Thursday, January 6, 2011

Week 38 - Like a Leek

Baby M has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds (7lbs 15oz)and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when I hold her hand for the first time! Fetal development is nearly complete as she tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. She's also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in her lungs from sticking to one another once she starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: She’s continuing to add fat (so he can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning her brain and nervous system (so she can deal with all the stimulation that awaits her once she makes her entrance into the world). Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Can you believe that there is at the most only 1 week left until Baby M arrives!
Next week at this time we will be posting about meeting our new little girl.

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