18 weeks woot. Soar today around groin and lower back. Feeling front heavy now with lots of soft baby movements.
What you’re thinking
"Either I have an ongoing case of indigestion or there might actually be something moving around my gut!"
Your baby’s ears are now facing forward and are completely formed so she can actually hear you talking now. You don’t need to abandon your potty mouth just yet, but you might want to start thinking about it! Other highlights this week:
This week is also the beginning of ossification. And while that sounds like some long and involved paperwork you’ll have to fill out, it’s really a fancy medical term for the hardening of your baby’s miniature bones. And that’s a good thing.
Your baby’s nerves are making more and more complex connections. Her sense of smell, taste, sight and hearing are all developing. A substance called myelin, which makes nerve connections travel faster, is now coating your baby’s nerves.
Your baby now weighs between 5 and 7 ounces and is about 5 1/2 inches long—about the size of a pickle from the corner deli. (You’re familiar with pickles, right? Your regular accompaniment to a big bowl of ice cream?)