Dear Hop Hop,

I just thought you would like to know that your little brother gave you a middle name now. Your full name? Hop Hop Super Hero. What do you think? A keeper? Don’t worry. We won’t let that stick too long. I am starting to get antsy about finding out whether you are a girl or a boy. It doesn’t matter either way, but I am still dying to know. Although we are only 5 weeks away from finding out, I feel like it’s an eternity.

There isn’t too much to report. I am starting to feel better and that is a very positive thing. I wish I could say that I back on wanting food but that’s not really the case. The good news that I am able to eat again. Woo hoo! Bad news is that food seems to give me indigestion. I’m guessing that is pretty normal, but it doesn’t make it better.

My spirits seem to be lifting too. I am feeling more awake, but the weather is still the worst. I feel like this winter has followed my mood. While I was so worried and stressed the snow would come…and come and come. It was freezing. They call it the “Polar Vortex”. It definitely will be a winter to remember. But now I am feeling better and I am ready for the weather to go with that. It’s time for spring. It’s time for you to feel some warmth in there in my belly!

We decided to have a gender reveal party for May 2nd when we finally will be able to find out whether you are a boy or a girl. I am hoping the planning of this event will keep my mind of worrying about you. I do love to plan a good party!

Hop Hop 15 Weeks

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)