Monday, May 24, 2010

22 weeks and Baby's still kicking

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Baby Girl hits 22 weeks. You may or may not already know this, but the youngest baby ever known to survive out of the womb was born right at 22 weeks. Little Amillia Taylor was a pure miracle, as babies born before 24 weeks generally have a 0-3% chance of surviving, and most doctors won't even attempt to save a baby who is born that prematurely, until she is 23 weeks. Amillia weighed a whopping 9 ounces at birth (9.5 inches long), required 4 months in an NICU incubator, and a surgery to help her eyesight, but according to google, is now a healthy little toddler. Here is a picture of Amillia's tiny little feet- it's crazy to look at those and picture them inside my belly, because my baby girl is right around her same size right now.

The hospital took a picture of her lying next to a pen, so you can compare her length. 
And here is Amillia as a toddler, she is about 3 1/2 now although I don't know how old she is in this picture:
Even though Amillia's story turned out okay, it makes me extremely grateful that Baby Girl seems to be healthy and growing right along. I will happily be sick every day for the rest of the pregnancy (well....I don't know about happily, necessarily, haha) if it means that she will stay in there baking for the full 9 months and be healthy and strong. She was extremely active today, pretty much constant kicking, which made me very happy.

And because this wouldn't be a true weekly post without a fruit and a non-fruit size guide, here ya go:

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
Pregnancy Week 21-24: 
Go Team Go! Your baby is about the
size of an over-inflated football.

And although I look awkward and large in this picture, here is a 22ish week picture of me and the belly, at Derek and Jessica's wedding:

Note to self, don't stand with skinny people anymore when taking a picture, haha.


Auntie Ally said...

WTF is a spaghetti squash? Don't compare my niece to things I've never heard of! hahaha.

Aunt Karrie said...

you can stand next to me anytime.