Nov 9, 2011

What kind of Fruit is my baby Today?


Ever wonder what your baby looks like? Or what size he or she is? I think we all have heard of the fruit comparison. I am not a huge fan of it because you go from a round onion to a long sweet potato then back to a round mango and then from a cantaloupe to a banana! How is a banana bigger than a cantaloupe? Below is a chart of what I am talking about. There are many different types types of charts that compare your baby to food, but its the difference between an apple seed or an orange seed. I prefer the human look which I have posted below the pretty food chart. Regardless, all of the pain and stretching we go through everyday is easily summed up by looking at these charts, and realizing we really are growing something the size and weight of a watermelon in our bellies!

Fetal growth compared to fruit.

Weeks 3 & 4: Poppyseed

Right now your little zygote is settling into your uterus...


Week 5: Appleseed

Average size: .13 inches** Baby's major organs and systems are now forming...


Week 6: Sweet Pea

Average size: .25 inches Blood is starting to circulate...

Week 7: Blueberry

Average size: .51 inches
Baby's brain is growing fast...

Week 8: Raspberry

Average size: .63 inches, .04 oz.
Those little arms and little legs are moving like crazy...

Week 9: Green Olive

Average size: .9 inches, .07 oz.
A Doppler device might pick up a heartbeat this week...

Week 10: Prune

Average size: 1.2 inches, .14 oz.Baby's arm joints are working, and soon the legs will too...

Week 11: Lime

Average size: 1.6 inches, .25 oz.
Fingers and toes are no longer webbed...

Week 12: Plum

Average size: 2.1 inches, .49 oz.
Almost all vital systems are fully formed...

Week 13: Peach

Average size: 2.9 inches, .81 oz.Teeth and vocal cords are appearing...

Week 14: Lemon

Average size: 3.4 inches, 1.5 oz.Liver, kidney, and spleen are continuing to develop...

Week 15: Naval Orange

Average size: 4 inches, 2.5 oz.
Legs are finally longer than arms...

Week 16: Avocado

Average size: 4.6 inches, 3.5 oz.
Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are filling in...

Week 17: Onion

Average size: 5.1 inches, 5.9 oz.Skeleton is hardening, and fat is accumulating...

Week 18: Sweet Potato

Average size: 5.6 inches, 6.7 oz.Baby's moving like crazy -- feel anything yet?

Week 19: Mango

Average size: 6.0 inches, 8.5 oz.Vermix caseosa is coating baby's skin...

Week 20: Cantaloupe

Average size: 6.5 inches, 10.6 oz.
Boy or girl, genitals are fully formed...

Week 21: Banana

Average size: 10.5 inches ***, 12.7 oz.
Taste buds are starting to work...

Weeks 22-24 (Month 5): Papaya

Average size: 10.5-11.8 inches, 12.7-20.8 oz.
Nipples are sprouting, and face is fully formed!

Weeks 25-28 (Month 6): Eggplant

Average size: 13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.2 lb.
Immune system is preparing for the outside world...

Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash

Average size: 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.
Sleeping and waking cycles are establishing...



Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew

Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.Growth is slowing, and baby may soon descend...

Weeks 37-Delivery (Month 9): Watermelon

Average size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lb.Full term! Baby's finally ready for the outside world...
For more information click here http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-tools/articles/how-big-is-baby.aspx





My favorite Fetal Growth charts.


In the Beginning...
I look at this chart and understand why my belly stretches, pulls and itches constantly. Amazing....
WOW! The finished product.. It makes me want to reach in and hug my baby... Is that weird?

Ok, we are real life Heroes... Super Heroes! We are making humans, growing babies, keeping creation alive and thriving. It's mind blowing... WOW! Congratulations to all of us!





UPDATE: FEB 13, 2013

That's me (April) and Ollie (Man-Child) on NYE 2012.
That's right ladies, you will have a life again,
it will just be with a baby strapped to you!
To see where we are now, Please check out my parenting Blog, First Time Mom And Dad! 







Two confused parents=One amused baby Hopelessly we are trying raise a baby who is clearly smarter than both of us. April is an award-winning writer and blogger. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com

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