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Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Year's Eve

Friday, December 31st, I was 9 weeks. The BabyCenter weekly update said the baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. The baby's starting to look more and more human. The essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. The baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form —as do his/her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. The baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. His/her eyes are fully formed, but the eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. He/she has tiny earlobes, and his/her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that the baby's basic physiology is in place, he's/she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Kaitlynn and I woke up to tornado sirens. There were tornado warnings and watches all over the area. Kaitlynn and I went to the basement for a bit. Thankfully we didn't have any damage. Unfortunately some areas not too far from us did. I made some calls to check on friends and family in those areas and they were all OK. What a way to end the year!

We stayed home for New Year's Eve and celebrated by ordering Chinese food. We had our New Year's Eve tiaras and blow horns. Kaitlynn even had me wear a NYE tiara on my belly for the baby! We each had our 12 grapes at midnight and sent out "Happy New Year" text messages. Kaitlynn and I both enjoyed sparkling grape juice. She likes the white and I like the red.

At one point, Kaitlynn started saying she was tired right before midnight and we actually talked her into staying up! We were all up passed midnight. What a fun way to ring in the New Year!

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