Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some Initial Photos from the Shower Today

My fourth shower was today at my mom's house. I'll write more later. My friend B.J. sent me a few photos she took at the shower, so I thought I'd share. Thanks for coming everyone and all the great gifts - Stephanie (sister in-law), Teagan (niece), Teresa, Juanita, Annie Watson, Mandie (cousin by marriage), Jenny (cousin by marriage), Heather, B.J., Annie (cousin), Nevaeh (cousin), Melody, Shanie (aunt), Vicki, Carol, Terry, Katherine, Molly (aunt), Sherman, Dan (step father), Aunt Lynne and mom. I'm really tired right now, so I might have forgotten someone - sorry. Thanks for a great shower Mom!

Revelation 21

I love Revelation 21. My friend Ariel sings a song about it and I love that song. It speaks of a time in the future when we will be reunited for eternity with our loved ones in heaven AND there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. Vinny and my son will meet before this, but this speaks of a a promise when all of us will be together forever with all things new. I love it. It also includes a name I'm leaning towards because of this special meaning - but I'll never tell.

Revelation 21
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Baby Um this Week

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which he'll need to regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling her out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Maine Winters OR Molly Working

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Many Updates

My grandmother Charlotte had knee replacement surgery a week ago today in Portland. She came through the surgery very well and now is in rehab in Camden. She arrived on Sunday and many were there to greet her. The days following I think she was a little over drugged as what she was saying didn't make much sense. She asked my mother how they cooked all the food for the place in the back of a pick up truck in the parking lot. Yesterday she asked me how my drains were. I asked her what was she talking about and she said wasn't I having trouble with my dishwasher drains. I went to see her today after work for a few hours and she is much better. We had a really great time talking even though she is still in a lot of pain. She knows she was a little loopy and has a good time laughing about it too.

Dave got food poisoning from something, but we're not quite sure what. He ate some packaged popcorn (I smelled some other packages last night and they did smell a little weird), some lemon yogurt cake I made over a week ago, some cream in his coffee from Maritime Farms and, to top it off, some Austen Peanut Butter crackers that are on the recall list (he had eaten some from the same bulk box before). So who really knows. All that could be thrown away has been and he is feeling much better... though very grumpy from having to shovel ice covered snow.

I had a third and wonderful shower at my church on Sunday afternoon. The church got me a nice cake with Noah's Ark on it (didn't have a camera) and a gift certificate to Target. My mom got me Bjorn Baby carrier - which I love. Molly got me two little man outfits - on with a zip up sweater and one with a blazer - so cute! I got lot's of other great things - diapers, wipes, blankets, slippers, clothes. It was very nice.

I have definitely been blessed by the outpouring of love from everyone!

I continue to get emails from people who are just hearing about Vinny from everywhere. I just got one last night from Alaska from someone who graduated with him. I am so honored to have such a great brother who made such an impact on so many people.

Speaking of great people - this should be a post all on it's own. Vinny's boss and friend Julian and Vinny's company have been such an amazing support and have done so much to honor his memory. When people came up from his work to his funeral, they said they felt like they knew my mother, Molly, Zac, my grandparents and me personally from all the stories Vinny told. Claudia, from Vinny's work, said that every story Vinny ever told her (I am sure there were many because he's a story teller) included something about my grandfather. When they had a memorial service in Virginia, many people came up to us and said they felt like they knew us because Vinny talked about us so much and loved us so much. I just think it's so wonderful they shared that. It really blessed me. When we arrived, they had a basket of fruit waiting in the hotel room. They had someone come and escort us to the memorial. The memorial was such an honor to Vinny - it was a real killer. They had a huge poster size picture of Vinny which totally made me bawl instantly. My grandparents proudly display it in their house. Better them because I don't think I could handle looking at it everyday. They had a slide show and testimonies. The testimonies were great. I should write some of them down. They did record everything, but no one wants to watch the DVD anytime soon. Julian did a fantastic job reading Vinny's poem. The whole thing was really sweet and meant so much to us they wanted to do it. They had a luncheon afterwards and we got to talk more to some of his coworkers. Not only did Julian set all this up, he called my mother around Christmas to invite us to the company Christmas party. He said he would pay for us to fly down. My mom told him she couldn't handle it and when she called me to ask, I said there's no way. Julian has been truly amazing and all of us feel connected forever to this man.

Another person I would like to mention is Saltanat. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about her broken little heart half way around the world. Vinny had been saying for years that he was going to marry her. When I was with Vinny in Maryland he told me he was getting a plane ticket and going over there to marry her and bring her back with him. I didn't always believe what Vinny said, but sure enough, he had purchased a plane ticket for mid August on July 3 - just days after I was with him and days before he died. Saltanat is so broken hearted because she loved him with all of her heart. She called just after he died and we cried together. She has called and emailed since then. She tells me how much he loved me and how much he loved his family. I just want her to know how much he loved her too! I know only God can comfort her. She called on Christmas Eve, but I wasn't here to answer the phone. She did talk to my mom and they bawled on the phone together for a long time - that's all they could do. Then my mom and I spent the rest of the night bawling. She may be coming here in March to see her sister in Florida. My mom wants to fly her to Maine. She calls me sister Rachael because she had already taken us as her family. Pray for this woman - she is very, very special.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

45 Days to Go!

45 Days to go until my due date! We are getting very excited. Have so many things I could post but need to tend Dave. He has either food poisoning or a really bad stomach flu - I am hoping for food poisoning.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Baby Um this Week

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I have been reading a lot of books lately. We Die Alone is a great true story about a man returning to his home - German occupied Norway during WWII. His story of survival on the run after the Nazis discover his (and others) plan for invasion is like none other I have ever read. It is a miracle from God this man lived to tell his tale.

I have read one missionary biography after another. I am all out right now - bummer. I have gleaned a lot from the lives of Hudson Taylor, D.L. Moody, Amy Carmichael, C.T. Studd and the Scottish Olympian (can't remember his name). I love these books and these people's reliance and total trust in God.

I am reading UltraMind right now. I have read a lot of nutrition books - some I like - some I think are totally one sided in their point of view (The China Study). I have to say, I have learned SO much from this book. I highly recommend it. It's written by a medical doctor and, while he's progressive, he is very balanced.

I am also reading What in the World is Going On by Dr. David Jeremiah. I really love him as a man, a preacher and an author. He is very factual, straight forward and deep.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

David's Words of Love for Vinny and Me

David's words to me after Vinny went home to be with the Lord - I feel they are appropriate to share now that he is there too -

Dear Rachael:
Marian called me last night and told me some sad news about Vinny, I am so sad about this but in the reality of his outstanding faith in Christ we know that he is blessed and nurtured. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

God bless,

Rachael: I do not have words to express my heartfelt love for you and your brother. I know that God loves him and that he had steadfast faith in Jesus Christ our LORD. Seeing him in Afghanistan a few years ago was awesome we prayed and fellowshipped for the short time we were together and then having the blessing of sitting with you all at ... Read Moreconvention was so great. You know the church loves you and David and knowing that Vinny is in heaven gives me peace in the loss and we all will miss him but understand how close you two were we will pray for you.
Remember we do not sorrow as those who have no hope for our LORD Jesus has overcome the grave in victory. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Our family loves you very much

I know the day I met Vinny in Afghanistan was a God moment. I just looked up and there he was. We had such a sweet time of fellowship and prayed together. I know that it is and will be hard without him but we know in certainty that he is fellowshiping in Heaven now. I know as I grow older that the reunion with my loved ones who have passed is closer now than ever. Please feel free to contact me or Marian for anything you need as we love you so much. Give my warmest regards to David and may God bless you both richly in love and tender mercy.

In Christ,

Vinny & David ~ Now in Heaven Together

My Dear friend Vinny, what a great blessing to see him outside of the Pat Tillman USO we were both very surprized to see each other so far from Baltimore.In this photo: Vincent Galkowski (photos), David Frankenhauser (photos) (David's words)

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Grace Frankenhauser at 10:11pm June 13
*surprised? lol. your sunglasses look so odd. like tinted spectacles. haha!love you, dad. and miss you TONS. and TONS. AND TONS. it was so nice to talk to you earlier this evening...I ALREADY MISS YOUR VOICE.

David Frankenhauser at 10:25am October 13
Vinny and I prayed right after this shot I still have a hard time beliving that he went home to be with the LORD.

Myriah Sochurek at 8:00pm January 17
Now both of these precious souls that traveled all over the world together and actually ran into each other so far away from home, are home together in heaven walking the streets of gold in their new glorified bodies!

Love you Vinny and David!

Grace Frankenhauser at 9:14am January 18
wow. what a shot, now, eh? dad really loved vinny. now they're together again! i missed my dad's voice while he was still living. so by nature, i could not have handled MISSING my dad's voice for the rest of my life. but i hear him and God in ways i never could have before...still, I ALREADY MISS YOUR VOICE!

Grace Frankenhauser at 9:35am January 18
wow. what a shot, now, eh? dad really loved vinny. now they're together again! i missed my dad's voice while he was still living. so by nature, i could not have handled MISSING my dad's voice for the rest of my life. but i hear him and God in ways i never could have before...still, I ALREADY MISS YOUR VOICE! yet i'd never think God's still, small voice could be so APPARENT beFORE my dad was even called home, and i'm still comforted by the WORD and that will NEVER change!

Rachael Galkowski-Umstead at 9:33pm January 18
This is so cool. Love you Vinny & David!

Galkowski Baby Shower Photos

My family in RI planned a surprise baby shower for me on Saturday. It was so nice to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! They made great food and gave us great gifts. We got lots of great outfits, cash for things we need, books, music, blankets, first aid kit and more! I had such a great time! I loved the baby shower cupcakes from the bakery where Aunt Teresa works. Aunt Annie made us dinner and took us out to breakfast! Thanks so much everyone!

The pictures are above.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Isaac (Jenny's son), Allie (my niece) and Kelly (my sister in-law)!


Last night we went to our Centering Pregnancy appointment which was rescheduled from last week. Our class was on water birth, and both of us really liked the benefits. The video was interesting, but no one in the class could imagine volunteering to be in it.

Baby Um is already head down and ready to go thank God.

Lord willing Jana, Hana and I are heading to RI tomorrow to see the fam.

8 weeks to go!!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Erin wanted to do a photo shoot before the prayer meeting on Saturday night. The picture of her in the guitar case actually happened during the prayer meeting. She is cute and definitely a ticket. She went from telling Dave she was going to burn him with fire to calling him sweetie. Her brother Daniel is the little boy in the picture. Erin will be 4 this month.

Maggie trying to be really good so she can go on a walk

The 80's outfit Dave put on Maggie

I was trying to take pictures on our walk last night, but the camera didn't like the cold. The first one is our front porch.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Grampa & Grace

I had to steal this off Grace's facebook because I love this picture. It's so cute.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Is the Rat Poop Included?

My mother and I are working on a project together. Sooooooo we're doing a little research. My realtor Heather Shields (whom I absolutely love) was kind enough to show us the magnificent piece of real estate at our request. Turns out, we didn't really need her. My mother and I walked right in without out a problem. Imagine that? With this type of palace? Fortunately my mother discovered the half covered hole in the floor before she plummeted to the basement. We knew it needed work from the price - I just wanted to know if the rat poop was included.

What Baby Um's Doing This Week

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

9 weeks to go!

Time is flying by - only 9 weeks until my due date. I definitely feel pregnant but the reality of having a child won't hit until that special day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

6 Months

So much has happened in the 6 months Vinny has been gone from this earth. It seems like so many people we know have gone home to be with the Lord in such a short time. I don't ever remember a time like this. Last night Rye (she was best friends with Grace Frankenhauser all through school) asked me when this is going to end. Who knows? Maybe it won't. Thank God our Redeemer lives. Though they are in a better place, my heart goes out to the families whose loss is great.

Frankenhauser Family Photo

I love this picture of the family

I shouldn't have said David and Vinny met on the street by chance - nothing is by chance - just unexpected.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We Love You David & Frankenhauser Family

Our dear friend David Frankenhauser went home to be the the Lord unexpectedly while serving in the military in Korea. He and his family have been such incredible friends and support during our loss of Vinny. One of the last times Dave and I were with David was in Baltimore this summer. David ate dinner with Vinny and us at the convention. He was such a great encourager to Vinny and, though he will be missed, I am so blessed they are reunited in heaven. They actually ran into each other by chance in Afghanistan once.

To his family - Marian, Grace, Christian, Noah and Faith - We love you and are praying for you.

The pictures above are of David and Grace when she stayed with us during the time we were getting ready for Rye's wedding.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Behold I Stand at the Door

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

The first time I remember being fascinated with doors was when my best friend from high school Amanda and I took a trip to RI to visit my cousin Will. We spent some time in Providence taking pictures and I just remember being captivated by people's doors.

When my cousin Rye and I went to London in the summer of '02 we walked along the quiet streets of the suburb in Southeast London and I couldn't get enough of the cottage doors. She sent me a postcard of Irish doors when she was on her honeymoon this year.

On Saturday afternoons Dave and I go door knocking in Searsmont near our church. We invite people to church and talk to them about God. I really love doing this because a door to a house is like the cover of a living story. Behind each door live precious people and I am so intrigued to get a glimpse into their lives. Our first door today was a farm in the middle of the woods. We could see through the window a teenage girl sitting on the couch with her boyfriend. She came to the door and was very friendly and said her mom was actually looking for a church. The second door was an older woman who was a believer but hadn't been to church in years. The third door was a young family. The fourth door was a woman from another country - maybe Finland or Sweden - with a big yellow lab that wanted to jump all over us. We pulled up to the last house on the street and agreed this would be our last door. The house was in disrepair. As I looked through the door a table was sitting near by. There were half empty Wendy's sodas on the table and opened bags of chips folded shut. The house looked dark and depressing inside. I saw a POW sticker on the little car outside and was wondering who lived behind this door. A not so well taken care of middle aged woman answered the door. I told her we were from the new church and were just out inviting people to service. She nodded her head in a "I don't care what you're saying" way. I asked her if she went to church and she told me that I have my beliefs and she has hers. I said okay and told her that God loved her. She said "whatever". The way the conversation was going I was going to politely say goodbye and be off, but her words didn't match her heart. As we were about to go she told us to wait. She called her partially crippled, elderly mother into the room. They were saying they were mad at God, didn't believe and didn't want to talk to us, but really they did. That's all they did was talk. The older woman told us about her woes with her recently late husband fighting in WWII and how the government treated him afterwards. They poured their hearts out to us and we listened. As time passed they softened and I felt led to hug the elderly woman. We didn't really ask them if they would go to church again but by the end they were saying they might come. People's lives really touch me. I don't care what their response is to our invitation. I truly want to be present in their lives in the moment that I am present and do what ever I can to share the love of God. It's such a privilege when someone opens to you the door to their heart. I don't want to take that for granted.

2008 - Year in Review

January 08 - We took our house off the market after being on there for a couple of months.

March 08 - Our friend Cliff Bob went home to be with the Lord

Easter 08 - Vinny was home for Easter and the Pease family went to the Samoset for brunch. Vinny just had suits made specifically for him in Afghanistan. He wore one proudly that day.

April 08 - Took a trip to MA & RI and got to see my Galkowski grandparents and some other family.

May 08 - Dave and went to my Uncle Peter's wedding in Newport, RI on my 31st birthday. Stayed at my aunt Annie's house and spent some time with family down there. Started going to church in Searsmont. Annie and Rye graduated from College.

Mid June 08 - Went to the Missions conference in Marlborough, MA. Made plans with Vinny for our trip to MD.

End of June 08 - Arrived in Baltimore - stayed in hotel in Towson. Spent lots of time with Vinny and at the International Convention.

July 08 - put our house back on the market

July 7 - Heard the life changing news that my dear brother went home to be with God.

Summer 08 - total blur - found out I was pregnant but didn't tell anyone because of Vinny.

August 08 - Drove to Virginia with mom and Dan. Met Molly and Vick down there. Went to memorial service Vinny's company had for him. They were so incredible to us. Went to funeral home and where Vinny lived. Flew home.

August 30 - Rye and Tim had a beautiful wedding in Northport, ME

September 11 - first Dr's appointment and first time we heard the baby's heartbeat

Fall 08 - started telling people about pregnancy.

October 15 - Mom's 51st birthday and date for our fist ultrasound. Baby Um wasn't cooperating.

End of October - went to Marlborough, MA for missions conference

November 08 - Stephanie's only brother/ sibling got lost at sea.

November 5 - Found out Baby Um is a boy

Thanksgiving - Dave and I went to Maryland and stayed at Rye & Tim's apartment. Rye threw me a baby shower. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Rye, Tim, Stacey and John.

December 08 - hosted for the first time - Christmas morning at our house. Was sick with sinus infection and terribly sad about Vinny, Christmas and his birthday but managed to have an okay time.

Had our best year yet at Cleaners - Thank you God because it helped off set high fuel and goods costs.

2007 Recap

07 - Vinny bought his first house - I went to the closing for him because he was out of town.

February 07 - My bestfriend from high school's mother passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Amanda had just given birth to her second child and was living in Washington state when she got the news about her mother's life expectancy. Vinny and I went to the funeral together.

March 07 - Teagan celebrated her 1st birthday.

April 07 - Dave and I went to Mexico on vacation

May 07 - Lost my paper ticket for my 30th birthday vacation. Drove to Boston via rental car to catch a flight to Baltimore. Ran back and forth in the airport for miles to try to get another ticket. They wanted to charge me $1500 plus not give me a refund for my ticket that was lost. Rye picked me up in the airport. They were out of paper so wouldn't give me another ticket. Got to see her townhouse rental for the first time. We drove to Philadelphia in the morning. Finally got a very nice man to issue me another ticket for $50. Caught a plane to Germany and then onto Barcelona.

Our first call home we heard my mom got into a near fatal accident while we were flying over the ocean the night before my 30th birthday. She had broken her neck and they weren't sure if she would be paralyzed.

The news put a damper on our trip. We didn't know much about Barcelona but eventually found the Gothic part of town and La Bouqueria. We were supposed to catch a flight out to Paris a few days in. I took some really bad advice from an American who was living over there. Needless to say we didn't make it to Paris. Rye got very sick but we ended up staying in a 4 star hotel. The next few days we ended up staying in an area we called little Baghdad. Our trip probably wasn't as great as we planned but we were glad to find out my mother wouldn't be paralyzed.

Started renovations on our house Summer of 07. We bought it to renovate and sell.

June 07 - Stayed in the ghetto with Rye. Vinny picked Dave, Rye, Tim and me up and we all went to Chili's and hung out for the day.

July 07 - Fire at the Laundromat. The fire department was able to stop the fire before it took spread too much and burned down the whole plaza. We were amazed and blessed by the outpouring of support from the local community. We had men shoveling glass and ash until 2 am. We were able to be partially up and running within 36 hours thanks to all of the help and Superior Restoration.

October 07 - Our 5th wedding anniversary. Had a 50th birthday party for my mother. Vinny, Zac, Vick, Molly, Dan and the grandparents presented her with a trip to the Bayou, New Orleans, and St Francisville, LA.

November 07 - My mom found out Vinny was overseas. She hadn't known for months and the cousin gang was keeping it a secret. She was very mad. We spent Thanksgiving in Maine ~ the year before we had taken a family trip to Savannah, GA.

December 07 - Vinny turned 32 - wasn't home for Christmas or his birthday.

Had our best year yet at the Cleaners

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Pregnancy this Week

10 weeks to go - 70 days!

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)