Friday, July 24, 2009

Scout and I are 21 Weeks Today

Today I am 21 weeks pregnant and have 19 weeks to go. Tomorrow I start my 22nd week.

It’s really weird to think that the journey of pregnancy is more than halfway over. I feel very blessed and thankful to have this unbidden opportunity to bring a little Scout into the world, and to devote the rest of my life to loving and raising him/her. I think this happened at the right time, too. While I’m still reeling a little from the whole idea of becoming a mommy, I feel strangely ready to change my life’s focus to this baby.

Here’s what’s going on with Scout this week, from

Scout weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10.5 inches long (head to toe) — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like Scout is practicing martial arts as his or her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to Scout’s activity as you get to know your baby better. In other developments, your Scout’s eyebrows (if he/she is going to have any) and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

And this is from

By now, Scout looks like a mini-version of what Scout will look like when he or she is born. All the facial features are formed, and hair is growing on Scout’s head. Scout is even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck his or her thumb or yawn. Aww ...

Scout’s heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope. By 21 weeks, fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells—previously done by the liver and spleen. This may not sound that exciting, but it's good news.

The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning your little bean now serves another purpose: Your baby uses it to "practice" chowing down. Yes, it sounds gross (as many aspects of pregnancy do), but it's an important step for your baby toward being able to chow down in the real world. Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that Scout is absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. And let's face it, being able to effectively digest sugar is important at every stage of life.

My Scout … learning to digest sugar at such a young age. He or she clearly takes after Paw Paw Hugh. Pie, anyone?

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