Journey of a lifetime...


Some people think that my life began at birth; but my life’s journey began long before I was born.



Week 1: Conception, the baby is smaller than a grain of sugar, but the instructions are present for all that this person will ever become.  


Week 2: The baby attaches and burrows securely into the wall of his mothers womb. 


Week 3: The baby’s blood vessels and sex cells form. Foundation of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are laid. 


Week 4: The baby’s heart has begun to beat. Eyes, ears and lungs begin to form.


Week 5: Tiny arms and legs begin to appear, as well as the baby’s face. The baby’s blood is now separate from the mothers. 


Week 6: Tiny fingers and toes develop. The baby’s brain is divided into three parts for emotion, and language, hearing and seeing. 


Week 7: Buds of the baby’s milk teeth appear. 99% of the muscles are present and brain activity is detected.


Week 8: The baby begins spontaneous movement and is now well proportioned about the size of a thumb. Every organ is present but immature. The skull, elbows and knees are forming.


Week 9: If prodded hands and eyelids close. Genitalia become visible, indicating whether the baby is a boy or girl. Muscular movement begins.


Week 10: The baby’s fingerprints begin to form. Nerve and muscle connections have tripled. Eyelids fuse together temporarily to protect the baby’s delicate developing eyes. 


Week 11: The baby “practices” breathing and facial expressions, even smiling. The baby can also urinate and stomach muscles can contract. 


Week 12: The baby is now 3 inches in length and weights 2 oz. with fine hair on the face. The baby is able to swallow and feels and responds to skin stimulation.  




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