26 weeks and counting my love. Here’s what has been going on this week:
- To support your growing body, your spine is getting stronger and more supple. Though no longer than the span of the average adult hand, it is now made up of 150 joints, 33 rings, and some 1,000 ligaments.
- Air sacs in your lungs form now.
- Lungs begin to secrete a greasy substance called surfactant. Without surfactant your fetal lungs would stick together and couldn’t expand after you are born.
- Although they’ve been sealed shut for the last few months, your eyes are opening and beginning to blink this week! Woohoo! I wonder what color they will be?? You have blue on both sides of the family and your Daddy has gorgeous green/hazel. I really hope you get his eyes!
- Your retinas begin to form.
- Your brain wave activity for hearing and sight becomes detectable.
- Fetal brain scans show response to touch. For example, if I shine a light on my abdomen, you will turn your head, which according to researchers, means your optic nerve is working. Yippee!
- When exposed to a loud noise, your fetal heart rate increases, as does your rate of movement.
- You also respond to pressure, movement, pain, hot and cold, taste, and light.
- Lots of baby movements from now until our 30th week. The amniotic fluid isn’t being produced in the same volumes as it was a couple of weeks ago. Because you’re bigger, with less fluid to buffer movements, I am now more aware of your kicks and stretches and dancing about.
- You are growing longer and laying down more fat. This will serve as an effective means of insulation for when you’re born.
- You are having regular periods of rest and activity and patterns of movement are becoming more familiar to me. You seem to be awake several times a day but most active in the afternoon and evening.
- You weigh about two pounds now and are 14 inches in length!
Here are some google images of what you look like this week (Pssst, it’s getting more difficult to find pictures of your development online. A lot of babies already born come up during this search…I guess it’s a promising sign that you can survive outside now too!) :
I love you princess monkey! Hang tight…we’re almost to the third trimester, woah. I LOVE YOU.