The last few weeks Champ has been growing like a, um, champ. I’ve been feeling Champ move around quite a bit lately, anywhere between six and ten times a day. The books described this feeling as a “fluttering” I’d say it feels like I swallowed a gold fish whole and the goldfish is now swimming around in the lower part of my abdomen.
I’m not holding a fruit or vegetable for this week’s post because the fruit is a mango covered in white cheese. Gross. And a complete waste of good cheese. What else do we know about Champ this week? Sensory development time! Here’s what the books say about this week: “The brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you. ” If you know Jonathan or me very well, you know this child will hear some happy tunes!
Here’s a photo from this morning so you can see the bump in all it’s beautiful glory.
Dear Champ, the last couple of weeks you’ve been growing like crazy! I can tell this because we’re having growing pains, you and me. I know my belly was too small for you, even as tiny as you are, and with each of those round ligament pains, I’d rejoice that your life continues to flourish inside me (though it hurts like a mother and I’m glad they’ve subsided for now). We had a little scare with those pains on the right side and a low fever last week. I called the doctor and thought my appendix was going to burst, but instead it was just you, growing your little heart out and maybe making it seem like my stomach was going to explode. I was afraid your dad was going to have a heart attack, he was so worried about you and me. We’re trusting that the Lord knows what He’s doing though and we’re just going to let His work continue in your little life while I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, take long walks and get good rest. We got to take your Auntie Carrie to the doctor and she saw you for the first time as we quickly looked at you via sonogram. I’m glad she and your Dad were there! You’re one loved baby and nobody can even see if you’re ugly or not yet! We also started a baby registry of items for you. I’m afraid your parents are not very good at picking things aside from books. You will have as many books as you want about all sorts of things: dinosaurs, farms, flowers, different places around the world, history, places we visit, music, animals, there are books on pretty much any topic imaginable (though the weekly limit in our family is six books per person per week from the library), however, I do not think you’ll have a diaper wipes warmer or many of the fancy gadgets sold in the stores. Your mom hates clutter and plastics. It’s your cross to bear.