14 Week Update:

How your baby’s growing: Head to bottom, your baby’s 3 1/2 inches long — about the length of a lemon — and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body’s growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. (Her legs still have some growing to do, though.) She’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair all over her body (called lanugo). Her liver starts secreting bile this week, a sign that it’s already functioning properly, and her spleen starts contributing to the production of red blood cells. She’s also producing and discharging urine into the amniotic fluid, a normal process that she’ll keep up until birth. You still can’t feel your baby’s movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.

Note: babycenter.com alternates between boys and girls in their updates. We do not currently know the gender of our baby. They typically find out around 22 weeks but I’ve heard it can be as early as 16 weeks.

Tips and Tricks

One of the things I wanted to do with this site (aside from flaunting Julia’s mad Skillz) was to offer tips and tricks we learned as we grew. With that in mind, I wanted to share a couple things I found via Stobist. First is a video of a behind the scenes photo shoot involving everyone’s favorite – ninjas!

This behind-the-scenes video details of one of my recent photo shoots involving crazy stunt men, hot and scantily-clad stunt women, smoke machines, weapons, trampolines, and a dilapidated warehouse. – Chase Jarvis

Also found this cool DIY Background Stand by DIYPhotography.net. Basically, a couple of extending painting poles, plunger heads and clamps = cheap, portable, easy to adjust background stands.

DIY Background Stand

When at the till, make sure you have some explanation ready, because you will get funny looks standing in line with a 4-12 foot toilet plunger. I just mumbled “the toilet in the basement keeps plugging up”. I’ve rarely seen a more confused look on a store tellers face as she tried to figure out whether she was dumb and not getting what I was talking about, or if she thought I was a serious idiot. I had a good chuckle on the way to the car and congratulated myself on my ingenuity.