Sunday, January 13, 2008

24 weeks

Your baby's growing steadily, gaining about a quarter of a pound since last week, when she was just over a pound. Since she's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), that makes a pretty lean figure, but her body is filling out proportionally and she'll soon put on more baby fat. Your baby's skin is thin, translucent, and wrinkled, her brain is growing rapidly, and her taste buds are developing. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" and cells that produce surfactant, a substance that helps the air sacs inflate easily.

(Hmm... now I AM picturing an ear of corn. I hope my baby doesn't pick up this corn vibe because I'm fairly certain that squeezing out a long skinny little girl that looks like a yellow ear of corn will be a really disappointing introduction to motherhood.)

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