Daily Archives: October 13, 2011

22 weeks

Pregnancy time creeps so slowly! It’s really amazing.

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

The site also says: “At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It’s perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you’d rather they didn’t.” Ha. As you may be able to guess from my personality, I would not take well to people touching my belly, and so far it has not happened (with the exception of my husband.) I *dare* a random stranger to touch my belly. 😉

As of yesterday, I was up about 10 pounds. I’m clearly showing, but I guess I wear loose clothing (as it’s comfortable!), so people still don’t always know. I have no nausea anymore. I’m moderately fatigued, but I can get through a 9 hour workday without too much trouble. At 8 or 9 hours I start fading fast. The sun and/or heat definitely takes it out of me. Round ligament pain has decreased significantly, though sitting at a desk all day definitely exacerbates it, so the improvement was partially due to my trip to Hawaii (which involved much lounging, but not too much sitting up.) I feel the baby kick or move regularly, which is great. I’m experiencing some mild acne, but nothing terrible.