Monday, April 11, 2011


Pete’s new favorite hobby is smooshing his mouth down on my belly while making weird noises and saying “Baby! Can you hear me? It’s your dad. Hi Baby! Babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!” ( I should have never told him our little butterbean had just developed ears)

I giggle and laugh and try to push him away - but the man won’t give up on his conquest to make crazy sounds and communicate with his unborn child. I’m certain it must sound like the teacher on Charlie Brown “Wah, wah wah…wah wah wahhh”

Baby boy,

This is my first letter to you, although you’ve been hearing an earful from your mama for a while now.

You are such a magical, new thing in my life. Some parts of you feel so familiar to me already. Your movements and kicks, the rounding of my belly and this ache in my back. But there are parts of our journey so far that are distinctly yours. Time spent imagining your face. Trying your name out on my tongue. Collecting little shoes and plush sea animals for you. Each day I am feeling my way through the once familiar territory of having a little mister in my life.

For now, I study your last ultrasound photos -- looking closely at the tiny bones in your hands and feet. I keep going back to this grainy photo of your nose and lips. There is something about this tiny peek into you becoming you that keeps lingering in my thoughts. That cute nose, those pretty little lips that already look so much like ones I kiss daily -- you feel like everything I know (Daddy) and yet, remarkably different.

I am awed by what you have become in 5 months time and how much you’ve shifted and shaped our family already. We are making room for you in every part of our home and hearts. We await your newness. Anticipate your familiarity. And cannot wait for you to arrive.


Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

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