Tuesday, June 24, 2008

19 weeks and oh, the hormones!

19 weeks already! That's just amazing to me. We're halfway there! Monday night I swore I could feel my belly steadily growing all night long. The hormones have finally reared their ugly head! Last night I was ready to cry and scream at the same time. In fact I did cry, for a very long time for no reason at all. I also yelled at poor Christian for no reason at all as well. He's quite the trooper because the whole time that my lip was quivering and tears were rolling down my face he was trying to get me to smile. It eventually worked, but I decided the best thing for everyone was for to just sleep. And so I did... from 8pm till 7am. I woke up today feeling slightly better but I feel completely on edge. I guess this is one hard part of pregnancy for me to get used to... having no control over myself physically or mentally!

Anyway... on to what the kids are up to this week...
They are now about the size of large mangos. They now weigh approx. 8 ounces each. The amniotic fluid that surrounds them and allows for them to freely move their arms and legs and is also sometimes swallowed to practice digestion. Their brains are now designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. The arms and legs are now in proportion to the rest of the body. The kidneys are making urine and the hair on the scalp is sprouting. A waxy substance called the vernix caseosa is forming on the skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.