Our little guy weighs just under two pounds and could possibly survive if delivered now. Your baby measures approximately 9.2 inches from crown to rump. He is growing fast and gaining weight now. His skin is less transparent and is becoming opaque as fat builds up. Our baby’s heart is beating 120 to 160 beats per minute, as we have already heard at several midwife visits. Until now, our baby’s eyes have been sealed shut, but he reopens them this week. The eyes are almost fully formed and the retinas contain all the layers they will have when our baby is born. Our baby’s eyes are blue right now, as they will be for life, unless God works a genetic miracle.
Our baby is lean right now, but is getting fatter all the time as fat is being deposited. Our baby’s skin is getting thicker and paler and is becoming less red and wrinkled as more fat is deposited. Our baby has eyebrows, eyelashes and fingernails, though all are short and need to grow more.
I feel definite movement now as our baby does gymnastic routines. He seems to be a very busy baby, and especially likes to get going when I’m ready to lie down and relax. You could see the belly move as he rolls around in there, if you were so inclined to watch the belly long enough. Funny, no one really seems so inclined. You could also feel him kick, if I knew you well enough to let you touch me, 🙂 no matter how much some people think they should just be so privileged. The top of my uterus is now between my bellybutton and my ribcage, thereby squashing all my other organs into an itty bitty living space. It’s getting more and more crowded in the snuggly chair where we do a lot of our reading, forcing the girls off what little lap there is left, and up onto the arms. And I still have at least 101 days left!
“Your increasing size may cause increasing discomfort. You might be experiencing back pain, leg cramps, headaches and pressure around your pelvic area.”
Check. Check. And… yes, triple check.
I am loving this little one’s pregnancy. I am a LOT more tired than I ever thought, but it is a lot of fun. Not to mention, having Aviana say stuff like “I tan’t WAIT until my baby brudder dets here!” or “Hewre’s a tiss for my baby brudder” which she follows with a sweet smooch to the belly. And then of course Miss Brielle has to follow suit. Ahhh. Lovin’ it.