Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Meet Shrimp

Yes, many of you have eaten a nice meal of shrimp at one point in your life. The yummy, scrumptious cockroaches of the ocean. Mmmm, with a nice cocktail sauce. Yummy. And now, I'm hungry.

You are probably asking yourself why am I blogging about shrimp? It's really not that interesting of a topic, and since I've been neglecting this for rather some time, seems a little off. Well the reason I am talking about shrimp, is that Andrew and I are expecting our very own Shrimp January of next year. Yes, we are pregnant.

Now I've really lost you. Shrimp is the wonderful nickname we came up with for our little one, thanks to my rather unusual craving for some shrimp after seeing an early picture of the baby in utero.

Now it's hard to see a resemblance between the picture of the shrimp above and this picture of a baby's development at 7 weeks. But a different picture I saw reminded me a bit too much of a shrimp. And then I decided I had to have shrimp for dinner. Andrew, in his ever present humor, then accused me of wanting to eat "our Shrimp." So the name stuck. This poor baby has a nickname and it's not even born yet.

So meet Shrimp. Web searches show that Shrimp is "about the size of a kumquat - a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy." http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-10-weeks_1099.bc

So meet Shrimp, who will arrive around January 12, 2010. We are waiting ever so patiently. NOT.

-Shrimp at 8 weeks 2 days.

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