He or she is still growing very fast – his face is formed completely, and, even though the mommy can't feel him yet, if you poke the mommy's belly the baby may move away from you! This week parents can also find out something very exciting! Usually around this time is when parents discover whether or not they have twins.
There are two different types of twins. Fraternal twins are when two babies are made from the very beginning. They may not look the same; in fact, one may be a boy, and the other may be a girl! Identical twins, on the other hand, usually look very similar, and this is because their DNA is the same! DNA is what tells our bodies how to grow and what to look like – how tall you are, what color eyes and hair you have, and even the shape of your toes is told by your DNA. Remember during the first week of your baby’s life, when he or she was just one single cell, the size of a period on this page? (He’s grown so much, hasn’t he?) Well, sometimes when that cell starts dividing, it splits apart, and each part continues growing into two separate babies! Despite the fact that they both came from the same cell, each twin is a special and unique human being, with a precious soul!
Because parents of babies can tell now whether or not they are having twins, you can tell this week whether or not you adopted twins! If you did, make sure to name your other baby, and keep praying for both of them as they continue growing together in their mommy’s womb!
Large popsicle stick
Scrap of cloth
Cut about 2 inches off the end of the stick. This will be your baby. Draw your baby’s face on the rounded end.
Wrap your popsicle-stick baby in the scrap of cloth, folding over the corners like you’re swaddling the baby. Glue the fabric together.
Write your baby’s name on the blanket.
If you want, you can glue a small piece of string to the back of your baby, so you can hang him or her somewhere easy to see. Each time you see your baby, remember to say a prayer for him or her!