2 Mommies and a Baby
Thursday, August 04, 2005
10 weeks into the whole ordeal
We are 10 weeks into the pregnancy.
Your baby is no longer an embryo!
Zygote no longer, we are still calling it Ziggy!
Though she's barely the size of a kumquat -
What the heck is a kumquat? Why can’t they say lemon or lime or something normal people can have some frame of reference to?
— just an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, she now has completed the most critical portion of her development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in her body rapidly grow and mature….
I understand that these explanations don’t want to use impersonal pronouns, but if Ziggy is a boy, he would probably prefer to be referred to now as an it rather than a she.
During the next three weeks, your baby's length will more than double to nearly 3 inches. Her head is proportionately smaller now than it was a few weeks ago, but it's still almost half the length of her entire body. Her forehead temporarily bulges with her developing brain and sits high on her head; it will later recede to give her a more human appearance.
Thank goodness! Lois has been calling Ziggy the “little alien” since it looks like a large headed alien. (Actually, for anyone who remembers Spaceballs, something like the thing that comes out of the guy’s stomach in the diner near the end of the movie.) I personally do not think that referring to our child to be as the “little alien,” despite its inability to hear us, is the most maternal and motherly thing.
Each day, more minute details — including tiny fingernails, toenails, and peach-fuzz hair — start to appear on her body. Her fingers are now completely separated; her arms bend at the elbow and curve slightly; her hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over her heart; her legs are lengthening; and her feet may be long enough to meet in front of her body. She is busily swallowing amniotic fluid and kicking her legs.
As we move away from the “little alien” status, maybe we are also putting our “gummy bear” references aside as well. Are we going to be insensitive parents?