Wow, I cannot believe that you are 14 weeks old today. We are getting closer and closer to halfway until your birthday, and I couldn’t be more excited. I know you are getting way more time to get to know your momma right now, but I am here and still care for you so much. I am really looking forward when you get bigger in your momma’s tummy and I can start to see you move. I think that is when I will REALLY know you are there and I can start to connect more with you. And in a few short weeks we will probably find out whether you are a little boy or a little girl, and then we can start to call you by your REAL name (although we’re going to keep it a secret between the 3 of us….well 4, if you count your big brother Schnitzel, for now). It was very exciting to see you in the ultrasound last week. I cannot believe how much bigger and more developed you look since we last saw you.
This week you are about the size of a lemon. You’re starting to produce your own blood cells and insulin and your body might be covered by a layer of downy hair called lanugo. You can now squint, frown, grimace and even suck your thumb (which I think we saw in the ultrasound). I can’t wait to see you do that in person, although I hope it’s mostly smiling and laughing. This week your kidneys are starting to produce urine which you release into the amniotic fluid around you. I guess we will get pretty used to your urine with the hundreds of diapers we will change in the first couple (few?) years of your life.
Your momma and I are so excited for your arrival but are also cherishing this early phase of your life. It’s really a miracle that you exist, and I know we will always love you more than I can possibly imagine.
Have a great week! I love you.