You may not even know yet that I am growing in your womb - I'm just 18 days from when you conceived me. My heart has begun to beat with my own blood. I hope you are happy when you find out I'm inside you.
I'm a month old now and my eyes, ears and tongue are formed. I have muscles, arms & legs forming. Soon my fingers and toes will develop, too and I will start moving around.
I feel new things every day. At almost 8 weeks - only 2 months - I have hiccuped, can frown, squint and yawn and make sucking motions. I started to suck my thumb at 9 weeks. I have eyelids now to protect my eyes.
It's 10 weeks and every organ is now present and my heartbeat is steady. My kidneys are forming as well as my taste buds. At 10 weeks my body is sensitive to touch. I have practiced breathing and hope to breathe air at my birth - the thought of being with you at that time makes me smile.
You haven't felt my movement yet but I move a lot reaching my 3rd month - even my sex is known - I'm a girl! If you could take a picture of me now you would see my eyes, ears and face characterstics . I can kick, turn my feet, curl and fan toes, make a fist, move thumbs, bend wrists, turn head, open mouth and press lips tghtly together although I am only about 3 inches long and weigh about 2 ounces.
When you were told I was a girl, you said you will call me Hope, after your grandmother. In just another week I will weigh about 3 ounces and am starting to resemble you! A very small you! You still can't feel me but I feel comfort and safety within you.
I turned 4 and a half months old in your womb. and you felt me move! I felt you touch me where I moved - it was joyous to connect so intimately with you. I am just as excited as you are. My ears are functioning well now and I can hear your heartbeat - it is so wonderfully comforting. I can even hear music that you play and it is wonderful. I hear and recognize your voice!
I'm 5 and half months inside you - my brain now has a billion nerve cells. If a sound is especially loud, it makes me jump - can you feel me? I have increased seven times in weight and almost doubled in height.
So excited for my 7th month - just 26 weeks from conception - I can tell which voice is yours! You sing to me! My wonderful, precious, life-giving mother - I sense your moods.
I know the difference between waking and sleeping. I use four of five senses - vision, hearing, taste and touch! I can't wait to touch you and see you.
At 8 months - just one more month and we'll be together! You'll be as glad as I will be since my space has become cramped and I know I am heavy - you get tired a lot - I'm sorry. Also sorry my kicks are stronger - but I hear you laugh about it. I swallow a gallon of amniotic fluid each day - can you hear my hiccups? Sometimes I move my heel or elbow and I rejoice as you follow it along with your hand. So lovingly.
It's 9 months/33-40 weeks - I'm ready to travel down the birth canal and finally get to meet the mother I've been connected to for 9 months and hopefully for the rest of her life.
Marie Coppola Copyright June 2016