Becky is 14 weeks pregnant as of today, which means she’s officially in her second trimester — and little Baby Loy has officially graduated from “jumbo shrimp sized” to “lemon sized.” Here’s some of what BabyCenter.com says about Week 14:
Head to bottom, your baby’s 3 1/2 inches long Ã¢â‚¬â€ about the length of a lemon Ã¢â‚¬â€ and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. Her body’s growing faster than her head, which now sits upon a more well-defined neck. By the end of this week, her arms will have lengthened and will be in proportion to the rest of her body. … You still can’t feel your baby’s movements, but her hands and feet (which are now half an inch long) are more flexible and active. Thanks to brain impulses, her little facial muscles are getting a workout as she squints, frowns, and grimaces. She can grasp now, too, and she may be able to suck her thumb.
As an aside, what’s the rationale behind using “her” instead of “him” in gender-nonspecific writing? I understand the objection that always using “him” is sexist and patriarchal, but how is using “her” any better? Is it, like, linguistic affirmative action?
P.S. Baby Gaga (which prefers the gramatically incorrect “their” to the politically incorrect “his” or “hers”) has more on Week 14: “[T]heir little body and limber limbs are coordinated enough for loads of complicated motions. In fact, their whole body is moving right now!Ã¢â‚¬â€only their current size is still a bit too small for you to notice. … Your baby is also starting to develop the ability to move their eyes this week, although the eyelids still remain fused shut. What’s more, they can make all sorts of fun facial expressions as they practice squinting, frowning, and grimacing.”