The baby and I are doing great! I'm beginning to feel a lot more movements lately. Yesterday when Rob and I were watching tv, it felt like the baby was dancing! It went on for about 10 minutes which is the most I've felt the baby move so far. I'm really looking forward to feeling those first kicks, and I'm getting really anxious for when those kicks are strong enough for Rob to feel! I think he's getting a little anxious to feel them too. The baby is about five inches long this week and more than three and a half ounces. Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of the pregnancy. By the time our baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight and will make all those chubby parts especially yummy. The baby can also hear now, and loud noises such as Zeus barking may actually startle the baby and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts. Our baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, our baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) feeding. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that our baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now. Within the next week or so, the pads on baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).
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Here are some new pictures of me in my new maternity clothes and a picture of the comforter from the bedding set we bought. Enjoy, and don't forget to leave a comment! We love and miss you all very much!