Thursday, August 4, 2011

Week #24 - Baby Boy #2 Adventure

Size of baby? Ear of Corn (from head to butt) which is about 11", about 1.5 pound.
Total Weight Gain? I'm getting nervous about this!! Doc will officially tell me on Monday but I'm thinking just over 10 lbs, eeek!

Maternity clothes? Yes.... but I need some more pants!

Sleep? Pretty good overall but I'm sleeping really light. The slightest noise wakes me up.

Best moment this week? Dual Baby Shower for me and a good friend.

Food cravings? SWEETS like cookies, brownies, etc.

What I miss? Feeling energetic enough to be social. Wine. (this really doesn't change ever!)

What I'm looking forward to? Ultrasound monday!

Milestones: 24 weeks!!! This means the baby actually has a chance of survival if born this early.

What's next?: August 8th: Having a high tech cardio-ultrasound on the baby's hear (yay for another peek at baby!) and my monthly OB appointment.

Emotions: Have started really planning things like a registry. Starting looking at nursery decoration ideas.

Symptoms: Achy body... severe sciatia nerve pain. Mild swelling in my feet.

How your baby's growing:
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.