Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dear Baby 2, Another week down...

Well, I'm finally getting over that tired, "walking against the current" feeling in the evenings.  I've been nee ding a short nap to get me through until bedtime, but that feeling is lifting.  Hurray!  More energy!  I'll surely need it to keep up with your brother.  We saw you yesterday, and everything is going wonderfully.  Your heartbeat was 164bpm (your brother's was 170bpm at this stage)

Here's what you're up to this week (10 weeks):

Though you're barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weigh less than a quarter of an ounce, you have now completed the most critical portion of your development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in your body rapidly grow and mature.

Your tiny nails are forming on your fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair is beginning to grow on tender skin.  You're swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including your 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 the pregnancy.

Your limbs can bend now. Your hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over your heart, and your feet may be long enough to meet in front of your body. The outline of your spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from your spinal cord. Your forehead temporarily bulges with your developing brain and sits very high on your head, which measures half the length of your body. From crown to rump, you're about 1 1/4 inches long. 

These were my prayers for you this week:

Thanksgiving that you are doing so well and prayers that we will finish this first trimester without any issues.


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