Nearing the end of her first three months, the Lilliputian inside you is now fully formed. She's still tiny, though -- at about 2.5" she's the length of an iPod Nano. Her job for the next six months is to strengthen all the systems the two of you have worked so hard to set in place. Brain configuration is nearly complete as her synapses start forming. The pituitary gland is starting to produce hormones: growth hormone, prolactin and more. Her heart is hard at work, pumping several quarts of blood through her body every day!
In addition, her kidneys are developed enough to start filtering liquid -- which means she's getting a head start on those dirty diapers. Her urine will actually become part of the amniotic fluid. She's starting to look more human now as well: her eyes have moved closer together on her face and her ears are nearing their final resting places on the sides of her head.All this development means she can now respond to external stimulation -- she may squint at a bright light, open and close her mouth or give you a show of jazz hands.
And one more thing: the genitalia have finally developed their distinguishing characteristics, so chances are good that at your next ultrasound appointment, you could find out what you are having!
It is hard to believe we are at 3 months tomorrow.. already! This pregnancy is going fast-and slooow- at the same time. I am starting to feel more connection to this baby- I find myself rubbing my tummy all the time :) I cannot wait to be a mommy! We go to the doc on Wednesday for our 12 week exam/ultrasounds, I can't wait!
We also decided we will find out what sex the baby is. At first I was apprehensive and wanted the anticipation of the surprise, but KK really wants to find out for nursery preparations, so I relented. Now, I am so anxious to see what we're having- because I have no motherly-instinct feeling one way or the other!
My hope? A healthy, happy baby come August!