8 Weeks

Dear Baby G,

Today you are 8 weeks old. Or I am 8 weeks pregnant. Whichever. This last week has gone incredibly fast. I am thankful for that! We go back to the doctor in less than 2 weeks. It was snowy and icy here this week. I was getting out of the truck and fell on the ice in our driveway. I was scared, but thankfully I halfway caught myself on the running boards and just knocked my elbow and tailbone pretty hard. It could have been much worse! Everyday you are changing so much, and it is exciting to think about how much you've grown and developed already!

We started emptying out the office in our house so that you will have a room when you arrive! Your daddy worked really hard on it last weekend, and I think we'll have it completely empty after this weekend! Until next week, keep doin' what you're doin', and I'll do my absolute best to keep you safe and healthy!

Love, Mommy

P.S. I forgot to write earlier that I have had several doctors tell me I would probably never be able to have children. You are such a blessing and our little miracle. After almost a year, you have made us the happiest people ever. We have planned and planned for you and tried and tried, and now that it's finally here, we couldn't be more happy or feel more blessed. You will forever know how badly we have wanted you and how long we have tried and waited on you. You are our miracle and I thank God each and every day that He sent you to us.

How your baby's growing:
New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.