What Tiny is up to this week: If you’ve been feeling butterflies moving around in your belly, it’s not just your run-of-the-mill pre-birth performance anxiety. No, it’s your amazing baby with a case of the hiccups: a fairly common occurrence at this point resulting from practicing breathing for their big birthday. In addition, to getting a round of butterfly-like hiccups, your little swimmer has arduously managed to accumulate enough baby fat to account for nearly 3.5% of their overall body weight. Yeah, compared to we adults, it’s not a lot, but when they’re little like that—it’s certainly a healthy (and warming) accomplishment in its way. Another fantastic accomplishment: your baby’s spleen is now in charge of hematopoiesis—the 10 dollar name for the process involved in building up certain important blood components. Another fantastic-accomplishment: your little monkey has been peeing into their amniotic sac for a little while now (this is why potty training takes a while) and if you didn’t know, actually swallows it along with the rest of the amniotic fluid. Although the concept is nasty, their urine is sterile and as part of the amniotic fluid base, is replaced several times throughout the day. So if you didn’t know before, now you can tell people, that yes, you drank your own urine—you were still in the womb, but nonetheless, you’ve been there.
Tiny has been getting the hiccups more and more frequently lately. Heck, when we were in L&D this past Saturday, he had them 3 different times! I’m glad to know it’s tied to Tiny practicing breathing but I’m not sure how much good it does because Elliott Richard had them an average of 3-4 times a day and his lungs were still immature. I feel movement all the time now. I can also tell when Tiny’s trying to get comfortable because I feel the sharp point of an elbow or a knee dragging across the inside of my belly. lol It kind of feels like if you were to bend your finger and drag your knuckle across your arm, only it happens on the inside of my belly. If that makes any sense. lol