So the Bump says that our baby is the size of a prune this week. Maybe this isn't the most glorious name for our baby but it does says something about what Mommy has been eating a lot of over the last couple of weeks, thanks to the pregnancy! However, when I posted a picture of a prune, I just felt so sorry for our baby! So, we're using the fruit that Baby Center goes by; a kumquat. Either way, our baby is getting longer and growing so much!
I apologize for the long delay in this post going up! This has been a busy and difficult week emotionally on me. My anxiety over the baby being ok and safe is something that I have really struggled with. I've had a lot of pains and soreness in my stomach (which my midwife's office thinks is totally normal, probably stretching) and some light cramps one day, which really scared me. However, I believe that the cramps may have been brought on because I've been really stressed about a number of things this week and have been really tired, this leading to more stress about the baby. Also, a lot of my "bloating" has gone down so I am thinner than last week, however, I'm sure that this is also normal for most women. Resting has really helped me and I plan to continue to rest and take this weekend easy! Also, continually seeking to place my trust in the Lord for the protection of our baby has been helpful and diverting my mind from it as well. There are so many things that one can worry about, yet I do believe that worry is a sin so I'm grateful that the Lord extends grace to us in these trying times!
We go to the midwife for the first time this coming Tuesday. I can't wait to see her, ask her my many questions, and make sure that our baby is still growing properly! We will get to hear the baby's heartbeat which will be so special! Sadly, our office doesn't give sonograms until 18-20 weeks so we will have to wait a little longer to actually see our baby.
Well, here is what Baby Center is saying about our little one this week:
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
More to come in a few days!