Baby Barto: Week 23

me at week 23: This week was pretty cool. One night, I was sitting at the computer and happened to look down at my belly during one of her kicking sessions. I actually saw my belly move. It was really, really amazing. It was like she went through a growth spurt in that one day, because that night, as I was lying in bed, I could see my belly moving again… and the next night too. Michael was out of town on business, so I recorded it for him to see. Up to this point, we could only “see” her by looking at the ultrasound … now we can look at my belly and see movement … by our own baby girl’s free will. This is really what astounds me – that I’m carrying the life of another being, with different DNA and different thoughts.

If she’s anything like I was, I’m sure it’ll only seem like a second until I hear her telling me these different thoughts. 🙂

Baby Girl Barto at week 23:  She’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as large as a big mango).  She even may be able to be seen squirming in mama’s belly (right on target!). Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as the hairdryer or the pounding of kitchen contractors working — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb. 

This is what she may look like at this stage.

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