Things that Bring Me Joy

Emails like this from my wife:

Your pregnancy: 7 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

The big news this week: Hands
and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although
they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy
extremities you’re daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically,
your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small
tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear
within a few weeks, but that’s the only thing getting smaller. Your
baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch
long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb,
you’d spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already
have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath
parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby’s brain are growing,
and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow
forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a
pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in
digestion. A loop in your baby’s growing intestines is bulging into her
umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen
and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

Wonderful.

matt

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One Response

  1. And we have 2 growing inside:)

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