Thursday, June 10, 2010

23 weeks

With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. (We've seen this twice now....soooo neat!!) Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. The book says that loud noises that become familiar now — such as Foxie Roxie barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.
This week Davis is so busy that it feels like he's karate in my belly. They (the books and internet) say that's exactly what he's doing, pushing his feet against the uterine wall in preparation for taking those first steps alone. His nostrils are unsealed, and he's capable of muscular breathing, but his lungs need a little more time to mature. His other organs are almost in full gear. His pancreas can now produce insulin and makes more if he's exposed to high levels of blood sugar in your body. His brain is still growing rapidly inside his skull, which has four plates that aren't completely closed to allow for that brain growth. Even after birth, these skull plates won't be completely joined, because the human brain triples in size during the first year of life. I'm sure he's really smart already though..haha BJ keeps saying he prays that he gets his brains...meanie Baby's lips are more distinct, and his eyes may flutter open occasionally, though he won't really open them fully until the 7th month. He has more pigment in his skin this week, and more fat is accumulating beneath it.
Me this week...Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 23 weeks tomorrow
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 7lbs at last appt (next appt is Monday the 14th)
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing them and they are so much more comfy!
Best Moment this week: Feeling Davis more and more each week! He is getting to be so active! BJ has gotten to feel him more this week and my mom felt him once.
Gender: It's A Boy
Movement: I LOVE IT!
Food Craving: sweets and sometimes as bad as it sounds,bud-light..and NO I haven't had any.
What I miss: Sushi!!!! yum-o
Sleep: Like a rock
What I am looking forward to: BJ has been painting this week and I can't wait to see the finished product!
Belly Button: In
Symptoms: Just getting bigger everyday. Seems like I've been a little more tired too.

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