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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Week 12: Your uterus? Yeah, it's a softball now



~length2 in | 5 cm
~weight0.5 oz | 14 g

My miniature Einstein's body is growing quick. They're now 2 inches tall! (60 mm), while the super-speedy growth of their brain has their head still MUCH larger than the body as over 1/3 of their total body mass! They're also "practicing breathing" by inhaling and expelling amniotic fluid.
 
Despite being a super-dooper grower, my little Einstein’s body is still far behind the astonishing growth of their amazing brain. In other words, my baby is still a bobble-head, as their massive noggin' comprises 30% of their entire body mass!
 

Bobblehead aside, my little lollipop's neck is up to the challenge and straightening out quite nicely as can be seen by their little chin lifting off of the chest.

My baby is also actively rehearsing “breathing” by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (ew!) to prepare the lungs for future air respiration.

The big news: My little poop-n-pee factory is now up and running!

No worry, most of the liquid waste wends it way down to my bladder, just adding to my million-times-a-day rides on the porcelain pony.
 
The solid waste - aka their first baby poop is just starting to build up in their intestine (it's a super-slow build-up, since it's all derived from liquid blood) in preparation for that tarry black meconium newborn poop.

Along with all the lovely poop-n-pee talk, I would like you to know that my baby now pees into their amniotic sac and then inhales it through their mouth and nose.

YUCK! Not to worry, their urine is completely sterile and harmless, no matter how gross it seems.

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