21 weeks, 4 days

Today we are getting new carpet in all of the bedrooms... which means we can start the nursery! I'm so excited to put it all together. We have everything except one bookshelf that I haven't picked out yet.

Lillian has been very active lately. I always wonder what she's doing in there. The only thing I can come up with is stretching, getting comfortable, and playing. I think at night she likes to play... when I'm trying to sleep :) I don't mind now, but when she gets bigger it might be a little more difficult to sleep!

Here's a little info about this week:

Chances are good you're feeling someone performing a round-off back handspring in your uterus by now. Is there any other feeling this cool?

Other highlights this week:By now your baby looks like a mini-version of what she'll look like when she's born. All her facial features are formed and hair is growing on her head. She's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck her thumb or yawn. Aww ...

Baby's heartbeat is getting stronger and can be heard using a good old-fashioned stethoscope. Ask for a listen at your next prenatal visit! 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 she's 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.

Your baby now weighs between 10 and 11 ounces and is approximately 7 inches long—the size of a delicious, cold, frothy bottle of root beer. Float anyone?


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