When I was a kid and my parents would trip us out to Ojai or Ventura to visit our family friends Bill and Laura, whenever we would pass fields my dad would exclaim loudly: That’s Rutabaga! I never understood if he was saying an actual vegetable name, or if he was just screwing around. Now, at 28, I realize he was speaking of real things.
This week, baby is the size of a rutabaga, which is a type of Swedish turnip (more info here). For us normal humans that don’t spend time hanging out with rutabaga folk, baby is the size of a cauliflower this week. Only two more weeks till the 3rd trimester! How exciting! During this week, baby is about 14-ish inches long and between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. Crazy! What’s even crazier is baby is moving around so much and kicking so hard we can often see it on the outside of Holly’s tummy. She’ll just be sitting there and then WHAM and a tremor floats across her belly, its actually pretty cool to watch. Baby Hutchings loves hearing about my day and often will kick in my direction when I wiggle on down there to tell her about the great fun I had practically right next to her all day long.
She is also doing somersaults all over mommy’s uterus and just wiggling like crazy. This week, at our 25 week check-up when the doctor checked the heart beat with the fetal doppler, we actually got to hear her having hiccups. Holly said now that she knows what to feel/listen for, she’ll be able to notice them more often, which is exciting for me because maybe I will too.
In non-baby news, I am leaving tomorrow, on Holly’s birthday for Oregon to celebrate my Aunt’s wedding. Though the trip should be fun (and short), I have this weird issue with being so far from my wife and unborn baby. I wonder if that will change or intensify as the due date gets closer, I guess we’ll see. Next update will be from week 26!! See you then 🙂