Monday, January 18, 2010

How big is your baby?

One of the fun things about being pregnant is reading about your baby's development week by week - what they're doing, how they're growing, and how big they are.

At the start of this pregnancy, I used to send Mr Bibliosaur weekly updates from The Bump to tell him what size the babies were - they have a handy dandy fruit chart that tells you the average dimensions of your baby, and gives you a sweet image to go along with it. For example, this is what it tells me about our babies for today, at exactly 25 weeks:

Let your spouse put an ear to your belly -- he might be able to pick up baby's heartbeat (no stethoscope required). 
Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. 
Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. 
Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

Pretty cool, right? The thing was, Mr Bibliosaur wasn't impressed. Fruit? Who cares about fruit? So around the beginning of the second trimester, I decided to find a chart that would hold a bit more meaning for him. And did I ever!

Over at His Boys Can Swim, Tarzan created the Ultimate Guide To Baby Sizes Week-By-Week For Soon-To-Be Fathers. On THAT list, week 25 looks like this:

13 inch boot? You know what
they say… Your baby is about
this long during these weeks.

Who needs fruit when you can see that your baby is the size of a golf ball on week 11, a stud finder on week 16, and, as Mr Bibliosaur gleefully informed me, "the size of one nice-sized boob" at week 20?

So how big is YOUR baby? The size of a banana, or more like a bottle of beer? 

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