Jeremiah 1:5- “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

We’ve always wanted a large family. We have been hoping for a third baby, and in October learned that number three was planning on making an appearance this summer! It was a tiny bit unexpected, but ever so welcomed!!

Things seem to be going well for us. I’ve had some morning sickness, but overall, it’s been good. We had a ultrasound and saw the baby’s heartbeat. And this was at 8 and a 1/2 weeks gestation (which is approximately 6 and 1/2 weeks past conception.) It’s so neat to see this tiny baby that I can’t even feel yet. If it weren’t for the test, the sickness, and the tiny bump on my belly, I’d never even know.

Yet, there is this baby forming. As I write this, I’m almost 11 weeks. Here’s some neat facts about my baby’s development at this point:

  • Nearly all structures and organs are formed and beginning to function.
  • Eyelids fuse shut and irises begin to develop – Eye color is also determined by this point.
  • Fingers and toes have separated – Take a glimpse at how incredibly precious your child’s tiny feet are at this point.
  • Hair and nails begin to grow
  • The genitals begin to take on the proper gender characteristics – It will be just a few more weeks before your ultrasound can show if you are having a boy or a girl!
  • Amniotic fluid begins to accumulate as the kidneys begin to function – This fluid, consisting primarily of water, helps provide a cushion for your baby while she’s nestled within your womb.
  • The muscles in the intestinal walls begin to practice contractions that digest food.
  • Your baby is about 1.61 inches (4.1 cm) long and weighs 0.25 ounce (7gm) at the end of this week.

It’s amazing that all this has happened, and yet I can’t even feel the baby yet!  But God knew.  And has always known.  He knows the name of this baby.  He knows the lifespan of this baby.  He has already determined his or her eye color, hair color, height, weight, body shape, and all the physical traits that this baby will have.  He also knows the future of this baby.  He has always known this baby, and He has given us the gift of life yet again. 

It’s awesome to think about the fact that God has entrusted two tiny little lives to us.  He is giving us the opportunity to have yet another little person to raise and love and train for Him.  I am so excited to meet this little one and see who God has given to us.  For He knows this baby and has always “known” him or her.  And He is a good God for giving us the gift of life.