Week 16/Second Appointment

With a whopping weight of anywhere from 3 to 5 ounces and a length (crown to rump) of 4 to 5 inches, your baby is growing up fast. Muscles are getting stronger, especially the back muscles, enabling your little one to straighten out even more. Your baby-to-be is looking more and more adorable, with a face that has eyes (complete with eyebrows and eyelashes) and ears in the right spots. What’s more, those eyes are finally working! Yes, it’s true: Your baby’s eyes are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelinds are still sealed. Your baby is also becoming more sensitive to touch. In fact, he or she will even squirm if one poke’s your partner’s belly.

Our second appointment was on Friday. It was actually very quick. But we did get to hear our baby’s heartbeat. At 162 beats per minute, it was apparently indicative of a girl’s heartrate (in general, girls are thought to have heartbeats over 140 bpm, but it’s not that scientific).

We also learned that on March 16th, we should be able to find out the sex of our baby! What a long month this will be.

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