Your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks, weighing in now at 1/2 ounce and measuring about 2 1/2 inches. About the size of a large fresh plum, your baby’s body is hard at work in the development departments. Though most of his or her systems are fully formed, there’s still plenty of maturing to do. The digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements (so your baby will be able to eat), the bone marrow is making white blood cells (so your baby will be able to fight off all those germs passed around the playgroup), and the pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing hormones (so your baby will one day be able to make babies of his or her own).
God help me if I have to think about my unborn child making children of its own one day. I suppose I’m still a bit shocked from Friday’s appointment. I look at the ultrasound over and over. It’s almost unbelievable that the image in that picture is a living thing that we created. At our February appointment, our baby will be doubled in size from now.
I plan to update this blog a little more often, probably on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We’re really getting into this now.