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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Friday, July 30

11 weeks and counting

How your baby's growing: Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed.
Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.

She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
How your life's changing: If you're like most women, you're feeling a bit more energetic now [definitely NOT yet!] and your nausea may be starting to wane [thankfully, yes!]. Unfortunately, you may also be suffering from constipation (caused by hormonal changes, which can slow digestion) and heartburn (hormones again, relaxing the valve between your stomach and esophagus). [neither yet, but I had both to some degree while pregnant with Finn...probably just a matter of time!] Just remember, all this discomfort is for a good cause.

Don't worry if nausea has made it impossible for you to eat a wide variety of healthy foods or if you haven't put on much weight yet (most women gain just 2 to 5 pounds during the first trimester). [as of today, I've gained 1/2 pound since I got pregnant] Your appetite will likely return soon, and you'll start to gain about a pound a week.

Non-pregnancy related: Finn and I went over to keep auntie Kristine company after her surgery yesterday. She seemed to be feeling fairly good and even got up for a little walk while we were there. Afterwards, we headed to Psycho Suzi's for happy hour for my friend Ryan's birthday. Leah, Doug and Mike were also there, and as always, fun was had by all. Finn made it to about 7pm and then it was time to go home to bed.

Today, Austin, Finn and I headed over to Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove and met the twins and their mom and sister Maia there. I, however, somehow failed to mention it was a BEACH, so they didn't have suits. But in true kid fashion, it didn't stop them for long. Oh, well. No harm. And I might feel a little guilty but all three of them (and my boys of course!) had the time of their lives. Risk vs. reward, I guess.
BTW, this is my new favorite place on earth (okay, other than Aruba, maybe!). It is a man-made lake with chorinated water! So basically a swimming pool with sand and that means no ear plugs for Finn. Yay! And the sand was the softest I've ever felt. We will for SURE be going back...wonder if they'd just let us move there?!?!


kborn said...

Tis a fun place to go. Wish we could've seen rained here almost all day, so a day at the beach sounded like a bad idea. Apparently weather on the other side of the "earth" was totally different!! Quinn and I slept most of the day away...considering sleep wasn't in our cards last night!!

Nicki said...

OMG we are SO going to go there!! It looks like so much fun and is incredibly close to my house!!

Stacy Thomas said...

Nicki, it is great. There is a $3/person fee, but so worth it (if you plan on going a lot, you can get a family pass).
Katie, wish we could have played with you guys, too. Hopefully Quinn is feeling better! It rained on our way to the beach, but not at all once we got there! Yay.