How far along are you?

February 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

“Over a foot long, your baby weighs in at almost two pounds now. He is already practicing walking by pedalling his feet and kicking you, sometimes right in the cervix. Ouch! Your baby has developed a strong grip and he can open and close his eyes in reaction to light. His vocal cords are fully functional, although he won’t be truly practicing until he sees his first glimpse of daylight. Hiccups are common for him as your little one practices swallowing, and you may feel these throughout the day. A baby born now can survive with intensive care.”   (

We are 6 months along now, or, 23-27 weeks in pregnant momma lingo.

How far along are you? is not a question adoptive mommas-to-be will ever hear from the grocery clerk or the lady in line behind them at Babies R Us hoo looks like she swallowed a basketball.

We adoptive mommas miss out on all the expectant mothers’ sites and circles. Instead we harbour our own “symptoms” to ourselves; relishing in what is not growing in our bellies (for all to see)–but in our hearts.

Somewhere out there our little one has been conceived and is perhaps practising his or her swallowing right now.

These days my thoughts and prayers are often with the birthmomma. At 6 months she will be starting to feel the baby kick more as he is getting stronger…her abdomen is aching and itching as she continues to stretch…She may also be experiencing “constipation, heart burn, bloating, indigestion, headaches, dizziness, nasal congestion, bleeding gums, increased appetite, leg cramps, swelling, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, backache, skin changes, fuller breasts, carpal tunnel, tingly hands and feet, and clumsiness.” (

We are grateful for the significant role she plays. A brave and selfless labour of love in giving life to our little one. Believe me, if we have the opportunity to meet her, she will be getting a very nice push present!


§ 2 Responses to How far along are you?

  • Colleen says:

    Hooz to know that an adoptive soon-to-be-parent had all these – should I say issues! Liz & Jamie we are so glad that you are sharing these new experiences with us. I know you are so very excited and it is kind of neat to be a part of the whole process. You could of just not said anything and kept it a secret till the arrival, and that would have been a beautiful surprise, but this is much better!

  • Adrienne says:

    “A brave and selfless labour of love” It seems like that doesn’t just describe the birthmomma but also the adoptive parents role.

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