October 2: week 28
Whoa! I’ve had trouble with my balance but it is getting better. I’m going to be in my first Life Chain today. The cars might not notice me but my mom will. Not much room to wave in here, but my eyes are opening, so I guess I’ll just practice blinking at everyone. I weigh about 2 pounds. Mom’s talking about different names for me. Hey, mom, how about Chris?
October 9: week 29
I am about 14 inches tall now and growing really fast. I try to stretch out and mom can feel me move about. You could hear my heartbeat if you put your ear on my mommy’s tummy. If I were born now, I’d have an 85% chance of survival because my lungs have been getting stronger. Sometimes mom has a craving. I really like the ice cream; pickles, not so much.
October 16: week 30
I have doubled in size over the last 4 weeks and it is really getting cramped in here. I don’t have as much room to do my exercises. My muscle tone is better, though, and my body is filling out with baby fat. I have nice fine hair growing on my head. I can recognize my mom’s voice. I know that she is feeling a lot of aches and pains and discomfort, but she knows that she will be seeing me real soon.
October 23: week 31
I must be getting younger. The wrinkles that I had everywhere are slowly disappearing. I used to have a big head, but now that I’m gaining weight, my body is catching up. I can move my eyes, but it is still pretty dark in here. I can hear my mom. I can’t wait to see her.
October 30: week 32
I weigh three pounds now and will gain about a half pound each week until birth. It’s really cramped now, so I have assumed the “fetal” position. I can see, but I don’t have 20/20 vision. In fact, I won’t have 20/20 vision until I’m about 7 years old–hopefully. Mom is pretty uncomfortable right now. When she sleeps on her side, I really like snuggling into the mattress.
September 4th: Week 24
I have fine hair all over my body that is there to protect my skin. I will lose this before being born. I’m a little thin at this point but am putting on more baby fat. My eyes are formed, but my iris has no color. I think I want brown eyes. I weigh over a pound and am about a foot long. If I was born today, I’d have a fighting chance to survive. (about 50%)
September 11: Week 25
I’m really beginning to bulk up. I gained 6 ounces this week! I think most of it was muscle but also some bone mass and some organ development. My taste buds allow me to distinguish between bitter, sweet and sour. My lungs have developed so well, I’m now officially considered viable. I could live outside my mom. My parents have each contributed 15,000 genes that determined not only what I look like, but how I taste stuff, how athletic I will be, any allergies I might have and so much more. Ain’t genes great!! Especially if my dad is an athlete. Tee-hee-hee.
September 18: Week 26
Thousands and thousands of brain cells are growing in my head every day. That’s very cool. I’ll soon have billions of them. I can make a fist and grasp things. My spine is beginning to form to protect my spinal cord. I’m covered by a white cheesy substance that protects my skin. But, don’t worry, Mom, it comes off right after birth. Mom can also tell when I have the hiccups.
September 25: Week 27
My taste buds continue to form. I can taste sweet things now. My mom likes chocolate and so do I! A bright light can be seen by me through my mommy’s tummy. I have eyelashes and eyebrows, now. My fingerprints are fully formed and they are growing. I might need them clipped when I’m born. Mom’s womb is about the size of a soccer ball. Can I call her my “Soccer Mom?”
June 5: Week 11 The most critical part of Chris’ development is now complete. Now Chris enters into a period of rapid growth. Eyelids fuse closed and won’t reopen again until about 26 weeks. Eye color is already determined and Chris can squint and swallow. Chis is over an inch long and is moving quickly about the womb. Mother’s waistline is starting to disappear.
June 12: Week 12 Chris is almost 2 inches long now. Fingers and toes are separated. Chris could easily stand on Dad’s little finger nail. Chris’ feet are the size of the Precious Feet pins that have become the symbol of the pro-life movement. Finger nails and hair are starting to grow. The placenta is now proving nutrition from Mom. Chris likes pizza!
June 19:Week13 Chris now sleeps, awakens, and exercises the muscles energetically (we could take some lessons from him.) He turns his head, curls his toes, makes a fist, opens and closes his mouth while “breathing” the amniotic fluid to help develop his respiratory system. Chris is very active. However he is still a lightweight – weighing about one ounce – about as much as a letter. If the doctor uses a Fetal Doppler, it won’t be the weather that is seen, but Chris’ heartbeat which sounds like galloping horses.
June 26: Week 14 Chris now has teeth buds for all 20 teeth. Teething will come later. He is almost 3 inches long and weighs in at one ounce. Chris is still exercising and practicing his “breathing.” All Chris’ nourishment is now coming through the placenta. Vocal cords begin to form and although they may not be ready for a rock band, Chris will use them immediately following birth for that first cry! Now mom usually feels better and has more energy. She’s spreading the Good News.
May 8th: Week 7 Chris’ brain waves can now be detected. Wonder what Chris is dreaming? Did you know that over the remaining months, Chris’ brain will develop over 100 billion neurons? The brain begins to control movement of muscles and organs. The nose is developing and the eyes darken as pigment is produced. The mother has probably confirmed that she is pregnant.
May 15th: Week 8 Chris begins to move. Chris’ arms are bending and flexing like a child taking a Karate class. Fingers are developing and will soon become Chris’ first toy. Chis started swimming and can do a mean backstroke. Chris is also doing back flips–getting ready for the 2018 Olympics. The mother may have to buy some Clearasil.
May 22nd: Week 9 Chris is a little under an inch long. Chris’ name changes from embryo to fetus, which is Latin for “young one.” Everything is now present that would be found in a fully developed adult. If Chris would have kept growing all 9 months as fast as this second month, Chris would have been born as big as two overfed elephants. Whew! Thankfully, development slows down.
May 29th: Week 10 Chris’ fingerprints are already evident. The fingers can curve around an object placed in the palm. Chris is having a wonderful time wriggling, shifting, dancing and playing with the toys in the womb–other fingers, toes, nose, ears — such fun! If only we had a window to the womb. The mother is coping with many changes–nurturing a baby is hard.
“You know me through and through, from having watched my bones take shape when I was being formed in secret. . .” Ps 139:15
“I did however say this award was bittersweet, and it is sad to receive an award for defending the very existence of your child and those like her! Imagine if 90%+ children with brown hair and brown eyes were identified, targeted and eliminated prenatally and you were the proud, loving parent of one of the few survivors. Would you fight to defend your child and let the world know what a gift and Blessing your child is?”
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by Kurt Kondrich
Kurt Kondrich & his beautiful daughter Chloe
“The only disease that needs to be “eradicated” is the culture of death we live in with its twisted mandates for perfection. If Down syndrome is a disease then the world needs to catch the symptoms and spread them quickly — unconditional love, purity, innocence, honesty, and an incorruptible spirit of Light!”
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By Kurt Kondrich
In the fictional novel “The Clowns of God” by Morris West, Jesus comes back to earth, and some people think it’s Him while some don’t. At one point, Jesus is at a school for children with Down syndrome, and He is holding a little girl. Jesus says:
“I know what you are thinking. You need a sign. What better one could I give but to make this little one whole and new? I could do it, but I will not. I am the Lord and not a conjurer. I gave this mite a gift I denied to all of you — eternal innocence. To you she looks imperfect — but to me she is flawless, like the bud that dies unopened or the fledgling that falls from the nest to be devoured by ants. She will never offend me, as all of you have done. She will never pervert or destroy the work of my Father’s hands. She is necessary to you. She will evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to gratitude for your own good fortune… More! She will remind you every day that I am who I am, that my ways are not yours, and that the smallest dust mite whirled in the darkest spaces does not fall out of my hand… I have chosen you. You have not chosen me. This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!”
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