26 weeks! Our little girl now weighs two whole pounds and is about 14 inches long!
In other big news, her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, are starting to open! Obviously, there is nothing good to see in there, but she might respond to bright lights near my belly with increased pulse or movement. She is able to react to loud noises outside the womb as well because her brain has become more developed and sophisticated with an increase in brain waves (I know this part is true, because we went to a movie on Thursday and she simply THRASHED around the whole time. I felt bruised when we finally got out of the loud theater!).
The baby's nostrils have also begun to open, and she is making periodic muscular breathing movements to prepare for drawing air into her lungs after birth. Within the next two days, the air sacs will also begin to develop in her lungs. Also, over the next couple of days, her fingernails will be visible!
Her movements are strong and frequent, as she is practicing movements she will need outside the womb. Apparently, she is even "pedaling" her feet against my belly (this made a lot of sense when I read it! So THAT'S what's she doing when I thought I could feel both of her feet at once!).
I am feeling bigger and bigger, and the baby's kicks are getting harder and harder!! I can't believe how big of a wallop she packs when she only weighs two pounds. She also found some new, not-so-pleasant places to kick me this week.
However, her kicks are now strong enough that Jeremy can easily feel them!!!! Last night at 9:50, he felt a bunch in a row, including one that was on the opposite end of my belly -- she kicked so hard at the top of my belly that he felt it at the bottom! It was so great. His face lit up like he had just won the lottery. Then, ten minutes later, he was actually around to see her "super-activity" time and saw my stomach bouncing around while she kicked like crazy. It was a big night!
Some not-as-awesome news from yesterday -- the name Jeremy really wanted for the baby that I definitely wasn't in love with but thought I could learn to like? I finally admitted to Jeremy that I was never going to be happy with it. So we got the baby name book back out and started over from scratch. The good news is, I think we are down to about three or four, so I think we will be fine. I feel really badly about dashing Jeremy's hopes like that, but the name just didn't sit right with me. I just knew it wasn't her name.
Today, we went to Detroit for the Race for the Cure. About 30 of Jeremy's family came out and about 25 of those walked or ran the 5K. I, however, brought a snack and sat on the ground in Detroit and waited at the finish line to cheer them on. Apparently I looked like this:
Classic. Jeremy thought it was worth capturing for posterity.
The baby kicked really hard when we cheered for the runners! She loves saving boobies too! :)