February 14, 2003
21 Weeks

According to my online baby calender, this is what's happening this week.

How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs about 12 1/2 ounces and is 10 1/2 inches long, head to toe. The eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed, and the fingernails are starting to sprout. Watch what you say from here on in: If you talk, read, or sing to your baby, she'll probably be able to hear you. You may want to try reading to her. Choose some children's classics, or read aloud one of your own books. After birth, some studies suggest a newborn will suck more vigorously when you feed her if you read to her from a book frequently heard in utero.

I have also been told to stick some headphones to my abdomen and her listen to some music. Do people normally just listen to classical or what?

How your life is changing: It's hard to be a smooth operator when you're pregnant. Don't be surprised if you find yourself a little more clumsy these days. You're carrying more weight, your center of gravity has changed with your growing uterus, and your fingers, toes, and other joints are all loosening due to pregnancy hormones. Be careful and watch where you're going, and if you haven't already, say good-bye to high heels. They make keeping your balance more difficult and cause backaches.

Yeah, the joint thing is noticeable now. My wrists and fingers click and pop, and my legs grind in the hip sockets in really strange ways. Flexibility is not there. I have to keep working on that. I was told by books and by some friends that you can literally do splits when pregnant.

It's already hard to believe that this baby is almost a foot long. Scott and I remember looking in our book and remembering her as the size of a jelly bean. Less than 20 weeks to go and there will actually be another person in this house. 5 cats, 3 people.

1 demonic fish.

21 weeks in, 19 to go.

Posted by Ellen at February 14, 2003 08:31 PM

eMail this entry!

JT and I listened to all sorts of music while he was in utero and mostly classical (from a Baby Music CD) for the 11 weeks we were home after he was born. It may have been one of the contributing factors as to why he is above average in his room at day care (even over some of the older kids).
I tried it and think it may help.
Just one case, but it's up to you dearee.

Posted by: Cindy on February 16, 2003 12:02 AM

I think it is a good idea to let the baby listen to music. I also heard that the baby can detect if you are under stress and can hear and sense if you are arguing with someone.

Posted by: erin Martin on September 11, 2004 12:31 AM

I will be 21 weeks tomorow and today I went to the doctor for my routine ultrasound. I was a little nervous because I didn't know if the baby would be normal because I had my appendix taken out at 4 weeks gestation and was told by my surgen to expect to loose it. My ultasound was the best experience I've ever had. Seeing my baby on the screen all perfect and moving, it all but took my breath away. Needless to say in 19 weeks or so (more than likely less)I will have a beautiful little girl.

Posted by: jamiesa on October 26, 2004 05:45 PM

want to say Iam a grandma and enjoy this sight
we didnt have sonograms when my daughter was born yo alnjoy your babies they grow up fast.

Posted by: barbara on October 29, 2004 06:46 PM

What kind of headphones did you use for the baby to listen to music while in utero? Where can a find such a thing? I've looked around and can't find anything, help!

Posted by: Todd on May 13, 2005 10:59 AM
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