Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Christmas Bell Pepper

18 weeks and counting. I haven't had much time to focus on the movements of baby robbins. Sometimes I think I feel a kick or a punch, but with Rylen I have to move on to other things and not sit to see if I feel another. I think this is a premonition of what life will be like with the new baby and Rylen. Though I will give this new baby an abundant amount of love and attention, it won't quite be the undivided attention that Rylen got. I know this will be an adjustment, but one thing is certain. This baby will be loved no less than Rylen. I know that our love will keep growing for our family with each new addition. Well, my belly is growing and I can no longer fit in pre-maternity clothes. So, I will do one more closet clean and put in boxes all that no longer fits until after the baby comes and the baby weight begins to come off.

Well, here is the update. I can't believe how quickly the baby is growing! Already fitting in the palm of my hand!

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

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