How your baby's growing: This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. The amount of amniotic fluid that your baby is floating in increases dramatically this week, to about a quart. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. [that would be awesome...maybe next week!]
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.
The top of your uterus is a bit above your pubic bone, which may be enough to push your tummy out a tad. [I have to say, I think I am starting to "pop" and feel like I have a little tummy...much earlier than with Finn!] Starting to show can be quite a thrill, giving you and your partner visible evidence of the baby you've been waiting for. Take some time to plan, daydream, and enjoy this amazing time. It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and having faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.
Should you find out the sex of your baby?
Boy, girl — or big surprise? Sixty-four percent of mothers-to-be said they wanted to find out the sex of their baby ahead of time, while the rest preferred to wait. [oh, we are finding out, but I thought this was interesting!]"We decided that the surprise of 'it's a boy!' or 'it's a girl!' is the same surprise at 5 months as it is at the birth," said Jessica. Michael disagreed: "I think the old-fashioned way is the best. Finding out before birth is like opening your Christmas presents before Christmas!" If you're still on the fence, here's a look at the pros and cons of each side.
Benefits of finding out:
• Many women say they feel a deeper bond with the baby once they know the sex and can picture a little boy or girl. [I needed this with Finn because I wanted a girl so badly, but it took all of one second to not care any more!]
• You can prepare an older sibling for the arrival of a new little brother or sister. [Finn's too young to know the difference between a brother or sister]
• You can narrow down your list of baby names. [this is a BIG one for us!]
• You can pick out a gender-specific nursery theme or baby clothes, if you want to. [this is big one, too, because what we do with the rooms will depend if we're having a boy or girl...moving Finn or not...and I don't want to be painting and decorating a room with a newborn and a toddler!]
Benefits of waiting:
• You, your partner, and your family will have a delightful surprise on the day you give birth. [that is why we want to keep the name a secret...still have a surprise for everybody...and incase we change our minds!]
• Your desire to know whether your baby is a boy or a girl might motivate you during the toughest parts of labor. [really?!?! If finding out if you're having a boy or girl is the only reason why you keep pushing...then have a C section! That's just silly.]
• You'll be following in the tradition of your parents, your parents' parents, and so on. [agreed, and this was something I had to come to terms with]
• There will be no mistakes — what you see is what you get! [there is a small concern about this, but with today's technology, the chances are so low that I have faith in what they determine...especially since we'll be having several ultrasounds so we can double and triple check!
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.