Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our Pumpkin is a Prune

With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, baby is making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks, and arm joints are now working. (Soon, legs will too.) (

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches. (

**I am grateful for
1) 10 weeks!
3) my comfy bed, I am soooo tired!
4) ice cold water... love it
5) rain, good sleeping weather (see #3)


Hoping for our own Peanut said...

10 weeks already? im so excited for you. you are 25% done with the pregnancy!!!

Anonymous said...

Let's hear it for the Prune and for the Mommy who is 10 weeks in! Wishing you lots of refreshing rest this weekend!


Jen&Carter said...

Yeah for 10 wks.Time is going fast, for you and me both, I am going on 18 wks. COngrats, I am so happy for you. Does you little man know yet?

Mary said...

I'm so glad that things are progressing well. Yay for a prune!

Elle Charlie said...

Wow, I've missed a lot - congrats to you on 10 big weeks!