Sunday, May 07, 2006
Our Little Raspberry!!!
I woke up this morning and said a prayer of thanks to God, that my Little Raspberry is 12 weeks old today!!! I know that the first trimester officially ends at the END of this week...but "week 12" is the milestone that Rob and I have been waiting for since we found out that I'm pregnant! "The Raspberry" stuck as his/her name after reading in week 6/7 that the embryo was the size of a raspberry (imagine a baby the size of a raspberry having a tiny beating heart)!!! It was the first time we could visualize what was previously referred to as a "sac of cells" by a doctor, as our "baby". Obviously since then the Raspberry has grown (into the size of a LIME), but the initial nickname has STUCK. Here's what's happening now...
"The fetus now sleeps, awakens and exercises its muscles energetically- turning its head, curling its toes, and opening and closing its mouth. The palm, when stroked, will make a tight fist. The fetus breathes amniotic fluid to help develop its respiratory system. The fetus can suck its thumb and the kidneys are able to make urine."
Cute, eh? Okay, maybe not the part that the "fetus" is already peeing in me. But I keep wondering what my little Raspberry is doing! I kinda know why Tom Cruise bought the ultrasound machine now! I would LOVE to be able to spy!!!