Counting the days till Christmas!

by | Jun 9, 2009 | Pregnancy, Roses from St. Therese | 16 comments

2 1/2 inches – 1.5 ounces

Fingers and toes are distinct and have nails.
The baby begins small, random movements,
too slight to be felt.
The fetal heartbeat can be detected with a heart monitor.
All major external body features have appeared.
Muscles continue to develop.

I received the sweetest card last week, when I was still in my 10th week of pregnancy. It was from the same online friend who sent me that beautiful rose/baby bookmark, which I believe was the rose in answer to my novena for Gabriel (the baby I miscarried last November at 11 weeks, who was due this coming Saturday, June 13th). That little rose bookmark seemed to be the start of a month long “Shower of Roses” ending with this one on my calendar just minutes after I found out I was expecting this new little one. My children were so excited to see and touch the little pin which shows the exact size of a 10-week unborn baby’s feet. Thank you dear friend!!

I also had my monthly check-up today. It was such a relief to hear this little one’s heart beating strongly!! Even though I had an ultrasound a few weeks back, I’ve still been nervous to get through this first trimester… I’ll be 12 weeks this coming Saturday, and so far everything looks, and sounds, perfect!

Speaking of dates, since this was my first appointment with my doctor since my ultrasound, it seems that I was given the wrong due date from the ultrasound technician. My “official” due date is actually December 25th, Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve! Not much difference, but there you have it. Looks like we will be counting the days till Christmas earlier than usual this year! 😉


  1. Anshi

    Hi Jessica,
    Thats a great nice news you've shared here. My prayers will always be with you and your lovely family and specially with your little one to come. When I read the things you write so beautifully, I get all excited to get married soon and have children even sooner 😀

    God bless… Love, Mary

  2. Lena

    Congrats and blessings, always.

    Pax Christi –

    "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray." – Mother Theresa of Calcutta

  3. Jodi

    Awwww!!! That is SO exciting. I am so happy for you and your family. God bless.

  4. ♥Mimi♥

    Keeping you and your precious cargo close in prayer. There is nothing on earth like being a mother and nothing in the universe like being a grandmother.

  5. Emily

    Congratulations Jessica!! Tickled for you!

  6. Ruth

    I am so happy for you, Jessica. Many prayers for you and your precious baby.

  7. Sweetness and Light

    Such great continuing news and prayers for you and your little one Jessica, I'm so thrilled for you all!

  8. elm

    OH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that little pin!!! Too cute! Glad to know that things are continuing so well!

  9. Regina

    love the new due date! i hope you last until then. nothing like delicious hospital food on christmas!

  10. Christine

    Merry Christmas! I always love to see those little little toes.

  11. Karla

    I am so happy baby and mama are doing well. I will be praying blessings upon you both these coming months! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. Inspirational!
    Pax Christi,

  12. Erin

    So happy things are going well for you and the little one…I am adding you to my list of pregnant women to pray for!! I had my appointment today too…18 weeks!! Love hearing the heartbeat (150) and in about two weeks go for the ultrasound!!! Praying for you and yours!

  13. Anonymous

    I cannot tell you enough times how excited we are for you and your family!!!

    I came to LOVE my appointments with B after my miscarriage. They are so reassuring!!

  14. Shelly

    God bless you Jessica – and the little life within you!

    God is Good….

  15. Jamie Jo

    God bless you Jessica and that sweet little baby!

    We used to get those cute little feet every time we ordered our pro-life checks, but now with cash cards, we rarely write checks and so rarely get any new boxes, so no more baby feet!! I've given all mine away!!

  16. Anonymous

    Such wonderful news. I am so very happy for you.


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