be called again.

So we waited for about another 30 min, and then went into another room, where they weighed and measured me. Then the nurse lady said sit down, I need to prick your finger. O BOY! So she pricks my finger, puts some of my blood in a little plastic thing, and then into a machine. She said it was to test my iron. She however, didn’t know if her band-aids were latex free so she had to give me a HUGE band-aid that I didn’t even need. And we still were not done. She gave me more paperwork and took me into another waiting room.

Next, we were taken into an office where a lady went over my paperwork, and asked me a bunch of questions. She also told me about other programs that were offered like the car seat program (that is for first time parents, and you go to a class about carseat safety, and then they give you a free car seat at the end of the class) and the breastfeeding program (gives you information on breastfeeding and helps you buy a new breast pump). She was really nice, and it seemed like she really enjoyed her job in helping parents. She took us into another waiting room where we had to wait for our WIC vouchers.

This lady had or vouchers printed up for the next 3 months and scheduled me for the breastfeeding program. That didn’t take too long, but she seemed rushed or something.

It was nice to be able to qualify for a government program, since we are not eligible for any of the other ones out there. This will defiantly help us with buying food, and I plan of taking the car seat and breastfeeding program.

A Little About Baby at Week 15

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.”)

Pregnancy Today
At 15 weeks, the bones in your baby’s ear that are responsible for hearing are developing, and her taste buds are sprouting, too. From now on, she’ll get a flavor of whatever you eat via the amniotic fluid. One study shows that unborn babies swallow more amniotic fluid if it tastes sweet, and less if it’s bitter. Pass the cookies!

This week sees a period of rapid growth, with your baby starting to lay down fat under her skin. Her sex organs are maturing, and a highly skilled ultrasound technician might be able to tell the sex at this point. She’s also gaining more control of her movements. Scans at this stage have shown babies playing with the umbilical cord, snuggling up to the wall of the uterus, apparently for comfort, and even fighting with a twin. Your baby will probably get regular bouts of hiccups from now on, which help her lungs prepare for breathing.

What’s happening to you?
Your placenta is now 1 centimeter thick and 7 to 8 centimeters in diameter, and you’re carrying around a paper cup full of amniotic fluid. Your body is producing large amounts of estrogen, which can have weird side effects, such as darkening the pigmentation of your skin. You may notice a dark line running from your belly button down (linea nigra), as well as darker nipples and more prominent moles and freckles. Stretch marks might crop up around now, too. On the positive side, those same hormones tend to make your hair and nails grow longer and look healthier. Yes, you’re blooming at last.

What’s normal, what’s not?
As your bump grows and your center of gravity shifts, you’re likely to develop backache, especially if you stand for long periods. Work on your posture, dropping your shoulders, tucking your bottom in and tightening your abs. And ditch the heels for flats. But severe pain around the lower back and pelvic area can be a sign of pelvic girdle pain, a pregnancy-related condition that occurs when the joints of your pelvis become misaligned. In extreme cases it can leave you virtually immobile, so speak to your doctor. A support belt may help.

Your to-do list:
If you’re planning to have the blood test (serum screening) to screen for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, make sure to tell your doctor. It needs to be done at around 16 weeks.

Wow! Did you know…
Your baby can suck her thumb already, and scientists think that her preferred sucking thumb is an indication of whether she’ll be left- or right-handed later in life.

The Bump
Baby’s now the size of a naval orange!
Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby’s legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can’t feel the movements just yet.

Your Baby in Week 15 of Pregnancy
One way to deal with the havoc of pregnancy hormones: Focus on how much is happening with your baby. She’s about the size of an orange this week, her ears have migrated to the sides of her head, and her eyes are moving to the front of her face. Plus, your little smarty-pants can now wiggle her fingers and toes and make breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.

Gender Reveal Party

We are having an ultrasound on the 10th of Aug, and the ultrasound tech told us last time that she should be able to see the gender of the baby then. Michael and I would like to have a party to reveal the gender to local family and friends, but I am now worried that the baby will be shy and not reveal if he/she is a boy or a girl. So, if everything goes as planned, we will be having a Gender Reveal Party on August 14th at 5:00pm. I was thinking that maybe everyone could bring something to eat or drink, and Michael and I will supply the cake and something else. If you think you will be able to attend, please email me at [email protected] and I will email you back with the address and directions.

We are asking that if you think the baby will be a boy for you to wear blue or green or if you think the baby will be a girl wear pink or purple.

For those out of town family members, keep an eye on your mail (or email for some), because we will be revealing the gender to you that way.