Happy September! Jacob and I are so excited you’re back to see how much he has grown! Last month, we followed Jake through his first trimester in the womb. Now, you’re in for a treat. The second trimester is an exciting one! Without further adieu, let’s see how Jake’s doing!
Week 15 is extremely important for Jake. His legs are now longer than his arms, and he works them out by kicking his mom (she doesn’t know he’s going to be an Olympian just yet). Jake is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid from the amniotic sac, developing the air sacs in his lungs (which are also extremely important for running). Even though his eyes are fused shut, he can sense light. Jake can now control all the muscles in his body! Jacob is about the size of an apple.
Jake starts to grow toenails and suck on his thumb at week 16. His circulatory system now pumps about 25 quarts of blood throughout his body each day. Jacob is about the size of an avocado.
Week 18 means Jake starts to feel the burn. He’s flexing his arms and legs, working out as much as possible. His ears start to grow outward from his head. Jacob’s mom will get an ultrasound this week to check on his health so far. If he has poor health, it does not decrease his right to be born (or become an Olympian). This week is the earliest Jake’s mom can find out that Jake is a boy. Jake is about the size of a sweet potato (his soon-to-be favorite food).
Half way there! By week 20, Jake’s skin is coated in a thin, white substance, which protects his skin while he is living in the amniotic fluid. Jake is now the size of a small artichoke.
Week 22 means Jake’s skin looks a bit like a prune, and he’ll fill it out as he grows throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Jake’s teeth buds are growing underneath his gums, and his lips are becoming more distinct. Jacob’s eyes are fully developed, but his irises still lack pigment. Jake is the size of a papaya.
Jake’s taste buds are almost fully developed in week 24. His lungs are developing rapidly, and his nostrils are opening, practicing the action of breathing. This is the earliest point that Jacob is able to survive outside of the womb, even though it will require constant care. Jacob is now the size of an ear of corn.
Week 25 means Jacob starts to put on some baby fat. This will fill him out, and make him look less wrinkly as a newborn. He now has brown hair, although this might change after his birth. Jake is the size of an acorn squash.
Jake can hear even more clearly as his ears develop in week 26. His eyebrows and eyelashes have grown out. Jacob is now as long as a zucchini.
Jacob has hiccups, and he likes to sucks on his fingers during week 27. He can open and close his eyes, and he sleeps regularly. Jake can tell between his mom’s voice and his dad’s voice. He is now about the size of a cauliflower, and weighs almost two pounds.
We hope you have a great September, and we’ll see you in October!