Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Week 33 - Pineapple

This week baby M weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. Baby M is putting on about a half a pound a week at this point. She will grow up to another full inch this week. With that much of her inside, I have all the fluid I can get in there. Which is why her pokes and kicks seem a lot stronger and sharper these days. (Not as much fluid to cushion the blow) She rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her 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 her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood. Antibodies are being passed from me to her as she continues to develop her own immune system, which will come in handy once she's outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs.

The time is already starting to hit warp speed. I can't believe a week has passed since I was posting about Thanksgiving. December sure is starting off quickly. My TO DO list is HUGE... oh well. I am sure that it will all get done at some point.

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