Since seeing Baby Z on the ultrasound yesterday, I can’t stop marveling at the miracle of baby-making. No, not that kind of baby-making, but the entire process of growing a baby. In the past few weeks, Baby Z has grown from a tiny single-celled organism to a person with hands, feet, heart, brain, head, eyes, mouth, nose, knees, liver, lungs, and even fingerprints.
If I had to remember to do all of that in a month, I’d probably end up as an exhibit at a museum for human mutants. Just this morning I had to write myself a note to buy eggs, milk, razor, and…sh*t, I can’t remember the last item. I can’t imagine reminding myself to “grow kidneys, gallbladder and oh, an immune system while you’re at it! Thanks!”
It’s both humbling and amazing to think that our baby just instinctively knows what, how, and where to grow. All J and I did to contribute to this miracle of life was to provide the sperm and the egg.
On a related note, here are some fun, interesting facts that I compiled about babies from various sources:
- Baby Tuesdays! The most popular day for babies to make their entrance is Tuesday, followed by Monday. Sunday is the slowest day, with 35.1 fewer births than average.
- “First” babies are smaller: The first child born to parents is usually smaller in size than babies born later.
- Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adult we have only 206 in our bodies. Bones fuse together during growth to come up with the new number.
- No Kneecaps : On birth, babies do not have kneecaps. They usually don’t develop them fully until after six months.
- Newborn babies may cry a lot but they don’t produce any tears. There is moisture to lubricate and clean the eyes but proper tears don’t start to appear until the baby is between three and twelve weeks of age.
- Most babies are born with blue eyes: Eventual eye color develops later, most babies are indeed born with blue eyes.
- Mama is number one: Babies begin to recognize their mother’s voice when inside the womb, and they usually recognize their mother’s face earlier than other people. (YAY FOR ME!)
- Peak crying times: You may feel like babies cry nonstop, but in fact, late afternoon and early evening are the most common times for babies to cry.
- Newborns don’t have the bridge of the nose: This may make it easier for them to be delivered naturally. The bridge develops later.
- The average size of a full-term baby in the U.S. is 8 pounds. This is an increase from an average size of 6 pounds 30 years ago.
- Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% are born within two weeks of the date.
- Babies have very “poor” eyesight because their brains aren’t able to process information as well. Their eyes are focused on a spot about eight inches away – so you need to get really close if your baby is to see you clearly. Babies prefer looking at curved lines rather than straight lines.
- Any hair that is on your newborn baby’s head will soon fall out – to be replaced by permanent hair (which may be of an entirely different colour) at about six months.
- Contrary to the old wives’ tale, babies are not colour blind. They prefer strong primary colours – particularly red and blue.