Though your baby is barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, he has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout the pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside the womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
Note from Jen:
I am feeling alright this week, although it comes and goes. On Saturday evening I looked like I was out of a tv sitcom with how stereotypically sudden the sickness came on, forcing me to cover my mouth and run for the bathroom. Kenny couldn't stop laughing! Good thing it isn't him going through it :)
I am 10 weeks along and have been very fortunate not to have any complications or severe morning sickness. Although I am still counting the days for the first trimester and all the sickness and exhaustion that goes along with it, to be over.
We finally took a picture Monday night of my little belly (although it does seem larger in the picture!) Hopefully we will keep on top of taking the pictures and posting on the blog.
Thank you all for your sweet comments... glad you are all excited as well ;)