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.
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.
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.
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.