Piccolini, my little dear,
Writing “15 Weeks” feels so strange. Part of me can’t believe it’s been that long, and part of me can’t believe it’s been only 15 weeks since you were created. I’ve already started the inevitable process of forgetting my life before YOU. Well, not forgetting, really, just looking back and thinking, “What did I do before you?”, because now you are the most important thing I could possibly dream of.
This week you are about four inches long and weigh over two ounces; about the size of an orange. You continue inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, which will help the air sacs in your lungs develop. Your muscles are strengthening, and all four limbs now have functional joints. Continuing the journey towards normal proportions, your legs now outmeasure your arms and your skeleton is getting harder. You can sense light, although your eyelids remain shut. Hearing is becoming more sensitive and loud noises can startle you. I have started singing more often, realizing that you may be able to hear my voice. I have read that babies whose mothers sing while they are in the womb are often soothed by singing once they are born, so I’m starting you early 🙂
You are squirming and wiggling like crazy down there, and although I haven’t felt the movements yet, your acrobatics are evident from the most recent ultrasound and the “swimming away from the Doppler” episode. When I lay in bed at night, sometimes I can feel throbbing in my stomach and an indescribable stretching/pulling/pulsing. I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m feeling, but I know you are in there, wiggling away.
Over the past few days I think my stomach has really popped. What was previously extra lower tummy pudge has turned into a smooth, rounded curve, and I look distinctly pregnant, not just fat. It’s a really fun transition, and I can’t wait for the first stranger to ask me if I am pregnant (the rude girl from work who asked me at 6 weeks does NOT COUNT!). Your dad has looked at me so many times recently and said, “You look so pregnant” while shaking his head. It is so amazing, looking at my body in the mirror every day and watching it change.
I hope you enjoyed the hamburger and milkshake date that I went on last night with Daddy. I haven’t had a hamburger in forever! And that milkshake sure was sweet. Your sweet father also got me some other indulgences for my birthday like dark chocolate, Doritos and a cupcake from a bakery near our house. Things I would never buy myself, but I must admit, if I can’t indulge in some junk food while pregnant, when can I?!
I love you so much and I love how you’ve changed our lives already.
All the love in the world,