Congratulations! Today you graduate from an embryo to a fetus! You’re well on your way to being a full-fledged baby. Although you’re already a baby to your daddy and I. You may be tiny, but you’ve definitely found your place in our hearts and in our family.
You are now about 3/4 of an inch long, about as big as an olive. Your eyes, previously open, will now close and become covered with a membrane lid until you are about 28 weeks old. Enjoy your nice, long sleep… I wish I could join you, I could certainly use a 5 month nap! Your muscles are beginning to form and you make lots of tiny involuntary movements. I can’t wait to be able to feel you boppin’ around in there. Your facial features are becoming more developed this week as well. I wonder if you will have my smile, or your daddy’s nose? You are developing little dimples where your knees and ankles will be, and your elbows are becoming visible. This week also is when sex characteristics begin to assert themselves (though an ultrasound won’t be able to detect specific sex organs for another two months or so). I am so excited to find out if you are a boy or a girl. Your brain waves can even be detected now! So start learning your multiplication tables and practice writing the alphabet. We want you to be wicked smaht 🙂
It is a big week for you, little one. Lots going on in there! I can tell, believe me. I’m seeing all kinds of changes in myself as you grow. I can’t button any of my pants anymore (thank goodness for sweatpants!), and if I don’t eat every few hours I feel starving and sick. I’m still feeling pretty icky most of the time, but I don’t mind one bit. If my being nauseous is helping you grow big and strong, I’d happily do it for the full 9 months. However, I’m pretty relieved that most of these uncomfortable symptoms will lighten up over the next few weeks.
From what I read, this week should be the worst in terms of symptoms (since pregnancy hormones peak this week). Not such great timing, as your dad and I are taking a little vacay to Jamaica to celebrate New Years. Oh well, I will cross my fingers that I’m not too sick and try to distract myself with beautiful sunsets and white sand beaches. Not a bad way to ring in the new year, if you ask me!
I think about you every day. At this point it’s difficult to picture what you look like, but just the idea of you makes Daddy and I the happiest we’ve ever been in our lives.
I hope you enjoy our island vacation!
All the love in my heart,